Premier of Nova Scotia

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Premier of Nova Scotia
Premier ministre de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Prìomhaire Alba Nuadh
Tim Houston
since August 31, 2021
Office of the Premier
StatusHead of Government
Member of
Reports to
AppointerLieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
with the confidence of the Nova Scotia Legislature
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the legislative assembly
FormationJuly 4, 1867
First holderHiram Blanchard
DeputyDeputy premier of Nova Scotia
Salary$89,234.90 plus $112,791.20 (indemnity and allowances)[1]
WebsitePremier Official Website

The premier of Nova Scotia is the first minister to the lieutenant governor of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and presides over the Executive Council of Nova Scotia. Following the Westminster system, the premier is normally the leader of the political party which has the most seats in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly who is called upon by the lieutenant governor to form a government. As the province's head of government, the premier exercises considerable power.

The current premier of Nova Scotia is Tim Houston, who was sworn in on August 31, 2021.[2] His party, the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia, was elected in August 2021.


The premier serves as president of the Executive Council (Cabinet).[3][4] They choose the other members of the Cabinet, who are then appointed by the lieutenant governor.[3][5] As president of the Executive Council, the premier forms the government.[3][6] They lead the Executive Council’s decision-making process as the Council develops and implements the government's priorities and policies.[4][6] The premier establishes the Executive Council’s methods of operation and organization and that of its committees.[4]

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  1. ^[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Nova Scotia's new premier, cabinet sworn in at a ceremony in Halifax | CBC News".
  3. ^ a b c Scotia, Province of Nova. "Executive Branch | About Executive Council |". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  4. ^ a b c Scotia, Province of Nova. "President of the Executive Council | About Executive Council |". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  5. ^ Walsh, Paul (1986). Political profiles : premiers of Nova Scotia. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus. ISBN 0920852467. OCLC 16034755.
  6. ^ a b Scotia, Province of Nova. "Executive Council Responsibilities | About Executive Council |". Retrieved 2018-07-09.

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