Premier McNeil announces cabinet shuffle

Premier Stephen McNeil has announced a cabinet shuffle, effective immediately.

Hants West MLA Chuck Porter is the new Minister of Municipal Affairs as Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette has been appointed Minister of the new Department of Energy and Mines, while Simon d'Entremont has been named deputy minister of Energy and Mines.

The new department splits the geoscience and mining division away from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which has been renamed the Department of Lands and Forestry with Timberlea-Prospect MLA Iain Rankin taking over as Minister.

Hants East MLA Margaret Miller moves from the former DNR back to Minister of the Department of Environment, a role she held from 2016-17, replacing Rankin.

Finally, Glace Bay MLA Geoff MacLellan has been named a member of Treasury and Policy Board, in addition to being Minister of Business, Trade, and Service Nova Scotia, as well as Government House Leader.