Nova Scotia New Democrat Caucus
Claudia Chender was elected Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP in 2022. She was first elected MLA for Dartmouth South in 2017 and re-elected in 2021.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Intergovernmental Relations, and the Premier’s Office & Executive Council.
A lawyer, and former legal educator, with experience in non profit and small business, Claudia has a wide range of experience serving the Dartmouth South community and is a strong advocate for families and businesses across Nova Scotia.
Claudia has been an active volunteer, supporter and advocate in Dartmouth South and beyond. She has worked to reform our justice system, improve access to child care and housing, and for a just transition for workers and families across Nova Scotia.
Claudia and her husband are raising their three children in Dartmouth South.
Kendra Coombes was elected as MLA for Cape Breton Centre in March 2020 and re-elected in August 2021. She served as CBRM Councillor for District 11 from 2016 to 2020.
Spokesperson for: Municipal Affairs, Labour, Labour Relations, Gaelic Affairs, Community Services, Public Service Commission, Youth, Public Works and serves as Deputy House Leader.
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 BA in Political Science and a certificate in Public Administration from Cape Breton University.
Kendra is a lifelong resident of Scotchtown, where she lives with her partner Matthew Brown, and their daughters Rory and Isla.
Susan Leblanc was elected as MLA for Dartmouth North in May 2017 and re-elected in August 2021.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Health, Environment and Climate Change, Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage and serves as House Leader.
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 and across Nova Scotia, fighting for rent control, accessible child care, more affordable, adequate housing, Dartmouth’s 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 and more primary care options 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.
Gary was elected MLA for Halifax Chebucto in 2017 and re-elected in August 2021, he was MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley from 2009-2013. He served as Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP from 2016-2022.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Seniors and Long-Term Care, Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and serves as Caucus Whip.
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 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. An ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, he has served congregations in the Musquodoboit Valley and in Sydney. He and his partner Debbie Perrott live on Poplar Street. They have four grown children.
Lisa Lachance was elected as MLA for Halifax Citadel - Sable Island in August 2021.
Spokesperson for: 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs, L’nu Affairs, Mental Health and Addictions, Agriculture, Acadian Affairs, Advanced Education, Communications NS, Finance and Treasury Board, and Economic Development.
Lisa is dedicated to building community and supporting economic development. For over 30 years, they have 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 launched a national youth mental health network at Dalhousie and started her own social innovation business. They are currently a PhD Candidate in Health at Dalhousie University.
Lisa lives in Halifax with their partner Heather, and their two children.
Suzy Hansen was elected as MLA for Halifax Needham in August 2021.
Caucus Spokesperson for: Education and Early Childhood Development, Housing, African Nova Scotian Affairs, Office of Equity & Anti-Racism Initiatives, Immigration, Status of Women, Justice, Human Rights Commission, Elections NS, Accessibility Act, and serves as the Caucus Chair.
Suzy Hansen is a champion for her 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 worked with Phoenix Youth Programs for a decade, supporting youth and community, and building trusting relationships between stakeholders and service providers.
Suzy was 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.