12/23/2014 11:29 EST | Updated 02/22/2015 05:59 EST

Nova Scotia cabinet minister granted temporary leave for personal matters

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Energy Minister Andrew Younger is temporarily stepping aside from his cabinet duties to deal with undisclosed personal matters.

Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday that Younger is facing personal matters that require his full attention and he requested a temporary leave.

A spokeswoman for the premier wouldn't elaborate on the statement from McNeil.

Younger, who represents Dartmouth East in the legislature, is also responsible for Communications Nova Scotia and Part One of the Gaming Control Act.

Michel Samson, the minister of economic and rural development and tourism, will assume Younger's portfolios temporarily.

Younger first became a member of the legislature in June 2009 after serving five years on Halifax regional council.