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Honourable Iain Rankin

Premier of Nova Scotia

Portrait of Iain RankinIain Rankin is Nova Scotia’s 29th Premier.

Born in Inverness, Nova Scotia, he grew up in the community of Timberlea, which he has represented since 2013.

In his youth, Iain was active in sports and music and helped manage the family business. Later, he pursued his business degree, and lived and worked in several provinces, including Alberta and Ontario as an operations manager.

He returned home in 2011.

Iain was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for the constituency of Timberlea-Prospect in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017, and was appointed Minister of Environment. In 2018, he was appointed as Minister of Lands and Forestry.

Both portfolios have shaped his view on the imperative of achieving strong economic growth that includes a focus on climate change mitigation.

Iain was sworn in as premier on Feb. 23, 2021 after being elected leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal party.

Premier Rankin also serves as president of the Executive Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. He is Minister of the Office of L’nu Affairs, formally the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, and responsible for youth, military relations and the Office of Citizen-Centered Approaches.

Today, Iain lives in Timberlea with his wife Mary, and their two dogs, Weston and Rocco.

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Priorities

Premier Rankin’s vision for Nova Scotia is one of equitable economic opportunity, climate action, innovation, social and racial justice and empowerment through education.

“Across our province, Nova Scotians are ready for a strong inclusive economic recovery. Ready to rise to the challenge of climate change. Ready to take on inequality and build a better future. This is our moment.”

He places top priority on modernizing healthcare, including a robust public health system to lead Nova Scotians through the COVID-19 pandemic and rolling out the largest vaccine program in our history.

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