|Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
January 19, 2011 - October 24, 2013
|Lieutenant Governor||John J. Grant|
|Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
for Sydney-Whitney Pier
Cape Breton Nova (2003-2013)
August 5, 2003 - April 2, 2015
Gordon Leonard Gosse, Jr.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||November 14, 2019 (aged 64)|
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Residence||Whitney Pier, Sydney, Nova Scotia|
Gordon Leonard Gosse, Jr. (1955 - 14 November 2019)  was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Cape Breton Nova and Sydney-Whitney Pier in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2003 to 2015. He was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.
A native of Sydney's Whitney Pier neighbourhood, Gosse is a third generation steel worker, having worked for Sydney Steel Corporation for 18 years. An amateur athlete, Gosse also worked as a youth worker and served as Executive Director of the Whitney Pier Youth Club for 10 years.
In 1999, Gosse successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Cape Breton Nova, but was defeated by incumbent Paul MacEwan in the 1999 provincial election. In 2003, Gosse was again nominated as the NDP candidate in the riding. He was elected in the 2003 provincial election, achieving 44.54% of the vote and winning by a margin of 74 votes. He was re-elected in the 2006 provincial election with 60.92%, an increase of 2521 votes. He was re-elected in the 2009 provincial election with 71.07% and a margin of 3186 votes over his closest challenger. The riding of Cape Breton Nova was abolished following the 2012 electoral boundaries review. Gosse was re-elected in the new riding of Sydney-Whitney Pier in the 2013 provincial election with 49.37% and a margin of 550 votes over his closest challenger.
On January 19, 2011, Gosse was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia and held that position until October 24, 2013. While serving as Speaker, Gosse also served as Chair of the House of Assembly Management Commission as well as Chair of the Assembly Matters Committee. In appreciation for his work as Speaker of the House, Gosse was gifted a pair of boxing gloves signed by Canadian former heavyweight boxing champ, George Chuvalo from his legislature colleagues in all three political parties. While serving as Speaker, Gosse implemented a strict policy banning the use of mobile devices, including smart phones in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly during Question Period, stating that he would order the Sergeant-at-Arms to confiscate any device should the rule be violated.
On April 2, 2015, Gosse announced his resignation as MLA.
|2013 Nova Scotia general election:|
|New Democratic||Gordie Gosse||5,084||49.37||-5.25|
|Progressive Conservative||Leslie MacPhee||680||6.60||-1.79|
|Total valid votes|
|Total rejected ballots|
|Electors on the lists|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-7.03|