Veteran MLA part of provincial cabinet tinkering
HALIFAX - While a little surprised to get the call, veteran MLA Murray Scott is looking forward to the challenge presented by a new job in the provincial cabinet.
HALIFAX - While a little surprised to get the call, veteran MLA Murray Scott is looking forward to the challenge presented by a new job in the provincial cabinet. Scott, the MLA for Cumberland South, was moved from the justice portfolio to the new Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal ministry as part of a minor cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Rodney MacDonald early Tuesday. "It feels pretty good," Scott said from Halifax. "As a former police officer it was an honour to be the Attorney General of Nova Scotia, but the premier has asked me to take on a new role with new challenges and I look forward to it." Scott also becomes the minister responsible for Sydney Steel Corporation Act and the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. Former Speaker Cecil Clarke assumes Scott's old position as justice minister. Scott knows all too well about the infrastructure challenges being faced across the province. There are thousands of kilometers of roads and highways still in need of repair, there are new schools needed as well as new hospitals and health-care centres. One of his first tasks in the new department will be looking for other ways of completing these projects and while it's very unlikely the government will return to private-sector financing, the minister said it's time to think outside the box to get these projects completed. "We have a huge deficit when it comes to schools, hospitals and buildings owned by the province. I'm going to do a complete review of how we build buildings to see if we can accelerate the process," Scott said. "Are there other ways in which we can finance these buildings or other ways in which we can build them? Other areas are doing it and I want to look at how these areas are doing it before presenting anything to cabinet." Scott admitted he's going to miss his former portfolio in justice and is looking back at a number of accomplishments including the safer streets, safer communities initiatives, the crime and drug reduction strategies and work on the Youth Criminal Justice Act. firstname.lastname@example.org Who's going where: Murray Scott moves from Justice to Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Angus MacIsaac moves from Transportation to Economic Development Cecil Clarke moves from Speaker to Justice Len Goucher moves from Tourism to Immigration Bill Dooks moves to Tourism from Energy Richard Hurlburt moves from Economic Development to Energy and Military Relations Judy Streatch adds Communications Nova Scotia to Community Services responsibilities Jamie Muir adds Treasury and Policy Board to Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations responsibilities