Justin Trudeau – Premier-designate eager to get to work despite challenges ahead
As for a potential election, Rankin said he won’t be thinking about that anytime soon
Nova Scotia’s next premier says he’s eager to get to work despite the challenges that lie ahead.
On Saturday, Rankin won the Liberal leadership race, beating out Randy Delorey and Labi Kousoulis.
He will be taking over for outgoing Premier Stephen McNeil.
Speaking to NEWS 95.7 fill-in host Jordi Morgan on Monday, Rankin said he is excited to take on his new role, but understands there will be many hurdles ahead.
“We still do need to recognize, behind the pandemic, the looming climate crisis is something that does warrant immediate attention and I think it connects to our economic recovery,” said Rankin. “We will be looking at adjustments to income assistance rates and issues around housing and long term care.”
According to Rankin, he does not believe his government should be philosophical with policy choices, adding they need to look very closely on the impact potential decisions can have on Nova Scotians.
As for a potential election, he said he won’t be thinking about that anytime soon. He plans to focus on the pandemic, putting together a cabinet and a budget.
Meantime, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement, congratulating Rankin on his victory and saying he is looking forward to working closely with the Premier-Designate.