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Black associate deputy appointed to Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs

Premier Tim Houston says Dwayne Provo is a 'quality person' for whom he has a lot of respect

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's premier has appointed a Black educational administrator as the new associate deputy minister in the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs.

Tim Houston says Dwayne Provo is a "quality person" for whom he has a lot of respect.

Houston had been criticized after naming Pat Dunn, who is white, as minister for the office, after the Progressive Conservatives won the Aug. 17 election.

The premier had also been denounced for choosing a non-Black person as Dunn's deputy minister, and for removing Kesa Munroe-Anderson, who is Black, as a deputy in the office.

Houston says believes Provo's appointment fulfils "the spirit" of a request from representatives of a coalition of several African Nova Scotian community groups during a recent meeting.

He says Provo is well-respected within the Black community and is someone who understands its needs and concerns.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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