New government executive council to be sworn in at King’s Theatre
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Premier-designate Stephen McNeil will assemble Nova Scotia's new government in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday. Annapolis Royal is the former capital of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia’s new government will get its start in the province’s original capital -- Annapolis Royal.
Premier-designate Stephen McNeil, from nearby Upper Granville, will announce and welcome the new executive council for the provincial government of Nova Scotia at a swearing-in ceremony held on October 22, at King’s Theatre in the town of Annapolis Royal at 11 a.m.
A public reception will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Annapolis Royal at 12 noon where members of the public and media are welcomed to attend.
A reception will also follow later in the day between 4 and 6 p.m. at Province House in Halifax. Due to fire safety regulations, this event will be by invitation only. Media are invited to attend.
“I am eager to begin the hard work of implementing our plan to invest in the province of Nova Scotia and its people,” said McNeil. “The new executive council will represent a dynamic and diverse group of individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians.”
McNeil and his Liberals swept to power on October 8 with 33 seats, ousting Darrell Dexter’s NDP government after just one term. Jamie Baillie’s Progressive Conservative party will form the official opposition.
Annapolis Royal was the capital of Acadia and of Nova Scotia for almost 150 years – until Halifax was founded in 1749.
"I was very pleased to hear about the move to swear the provincial cabinet in in Annapolis Royal," said Ryan Scranton of the Annapolis Heritage Society. "As the ancient capital of Nova Scotia, we have a long history with the governance of this province. From the DeGannes - Cosby House, which was the residence of governors from both the French and British regimes, to sites around Fort Anne, there are many reminders of our time as capital."
The Annapolis Heritage Society operates O'Dell House Museum and Sinclair Inn Museum in Annapolis Royal, and North Hills Museum in Granville Ferry.
"I feel it is a positive nod to the history of our community and to rural Nova Scotia that this event is in our town," said Scranton.