Nova Scotia cabinet

Tim Houston, from left, stands with fellow MLAs Karla MacFarlane and Pat Dunn. (Goodwin photo)

Tim Houston was sworn in as Nova Scotia’s 30th premier Tuesday.

 A 19-member cabinet, with women leading the largest departments, will help deliver on the priorities of Nova Scotians.

 “This team will be focused on taking action on the things Nova Scotians have clearly told us are important to them,” said Houston, who is MlA for Pictou East. “I’m very proud of the talented, committed people we’ve selected, and I know they will work hard for Nova Scotians. We will find solutions that move us forward, together.”

The cabinet and refocused government departments reflect what the premier envisions for health care, universal mental health services, dignity for seniors, rebuilding the economy and more and better paying jobs.

The premier will also serve as President of the Executive Council, the Minister of Trade and the Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs and the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness.

Allan MacMaster will be the deputy premier and will also be the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, the Minister of Gaelic Affairs and the Minister responsible for Labour Relations.

Michelle Thompson will become the Minister of Health and Wellness. She will also oversee a newly created Office of Health Care Professionals Recruitment.

Pictou County’s other two MLAs were also named to the cabinet.

Karla MacFarlane is the new Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for the Status of Women and the Office of L’nu Affairs.

Pat Dunn will return to cabinet as the Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, which assumes responsibility of Tourism Nova Scotia. He’ll also have responsibility for African Nova Scotian Affairs, the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives and the Voluntary Sector.