A radio news director from eastern Nova Scotia has been tapped as the provincial agriculture minister for incoming Premier Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservatives.
Greg Morrow, the new MLA for Guysborough-Tracadie, was sworn in Tuesday along with the other members of Houston’s 19-member cabinet.
Houston’s Tories ousted Iain Rankin’s Liberal government in the Aug. 17 provincial election, scoring a majority with 31 of 55 seats, followed by the Liberals with 17, New Democrats with six and one former Tory returning as an independent.
For his part, Morrow unseated incumbent Liberal MLA and transportation minister Lloyd Hines in Guysborough-Tracadie by a spread of 1,710 votes.
Morrow, who lives at Tracadie, until now has been news director for 101.5 The Hawk, an FM station at nearby Port Hawkesbury on Cape Breton Island.
Where the previous ag minister, the Liberals’ Keith Colwell, had responsibility for fisheries and aquaculture also, Houston has separated those duties, assigning the fisheries and aquaculture file to Steve Craig, the Tory MLA for Sackville-Cobequid since 2019.
Retired vegetable and hort crop grower John Lohr, the returning MLA for Kings North and the Tories’ incumbent agriculture critic, was named Tuesday as minister for municipal affairs and housing, also with responsibility for the Emergency Management Office and military relations.
Another former Tory ag critic, returning Cumberland South MLA Tory Rushton, was named Tuesday as minister for natural resources and renewables, combining two former departments: Lands and Forestry, and Energy and Mines.
“This team will be focused on taking action on the things Nova Scotians have clearly told us are important to them,” Houston said Tuesday in a release.
Morrow, during his nomination in June, said Houston “is a leader who does more than criticize the government. He has offered common-sense ideas about what should be done every step of the way, and I’m excited to help bring those plans forward.” — Glacier FarmMedia Network