Gary Burrill was elected leader of the Nova Scotia NDP in February 2016.
Gary Burrill’s career as a minister, author, egalitarian organizer and politician led him to run for the leadership of the Nova Scotia NDP. Democratic renewal and a commitment to the principles of social, economic and environmental justice guide him.
Gary joined the New Democratic Party upon returning from the United States in 1990. He served on the executive of the federal riding association for a decade, including as President. In 2006, he ran for the provincial party in Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, at a time when that seat seemed like the least likely to go orange in Nova Scotia. Though unsuccessful in that first attempt, he re-offered in 2009, and became the first NDP MLA in the constituency’s history. While serving in government from 2009-2013, he took on a variety of legislative roles, including Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Since the 2013 election, Gary has been serving the shared Baptist/United ministry of the new United Heritage Church in Sydney, a congregation he helped establish in 2014. Gary has been married for 35 years to Debra Perrott. They have four grown children —Clayton, Eva and Rosanna, of Halifax, and Fred, of Montreal.