It’s Official: New Premier, New Cabinet, New Names
Iain Rankin is now officially the Premier of Nova Scotia. He was sworn in as Nova Scotia's 29th Premier today by Lieutenant-Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc in a ceremony at Halifax's Convention Centre.
His newly appointed cabinet — 16 members in all — was also sworn in as part of the ceremony.
The new premier said, “I am honoured to be serving with these dedicated people who, as a team, are excited and ready to get to work on behalf of all Nova Scotians.” Rankin added, “The changes made in government today are a first step in fulfilling my promise to put the province on track for a successful economic recovery from the global pandemic.”
The cabinet includes the new Department of Infrastructure and Housing, and the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives. There is also a new Office of Mental Health and Addictions under the Department of Health and Wellness.
Rankin will serve as president of the Executive Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. He is Minister of the Department of L'nu Affairs, formally the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, and responsible for youth, military relations and the Office of Citizen-Centered Approaches.
Kelly Regan was named Deputy Premier. She will retain her position as Minister of Community Services with responsibility for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and takes on the Department of Seniors.
His two opponents in the leadership race have been re-appointed to cabinet. Labi Kousoulis is the province's new Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, along with Minister of Inclusive Economic Growth, the renamed Department of Business. He is also responsible for trade.
Randy Delorey is Attorney General and Minister of Justice, plus Minister of Labour Relations.
There will be three new faces around the cabinet table: Keith Irving was appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change. The newly named department recognizes the importance of climate change to government policy and decision making. Mr. Irving will also serve as Chair of Treasury and Policy Board.
Ben Jessome becomes Minister of the Public Service Commission, and Brendan Maguire is the province's new Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Zach Churchill, whose previous portfolios included the departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Municipal Affairs, becomes Minister of Health and Wellness. He will oversee the new Office of Mental Health and Addictions.
Chuck Porter returns to cabinet as Minister of Lands and Forestry plus Energy and Mines, while Derek Mombourquette becomes Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Tony Ince returns to cabinet to lead the new Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives, in addition to retaining responsibility for the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He also adds Communications Nova Scotia to his portfolio.
The Office of Immigration is now Immigration and Population Growth with Lena Metlege Diab as minister. She remains as Minister of both Labour and Advanced Education as well as Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.
Geoff MacLellan will lead the new Department of Infrastructure and Housing.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal becomes Transportation and Active Transit, with Lloyd Hines remaining as minister.
Keith Colwell continues as Minister of Agriculture and of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Patricia Arab retains her role as Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services.
Suzanne Lohnes-Croft remains as Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Gaelic Affairs, and adds responsibility for the Voluntary Sector.
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