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HANSARD 08-44

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

Published by Order of the Legislature by Hansard Reporting Services and printed by the Queen's Printer.

Available on INTERNET at http://www.gov.n s.ca/legislature/HOUSE_BUSINESS/hansard.html


Second Session

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Right to Know Coalition of N.S. - FOIPOP Fee, Mr. W. Estabrooks 4927
Lymphedema Compression Garment Coverage, Ms. M. More 4928
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
Compression Garments - Review, Hon. C. d'Entremont 4928
ATV DVD - Sch. Distribution, Hon. K. Casey 4930^^
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4788, Lt.-Gov's Commun. Spirit Award: Recipients - Congrats.,
The Premier 4932
Vote - Affirmative 4932
Res. 4789, Heart & Stroke Fdn. - Youth Walking Contest,
The Premier 4933
Vote - Affirmative 4933
Res. 4790, Obama, President - Elect - Election Victory,
Hon. B. Barnet 4934
Vote - Affirmative 4934
Res. 4791, Econ. Dev. - Procurement Serv. Div.: Impact - Acknowledge,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 4934
Vote - Affirmative 4935
Res. 4792, MacDonald, Lloyd A. - Gov't. (N.S.) Serv. (45 Yrs.),
Hon. D. Morse 4935
Vote - Affirmative 4936
Res. 4793, Cdn. Blood Serv.: Donation - Encourage,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 4936
Vote - Affirmative 4937
Res. 4794, TIR - Staff/Contractors: Infrastructure Work - Recognize,
Hon. M. Scott 4937
Res. 4795, MacCormack, Don - NSCC Cumberland Campus: Principal -
Appt., Hon. K. Casey 4938
Vote - Affirmative 4938
Res. 4796, LWD: Cdn. Career Wk. - Youth Opportunities,
Hon. M. Parent 4939
Vote - Affirmative 4939
Res. 4797, Cdn. Mental Health Assoc. - Awards: Recipients - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 4939
Vote - Affirmative 4940
Res. 4798, Nat'l. 4-H Vol. Leaders' Conf.: N.S. Delegates - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Taylor 4940
Vote - Affirmative 4941
Res. 4799, Comm. Serv.: ICM - Premier's Award of Excellence,
Hon. J. Streatch 4941
Vote - Affirmative 4942
Res. 4800, Guysborough Inshore Fishermen's Assoc. -
Environ. Sustainability Efforts, Hon. M. Parent 4942
Vote - Affirmative 4942
Res. 4801, Carvery, Irvine - HRSB Chairman: Election - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Barnet 4943
Vote - Affirmative 4943
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
Bill No. 209, Electricity Act, Mr. M. Samson 4943
Bill No. 210, Education Act, Hon. K. Casey 4944
Bill No. 211, Fair Registration Practices Act, Hon. M. Parent 4944
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4802, Legere, Ryan - E. Hants Penguins: Purchase - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 4944
Vote - Affirmative 4944
Res. 4803, Premier - Legislature: Misleading - Condemn,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 4945
Res. 4804, Baddeck Curling Club: Fundraiser - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 4945
Vote - Affirmative 4946
Res. 4805, LeBlanc, Faye - Fairview Heights Elem. Sch.: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. G. Steele 4946
Vote - Affirmative 4947
Res. 4806, Prem./Gov.'t (N.S.): Fiscal Responsibility - Commitment,
Ms. D. Whalen 4947
Res. 4807, MacDonald, Judge Clyde: Retirement - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 4947
Vote - Affirmative 4948
Res. 4808, Burles, Brad: Work Ethic - Commend,
Mr. C. Parker 4948
Vote - Affirmative 4949
Res. 4809, House of Assembly Gas Regulation Removal - Support,
Mr. W. Gaudet 4949
Res. 4810, Boyd, Roly: Hfx. Co. Ex. - Oxen Judging,
Mr. C. Porter 4950
Vote - Affirmative 4950
Res. 4811, House of Assembly: N.S. Heritage Trust - Thank,
Mr. L. Preyra 4950
Vote - Affirmative 4951
Res. 4812, Prem.: Carbon Tax - Stance,
Mr. L. Glavine 4951
Res. 4813, Noble, Leah/Oland, Kate: Baddeck Writers Grp. - Establishment,
Mr. K. Bain 4952
Vote - Affirmative 4952
Res. 4814, Carvery, Irvine - HRSB Chairman: Election - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Paris 4953
Vote - Affirmative 4953
Res. 4815, Democracy Anniv. (250th): Citizen Involvement - Encourage,
Mr. H. Theriault 4953
Res. 4816, Swim, Laurie - Established Artist Recognition Award,
Hon. M. Baker 4954
Vote - Affirmative 4955
Res. 4817, Gov't. (N.S.): Container Traffic - Increase,
Ms. V. Conrad 4955
Vote - Affirmative 4955
Res. 4818, Hfx. City Salty's: Successful Season - Congrats.,
Ms. D. Whalen 4956
Vote - Affirmative 4956
Res. 4819, Mason, Granville "Gun" : N.S. Sport - Dedication,
Mr. P. Dunn 4956
Vote - Affirmative 4957
Res. 4820, O'Neil Megan/Hipson, Jordan: Cyber Tips Web site -
Congrats., Ms. B. Kent 4957
Vote - Affirmative 4958
Res. 4821, Belliveau Motors: Run for the Cure - Co-Sponsorship,
Mr. W. Gaudet 4959
Vote - Affirmative 4959
Res. 4822, Avon Pony Club - Vols.: Work - Commend,
Mr. C. Porter 4959
Vote - Affirmative 4960
Res. 4823, Mainville, Fleur: Thoughts/Prayers - Offer,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 4960
Vote - Affirmative 4961
Res. 4824, Prov. Autism Ctr.: Contribution - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 4961
Vote - Affirmative 4961
Res. 4825, Mander, Chief Mark: Long-Serv. Award (15 Yrs.) - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 4962
Vote - Affirmative 4962
Res. 4826, Race, Daniel - Amistad: Crewing - Recognize,
Mr. S. Belliveau 4962
Vote - Affirmative 4963
Res. 4827, Digby Gen.: ER Closures - Solution,
Mr. H. Theriault 4963
Res. 4828, St. F.X. Women's Rugby Team: CIS Championships -
Congrats., Hon. A. MacIsaac 4964
Vote - Affirmative 4964
Res. 4829, Tent Dwellers Centennial Fest.: Organizers - Congrats.,
Ms. V. Conrad 4964
Vote - Affirmative 4965
Res. 4830, Merchant Navy Mem. - D250 Comm.: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 4965
Vote - Affirmative 4966
Res. 4831, Homegrown Skaterboards - Bridgewater CC Innovation Award,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4966
Vote - Affirmative 4967
Res. 4832, Simpson, Emma: CIBC Run for the Cure - Fundraising,
Hon. C. Clarke 4967
Vote - Affirmative 4967
Res. 4833, Lund, Ernie - Truro Rep. Vol. of Yr.,
Hon. J. Muir 4967
Vote - Affirmative 4968
Res. 4834, Francis, Steve: Death of - Tribute,
Hon. K. Casey 4968
Vote - Affirmative 4969
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS:
No. 430, Prem.: Electric Heat Assistance - Increase, Mr. D. Dexter 4972
No. 431, Prem.: Renewable Energy Strategy - Develop, Mr. S. McNeil 4973
No. 432, TIR: Tar Ponds Agency - Administration, Mr. G. Gosse 4975
No. 433, Tar Ponds Agency: Cleanup - Mismanagement, Mr. G. Gosse 4976
No. 434, Prem.: Gas Regulation - Interrupter Clause, Mr. S. McNeil 4978
No. 435, Health: ER Nurses - Retention, Mr. D. Dexter 4980
No. 436, Health: Pharmacare Prog./BTO Prog. - Combination,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 4981
No. 437, Health: ER Closures - Resolution,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4983
No. 438, TIR: Secondary Roads - Plan, Ms. V. Conrad 4984
No. 439, Educ. - Schools: Youth Violence - Address, Mr. L. Glavine 4986
No. 440, Educ. - Students: Type I Diabetes - Facilities, Mr. P. Paris 4987
No. 441, Energy - Demand Side Mgt.: Administrator - Appoint,
Mr. H. Epstein 4989
No. 442, TCH - Tourism: Revenue Increase - Details, Mr. H. Theriault 4990
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
Bill No. 186, Animal Protection Act, Hon. B. Taylor 4991
Mr. C. MacKinnon 4991
Mr. C. Porter 4993
Hon. B. Taylor 4994
Vote - Affirmative 4994
Bill No. 191, Motor Vehicle Act, Hon. M. Scott 4994
Hon. M. Scott 4994
Ms. V. Conrad 4997
Mr. Manning MacDonald 4998
Hon. M. Scott 4999
Vote - Affirmative 5000
Bill No. 193, Municipal Grants Act, Hon. J. Muir 5000
Hon. A. MacIsaac 5000
Ms. B. Kent 5000
Ms. D. Whalen 5001
Hon. A. MacIsaac 5002
Vote - Affirmative 5002
Bill No. 194, Partnership Act, Hon. A. MacIsaac 5003
Hon. A. MacIsaac 5003
Mr. G. Steele 5004
Ms. D. Whalen 5004
Hon. A. MacIsaac 5005
Vote - Affirmative 5005
Bill No. 195, Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act,
Hon. J. Muir 5006
Hon. A. MacIsaac 5006
Ms. B. Kent 5006
Ms. D. Whalen 5007
Hon. A. MacIsaac 5009
Vote - Affirmative 5009
ADJOURNMENT:
MOTION UNDER RULE 5(5):
Nat. Res.: Upper Ohio - Electrical Serv.:
Mr. S. Belliveau 5010
Hon. D. Morse 5012
Mr. H. Theriault 5014
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Fri., Nov. 7th at 9:00 a.m. 5017
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 4835, LeBlanc, Phyllis/Dorrian, Tony - NSCC Teaching
Excellence Award, Hon. R. Hurlburt 5018
Res. 4836, Green, Lorne - African Nova Scotian: Sch. Bd. Election -
Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 5018
Res. 4837, Cdn. Diabetes Assoc.: Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. D. Wilson (Glace Bay) 5019
Res. 4838, MacVeigh, Robert - Credit Union Award,
Mr. D. Wilson (Glace Bay) 5019
Res. 4839, Levy, Paula - Media Award, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 5020
Res. 4840, Metens, Catherine - 4-H Serv. (15 yrs.),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 5020
Res. 4841, Zwicker, Kelly - 4-H Serv. (10 yrs.),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 5020
Res. 4842, Hayward, Daphne - 4-H Serv. (5 yrs.),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 5021
Res. 4843, LaPointe, Maggie - 4-H Serv. (5 yrs.),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 5021
Res. 4844, Floyd, Sheila - 4-H Serv. (10 yrs.),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 5022
Res. 4845, MacDonald, Capt. (Ret'd.) Angus - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Efforts - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5022
Res. 4846, Cdn. Merchant Navy Assoc. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Sponsorship - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5023
Res. 4847, Brown, Cmdr. (Ret'd.) Wendell - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Efforts - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5023
Res. 4848, Inch, Andrew/Dexter Const. Ltd. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5024
Res. 4849, Hattie, Archie/Anna. Grp. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5024
Res. 4850, Gard, Bill - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 5025
Res. 4851, Lugar, Brian - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 5025
Res. 4852, Gilchrist, Col. (Ret'd.) Bruce - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts -
Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5026
Res. 4853, Green, Don/Heritage Memorials - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Thank, Hon. L. Goucher 5026
Res. 4854, Miller, Vice Admiral (Ret'd.) Duncan - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Efforts - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5027
Res. 4855, Wagner, Capt. (Ret'd.) Earl - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts -
Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5027
Res. 4856, Mousavi, Hossien/Cresco Dev. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5028
Res. 4857, Reddy, Lt. Cmdr. (Ret'd.) James - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Efforts - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5028
Res. 4858, Giffin, Ken - Merchant Navy Mem: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 5029
Res. 4859, Jessup, Lt. Cmdr. Pat - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts -
Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5029
Res. 4860, Laycock, Mike/Anna. Grp. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5030
Res. 4861, Cdn. Naval Mem. Trust - Merchant Navy Mem.: Contribution -
Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5030
Res. 4862, Lowther, Lt. Cmdr. (Ret'd.) Don - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Efforts - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5031
Res. 4863, Miller, Richard/Clayton Dev. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5031
Res. 4864, L'Esperance, Ron - Merchant Navy Mem: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 5032
Res. 4865, Abidali, Taleb/Cresco Dev. - Merchant Navy Mem.:
Contribution - Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 5032
Res. 4866, Drisdelle, Terry - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 5033
Res. 4867, Purchase, Tony - Merchant Navy Mem.: Efforts - Recognize,
Hon. L. Goucher 5033
Res. 4868, Andrews, Sgt. Wilfred: Kentville Police Serv. - Long-Serv.
Award (25 yrs), Hon. M. Parent 5034
Res. 4869, Brown, Sgt. Darryl: Kentville Police Serv. - Long-Serv.
Award (15 yrs), Hon. M. Parent 5034
Res. 4870, Delorey, Sgt. Ronald: Kentville Police Serv. - Long-Serv.
Award (15 yrs), Hon. M. Parent 5034
Res. 4871, Dunfee, Sgt. George: Kentville Police Serv. - Long-Serv.
Award (15 yrs), Hon. M. Parent 5035
Res. 4872, Reade, Sgt. Kenneth: Kentville Police Serv. - Long-Serv.
Award (25 yrs), Hon. M. Parent 5035
Res. 4873, Weir, Sgt. Bruce: Kentville Police Serv. - Long-Serv.
Award (25 yrs), Hon. M. Parent 5036
Res. 4874, Oxford Reg. HS - Land Mgt. Course: Students - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 5036
Res. 4875, Oxford Sch.: French Trip fundraising - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 5037
Res. 4876, Legere, Chris - Springhill Centennial Club Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5037
Res. 4877, Mont, John - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5038
Res. 4878, Porter, Layton - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5038
Res. 4879, Melanson, Kevin - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5039
Res. 4880, McCormick, Brad - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5039
Res. 4881, McBurnie, Mick Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5040
Res. 4882, Matthews, Steve Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5040
Res. 4883, Martin, Scott - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5041
Res. 4884, MacDonald, Dougall - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5041
Res. 4885, Legere, Al - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5042
Res. 4886, Jobe, Bill - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5042
Res. 4887, Greenhow, Ron - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5043
Res. 4888, Clarke, John - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5043
Res. 4889, Sprague, Alex - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5044
Res. 4890, Arsenault, Ron - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5044
Res. 4891, Bishop, Philip - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5045
Res. 4892, Burden, Kent - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5045
Res. 4893, Carter, Robert - Springhill Centennial Golf Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 5046
Res. 4894, Rowling's Take Out: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5046
Res. 4895, Guy's Coin Operated Laundromat: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5047
Res. 4896, John D Anderson Const. Ltd.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5047
Res. 4897, Jupiter Fdn. Ltd.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5047
Res. 4898, K & B Satellite: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5048
Res. 4899, Nan Myatt's Family Restaurant: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5048
Res. 4900, Ongs Restaurant: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5049
Res. 4901, Porters Lake Hair Experience: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5049
Res. 4902, Porters Lake Office Serv.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5049
Res. 4903, Porters Lake Pub & Grill: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5050
Res. 4904, River Oaks Golf Club: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5050
Res. 4905, Rowlings Gas Stop: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5051
Res. 4906, Salmon River House Country Inn: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5051
Res. 4907, Sammy Keizer Automobile: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5051
Res. 4908, Shore Print: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5052
Res. 4909, The Tourist Trap: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5052
Res. 4910, Tin Roof Enterprises: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5053
Res. 4911, Webber's Store: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5053
Res. 4912, Zeus Seafood Inc.: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5053
Res. 4913, Wrecks R Us Auto Salvage: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5054
Res. 4914, Aquaprime Mussel Ranch: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5054
Res. 4915, Baker's Point Fisheries: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5055
Res. 4916, Bonita's Kitchen: Contributions - Applaud,
Hon. W. Dooks 5055
Res. 4917, Cunningham, Kristina: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5055
Res. 4918, Dorey, Monika: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5056
Res. 4919, Frail, Alesia: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5056
Res. 4920, Freeman, Vanessa: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5057
Res. 4921, Gabriel, Latisha: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5057
Res. 4922, Freeman, Erica: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5058
Res. 4923, Jermey, Sarah: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5058
Res. 4924, Lewis, Allison: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5059
Res. 4925, Bingham, Nancy: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5059
Res. 4926, Canning, Muriel: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5060
Res. 4927, Eisener, Vivian: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5060
Res. 4928, Joudrey, Bonnie: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5061
Res. 4929, Logan, Mary: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5061
Res. 4930, Mansfield, Shirley: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5062
Res. 4931, Montreuil, Claire, Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5062
Res. 4932, Uhlman, Marion: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5063
Res. 4933, Veinot, Elsie: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5063
Res. 4934, Hutchison, Cindy: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5064
Res. 4935, Ingram, Tammy: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5064
Res. 4936, Lewis, June: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5065
Res. 4937, Canning, Nikki; Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5065
Res. 4938, Kimball, Sandra & Donald: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5066
Res. 4939, Whynot, Virginia: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5066
Res. 4940, Duffney, Const.: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5067
Res. 4941, Carver, Allan: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5067
Res. 4942, Forrest, Brandon: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5068
Res. 4943, Forrest, Nathan: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5068
Res. 4944, Ingram, Kris: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5069
Res. 4945, Carver, Robbie: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5069
Res. 4946, Crouse, Myrna: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5070
Res. 4947, Holdright, Glenford: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5070
Res. 4948, Holdright, Myra: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5071
Res. 4949, Valley Credit Union: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5071
Res. 4950, Ron's Trophy & Sign Shop: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5072
Res. 4951, Adams, Shirley & Doug: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5072
Res. 4952, DeMond, Glenwood: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5073
Res. 4953, Frail, Suzanne & Ronnie: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5073
Res. 4954, McNeil, Carmellita & Michael: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5074
Res. 4955, Uhlman, Helen & George: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5074
Res. 4956, Cameron, Alice & Kenny: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5075
Res. 4957, Frail, Ilane: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5075
Res. 4958, Mansfield, Elva & Steve: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5076
Res. 4959, Sweeney, Nancy & Arthur: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5076
Res. 4960, Van Dyk, Charles & Chandler: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5077
Res. 4961, VanDyk, Kim & Peter: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5077
Res. 4962, Waterman, Margaret & Peter: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5078
Res. 4963, Westhaver, Carman: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5078
Res. 4964, Martin, Janet & Howard: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5079
Res. 4965, McKay, Vivian & Peter: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5079
Res. 4966, Rawding, Brenda & Shawn: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5080
Res. 4967, April Williams Hair Studio: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5080
Res. 4968, Brian Uhlman Silviculture Ltd.: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5081
Res. 4969, Clover Farms: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5081
Res. 4970, Golden Pond Rest.: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5082
Res. 4971, Country Junction Gifts: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5082
Res. 4972, Home Hardware: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5083
Res. 4973, McDonald's: Queens Co. Fair - Participation, Ms. V. Conrad 5083
Res. 4974, Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5084
Res. 4975, Memory Lane: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5084
Res. 4976, Noah's Convenience: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5085
Res. 4977, N. Queens Fire Assoc. Ladies Auxiliary: Queens Co. Fair -
Participation, Ms. V. Conrad 5085
Res. 4978, Ray Forrest Trucking: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5086
Res. 4979, Rolfe's Electrical Maintenance & Contracting: Queens Co.
Fair - Participation, Ms. V. Conrad 5086
Res. 4980, Shawn Rawding Excavation & Forestry: Queens Co. Fair -
Participation, Ms. V. Conrad 5087
Res. 4981, Subway: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5087
Res. 4982, Toddy's Top Touch: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5088
Res. 4983, VanDyk Blueberry Ent. Ltd.: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad ~ 5088
Res. 4984, VanDyk Excavation & Trucking: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5089
Res. 4985, White Point Beach Lodge: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5089
Res. 4986, Wilsons Gas Stop: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5090
Res. 4987, Colp, Tiffany: Queens Co. Fair - Participation,
Ms. V. Conrad 5090
Ms. V. Conrad

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HALIFAX, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

12:00 NOON

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. By agreement, the late debate tonight is the one that we had drawn for on Tuesday and it has been submitted by the honourable member for Shelburne:

Therefore be it resolved that the government take the necessary action and waive right-of-way easement fees to the grid for utility companies so that residents in the Upper Ohio area can be provided with essential electrical service.

We will now begin with the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition of 114 names. I have affixed my signature. It's a petition on behalf of the Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia.

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The operative clause is:

"Therefore be it resolved that we, the undersigned, call on the MacDonald Government to return the cost of a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy application to $5.00 . . .".

Mr. Speaker, I ask that this petition be tabled on their behalf.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition, entitled Lymphedema Compression Garment Coverage, presented by Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia. There are 1,029 signatures and the operative clause is:

"We the undersigned . . . ask for help in getting coverage for lymphedema garments."

Mr. Speaker, I have also added my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I apologize, I've been sort of thinking about this over the last couple of hours when it comes to the lymphedema issue that the petition brings forward. I apologize for not giving an hour's notice to the Opposition Parties and I was wondering if I could do a written notice. I have been talking to some of the Opposition Parties on this one.

Of course with lymphedema, many of us know individuals who have had cancer surgery, not just breast surgery but many other cancer surgeries as well, who have required some kinds of compression garments in order to go with it. Mr. Speaker, I would say it's very important for our government to review this issue, one, if I could get unanimous agreement to go back and review this, to see if it's affordable for government to look at compression

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garments, to see if we can cover this under the normal programs that we do have for cancer patients.

Mr. Speaker, again, I apologize for not having a document ready for this discussion, but I wanted to see what the thoughts may be of the Opposition on this issue as well, to go back and review this for lymphedema patients. My mom did have breast cancer, she does use a compression garment from time to time. I know the importance of that compression garment to manage pain, and of course the effects of lymphedema in arms and other appendages.

Mr. Speaker, I thank you very much for the opportunity to speak during this time.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, I am encouraged by the words of the Minister of Health and the support, hopefully, of this situation. I did hold a news conference this morning with breast cancer survivors who are fighting for this. Really, the opportunity to bring it forward, and hopefully shed some light on this, in light of last month being Breast Awareness Month, I think it's important we recognize some of the shortfalls within cancer treatment in Nova Scotia and maybe some oversight that has happened. With lymphedema, as the minister said, it's necessary for many individuals - males and females - to use these pressure garments to control what the lymphatic system should take, and regulate, normally. It can be fatal at times, and it's important to recognize those individuals and those Nova Scotians here in the province who can't afford these pressure garments or who don' t have a way of paying for it through a private medical plan.

I am encouraged with it and definitely will have some guests in the House later today, and hopefully they'll hear some more good news - that the government will look at this and hopefully do the right thing in covering the cost. One of the reasons why, right now, it's not covered is that under the classification it's classified under similar devices as hearing aids. I don't think anybody would classify those two items under the same category, so I'm encouraged by the words of the Minister of Health. Thank you.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I rise to also offer our support for the initiative that has come before the House today from the Minister of Health. Our Health Critic is not here and we'll respond at some point - hopefully later today.

I have to ask why the minister is even coming here with a ministerial statement on it - if it's such a good idea, why doesn't he just do it? That's something that the minister will have to answer to, I guess, but it is a good idea.

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I'm also disappointed, Mr. Speaker, that ministerial statements from time to time from this government have come at a moment's notice, and this one seems to be no different. We have two ministerial statements today. Our Party does not have any notes on either one of those from the ministers. We did have indication a few moments ago from the Minister of Education that she was going to make a ministerial statement. I immediately asked our critic if he had notice of that and he said no, but he's going to get it momentarily, I guess. We've had no notice of that one.

I would just encourage ministers of the government, through their House Leader, to please have the courtesy to let Opposition members know when they're going to make ministerial statements, well in advance, so we can be prepared to respond. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Education.

HON. KAREN CASEY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do want to make a statement and, as has been mentioned, the notice is not within the one hour. I did speak to both critics and I apologize if it has not had the one-hour notice, but I do want to say that the information that was required in order to prepare this statement was critical and I did not receive all of that information until mid-morning.

On the floor of the House yesterday, Mr. Speaker, questions were asked about the distribution of a DVD promoting children's safety and the use of ATVs. At that time I clarified the process used to have materials distributed through our schools, in particular the responsibility to assess such materials and to determine their appropriateness for distribution, being that of the school administration.

It has been determined that such permission was not given. The teacher in the Grade 3 class believed the video was age-appropriate and that it contained safety tips that would help save children's lives. I am disappointed that St. Anne's Elementary School in Glace Bay was used on the floor of this House for political debate. Staff at the school and the regional school board are also disappointed that the excellent teaching and learning at the school were not the highlight of the debate. This is also disappointing that it would be the MLA for their community who would use their school in this way and take away from their excellent reputation.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

MR. PERCY PARIS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do acknowledge that I did just receive this and I think when the discussion took place on the floor yesterday, when it was

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up for debate, I think it was the intent certainly of this Party - and I certainly don't want to speak for the Third Party or for the member for Glace Bay - to raise the awareness of whether it was age-appropriate for kids aged 7 to 8 to see cartoon characters on an ATV, in what is considered a dangerous position - an ATV with three individuals on it - certainly is not in the best interests of health or health promotion or education in itself.

We certainly recognize that we are all concerned with the safety of our children, regardless of what the age is. I think again, certainly from our perspective, it's one of safety and what is appropriate that should be done in the schools and what shouldn't be done in the schools - even without the health professionals having a view of this video and having input from them, who have raised the issue consistently around ATVs over the last number of years and about the great health risk that those ATVs place on our children. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to rise to speak to the ministerial statement from the Minister of Education. After listening to her speak, I can understand why she didn't provide that information.

It is absolutely appalling that the Minister of Education would stand in this House and accuse the member for Glace Bay of using those children for political purposes when she knows full well it's the member for Glace Bay who stood in this House for eight years, fighting for a school for that community. She knows full well it was the member for Glace Bay who finally went and found a site that your department could build a school on. If your department is so proud of the fact that you've handed out a DVD telling children that three kids should be driving on an ATV, that kids should be sitting on the front of the ATV without helmets, without protective gear, then you should stand up and defend your department on that issue, but do not take into account that member for Glace Bay who stood in this House and fought for the people he's been elected to represent. It is shameful of your department and you know better than that.

Mr. Speaker, it is absolutely unacceptable for another member of this House to use political purposes - she is right now - to discredit that member. He has stood here and fought for those children in Glace Bay on educational grounds, it's completely unacceptable, and I would hope she would be a minister of her word and stand up and apologize for discrediting that member.

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, before I read my resolution, I would like to welcome some guests to the gallery, if I might.

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MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome Catherine Woodman, President and CEO of the United Way, here today. She also served as chair of the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Awards committee. I would ask her to rise and receive the warm welcome of the House before reading my resolution. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 4788

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award was created to celebrate Nova Scotia communities that demonstrate citizen engagement, caring for one another, and the spirit of teamwork; and

Whereas the communities of Port Morien, Clare, Annapolis Royal and Tatamagouche were the first winners of this award; and

Whereas the Community Spirit Award would not be possible without the hard work of the United Way of Halifax Region and sponsorship by Nova Scotia Power and Transcontinental Media;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the winning communities, thank the volunteers and sponsors, and encourage communities to apply for next year's award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Premier.

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THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I have some other guests before my next resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome some guests to the House today from the Heart and Stroke Foundation who do tremendous work for our province. In our gallery today are Fran Dunn, Physical Activity Coordinator; Colin Mason, Director of Public Affairs; Allen McAvoy, Government Relations Manager; and Melinda Norris, Walkabout Project Manager. I would ask our guests to rise and receive the warm welcome of all members. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 4789

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia has launched a province-wide youth walking contest, the latest component of its Walkabout initiative; and

Whereas the contest invites Nova Scotia youth, ages 13 to 16, to submit a video showcasing their ideas on how to get more young people walking in their communities; and

Whereas 10 finalists will not only win great prizes, but will also earn a spot on a special youth action team to develop a walking program designed for youth;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House support the foundation's efforts to encourage our youth, through this contest, to compete creatively to promote healthy activity among their peers across Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 4790

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the first African-American President of the United States of America; and

Whereas upon a positive message of hope and change, Barack Obama inspired a nation and brought a record number of American voters to the polls; and

Whereas President-elect Obama's victory is a triumph for all because it will go down in history as an important day in the political landscape of the world, the democratic process, and the history of the people of African descent;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in recognizing an event many thought would not occur in their lifetime and congratulating Americans for showing the world the democratic process at its best when they voted Barack Obama, the first African-American president.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 4791

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas government departments in Nova Scotia spent more than $728 million this year on goods, services, and construction; and

Whereas 82 per cent of the money is spent on buying goods and services from, or through, Nova Scotia companies; and

Whereas an economic impact analysis confirmed that provincial procurement, both directly and indirectly, generated $356 million this year in family income for Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House acknowledge the positive financial impact of the Procurement Services Division of Nova Scotia Economic Development on the Nova Scotia economy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, with your permission, I would like to do an introduction before reading my resolution.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. MORSE: Mr. Speaker, in your gallery today I'm very pleased to introduce Lloyd and Maxine MacDonald. We're going to ask them to stand, and I want everybody in the House to know that Lloyd really knows how to show a girl a good time, because this is their 43rd Anniversary and he brought her to be with us today in the House. Would you all please give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 4792

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HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the year was 1964 when Lloyd A. MacDonald, area supervisor for Natural Resources in Richmond and Guysborough Municipalities, began his career with the civil service; and

Whereas Mr. MacDonald has contributed greatly to government over the years as a member of his local Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee since it was first formed, and still maintains a position as co-chair, where his efforts were recognized in 2001 with the North American Safety and Health Week Award for developing a safety implementation manual which is still in use today; and

Whereas I am advised Mr. MacDonald is the longest-serving civil servant in the province today, with 45 years of service;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize and congratulate Lloyd MacDonald for his dedication, commitment and contribution to government and the people of Nova Scotia. (Standing Ovation)

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4793

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Canadian Blood Services has recently advised Nova Scotians that there is an urgent need for more blood donors; and

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Whereas we are confident in CBS's ability to manage this situation, and the Provincial Blood Coordinating Program is facilitating discussions between CBS Halifax and the DHAs, through their blood banks, to ensure that we're keeping an eye on inventory levels; and

Whereas fortunately, at this time, patient care services in Nova Scotia have not been impacted, but we'll continue to monitor this situation with Canadian Blood Services;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House encourage those eligible to find time in their day to donate the gift of life.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

RESOLUTION NO. 4794

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal paved approximately 475 kilometres during the 2008 construction season, and is on track to meet its four-year plan to pave 2,000 kilometres of roads across the province; and

Whereas improving our highway infrastructure is paramount to developing our economy and supporting our communities, and as such the department has almost quadrupled its capital budget over the last 10 years; and

Whereas Nova Scotia was recently recognized as having the second best transportation infrastructure in the country, in a study by the Fraser Institute;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the great work being done by departmental staff, and contractors around the province, to improve our transportation infrastructure.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled. (Interruptions)

[12:30 p.m.]

Order please. Order please.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 4795

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the future prosperity of Nova Scotia can be found in a well-educated workforce that can compete in the global economy; and

Whereas the Cumberland Campus of Springhill is a progressive, well-respected institution within the Nova Scotia Community College system; and

Whereas Don McCormack, who recently was named principal of the campus, sees that campus as a vital part of the post-secondary education and lifelong learning for the residents of Cumberland County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to Mr. McCormack on his appointment as Principal of the Cumberland Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College campus.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Labour and Workforce Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 4796

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas November 3rd to 7th is National Career Week, which encourages young people to connect with the people, programs and resources needed to develop skills and build rewarding careers; and

Whereas as part of Canada Career Week, the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, in partnership with Nova Scotia Business Inc. and Nova Scotia Come to Life, launched the bright career futures Web site which works to connect young people from Nova Scotia and around the world with career opportunities that are in high demand across the province; and

Whereas the bright career futures Web site embraces the theme of Canada Career Week and will help us do a better job of educating our young people about the opportunities that exist in information technology, finance, skilled trades, health care and aerospace here in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating all Nova Scotians who help guide and inspire young people in making their career decisions, and congratulate Nova Scotia's youth for taking advantage of the resources available to them to make the best possible decision.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4797

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Mental Health Association hosted the annual conference celebrating its 100th in Canada; and

Whereas each year the Canadian Mental Health Association recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership and contributions to mental health in their communities; and

Whereas this year there were three awards presented to Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and congratulate Joyce McDonald of the CHMA Colchester-East Hants branch, the North End Community Health Centre in Halifax, and the Dalhousie Legal Aid Society on receiving awards and thank them for their hard work and dedication in the field of mental health.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 4798

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HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the National 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Conference will run concurrently with the 4-H member conference; and

Whereas delegates will learn about using their personal energy in a positive way to enrich their lives, their communities and the 4-H program, and discover energy alternatives in business and agriculture; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia 4-H leaders attending this conference are Marlene Maufort of Victoria County, Cathy Tulkins of Antigonish County, Faye Lennerton of Colchester County, Brenda Pick and Sarah Withrow of Hants County, and Pat Wentzell and Sheila Floyd of Lunenburg County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate the Nova Scotia delegates and wish them well at the conference.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 4799

HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the needs of the clients of the Department of Community Services are the top priority for staff at the department; and

Whereas Department of Community Services staff launched a complex, integrated case management initiative in February, which they continue to adapt for the betterment of our clients; and

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Whereas our ICM team was awarded the 2008 Premier's Award of Excellence by Premier Rodney MacDonald, in recognition of their outstanding achievement;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the hard work case management staff do every day to help Nova Scotians achieve their full potential and congratulate the ICM staff, specifically for an initiative, not only appreciated by the Department of Community Services, but recognized country-wide for its innovation in improving service delivery.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 4800

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the members of the Guysborough Inshore Fishermen's Association are working to provide community-based management of fishing resources; and

Whereas their efforts are helping to ensure a sustainable resource fishery and habitat; and

Whereas their participation in Green Power Hour in July provided members of the audience knowledge of how their organization is committed to growing their operation while being sustainable;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating the Guysborough Inshore Fishermen's Association for their efforts in environmental sustainability.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 4801

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on November 5, 2008, Halifax native Irvine Carvery was elected the first African Nova Scotian chairperson of the Halifax Regional School Board; and

Whereas Mr. Carvery has been in public service for close to two decades and brings to the position a wealth of experience working on various boards and committees; and

Whereas he has also been a community activist for many years, notably as the president of the Africville Genealogy Society, and is credited for keeping the spirit of Africville alive;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Irvine Carvery on being elected the new chair of the Halifax Regional School Board and the first African Nova Scotian to hold this position.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Shelburne on an introduction.

MR. STERLING BELLIVEAU: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to draw the members' attention to the west gallery where we have students from Shelburne Regional High School and a teacher, David Segmiller, and I ask the House to give warm greetings. (Applause)

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 209 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 25 of the Acts of 2004. The Electricity Act, Respecting Renewable Energy Providers. (Mr. M. Samson)

Bill No. 210 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96. The Education Act. (Hon. Karen Casey)

Bill No. 211 - Entitled an Act to Ensure Fair Registration Practices by Regulating Bodies. (Hon. Mark Parent)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that these bills be read a second time on a future day.

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 4802

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Ryan Legere, a 25-year-old Dalhousie dentistry student, has purchased the Junior B East Hants Penguins hockey team; and

Whereas Ryan Legere, a Timberlea resident, played with the Penguins and has always supported minor hockey in our community; and

Whereas Ryan Legere plans to serve as the team's head coach;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Ryan Legere on his purchase of the East Hants Junior B Penguins and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 4803

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Leader of the Liberal Party is quoted in The ChronicleHerald on June 20, 2008, as saying, "I am going to be selling my own vision for Nova Scotia and that will not include a carbon tax."; and

Whereas he echoed those comments on August 9, 2008, by stating, "From a provincial point of view, a carbon tax is not the way for us to go."; and

Whereas the Premier misspoke in this House by stating in Question Period on Tuesday that, "I've been fighting what the Liberal Party of this province and this country have been pushing for and that's a carbon tax.", and again yesterday during Question Period stating, "If I listen to the Liberal Party of this country and here in Nova Scotia, we would have a carbon tax in this province which would see $186 million leaving Nova Scotia and going to Ottawa each and every year.";

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly condemn the Premier for deliberately misleading this Legislature.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4804

MR. KEITH BAIN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Baddeck Curling Club recently concluded yet another successful Fall fun draw; and

Whereas the curling club's dream draw plays an integral role in the operations of the club each and every season while also offering some cash incentives to local residents; and

Whereas this year curling club member Barbie Cook sold the $25,000 first-place prize ticket to Sheila Munroe, with the second-place prize of $2,500 being won by Margaret Brett, third- and fourth-place prizes of $250 each went to Shauna and Ferris Asaph and Carol Campbell, with the final prize of $100 going to Danny and Kim Morrison;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the hard-working members of the Baddeck Curling Club and all cash prize winners in yet another successful 2008-09 curling club "dream draw" fundraiser.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[12:45 p.m.]

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 4805

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas Faye LeBlanc is a school volunteer who has demonstrated, over the course of many years, an outstanding commitment to Fairview Heights Elementary School; and

Whereas one of her many successes was the renewal and expansion of the library's holdings, accomplished through Faye's assiduous development of community partnerships; and

Whereas this evening, at the school, a ceremony will be held to dedicate the library in Faye's name;

Therefore be it resolved that this House thank Faye LeBlanc for her outstanding service to Fairview Heights Elementary School, and congratulate her on having the school library named in her honour.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 4806

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas with the economy in turmoil, the government needs to practice strong fiscal responsibility; and

Whereas strong fiscal responsibility does not include spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on child-sized ATVs; and

Whereas strong fiscal responsibility also does not include spending $10,000 of taxpayer money on a study of the health benefits of ATV use;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his government commit today to being more fiscally responsible with the public's hard-earned money.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 4807

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas one of Pictou County's most distinguished residents has retired from serving the Nova Scotian community in one of the most important ways; and

Whereas Judge Clyde MacDonald retired earlier this year from the Nova Scotia Provincial Court, after serving on the bench for 18 years; and

Whereas the respected judge now looks forward to spending more time with his two favourite hobbies: writing and collecting baseball memorabilia, and also Judge MacDonald is a well-known Pictou County historian and his latest work includes a chapter covering Babe Ruth's visit to Westville in 1936;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their heartfelt congratulations to Provincial Court Judge Clyde MacDonald on his recent retirement and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4808

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Brad Burles of Welsford, Pictou County, has travelled 13 kilometres each way to and from his work at Cape John Seafoods on his bicycle during the past six months; and

Whereas residents along the road have taken note of Brad's travelling and have stopped him to commend him for his work ethic and have put in a good word with his manager; and

Whereas plant manager Maria MacDonald has said that Brad is one of the hardest working people she has ever met and someone you can always count on;

Therefore be it resolved that this Nova Scotia Legislature commend Brad Burles for his exemplary work ethic and for using an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 4809

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the price of gasoline is dropping throughout the country; and

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Whereas while people on Prince Edward Island have been enjoying a significantly reduced price since this past weekend, we must wait until Friday for the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations to select our new price of the week; and

Whereas while the department has no problem using the interrupter clause to raise the price of gas, they seem to have a problem adjusting it when it is in the customer's favour;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly offer their support to removing this unjust system of gas regulation immediately.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4810

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Scotch Village resident Roly Boyd was named the Halifax County Exhibition Fair Person of the Year in August; and

Whereas Mr. Boyd has been judge of the oxen entries for the past number of years at the Halifax County Exhibition where he and his wife, Joan, go and camp for the week every summer; and

Whereas Mr. Boyd has been around oxen all his life and learned a valuable lesson from the animals at the age of 13 when he and his younger cousin were attempting to hitch a team and bring home a load of wood for their grandfather;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the genuine interest and care Roly Boyd shows for oxen on an annual basis and wish him continued success with his judging at the Halifax County Exhibition.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island.

RESOLUTION NO. 4811

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas 2008 is the 250th Anniversary of the birth of representative government in Canada, a year marked by events celebrating and commemorating our pioneering role in securing democratic rights for all citizens; and

Whereas the Democracy 250 initiative seeks to recognize and honour active citizens and groups that have made a difference in enhancing the lives of our communities; and

Whereas since 1959, the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust and its members have fought passionately to identify and preserve those areas, structures, sites and streetscapes which reflect our historical and architectural past;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust and other civic minded citizens and groups that remind us of our political, natural and built heritage and our right to fight for the values we cherish.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4812

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Premier is convinced that if he repeats something enough, it will suddenly come true; and

Whereas this must be his plan when he misleads this House of Assembly by saying the Nova Scotia Liberal Party was supportive of a carbon tax in this province; and

Whereas instead of making false accusations towards this Party, he should explain his silence on the Prime Minister's carbon tax as described in Section 7.2 of the Conservative Economic Plan - Turning the Corner and confirmed by federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice yesterday that he will work with President-elect Obama on a trade and cap system;

Therefore be it resolved the Premier explain how he can fervently oppose one carbon tax and be silent on another.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4813

MR. KEITH BAIN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Leah Noble and Kate Oland have joined together with a creative project for those individuals who have ever discussed the prospect of writing; and

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Whereas just last week, Leah and Kate began an attempt to organize the Baddeck Writers Group at the Baddeck Library with plans to meet once a month; and

Whereas Leah and Kate are welcoming writers of every level to attend, whether they write poetry, short stories, non-fiction, you name it;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the artistic and creative vision of Leah Noble and Kate Oland in working to establish the Baddeck Writers Group, and wish them the utmost success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 4814

MR. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Irvine Carvery has dedicated himself to working on behalf of African Nova Scotians, including serving as president of the Africville Genealogical Society and tirelessly pursuing compensation for Africville's former residents; and

Whereas African Nova Scotians elected Irvine Carvery in 2008 to represent their community on the Halifax Regional School Board; and

Whereas on November 5th , the nine-member Halifax Regional School Board elected Irvine Carvery as their chairman, making him the board's first African Nova Scotian chairman;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Irvine Carvery's lifelong activism on behalf of all Nova Scotians, with special reference to those individuals

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of African descent, and congratulate him upon being elected chairman of the Halifax Regional School Board.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 4815

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas earlier this week we saw our neighbours to the south elect a new president, Barack Obama; and

Whereas television coverage showed long lines of people waiting for hours to have the opportunity to vote for the change and the hope that country needed; and

Whereas in our recent federal election voter turnout hit new lows and many people were simply not interested in the future of our country;

Therefore be it resolved that in this 250th year of representative democracy, we work to get the citizens involved in the matters of their government, and may they feel that hope and change are possible for our country as well.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 4816

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas each year the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council recognizes talented Nova Scotian artists; and

Whereas Laurie Swim of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, creates magnificent landscaped- inspired quilting works of art, and is known throughout Nova Scotia and abroad for her work; and

Whereas Laurie has received the Established Artist Recognition Award in recognition of the positive impact she has had on the art of quilting;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Laurie Swim on being awarded the Established Artist Recognition Award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 4817

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Port of Montreal yesterday boasted that it is enjoying the best growth in container traffic of any North American port; and

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Whereas Halifax has suffered a decline of nearly 20 per cent in container traffic during the first half of this year, compared to a 10 per cent increase in containerized cargo tonnage going through Montreal; and

Whereas high traffic levels going through the Port of Halifax are vital for the major export industries in Nova Scotia, such as Bowater Mersey;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the Premier and his government to secure the federal government's commitment to work closely with the major international shipping lines, CN Rail, the Halifax Container Terminals and other stakeholders in Nova Scotia's port, on a plan to increase Atlantic Canada's share of world container traffic.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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[1:00 p.m.]

The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 4818

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas this year marked a milestone for the Halifax City Salty's soccer team with their first national women's senior soccer title; and

Whereas under the direction of Head Coach Carl Hayre, the team rose to victory with a 3-2 win over the North London Galaxy at the championship tournament in St. John's, Newfoundland; and

Whereas a pair of goals by Nkem Ezurike and another by Mary Beth Bowie, solidified the team's win and established their standing as the best in the country;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Halifax City Salty's and their head coach, Carl Hayre, on a successful season and wish them every success in seasons to come.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 4819

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas one Nova Scotia hockey legend turned a suspension into a career; and

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Whereas Stellarton native Granville, or "Gun" Mason was suspended briefly from the sport in the late 1960's, after an altercation with a referee, but eventually went on to become a referee himself; and

Whereas refereeing in the province became more organized and Mason was promoted to Nova Scotia Referee-in-Chief for three years, during which time the calibre of officiating improved across the province and after 33 years of refereeing, Mason received Hockey Nova Scotia's Hal Lewis Award for his dedication;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send best wishes to Nova Scotia's legendary hockey referee, Granville "Gun" Mason for his years of dedication to the sport and the province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, with your indulgence, although my colleague from Shelburne has introduced the class from Shelburne High School, that is the high school that I graduated from and I have some special guests - not only all the students, but my nephew, Allister Scott, is here today and I want to offer a warm welcome. Also their teacher, Mr. Sigmiller, although he is not paying attention at this moment . . .

MR. SPEAKER: I know how that is.

MS. KENT: ... we called him Ziggie and I, in fact, was one of the students in his very first class at Shelburne Regional High School and I would like to offer a very warm welcome to him today. (Applause) I won't say how many years ago, it was quite a few.

RESOLUTION NO. 4820

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas Megan O'Neil and Jordan Hipson are Grade 9 students at Astral Drive Junior High in Cole Harbour; and

Whereas Megan and Jordan have been inspired to help their fellow students and their parents by the Manitoba-based Cyber Tips Web Site, which gives advice on some of the dangers of on-line social networking and exposure to inappropriate material; and

Whereas Megan and Jordan have created a local resource for their friends and families called Being Cyber Safe, a non-profit venture to offer people information about on-line scams and risks;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Megan O'Neil and Jordan Hipson for their insightful and inspiring creation of the Being Cyber Safe resource for students and parents.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley on an introduction.

MS. MARILYN MORE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It gives me great pleasure to introduce some guests in the west gallery. We have with us several members and executives from Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia and their office is actually in the same building as my constituency office. We certainly value their work not only in the metro area but certainly across Nova Scotia. As I call your name, perhaps you could stand: Elaine Finlay, the chair. We have Barbara Thompson who is the communications director, and two survivors - Barbara Lawson and Alison Cullingham, and they're also joined by health researcher, Carolyn Read. So I would ask everyone to give them a very warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Clare.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4821

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on October 4th the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation held its 9th Annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Church Point and in West Pubnico; and

Whereas Belliveau Motors co-sponsored the annual Run for the Cure again this year; and

Whereas this year's run raised $18,766 for breast cancer research, education programs and treatments;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly extend our gratitude and best wishes to Belliveau Motors for their active role as well as the countless volunteers and participants who make the national campaign for breast cancer possible.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4822

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Avon Pony Club is largely dependent on volunteers with horse and pony enthusiasts being given the opportunity to participate in traditional equestrian exercises; and

Whereas pony club members participate in a wide array of activities including the Prince Phillip Games and the Windsor Spring and summer horse shows; and

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Whereas the Avon Pony Club has existed for more than 30 years with the club hosting the biggest indoor show in the Maritimes in late June which saw local riders and sisters, Laura and Abby Shearer, win respective classes in the one-metre hunter class and pony pleasure;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly commend the tireless work of volunteers such as District Commissioner Valerie McDermott and Assistant District Commissioner Andy Woolaver and other executive members for making the club the success that it is today.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4823

MR. CLARRIE MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Pictou County fiddler Fleur Mainville has been entertaining residents and visitors alike since she was a child and now teaches fiddle music to the children of the region; and

Whereas Fleur Mainville has strongly contributed to fundraising efforts when others in the region suffered through a family financial or medical crisis; and

Whereas Fleur Mainville is now fighting her own personal battle with cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Fleur Mainville, a talented Nova Scotian fiddler, and offer her our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4824

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Provincial Autism Centre was founded in 2002; and

Whereas this non-profit community-based organization works toward a world in which those who have autism spectrum disorders are able to live their lives fully; and

Whereas the Provincial Autism Centre provides support and services to those who are affected by autism spectrum disorders through education and programs;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the significant contribution the Provincial Autism Centre has made and wish them continued success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Labour and Workforce Development.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4825

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long-Service Awards were held October 21st; and

Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Chief Mark Mander has 15 years active service in providing leadership to the Shire Town constabulary;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chief Mander on this long service achievement.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 4826

MR. STERLING BELLIVEAU: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Daniel Race of Shelburne voyaged with the 129 foot Amistad ship from Connecticut on August 4 to August 8, 2008 as part of the 225th Loyalist Celebrations; and

Whereas Daniel was chosen by the Black Loyalist Society to crew the Amistad after writing a letter stating why he wanted to be part of that experience; and

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Whereas Daniel was the third resident of Shelburne County to crew the Amistad during the Atlantic Freedom Tour which commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Great Britain and the United States;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize Daniel Race of Shelburne who voyaged with the 129 foot Amistad ship from Connecticut on August 4 to August 8, 2008 as part of the 225th Loyalist Celebrations.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 4827

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas if a health emergency were to take place in Digby residents could be in for a long drive due to the ongoing closures at Digby General; and

Whereas the DHA recently announced another 192 hours of ER closures at Digby General for the month of November; and

Whereas with the addition of these newly scheduled closures the ER at Digby General has been closed for 1,142 hours this year so far;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health commit to finding real solutions to keep this ER open for the residents of Digby and its surrounding area.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

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Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 4828

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the St. F.X. Women's Rugby team were silver medalist at the CIS Rugby Championship recently held at the University of Lethbridge; and

Whereas the second place finish garnered the X-Women their second medal at nationals in the past three years; and

Whereas coach Mike Cavanaugh has led the St. F.X. team to their 11th consecutive appearance at the CIS National Championships;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the St. F.X. Women's Rugby team on capturing silver medals at the CIS National Championships.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 4829

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the Tent Dwellers Centennial Festival celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the publication of the book "The Tent Dwellers" took place in Queens and Annapolis Counties from May to October of this year; and

Whereas the very successful festival welcomed people from all over the world to give them a taste of the wilderness, recreation, history, music and stories of the area; and

Whereas the Tent Dwellers Centennial Festival was recently recognized in the provincial publication Nova Scotia Open to the World;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Jonathan Sheppard, chair of the Tent Dwellers Centennial Festival's planning committee and his team on a very successful festival which brought people to Kejimkujik National Park, the Shelburne Canadian Heritage River System and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Immigration.

RESOLUTION NO. 4830

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy, located in Bedford Basin, played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy memorial consisting of a seven ton anchor and interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

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Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by the Bedford D250 committee for spearheading this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 4831

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas small businesses are the backbone of Nova Scotia's economy; and

Whereas it is essential that we celebrate the business successes in our communities; and

Whereas the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 5th Annual Lunenburg County Business Excellence Awards;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate Homegrown Skateboards of LaHave, Lunenburg County, on being the recipient of the Innovation Award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 4832

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Emma Simpson, a Grade 6 student at Seton Elementary in North Sydney, has been involved in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure since she was in Grade Primary; and

Whereas Emma has personally raised more than $10,000 for breast cancer research, has been chosen by Build-A-Bear Workshop, an international toy store chain, as a Huggable Hero and this program searches for young people who are making a difference in their communities; and

Whereas Emma is one of two who were chosen from Canada and will attend a leadership symposium in Washington, D.C., along with 11 other Huggable Heroes from around the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating this outstanding young lady for her big heart and bigger spirit.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 4833

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HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Ernie Lund is Truro's 2008 representative Volunteer of the Year; and

Whereas Ernie Lund is well known to the residents of Truro and area for his many years of involvement and leadership in a variety of community activities; and

Whereas Ernie Lund is a past president and life member of the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce; past President of the Kiwanis Parks Committee; Governor of the P.E.I.-Nova Scotia Kiwanis Clubs; is a member of the Canada Manpower Youth Employment Project; the Truro Area Industrial Committee; and is a writer, photographer and President of the Nova Scotia Aviation Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ernie Lund in being named Truro's representative Volunteer of the Year and thank him for his many community contributions over the years.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 4834

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas volunteer fire brigade members not only risk their lives to protect others, but put in hours of service to protect the homes and businesses of their communities; and

Whereas the firemen who run the radios and . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable minister has the floor.

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MS. CASEY: Whereas the firemen who run the radios and dispatch systems are invaluable to the safety and efficiency of their fellow workers; and

Whereas 44-year old Steve Francis, a member of the Great Village and District Fire Brigade, died on August 9th while serving as dispatcher at a 6:00 a.m. fire call;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their condolences to the family of the late Steve Francis and acknowledge his immeasurable contribution to his community of Great Village.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise on a point of privilege, because earlier today I feel that my privileges as a member of this House . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Wait, there you go.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I rise on a personal point of privilege, because I feel earlier today my privileges as a member of this House were violated . . .

MR. SPEAKER: The microphone for the honourable member for Glace Bay keeps on failing in and out. Do you want to try one more time?

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You may not want to hear this; that may be the reason it is going on and off.

I feel that my rights as a member of this House have been violated by the Minister of Education in the statement that she made earlier today, Mr. Speaker. At the end of the following statement that I have, I'll be asking you to rule on exactly that matter.

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Mr. Speaker, for the Minister of Education to rise and question whether or not I have the concerns of the children of Glace Bay at my best interests is absolutely ridiculous. I cannot understand why the Minister of Education has done this in the first place.

Mr. Speaker, the hypocrisy of a government that waited, and made the people of Glace Bay and the children of Glace Bay wait for over eight years before they made the final announcement of a school, for that government to say that I'm using the best interests of the children of Glace Bay for political purposes is nothing less than shameful.

Mr. Speaker, I have highlighted the achievements of schools, of teachers and of children in Glace Bay for years now and I will continue to do that for the rest of my career in this Legislature. My purpose yesterday in bringing that DVD to the attention of this House was nothing more than the safety, and the concern for the safety of the children of Glace Bay and, indeed, the children of Nova Scotia. That will always be at the forefront for me.

Mr. Speaker, if this government wants to put the manufacturers of ATVs ahead of that concern for the safety of our children, then that's a matter the Minister of Education will have to live with and she'll have to live with herself for personally doing that and for personally attacking me. Mr. Minister.

AN HON. MEMBER: Sit down.

AN HON. MEMBER: Shame on you. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): I'm not going to sit down, Mr. Minister, I have the floor. Mr. Speaker, I have the floor. She had the floor to impugn my personal character and I demand equal time to do exactly that. (Interruptions)

AN HON. MEMBER: Take the school back.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Agriculture made the same comment right now that was made yesterday, when I raised the question in Question Period, that the school would be taken back. Mr. Minister, it's another example that that government governs by bullying. We don't put up with bullies in school and we're not going to put up with them here in the Nova Scotia Legislature either.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Glace Bay has the floor.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, my Leader rose in my defence because I wasn't present at the time in this House . . .

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MR. SPEAKER: Excuse me, we have a point of order. The honourable Government House Leader on a point of order.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: On a point of order, not only has the honourable member, in trying to represent a point of order, gone on a personal tirade on a member's statement and not a point of order - to suggest in his wording, in terms of unparliamentary, and using the word hypocrisy about the government's actions. Mr. Speaker, in your consideration of this - and I ask that you do look at the Hansard, to take in the fullness of what the honourable member for Glace Bay is saying, impugning the name and the reputation of the Minister of Education, and this government will not stand idly by.

If he wants to have that debate inside this Chamber or outside, then we're up for that, but what he is saying is wrong, Mr. Speaker. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, I don't stand here today to respond to the rhetoric from both sides. What I want to do is offer some advice, and the fact that it has been a well-established parliamentary procedure that the ministerial statements are to be brief, factual statements, or announcement of government policy. Specifically, they are not to be used for debate or to encourage debates.

We believe you will find the established procedures of our House and our parliamentary authorities agree with this unanimously. So with that said, I would just as soon get on with the business today and start Question Period. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, let me continue just momentarily, if you would, please. I beg your leave to do exactly this. I feel this issue is important enough for me to stand again because I feel that indeed not only my privileges have been violated in this case, it's unheard of for a Cabinet Minister to do exactly that in a statement. To take on an individual member over an issue that was brought up before Public Accounts, an issue that was brought up before Question Period here. This is unheard of in my nine years here, and that is why I'm asking for this ruling.

As I was just finishing up in saying, my Leader rose in my defence and asked the Minister of Education to offer an apology for what she had to say. I thank my Leader for doing that, Mr. Speaker - I don't want your apology Madam Minister. I don't want your apology; it means nothing to me. Madam Minister, you owe an apology to the people of Glace Bay and to the children of Glace Bay, and until you do that I don't care about your apology . . .

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MR. SPEAKER: Speak to the Chair.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: I thank all the honourable members and we will take all the information into consideration, review what has been said in Hansard, and look at the other Rules of the House. We will get back to you at our earliest possible convenience with a ruling on this situation.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS

MR. SPEAKER: Question Period will begin at 1:27 p.m. and end at 2:27 p.m.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

PREM.: ELECTRIC HEAT ASSISTANCE - INCREASE

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the government acknowledged in its budget documents that even with the renewal of the home heating assistance plan many families will be paying higher energy costs as a direct result of the Progressive Conservative budget choices. Most people living in poverty who must heat one small one-room apartment are now paying the HST on their home heat if they use electricity, and they face a further 10 per cent increase in their heating costs. In September the government adopted almost all of the NDP's proposals for a better home heating assistance plan, so my question to the Premier is this: Why didn't you also increase the maximum assistance for people who heat with electricity?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, as outlined in the Spring, the government had choices to make in order to ensure that we put more money into the hands of those who need it most. As a result of the plan that the government has put forward, those who are heating with oil, as an example, are seeing a rebate of up to $450 more this winter. In addition to that, we doubled the amount in the Spring budget, I believe it was doubled in the Spring for the Salvation Army, and yet again doubled that again, recognizing that low-income Nova Scotians deserve to have more assistance coming forward this winter. It's part of a $92 million package; it's one that we believe not only addresses the short-term issues being faced by Nova Scotians, but also many of the long-term issues.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, well this government acted as though Nova Scotians who heat with electricity are not using a fossil fuel and do not face the same kind of extreme cost changes we have seen with heating oil and propane. Yet, yesterday, the consumer advocate confirmed that record high fossil fuel prices - in this case for coal - are causing the biggest single increase in a generation in a cost of heating a home or a small room with

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electricity. This government added to the pain with its very own carbon tax on basic home electricity, so my question to the Premier is what led him to believe that he had to make sure that Nova Scotians would pay even more for electricity?

THE PREMIER: In fact, Mr. Speaker, if the member looked at our plan, he would see that there is additional assistance for low income Nova Scotians. There are rebates for those for wood, there are rebates there for oil, there are rebates there for electricity, and we want to make sure that those who are most in need receive the help as quickly as possible. That is why the government made the decision in the Spring to gear the HST rebate towards the heating portion of their bill. We believe it was a common sense approach. It was one which also recognized that there are fiscal limitations to the people of Nova Scotia and for the province, at the same time putting more money into the hands of low-income Nova Scotians who require that help this coming winter.

[1:30 p.m.]

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the fact is that the Tory budget took $28 million out of the pockets of the people of this province and from all of the families in this province. Tory times are tough times and it's almost as tough to get a straight answer from the tax-happy Premier. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. DEXTER: Families on social assistance, hard-working parents who take two or three low-paying jobs to make ends meet, residents of small towns hit by layoffs, should not be singled out for punishment because they heat with electricity. So my question to the Premier is this - why can't this government recognize the hardship caused by these rate hikes and improve its tax and heating assistance for people as they've been urged?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, you know, the Leader of the NDP stands in his place and week after week wants to spend more and more money. Money which would put this province into a deficit, millions of dollars into a deficit, and as a result, the hard-working families of Nova Scotia wouldn't see their books balanced in this province. They wouldn't see the dollars being able to be spent on a heating assistance rebate program. They wouldn't see the opportunities to pave roads across our province. They wouldn't see the economy of this province grow. The NDP would drive this province backwards. They would ensure deficits, larger debts, and an economy that was stalled.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

PREM.: RENEWABLE ENERGY STRATEGY - DEVELOP

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MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians received word yesterday that power rates will increase by over 9 per cent starting in January of next year. This is the fifth increase in over seven years. Much due to the volatile fuel costs, our power rates have increased by well over 30 per cent since 2001. So my question to the Premier is, how many more increases will Nova Scotians have to suffer before your Party puts together a real renewable energy strategy?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, indeed, Nova Scotia has been a leader in this regard and one example is that of tidal energy. Many governments have talked about the possibilities with tidal energy. Well, this government is moving forward on a strategy for that tidal power, to harness that power for future generations of Nova Scotians to ensure that not only do we see rates which are stable but we see energy security in this province and well beyond.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, the Electricity Marketplace Governance Committee recommended in 2003, ". . . any seller offering electricity from renewable resources . . . be able to sell directly to electricity customers." The committee was made up of government officials, officials from the utility, industry and energy and environmental stakeholders. However, it is now five years later and the government sits on that recommendation. So my question to the Premier is simple, why do you continue to be a roadblock for renewable energy projects in this province?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, this province is very proud and this government is proud to stand in its place and say that we have the most aggressive legislation in the country when it comes to environmental protection, dealing with CO2 issues, dealing with some of the challenges which we will face as a province in the future. In fact, that was highlighted this week at the National Energy Conference that we hosted, and the Minister of Energy hosted - the fact that jurisdictions across this country said that Nova Scotia was the leader when it came to energy efficiency. Nova Scotia is a leader when it comes to energy renewal and not only do we speak about it, we act on it.

MR. MCNEIL: We're also a leader in producing most of our energy from fossil fuels, Mr. Speaker. The Premier left that out. The Department of Energy also commissioned a consultant in February 2007 to take a look at this very issue. The consultant recommended that, and I quote, "The government proceed with legislation and regulations necessary to permit retail development." The consultant further commented that a number of parties have made commercial arrangements to develop projects contingent on the adoption of allowable, renewable to retail development. So my question to the Premier is, when will you get out of the way and allow renewable energy producers to sell directly to the customer?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, we see hundreds of millions of dollars being invested in wind power in Nova Scotia. We see investments in tidal power harnessing the highest tides in the world. We see an MOU signed with Newfoundland and Labrador to take

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advantage of the opportunities for hydro power in the future. We see investments and more research being done in the area of biomass and other avenues, Mr. Speaker, to harness the opportunities that we have. While the Liberal Party talks about a carbon tax, this government is going to focus on new opportunities.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

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TIR: TAR PONDS AGENCY - ADMINISTRATION

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The Progressive Conservative Tar Ponds Agency has been described as dysfunctional, lacking focus, preoccupied with internal conflicts and lacking leadership. These aren't my words, these are the words of the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. I will table an e-mail from the Deputy Minister. David Darrow says that recent developments have caused "key stakeholders, including me" to doubt the agency's ability to deliver this project on time and within budget. My question through you, Mr. Speaker, is, what has gone so wrong in this government that they are too busy to oversee a $400 million project that is so important to Cape Bretoners?

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the honourable member for the question. It's a very important project, something this province should be very proud of. In fact, the ongoing work there in Cape Breton and the cleanup of that property is being recognized not just across this country but across North America and other parts of the world. It's being held up as a real example of how environmental disasters that have happened there can be cleaned up and can become something positive in the community.

So I'm very proud of what's happening there and the honourable member is right. We've gone from one stage of that, we're approaching the mid-stage, mid-life of that project and we have taken on a different focus now in regard to implementing the cleanup of that and I'm very proud that that work is ongoing and I look forward to meeting that not only on budget but on time in the year 2014.

MR. GOSSE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This agency was set up in 2003 by this government. Things are so bad that the Progressive Conservatives had to hire a consultant to tell them why the agency they put in place to clean up the tar ponds mess was in such a mess itself. I obtained that report from freedom of information and I will table it now. The reports states the agency, government partners are not presenting a united front, thereby undermining the authority of the agency. My question to the minister is, will he tell this House exactly how much time and money has been wasted because of the bickering and the dysfunction of his government and this tar ponds agency?

MR. SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have to disagree with the member opposite because he and his Party may think that's a waste of time down there, what's happening in regard to that cleanup. We certainly don't on this side of the House.

Mr. Speaker, that project is very important, it is proceeding. We have taken on a new direction in regard to managing that property - yes, I agree with that. But again, I believe that the right things are happening there on Cape Breton Island, particularly around that site, Mr. Speaker. Again, it is being held up across this continent as an example of how the cleanup

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of an area like that is so important. So I disagree with the member. It may not be important to that side of the House, Mr. Speaker, but it is to this side of the House and we're very proud of what's happening on that site.

MR. GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, it's very important to this member because I live there, next to that mess. They are spending all their time cleaning up their agency, it's no wonder they haven't gotten to cleaning up the tar ponds. This report outlines cost overruns and failures of decision-making. The Progressive Conservative agency has failed to operate for four years now. My question to the minister is, does he understand why it is that Cape Bretoners have lost faith in this government's ability to clean up the tar ponds?

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, the member opposite thought it was great the day he showed up with me to help announce a part of that area is being cleaned up and there being announcements in regards to sports fields. (Interruptions). He certainly agreed to this project, that day, for the pictures were there - to take credit for it.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. SCOTT: He certainly didn't mind being beside me in the photo to show what a great thing was happening in that area. (Interruptions) I can tell you, I, as the minister responsible for that, am very proud of the progress that has been made. Even without the help of the honourable member, the member opposite, we are moving forward. That will be a positive thing, not only in Nova Scotia, not only in Canada, but around the world. He can get out of the way, we're getting the job done. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova on a new question.

TAR PONDS AGENCY: CLEANUP - MISMANAGEMENT

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, the new site that the member was talking about is on the old former Sysco site, not the tar ponds site. (Applause) Just for his geographical correction, Mr. Speaker.

I will table a briefing note, and I sure hope the Cabinet read this one. (Interruptions) It states that the project's independent engineers said there's a slippage in the schedule and the original cost estimates are escalating. This Cabinet briefing note states that the province is responsible for the cost overrun of this $400 million project, as a result of mismanagement. Mr. Speaker, my question through you is for the Premier, will he explain how his government could have allowed four years of mismanagement of the tar ponds agency when the Nova Scotia taxpayers are on the hook for the bill? Another slip.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, if it wasn't for the decisions of the government of Nova Scotia during the past number of years, we wouldn't be seeing a clean-up. Because of

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the decisions our government have made, we are not only seeing an environmental mess cleaned up, we are seeing a new energy in the Sydney and Cape Breton Regional Municipality area that we've never seen before. More people are working today as a result. More companies are starting up while the NDP wants to stand in the way of development and cleaning up our environment, in spite of the NDP, Mr. Speaker, we will move forward. (Interruptions)

MR. GOSSE: Mr. Speaker, thank you, I couldn't hear him, I'm sorry.

Mr. Speaker, the people of Cape Breton are tired waiting for progress on the clean-up of the Sydney tar ponds. This report gives a glimpse of why the project is bogged down. In another section it states there is no job description for the CEO. It says, this may have worsened the misalignment between the focus of the CEO and the actual requirements of the project. My question is to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal - is it true that the tar ponds CEO that you have appointed didn't even have a job description?

AN HON. MEMBER: Shame.

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, this line of questioning shouldn't surprise this side of the House and it doesn't. They're against development in downtown Halifax and now they're against development in Cape Breton. (Interruptions) As the Premier mentioned, Mr. Speaker, not only is that property being cleaned up, it is being made available for recreational opportunities, for business opportunities. Instead of worrying about things that the honourable member is worried about on that side of the House, he should be concerned about the economy in Cape Breton, which this side of the House is concerned about. I can tell you, that project is on time, will be on budget, and we will see that completed by 2014, and we are very proud of the results of that clean up. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order.

MR. GOSSE: Thank you. Mr. Speaker, I'll tell the minister opposite that the joke in Cape Breton is that there are more engineering firms on Charlotte Street now than there are lawyers. The government report I tabled places some of the blame at the feet of the former Tory-appointed CEO. What the minister failed to recognize is that the government has an oversight and a responsibility for this agency. He is responsible for this mess. The report I tabled states, ". . . cost overruns and delays have the potential to jeopardize the success of the tar ponds cleanup." My question to the minister is, will he table in the House today the exact cost of overruns and the delay that caused the internal mess at his tar ponds agency.

[1:45 p.m.]

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, the honourable member mentioned that he lives near this environmental cleanup that's taking place and, you know, if it was near my home, I would

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be doing everything I possibly could to support no matter who it was - government or Opposition - to make this happen, instead of merely standing in the House and asking questions about the management of the project. I already said this money is a good investment. It's a good investment in Cape Breton, it's a good investment in regards to the tar ponds and the physical site.

The federal government and the province, Mr. Speaker, as you know, are sharing in this project and I would encourage the honourable member, any time he has questions or concerns around the tar ponds, or any of those projects near his home, his riding, come see me, meet with me. Not once has he ever requested to meet to talk about the issue. (Interruptions) So it's his own home, it's next to him, and my door is open any time. I will sit down in my office and meet with that honourable member any time.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. It is getting very hard to hear anything.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has the floor.

MR. SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Again, you know, I would encourage the honourable member opposite and his colleagues to work with the government. This is a very positive thing for Cape Breton and I think generations to come are going to appreciate that the province and the federal government worked together to clean up this mess and it is. I may not live next to it like the honourable member does, but I would certainly encourage the honourable member and his colleagues to work towards a positive result.

Mr. Speaker, at the end of the day, I believe Cape Bretoners want to see a cleanup. They want to see opportunities and possibilities for themselves and for future generation. So I would encourage the honourable member opposite to work with us to get this project moved ahead.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

PREM.: GAS REGULATION - INTERRUPTER CLAUSE

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Premier. Voters in New Brunswick today are feeling a little bit better in their pocketbooks because of a decrease at midnight of 5.5 cents at the pumps. Motorists in Prince Edward Island were delighted by the use of the interrupter clause over the weekend to lower prices by 5.5 cents a litre as well. However, motorists in Nova Scotia are still paying among the highest prices in Canada. So my question to the Premier is simple, it seems that you are asleep at the switch with the kiddy ATVs, does the same case apply to gas regulation?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, again, I know my honourable colleague wants to talk about this issue, and he brings it up on a regular basis. It's certainly an important topic. The

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government stands by the decision to move forward as it did with respect to putting forward regulation, and if you take a look at why the government put that forward, with regards to stability, with regards to protecting our small rural stations, indeed you will see that the government, I believe, made a wise decision. Now, the independent report will give a clearer indication if that is the case, and I'm sure he would agree that it is wise to wait to see what that report indeed says.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, that report will say what the first two said and this is costing Nova Scotian consumers each and every time that they fill up their vehicle. Nova Scotians want fair gas prices in this province. They understand with the world price increase that the price at the pump will as well. However, they expect when oil prices decrease, they expect the price at the pump to decrease as well. Nova Scotians are furious that it seems that this government will only use the interruptive clause when it wants to do drastic price increases. So my question to the Premier is, while other jurisdictions are taking measures to lower gas prices, why are you still inflating ours?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, if you take a look at recent reports in newspapers across our province, indeed an individual from the member for Richmond's riding who deals not only with the retailers across the island, had a station themselves, indicated that for her and her company, and for the people of Richmond County, and many other rural communities, the gas regulation is keeping those stations open. Now I'm not sure if the member is suggesting that we should close rural stations in this province at a greater rate. I certainly don't agree with that.

MR. MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I don't know where the Premier has been this summer, but gas stations across Nova Scotia are closing. All he seems to be doing with this piece of public policy is gouging Nova Scotia consumers every time they fill up their vehicle. He's taking money out of the pockets of Nova Scotians each and every time they go to fill up their car and he has been unable to stop the closure of rural gas stations. This piece of public policy has failed. The question to the Premier is, when are you going to give Nova Scotia consumers a break and scrap gas regulation?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, indeed what the Liberal Leader is saying is that he wants to close more stations across our province. I can tell you, from representing a rural riding, people don't want to see their stations close. Many of these communities have one gas station left and I believe it's incumbent on us all to ensure that we do all we can to not only assist those small rural stations but that we help those people that live in those communities.

Again, we have people in the industry who are disagreeing with the Leader of the Liberal Party's position. Indeed if we listen to the Liberal Party, we would see a carbon tax on diesel which would make it more expensive for truckers, which would make it more expensive for motorists. Indeed, Mr. Speaker, in the Cape Breton Post in an article on August 18th this summer, when talking about each of the federal plans the Liberal Leader said, if you

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look at Dion's blended plan, it's probably fairer than all of them. I disagree, Mr. Speaker, the Liberal plan federally was not the best and taxing Nova Scotians more is not in the best interest of the people in this province.

MR. SPEAKER: Would you table that please?

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

HEALTH: ER NURSES - RETENTION

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, in the last four years we have lost 163 nurses from emergency rooms in CDHA alone and that does not include retirements. If things keep going the way they are we are going to be looking at a 35 per cent increase in nurses leaving their job since last year. High turnover rates are reducing both stability and morale within emergency departments. Mr. Speaker, no wonder waiting times and wait lines are so long. My question is, through you Mr. Speaker, to the Minister of Health - what leadership are you taking to resolve the issues facing emergency departments in the CDHA?

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, over the last number of years we've been working very hard through the Nova Scotia Nursing Strategy, not only through the Nursing Strategy to make sure that we bring people back, but making sure that we have bursaries and things available so people can take on nursing as a profession. We've also added many seats to our schools across this province to ensure that we don't have a nursing shortage into the future.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, through freedom of information, I've obtained the RN turnover rates for 2005 to 2008 which I will now table. This document shows us just how difficult it is for you to retain nurses in emergency departments. For example, the Dartmouth General already lost 17 ER nurses this year and these numbers are only until September. So my question through you to the Minister of Health is this - can you explain to this House how your department has allowed emergency departments to be in such dire straits?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, the member opposite knows full well that this is a very difficult job, one that does have a lot of pressure that goes with it. I'm not going to stand there if a nurse makes a decision not to work in an emergency room. What I am going to stand up for is to make sure that we have more nurses trained in this province, more nurses that can make a decision to further their education to become an emergency room nurse. Mr. Speaker, I think that's where the future is. We shouldn't stand in the way of people who want to have career changes.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, well that's a poor excuse for the inability of the government to be able to retain nurses in emergency departments. This inability means longer waits, more confusion, patients being left in the lurch while nurses struggle to do their jobs without enough staff. My final supplementary to the Minister of Health is, can you be

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specific and tell us what your department is doing to retain ER nurses and decrease wait times for patients?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, again what we're trying to do is to train more nurses, making sure we have the full level of nursing available across this province. In response to a challenge that we had in Cape Breton, through our federal colleagues, we were able to put a training course on in order to train more of these nurses. We will continue to work with the nursing schools to make sure that they have candidates available for work in these emergency rooms.

Mr. Speaker, just since 2003, we've added over 60 seats for RNs, over 240 more nurses being trained since that time. We've added, in 2008, 70 seats for RNs for Dalhousie at the Halifax Campus, at the Yarmouth Campus as well as Cape Breton; over 180 seats of LPNs for across this province, so I think this government is doing the right thing in making sure that we have a future for RNs and LPNs in this province.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

HEALTH: PHARMACARE PROG./BTO PROG. - COMBINATION

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, yesterday I asked the Minister of Health why his government is refusing to increase the income cutoff for Nova Scotians to access medically necessary supplies and his response was, "We believe that the BTO program is not sufficient and it is more than just dollars, it needs to be a completely new program. Mr. Speaker, maybe we need to roll it into Pharmacare program."

I'd like to ask the Minister of Health through you, Mr. Speaker - is that an announcement that you will combine the Boarding, Transportation and Ostomy program with the family's Pharmacare program?

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, what I was saying, and maybe I'll say it again so that the member opposite can hear, is that we have to look at the way we provide services to all Nova Scotians. That's what the whole transformation issue is all about, trying to find different ways to offer better services to Nova Scotians. What I was saying was this was an opportunity, maybe, to look at this program. This program, in my mind, doesn't hit as many people as it should, we should find a way to see more Nova Scotians. Mr. Speaker, if there is a mechanism, thinking that the Pharmacare program is one that we might be able to utilize, that if we can do that, then maybe we'll have a better impact for the lives of Nova Scotians.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, the BTO program does not provide cancer patients with pressure garments needed to control lymphoedema. In fact, there is no government program that provides cancer patients with these medically necessary

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supplies, despite the fact that these garments could save lives. So my question to the Minister of Health, can he explain to me, and the guests in the gallery today from the Breast Cancer Action Association, why his government has refused to this date to fund medically necessary treatments like pressure garments for the treatment of lymphoedema here in Nova Scotia?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for that question and one that we will seriously consider. The reason why pressure garments were not being considered as an assisted device, or as a device that the government would pay for, is that it was looked at as more like a crutch, or a wheelchair, or something like that. That's the way it fits within the funding formulas that we have in the province. I did, during the beginning of this House, commit, during a ministerial statement, that we will review the cost related to pressure garments to see if there's an opportunity to fund these garments or these assistive devices. Again, as I said during my ministerial statement, my mother, being a cancer survivor, does utilize a pressure garment from time to time and I do understand the importance of that garment.

MR. SPEAKER: I would just remind the visitors in the gallery that there is no negative or positive reaction to the statements that are being made on the floor, please. The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, I'm glad to hear those words from the minister. He doesn't have to take my word for it, but these pressure garments are not a crutch, they're not like a hearing aid, and he doesn't have to take my word, he can ask our guests in the gallery today. Lymphoedema is disfiguring, disabling, and without treatment can be fatal. I'd like to ask the minister, can he commit and give me a time line today when his government will make a decision about these most important supplies that people with lymphoedema need to have to fight this terrible disease?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I'm not going to put a timeline on this. Simply, we'll review it, we'll see what the costs are related to it because at this point, how many patients do require the usage? It's probably more than 300, it could be less than 300.

I know the member opposite is trying to throw some numbers at me but we would like to review this totally, know what the numbers are so that we can make a decision for the budgeting process. If we have dollars available within the department and this can be done in a short period of time, then, Mr. Speaker, I would like to come out quite soon and make an announcement on that. That would be a wonderful thing for the patients who require this, for Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, I think it is incumbent upon us, as keepers of the taxpayer's dollar, that we would make sure that we review this with good consideration.

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

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HEALTH: ER CLOSURES - RESOLUTION

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health. So far this year emergency departments across the province have been or are scheduled to be closed for a total of 8,631 hours. This total already exceeds last year's total by more than 2,300 hours. The closures put pressure on ER departments at regionals and they signify, in the minds of Nova Scotians, this government is unable to manage the health care system. Recently the story of a young toddler who accidently swallowed rat poison and had to travel 45 minutes to Colchester Regional Hospital because the local ER in Tatamagouche was closed, that was too close for comfort. Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Health is responsible for the health and well-being of Nova Scotians. My question to him is, does he find ER closures of 8,631 hours this year alone, acceptable? Yes or no, Mr. Minister?

MR. SPEAKER: We remind all members to direct their questions through the Speaker.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Seeing that the member opposite is having a little bit of a bad day, I'll answer it quickly. I'll say yes, I find that very disheartening to know there are those many closures in this province.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I find it disheartening for the Minister of Health to make light of anything I've had to do, on a subject as important as this.

Mr. Speaker, the countless hours speak volumes and residents directly impacted are losing faith that this government is unable to solve this problem. The minister had a chance to do something in the most recent round of negotiations which he had with physicians in May and instead, transferred the money used to fund Level 3 and Level 4 ER departments to district health authorities, telling them to fix the problem and absolving himself of any responsibility.

Mr. Speaker, I'd like the minister to explain to the people of Nova Scotia, why he did nothing but pass the buck when it comes to solving the problem of ER closures in community hospitals across this province.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I apologize to the member opposite for considering that he might be having a bad today. I want to know - maybe a question from him - does he think that John Malcolm is an incompetent - or maybe that is the wrong word - but is not a good manager for the district health authority in Cape Breton?

I think John Malcolm is a phenomenal administrator for Cape Breton, so I think that maybe what they're saying is that by transferring these dollars, as we felt was fit, that was

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asked for by the district health authorities, was one that would correctly manage the ERs in this province, to make sure that they will be closed less than they are today.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, the CEO of the Cape Breton Healthcare Complex, John Malcolm, is quite competent but he's no scapegoat, and he doesn't want to be responsible for the minister's incompetency, I'll tell you that, Mr. Speaker. On May 20th, the Premier stood in this House and stated, and I quote, "There will not be any closures of emergency rooms in this province", yet we have the Minister of Health saying he doesn't want to be in the business of keeping community ERs open any more and we have a CEO of a district musing to the media that the ER at Fishermens Memorial will be downgraded and no longer provide 24/7 emergency care.

So, Mr. Speaker, my question this time to the Premier is, despite the actions- or should I say inaction - on the part of the Minister of Health, does the Premier still stand by his words that there will be no ER closures in this province? Yes or no, Mr. Premier?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, the answer is yes - the government has indicated that ER closures will not occur. Indeed, the government is working with our district health authorities and the individuals of our district health authorities, to ensure that we provide the very best care that we can to our citizens and that includes taking a look at the PHSOR Report, which has over 103 recommendations, accepted by our district health authorities, wanting the government to move forward on this.

This will make a difference for our patients, in the long run, and we will ensure that we work closely with them. I concur with the member, I share his concern, I would not want to see any ERs closed in Nova Scotia and we will not see it.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Queens.

TIR: SECONDARY ROADS - PLAN

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Despite the past 10 years of planning to get road work done in this province, this government is still failing to deal with our secondary roads because they still continue to deteriorate. These roads are the gateways to small town Nova Scotia. They are the roads that are used by residents to get to and from work, the roads that are used to get our children to and from our schools. Nova Scotians want to see a plan to deal with the roads they live on. My question for the minister is, after 10 years, why doesn't Nova Scotia have a plan to deal with secondary roads?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member opposite for a very good question. She and I have had discussions about this in the past. I do want to say that I think everyone would have to agree, this government has brought in, I believe, one of the most

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aggressive repaving programs this province has seen in many, many years. (Applause) The Premier made a commitment that we would repave 2,000 kilometres of roads over four years. We've just completed the third year of that, we're on target and I'm pleased to say that we'll see next, the fourth year of that program will be complete, we will have completed 2,000 kilometres of roads in this province.

I can tell you when I travel throughout the province, I've run into many people who have been very appreciative of the fact this government has put so much in regard to repaving roads of Nova Scotia. Will we want to do more? Absolutely. I know the honourable member opposite is well aware of the increase in the oil earlier this year and how it's had an effect on, in particular, liquid asphalt. Earlier this year I think the price was around $465 a tonne and it almost doubled towards the end of the season. That has put additional pressure on this government and on this department. In spite of all that, this government has found the money to meet our commitment and we will do that.

MS. CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I understand the government is anticipating 2,000 kilometres of road being paved in the province over this four year course. However, we're not seeing a lot of that type of paving being done in our rural communities. If there were a plan, there would be a focus on how the repairs are done. I'm going to table a picture of Italy Cross Road where one lane has a 300 foot crack running its length with a nice patch of asphalt in the middle. My question to the minister is, why was a band-aid solution used for what all intents and purposes is a broken back?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I guess without having the advantage of personally having seen that road she's talking about, or even seen the picture at this point, that sounds to me like something we could address on our RIM program. This government, in this budget, has put $20 million into RIM patching, that would address issues such as the honourable member is bringing here today.

I would encourage honorable members, as I have all MLAs who have approached me, even on my own side of the House, that when the area managers, the local OSs are making plans for the following year with regard to that type of work, I would encourage the members to sit down with their local area managers and local OSs to plan out for the following season.

This government is putting money in to addressing those types of issues and I would encourage the member opposite to work with the local OS and the local manager to address that type of an issue.

MS. CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, the area managers are really struggling with the limited funds under RIM programs and even thought I've met with them consistently, they're still not able to get the job that needs to be done, done on rural Nova Scotia roads.

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I want to table another picture of Hirtle Road and as you will see from this picture, this rut has been here so long that grass has been well established here. My question to the minister is, when can the users of Hirtle Road expect a repair and , failing that, can I at least have the assurance of some mowing?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for the question. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. SCOTT: Certainly I'll ask my department to have a look at the specific road the honourable member is talking about but, again, I would encourage the members opposite, and on my own side as well, to continue to work with the area managers and OSs because they are in the planning stages now for next year. They have allocations of funds to address those type of issues and it's best to work through the local OSs and area managers.

Mr. Speaker, even though that side of the House turned down a resolution today thanking the workers throughout this province for the great work they do, I still believe they do, and I encourage the members on that side of the House to work with workers in Transportation - and I'm sorry, I'll clarify, not the Liberals, they supported it, so it was the Official Opposition that turned down that resolution supporting our workers. Well, the NDP turned it down but that's fine. I would still encourage them to work with the OSs. They're employees of the department. They do a good job and they have to work with them to get those jobs done.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

EDUC. - SCHOOLS: YOUTH VIOLENCE - ADDRESS

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. Yesterday John Martin Junior High was in lockdown after two 14-year-old boys entered the school and began uttering threats. This lockdown comes just two weeks after a student at Citadel High was charged with assaulting two vice-principals and a teacher on school grounds. As the violence in our schools escalate, little has been done to address the root causes of youth violence. My question to the minister is, why hasn't the Department of Education taken action to address the issue of youth violence in schools?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and to the member opposite, we do certainly take seriously any incidents such as the one of which the member speaks. I'm not happy that this is the second incident within the last month in our public schools. So we do take it seriously. Some of the things that we have done to try to make sure that our schools are safe and to assure the parents that their students are safe, are certainly to work on the security plans and, as I have mentioned here in the House earlier, last year we employed the

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services of Constable Mark Young. He worked with the schools, with the school boards, on their security plans and we continue to monitor those and when they have to be implemented, we go back and do an assessment to see how effective they've been.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, the 2006 Nunn Report on youth at risk put forth several recommendations to address the factors leading to youth violence. So far the government has done nothing to act on these recommendations and if I were to read to the minister Recommendations 32, 33, 34, she would know exactly what I'm alluding to. In a recent meeting with the NSTU, they stated that not a single cent has gone through the Department of Education to implement the Nunn Report. My question to the minister, if this government is serious about wanting to address youth violence, why hasn't the Nunn Report recommendations for the Department of Education been implemented?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, as the member opposite would know from his background in education, core professional services are important aspects of our funding to schools. We have set ratios that we hope to achieve and one of those that we are working toward is guidance counsellors and these are not guidance counsellors for academics - these are guidance counsellors for social issues. We have increased the number that we have in our elementaries, junior and senior high. We are looking at a target of one to 500 and as we continue to put money into our schools in the core professional services, that is the area where we will focus it because, yes, there's a need.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I applaud the administration and staff of John Martin Junior High for the actions taken yesterday but it seems the Department of Education and this government's plan is to lock two out of three doors to deal with violence. My final question to the minister is, will the minister commit to acting on the Nunn recommendations through the Department of Education?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, there is certainly additional funding that comes from our department towards school boards to help with programs for students at risk. We work co-operatively with the other four departments that were recommended in the Nunn Report to work together. We will continue to focus on the social issues that children present when they come to school.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

EDUC.: STUDENTS: TYPE I DIABETES - FACILITIES

MR. PERCY PARIS: Mr. Speaker, students with type I diabetes face challenging and stressful lives. Their schools should make it easier for them by eliminating barriers they face. Our children with diabetes need clean places to test their blood, emergency supplies and people in the school who are trained to use them, individual care plans and an end to discrimination and stereotyping.

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Mr. Speaker, my question for the minister through you is, the minister responsible for making sure our schools are safe for type I students - when will the province put a diabetes care plan in our schools?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, the issue of diabetes in our schools and diabetes with our children is a very serious issue, and because of that we have taken a lot of steps to make sure that we do have programs and protocol in place so that we can respond to those medical needs when students are in our public schools. In fact, we work with the Pediatrics Diabetes Clinic at IWK and we have continued to work with them to develop a protocol.

I know some of the comments that have been circulating around through an e-mail referred to situations that did not occur in Nova Scotia. I think it's important to clarify that we have not turned away students who have diabetes, and we do try to work with them to make sure that they have safe, private environments in which they can administer their own medications.

MR. PARIS: Mr. Speaker, late this summer the Canadian Diabetes Association released a draft Act to protect students with life-threatening illnesses like diabetes, which the province could adopt. The CDA sent it to the Health and Education Ministers of every province and territory. I'll table it now in case the minister may not be aware, because the CDA's Nova Scotia Branch has said the only response that they've gotten from the government was a canned acknowledgment that the CDA letter was received. My question to the minister through you, Mr. Speaker: Why has the minister not favoured the CDA with the courtesy of a real reply to this important question?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, in response to the question from the member opposite, I certainly do have a copy of that, it was forwarded to me along with correspondence to me from the association. I would like to table my two responses to that correspondence, if I could please - and the offer to have someone from my department meet with those folks to make sure that we are working together on the protocol.

MR. PARIS: I'd be most interested when that meeting did take place, or when it will take place.

Mr. Speaker, the minister says the department is working on it, the IWK is working on it. This government doesn't need to work for months and years on this particular issue. The senior vice-president of the International Diabetes Federation is from East LaHave and he says it is a global priority. Just next door the Province of New Brunswick has an excellent practical protocol in place, which I will also table just in case the minister's not aware. So

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my question for the minister - the minister responsible for the delay in dealing with type I diabetes in the schools - why are we trying to reinvent the wheel?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I do have a copy of the New Brunswick legislation. I am aware of other provinces and the fact that together provinces are working with the diabetes association. One of the things that we want to make sure is that we do not transfer health care into the hands of teachers who do not have the training.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

ENERGY: DEMAND SIDE MGT.: ADMINISTRATION - APPOINT

MR. HOWARD EPSTEIN: Mr. Speaker, thank you. My question will be for the Minister of Energy. By far, the biggest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia Power and everyone agrees that an essential element in reducing Nova Scotia Power's emissions is a comprehensive efficiency and conservation plan, known as demand side management, or DSM. Last Spring all interested parties agreed that the DSM plan must be managed by an independent administrator appointed by government and at arm's length from Nova Scotia Power. Well that was the Spring. It's now late Fall and still there's no DSM administrator.

My question, Mr. Speaker, for the minister is why is this government dragging its feet on the appointment of an independent DSM administrator, which is an essential element in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions?

HON. RICHARD HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, through you and to all members, we are not dragging our feet. We made a commitment to Nova Scotians that we would be releasing our findings of the report this Fall - and I still think it's Fall as we speak now .

MR. EPSTEIN: Well, Mr. Speaker, if we're looking at the record, on May 1st of this year, in speaking about a DSM administrator, the minister assured the House that "I will be making some recommendations to my Cabinet colleagues in the very near future." The minister also said "When a file is on my desk I do move rapidly on it."

Well, Mr. Speaker, the very near future has come and gone. As far as we know, the file is still sitting on the minister's desk. If it's not stalled on his desk, it's stalled in Cabinet. This only adds to the government's growing record of dithering and delay when it comes to the environment. Mr. Speaker, my question to the minister is, who is stalling the appointment of a DSM administrator - the minister himself or his Cabinet colleagues?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, I can assure you and all members that we are not dragging on any file, that we are going to do the right thing for all Nova Scotians. The same as the members opposite, they do not even have the math down pat - they don't realize that

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$93 million is more than $28 million, and he goes on and on. DSM will be dealt with, and I made a commitment to Nova Scotians and it will be dealt with this Fall.

MR. EPSTEIN: Mr. Speaker, nothing serious can happen on emissions reduction until the DSM administrator is appointed. Every stakeholder is waiting for the government to act. No one can understand why the government is dithering and delaying. Again, my question to the minister: When exactly will this government announce the appointment of an independent DSM administrator?

MR. HURLBURT: Mr. Speaker, through you to the member opposite, the No Development Party opposite that wants nothing to happen in the province. This government makes a methodical move and we make sure we make the right move for all Nova Scotians. That's why we came out with the Heat Smart Program -$92 million in this province - to help people lessen the carbon footprint in the province, and help people be more energy efficient in their homes. I think that's the right approach, Mr. Speaker, and in the interim the URB granted permission for Nova Scotia Power to implement DSM in the interim and that is being in process now.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

TCH - TOURISM: REVENUE INCREASE - DETAILS

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Tourism numbers released last month show that tourism is down 5 per cent for September 2008, compared with September 2007. In 2002, the Premier made a promise to double tourism revenue by 2012. Since 2004, there's been a 7 per cent decline in tourism. Nova Scotia Tourism is predicting that the province's tourism industry will continue to decline until 2010 so my question to the minister is, how will the minister honour the Premier's promise of doubling revenue by 2012, given the 7 per cent decline in the past four years?

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The numbers are not as strong as I would like them to be in regard to visitors travelling to Nova Scotia, but the numbers I would like to speak of today are the increase year to date of visitor room sales, a 2 per cent increase. I would like to speak today and inform the member across the way about our cruise ship visits, 40 per cent in Halifax and 125 per cent in Sydney.

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, the tourists must be just coming and staying in their rooms - they're not coming out in the Digby area. (Laughter) The tourism numbers released last week also showed a 10 per cent drop in the number of visits to the Nova Scotia Tourism Web site. Clearly tourists are being turned off by the minister's own government Web site. My question to the minister is, what plans does he have to increase traffic on his Web site?

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MR. DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, communication is very important in regard to corresponding with people. As we speak, we are just finishing up 17 talks with the tourism industry across Nova Scotia, we have Facts Flash in place, we work with TIANS, we work with local community groups. I want to tell you, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is gaining information from the people who count and I want to tell you, with an industry that is $1.3 billion, I can assure you that the people who are travelling and visiting Nova Scotia are not staying in their rooms. They are enjoying our museums, they are enjoying our culture, they are enjoying our arts, all things that this government has been doing to increase the numbers with regard to tourism and they're driving on roads that are newly paved. This province will continue to invest in tourism for the economy of Nova Scotia.

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, will the minister just completely admit he has failed to plan toward meeting his commitment, doubling tourism by 2012? Will he admit to that today in this House?

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The time allotted for the Oral Question Period has expired.

The honourable Minister of Education.

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I rise to respond to a point of privilege that was raised by the honourable member for Glace Bay. It was not my intention to impugn the integrity of that member or to suggest that any member did not care about the children, and the well-being of the children, in his or her constituency. If the member took my remarks as such, then I regret that. It was not an attack on his concern for children, and it was not intended to be so.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 186.

Bill No. 186 - Animal Protection Act

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou East.

MR. CLARRIE MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I certainly want to have a brief opportunity this afternoon to speak to Bill No. 186, an Act to Protect Animals and to Aid Animals that are in Distress. I agree with much, or even most, of what has already been said in relation to this bill from a positive perspective. I, too, feel this bill is, in fact, a good bill and is very badly needed.

Now, Mr. Speaker, from a personal perspective I have been associated with farm animals from a very early age. My grandfather, who was a coal miner, lived next door to me and had a small farm where he always had at least one, two, and maybe on a few occasions three cows, a horse or two, and certainly other farm animals - pigs, goats, chickens and what have you. As an animal lover, an animal advocate, and the owner of many animals at this very moment (Interruptions)

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Could the chatter just come down a little so the member for Pictou East can be heard.

MR. MACKINNON: I currently have six cats and two dogs. Of those eight animals, seven of them were strays. Now, why I have gotten up to speak about this bill today is because there is a problem within my riding and I am sure that this is a problem that is province-wide. We are talking about cruelty to animals in this bill and on a number of occasions, very recently on one street in my hometown, there were two cases of kittens being left at the roadside - a whole litter of kittens being left at the roadside. Sometimes these are left close to homes where they know the people love animals. This is fundamentally cruel. One woman that I had a discussion with recently in my riding about this issue has actually made a hole in the back of her old garage and she is feeding a whole litter of kittens who have now become almost fully grown. She does not have the money to go out and have these animals neutered, to have these animals spayed.

Mr. Speaker, on the same street there is another woman who is in fairly difficult financial circumstances who also had a litter of kittens left at her driveway. She, in fact, has placed a pool underneath the steps of this very modest home that she has and she has some blankets under her steps where these kittens are in fact living and, of course, we have winter coming on. She is feeding those, as was the other woman on the same street. Now, I don't want to belabour this kitten situation because we certainly know that HRM has been talking about a cat issue for a long, long time, but there is a situation that does exist in many parts of the province where animals are being left. People like my wife and I, in fact, are taking some of these strays and trying to do something with them.

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The situation is one that has no easy answers. Having lived in Louisbourg, in Cape Breton, there were many feral cats, particularly close to the waterfront. This, of course, is in the Speaker's riding, Cape Breton West, and my wife and I lived there for a number of years. You really have to commend some of the local residents in that community. They have, in fact, pooled their money and have made an arrangement with a veterinarian to have a lot of these animals neutered. When they get some of these feral cats and do have them neutered, a little clip is made in the ears to know which ones have in fact been fixed. Here's a situation where some local people are in fact dealing with this issue.

Now one of my constituents came up with an idea - I really don't know how well this would be accepted by veterinarians or whether it is in fact a 100 per cent positive idea, but it was her idea. I believe as the representative of Pictou East, I should be putting forward some of these ideas in the House. That idea was in fact that perhaps by using student veterinarians to have a mobile clinic and this would be training for veterinarians who are still in the student mode. So it's an idea that has been put forward by a constituent and I throw that out and certainly wonder as I'm speaking about the merits of it and would certainly like to talk to the minister at some point about this idea.

Mr. Minister, I would like to have the time to sit down with you and discuss this idea and a couple of others that are in fact on the go as well. I don't want to hold this bill up and I just decided at the last moment to stand up and talk about this issue which I have become aware of a long time ago but certainly it was brought home on one street. I won't identify the street because perhaps some more litters will be dropped off in that area, but the fact that people with warm hearts and people who love animals are in fact going above and beyond the local call of duty in looking after some of these strays and the ferals that do exist within the province.

I certainly hope that there will be input on this bill at Law Amendments Committee and I requested only a couple of moments to speak on this issue and at this time will take my seat and look forward to it going on to Law Amendments Committee at a later date. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants West.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I just wanted to rise in my place today and put on the record how important this is to the people from where I come from. We have certainly a lot of farmers and things like that and veterinarians that are now going to be a little more responsible for the recording process. More importantly, we have an SPCA group out home like the honourable member across the way was talking about and looks after a number of animals, the strays that come in. A couple of times a year actually, they take the time to hold fundraisers; that's how much it means to them. This has been something that's been going on for some time.

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I just wanted to say that, again, this is very important to Hants West and to the people of the province. They wanted to make sure that their support was shown for this bill. We look forward to it getting to the Law Amendments Committee and back and certainly put through the House. With that I will take my seat. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the honourable minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I want to acknowledge the comments that members opposite and colleagues on this side of the House made regarding this important piece of legislation. We have taken notes and staff will be reviewing the concerns with the minister, but we do want to say on behalf of the government on this side of the House, we do appreciate the support in bringing the bill to this stage of being passed through the Nova Scotia Legislature. I do want to note that the member for Halifax Clayton Park brought forward a concern that is a concern to many of us and that is the welfare of some animals, pups and dogs that are allegedly being sold without receiving the necessary care and welfare they deserve. It certainly is a concern of ours and previous to the member speaking, I want to say we have, at the department level, brought that concern forward and are discussing that. Possibly through the regulations, we can as well dig in a little bit there and try to put something forward that will address that concern.

It is a difficult issue, we know there's a case now before the courts - at least one case before the courts - obviously the outcome of that case will certainly have an impact on others across the province. Anyway, at this point, I just want to move this bill for second reading and we will welcome others that will have comments and advice, maybe possible amendments at the Law Amendments stage as the bill progresses. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 186. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 191.

Bill No. 191 - Motor Vehicle Act

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

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HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, it gives me great honour to rise today to move second reading of Bill No. 191, some amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act. I want to speak to the bigger picture of road safety in Nova Scotia and what impact this bill, in my mind, will have with regard to the amendments we're putting forward.

The amendments here will allow the Motor Vehicle Act to require all vehicles in Nova Scotia and used on our highways to be using a daytime running light. Daytime running lights have been shown to reduce daytime crashes by 3 per cent to 10 per cent. Daytime running lights provide significant benefits at a very low cost.

As all members of this House would know, since 1990, Transport Canada has required all vehicles sold in this country to have daytime running lights installed as standard equipment. However, there are a number of vehicles on our highways that had been purchased prior to 1990, and therefore would not be required to meet this standard.

This legislation requires drivers to use low-beam headlights during daytime hours if they do not have daytime running lights on their vehicles, which would come on automatically. These amendments will help ensure that all vehicles on our roads will garner the positive safety benefits of utilizing daytime running lights.

This amendment we're introducing, along with another one I'm going to mention in a moment, are pieces of legislation that will improve road safety. I want to give credit to the members opposite, to the Opposition Critics as well to the Opposition Parties who have supported legislation in this House that will go a long way to ensuring our roads are safer in Nova Scotia. Last year, there were 99 people killed on the highways in Nova Scotia.

It is part of my duties and responsibilities to begin the task of reducing the fatalities in Nova Scotia; it is one of the most important tasks I believe any member in this House could be given. I take it very seriously and I know members in this House would as well. Some of the things that we put through this House, pieces of legislation with the concurrence of the members opposite, are such as the banning of hand-held cell phones, stronger and expanded penalties for street racing, doubling fines for those who would speed in school zones and work zones, clarifying the rules around crosswalks and increasing the penalties for those who create infractions around that.

In this province, we've also brought in an integrated police authority that is made up of local police and RCMP, a pilot project in the south west part of this province, particularly in the South Shore. I can tell you, we brought that team in last December and I believe, Mr. Speaker, up to this point in time, in the short 10 or 11 months I guess they've been in operation, they've taken 100 impaired drivers off the highways of Nova Scotia.

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Mr. Speaker, along with impaired driving, they've also come across many who are driving without a licence, suspended drivers, drivers without insurance and many other infractions that are being dealt with as a result of this pilot project. I'm glad to say that we're going to see this pilot project expanded to other parts of the province in regard to enforcement on our highways.

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As I said earlier, the issue of driving with your headlights on in Nova Scotia, and I believe that we could hold up the time as a result of passage through the House - and I hope that it will in a timely fashion, Mr. Speaker, that we can inform not only Nova Scotians but all those who visit our province, to have lights on for safety.

Mr. Speaker, we've seen many accidents in Nova Scotia where we know there are many reasons given that it could be reduced. One-third of the accidents are caused as a result of drinking and driving; many are the result of speeding; many are as a result of distractions, whether they're inside the vehicle or outside. So there's much that we can do in this House to work together to ensure that our roads are safe and reduce that number of fatalities happening on our highways, to a lesser number. I know that by working together, we can definitely do that.

Mr. Speaker, the fines for violation of these amendments, that I'm bringing forward at this time, would range from $164.50 for the first offence to $337 for the third and subsequent offences. I think that this, on its own, is one thing but when we couple it with other things we've done in this House in regard to legislation, other programs that the government and my department are bringing in to make our highways safer, I think this will go a long way to reducing those numbers of fatalities that we've seen, to a lesser number. I think we'd all agree that that is something we all want to see.

Mr. Speaker, along with this legislation I am also introducing an amendment to allow for regulations that would permit some vehicles to cross the medians on divided highways, for example, the snow equipment operators who are contracted by the province or the municipalities. Presently the Motor Vehicle Act only allows for police, fire or emergency vehicles or vehicles operated by departmental employees to cross the median of a divided highway at locations other than intersections.

Mr. Speaker, presently, municipalities in this province, and we as a department, a lot of times contract out for various reasons at various times to private individuals to do road work, road snow clearing particularly for us and this amendment would allow for those actions to take place legally in regard to crossing of our highways. This legislation will help ensure that our roads are cleared as quickly and as efficiently as possible during the winter season.

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Mr. Speaker, just before I take my place, I want to say again thanks to the members opposite, to Opposition Critics, who I am hoping will support this amendment. I think collectively, when you look at all the legislation we've been able to pass and implement over the last couple of years in regard to road safety, I believe it will go a long way to ensuring that those who travel the highways of Nova Scotia will remain safe.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I look forward to the comments from members opposite.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable member for Queens.

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and to the minister for giving me the opportunity to speak to this bill to amend the Motor Vehicle Act. Safety on our roads for all Nova Scotians and visitors to our province is so important and legislation requiring all vehicles on Nova Scotia roads to use daytime running lights is one we can certainly support.

As the minister pointed our, 99 deaths this past year on our Nova Scotia highways is something we want to try to correct in any way possible. When we think of those 99 accidents, we also know that there are 99 grieving families across this province who have either lost a loved one in that tragic accident, or they are caring for a loved one who is still recovering from the injuries sustained in a highway traffic accident, so a measure such as this will certainly help prevent injury or fatalities on our roads and is one that makes sense.

I would ask the minister, though, to ensure that proper notice and information about the changes be given to all Nova Scotian motorists so that they're not caught off guard when the piece of legislation comes into effect. Perhaps signage as well at our border crossings, so visitors to our province know that these safety measures are also in place would be important so that they too are not caught unaware because sometimes, you know, our good personnel within the RCMP and police forces don't necessarily know which cars are visitors and so if visitors aren't aware that the law exists, we may have some surprised visitors looking at some signs.

I think, eventually, we will see this piece of legislation become redundant as those older vehicles are removed off our highways and are replaced with newer vehicles that currently are mandated to have daytime running lights already installed at time of manufacture. So it is a good piece of legislation right now because we still know that there are many vehicles on our highways that predate that mandate.

I would like to also say that the second part of the amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act is something that we can support as well, and that giving designated vehicles the right to cross highway medians on divided highways. I think this is important because I know with the new divided highways, I sometimes will see a designated vehicle sitting at a certain spot that looks like a crossing point, but I'm really not sure if it is or if it isn't a crossing point.

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So I would like to also suggest to the minister that perhaps some form of signage could be placed at these crossing points to at least give a caution to motorists who may be coming up behind a designated vehicle that's needing to cross over that median onto another part of our divided highway so that they're not caught off-guard, or needing to brake, and that sort of thing.

I guess the one concern I would have is how would there be assurance that all motor vehicles, or motorists, wouldn't be using these designated spots as crossing points, because we wouldn't want to see all traffic kind of looking and saying, oh, well, there's nobody behind me right now and this is a place where I can cross over, so, perhaps some thinking around what that signage would look like, a caution signage maybe, and a clearly marked line on that sign saying for use of designated vehicles only so that the rest of the motoring public wouldn't be tempted to use those spots on a regular basis.

With that, I want to thank the minister for bringing this piece of legislation forward. Again, safety is so important on our highways and any measures such as this to reduce the fatalities and injuries is just so important. So you have our support, and I'll look forward to seeing this bill move forward to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I rise for a few moments on Bill No. 191 and in place of the member for Clare - I understand he's otherwise engaged this afternoon - so I'm going to make a few comments regarding the bill. First of all, I believe it's an important bill and one that we can certainly support. Does it go far enough? No, it doesn't, but I'm sure that the minister will be the first one to realize that when we're dealing with the highways in Nova Scotia, there are a number of challenges, and there are a number of issues that have to be dealt with over a period of time, and this is a good start.

To look at the clauses here, the regulations permitting designated vehicles to drive from one roadway to the other roadway, that's a good thing and also the daytime running lights and headlights, another good thing. The reason I mention that is that people in Nova Scotia who drive from New Glasgow to Sydney will realize, in this day and age, we're still driving on a highway that's not divided, that there's traffic coming at you at a 100-Series Highway in this province. That, Mr. Minister, you will know, is not acceptable by today's standards. When people are coming at you on the highway and if they don't have lights on, and it's a day that's cloudy or it's heavy rains, you know, a lot of accidents happen in this province on highways that are not divided.

You and I both know, Mr. Minister, that to divide the highway between New Glasgow and Sydney in a short period of time, there just simply isn't enough money around to do that, but we are working on it. We're now going from New Glasgow east to Antigonish. I believe this phase is goingto Sutherlands River and then is going to continue

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going east, so maybe someday we'll see a divided highway the length of this province. That will go a long way to stop the carnage that's on the highways of Nova Scotia.

In the meantime, some of the things that you're dealing with now are going to help that situation. Certainly our Party will be supporting the bill, and I'm sure that our critic will have more to say about this bill at future stages, whether it be in the Law Amendments Committee or in Committee of the Whole House. Having said that, Mr. Speaker, I will just take my place and await your comments on it at a future date. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I just want to start by saying, before I close debate, to the honourable member for Cape Breton South and to my Official Opposition Critic as well, that I've had the discussion with the Speaker about this issue. I know he has some feelings around it, supports it, and has told me that, and I appreciate that. I do want to say as well that I made some notes. Certainly one of the intentions of my department will be to do an educational program before we ever actually start finding people for this. We want to make sure that people are aware that it is a new law because it will take some time to get used to. As well, we will look at the issue about signage.

I just want to mention - the honourable member mentioned about crossing at the medians - there is presently a sign that says, I believe, that crossing is for authorized vehicles only or no crossing for unauthorized vehicles. I think that issue is addressed, but we will take another look at it. I should say, as well, that there is an exemption in there obviously for some vehicles, antique-type vehicles that predate the type of charging system that vehicles have today, because we're told that it might be a challenge for some of the older antiques to have lights on and keep the charges system working. We certainly don't want to impede that type of traffic on our highways, but we want to do all we can to make our highways as safe as possible.

Again I thank the members opposite for their support of this bill. It's a very important bill and I do want to restate that we can agree or disagree in this House about a lot of issues. We talk about roadwork, we talk about bushes and ditches and all of those things, and those issues all take money to address. I appreciate the comments from the members opposite and we'll work together to try to resolve those. I think one of the most important tasks I've ever been given in my life is to reduce the fatalities on the highways in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, when you look at this legislation, and other legislation which we've passed by the previous minister and by this government with the support of the members opposite, I think we should be very proud that we are moving a long way to ensuring that we reduce the number of fatalities on the highways of Nova Scotia. We owe that to the people who elected us, to the people who travel our highways.

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Mr. Speaker, I certainly don't want to jinx it, I think it may happen in the future, but I'm hoping the end of this year that we'll have some good reports as a result of the initiatives that we've undertaken over the last few years here in this House in that regard. Road safety is very important, it's important to all of us, and I think that Nova Scotians expect us to do this. I think this bill that's before us today, coupled with the other legislation we've passed, will go a long way to ensuring our highways are safe.

With those few words I want to thank the members opposite for their support, and with that I'd like to move closure of debate on second reading of Bill No. 191.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 191. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 193.

Bill No. 193 - Municipal Grants Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my colleague, the honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, I move that this bill be now read for a second time. I'm pleased to rise before the House to bring forward the amendments to the Municipal Grants Act. Currently municipalities have to submit a separate claim in order to receive the grants in lieu of taxes on provincial property. The proposed amendments in Bill No. 193 will combine the process for obtaining grants with a municipal reporting required under the Municipal Government Act.

Mr. Speaker, by streamlining and integrating municipal reporting on one system, we are making it easier and faster for municipalities to receive payment for grants in lieu of taxes on provincially owned property. Streamlining this process brings with it many other benefits. It will improve timelines of payments to municipalities; it will also improve forecasting of total grant payments; and, finally, this amendment will help improve accountability. Today's amendments are in keeping with our better regulation initiative - paperwork was the first priority of the better regulation initiative and it remains at the top of the list.

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Today's amendments to the Municipal Grants Act are another fine example of our government's commitment to reduce the paperwork burden - in this instance, for municipalities. These amendments support the province's better regulation initiative by improving the quality and efficiency of regulations, while making it easier to do business in Nova Scotia. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

MS. BECKY KENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased today to rise to speak to Bill No. 193, an Act to Amend Chapter 302 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Municipal Grants Act. I thank the honourable Minister of Economic Development, on behalf of the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, for bringing it forward. Certainly again, and I reference this often and I appreciate so much the experience that I did have on Halifax Regional Council but this issue was discussed a number of times, having been on the Grants Committee where it was dealt with on a regular basis - and I see my colleague across the floor smiling at me because he knows, we were on that committee together - but it is an important issue to the municipality and I think this is a reasonably straightforward bill.

The spirit of the bill, as is noted, was to expedite the receipt of money for the municipalities for these grants in lieu of taxes. My understanding is there are more than 50 municipalities across Nova Scotia that are using this form of grant and that is equating to over $11 million that is in need of getting from this level of government to our colleagues in each municipal unit. That's important; that's a significant amount of money that they rely on yearly to provide the services that they're mandated to do.

So the timeliness of access to these funds, the streamlining of these processes, the standardization of forms, these are all important aspects not only for the municipalities but for the departments that are working to help them achieve their goals with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and you know any time we see something that will improve the ability for a level of government to serve the people that they've been asked to take on the responsibilities, that's a positive thing.

My understanding, Mr. Speaker, is that in June of this year UNSM was advised of these possible changes and, in fact, the forms were given to some municipal units that are using them now, and it's my understanding that very positive feedback is coming in on them. So they are testing, and I think that's a good way to go about this kind of process change. That's encouraging and I see no reason why we can't move this forward, and certainly caucus is quite supportive of it. As I said before, any bill that helps our municipalities access funds that they already have a right to and legal process to, anything that helps them get that faster is a good bill. So with that, I'll take my seat and I look forward to it moving to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

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MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise today as the Liberal Critic for Municipal Relations to just say a few words on this amendment, which is an amendment to the Municipal Grants Act. It is a good thing; certainly it has the support of our caucus as we go forward. We believe as well that anything that can streamline and simplify processes in bureaucracy is a good thing. The city certainly needs to have a better opportunity to anticipate the funds and to be able to budget for those, and by fostering this improved, easier, faster service, the ability to put in one claim rather than multiple claims and streamline that will certainly make it more predictable - and that is important when the municipality is budgeting and trying to plan for their upcoming year, and it helps the province as well, I believe, in terms of anticipating obligations and not waiting for all the paperwork that might follow with that.

It is certainly something that every year each municipality does put in claims for grants in lieu and I believe the members know, but for those who don't, the grants in lieu will cover all of these provincially-owned properties that exist within a municipality where the province is exempt from actually paying the property tax on the same rate that you or I would pay, as individuals owning property for either residential or commercial purposes. At the same time, the provincial government owning those lands doesn't want to impact negatively the municipalities, so an agreement is reached on what taxes will be paid in lieu of regular property taxes.

That's a very important thing, the federal government does it as well with municipalities, and we'd be interested to see how they handle that. I haven't looked into that as yet, but I think it would be interesting to see if they also have a better, or a streamlined service, for the municipalities to use. It is certainly an improvement by providing this streamlined service, as I say. We support things that will definitely improve accountability, that's number one in this, and that's of great interest to me, both as the Municipal Affairs Critic and as the Finance Critic, that if there's easier predictability for the province and for the municipality, it's certainly a good thing.

Again, the negotiation or the discussion with UNSM is very important to us. We know that there's sometimes a strained relationship between the municipalities and the province, and it often comes because there are surprises that the municipality hasn't been expecting. I know that all Parties endeavour to keep in touch with the UNSM and ensure that what the representatives of the municipalities want are things that we will be looking at here, provided they make sense they can move forward, and that when the province has good ideas, or ideas that they believe will improve our province as a place to live and do business, that we also work with the UNSM.

I think the fact that this particular amendment has their approval is a very good way to begin. With that, Mr. Speaker, we do look forward to any speakers who come to Law Amendments Committee. Thank you.

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MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I thank the members for their comments and would ask you to call the question.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 193. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Would you please call Bill No. 194.

Bill No. 194 - Partnership Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. On behalf of my colleague, the honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, I move that this bill be now read a second time. I'm pleased to be able to rise before the House and speak to the amendments to the Partnership Act.

This Act governs the way that certain types of businesses can be formed and operated here in Nova Scotia. For example, Mr. Speaker, organizations such as legal and accounting firms are commonly structured as partnerships. A limited liability partnership is a specific type of partnership. It offers many of the traditional benefits found in partnerships, along with protections similar to those for shareholders of corporations.

The Act currently contains wording that inadvertently makes limited liability partnerships unavailable in Nova Scotia. Specifically, under the current legislation, in order to form a limited liability partnership, partners must obtain insurance against a professional liability claim. However, based on the current definition of a professional liability claim in the Act, this is not possible.

Mr. Speaker, these amendments will correct this wording and make it possible to form these types of partnerships here in the province. In addition, these amendments will also bring Nova Scotia more in line with other jurisdictions by offering full shield liability

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protection for partners in limited liability partnerships, instead of the partial shield protection which is currently the case.

Mr. Speaker, this means that while assets of a partnership will be available for contractual claim, an individual partner's assets will be protected. This type of protection to partners in limited liability partnerships is already available in several other provinces. The changes to the Partnership Act being brought forward are based on consultations with the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, this legislation will make sure Nova Scotia remains competitive with other jurisdictions while maintaining the protections that are in place for the public. In the end it's all about making it easier for businesses to do business here, and making sure that Nova Scotia remains competitive with not only other jurisdictions within Canada, but on the world stage as well. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, we thank the minister for his remarks. My colleague, the member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, and I would also like to thank the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations for arranging a briefing for us from departmental staff. This bill will have the effect of limiting the liability of certain professionals, specifically lawyers, chartered accountants, and certified general accountants. We have to be clear about what that means. If those professionals are sued, the plaintiffs will now have access to fewer assets of those professionals than they do now. We have to ask ourselves, is this the right way to go? Is this the right thing to do?

We believe, based on the information we currently have, based on what is happening in the province, the answer to that question is yes. We have to be clear that this is a very real change in the rights of people who feel that they have been wronged by certain kinds of professionals. We believe that because of the insurance that is required by law for these professionals to have, for example, each lawyer in Nova Scotia has an absolute rock bottom minimum of $1 million of insurance per occurrence. Lawyers who are dealing with transactions amounting to more than $1 million will typically have insurance for the excess amount. Needless to say, the vast majority of claims against lawyers in this province easily fall within the $1 million insurance limit, so there is no problem.

For larger transactions, typically large commercial transactions, there is an issue if something goes wrong about the limits of liability. We are confident that the kind of commercial enterprises entering into these larger transactions will be well aware of the issues around limited liability partnerships. They will typically be sophisticated companies who are used to the concept in dealing with limited liability partnerships in other jurisdictions, so it won't be anything unusual for them to be dealing with limited liability partners here in Nova Scotia.

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We believe that the tradeoff to limiting the liability is healthier, better functioning professional partnerships that will well serve the people and the businesses of the province. Based on that, based on the information we have, my colleagues and I are pleased to support this bill moving forward to second reading. We will of course be interested in any submissions that are made to members of the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to say a few words on second reading of Bill No. 194, an Act to Amend Chapter 334 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Partnership Act. Mr. Speaker, there is not a great deal to say about this Act. I think that there are certainly some improvements that this brings to Nova Scotia. It's going to make a big difference in the lives of those professionals that do practice in partnerships, and as was mentioned, in many law firms in this province, and also accounting firms, as two examples that would be captured under this new rule.

Mr. Speaker, this is going to make it less onerous for individual partners in terms of their insurance requirements, because now the protection will be afforded through the partnership and not through the individuals who make up that partnership, they won't be held responsible for some of the claims that might be made against the partnership as a whole. What's important is that this seems to level the playing field so that people practising here in Nova Scotia are given the same level playing field that they would receive if they had chosen to establish in other jurisdictions. I think that's important when we talk about competitiveness, about the attractiveness of doing business and working and living in Nova Scotia. We want to make sure there are not undue differences between our province and other jurisdictions. I think that when there is no compelling reason to keep those differences, we should try and look for conformity which is going to make it easier for people who are practising and working in our province.

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It also appears, the minister has used the word "inadvertently", that this was never intended but inadvertently it did prevent limited liability partnerships from being formed in Nova Scotia. So it is a question with this short bill of correcting something that had occurred in the original drafting of the bill.

We would like to see this go forward, we'll certainly hear from anybody who will be impacted by this at Law Amendments Committee and that will add to some of the understanding or support for this bill. In the meantime we're happy to see it move forward. Thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

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The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the honourable members for their comments and the indication of support for the bill. I would ask that you now call the question.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 194. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 195.

Bill No. 195 - Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased, on behalf of my colleague, the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, to move that this bill be now read for a second time. I'm very pleased to be able to speak to the amendments to the Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act.

Currently, this Act requires Nova Scotians to gain Cabinet approval if they wish to use the words, Royal or Imperial, in their partnership or business name. I don't think this applies to toilet paper, but (Interruptions) I guess maybe it does. It's an outdated regulation, at any rate, which makes it time consuming and difficult for people when registering their business.

In fact, the Companies Act previously contained the same requirement but it was removed in the recent amendments to the Companies Act proclaimed on June 1, 2008. The Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act should follow suit by removing the requirement for Cabinet approval for these names. This change will streamline processes and make it easier for people when registering their business or partnership name.

This amendment shows that we are committed to continually reviewing our business legislation to make sure that it is as straightforward as possible for Nova Scotians, especially those wishing to start up businesses. The revision supports the province's better regulation initiative by improving the quality and efficiency of these regulations.

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This is about creating winning conditions for businesses in Nova Scotia by removing this unnecessary and time-consuming red tape. Nova Scotian business owners can focus on what matters most - the growth and success of their business endeavours. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

MS. BECKY KENT: Mr. Speaker, again I thank the honourable Minister of Economic Development for bringing this forward on behalf of his colleague, the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Bill No. 195, as noted before, is a fairly straightforward bill. As my colleague earlier noted, we were able to have a briefing from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations staff and we very much appreciate that, I certainly do.

The long and the short of this one is it allows better access, it allows better opportunity, really, for partnerships and businesses to have success in Nova Scotia. As was referenced by the minister, there were changes made to the Companies Act along the same line and it's a natural progression for this to come forward. My understanding is it was an oversight and partnerships out there brought it to the attention of the staff. So they subsequently brought it forward and it was the right thing to do.

We, in our caucus, certainly support addressing this issue. Again, as referenced before, the Royal and Imperial usage in a business can be a significant contribution to the success of that business, Mr. Speaker, depending on what the nature of that business is and to have it have to go through a process of being approved by Cabinet slows down the opportunities that are out there to our businesses and partnerships, and certainly our caucus supports anything that will help them be successful.

My understanding, as well, is that there is still some discretionary power within Cabinet for some names, on the basis of refusal, that could be derogatory, or perhaps offensive to the natural values of communities, and we wouldn't want that. So that discretionary power is not being taken away completely; it's relative to these two usages of words. So, again, this is important to have this bill before us, to open doors and opportunities for businesses and partnerships to be successful, and that is often very contingent on the name, name recognition, name of the company is the thing that people see the most and to give them the best opportunity they can to be successful is what we want. Our caucus is supportive of that going to the Law Amendments Committee and certainly if there are any submissions, we look forward to hearing from them and taking them into consideration. With that, I'll take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

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MS. DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise to say a few words about Bill No. 195 which is amendments to the Partnership and Business Names Registration Act. Again, this seems to be a bit of housekeeping, certainly on the part of the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. They're cleaning up some of the difficulties that people have encountered when they're doing business with government, and we certainly support that because we know that we want to streamline, reduce red tape and make it easier to thrive in business in Nova Scotia.

The Minister of Economic Development mentioned creating winning conditions for business and talked about the most important thing being the growth and success of businesses in Nova Scotia, and we certainly do support that, and are happy to hear the minister who is responsible for Economic Development saying exactly that. It was also the current provision which talks about using the words royal or imperial in your name and actually it suggests that we no longer need to have Cabinet approval to do so. It will allow companies to register sooner and quicker and not to be bogged down in having to make a case for why that name is appropriate and having to wait for Cabinet to have a chance to look at that in the midst of many important things that Cabinet does look at, and that being one of those things that would just tie up our Cabinet as well, taking your attention away from more important issues.

Mr. Speaker, I think when we're talking about outdated practices and outdated attitudes, it's a very good time to mention that there are other practices like that that the government could easily turn its attention to and I would like to mention one in my own riding, which is a constituent of mine, and a business in my riding, which is trying to actually expand his business, looking to be innovative and looking to meet customer demand. That relates to the practice in Nova Scotia of not allowing companies to have brew on premises, which means if you sell the kits for beer and wine, you have to sell them to people to take home to do and you're not allowed to let them mix it up and store it on the shelves in that store.

In other provinces across the country, this is allowed. It's considered normal practice. In fact, Nova Scotians travel to New Brunswick to use that very service at stores in New Brunswick, but they're not able to do it in Nova Scotia. I have written the minister, and I know others have, and there has been a petition to the minister asking that we look at changing this. There have been several ministers responsible for the liquor file, but liquor is one of those areas where Nova Scotia is very conservative, very slow to change and has not actually moved with the times and allowed business to thrive - as the minister has said about creating winning conditions and rewarding companies that are innovative and work hard to look for new aspects of their business. We're coming into difficult times and I think we should be encouraging companies, small businesses that are trying to find a niche in the market, and serve the customer demand.

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Just before I drop that subject, Mr. Speaker, I would like to mention that there are hundreds of people in my riding, thousands in fact, who live in apartments and don't have the space in their apartments and condominiums to store large vats that are brewing beer and wine. They've asked, for the very purpose that they don't have the space, to please be allowed to do this in a commercial venture, in a retail store, and I think that makes a lot of sense.

Throughout this province, we have a lot of older people who can't handle the weight and the difficulty of storing and handling those big vats of beer and wine, so we should really be looking at this and I think this is a good time to ask the minister again to open that file and have a look at it. I know he's very sincere - as is the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations - to see that this province move forward and that we challenge some of our old-fashioned thinking in Nova Scotia.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I'm quite happy, as are the members of my caucus, to see a streamlined approach to any company that wants to use the name Royal or Imperial, and we certainly support the intent of this very small housekeeping amendment.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close the debate.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, again I want to express our appreciation to the members for their comments and indications of support for the legislation. Perhaps I would be permitted if I could - and I see him coming in the door, my colleague the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations has responsibility for better regulations initiative within this province, that better regulations initiative that was referenced in the discussion we had concerning the last three bills - I think it's appropriate for me to commend the minister for the tremendous progress that he has made on that file over the last period of time. (Applause) Mr. Speaker, I move second reading of Bill No. 195.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 195. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I know the honourable members of the House are anxiously awaiting late debate this afternoon, so with that I would move that the House do now rise and that we meet again tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

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Following the daily routine we will have considerations of Bill No. 190, the Co-operative Associations Act; Bill 201, the Counselling Therapists Act; Bill 203, the Hospitals Act; Bill 204, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Expansion Act; and Bill 208, the Conservation Property Tax Exemption Act. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for the House to rise and meet again tomorrow between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

We have arrived at the moment of interruption. The adjournment debate was chosen and announced earlier, and won by the honourable member for Shelburne:

"Therefore be it resolved that the government take the necessary action and waive right-of-way easement fees to the grid for utility companies so that residents in the Upper Ohio area can be provided with essential electrical service."

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION UNDER RULE 5(5)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Shelburne.

NAT. RES.: UPPER OHIO - ELECTRICAL SERV.

MR. STERLING BELLIVEAU: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you for reading that into the record. First of all there has been a delay here on this particular late debate - I think this is the third attempt. And I appreciate your patience, Mr. Speaker, however I think the residents of Upper Ohio have been very patient, they literally have been waiting for years for this to take place.

Mr. Speaker, as I researched and wanted to go out and get some information on this particular topic, I couldn't help but think of my former high school teacher, Mr. Sylvester Atkinson, who is the former Mayor of Middleton, Nova Scotia. Mr. Atkinson was a former school teacher of mine and if I can take you back to June of 2006, I had a phone call right after the election and Mr. Atkinson congratulated me on my event of the election. The tone of the phone call turned quickly from a congratulatory tone to more of a lecture.

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[3:30 p.m.]

I told Mr. Atkinson that I hoped that I would bring some common sense to this House of Assembly, and this is what I want to kind of stage my late debate on tonight - simply common sense - because I haven't heard that phrase used here since I've been here, for over two years. Mr. Atkinson went into great length in a lecture, saying that common sense is not so common. It is certainly called rare sense, in the proper term, especially around the House of Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, I'd just like to read from a couple of documents, if I could. I read from a Throne Speech and I quote, "the Legislature will be presented to you dealing with the rural electrification, that the object being to enable the people of rural districts to avail themselves more generally of the desirable service to provide for the added comforts and convenience." What is interesting in that Throne Speech, it was March 3, 1937. For the records, Mr. Speaker, this year is 2008.

Mr. Speaker, I'd like to review some of the information regarding Nova Scotia line extension to service the community with electricity. I can assure you that the provincial Nova Scotia Power Corporation - there is enough criteria, enough conditions that the people of Upper Ohio had to meet. It is a complicated formula and I just want to spell out that the residents - there are something like nine permanent residents, something like a half a dozen or a dozen seasonal residents - only four of the permanent residents qualify for collectively over 50 years that they have lived there with this formula of 1,000 feet per year, they're entitled to 4.5 kilometres, which entitled for that power extension to expand to capture them. Unbelievable as this sounds, Nova Scotia Power Corporation has finally agreed to connect the residents of Upper Ohio.

However, there are some conditions attached, such as the easement cost to go across Natural Resources land, the cost of $11,200. Now I just want to point out, Mr. Speaker, that there is a paved highway and we know it in Southwest Nova Scotia as the local Tin Mine Road. It goes from East Kemptville, Yarmouth County, north from the Town of Shelburne, and Upper Ohio is something like 20 or 30 kilometres up there. They have a paved road, they have snow removal, they have garbage pickup, they have all the conveniences that we take for granted every day and they do not have electricity.

Electric lights, one of today's conveniences that affect our lives, was invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison and in 1928, Edison received the Congressional Gold Medal for the development and the applications of the inventions that have revolutionized technology in the last century.

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Natural Resources or Economic Development for this government would not, I repeat, would not get a gold medal on the handling of this request,

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I can assure you of that. The electric power which these residents are entitled to - and yes, I believe this is a public relations disaster for Nova Scotia Power - we're sitting here waiting for the agreement of roughly $12,000.

It's interesting in this technology world that we live in, Mr. Speaker, we have some other conveniences that I would like to talk about - the Internet that was developed in 1973. It was stated in this House, and we talk about it, that this particular government, broadband in rural Nova Scotia will be delivered high speed access to the Internet to 100 per cent - I underline that - 100 per cent of rural Nova Scotians by the year 2009, which will create another interesting question to the residents of Upper Ohio. The government that is going to deliver high speed Internet access to 100 per cent of rural Nova Scotians by 2009 - I ask the question here today, I want to be on record, I want to know what the residents of Upper Ohio can plug their computers into? It's going to be interesting, because maybe the Premier, or the minister, may have to buy them each a generator.

I know, Mr. Speaker, you're going to say, well, we've got the support of the local MLAs and I'm sure the other municipal leaders around Shelburne County may be in support of this project, and that's a normal question to ask, but I would like to read to you a resolution that was put forward in September of this year, in Yarmouth, by the UNSM resolution - the basic grassroots democracy, the people who are closest to the people in our community, the municipal leaders. I'm going to read the last therefore clause - therefore be it resolved that the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities write the Department of Natural Resources urging that the easement fee be waived when utility companies are providing new, basic-electricity services to primary residents in Nova Scotia. I'll table that. You can't get much more support than 55 units across Nova Scotia.

Just another note, Mr. Speaker, I would like to compare the cost of $11,200 for waiving Natural Resource's cost for crossing Crown lands, to some other expenditures that this government has done in the last year. I compare that to the four or five kiddy-size ATV motor vehicles. I'm willing to bet - and I'm not a betting man - that the taxpayers of Nova Scotia will not want their money back for the easement costs to go across Natural Resources' land.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, I truly believe Mr. Sylvester Atkinson is right, once again, when he's teaching us a valuable lesson - commonsense is not so common in the House of Assembly. If the minister does not have the rare sense to do the right thing and waive the cost, perhaps the Christmas spirit will overcome and take his department, and Nova Scotia Power, and both these groups, will do the right thing and waive the cost for this particular service we want for Upper Ohio. Thank you very much and I look forward to the other members' response.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

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HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I want to first of all acknowledge the member opposite's advocacy to try to waive this fee for Nova Scotia Power. He has been absolutely vigilant in that regard, and to put it in context, what we have here is that there was an area where indeed, for whatever reason, there has been no electrical service from Nova Scotia Power. An area resident for many years operated a diesel-generated generator, and as time went on, the gentleman was no longer able to continue, leaving the residents of this area with a problem.

Clearly they want to have electrical power, and they approached Nova Scotia Power. I know that, initially, Nova Scotia Power was not excited about the idea of covering the costs of installing the power lines, but after some number of years, they apparently relented on their position and agreed to cover the costs which means, Mr. Speaker, to be clear, they're not covering the costs, it's spread across the whole entire customer-base, and that was their decision, and that's fine. It does mean that everybody picks up a share in extending this essential service to an area that did not have it before.

I think we cannot take this out of context though. It's always easy to advocate for an exception, a special case, when you do not have to take responsibility for the precedent, and the cost of a policy change, which is what would have to happen here. I have an obligation, as minister, on behalf of the owners of this Crown land, in fact all Crown land in this province - those owners happen to be citizens of Nova Scotia - my obligation is to manage Crown land responsibly, in a manner that's judged to be fair and transparent, without question, no special treatment.

In this case, the customer happens to be one of our largest corporate citizens, Nova Scotia Power, they've been in the news in the last 24 hours. They applied for an increase in their power rates. I know it's a topical subject and, again, I have to acknowledge the member opposite's advocacy for giving them this special treatment and he has been tenacious.

As an example of the schedule of fees that we apply across the province, some of the customers would be Aliant, Rogers, Nova Scotia Power, but in addition to that, there are various other organizations. They could be cultural, recreational, benevolent, and indeed everyday Nova Scotians who just want to have access to their property, whether it's to run a power line or a road. These are the typical clients, these are the people who apply.

I can tell you that I get some pretty moving letters from many people who make a great case why we should waive the fee for them. But these fees help offset the costs of managing our Crown land. Crown land is probably one of the single most valuable assets we have as a province, of course outside of our people. Those fees help safeguard our claim to manage the Crown land. Again, I want to point out that the good citizens of South Ohio are not being billed anything by the Department of Natural Resources, and I think the member opposite has acknowledged that, it is Nova Scotia Power that has to apply for this easement.

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Some months ago I wrote them a letter indicating two ways they could proceed to make this happen, and I think the member opposite acknowledges that what they choose to charge their customers is their decision. In this case, again, I understand they decided the majority of the cost of installing these power lines to the residents of South Ohio is to be spread across their entire customer base. That means all Nova Scotians - and I don't have a problem with that decision because I do agree it is an essential service and I think that's the right decision on behalf of Nova Scotia Power, but it is Nova Scotia Power's decision. They are the ones that rightfully should be making this decision.

This is actually a negotiation between Nova Scotia Power and the residents of South Ohio. They're prepared to meet them most of the way, I understand they're not prepared to completely eat the capital costs of installing the power lines.

I also want to put on the record - I think the member opposite should be aware of this, I think the people of South Ohio should be aware of this - even though I wrote Nova Scotia Power back and I asked for direction from them, as of at least 24 hours ago, to the best of my knowledge - and I did ask the question, there is no application from Nova Scotia Power, to the best of my knowledge, for an easement. So this, as of this point in time, clearly remains with Nova Scotia Power.

I am going to point out - and maybe punctuate the point, or at least I'm going to endeavour to do this - that what the member has effectively done, and I know he had good intentions when he did this, but the direct beneficiary of this is Nova Scotia Power. He has advocated relentlessly to give them a special grant or a subsidy, either at the expense of Nova Scotians, or to change the policies that we have in the department, to make sure that there's a fair and a transparent administration of our Crown lands, which is an asset of the people of this province and they rightfully should expect prudent management with a return. So he has been a great champion for the people in that area, but the company that will get the benefit is a large corporation, it's called Nova Scotia Power, and it does provide a rather interesting contrast to what we just saw recently with the federal campaign.

I know that the Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of the NDP, the Official Opposition, stood side by side with the Leader of the federal NDP, Jack Layton, who is advocating a massive $50 million increase in corporate income taxes, which at this time of economic chaos would seem like the best job-killer you could ever prescribe for this country.

Fortunately, Canadians did not accept that position. They rendered their decision in the last federal election, but the advocacy for grants, or subsidies, to Nova Scotia Power is an interesting contradiction with the NDP's position of wanting to increase corporate income taxes by $50 billion.

Now, I do want to point out - and I pointed this out to the member but I don't think that I got too much thanks for this - that we did feel that one way we might be able to help

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the residents, as opposed to Nova Scotia Power - and I want to make it clear we are trying to help the residents - was to offer them the opportunity to harvest the timber on the land that's in question. I am not privy to the value of the timber, but it was something that my staff indicated could be done, could be done without setting a precedent, and I wanted to help those people, as opposed to setting a new, special treatment for any particular class of customer, such as large corporations.

So unlike the NDP's advocacy for a Nova Scotia Power grant or subsidy, this was specific to the citizens of South Ohio. The offer is still out there for them. If it's a benefit to them, they're welcome to accept it, and I certainly hope that they are successful in obtaining power under terms that are affordable to them. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to stand and speak on this resolution. I'm certainly in favour with our member for Shelburne, everybody should have the right, I guess, or right-of-way to have electricity in their homes.

The residents of Upper Ohio built their homes at this location too, Mr. Speaker, knowing that they would not have access to power, and many of them use generators for that electricity. Now, those residents want Nova Scotia Power poles to be placed on the government property, so they know that they can receive this power.

Mr. Speaker, having said that, the government wants fees for the power poles to be placed in this area. An agreement has not been reached to this date, so the NDP are calling on the government to waive fees so the residents of Upper Ohio can receive power.

That's all great, Mr. Speaker, and personally I love it when the electricity goes out - not that I'm against electricity or having power in my home - but I do love it, that's what makes some of the romance of Digby. When your electricity gives out you know your power bill is going to be a little less, first thing - you know we're worrying about this increase in power - and you have a few hours of peace. When that electricity comes back on, it kind of makes me angry, so I say, I wish that would stay out. What can I shut off here now to bring back that peace there was in that home that I had for that little bit of time?

When I was young, Mr. Speaker, we never ever worried about electricity bills. We didn't even worry about electricity back in the 50s and 60s on Digby Neck. All we worried about then, as my father always told me, make sure you get enough wood in the shed for the winter. We'd go get beach wood off the beach and cut alders too, mix with it, and had fine heat. Make sure there's enough vegetables in the basement and make sure there's enough salt fish in those barrels. That was the only worry we had in the Fall. Never worried about electricity, never worried about a thing. We were all happy, we would all get together in the evening, sometimes when electricity would go out - we had electricity - but we would all

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gather around and we would speak to one another, the whole family, nine children, mother and father. We all knew each other very well, we were very intimate with each other and that's all changed since electricity has come along.

Now all we worry about is the price of it going up. It's going up and up and people are being cut off from it, and they don't know how to survive now without electricity - starve to death, freeze to death, you can't even make a piece of toast now they say, without electricity. So that's the problem - we've come to depend on electricity so much. These people on the Upper Ohio Road, I believe they're in a good position - honest to God, I do. They haven't got a worry about this electricity. The other 99.9 per cent of this province has it, we have to worry about where the price of it is going.

I see bad things happening with Nova Scotia Power and the price of it, where it's going to go. I can say it's gone up 30 per cent in the last three or four years, I see it going up 30, 40 or 50 per cent in the next few years to come, so these people in Ohio better think twice here. Maybe they're better off in the position they're in. This is speaking from me, Mr. Speaker, it's not speaking on behalf of the Liberal Party; I'm speaking from this place where I stand. I stood here last year, last Spring, and I stood up in this House when the price of oil was going up, and I said to all the members across the floor, I said you're going to see a mess with the price of oil going the way it is because it's going up just the same as electricity is right now. I said - and you can look back in Hansard - in a very short while you're going to see an awful mess of what the price of oil is going to do.

You cannot pile all of that money from energy into one little pile because it breaks down. Just like I said, money is like manure - you can put it all in a pile and you have a pile of shit; if you spread it around, it'll make things grow. That's what happened along with the mess in the United States with the mortgages, that was part of it too. The price of energy and oil was the biggest mistake that was made, so when that doubled in a year, or whatever it took to get to that price, we started finding ways of getting away from it and we're going to find more ways of getting away from oil, we're going to do it.

I'm slowing up every day. I have a little tiny diesel and I'm going to unplug one or two of those injectors to slow some flow up to them. I'm getting 50 to 60 miles a gallon now, I'm going for 100. Electricity keeps going up, I'm going to find some plugs to put in my lightbulb sockets so my wife can't turn anymore light bulbs in them, because we don't need them. You can get by with one light. Shut the TVs down, shut a whole rack of wall up the wall. I've done a test at home of electricity of what that rack of - there's a computer there, the TV is there, there's the DVD player, there's all kinds of ABC players and receivers - and we put a test on that. That took 2,200 watts with nothing on it, just being plugged in. So I rigged up a switch to shut them off at night. That's the same as shutting twenty-two 100-watt light bulbs off - just on that nice piece of furniture there, full of electronics.

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Now I'm still looking for ways, and electricity keeps going up I'm going to cut the wires off the house and I'm going to live there peacefully. I'll find a way to get my toast done; I'll find a way to watch the news if I want to. I can go to Canadian Tire and buy a little generator and start that at suppertime to cook my supper, so I think - Mr. Speaker, how much time have I got left?

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member has approximately three minutes.

MR. THERIAULT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I just want to get the point across, Mr. Speaker, that these people of Ohio ought to think twice, because I think more of us have to get away from using electricity and I think that will buckle the knees of Nova Scotia Power, just the same as it did big oil - Exxon, Mobil and all of them. They were going to stockpile that big pile of manure but it didn't work, and it's going to come down more, oil is, and electricity is going to come down more if we take that demand away.

So I praise these people of Upper Ohio for starting it. Right today, they've got this started, and I hope everybody in the backwoods, in this city, everywhere, starts shutting down on Nova Scotia Power. Right now, Mr. Speaker, we can start in this room. I'd shut half of these lights out right now. You can see me - shut them all out. The only thing we need on is this mic, and I don't need that - shut that down, too.

There are ways to do it to bring Nova Scotia Power down to reality. They've put 350 people out of their homes already this Fall, because they can't pay their hydro bills. I don't know how many more there are going to be before the end of winter, but I don't want to be in that office in Digby to take the phone calls.

But anyway, with that, Mr. Speaker, I feel bad for the people of Upper Ohio, and if they can get their electricity maybe the government should help them. If not, I think they're setting a fine example for this province, for all of us to get away from hydro, from electricity, and I think that Nova Scotia Power will think twice about the next raise in their power bills. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. I want to thank all of the honourable members for having taken part in tonight's late debate.

The motion for adjournment was made earlier.

The House stand adjourned until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

[The House rose at 3:58 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 4835

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Phyllis LeBlanc and Tony Dorrian teach a unique and interesting Tourism Management Program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Burridge Campus, in Yarmouth, where their team approach and optimistic attitude is passed onto their graduates; and

Whereas in June 2008, this dynamic team was chosen as the co-recipients of the Nova Scotia Community College Teaching Excellence Award; and

Whereas Tony and Phyllis have the distinction of being the first co-recipients of the award, which is usually only awarded on an individual basis, recognizing their wonderful team approach to the program which is also recognized by industry in the number of requests they receive from employers seeking to hire their graduates;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Phyllis LeBlanc and Tony Dorrian for receiving this distinctive honour and thank them for their tremendous continuing dedication to the NSCC and their students.

RESOLUTION NO. 4836

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Lorne Green was re-elected to Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board by general election on October 18th; and

Whereas Lorne Green has become the first ever African-Nova Scotian representative to be elected as school board chair since the formation of regional school boards; and

Whereas as board chair, Lorne Green will carry out his duties and guide policy and decision making in the best interests of Cape Breton's 16,000 students;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Lorne Green upon his historic election as the first African-Nova Scotian chair of a Nova Scotia School Board.

RESOLUTION NO. 4837

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas 2.4 million Canadians are affected by diabetes, a number that will rise to more than 3 million by 2010; and

Whereas the Canadian Diabetes Association works across the country to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through a strong nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals, researchers, partners and supporters; and

Whereas November is designated Diabetes Awareness Month;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the efforts of the Canadian Diabetes Association in their battle against this serious disease.

RESOLUTION NO. 4838

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas a Cape Breton man has been recognized at the highest level possible by the World Council of Credit Unions (WCCU); and

Whereas Mr. Robert MacVeigh of Dominion, Nova Scotia, received the Distinguished Service Award; and

Whereas Mr. MacVeigh, a former teacher and mayor, has spent 30 years as a volunteer director at all levels of the Canadian Credit Union system since 1968;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Robert MacVeigh on receiving this prestigious award.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4839

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas community newspapers have a long and proud tradition of providing information to Nova Scotians; and

Whereas it takes talented individuals to put a story or a series together; and

Whereas Lighthouse Publishing reporter Paula Levy received the 2007 Media Distinction Award from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science for her series, Under the Microscope;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate reporter Paula Levy of Lighthouse publishing on receiving this award and wish her all the best.

RESOLUTION NO. 4840

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas 4-H is one of the best youth development programs in the country; and

Whereas Catherine Metens was honoured for being a leader with the Lunenburg County 4-H Club for 15 years; and

Whereas Ms. Metens time, effort and dedication are proven exceptional qualities that many youths benefit from;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Catherine Metens of Lunenburg County for her 15 years of service to 4-H in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 4841

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas 4-H is one of the best youth development programs in the country; and

Whereas Kelly Zwicker was honoured for being a leader with the Lunenburg County 4-H Club for 10 years; and

Whereas Ms. Zwicker's time, effort and dedication are proven exceptional qualities that many youths benefit from;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Kelly Zwicker of Lunenburg County for her 10 years of service to 4-H in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 4842

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas 4-H is one of the best youth development programs in the country; and

Whereas Daphne Hayward was honoured for being a leader with the Lunenburg County 4-H Club for 5 years; and

Whereas Ms. Hayward's time, effort and dedication are proven exceptional qualities that many youths benefit from;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Daphne Hayward of Lunenburg County for her 5 years of service to 4-H in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 4843

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas 4-H is one of the best youth development programs in the country; and

Whereas Maggie LaPointe was honoured for being a leader with the Lunenburg County 4-H Club for 5 years; and

Whereas Ms. LaPointe's time, effort and dedication are proven exceptional qualities that many youths benefit from;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Maggie LaPointe of Lunenburg County for her 5 years of service to 4-H in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 4844

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas 4-H is one of the best youth development programs in the country; and

Whereas Sheila Floyd was honoured for being a leader with the Lunenburg County 4-H Club for 10 years; and

Whereas Ms. Floyd's time, effort and dedication are proven exceptional qualities that many youths benefit from;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Sheila Floyd of Lunenburg County for her 10 years of service to 4-H in this province.

RESOLUTION NO. 4845

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Captain (Ret'd.) Angus MacDonald for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4846

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by the Canadian Merchant Navy Association for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4847

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Commander (Ret'd) Windell Brown for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4848

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Andrew Inch and Dexter Construction Limited for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4849

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Archie Hattie and Annapolis Group for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4850

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Bill Gard for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4851

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Brian Lugar for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4852

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Colonel (Ret'd) Bruce Gilchrist for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4853

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Don Green and Heritage Memorials for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4854

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Vice Admiral (Ret'd) Duncan Miller for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4855

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navyl Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

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Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Captain (Ret'd) Earl Wagner for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4856

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Hossien Mousavi and Cresco Development for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4857

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

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Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Lt. Commander (Ret'd) James Reddy for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4858

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Ken Giffin for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4859

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role in World War II as a marshalling point for hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

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Whereas the Bedford D250 committee placed a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200-pound anchor, an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those Merchant Navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Lt. Commander Pat Jessup for spearheading this project and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4860

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Mike Laycock and Annapolis Group for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4861

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

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Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by the Canadian Merchant Navy Memorial Trust for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4862

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role during World War II as a marshalling point for the hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Lt. Commander (Ret'd) Don Lowther for spearheading this project, and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4863

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Richard Miller and Clayton Developments for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy

RESOLUTION NO. 4864

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role during World War II as a marshalling point for the hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200 pound anchor and an interpretive panel and plaque to commemorate those who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Ron L'Esperance for spearheading this project, and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4865

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the Merchant Navy located in Bedford Basin played an integral role during World War II in securing the democratic freedoms we enjoy today; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a seven-ton anchor and an interpretive panel to commemorate those who served and died in the Merchant Navy; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices given by the Merchant Navy in securing freedom in our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Taleb Abidali and Cresco Development for sponsoring this project, and thank them for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4866

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role during World War II as a marshalling point for the hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200 pound anchor, interpretive panel and a plaque to commemorate those merchant navy who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Terry Drisdelle for spearheading this project, and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4867

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas Bedford Basin played an important role during World War II as a marshalling point for the hundreds of convoys, which were the lifelines to Europe, supplying the Allied forces in defence of our democratic values and freedoms; and

Whereas the Bedford D250 committee worked to place a Merchant Navy Memorial, consisting of a 5,200 pound anchor, interpretive panel and a plaque to commemorate those who served in World War II; and

Whereas this memorial will provide future generations a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Navy in securing freedom for our country;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution made by Tony Purchase for spearheading this project, and thank him for the reminder of the great sacrifice made by our Merchant Navy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4868

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards were held October 21st; and

Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Sergeant Wilfred Andrews has 15 years active duty patrolling the streets in the Shire Town;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Andrews on this long service achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 4869

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards were held October 21st; and

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Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Sergeant Darryl Brown has 15 years active duty patrolling the streets in the Shire Town;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Brown on this long service achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 4870

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards were held October 21st; and

Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Sergeant Ronald Delorey has 15 years active duty patrolling the streets in the Shire Town;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Delorey on this long service achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 4871

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards were held October 21st; and

Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Sergeant George Dunfee has 15 years active duty patrolling the streets in the Shire Town;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Dunfee on this long service achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 4872

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards were held October 21st; and

Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Sergeant Kenneth Reade has 25 years active duty patrolling the streets in the Shire Town;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Reade on this long service achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 4873

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Environment)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the inaugural Nova Scotia Provincial Police Long Service Awards were held October 21st; and

Whereas the Kentville Police Service has a long and distinguished history of serving and protecting the citizens of the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas Sergeant Bruce Weir has 25 years active duty patrolling the streets in the Shire Town;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sergeant Weir on this long service achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 4874

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By: Hon. Murray Scott ( Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas O.R.H.S. students are busy working on phase three of the Black River Park project in Oxford, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas for the past six weeks the land management students have been working on a gazebo, selecting a design, making up material list, cutting, sawing and are now in the process of building it; and

Whereas this is the final section of a park that the students started four years ago as a project to help beautify their town and give the students and all residents a place to go to relax, with the landscaping being completed in the Spring to finalize this four-year project;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the students of the Land Management Course on their four-year project to help the community and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4875

By: Hon. Murray Scott ( Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas Dawn Murphy's integrated French classes have been very busy lately raising money for French class trips, the Grade 7s are going to Universite Sainte-Anne, the Grade 8s are getting a head start on next year's Quebec trip and the Grade 9s from last year are working hard towards their Quebec trip this May; and

Whereas on October 19, 2008, the students held a Farmer's Market which raised just under $1,000, and the Grade 8s put together a haunted house which raised $100; and

Whereas in total they raised over $2,300 in one month, showing what a great and supportive community Oxford and the surrounding area is;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the students on raising money for this very worthwhile cause and wish them all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4876

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Chris Legere certainly played his A game, scoring 144 in the two-day, 36-hole tournament, making this his second consecutive year, sixth time in total to take home the title of Club Champion; and

Whereas Chris worked really hard on his game this summer and kept his composure to play a winning game and another trophy to be added to his already impressive collection;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chris Legere on winning the Springhill Centennial Club Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours

RESOLUTION NO. 4877

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas John Mont of Springhill played in the second division in the championship and showed his ability by winning third net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate John Mont for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4878

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Layton Porter of Springhill played in the second division in the championship and showed his ability by winning First gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Layton Porter for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4879

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Kevin Melanson of Springhill played in the first division in the championship and showed his ability by winning second gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kevin Melanson for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4880

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Brad McCormick of Springhill played in the junior division in the championship and took home the trophy as the winner in his division; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brad McCormick for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4881

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Mick McBurnie of Springhill played in the third division in the championship and showed his ability by winning second gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Mick McBurnie for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4882

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Steve Matthews of Springhill played in the second division in the championship and showed his ability by winning third gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Steve Matthews for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4883

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Scott Martin of Springhill played in the third division in the championship and showed his ability by winning first gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Scott Martin for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4884

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Dougall MacDonald of Springhill played in the first division in the championship and showed his ability by winning third gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Dougall MacDonald for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4885

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Al Legere of Springhill played in the second division in the championship and showed his ability by winning second gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Al Legere for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4886

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Bill Jobe of Springhill played in the second division in the championship and showed his ability by winning first net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Bill Jobe for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4887

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Ron Greenhow of Springhill played in the third division in the championship and showed his ability by winning third gross; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ron Greenhow for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4888

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas John Clarke of Springhill played in the third division in the championship and showed his ability by winning third net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate John Clarke for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4889

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Alex Sprague of Springhill played in the first division in the championship and showed his ability by winning second net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alex Sprague for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4890

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Ron Arsenault of Springhill played in the first division in the championship and showed his ability by winning second net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ron Arsenault for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4891

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Phillip Bishop of Springhill played in the first division in the championship and showed his ability by winning first net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Phillip Bishop for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4892

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Kent Burden of Springhill played in the third division in the championship and showed his ability by winning first net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kent Burden for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4893

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas September 2008 saw many gather to test their talents at the Springhill Centennial Golf Course for the annual Springhill Championship; and

Whereas Robert Carter of Springhill played in the first division in the championship and showed his ability by winning third net; and

Whereas the Springhill Centennial Golf Course, which is located on the Valley Road just outside of the Town of Springhill, is a nine-hole course that is beautifully maintained and loved by its members and those who have the opportunity to play on this course;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Robert Carter for his great showing in the Springhill Centennial Golf Championship and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 4894

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Rowling's Take Out, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Rowling's Take Out and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4895

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Guy's Coin Operated Laundromat, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Guy's Coin Operated Laundromat and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4896

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

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Whereas without small businesses like John D Anderson Construction Limited, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of John D Anderson Construction Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4897

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Jupiter Foundations Limited, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Jupiter Foundations Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4898

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like K & B Satellite, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of K & B Satellite and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4899

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Nan Myatt's Family Restaurant, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Nan Myatt's Family Restaurant and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4900

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Ongs Restaurant, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Ongs Restaurant and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4901

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

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Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Porter's Lake Hair Experience, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Porter's Lake Hair Experience and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4902

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Porter's Lake Office Services, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Porter's Lake Office Services and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4903

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Porter's Lake Pub & Grill, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Porter's Lake Pub & Grill and wish them continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4904

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like River Oaks Golf Club, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of River Oaks Golf Club and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4905

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Rowlings Gas Stop Limited, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Rowlings Gas Stop Limited and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4906

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Salmon River House Country Inn, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Salmon River House Country Inn and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4907

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Sammy Keizer Automotive, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Sammy Keizer Automotive and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4908

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Shore Print, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Shore Print and wish them continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4909

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like The Tourist Trap, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of The Tourist Trap and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4910

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Tin Roof Enterprises, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Tin Roof Enterprises and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4911

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Webber's Store, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Webber's Store and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4912

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Zeus Seafood Inc., our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Zeus Seafood Inc. and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4913

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Wrecks R Us Auto Salvage, our local community's economy would be weakened;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Wrecks R Us Auto Salvage and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4914

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Aquaprime Mussel Ranch, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Aquaprime Mussel Ranch and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4915

By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Baker's Point Fisheries, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Baker's Point Fisheries and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4916

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By: Hon. William Dooks (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas local small businesses are a huge resource on the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas small businesses help support the growth of local communities; and

Whereas without small businesses like Bonita's Kitchen, our local community's economy would be weakened;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the contributions of Bonita's Kitchen and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 4917

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Kristina Cunningham.

RESOLUTION NO. 4918

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Monika Dorey.

RESOLUTION NO. 4919

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Alesia Frail.

RESOLUTION NO. 4920

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Vanessa Freeman.

RESOLUTION NO. 4921

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Latisha Gabriel.

RESOLUTION NO. 4922

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

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Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Erica Freeman.

RESOLUTION NO. 4923

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Sarah Jermey.

RESOLUTION NO. 4924

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Allison Lewis.

RESOLUTION NO. 4925

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Nancy Bingham.

RESOLUTION NO. 4926

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

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Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Muriel Canning.

RESOLUTION NO. 4927

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Vivian Eisener.

RESOLUTION NO. 4928

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Bonnie Joudrey.

RESOLUTION NO. 4929

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Mary Logan.

RESOLUTION NO. 4930

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Shirley Mansfield.

RESOLUTION NO. 4931

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Claire Montreuil.

RESOLUTION NO. 4932

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Marion Uhlman.

RESOLUTION NO. 4933

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Elsie Veinot.

RESOLUTION NO. 4934

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Cindy Hutchinson.

RESOLUTION NO. 4935

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Tammy Ingram.

RESOLUTION NO. 4936

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By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular June Lewis.

RESOLUTION NO. 4937

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Nikki Canning.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4938

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Sandra and Donald Kimball.

RESOLUTION NO. 4939

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Virginia Whynot.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4940

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Constable Duffney.

RESOLUTION NO. 4941

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Allan Carver.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4942

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Brandon Forrest.

RESOLUTION NO. 4943

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October of 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Nathan Forrest.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4944

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Kris Ingram.

RESOLUTION NO. 4945

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Robbie Carver.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4946

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Myrna Crouse.

RESOLUTION NO. 4947

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Glenford Holdright.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4948

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Myra Holdright.

RESOLUTION NO. 4949

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Valley Credit Union.

RESOLUTION NO. 4950

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Ron's Trophy & Sign Shop.

RESOLUTION NO. 4951

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

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Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Shirley and Doug Adams.

RESOLUTION NO. 4952

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Glenwood DeMond.

RESOLUTION NO. 4953

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Suzanne and Ronnie Frail.

RESOLUTION NO. 4954

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Carmellita and Michael McNeil.

RESOLUTION NO. 4955

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Helen and George Uhlman.

RESOLUTION NO. 4956

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Alice and Kenny Cameron.

RESOLUTION NO. 4957

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Ilane Frail.

RESOLUTION NO. 4958

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Elva and Steve Mansfield.

RESOLUTION NO. 4959

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By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Nancy and Arthur Sweeney.

RESOLUTION NO. 4960

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Charles and Chandler Van Dyk.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4961

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Kim and Peter Van Dyk.

RESOLUTION NO. 4962

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Margaret and Peter Waterman.

RESOLUTION NO. 4963

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Carman Westhaver.

RESOLUTION NO. 4964

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

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Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Janet and Howard Martin.

RESOLUTION NO. 4965

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Vivian and Peter McKay.

RESOLUTION NO. 4966

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Brenda and Shawn Rawding.

RESOLUTION NO. 4967

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular April Williams Hair Studio.

RESOLUTION NO. 4968

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Brian Uhlman Silviculture Ltd.

RESOLUTION NO. 4969

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Clover Farms.

RESOLUTION NO. 4970

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

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I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Golden Pond Restaurant.

RESOLUTION NO. 4971

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Country Junction Gifts.

RESOLUTION NO. 4972

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By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Home Hardware.

RESOLUTION NO. 4973

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular McDonald's.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4974

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy.

RESOLUTION NO. 4975

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Memory Lane.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4976

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Noah's Convenience.

RESOLUTION NO. 4977

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular North Queens Fire Association Ladies Auxiliary.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4978

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Ray Forrest Trucking.

RESOLUTION NO. 4979

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Rolfe's Electronic Maintenance & Contracting.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4980

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Shawn Rawding Excavation & Forestry.

RESOLUTION NO. 4981

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Subway.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4982

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Toddy's Top Touch.

RESOLUTION NO. 4983

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Van Dyk Blueberry Enterprises Ltd.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4984

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular vanDyk Excavation & Trucking.

. RESOLUTION NO. 4985

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular White Point Beach Lodge.

RESOLUTION NO. 4986

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Wilson's Gas Stop.

RESOLUTION NO. 4987

By: Ms. Vicki Conrad (Queens)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the first one-day exhibition to be held in North Queens was in October 1880 in a new mill that had been built over the brook at Harmony, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in 1886 the fair moved to Caledonia and it became the permanent quarters of the Queens County Fair; and

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Whereas every September the Queens County Fair is held for five days and includes exhibits from all over Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate and recognize all of the contestants, officials and sponsors of the very successful 2008 Queens County Fair, and in particular Tiffany Colp.