HALIFAX — Darrell Dexter is stepping down as leader of Nova Scotia’s New Democratic Party.
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Premier Darrell Dexter addresses supporters after being defeated in the Nova Scotia provincial election in Halifax on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Voters in Nova Scotia dumped the NDP after giving Dexter an historic election victory four years prior, turning instead to Liberal Stephen McNeil, who swept to power on promises to bring soaring electricity rates under control while putting an end to corporate handouts.
Dexter submitted his letter of resignation today at the party’s provincial executive meeting in Halifax.
NDP politician Maureen MacDonald will be nominated as acting leader at an NDP provincial council meeting on Nov. 23 in Halifax.
The NDP were knocked from power to third-party status in last month’s provincial election, winning seven of the legislature’s 51 seats.
Dexter also lost his own Halifax-area seat of Cole Harbour-Portland Valley.
He won the party leadership in 2001.