Nova Scotia cabinet member will run for the federal Liberal candidacy in Halifax riding

A minister of Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin’s cabinet has announced that she will run for the federal Liberal Party nomination in a Halifax-area riding.

In a statement released today, Labour Minister Lena Metlege Diab stated her desire to represent the federal party in the Halifax West riding, which is currently held by former House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan.

Regan, who was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1993, said in March that he would not run in the next federal election.

Metlege Diab will stay in cabinet as the MP for the Halifax Armdale riding, according to a provincial Liberal party spokesman, but will have to retire once a nomination date is determined.

The provincial Liberal caucus’ director of operations, Ray Anjoul, says the federal nomination date has yet to be set.

Metlege Diab was initially elected to the provincial legislature in 2013, and has served in a number of cabinet positions, including that of justice minister. The Canadian Press initially published this information on June 8, 2021.

Metlege Diab, a Halifax-based lawyer, was first elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in 2013, when the Liberals won a majority government. In 2017, she was re-elected.

Diab is also the province’s labour and advanced education minister, in addition to holding the immigration position. She was the province’s first female justice minister and attorney general before taking on these cases.