Cecil O'Donnell

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Cecil O'Donnell
MLA for Shelburne
In office
1999–2006
Preceded by Clifford Huskilson
Succeeded by Sterling Belliveau
Personal details
Born (1944-06-10) June 10, 1944 (age 77)
East Jeddore, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Shelburne, NS

Cecil Edward O'Donnell (born June 10, 1944) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Shelburne in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2006. He was a member of the Progressive Conservatives.[1]

O'Donnell was born in 1944 at East Jeddore, Nova Scotia.[2] He married Christina Marie O'Donnell, and was the owner of a local grocery store.[2] He served as a municipal councillor and then warden for the Municipality of Barrington.[2] O'Donnell first attempted to enter provincial politics in the 1998 election, but lost to Liberal incumbent Clifford Huskilson by 309 votes.[3] He ran again in 1999,[4] but election night returns had O'Donnell losing to Huskilson by one vote.[5] A judicial recount was held on August 17 resulting in a tie which was broken when the ridings returning officer picked O'Donnell's name from a box.[6][7][8]

A backbench member of John Hamm's government, O'Donnell broke party ranks in June 2001 to vote against Bill 68, the government's anti-strike legislation.[9][10][11] The law ended the right to strike for health-care workers and gave cabinet the power to impose a wage settlement on nurses.[12] O'Donnell voted the way he believed "the majority of people in Shelburne County would want."[13] He was later replaced as head of the Community Services Committee, which the opposition Liberals said was a result of voting against the government.[14][15] On February 17, 2003, O'Donnell announced that he would not reoffer as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the next election, but that he was considering seeking re-election as an independent.[16] On April 8, after re-thinking his decision at the request of Hamm, O'Donnell announced he would re-offer for the Tories after all.[17][18]

In the 2003 election, O'Donnell faced a challenge from former MLA Clifford Huskilson,[19] but was re-elected by almost 600 votes.[20] In the 2006 Progressive Conservative leadership race, O'Donnell was a supporter of Rodney MacDonald, and was named caucus whip shortly after MacDonald took over as premier in February 2006.[21] On May 1, 2006, O'Donnell announced he was leaving politics and would not be running in the 2006 election.[22]

O'Donnell returned to municipal politics in 2008 when he was elected a councillor in the Municipality of Barrington.[23] He was defeated when he ran for re-election in 2012.[24]

References

  1. "Electoral History for Shelburne" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "MLA biography". Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. Archived from the original on June 26, 2003. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Election Returns, 1998 (Shelburne)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "O'Donnell to carry Tory banner". The Chronicle Herald. June 24, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Two recounts in the works". The Chronicle Herald. July 29, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Recounts shuffle mla's". CBC News. August 18, 1999. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Tories pull one out". The Chronicle Herald. August 18, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Election Returns, 1999 (Shelburne)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Bill 68 passes; workers promise defiance". CBC News. June 27, 2001. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Lone Tory casts vote against Bill 68". The Chronicle Herald. June 28, 2001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Single Tory breaks ranks with no vote". The Daily News. Halifax. June 28, 2001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Tories miss renegade MLA O'Donnell". CBC News. July 4, 2001. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Defiant workers ignore back-to-work legislation". CBC News. June 28, 2001. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Tory MLA "punished" after opposing Bill 68". CBC News. July 18, 2001. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "O'Donnell loses committee chairmanship". The Daily News. Halifax. July 18, 2001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "MLA O'Donnell rules out Tory bid: considers independence". Halifax Daily News. February 18, 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "MLA opts to remain Conservative". The Daily News. Halifax. April 9, 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "O'Donnell will re-offer after all". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Shelburne 'very close, three-way race'". The Chronicle Herald. July 23, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Election Returns, 2003 (Shelburne)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "Fresh faces at the table". The Daily News. Halifax. February 24, 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Two Nova Scotia Conservatives not running in next provincial election". The Chronicle Herald. May 2, 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Election sees lots of changes in Shelburne county municipalities". The Coastguard. October 19, 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Big surprises in Shelburne County elections". The Coastguard. October 20, 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>