MacNeil, Chuck, 1944-

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MacNeil, Chuck, 1944-

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Charles Wyndham MacNeil was born on 2 December 1944 in New Glasgow, N.S., son of Edgar William MacNeil and Elizabeth Adelaide (Weir). He was educated at East Pictou Rural High School and Mount Allison University (B.Sc., 1964). He later attended Dalhousie University (MD, 1969). He practiced as a family physician in Yarmouth, 1969-1981, and in Sherbrooke from 1981 on. From 1982 to 1984 he was a municipal councillor for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's. In 1966 he married Elizabeth Alison Fleming of Stellarton, N.S. and they had four children. MacNeil was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1984 as MLA for Guysborough and re-elected in 1988. He served as a member of several legislative committees, including Education (1985), Law Amendments and Veterans Affairs (1986), Economic Development (chair, 1987), Community Services and Public Accounts (1990-1991). In 1988 he was chairman of the Progressive Conservative Caucus and later chairman of the Caucus Committee on Youth. On 23 December 1988 he was appointed minister of lands and forests, and was also appointed minister of mines and energy in February 1991. Under his direction the two departments merged in September 1991 and became the Department of Natural Resources. On 24 February 1992 he was appointed minister of finance. On 25 May 1993 he was defeated in the provincial election. Throughout his career MacNeil has participated in numerous organizations including the YMCA, Guysborough Progressive Conservative Association, and the Canadian and Nova Scotia Medical Societies.

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