Michel P. Samson is a native of Petit-de-Grat, Richmond County, Cape Breton, and spent his formative years working in the fishery while attending school. He was elected MLA for the riding of Richmond in March, 1998 at age 25, becoming the second youngest member ever elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.
In December, 1998 he was named Minister of the Environment, and thus became the youngest cabinet minister in the history of the Province of Nova Scotia. He has subsequently won re-election in 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009 and for the new riding of Cape Breton-Richmond in 2013.
He is currently Government House Leader in addition to his ministerial portfolios. Minister Samson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Dalhousie University, graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1997 with a specialization in Marine Law and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society in November, 1998.
A proud Acadian, Minister Samson is fluently bilingual and has been very active as a French parliamentarian and has acted as an observer for Presidential elections in Senegal, Africa on two occasions.
He was also a presenter at parliamentary seminars held in Gabon and Vanuatu. He held the position of Chargé de mission Amérique of l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie from July, 2005 to July, 2009. He assumed the post again in July, 2013 until July 2015.