Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Oct. 23, assigned new responsibilities to seven ministers and returned a former minister to cabinet from the Speaker’s chair. “With these changes, I am fine-tuning an already-strong team,” said Premier MacDonald. “Together, we will move ahead with our vision of the new Nova Scotia in the fall session of the legislature.” Among the changes, the Department of Transportation and Public Works will become the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The new name better reflects the work of the department and the job ahead,” the Premier said. Antigonish MLA Angus MacIsaac moves to Minister of Economic Development from Transportation and Public Works and Chair of the Treasury and Policy Board. As Minister of Economic Development, Mr. MacIsaac will be responsible for Nova Scotia Business Incorporated, and the Innovation Corporation Act. He will continue as deputy premier and deputy president of Executive Council, and retain responsibility for Gaelic Affairs. Mr. MacIsaac, first elected to the legislature in 1969 at the age of 25, will also retain responsibility for the Gateway initiative. Jamie Muir, an educator first elected in 1998, becomes Chair of the Treasury and Policy Board, while continuing as Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Minister Responsible for the Residential Tenancies Act. Cecil P. Clarke, who has been Speaker of the House since June 2006, becomes Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Mr. Clarke will also be Minister Responsible for the Human Rights Act, the Regulations Act and Part II of the Workers’ Compensation Act. Richard Hurlburt moves to Minister of Energy from Minister of Economic Development. Mr. Hurlburt, MLA for Yarmouth and former municipal councillor, also becomes Minister Responsible for Military Relations. Murray K. Scott, a former police officer and a recipient of the Governor-General’s Award for Bravery, becomes Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and assumes responsibility for the Sydney Steel Corporation Act and the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (N.S.). William Dooks, a former municipal councillor first elected to the House in 1999, moves to Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and from Minister of Energy. In his new portfolio, he is also responsible for the Heritage Property Act. Judy Streatch, an educator first elected to the House in 2005, adds Minister of Communications Nova Scotia to her responsibilities as Minister of Community Services and Minister Responsible for the Disabled Persons’ Commission Act. Len Goucher, a veteran municipal councillor first elected to the House in 2006, becomes Minister of Immigration, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Control Act. The changes bring Executive Council back to its previous complement of 18 ministers.