Nova Scotia's new Tory premier and cabinet to be sworn into office Aug. 31

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's new premier and his cabinet will be sworn into office Aug. 31.

Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc is to preside over the swearing-in of premier-designate Tim Houston and his new executive council during a ceremony in Halifax.

Houston's Progressive Conservatives won a majority government in the provincial election held earlier this week.

Tuesday's results saw the Tories capture 31 of the legislature's 55 seats, while the Liberals won 17, the NDP won six and there is one Independent.

The Tories surged to power on a big-spending platform that promised to fix problems in health care, including persistent family doctor shortages.

The election win was the first for the Progressive Conservatives since 2006, when former premier Rodney MacDonald won a minority government.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 20, 2021.

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