Independent Progressive Conservative
MLA for District 7: Morell - Mermaid
Independent Member's Office
Lower Level, Coles Building
Tel: (902) 368-4339
Olive Crane was elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election held March 20, 2006, as MLA for District #2, Morell-Fortune. In the May 28, 2007, provincial election, she was re-elected to the Legislative Assembly as the MLA for District #7, Morell-Mermaid, and re-elected for that district in the October 3, 2011, provincial election.
Olive Crane served as Interim Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and Interim Leader of the Official Opposition following the 2007 provincial election. In 2010, she was elected Official Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and became the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. In 2013, she resigned as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and Leader of the Official Opposition. Olive sits as an independent Progressive Conservative.
Olive grew up in Morell, and is one of eight children. She is the daughter of Herb and Margaret Crane, who operated a diary farm in the community of Morell. She attended local schools and graduated from Dalhousie University in 1991 with a Degree in Social Work.
Olive has been a career public servant, having served in a variety of provincial government departments, including the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. During her employment with the Department of Social Services she served as an employment officer, and later took on the duties of supervisor, manager and director.
She has served as a board member on the National Council of Welfare and the Canadian Association of Education, and has volunteered in her community in a variety of capacities with the Morell and Area Soccer Club.
She and her husband, Paul Affleck, currently own and operate a wild blueberry farm in Douglas Station. They have three children: Lindy, Drew and Lydia.