Churchill named health minister
Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill was sworn in as the province's Minister of Health and Wellness last week.
Churchill will also oversee the new Office of Mental Health and Addictions.
Premier Iain Rankin and the new 16-member cabinet and were sworn in during a Feb. 23 ceremony. Churchill takes over the health portfolio after having served as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.
In addition to the new Office of Mental Health and Addictions under the Department of Health and Wellness, the cabinet also includes the new Department of Infrastructure and Housing and the Office of Equity and AntiRacism.
Among her other portfolios Kelly Regan was named Deputy Premier.
The two MLAs that ran against Rankin for leadership of the Liberal party were given high-priority portfolios.
Labi Kousoulis is the province's new Minister of Finance and Treasury Board and Minister of Inclusive
Economic Growth. He is also responsible for trade. Randy Delorey is Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Minister of Labour Relations.
As for some of the other appointments, Derek Mombourquette replaces Churchill as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Tony Ince returns to cabinet to lead the new Office of
Equity and Anti-Racism, in addition to retaining responsibility for the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs.
In addition to being responsible for the Office of Immigration and Population Growth, Lena Metlege Diab remains Minister of both Labour and Advanced Education and Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.
Keith Colwell continues as
Minister of Agriculture and of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson had previously announced he will not be reoffering in the next election and was not named to cabinet. Kings South MLA Keith Irving was appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Wilson had served as the previous environment minister.