Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier, Justice Minister, and MLA for Clayton Park West, says she will not re-offer in the next provincial election.
Premier Stephen McNeil thanked her for her service.
“Diana is a hard-working representative,” said Premier McNeil. “She is a key member of cabinet and caucus, a strong example for other women entering politics, and a dear friend.
“She was always willing to do what was right for the people of Nova Scotia.”
Ms. Whalen served as an MLA since 2003. Before that, she served as a municipal councilor and worked as a management consultant. She is the province’s first female deputy premier.
“I entered politics to serve my community, and I’m proud to have been part of this government,” said Ms. Whalen. “I’m especially grateful to my constituents for the confidence they’ve placed in me, and for their continued support and friendship.
“Because of my recent health issues, I have decided it is a good time to a make change. It’s been a privilege and honour to serve as minister and MLA. “
Ms. Whalen said she will stay in her role as minister and deputy premier until the next election.
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