Fonds MG 2, vol. 1867-1886 - Chuck MacNeil fonds

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Chuck MacNeil fonds

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NSHP MG 2, vol. 1867-1886

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  • 1981-1993, predominant 1989-1992 (Creation)
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    MacNeil, Chuck, 1944-

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5.2 cm of textual records

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Charles Wyndham MacNeil was born on 2 December 1944 in New Glasgow, N.S., son of Edgar William MacNeil and Elizabeth Adelaide (Weir). He was educated at East Pictou Rural High School and Mount Allison University (B.Sc., 1964). He later attended Dalhousie University (MD, 1969). He practiced as a family physician in Yarmouth, 1969-1981, and in Sherbrooke from 1981 on. From 1982 to 1984 he was a municipal councillor for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's. In 1966 he married Elizabeth Alison Fleming of Stellarton, N.S. and they had four children. MacNeil was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1984 as MLA for Guysborough and re-elected in 1988. He served as a member of several legislative committees, including Education (1985), Law Amendments and Veterans Affairs (1986), Economic Development (chair, 1987), Community Services and Public Accounts (1990-1991). In 1988 he was chairman of the Progressive Conservative Caucus and later chairman of the Caucus Committee on Youth. On 23 December 1988 he was appointed minister of lands and forests, and was also appointed minister of mines and energy in February 1991. Under his direction the two departments merged in September 1991 and became the Department of Natural Resources. On 24 February 1992 he was appointed minister of finance. On 25 May 1993 he was defeated in the provincial election. Throughout his career MacNeil has participated in numerous organizations including the YMCA, Guysborough Progressive Conservative Association, and the Canadian and Nova Scotia Medical Societies.

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Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by MacNeil in the course of his constituency, ministerial and personal activities. Includes correspondence, subject files, committee files, reports, newspaper clippings, memoranda, notes, speeches, and printed material. Includes files, accumulated as MLA, concerning National Sea Products, the closing of the fish plant in Canso, and the development of business and industry in Guysborough County. Other records accumulated by MacNeil and his executive assistant, Bernard A. O'Neill, while he was minister of lands and forests and minister of natural resources pertain to such departmental responsibilities as forests, parks, and wharves.

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Donated by MacNeil in June 1993.

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Access restricted until 2025.

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Related material concerning contemporary political issues may be found in the Vince MacLean fonds, John Buchanan fonds, Guy LeBlanc fonds and John Leefe fonds. The latter three fonds contain related files concerning the activities of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.

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