Former Premier Rodney MacDonald stepped down Wednesday, making room for the first female leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives.

Karen Casey won the unanimous support of her colleagues at a caucus meeting yesterday. She was the only one to put her name forward.

Casey, the MLA for Colchester North, handled some of the most high-profile portfolios in Rodney MacDonald’s government, including health and education.


MacDonald expressed no regrets about resigning, and wished Casey the best of luck.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as leader, but it is time to move on to the next leader,” he said. “Again, I have no reservations about the last three-and-a-half years.”

MacDonald will continue to serve as the MLA for Inverness.