Lena Diab

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The Honourable
Lena M. Diab
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Halifax Armdale
Assumed office
October 8, 2013
Preceded by Riding Established
Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Nova Scotia
In office
October 22, 2013 – July 24, 2015
Premier Stephen McNeil
Preceded by Ross Landry
Succeeded by Diana Whalen
Minister of Immigration
Assumed office
October 22, 2013
Premier Stephen McNeil
Preceded by Frank Corbett
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Residence Halifax, Nova Scotia
Occupation Lawyer

Lena Metlege Diab is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2013 provincial election. A member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, she represents the electoral district of Halifax Armdale.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Diab graduated from Saint Mary's University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science.[2] She worked as a page at the Nova Scotia Legislature during this time.

She then attended Dalhousie University where she obtained her Master of Public Administration in 1987 and Bachelor of Laws in 1990. Diab practiced law and operated a small business in Halifax. She is the mother of four children who are active in local sports and community organizations in Nova Scotia.

Diab is a noted community leader and volunteer. She is the recipient of the "Outstanding Professional of the Year" award (2010) from the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has received the "Mainland North Champion Award" (2010). Diab was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013). She received the "Nova Scotia Provincial Volunteer Award" (2013). She has served many years as the President of the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax, and oversaw the celebration of the 75th Anniversary celebrations held throughout Halifax in 2013.

Political career[edit]

Diab sought and was elected in the riding of Halifax Armdale in the Nova Scotia general election, 2013 for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. On October 22, 2013, Diab was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Justice, as well as Attorney General, Minister of Immigration and various other cabinet responsibilities.[3] She was the first female to hold the position of Attorney General in Nova Scotia, as well as the first Lebanese Canadian to hold a cabinet position in Nova Scotia.

On July 24, 2015, premier Stephen McNeil shuffled his cabinet with Diab being retained as Minister of Immigration, but being shuffled out as Minister of Justice.[4][5]

On June 15, 2017, premier Stephen McNeil shuffled his cabinet, retaining Diab as Minister of Immigration, but giving her an additional role in cabinet as Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.[6][7]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Lena Diab 3,208 49.34
     New Democratic Party Drew Moore 2,233 34.34
     Progressive Conservative Irvine Carvery 1,061 16.32


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia votes: Riding-by-riding results for Halifax region". Metro, October 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Eight Saint Mary's Alumni Headed to Province House Saint Mary's University
  3. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Younger sworn back in to cabinet after shuffle". CBC News. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Cabinet shuffle: Whalen out as finance minister, Younger back in". The Chronicle Herald. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Stephen McNeil shuffles cabinet, but vows not to change course". CBC News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  7. ^ "N.S. cabinet unveiled: Casey now deputy premier, finance minister". The Chronicle Herald. June 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-15.