Caucus Spokesperson for: Intergovernmental Relations, Premier’s Office & Executive Council
Gary was elected leader of the Nova Scotia NDP in 2016 and MLA for Halifax Chebucto in 2017.
A life-long campaigner against inequality, he is also an outspoken advocate for investments in mental health care, long-term care, and affordable housing. As the NDP’s spokesperson for the Environment and Climate Change, he has introduced several pieces of legislation to address the climate crisis, including Bill 32, the Green Jobs Act.
Gary is a graduate of Queen’s and Harvard. He has lived and worked across Nova Scotia as a community organizer, publisher, university lecturer, and United Church minister. He and his partner Debbie Perrott live on Poplar Street. They have four grown children.
Spokesperson for: Municipal Affairs, Labour, Labour Relations, Gaelic Affairs, Community Services, Public Service Commission, Youth and serves as Deputy House Leader.
Kendra Coombes was elected as MLA for Cape Breton Centre on March 10, 2020. She served as CBRM Councilor for District 11 from 2016 to 2020.
Kendra is a passionate advocate for affordable housing, public transit and health care, and she has championed initiatives that empower women and youth, and fight for seniors. Kendra has a Masters in Canadian Politics, a B.A. (Hon) in Political Science and a certificate in Public Administration from Cape Breton University. She has also worked as a policy analyst.
Kendra is a lifelong resident of Scotchtown, where she lives with her partner Matthew Brown and daughter Rory.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Health, Environment and Climate Change, Seniors and Long-Term Care, Public Works, Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage, Film and Television Incentive Fund and serves as the Caucus Chair.
Susan Leblanc was elected as MLA for Dartmouth North on May 30, 2017.
As a former actor and co-Artistic Director of Zuppa Theatre, Susan has been a vibrant and dedicated advocate for the Arts in Nova Scotia for over two decades. She has mentored countless young artists in the local, national and international theatre scene.
Since being elected, she has been a tireless advocate for the people in her community, fighting for rent control, child care, more affordable, adequate housing, Dartmouth lakes and better access to primary health care. She has challenged systemic anti-black racism in her opposition to street checks, and has been lobbying for satellite mental health services in Dartmouth North.
She cares deeply about Nova Scotia and her community of Dartmouth North, where she lives with her partner, her two children and two dogs.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Economic Development, Justice, Status of Women, Natural Resources & Renewables, Fisheries & Aquaculture and serves as the House Leader.
Claudia Chender was elected as MLA for Dartmouth South on May 30th, 2017.
A lawyer, former legal educator, and associate publisher of a non-profit media group, Claudia has a wide range of experience serving the Dartmouth South Community. She is a strong advocate for Dartmouth’s vibrant, locally owned and supported businesses.
Claudia is active as a volunteer, supporter and resource in the Dartmouth South community, and as a member of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission. She has been actively working to improve the Dartmouth General Hospital, improve access to child care and housing, and to protect our treasured Dartmouth Lakes.
Claudia and her husband Jamie are raising their three children in Dartmouth South.
Spokesperson for: Finance and Treasury Board, Mental Health & Additictions, 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs, L’nu Affairs, Agriculture, Acadian Affairs, Advanced Education and Communications NS.
Lisa is dedicated to building community and supporting economic development.
For over 30 years, she has been active with local organizations such as Bryony House, Phoenix Youth Programs, Stepping Stone, and local school organizations. After earning two degrees at Dal, she worked in the federal government on policy, finance, and international human rights. Following that, Lisa managed a youth mental health network at Dalhousie and started her own business.
She is also a PhD candidate in Health, studying mental health services. Lisa loves exploring the Nova Scotia outdoors with her family. Lisa understands government, community, and small business. She knows from personal experience the challenge of supporting a family when governments steps away.
Lisa is ready to support our community as we emerge from the public health crisis and move forward together.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Education and Early Childhood Development, Housing, African Nova Scotian Affairs, Office of Equity & Anti-Racism Initiatives, Immigration, Service Nova Scotia & Internal Services, and serves as the Caucus Whip.
Suzy Hansen is running to continue her strong record as a champion for our community.
Born and raised in Halifax’s North End, Suzy is a grassroots organizer, community leader, and mother of seven beautiful children. In 2016, she won a seat on the Halifax Regional School Board for District 5 (Peninsula North/Fairview), where she advocated passionately for our students and schools. Suzy has worked with Phoenix Youth Programs for the past 9 years, supporting youth and community, and building trusting relationships between stakeholders and service providers.
Suzy is also a member of HRM’s Community Mobilization Team, preventing violence by reducing distress, restoring unity and building resilience. Her board experience includes the Provincial Advisory Council on Education, Housing Nova Scotia, and Veith House.
With family ties to Africville, Suzy supports various initiatives throughout Halifax’s North End and the African Nova Scotian community, raising her voice in celebration, protest, and song.