The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, ECNS, MLA, BA, MPA, LL.B
Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of Immigration
Minister Diab was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in October 2013 as the Member for Halifax Armdale and appointed to Cabinet as the first female Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Provincial Secretary, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Police Complaints Commissioner, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Police Review Board, and as minister responsible for various acts which normally fall under the purview of the justice portfolio. She was also appointed the Minister of Immigration. In July 2015, she took on the Immigration portfolio full-time.
Minister Diab brings diverse educational, professional and personal experience to these new posts.
Minister Diab is passionate about making Nova Scotia a more diverse and welcoming province and she’s leading the way. Under her leadership, the Province nominated more people for permanent residency in 2015 than ever before. Nova Scotia was also the first province in Canada to take advantage of Express Entry, launching two Express Entry pilots and two new streams for immigrant entrepreneurs in the last year. Minister Diab is also leading the Province’s humanitarian initiative to resettle Syrian refugees, working closely with the Government of Canada, settlement service providers and other key partners.
In her spare time, Minister Diab enjoys volunteering. She has held many volunteer positions over the last 30 years, including serving seven terms as the President of the Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax. Her compassion and strong record of public service has not gone unnoticed. She was the first recipient of the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce in Nova Scotia’s Professional of the Year Award and has received other honours, including the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Province of Nova Scotia Volunteer Award, the Halifax Municipality Volunteer Award and most recently the 2015 Progress Women of Excellence Award.
Minister Diab is the daughter of first generation immigrants to Canada and the eldest of six children. She was born in Nova Scotia but moved back to Lebanon at the age of 2, then returned to Halifax at the age of 11, escaping civil war. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration and a law degree. She was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers Society in 1991 and had a diverse legal career for more than 20 years before being elected to the Legislature. She is the proud mother of four children and one grandchild and speaks English, Arabic and French.