Margaret Miller named Nova Scotia's new environment minister

Margaret Miller has served as deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly and previously served as national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada

'She's been really just a true team player and one that will add great strength to our cabinet'

Hants East MLA Margaret Miller is Nova Scotia's new minister of the environment.

The province of Nova Scotia has a new minister of the environment. 

Margaret Miller, Hants East MLA, joins Premier Stephen McNeil's executive council.

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."

For his part, Premier Stephen McNeil is happy to have Miller join his inner circle.

'True team player' 

"Margaret's been an outstanding colleague. She's demonstrated her ability not only to grasp the files that, as a government, we've provided to caucus but she's really been a leader and has done a tremendous job of liasoning with departments," he said. 

"A number of ministers over the past number of years have relied on Margaret to do work with them and she's been really just a true team player and one that will add great strength to our cabinet."

Miller takes over the file from the current minister of the environment and minister of finance, Randy Delorey, who in turn took it over from former Liberal Andrew Younger last November.

McNeil tossed Younger from cabinet and threw him out of caucus in the midst of the controversy surrounding Younger's decision not to testify during a court case.

Miller was first elected to the legislature in 2013. She has served as deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly and as national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada.

According to a news release from the province, a new deputy Speaker will be appointed at a later date.

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Jean Laroche

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Jean Laroche has been a CBC reporter for 32 years. He's been covering Nova Scotia politics since 1995 and has been at Province House longer than any sitting member.