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Cabinet

The current cabinet consists of 16 members of the Executive Council.  The cabinet members are displayed in order of precedence.

The cabinet is the decision-making authority of the executive branch of government. It is responsible for government administration and policy.

Honourable Iain Rankin

Honourable Kelly Regan

Honourable Keith Colwell

Honourable Geoff MacLellan

  • Minister of Infrastructure and Housing

Honourable Zach Churchill

Honourable Randy Delorey

  • Provincial Secretary
  • Minister of Labour Relations
  • Minister responsible for the Elections Act
  • Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act
  • Minister responsible for the Regulations Act
  • Minister responsible for Part II of the Workers' Compensation Act
  • Minister responsible for the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act
  • Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Police Complaints Commissioner
  • Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Police Review Board
  • Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act

Honourable Tony Ince

Honourable Lena Metlege Diab

Honourable Labi Kousoulis

Honourable Lloyd Hines

Honourable Patricia Arab

Honourable Suzanne Lohnes-Croft

Honourable Brendan Maguire

Appointment & membership

The cabinet, formally the Executive Council, is made up of members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor on the advice of the premier. The Lieutenant Governor may appoint a president, deputy president and ministers to the Executive Council. By tradition, the president of the Executive Council is the premier.

Membership in the Executive Council is by appointment, and as such, a member does not necessarily have to be an elected Member of the House of Assembly.

When a general assembly dissolves, Members of the House of Assembly cease to be members, but members of the Executive Council continue in their appointed positions until they either resign or a new member is sworn-in in their place.

Members of the Executive Council may use the honorific “The Honourable” before their name and the initials E.C.N.S. after their name to indicate their membership. These privileges are also accorded to honorary members of the Executive Council.

Oaths

An appointment to the Executive Council becomes official when the member is sworn-in. Appointees must swear the ministerial oath of allegiance and oath of office. If a minister’s responsibilities change, he or she does not have to swear the oaths again.

Typically, new members of the Executive Council are sworn-in at Government House, residence of the Lieutenant Governor.