Gary Bur­rill:

Cape Breton Post - - Province / Atlantic -

The cler­gy­man at the helm of Nova Sco­tia’s New Democrats

Party: New Demo­cratic Party

Age: 61 Home­town: Wood­stock, N.B. (with fam­ily roots in Yar­mouth, N.S.)

Job be­fore pol­i­tics: The so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cate and grad­u­ate of Queen’s and Har­vard was or­dained as a United Church min­is­ter in 1992.

Lead­er­ship his­tory: Elected leader in 2016 with­out a seat; he was an NDP back­bencher for Colch­ester-Musquodoboit Val­ley from 2009 to 2013.

No­table mo­ment: Beat out two sit­ting MLAs in the lead­er­ship race: Per­ceived fron­trun­ner MLA Dave Wil­son, a for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ter, as well as MLA Lenore Zann.

Spot­ted in his of­fice: A photo of Jamie McLachlan, a Cape Bre­ton coalminer, union leader and labour ad­vo­cate, and a photo of the home of Joseph Howe, pro­vin­cial politi­cian, news­pa­per­man and pub­lic ser­vant.

Quote: “We are in a new mo­ment. The best way for­ward is in­vest­ing in the real lives of real peo­ple.’’

Gary Bur­rill

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