Lena Diab

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The Honourable
Lena Diab
MLA for Halifax Armdale
In office
October 8, 2013 – present
Preceded by New Riding
Attorney General and Minister of Justice
In office
October 22, 2013 – July 24, 2015
Preceded by Ross Landry
Succeeded by Diana Whalen
Minister of Immigration
In office
October 22, 2013 – present
Preceded by Frank Corbett
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Residence Halifax, Nova Scotia
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Maronite Catholic

Lena 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 attended Saint Mary's University where she studied economics and political science. 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 and Bachelor of Laws. 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Andrew Younger sworn back in to cabinet after shuffle". CBC News. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Cabinet shuffle: Whalen out as finance minister, Younger back in". The Chronicle Herald. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-24.