Well, I guess I won my bet (although no one took me up on it) that Lloyd Hines would not be reappointed Minister of Natural Resources in Stephen McNeil’s freshly re-elected government.
The Premier announced the new cabinet today and the DNR post goes to Margaret Miller who served as Minister of Environment in the last 16 months of the first McNeil government (Oct 8, 2013 to May 30, 2017).
The brief Bio for her on nslegislature.ca tells us the following:
The Honourable Margaret Miller was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Hants East in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.
She has served as Minister of Environment.
She has worked in agriculture, forestry and small business and served as the National President of MADD Canada.
A CBC item (Jan 12, 2016) about her appointment as Minister of Environment in the previous government provides a little more info:
Miller says her 25 years helping run the family dairy farm and then another 14 years managing a woodlot has given her an appreciation for government rules and regulations.
“As an MLA for the past two-plus years, you know environment plays a key role in so many of the decisions we do,” she said. “The whole thing has been a learning process and I guess I bring all of that to the table.”
Miller said she is passionate about the environment.
“I have children. I have grandchildren. Hopefully have great grandchildren at some point. We have to make sure that we have a province that we’re proud of for all Nova Scotians. Everything comes back to environment, one way or another.”
It sounds hopeful.
I do hope that she talked to Chief Gloade about glyphosates.