Former Premier John Buchanan dies at age 88

John Buchanan

The Nova Scotia Legislature says flags are at half-mast Friday following the passing of former Premier John Buchanan on Thursday.

He was 88.

Buchanan, born in Sydney, was first elected in the riding of Halifax Atlantic in 1967.

He was appointed Minister of Public Works and Fisheries in 1969 and elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia in 1971.

Buchanan became premier in 1978 and was re-elected in 1981, 1984, and 1988, becoming the third Premier in Nova Scotia to be elected to four consecutive terms.

He resigned in 1990 when Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed him to the Senate where he remained until retiring at age 75 in 2006.