NS: Premier announces Cabinet shuffle
On July 5, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced a cabinet shuffle that sees an MLA joining cabinet and another returning to a previous portfolio.
MLA for Hants West Chuck Porter will join the cabinet as minister of municipal affairs. Porter joined the Liberals in February 2016 after sitting as an independent MLA since June 2014. Prior to that, Porter was a member of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative caucus.
Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette has been named minister of energy and mines. The geoscience and mining division of the former Department of Natural Resources will be transferred to this portfolio.
Timberlea-Prospect MLA Iain Rankin will now be the minister of the newly named Department of Lands and Forestry.
Hants East MLA Margaret Miller returns to the role of environment minister, which is a role she held from 2016-2017.