09/07/2013 03:26 EDT | Updated 11/07/2013 05:12 EST

A sketch of the leader of Nova Scotia's Liberals

Some facts about Stephen McNeil, leader of Nova Scotia's Liberal Party:

Age: 48

Education: Nova Scotia Community College.

Early Years: He comes from a large family of 17 children and he was raised by his mother, Theresa, after the sudden death of his father in 1977. He is the 12th of the 17 children. Theresa McNeil, a recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia, died in March.

Career: Owned a small business before getting into politics.

Politics: First elected to the legislature in 2003 and re-elected in 2006. He represents the riding of Annapolis. Became leader of the party in April 2007.

Family: Married to Andrea, the McNeils live in the Annapolis Valley and have two teenagers, Colleen and Jeffrey.