Premier announces new Justice Minister, other changes to Executive Council

Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to Executive Council on July 24.

"As premier, I am fortunate to have a very strong and capable team around me," said Premier McNeil. "As we move forward, I expect to see a greater concentration on the overall priorities of government, which include efforts to grow our population and ensure more opportunities for young Nova Scotians to develop the skills they need to thrive in the workforce."

Diana Whalen accepts the Great Seal of the Province from Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant after becoming Attorney General and Minister of Justice on July 24.
Diana Whalen accepts the Great Seal of the Province from Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant
after becoming Attorney General and Minister of Justice on July 24.

The changes to cabinet:

  • Diana Whalen retains her position as Deputy Premier and becomes Attorney General and Minister of Justice;
  • Randy Delorey becomes Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, and retains the portfolio of Gaelic Affairs;
  • Former Justice Minister Lena Metledge Diab is the Minister of Immigration;
  • Andrew Younger will return to cabinet as Minister of Environment;
  • Zach Churchill is the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Emergency Management Office, and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia;
  • Lloyd Hines, MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, will join cabinet as the new Minister of Natural Resources;
  • In addition to her duties as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Karen Casey will become Chair of Treasury and Policy Board; and Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan will take on the additional responsibility of Minister Responsible for Youth.

"In part, these cabinet reassignments are designed to promote a more aggressive approach to attracting new Canadians to Nova Scotia," Premier McNeil said. "By having a minister dedicated to immigration, I believe Nova Scotia will benefit from a more focused approach to growing our population."

The changes to Executive Council are effective immediately. For a complete list of cabinet roles and responsibilities, visit http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/.  

See the original July 24 announcement

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