Ken Streatch

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Ken Streatch
MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
In office
May 25, 1993 – September 1993
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Brooke Taylor
MLA for Bedford - Musquodoboit Valley
In office
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1942-01-27) January 27, 1942 (age 80)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative

Kenneth "Ken" Streatch (born January 27, 1942) is a farmer and former political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Bedford - Musquodoboit Valley and then Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1978 to 1993 as a Progressive Conservative member.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1942, Streatch was educated at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. He married Barbara Blackburn in 1962. Streatch was president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture in 1972. He then served five years on Halifax County Council before entering provincial politics.[1] His daughter Judy was also a member of the Nova Scotia assembly and is a former provincial cabinet minister.

Political career

Streatch entered provincial politics in the 1978 election, when he was elected MLA for the new Bedford - Musquodoboit Valley riding.[2] On October 5, 1978, he was appointed by premier John Buchanan to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Labour and Manpower and Minister of Public Works.[1][3] The Ministry of Public Works was renamed and transferred to Jerry Lawrence in June 1979.[4] Streatch remained Minister of Labour until after his re-election in the 1981 election.[5] In December 1981, Buchanan shuffled his cabinet, moving Streatch to Minister of Fisheries.[6] In November 1983, Streatch was shuffled to Minister of Lands and Forrests.[7]

Streatch was re-elected in the 1984 election.[8] On November 24, 1987, Streatch was named Minister of Mines and Energy.[9] Streatch was re-elected in the 1988 election, defeating Liberal Geoff Regan by almost 2,000 votes.[10] He was moved to Minister of Small Business Development in December 1988.[11] He served as Minister of Transportation, and then Minister of Economic Development after Donald Cameron took over as premier in February 1991.[12]

In the 1993 election, Streatch was re-elected by 758 votes in the new riding of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.[13][14] He announced on July 20 that he was seeking the federal Progressive Conservative nomination in Central Nova for the 1993 federal election,[15] and was nominated as the candidate on July 28.[16] In the federal election, Streatch was defeated by Liberal Roseanne Skoke.[17] Streatch ran again in the 1997 federal election, and lost by 39 votes to New Democrat Peter Stoffer in the Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore riding.[18]


  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1984, PG Normandin
  1. 1.0 1.1 Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory (PDF). Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 211. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1978" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1978. p. 28. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Buchanan's Tory cabinet takes over in Nova Scotia". The Globe and Mail. October 6, 1978.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Called out of control, Government of N.S. gets radical surgery". The Globe and Mail. June 23, 1979.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1981" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1981. p. 30. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "9 Nova Scotia ministers moved to new portfolios". The Montreal Gazette. December 11, 1981. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Five added, seven shift jobs in Nova Scotia inner circle". The Globe and Mail. November 5, 1983.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1984" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1984. p. 32. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Buchanan shuffles his cabinet". The Globe and Mail. November 25, 1987.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1988" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1988. p. 32. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Premier shuffles Cabinet; Thornhill back, Bacon promoted". The Chronicle Herald. December 24, 1988.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Labor minister ousted over Westray disaster". Toronto Star. November 20, 1992.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1993. p. 65. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Liberal sweep claims cabinet ministers". The Chronicle Herald. May 26, 1993. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Streatch to seek federal nomination". The Chronicle Herlad. July 21, 1993.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Candidate urged to resign". Toronto Star. August 6, 1993.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Atlantic region hands Liberals near-clean sweep". The Chronicle Herald. October 26, 1993. Archived from the original on July 20, 2001. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "NDP rookie Stoffer rides wild comeback". The Chronicle Herald. June 3, 1997. Archived from the original on February 12, 2001. Retrieved 2014-11-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>