Stephen McNeil meets lieutenant-governor and new caucus

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier-designate met with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant Friday before holding his first meeting with his new caucus.

Stephen McNeil’s Liberal party won 33 of the 51 seats in the legislature after Tuesday’s election.

“I have a great problem,” said McNeil. “I’ve been fortunate to have Nova Scotians send me 32 very quality individuals with strong credentials who are going to help us run a government.”

NDP Premier Darrell Dexter, whose party was reduced to third place in the house, submitted his resignation to the lieutenant-governor on Thursday.

However, Dexter will continue serving as premier until McNeil and his cabinet are sworn in, expected within the next two weeks.

McNeil confirmed Friday that the legislature will resume for a fall sitting, but he says it remains unclear when that will happen or how long the sitting will be.

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He said once he’s sworn in, he wants to quickly set the terms of reference for a full public inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, embark on a curriculum review into public education in the province and look at deregulating the retail gasoline market.

VIDEO: Premier-designate Stephen McNeil speaks with reporters moments after meeting with the Liberal caucus 

With files from Natasha Pace

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