Saturday, August 15, 2015

A00514 - Wayne Adams, African Canadian Provinicial Politician

Wayne Adams, (b. 1943) is a former Canadian provincial politician who was the first African Canadian member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and cabinet minister.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Adams was first elected to the Halifax Municipal Council in 1979 and was re-elected five times. He was Deputy Mayor from 1982 to 1983.
A Nova Scotia Liberal, Adams was elected in the 1993 Nova Scotia general election in the riding of Preston. He was the Minister of the Environment, the Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act, and the Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority in the governments of first John Savage (1993–1997) and then Russell MacLellan (1997–1998). He was defeated in 1998 by the NDP candidate, Yvonne Atwell. 
In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor.
In 2011, he was invested as a member of the Order of Nova Scotia. 

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