Premier Darrell Dexter today, Oct. 29, announced the appointment of a new deputy minister for the Department of Finance. Margaret MacDonald, deputy minister of Labour and Workforce Development and chief executive officer at the Office of Immigration, will start Nov. 8. “I want to congratulate and thank Margaret for taking on this exciting and challenging role,” said Premier Dexter. “I am confident she will approach her new portfolio with the same enthusiasm and commitment to excellence she has shown in the past.” In addition to her appointment as deputy minister of Finance, Ms. MacDonald will also sit on the board of directors of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Ms. MacDonald has over 25 years experience in the civil service. Prior to joining government, she was in private legal practice, graduating from Dalhousie law school in 1980. Jeff Conrad, associate deputy minister of Labour and Workforce Development, is appointed acting deputy minister for Labour and Workforce Development and acting chief executive officer for the Office of Immigration.