meet Kevin Deveaux, MLA

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Kevin Deveaux was elected as the Member of the Legislature (MLA) for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003.

From 1984 to 1986, Kevin attended St. Mary’s University, studying for a Bachelor in Commerce. Prior to finishing his degree, Kevin was accepted at Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated from York University in 1989. He articled with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, with the Ministry of Labour Legal Services Branch, between 1989 and 1990 and continued to work at that location until 1992.

In 1992, Kevin returned to Nova Scotia where he worked first with the City of Halifax, and then with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice where he worked as a Crown Attorney. From 1993 to 1996, Kevin worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour as a Legislation and Policy Review Officer. In that position, he worked with labour and management in drafting the new Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Kevin announced he was quitting his position as an NDP MLA to work in Vietnam for the United Nations.

In 1995, Kevin was selected to work with the United Nations International Labour Organization in China. He worked in Beijing with the Chinese Government, employers and unions to draft workplace protection legislation. From 1996 until his election in 1998 Kevin worked with the Nova Scotia Workers’ Advisers program, representing injured workers who had claims with the Workers’ Compensation Board.

From 1999-2003 Kevin was the Deputy Speaker in the House of Assembly. In that role, he presided over the debates in the Assembly when the Speaker was not available and chaired committee meetings. He also provided advice to the Speaker with regard to procedural issues in the Assembly.

After the 2003 provincial election, Kevin was appointed the House Leader for the Official Opposition. His duties include negotiating with the other political parties in the minority government situation and monitoring and developing legislation in the House of Assembly.

In March, 2004, Kevin traveled to Cambodia where he spoke to Members of Parliament and civil society with regard to building political parties that are open and transparent. He was the keynote speaker at a conference on Youth in Politics in Cambodia.

In 2005 Kevin was the Head of Delegation for an Election monitoring team that observed the local elections in Palestine. He has also worked in Egypt as part of study missions to observe the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

On Jan. 24, 2007, Kevin announced he was quitting his position as an NDP MLA to work in Vietnam for the United Nations.

description › When Kevin Deveaux ran for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, we worked with Kevin to provide a very distinct visual style for his print and on-line campaign.