Gerry O'Malley

Gerry O'Malley
MLA for Halifax Needham
In office
Preceded by Edmund L. Morris
Succeeded by Maureen MacDonald
Personal details
Born (1927-11-25) November 25, 1927
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Marie Elizabeth Langan
Children six
Occupation educator
Religion Roman Catholic

Gerald Joseph O'Malley (born November 25, 1927) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Halifax Needham in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1988 to 1998, as a member of the Liberals.[1][2]

O'Malley was born in Halifax in 1927. A graduate of Saint Mary's University, O'Malley was an educator, serving as principal at the Nova Scotia Community College, Akerley.[3] He also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, retiring in 1967.[4] In 1980, O'Malley was elected to Halifax City Council, where he served as Deputy Mayor in 1984.[3]

O'Malley entered provincial politics in the 1988 election, defeating New Democrat Maureen MacDonald by 776 votes in the Halifax Needham riding.[5] He was re-elected in the 1993 election, defeating his New Democrat opponent by 972 votes.[6] He served as a backbench member of John Savage's government until March 1995, when he was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Supply and Services.[7] In March 1996, O'Malley was shuffled to Minister of Science and Technology.[8][9] When Russell MacLellan was sworn-in as premier in July 1997, O'Malley was moved to Minister of Labour.[10][11] Despite indications he might retire, O'Malley ran for re-election in 1998,[12] but was defeated by New Democrat Maureen MacDonald by over 2,300 votes.[13][14]


  1. Canadian almanac & directory. Scobie & Balfour. 1995. pp. 4–155.
  2. "Electoral History for Halifax Needham" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  3. 1 2 "Minister of the Department of Labour biography". Government of Nova Scotia. Archived from the original on January 28, 1998. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  4. The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1989, pg. 851
  5. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1988" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 89. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  6. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 106. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  7. "Savage plays musical chairs with Cabinet, adds O'Malley". The Chronicle Herald. March 21, 1995.
  8. "Premier announces cabinet realignment". Government of Nova Scotia. March 22, 1996. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  9. "Downe climbs cabinet ladder as new department boss". The Chronicle Herald. March 23, 1996.
  10. "Premier MacLellan, new cabinet sworn in". Government of Nova Scotia. July 18, 1997. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  11. "MacLellan makeover". The Chronicle Herald. July 19, 1997. Archived from the original on February 4, 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  12. "O'Malley seeks nod in Halifax Needham". The Chronicle Herald. February 19, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  13. "Election Returns, 1998 (Halifax Needham)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  14. "Grit veterans swept away by 'orange tide'". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-11-22.

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