|Monarch Elizabeth II|
Succeeded by Edmund L. Morris
Books A challenge to the nation
Preceded by New Riding
Spouse Carole Harrison
|Succeeded by John Buchanan|
Role Canadian Politician
Preceded by G.I. Smith
Name Gerald Regan
|Lieutenant Governor Victor de Bedia Oland
Children Geoff Regan, Nancy Regan, Laura Regan
Parents Rose Mary Regan, Walter Edward Regan
Grandchildren Caitlin Regan, Harrison Regan, Nicole Regan
Similar People Nancy Regan, Geoff Regan, Laura Regan, Kelly Regan, Farhad Safinia
Gerald Augustine Paul Regan, PC (born February 13, 1928) is a Canadian politician, who served as the 19th Premier of Nova Scotia from 1970 to 1978.
- Early life and education
- Legal career
- Political career
- Criminal charges and controversy
- Personal life
Early life and education
Regan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the son of Rose Mary (née Greene) and Walter Edward Regan. He has Irish ancestry. Regan graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in 1954.
He became one of the region's best known labour lawyers, and his high-profile image led to an invitation to enter politics.
He was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1963 federal election. He resigned his seat in 1965 when he was named leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. Regan entered the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1967, and aggressively pursued the government of Premier George Isaac Smith as Leader of the opposition. Regan led a fourteen-hour filibuster against the government's plans to increase the sales tax in 1969.
Regan's Liberals won a minority government in 1970, and were re-elected with a majority in 1974.
As premier, Regan supported industrialization and the development of offshore gas and oil. His first government amended the province's labour code to prevent courts from issuing injunctions to prevent picketing in labour disputes, and the office of the provincial ombudsman was established. In its second term, the Regan government nationalized the Nova Scotia Light and Power electrical utility, and consolidated electricity supply under the Nova Scotia Power Corporation. A massive plan for the development of tidal power in the Bay of Fundy was also announced.
His government was defeated by John Buchanan's Progressive Conservative Party in the 1978 general election, in part due to the oil shock's effect on the economy.
Regan returned to the federal House of Commons in the 1980 federal election, and was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of State for International Trade in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Regan was defeated along with the Liberal government in the 1984 election.
Criminal charges and controversy
On October 27, 1993, CBC News revealed that the RCMP were investigating Regan for sexual misconduct. In March 1995 and May 1995 he was charged with a total of nineteen counts of sexual offences. As of April 2, 1998, there were eighteen charges, but nine were stayed by Justice J. Michael MacDonald of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Regan ultimately faced trial on eight charges including rape, attempted rape and forcible confinement, for crimes allegedly committed in 1956 and 1969 against victims aged 14 and 18 at the time. On December 18, 1998, he was acquitted on all eight charges by a jury.
On September 10, 1999, by a margin of 2–1, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal reinstated the nine stayed charges; two were later dropped, but the others were to be tried together with the other remaining charge. The ruling reinstating the charges was upheld in a 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in February 2002. But in April 2002, the crown attorney's office announced that it would not continue prosecution on the remaining charges of sexual assault due to the age of the allegations, the cost and the age of the defendant.
Regan's wife is Anita Carole Thomas (Harrison), whose father, John Harrison, was a Saskatchewan Liberal Member of Parliament. His son Geoff Regan is the current Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons and was first elected as a Liberal MP in 1993. From 2003 until 2006, he served as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the government of Paul Martin. Two of his daughters are also well-known: Nancy Regan was a local television personality with ATV, and Laura Regan is an actress.