Joel Matheson

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Joel R. Matheson
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia
In office
Preceded by riding created
Succeeded by Gerry Fogarty
Constituency Halifax Bedford Basin
Personal details
Born (1930-02-18) February 18, 1930 (age 92)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Ruth MacRobert
Residence Bedford, Nova Scotia
Occupation Lawyer

Joel Rand Matheson (born February 18, 1930[1]) is a former lawyer, business owner and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Halifax Bedford Basin in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1978 to 1993 as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life and education

He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of Rand Matheson, and was educated in Moncton, New Brunswick, at St. Francis Xavier University and finally graduating with an LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1954.

Political career

Matheson served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Finance, Minister of Mines and Energy,[1] Minister of Health and Attorney General.[2] He was defeated by Gerry Fogarty when he ran for reelection in 1993.[3][4] Also in 1993, Matheson ran unsuccessfully in the federal riding of Halifax West as a Progressive Conservative, losing to Geoff Regan.[5][6]

In 2009, he was named chairman of the board of directors for Canasur Gold.[7]

Personal life

In 1953, he married Ruth MacRobert.


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  7. "Joel Matheson QC Joins Canasur Gold Board As Chairman". Canasur Gold. Retrieved 2011-12-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>