Profile of Lena Metlege Diab

Ms. Metlege Diab was first elected in 2013 to the Provincial Assembly representing Halifax Armdale and appointed to Executive Council of Nova Scotia as the first female Attorney General and Minister of Justice as well as Minister of Immigration. In July 2015, the immigration file became her sole responsibility within the Cabinet. She was re-elected to the Legislature on May 30, 2017 and was appointed Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie. On October 13, 2020, Ms. Metlege Diab added Minister of Labour and Advanced Education to her portfolio.

Ms. Metlege Diab is passionate about making Nova Scotia more diverse. Under her leadership, the government has welcomed more immigrants, strengthened its immigration program, built global networks, and launched a new brand to help market Nova Scotia to the world.

The preservation, promotion and protection of the Acadian culture and the French language of Nova Scotia is a priority of Ms. Metlege Diab.  She proudly represents Nova Scotia’s francophone community at a variety of committees and has established a Ministerial Advisory Committee to keep in touch with Acadian and Francophone priorities in the province. In 2019, she was selected to serve as the chargée de mission for the American région of l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF). Under her leadership, Nova Scotia launched its first Francophone Immigration Action Plan.

She is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants to Canada and the eldest of six children. Born in Nova Scotia, she grew up in Lebanon. She returned to Halifax in the face of civil war at the age of 11.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Metlege Diab was a lawyer for over 20 years. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor in Law. In 2018, she was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel, the appointment is awarded to members of the legal profession to recognize their exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.

Ms. Metlege Diab has received numerous honours and accolades, including: the Nova Scotia Lebanese Chamber of Commerce Professional Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Progress Women of Excellence Award, the Council of Arab League Ambassadors to Canada Award.

She is the proud mother of four children and has four grandchildren.

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