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Zach Churchill
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
July 9, 2022
Preceded byIain Rankin
Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party
Assumed office
July 9, 2022
Preceded byIain Rankin
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Yarmouth
Assumed office
June 22, 2010
Preceded byRichard Hurlburt
Personal details
Born (1984-05-25) May 25, 1984 (age 38)
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Political partyLiberal
SpouseKatie Churchill
Alma materSaint Mary's University
Occupationpolitician

Zachariah Churchill (born May 25, 1984) is a Canadian politician from Nova Scotia. He serves as the member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Yarmouth, first elected in 2010.

Early life and education

Churchill graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[1] He served as National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations from 2007 to 2009, representing student organizations across Canada.[2][3]

Political career

Churchill was nominated by the Nova Scotia Liberal Party in the riding of Yarmouth in May 2010.[4] He won the by-election held on June 22, 2010, which was contested by six high-profile candidates. Churchill garnered over half the popular vote, defeating John Deveau, who had served as MLA for the region, and by Charles Crosby, who served as Mayor of Yarmouth for two decades, and two minor-party leaders.[5] Churchill became the first Lebanese Canadian elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

Churchill was re-elected during the 2013 general election.[3][6] On October 22, 2013, Premier Stephen McNeil appointed Churchill to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Natural Resources.[7]

On July 24, 2015, McNeil shuffled his cabinet, moving Churchill to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia.[8][9][10] On June 15, 2017, Churchill was shuffled into the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development portfolio.[11][12]

As Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Churchill introduced major reforms into Nova Scotia's education system. This included the introduction of universal Pre-primary across the province, a Liberal campaign commitment during the 2017 election.[13]

During the 2021 Nova Scotia Liberal Party Leadership Election, Churchill supported Iain Rankin in his bid to become leader.[14] After Rankin's election as Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and Premier of Nova Scotia, Churchill became Minister of Health and Wellness, serving in Rankin's cabinet until August 31, 2021.[15] Churchill served as Health Minister during the COVID-19 pandemic, holding the position for six months.

Churchill was re-elected for the fourth time in 2021, winning the riding of Yarmouth with 56% of the vote.

In the wake of the Liberal Party's defeat in the 2021 Nova Scotia General Election election, Churchill became Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Health Critic.[16]

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Yarmouth (provincial electoral district)

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Yarmouth is a provincial electoral district in Nova Scotia, Canada, that elects one member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. It consists of the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth and the town of Yarmouth.

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Charles A. Crosby

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Personal life

Churchill resides in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with his wife Katie and two young daughters.[17]

Controversy

In 2019, two MLAs (including PC Leader Tim Houston) alleged they had been accosted by Churchill. They described the incidents as verbally and physically threatening.[18] Churchill admitted that he could be "confrontational", but denied physical altercations. Maureen MacDonald, former NSNDP leader, says Churchill became physical with a member of her caucus.[19]

Electoral record

2021 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Zach Churchill 4,344 56.32 -11.85
Progressive Conservative Candice Clairmont 2,856 37.03 +11.53
New Democratic SJ Rogers 322 4.17 +1.09
Green Adam Randall 191 2.48 -0.76
Total valid votes 7,713 99.56
Total rejected ballots 34 0.44
Turnout 7,747 55.17
Eligible voters 14,041
Liberal hold Swing -11.69
2017 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Zach Churchill 5,364 68.17 -13.91
Progressive Conservative Mitch Bonnar 2,007 25.50 +11.19
Green Jim Laverie 255 3.24 +2.26
New Democratic David Olie 243 3.08 +0.44
2013 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Zach Churchill 6,975 82.08 +31.43
  Progressive Conservative John Cunningham 1,216 14.31 -19.10
  New Democratic Party Charles Webster 224 2.64 -3.88
Green Vanessa Goodwin-Clairmont 83 0.98 -0.36
Yarmouth By-election June 22, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Zach Churchill 3,984 50.65 +36.58
  Progressive Conservative Charles Crosby 2,628 33.41 -27.93
  Independent Belle Hatfield 673 8.56 Ø
  New Democratic Party John Deveau 513 6.52 -16.41
Green John Percy 49 0.62 -1.04
Atlantica Jonathan Dean 19 0.24 Ø

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Source: "Zach Churchill", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zach_Churchill.

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References
  1. ^ Maroon & White - Winter 2009 Saint Mary's University
  2. ^ Churchill Nears End with CASA Yarmouth Vanguard
  3. ^ a b "Former student leader wins big in Nova Scotia election". Maclean's. October 9, 2013. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
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  5. ^ "Liberals win 2 N.S. byelections". CBC News. June 22, 2010.
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  8. ^ "Andrew Younger sworn back in to cabinet after shuffle". CBC News. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  9. ^ "Cabinet shuffle: Whalen out as finance minister, Younger back in". The Chronicle Herald. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
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  12. ^ "N.S. cabinet unveiled: Casey now deputy premier, finance minister". The Chronicle Herald. June 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
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  14. ^ Amirault, Courtney. "Churchill Backs Rankin For Liberal Leadership". Y95.5. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  15. ^ Scotia, Communications Nova (2018-05-11). "New Premier, Cabinet and Vision for Nova Scotia". News Releases. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  16. ^ Cooke, Alex (September 7, 2021). "N.S. Liberal leader Iain Rankin announces Opposition critics".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Our Team". Nova Scotia's Liberals. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  18. ^ "Former MLAs accuse N.S. education minister of 'pattern of inappropriate behaviour'". Global News. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  19. ^ "N.S. education minister denies allegations of physical confrontation with former MLAs". Global News. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
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