Stephen McNeil

Premier of Nova Scotia

Premier Stephen McNeil attributes his core values and strong commitment to public service to his large, close-knit family.

Stephen is the 12th of 17 siblings who were born and raised in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley.

After graduating from the Nova Scotia Community College, he owned and operated a small business in Bridgetown for 18 years.

Stephen’s inspiration to serve his community came from his late mother, Theresa, the first female sheriff in Canada.

He first won the privilege of serving the people of Annapolis in the provincial legislature in 2003 and has been their MLA since.

Stephen became leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party in 2007 and led his team to majority election wins in October 2013 and May 2017.

As premier, he has led the province to stable financial ground, which has allowed government to make new investments in Nova Scotians’ priorities in health care, education, creating opportunities for young people, and more.

Stephen’s vision for Nova Scotia is one of an inclusive, welcoming, innovative, and entrepreneurial province where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Stephen lives with his wife Andrea in the house where he grew up in Upper Granville, Annapolis County. They have two grown children, Colleen and Jeffrey.

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