22 June 2009

Darrell Dexter’s Dipper Dozen

new-cabinet-prev Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter’s cabinet comprises a mere 12 members including himself.

Interestingly, the news release is written in the style of what has come to be called a “social media” release.

The new cabinet includes 38.7% of the government caucus and only 23% of the members of the legislature.

Wonder what the comparative numbers for Newfoundland and Labrador would be?

43% and 39.5%.

There are 19 members in the current Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet, including the Premier.  Notice that the Premier is not included in the list of cabinet members even though he is President of the Executive Council.

There are 44 Progressive Conservatives in a legislature of 48 seats.

The new Nova Scotia cabinet is considerably leaner than any cabinet in Newfoundland and Labrador in the past 40 years or so. 



Bailey said...

Interesting that the ceremony took place in the Cunard Centre and not at the Legislative Building or at the LG's house.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Yes it is.

In some places there has been this tendency to having large public ceremonies. For such an occasion as this - the first NDP government in NS history - inclusion probably was seen as setting a good tone.

Steve said...

As compared to The Wells admin. 15 excl. Wells; Grimes 18 excl. Grimes?

Edward G. Hollett said...

Steve, I'd have to go back to Smallwood to get numbers down around a dozen. Without checking, I think early Moores was more than 12.

Wells got it down to 15 at one point. Williams started at 15 but there's been a steady growth (about one a year) that seems to be driven - as with Peckford - by a need to manage the caucus than administer the government.

There are people running things that are called departments that are absolutely miniscule in size while others have gigantic departments.

In some instances having some with a string of title titles seem to be more important than sense; it's a bit like like the Austro-Hungarian imperial court: in addition everything else, Jerome is the minister responsible for Big Brother/Knuckles 2 even though that falls under Exec Council which reports to the president of the council.

WJM has done a comparison back to 1996 that puts current cabinet size in some perspective.