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Michael Baker (politician)

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Preceded by  Lila O'Connor
Occupation  lawyer
Name  Michael Baker
Succeeded by  Pam Birdsall
Preceded by  Peter G. Christie
Religion  Lutheran
Role  Canadian Politician
Resigned  February 2009
Born  January 28, 1957 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (1957-01-28)
Political party  Progressive Conservative
Died  March 2, 2009, Lunenburg, Canada
Party  Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia

Michael Gilbert Baker ONS QC (January 28, 1957 – March 2, 2009) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Lunenburg in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly between 1998 and 2009. He was a Progressive Conservative.

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Early life and career

Born in 1957 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Baker was a graduate of Dalhousie Law School. He practiced law at Hennigar, Wells, Lamey & Baker in Mahone Bay and Chester and as a solicitor for the Town of Mahone Bay. He was past president of Lunenburg County Barristers Association, member of Nova Scotia Barristers Society Council, and Director of Marine Atlantic. Baker was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999.

Political career

Baker entered provincial politics in 1998, defeating Liberal incumbent Lila O'Connor by 132 votes in the Lunenburg riding. In the 1999 election, Baker was re-elected, defeating O'Connor by over 2200 votes. In August 1999, Baker was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. In December 2001, Baker was given an additional role in cabinet as Chair of Treasury and Policy Board. In a December 2002 cabinet shuffle, Baker was moved to Minister of Transportation and Public Works. He was re-elected in the 2003 election, and was re-appointed as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, retained Chair of Treasury and Policy Board, and given a new role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in a post-election cabinet shuffle.

When Rodney MacDonald took over as premier in February 2006, Baker was named Minister of Finance, and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. In May 2006, Baker underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, but still ran for re-election in June 2006, winning his seat by 1300 votes. Following the election, Baker retained his cabinet positions, and continued to serve despite facing more serious health issues. As of January 2009, Baker was still planning on reoffering in the next election, but his condition worsened and he stepped down from cabinet in February. Baker died of cancer on March 2, 2009, at his home in Lunenburg. He was 52.

In 2009, he was a posthumous recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia.

References

Michael Baker (politician) Wikipedia


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