Wayne Adams

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Wayne Adams
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Preston
In office
Preceded by The riding was created in 1993.
Succeeded by Yvonne Atwell
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 74–75)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal

Wayne Adams, CM ONS (born 1943) is a former Canadian provincial politician who was the first Black Canadian member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and cabinet minister.

Early life

Adams was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Political career

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.[1]

A Nova Scotia Liberal, he was elected in the 1993 Nova Scotia general election in the riding of Preston. He was the Minister of the Environment, 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.[2]

Awards and recognition

In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.

In 2011, he was invested as a member of the Order of Nova Scotia.


  1. ^ Dawn Williams (2006). Who's Who in Black Canada 2. d.p. williams & associates. p. 27.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-03-10. Retrieved 2018-11-10.. The Chronicle Herald, March 26, 1998. Retrieved October 26, 2013.

External links

  • CBC Radio archives: Nova Scotia elects its first black MLA

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