Lenore Zann

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Lenore Zann

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Cumberland—Colchester
Assumed office
October 21, 2019
Preceded by Bill Casey
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Truro-Bible Hill
In office
June 9, 2009 October 8, 2013
Preceded by Jamie Muir
Succeeded byriding redistributed
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
In office
October 8, 2013 September 12, 2019
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded by Dave Ritcey
Personal details
Born (1959-11-22) November 22, 1959 (age 60)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal
Other political
New Democrat (provincial; until 2019)
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Ralph Dillon
(m. 1987;div. 1994)

Dennis Keaveney
(m. 1998;div. 2002)
OccupationActress, politician
Website mlalenorezann.com

Lenore Elizabeth Zann MP (born November 22, 1959) is a Canadian actress and politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Cumberland—Colchester in the House of Commons of Canada as a member of the Liberal Party since 2019. Before entering federal politics, she represented the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2009 until 2019 as a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party and from June 9, 2019 until September 12, 2019 as an Independent.


Life and career

Zann was born in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of Janice, a high school teacher, and Paul Zann, a professor. [1] Her great-grandfather, named Zaninovich (Zaninović), came to Australia from Croatia. [2]

She emigrated with her parents to Canada in 1968, first to Regina, Saskatchewan, then to Truro, Nova Scotia, and later graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre, a high school in Truro, which was noted for its student musical productions. She attended York University in Toronto where she studied drama, fine arts and political science.

Zann worked as a screen, television, stage, and voice actress, and appeared in numerous television shows, films, radio, and animated series. As an actor, she is best known for providing the voice of Rogue on the 1992 animated television adaptation of the X-Men comic book series.

After living in Halifax, Toronto, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and New York City, Zann returned to Truro in 2008. [3]

That fall she started a community campaign to restore a historic former academic building in downtown Truro, the Provincial Normal College, into a cultural centre. She claims to have raised $62,000.00 for a feasibility study following which the four-story, 24,000 sq feet provincially designated Victorian brick building was repurposed to become the centre point of downtown Truro - the town’s new Central Colchester Regional Library, with a skating rink in front during winter months. [4]

During her first four years as a backbencher in the first NDP government in Nova Scotia Zann was appointed Ministerial Assistant for three positions: Culture & Heritage, Environment & Climate Change, and Deputy Premier - unsuccessfully working to reinstate the Nova Scotia Arts Council and improve the Film Tax-Credit for the film & TV industry.

As a first-time opposition member Zann has been NDP spokesperson for Education, Environment, Status of Women, Human Rights Commission, Aboriginal Affairs & Truth & Reconciliation, Agriculture, Advanced Education, African NS Affairs, Gaelic Affairs.

During her 10 years as MLA, she introduced two successful bills. Bill 90 amended the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Act to increase the size of the Board of Directors to ten. Bill 74 changed the name of the new electoral district of Truro–Bible Hill to Truro–Bible Hill–Millbrook–Salmon River.

Each summer she produces and directs a community theatre production for the Truro Theatre Society, which boasts a cast of all ages - including students from local Elementary, Junior and High schools. To date this includes Our Town, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and the very popular free public productions “Shakespeare in Victoria Park”: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth.

Political career

On April 8, 2009, Zann successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Truro-Bible Hill. [5] On the same day, an employee of the Liberal Party leaked a topless photo of her to the media from her appearance in The L Word . [6] [7] Zann was elected in the 2009 provincial election [8] [9] and served as the Ministerial Assistant for the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage. [10] She was subsequently re-elected in the 2013 provincial election to represent the reconfigured electoral district, now called Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River. [11]

In that election the NDP was reduced to seven seats in the Legislature and third party status. Zann served as the NDP critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Community Culture and Heritage, Community Services, Education, Human Rights Commission/Status of Women, and Seniors and Disabled. [12]

Zann has also taken a lead position in regard to environmental racism and has introduced Bill-111, the Environmental Racism Prevention Act, to address this issue in Nova Scotia. [13]

On June 12, 2015, Zann announced her bid for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. [14] On February 27, 2016, Zann was defeated in her leadership bid, losing to Gary Burrill on the second ballot. [15]

On June 9, 2019, Zann announced she would seek the Liberal nomination to succeed retiring Liberal MP Bill Casey in Cumberland—Colchester for the 2019 federal election. [16] She sat as an independent member in Nova Scotia's legislature as she sought the nomination. [17] Zann won the federal Liberal nomination on July 27, 2019, defeating three other candidates including Bill Casey's constituency assistant. [18] She resigned her seat on September 12. [19]

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election
Liberal Lenore Zann16,67236.68Decrease2.svg27.05
Conservative Scott Armstrong 16,21935.69Increase2.svg9.23
Green Jason Blanch6,01513.23Increase2.svg9.67
New Democratic Larry Duchesne 5,45111.99Increase2.svg6.28
People's William Archer6081.34New
Independent Matthew V. Rushton2320.51New
Veterans CoalitionJody O'Blenis1440.32New
National Citizens Alliance Stephen J. Garvey1090.24New
Total valid votes/Expense limit45,450100.0   $104,050.86
Total rejected ballots4470.97Increase2.svg0.59
Eligible voters66,616
Liberal hold Swing Decrease2.svg18.14
Source: Elections Canada [20]
2013 Nova Scotia general election
     New Democratic Party Lenore Zann3,16538.10
     Liberal Barry J. Mellish2,68232.20
     Progressive Conservative Charles Cox2,47029.70
2009 Nova Scotia general election
     New Democratic Party Lenore Zann4,14748.40
     Progressive Conservative Hughie MacIsaac2,60730.42
     Liberal Bob Hagell1,65119.27
Green Kaleigh Brinkhurst1641.91


Film (live action)

1980 Hounds of Notre Dame Lila Petrie
1981 Happy Birthday to Me Maggie
1981 Black Mirror Julie
1982 Visiting Hours Lisa
1982 Murder by Phone Connie Lawson
1983 American Nightmare Tina
1984 That's My Baby! Sally
1985 Def-Con 4 J.J.
1985 Return Susan
1986 One Night Only Anne McGraw
1987 Prettykill Carrie
1987 The Girl Viveka
1988 Something About Love Sylviaalso performed the song, "Lying Lips"
1989 The Amityville Curse n/adirect to video; performed song "Lying Lips"
1990 Back Stab n/aperformed the song, "Lying Lips"
1993 Change of Heart Carmen
1994 Boozecan Sunny
1994 Cold Sweat Ghost
1995 Johnston... Johnston Queen Beeshort movie
1996 Natural Enemy Gina Knoxdirect to video
1998 Babyface Margaret
2007 Dirty Laundry Lindashort movie
2008 Favorite Son
2010 Trigger Beebee
2014Becoming Marilyn!HerselfDocumentary
2020 Stage Mother Bevette

Film (animated)

1991 Tooth Fairy, Where Are You? DottieTV movie
1999 Makai Tenshô: The Armageddon Queen Kasuga
2003 Rescue Heroes: The Movie Wendy Waters
2005 My Little Pony: Friends are Never Far Away Star Catcherdirect to video
2005 My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas Star Catcher short movie; also performed the song, "The Magic of Christmas"
2012 Bratz: Desert Jewelz Alia

Television (live action)

1982 Something's Afoot HopeTV movie
1986 Mania: The Intruder Julie SomersTV movie; segment: "The Good Samaritan"; credited as Lenore Zahn
1989 Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop (1 episode); "Jail Bait"
1989 Love & Hate LynneTV movie
1989 Last Train Home Lily ManseTV movie
1990 On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story TV movie
1991 Conspiracy of Silence Soap Actress #1TV mini-series
1992 Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story BettyTV movie
1992 Beyond Reality Diane(1 episode); "Theatre of the Absurd"
1993 Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer Diane DelanaTV movie
1993 The Hidden Room Amy(1 episode); "Transfigured Night"
1990-1993 Street Legal Nina Pascaras/Jean Rhomerrecurring role; 8 episodes
1994 RoboCop: The Series Willa(1 episode); "Sisters in Crime"
1994 Forever Knight Amber(1 episode); "Capital Offence"
1995 Rent-a-Kid Elaine LomanTV movie
1996 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice AngieTV movie
1996 Millennium Ruthie Bangs(1 episode); "The Well-Worn Lock"
1997 Police Academy: The Series Bonnie(1 episode); "Shopping with the Enemy"
1999 Lexx The Dark Lady(1 episode); "Woz"
1999 Pit Pony L.B. Collins(1 episode); "Famous"
2000 Personally Yours JosieTV movie
2001 Cold Squad Laurie Peters(1 episode); "The Box"
2001 Mysterious Ways Beverly Wilcox(1 episode); "A Time to Every Purpose"
2003 Andromeda Senator Bayliss(1 episode); "The Risk-All Point"
2004 Law & Order Tina(1 episode); "Veteran's Day"
2004 Kingdom Hospital Harriet(2 episodes); "The West Side of Midnight", "Goodbye Kiss"
2004 The Chris Isaak Show Sharon Nesbick(1 episode); "Suspicion"
2006 'Til Death Do Us Part Nancy Seaman(1 episode); "Pilot"
2007 Love Notes MerryTV movie
2008 The L Word Jackie(1 episode); "Look Out, Here They Come!"

Television (animated)

1992–1997 X-Men Rogue 68 episodes
1993 Stunt Dawgs Sizzle/Bambi
1993–1994 Cadillacs & Dinosaurs Miklamain role; 13 episodes
1995 Spider-Man Rogue Episodes: "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 4: The Mutant Agenda", "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 5: Mutants Revenge"
1995 Turtle Island Ingrid/Wormy
1996 Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad credited as Lenore Zahn
1998 Salty's Lighthouse Aurora/Sunshine/Captain Star/Lillie Lightship/Little Ditcher/Sally Seaplane
1998 Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend Persephone(1 episode); "Persephone & the Winter Seeds"
1999 Arc the Lad Announcer/Kids
1999–2000 Avengers: United They Stand Tigra (Greer Grant Nelson)main role; 13 episodes
1999–2002 Rescue Heroes Wendy Watersrecurring role; 32 episodes
1999 Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Alice Sharomerecurring role
1999 Magic Knight Rayearth Caldinarecurring role
credited as Zan (source Discotek release credits)
year is for English dub, anime originally debuted in 1994
2000 Gate Keepers Satoko Takanashi
2000 Dinozaurs Dino Pterarecurring role
2000 Capertown Cops recurring role; credited as Lenore Zahn
2001 Outlaw Star Aisha Clanclanyear is for English dub, anime originally debuted in 1997
2001 Mobile Suit Gundam Crowley Hamonyear is for English dub, anime originally debuted in 1979
2001 Alienators: Evolution Continues Additional Voices
2001–2002 Mary-Kate & Ashley in Action! Renee La Rougerecurring role; 6 episodes
2001–2005 Dragon Tales Lorca(2 episodes); "A New Friend/El Dia deal Maestro", "A New Friend/Have No Fear"
2003–2004 MegaMan: NT Warrior Rollrecurring role
2003 The Mummy Anck Su Namun (4 episodes); "The Reckoning", "Old Friends", "A New Beginning: Part 1", "A New Beginning: Part 2"
2004–2006 Dragon Booster Kitt Wonnrecurring role; 39 episodes
2006–2008 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Chikara Shisho recurring role; 10 episodes
2007 Serial Experiments Lain Reika
2007–2009 Storm Hawks Master Cyclonisrecurring role; 8 episodes
2008–2009 Animal Mechanicals Island Owlrecurring role; 41 episodes
2009–2011 Word World Kangaroo(2 episodes); "Runaway O", "Mail-Mix Up!"

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
1996 X-Men vs. Street Fighter Rogue / Birdy
1998 Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes Rogue
2000 The Misadventures of Tron Bonne Digger
2000 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes Rogue / BirdyUncredited
2004 The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown Titania

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