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First Session

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2000

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2586, Fish. - Sports Fishing Weekend (N.S.): Organizers -
Applaud, Hon. E. Fage 7029
Vote - Affirmative 7030
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2587, Junior Achievement (C.B.): Banquet Recipients - Congrats.,
Mr. R. MacLellan 7030
Vote - Affirmative 7031
Res. 2588, Health - IWK-Grace Hosp.: Telethon (2000) - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Dexter 7031
Vote - Affirmative 7032
Res. 2589, Health - IWK-Grace Hosp.: Telethon (2000) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 7032
Vote - Affirmative 7032
Res. 2590, Health - IWK-Grace Hosp.: Telethon (2000) -
Pledge (Min.) Honour, Dr. J. Smith 7033
Res. 2591, Liberal MLAs - Health Authorities Legislation:
Amendments Refused - Reasons Detail, Mr. J. Holm 7033
Res. 2592, Health - Cancer Soc. (Cdn.): Contribution - Recognize,
Mr. T. Olive 7034
Vote - Affirmative 7035
Res. 2593, Econ. Dev. - Helix Digital (C.B.): Success - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 7035
Vote - Affirmative 7035
Res. 2594, Justice - Violence Against Women & Children: Continuance -
Recognize, Ms. E. O'Connell 7036
Vote - Affirmative 7036
Res. 2595, Sports - Rugby (N.S. HS Girls Champs): Kings-Edgehill
School - Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 7036
Vote - Affirmative 7037
Res. 2596, Agric. - Beef Expo (Nappan): Organizers - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Downe 7037
Vote - Affirmative 7038
Res. 2597, Environ. - Water: Regs. - Approach Change,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 7038
Res. 2598, Culture - Black Loyalists: Contribution - Recognize,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 7039
Vote - Affirmative 7039
Res. 2599, Educ. - NSSBA: President (Term Completed) -
Marg Forbes (Bridgewater) Thank, Mr. W. Gaudet 7039
Res. 2600, Health - Breast Cancer: Awareness Raised -
Bosom Buddies Congrats., Mr. D. Dexter 7040
Vote - Affirmative 7041
Res. 2601, Econ. Dev. - Royal Bank (Can.): Jeff Rose (New Glasgow) -
Service Commend, Mr. J. DeWolfe 7041
Vote - Affirmative 7041
Res. 2602, Preston MLA - Health Cuts: Blame (Gov't. [N.S.]) -
Unrecognized Condemn, Mr. D. Wilson 7042
Res. 2603, Commun. Serv. - Welfare: Training Limited - Reconsider,
Mr. K. Deveaux 7042
Res. 2604, Health - Cardiology Symposium (Sydney): Organizers -
Congrats., Mr. B. Boudreau 7043
Vote - Affirmative 7044
Res. 2605, Environ. - Water: Safety - Info. Line Establish,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 7044
Res. 2606, Transport. & Pub. Wks.: Route 22
(Sydney-Louisbourg Hwy.) - Prioritize, Mr. R. MacKinnon 7045
Res. 2607, Environ./Educ. - Water: Unsafe - Protect, Mr. H. Epstein 7045
Res. 2608, Econ. Dev. - C.B. (Indust.) BoT: Entrepreneur (2000) -
Donnie Snow (Sydney) Congrats., Mr. Manning MacDonald 7046
Vote - Affirmative 7046
Res. 2609, Premier Hamm - Leadership: Comparison - Reality
(PC Party [Ont.]), Mr. R. MacLellan 7047
Res. 2610, Educ. - Visa Olympics Contest: Bethany Gaudet (Enfield) -
Runner-up Congrats., Mr. John MacDonell 7047
Vote - Affirmative 7048
Res. 2611, Health - Cuts: Plan - Absence Evident, Dr. J. Smith 7048
Res. 2612, Environ. - Water: Toll-Free Line - Institute, Mr. J. Pye 7049
Res. 2613, Jewish Council (Atl.) - Jerusalem Award:
Jennifer Morrison (Pt. Morien) - Congrats., Mr. R. MacKinnon 7049
Vote - Affirmative 7050
Res. 2614, Commun. Serv. - Child Poverty (17/08/99 on): Deficit -
Address, Mr. J. Holm 7050
Res. 2615, Educ. - NSSBA: President - Ms. Parrish-Zwicker Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 7051
Vote - Affirmative 7052
Res. 2616, Tourism - Maps: Pictou Town - Recognition Congrats.,
Ms. E. O'Connell 7052
Res. 2617, Health - Health Authorities Legislation: NDP-PC Party
Coalition - Condemn, Mr. D. Wilson 7052
Res. 2618, Educ. - African Cdn. Educ. Council Non-Racist Soc.
(Metro Coalition): Concerns - Address, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 7053
Res. 2619, Health - IWK Grace Hosp.: Funding - Increase,
Mr. K. Deveaux 7054
Res. 2620, Lion Club (St. Margarets Bay) - Work: Continuance -
Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 7055
Vote - Affirmative 7055
Res. 2621, Educ. - St. Patrick's HS: Catherine Driscoll (Principal) -
Retirement Congrats., Mr. H. Epstein 7055
Vote - Affirmative 7056
Res. 2622, Educ. - Visa Olympics Contest: Cory Isenor (Enfield) -
Winner Congrats., Mr. John MacDonell 7056
Vote - Affirmative 7057
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 12:42 P.M. 7057
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 11:30 P.M. 7057
CWH REPORTS 7057
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 56, The Anglican Church Act ~ 7058
Hon. R. Russell 7058
Mr. J. Holm 7058
Vote - Affirmative 7058
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 28, Motor Vehicle Act 7059
Hon. R. Russell 7059
Mr. J. Holm 7059
Hon. R. Russell 7059
Vote - Affirmative 7060
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 37, Preston Area Housing Act 7060
Hon. R. Russell 7061
Mr. J. Holm 7061
Vote - Affirmative 7061
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., June 6th at 10:00 a.m. 7061

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2000

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

First Session

12:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. Brooke Taylor, Mr. Wayne Gaudet, Mr. Kevin Deveaux

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. We will commence the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 2586

HON. ERNEST FAGE: 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 Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th marked the 6th Annual Nova Scotia Sports Fishing Weekend, an event promoting sport fishing as one of life's greatest joys; and

Whereas the weekend, co-sponsored by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Nova Scotia Salmon Association allowed all Nova Scotians to join in the thrill of catching freshwater fish at no charge; and

Whereas sports fishing in Nova Scotia boasts over 100,000 licensed anglers and contributes $82 million to our economy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the efforts of the organizers to promote sports fishing by encouraging hundreds of Nova Scotians to discover or rediscover the great enjoyment of fishing this past weekend.

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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 2587

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

Whereas the Junior Achievement of Cape Breton hosted its year end banquet at UCCB on Sunday for the 100 students, volunteers and sponsors in attendance; and

Whereas the 110 students who took part in the program honed their business skills over 26 weeks by producing, marketing and selling a wide variety of items; and

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Whereas Memorial 2000 Incorporated was one of the many award recipients earning Company of the Year, Best Shareholders Report and Highest Net Profit Company;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate all the recipients of the Junior Achievement banquet in Sydney for their initiative and entrepreneurial 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 member for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2588

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

Whereas in an ironic twist of fate the IWK-Grace held its annual telethon this weekend past; and

Whereas as the Minister of Health continues his devastating cuts in health, Nova Scotians, New Brunswickers and Prince Edward Islanders dug deep into their pockets to fund this vital hospital and its many programs; and

Whereas 3,000 volunteers worked four telethon sites in Halifax, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick for a 24 hour period;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the volunteers, performers and behind the scenes people for raising $3.6 million for the IWK-Grace and thank all the donors for their generosity.

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 Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 2589

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

Whereas June 3rd and June 4th was the IWK-Grace Health Centre for Children, Women and Families 16th annual telethon; and

Whereas this year's telethon reached a new record by receiving over $3.6 million in pledges; and

Whereas thousands of Maritimers volunteered their time to ensure this year's telethon would be a great success, and millions more demonstrated great generosity by making financial pledges;

Therefore be it resolved that this House take the opportunity to thank and congratulate the staff, volunteers and donors who made this year's telethon the best ever, and encourage all those who called in pledges to honour them.

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 Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2590

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

Whereas the IWK-Grace Hospital raised a record-breaking $3.6 million this weekend, thanks to numerous volunteers and the generous support of the community; and

Whereas on Friday the MLA for Preston shamefully accused the IWK-Grace hospital of playing politics to generate more pledges for its annual telethon; and

Whereas in response to his backbencher's odd comment, the Health Minister proudly declared that he had already made a pledge to the IWK-Grace;

Therefore be it resolved that the Health Minister be encouraged to honour his pledge to the IWK-Grace - I am sure he will - unlike the pledge to protect health care, which has been broken countless times since the last election.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 2591

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

Whereas the Mayor of Lockeport raised serious concerns about repeal of the Roseway Hospital legislation without a year's advance notice; and

Whereas many other supporters of the Roseway Hospital expressed similar concerns about repeal of a law that symbolizes their community's role in establishing that hospital; and

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Whereas the Minister of Health and his colleagues have agreed that any such repeal of a local hospital Act should be done with only one year's advance notice;

Therefore be it resolved that Liberal MLAs should explain to Mayor Huskilson and other Shelburne residents why the Liberal caucus refused to let that amendment come before the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2592

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

Whereas the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society is not only to eradicate cancer from our midst but also to enhance the quality of life for those living with this disease; and

Whereas the Canadian Cancer Society commemorated 50 years of faithful service to the people of Dartmouth yesterday with the dedication of a park bench at Sullivan's Pond; and

Whereas Sunday also marked National Cancer Survivors Day, an occasion for us all to value and reflect on the gift of life;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the contribution of the Canadian Cancer Society to each of our communities, and thank its volunteers and organizers for assisting the community of Dartmouth in the battle against cancer for the last half century, and for their work in promoting a healthy lifestyle for all.

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 Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2593

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

Whereas animation company, Helix Digital has set up its ink, paint and composite facility at Silicon Island in Sydney, and plans to hire 31 employees by the end of June; and

Whereas Helix Digital was established with the help of $625,000 payroll rebate provided under the previous government by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism; and

Whereas Helix Digital is one of a number of new economy initiatives that have sprouted and continue to grow in Cape Breton;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Helix Digital on its continued success, and recognize that Cape Breton has the potential to develop a strong and diversified new 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.

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The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 2594

MS. EILEEN O'CONNELL: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas a new United Nations report states "violence against women and girls continues to be a global epidemic that kills, tortures and maims - physically, psychologically, sexually and economically"; and

Whereas this report also points out that "domestic violence is most pernicious because it is carried out by people in positions of trust"; and

Whereas violence against women and girls is often viewed by authorities as a private matter in which they are unwilling to get involved;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the problem of violence against women and girls even in our own country and province, and agree to work towards eradicating it wherever it is found.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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 Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 2595

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: 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 under grey skies with a cool wind Kings-Edgehill School of Windsor won the Nova Scotia High School Girls Provincial Rugby Championship in Cole Harbour on Saturday; and

Whereas Saturday's win over Auburn Drive Eagles for the Kings-Edgehill girls finish their 2000 year rugby season with a perfect 16-0 record which includes exhibition games; and

Whereas Kings-Edgehill 7-0 victory was a turn-around from 1999 when Kings lost in the provincial championship game by a score of 12-0 to the same Auburn Drive Eagles who were then three-time defending provincial champions;

Therefore be it resolved that this House extend our congratulations through this resolution to the Kings-Edgehill girls for winning the 2000 Nova Scotia High School Girls Provincial Rugby Championship.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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 Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2596

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

Whereas beef farmers from around Atlantic Canada gathered this past weekend for the Beef Expo in Nappan; and

Whereas approximately 300 producers attended the three day event which featured demonstrations on technology and farming techniques; and

Whereas the main topic was how to avoid livestock contamination of the water supply;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the organizers of the Beef Expo for their continuing efforts to educate farmers on the latest techniques.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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 Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 2597

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

Whereas Nova Scotian Tories had the benefit of direct and indirect help from the Harris Government of Ontario in the 1999 election campaign; and

Whereas Tory MLAs in this House praised Mike Harris as an example of the great de-regulator who knew how to eliminate needless environmental and safety regulations from Ontario; and

Whereas today, after the Walkerton tragedy, Ontario is rushing to adopt water safety regulations;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Tories should learn from Mike Harris' mistakes and drop their leisurely approach toward regulation and other protection of Nova Scotians' drinking water.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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 member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 2598

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

Whereas more than 2,700 Black Loyalists settled in Nova Scotia in the years following the outbreak of the American Revolution, survivors of war, slavery and other forms of persecution; and

Whereas two of the Black Loyalist communities founded in Nova Scotia were Birchtown, Shelburne County, and the Tracadie area of eastern Antigonish and Guysborough Counties; and

Whereas the history of these and other Black Loyalist communities is featured in a travelling exhibition on display at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Dartmouth between May 2nd and July 12th of this year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members recognize the contribution made by Black Loyalists to the history of Nova Scotia, and thank the Black Cultural Centre for promoting such an important part of our provincial heritage.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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. 2599

MR. WAYNE GAUDET: 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 Marg Forbes of Bridgewater has recently completed her term as president of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association; and

Whereas Ms. Forbes during her term as president has shown strong, effective, and visionary educational leadership; and

Whereas Ms. Forbes helped to keep the association involved in promoting quality education in our schools, despite the ruthless attempt by this government to destroy our education system;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House express their thanks to Marg Forbes for her leadership in education and wish her well in her new endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2600

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

Whereas a baby dragon boat was launched in Mahone Bay by a group of breast cancer survivors; and

Whereas the group called Bosom Buddies ordered a custom built dragon boat from a local builder to show that women who have gone through breast cancer can do strenuous upper body exercise; and

Whereas the boat was tested Sunday in Mahone Bay with the goal of making people aware of breast cancer and of asking the crew questions about breast cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the members of Bosom Buddies and wish them well in their attempt to raise awareness of breast cancer.

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Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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. 2601

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

Whereas Jeff Rose has retired after 37 years of service with the Royal Bank of Canada and served for 10 years at the Royal Bank in New Glasgow; and

Whereas Jeff began his career with the Royal Bank in 1963 in New Glasgow before stops in Sherbrooke, Sydney, and New Glasgow again, Summerside, Montreal and Halifax; and

Whereas Jeff is a well respected individual and has served his community very well in a wide array of volunteer projects;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly commend Jeff for his community-minded work while serving 37 years with the Royal Bank of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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 Cape Breton East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2602

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

Whereas just when you thought some Tory backbenchers couldn't sink any lower, the MLA for Preston has accused the IWK-Grace of using children to raise more money for the IWK telethon; and

Whereas thankfully the telethon was not hurt by the member after the telethon raised $3.7 million this past weekend; and

Whereas the reality facing the IWK-Grace is that Tory budget cuts are hurting the facility and the children who need it most;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House condemn the member for Preston for his inability to recognize that his government is to blame for health cut backs and admonish him for accusing staff of the IWK-Grace of using children to raise money for what is inherently a worthy cause.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2603

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

Whereas instead of allowing people on welfare to train for a career, the Minister of Community Services wants to throw these people into low-paying jobs; and

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Whereas forcing people off welfare into low-paying jobs in this manner will perpetuate the cycle of poverty; and

Whereas post-secondary education is the best option for many people and is almost a prerequisite to secure employment and cutting it will only save money in the short term;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Community Services reconsider this harsh measure and allow people on welfare to receive post-secondary training in order to find long-term, sustainable, good paying jobs.

I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 2604

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

Whereas most people admitted to hospital in Cape Breton have some form of heart disease; and

Whereas the 3rd annual cardiology symposium was held in Sydney on Friday and features presentations of many heart-related topics; and

Whereas 150 health care workers attended the conference which becomes more popular each year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the organizers of the cardiology symposium in Sydney for their efforts at improving the health care of the people of Cape Breton.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2605

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

Whereas Manitoba Health has established a public information telephone hotline to answer questions on the safety of drinking water; and

Whereas the Manitoba Health Minister, Dave Chomiak, has said, "This comes in response to public concern . . . we are making it a priority to address the issue."; and

Whereas Manitobans because of this hotline will now be able to speak to professional staff about their concerns regarding safe drinking water;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Government follow this excellent Manitoban example and establish a toll-free drinking water safety public information hotline immediately.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2606

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

Whereas the Fortress of Louisbourg is Cape Breton County's single largest economic and tourism marketing entity, realizing more than 130,000 tourists per year and guaranteeing close to $30 million in economic activity each year; and

Whereas Route 22, also known as the Sydney-Louisbourg highway, is the primary access route to this historic fortress; and

Whereas it has been 30 years since Route 22 was upgraded and is now in need of major repairs;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Transportation and Public Works ensure that Route 22 be a priority in the upcoming federal-provincial highway funding agreement.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 2607

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

Whereas in Sackville, New Brunswick, residents have been advised to boil their water due to finding coliform in the water supply; and

Whereas in Nova Scotia the provincial government has abandoned its responsibility for safe drinking water in schools; and

Whereas there are no regulations in place that would ensure all schools monitor and report on water quality in a safe, consistent fashion;

Therefore be it resolved that the Acting Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Education act immediately to protect schools from unsafe drinking water.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2608

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

Whereas renowned Sydney businessman Donnie Snow was named entrepreneur of the year by the Industrial Cape Breton Board of Trade at their 30th Anniversary dinner; and

Whereas instead of leaving Cape Breton, Mr. Snow set up the highly successful McKenzie College and was a prime mover behind the Silicon Island project; and

Whereas Mr. Snow is venturing into the e-commerce field by developing new security products that could be used by companies like E-Bay and Amazon.com;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Donnie Snow for being selected entrepreneur of the year, wish him well on his future endeavours and acknowledge Donnie Snow as an example for other entrepreneurs to follow in Cape Breton.

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 Leader of the Liberal Party.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2609

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

Whereas at a weekend pep-rally Premier Hamm tried to present himself as a worthy successor to Robert Stanfield; and

Whereas to truly follow in Stanfield's footsteps, this government would have to tell the truth, be honest with Nova Scotians, not make promises they can't keep and live up to their commitments; and

Whereas at this rate, the current crop of Tories are not even qualified to wear the underwear, let alone live up to the Stanfield legacy;

Therefore be it resolved that Premier Hamm may think he is some sort of latter day Bob Stanfield but, in fact, he is more like a modern day Mike Harris, Jr.

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 East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2610

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

Whereas praise and success act as encouragement for young people; and

Whereas the Visa "Olympics of the Imagination" Contest challenges young Canadians between the ages of 9 and 13 to use their imagination to create a painting or drawing that represents what the Olympian motto, "Faster, Higher, Stronger", means to them; and

Whereas Bethany Gaudet of Enfield was one of the three runners-up for Nova Scotia out of 481 entries from the Atlantic Region;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Bethany Gaudet for a job well done and encourage her to greater achievements in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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 East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2611

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

Whereas the previous Liberal Government recognized that health care needed a strategic investment to control costs and provide a sustainable system for the new century; and

Whereas in a recent Maclean's Magazine report, Halifax slipped from a 3rd to 11th- place ranking of major Canadian centres with medical schools; and

Whereas terrible Tory budget cuts will ensure that Nova Scotia's health care system will fall even further behind the level of services provided in other provinces;

Therefore be it resolved that the evidence continues to mount, proving that the Tories have no plan for Health, and our health care system is suffering because of the gross negligence of this government.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

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I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2612

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

Whereas Manitoba has moved to quell water concerns by instituting a 1-800 number water hotline; and

Whereas this line will answer questions on how to get water tested and how to find out about the different kinds of tests that can be done to check for nitrates, coliform and E. coli bacteria; and

Whereas Manitoba is considering moving back to a system where the provincial government does water testing for free;

Therefore be it resolved that the Government of Nova Scotia follow the lead of Manitoba, institute a 1-800 number and give consideration to returning to free water testing in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2613

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: 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 Jennifer Morrison of Port Morien, Cape Breton, has been selected by the Atlantic Jewish Council as the recipient of this year's Jerusalem Award; and

Whereas the award is given yearly to a person in the Maritimes who exemplifies a concern for the human condition, past and present, and also expresses by deed, by word or in print the concept of social justice for all mankind; and

Whereas 16 year old Jennifer Morrison wrote an essay on the Holocaust and how it must never be repeated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jennifer Morrison for her success and recognize her concern for the well-being of her fellow human beings.

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 Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 2614

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

Whereas every day in the Province of Nova Scotia six more children are born into poverty; and

Whereas since August 17th, this Tory Government's first full day in office, 1,736 children have been born into poverty; and

Whereas this heartless Tory Government would prefer to talk about only one kind of deficit, a budget deficit;

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Therefore be it resolved that this Tory Government start waking up to the health, education and social deficits faced by the 1,736 children born into poverty under this Tory Regime.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 2615

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 Nova Scotia School Boards Association plays a very prominent role in ensuring that the youth of Nova Scotia receive a world-class quality education; and

Whereas on Friday, Lavinia Parrish-Zwicker was elected President of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association; and

Whereas one of Ms. Parrish-Zwicker's priorities will be to increase communication between the NSSBA and the province's school boards;

Therefore be it resolved that this House extend congratulations and best wishes to Ms. Parrish-Zwicker, and wish the Nova Scotia School Boards Association a lengthy and continued role in the province's education system.

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.

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 2616

MS. EILEEN O'CONNELL: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas when first questioned in this House, the Minister of Tourism refused to reprint the highways map to include the town of Pictou and Highway No. 106; and

Whereas the Premier supported his minister and tried to suggest that not being on the map was a welcome source of publicity for the town; and

Whereas the minister has now agreed to print a correct version of the map;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Minister of Tourism and the Premier for recognizing that they could not simply fiddle while Pictou Town disappeared.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2617

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

Whereas a recent poll shows that nationally, the Tories have dropped below the NDP in popular support; and

Whereas this may explain why the provincial NDP are trying to curry favour with the Tories on health legislation in the House, perhaps in some faint hope that defecting Tories may jump to the NDP; and

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Whereas the NDP should recognize that their failure to support last June's Health budget will cause irreparable harm to the health system in Nova Scotia, and nothing they do now will repair that damage;

Therefore be it resolved that the NDP be condemned for jumping into bed with the government and, while the Conservative Party may disappear nationally, Nova Scotians are stuck with a government bent on destroying health care for a few more years at least.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 2618

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

Whereas the Council on African Canadian Education feels Black students are being disproportionately hurt by this government's cuts to education funding; and

Whereas according to the council, while school boards' funding has been cut by 2.4 per cent, school board initiatives aimed at assisting Black and marginalized students will be cut by 75 per cent; and

Whereas the council is particularly worried about the loss of Black teachers, student support workers, educational support staff and race relations officers;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Education act immediately to address the concerns of the Council on African Canadian Education and the Metro Coalition for a Non-Racist Society.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2619

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

Whereas on the one hand the Minister of Health says hospitals set their own budgets; and

Whereas on the other hand the Minister of Health says he must have control of all hospital decisions; and

Whereas as a direct result of the Minister of Health's budget the IWK-Grace hospital must cut school services to ill children at the hospital by 55 per cent, cut formula to sick children of needy families, and cut a transportation allowance for children to attend mental health programs;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health does have the power to increase funding to the IWK-Grace and save vital programs and should do so immediately.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2620

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

Whereas the St. Margarets Bay Lions have received international recognition for donating four seeing eye dogs in the 12 year history of the club; and

Whereas the cost of each of these dogs and the training of its owner is in excess of $6,000; and

Whereas on Saturday, June 3, 2000, at its annual road toll at the entrance to the Hubley Centre Shopping Centre in Tantallon, the St. Margarets Bay Lions raised, through the generous donations of area communities, $3,464 towards the cost of the club's fifth seeing eye dog;

Therefore be it resolved that this House offer its congratulations to the members of the St. Margarets Bay Lions Club for their continuing good work and its gratitude to local citizens for their help.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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 Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 2621

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

Whereas Catherine Driscoll, the Principal of Saint Patrick's High School will be retiring this month; and

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Whereas Ms. Driscoll has been a guidance counsellor, teacher and principal for 37 years; and

Whereas Ms. Driscoll has the love, admiration and respect of generations of students and their parents;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulates Catherine Driscoll on the occasion of her retirement, offers its thanks for her dedicated work in the school system and wishes her well.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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 honorable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2622

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

Whereas the Visa "Olympics of the Imagination" Contest encourage students to show by way of a painting or a drawing what the Olympic motto, "Faster, Higher, Stronger", means to them; and

Whereas the contest drew 5,400 entries from across Canada with four regional grand prize winners to enjoy, first prize of a trip to the summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in September; and

Whereas the Atlantic Region produced 481 contestants with the winner being 13 year old Cory Isenor of Enfield who was also a runner-up in the 1998 contest;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize Cory for his tenacity and artistry and congratulate him for a job well done with best wishes for him as he embarks on his monumental experience.

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Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

[12:42 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Kevin Deveaux in the Chair.]

[11:30 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Mr. Kevin Deveaux in the Chair.]

MR. SPEAKER: The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House on Bills reports:

THE CLERK: That the committee has met and made some progress and begs leave to sit again.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private and Local Bills for Second Reading.

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 56.

Bill No. 56 - The Anglican Church Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Premier, the honourable member for Pictou Centre, I move second reading of Bill No. 56, which is The Anglican Church Act. Essentially the purpose of this bill is explained in the explanatory notes that come with the bill. It simply changes the Diocese of Nova Scotia to the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It changes the name of the body corporate known as the Lord Bishop of Nova Scotia to the Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; and it changes the name of the Diocesan Synod of Nova Scotia to the Diocesan Synod of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Speaker, I move second reading.

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

MR. JOHN HOLM: Mr. Speaker, I would just indicate that we are in support of this legislation moving forward.

MR. SPEAKER: Is the House ready for the question? The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 56. 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 Private and Local Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

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PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 28.

Bill No. 28 - Motor Vehicle Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, by agreement with both Opposition Parties, this bill is going to be split. There is another bill that has been prepared to simply put into effect the first part of this amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act and that deals with the so-called jake brakes. The second part of the Act, the seizure and forfeiture of vehicles in prostitution-related offences will be the subject of a separate piece of legislation, which will be reintroduced into this House in the fall.

So, Mr. Speaker, I move that Bill No. 28 now be read for second time and that it be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments where the split bill will be provided to members.

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

MR. JOHN HOLM: Before the Government House Leader concludes, I wonder if he would entertain just a brief question. He said yes, Mr. Speaker. It was my understanding - because, of course, we in here can do whatever we want by unanimous consent - that by unanimous consent, the minister was going to ask to do that splitting here so that the only part of the bill that was actually going to go forward was the amendment that he was going to be moving. That was my understanding of the agreement when the member originally, quite honestly, for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley approached me and when I was talking to the Government House Leader. Certainly, on that basis, by unanimous consent, I think that is very reasonable and we would be happy to do that.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, if I get to my feet and speak to the bill, of course I am going to close the debate and I don't want to do that. I just want to answer the question. If it is the wish of the House, then we will refer Clause 1 to the Law Amendments Committee for approbation.

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MR. SPEAKER: Just so I am clear then, is that a motion that would require unanimous consent of the House, that only Clause 1 of Bill No. 28 be sent? So the motion is, and we need unanimous consent, that Clause 1 of Bill No. 28 be sent to the Law Amendments Committee.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

So, we still need second reading on that, though. Are there any further interventions on Bill No. 28?

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. JOHN HOLM: Mr. Speaker, the only intervention is that now that that issue has been resolved and what we really have is an amended clause, or we really have a new bill here. We will be supporting the new bill, in effect, going forward to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: Would all those in favour of second reading of Bill No. 28 as unanimously revised, please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private Members' Public Bills for Second Reading.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 37.

Bill No. 37 - Preston Area Housing Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The debate was adjourned by the member for Eastern Shore.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the member for Eastern Shore, he has finished his remarks on the bill.

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

MR. JOHN HOLM: Mr. Speaker, we are pleased that the bill is here and ready to go forward. This is a bill that was actually introduced by the previous member for Preston, Yvonne Atwell. It didn't get through under the last government before things came to an end. Our caucus certainly is in support of this bill going on to the next stage.

MR. SPEAKER: Would all those in favour of second reading of Bill No. 37 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. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise to meet again on the morrow at the hour of 10:00 a.m. The House will sit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight tomorrow night. The order of business will be continuation with bills in committee and at the completion of all bills that are on the order paper in committee, we will proceed to third reading of all bills that would be available for third reading.

Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: There is a motion to adjourn.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The motion is carried.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow.

[The House rose at 11:39 p.m.]