Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill to step down once party chooses successor

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill says he is stepping down from his post as soon as his party chooses his successor.

Burrill made the announcement at the legislature today, saying the time is right to allow his party to renew its leadership.

The 66-year-old Burrill says the party has 12 months under its rules to find a new leader.

He was elected leader in 2016 and led the New Democrats through two provincial elections, finishing third both times.

The party won seven seats in the 2017 election won by the Liberals and six in the Aug. 17 vote won by the Progressive Conservatives.

Before taking the party's top job, Burrill had served as a backbencher in the government of former NDP premier Darrell Dexter from 2009 to 2013.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 9, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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