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Harvey Veniot

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Harvey Alfred Veniot, QC November 18, 1915 – October 2, 2009 was a lawyer, judge and political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada He represented Pictou West in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1956 to 1974 as a Progressive Conservative member

Veniot was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the son of Alexander R Veniot and Gladys Maclean, and was educated at Pictou Academy, St Francis Xavier University, Dalhousie Law School and the University of Saskatchewan He was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1940 Veniot married Rhoda Marion MacLeod in 1944

Political career

Veniot served as a town councillor in Pictou from 1945 to 1946 In 1953, he was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the provincial assembly, losing to Liberal incumbent Stewart W Proudfoot by 9 votes Veniot ran again in the 1956 election, defeating Proudfoot by 88 votes to win the Pictou West riding In 1958, he was named Queen's Counsel Veniot was re-elected in the 1960, 1963, 1967, and 1970 elections

Veniot served as Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia from February 1961 to April 1968 In May 1968, Venoit was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Agriculture He was given an additional role in cabinet in July 1968 as Minister of Municipal Affairs He was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1974, losing to Liberal Dan Reid by 22 votes

Following his defeat, Veniot returned to the practice of law In 1979, he was named judge in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia Veniot died on October 2, 2009

The Harvey A Veniot Causeway at Pictou was named after him


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  1. ^ "Electoral History for Pictou West" PDF Nova Scotia Legislative Library Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Elliott, Shirley B 1984 The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory PDF Public Archives of Nova Scotia p 225 ISBN 0-88871-050-X Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  3. ^ a b c d "Harvey Veniot, former NS judge and politician, dies" CBC News October 4, 2009 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  4. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1953" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 58 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  5. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1956" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 61 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  6. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1960" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 66 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  7. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1963" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 68 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  8. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1967" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 71 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  9. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1970" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 74 Retrieved 2015-06-07 
  10. ^ "Premier shifts 7 portfolios in NS Cabinet" The Globe and Mail May 10, 1968 
  11. ^ "Gaum added, two shuffled in NS Cabinet" The Globe and Mail July 17, 1968 
  12. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1974" PDF Elections Nova Scotia p 107 Retrieved 2015-06-07 

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