Karen Casey

Karen Casey

Karen Casey
MLA for Colchester North
Assumed office
Preceded by Bill Langille
Personal details
Born April 24, 1947
Political party Progressive Conservative (2006-2011)
Liberal (2011-present)
Spouse(s) Glen
Residence Valley, Nova Scotia

Karen Lynn Casey (born April 24, 1947) is a Canadian politician who represents the electoral district of Colchester North in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as a member of the Liberal caucus.

Casey (née Thompson) grew up in Bass River and graduated from Nova Scotia Teachers College. She received a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University, a B.Ed. from Mount Saint Vincent University and a M. Ed. (Administration) from Saint Mary's University. Casey has worked as a classroom teacher at various schools in Colchester County. She is a former principal of North River Elementary School and served asAssistant Superintendent of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Casey also volunteered as chair of the Colchester-East Hants Health Authority.

Political career

PC Party 2006-2011

Casey successfully ran for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding of Colchester North in spring 2006. Casey was elected to the legislature in the 2006 provincial election held that June.

Casey served in the Executive Council of Nova Scotia from 2006-2009, serving first as the Minister of Education, and later as Minister of Health. On June 24, 2009, Casey was named the Progressive Conservative Party's interim leader, replacing Rodney MacDonald after he resigned following the party's defeat in the 2009 provincial election.[1] She served as interim leader until announcing her resignation on August 16, 2010.[2]

Liberal Party 2011-present

On January 10, 2011, Casey crossed the floor to join the Liberal caucus.[3] Casey successfully ran for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Colchester North in spring 2013. Casey was re-elected in the 2013 provincial election, garnering 5,005 of the 8,212 votes cast or 60.95% of the vote in the riding.

On October 22, 2013 Casey was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development as well as Minister responsible for Youth.[4][5]

On July 24, 2015, Casey was given as additional role as Chair of Finance and Treasury Board, while responsibility for youth was transferred to Kelly Regan.[6]


  1. ^ "Former N.S. health minister chosen interim Tory leader". CBC.ca. June 24, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jason, Malloy (August 16, 2009). "Bailiie to lead Progressive Conservative party". Truro Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tory MLA Casey crosses floor". CBC News. January 10, 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  5. ^ http://nslegislature.ca/people/cabinet/
  6. ^ "Premier shuffles cabinet, Andrew Younger returns, Diana Whalen moves to justice". Metro. Halifax. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly
  • Liberal caucus profile