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Honourable Karla MacFarlane

MacFarlane, Hon. Karla

The Honourable Karla MacFarlane is the Speaker of the House of Assembly. She is Nova Scotia’s first female Speaker.

Ms. MacFarlane was initially elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Pictou West in 2013. She was re-elected in 2017 and 2021.

Upon forming government in 2021, Ms. MacFarlane was honoured to serve as the Minister for the Department of Community Services, Minister of L’nu Affairs, and the Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She has also served on Treasury and Policy Board.

During her tenure as MLA, she served as the critic for a variety of portfolios including Health, Justice, and Environment. She proudly served as Interim Leader in 2018, and as Caucus Chair from 2018 to 2021.

In 2015, she received the Rising Star Award and in 2016, the Legislator of the Year Award from the Springtide Collective.

Ms. MacFarlane graduated from Husson University with an Associate Degree in Business Communications. Prior to politics, she was a small business owner, community volunteer, and was most happy helping others.

She cherishes spending time with family and friends and is immensely proud of her two adult children.

She is Chair of the House of Assembly Management Commission and the Assembly Matters Committee.

Constituency Party Start Date
Pictou West PC 2013


Contact details

Constituency office

Civic address:
37 Water Street
P.O Box 310
Pictou, NS
B0K 1H0

Phone: 902-485-8958
Fax: 902-485-5135

Speaker's Office

1st Floor, Province House
P.O. Box 1617
Halifax, NS
B3J 2Y3
Phone: (902) 424-5707
Fax: (902) 424-0632

Maps and history

Constituency History