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Robert Chisholm is probably best known for leading the Nova Scotia NDP from four to 19 seats in the 1998 provincial election.

Says Chisholm: “For me, public service is a passion and a personal responsibility. I feel obliged to speak up on behalf of others – whose voices might otherwise be lost – so that fairness, respect and cooperation can be woven into the fabric of our society.”

  • Served for 12 years as an MLA, speaking up for Nova Scotia families and the issues they faced
  • Led the Nova Scotia NDP from 1996 to 2000
  • Leader of the Opposition in Nova Scotia House of Assembly 1998-2000


After leaving politics to spend more time with his family in 2003, Robert Chisholm found other ways to put his commitment to fairness, respect, and problem solving into action. In his professional life, he:

  • Worked as Atlantic Regional Director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
  • With wife Paula Simon, founded Simon Chisholm Consulting to help clients develop stronger relationships and better workplace environments
  • Served as co-chair of the new provincial government’s transition team following the 2009 election


Contributing to the community is important to Robert Chisholm. He has done so by serving as:

  • Member on the Board of Governors at Dalhousie University
  • Board chair of the Prior Learning Centre
  • Board member of the United Way of Halifax Region
  • Co-chair of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 United Way of Halifax Region campaign


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