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First Session

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2000

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Educ.: Cuts - Oppose, Mr. D. Wilson 6769
Canada Post - Middle Musquodoboit (RR 2): Mail Boxes - Move,
Mr. B. Taylor 6770
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on the Thirty-fifth Provincial
General Election, The Speaker 6770
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2378, War Veterans - Unknown Soldier Commemoration:
Sacrifice - Thank, The Premier ~ 6770
Vote - Affirmative 6771
Res. 2379, Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Halterm: Cranes Arrival -
Significance Recognize, Hon. R. Russell 6771
Vote - Affirmative 6772
Res. 2380, Sports - Hockey: Maurice Richard (Montreal Canadiens),
Death of - Condolences Convey, The Premier 6772
Vote - Affirmative 6772
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 55, Dartmouth Senior Care Society Tax Exemption Act, Mr. T. Olive 6773
NOTICES OF MOTION:
No. 2381, War Veterans - Unknown Soldier Commemoration:
Sacrifice - Remember, Mr. Robert Chisholm 6773
Vote - Affirmative 6773
Res. 2382, Health - Cuts: Cancer Deaths - Increase Anticipate,
Dr. J. Smith 6774
Res. 2383, Sports - Hockey: Maurice Richard, Death of -
Contributions Remember, Mr. W. Estabrooks 6774
Vote - Affirmative 6775
Res. 2384, Sports - Memorial Cup (2000): Hfx. Mooseheads -
Efforts Applaud, Mr. D. Hendsbee 6775
Vote - Affirmative 6776
Res. 2385, Educ. - Teachers: Awards (Cdn.) - Recipients (N.S.[3])
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 6776
Vote - Affirmative 6776
Res. 2386, Educ. & Health - Quality: Prioritize - Recognize (Premier),
Mr. Robert Chisholm 6777
Res. 2387, Tourism - Pictou Co. Tourist Assoc.: Success - Congrats.,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 6777
Vote - Affirmative 6778
Res. 2388, Heritage (Can.) - CBC: Newscasts Reg. - Reduction Oppose,
Mr. D. Downe 6778
Vote - Affirmative 6781
Res. 2389, Commun. Serv. - Office New (Min.): Washroom Public -
Use Recommend, Mr. J. Holm 6779
Res. 2390, Health - Valley Drug Mart: Co-Owners - Dedication
Acknowledge, Mr. F. Chipman 6780
Vote - Affirmative 6780
Res. 2391, Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Route 327: Upgrading - Ensure,
Mr. R. MacKinnon 6781
Res. 2392, Justice - Victim Support Serv.: Adequacy - Examine,
Ms. E. O'Connell 6781
Res. 2393, Econ. Dev. - BCA Holdings & New Dawn Enterprise:
Economy (N.S.) - Support Encourage, Mr. D. Wilson 6782
Vote - Affirmative 6783
Res. 2394, Nat. Res. - Staff: Metro United Way (1999) -
Efforts Congrats., Hon. E. Fage 6783
Vote - Affirmative 6783
Res. 2395, Educ. - Special Needs Children: Assist. - Future,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 6783
Res. 2396, Sports - Hockey: Maurice Richard -
Contribution Acknowledge, Mr. D. Downe 6784
Vote - Affirmative 6785
Res. 2397, Econ. Dev. - MTT Mobility: Digital Cellular Network
(Anna. V. Expansion) - Congrats., Mr. M. Parent 6785
Vote - Affirmative 6786
Res. 2398, Health - QE II: Breakfasts Hot - Replacement Info.,
Mr. D. Dexter 6786
Res. 2399, Health - QE II: Breakfasts Hot - Replacement Condemn,
Dr. J. Smith 6786
Res. 2400, Bus. & Cons. Serv. - Seniors & Disabled: Gas Full Service -
Ensure, Mr. W. Estabrooks 6787
Res. 2401, Sports - Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt): Anna Pannequin
(St. Peter's) - Commend, Mr. M. Samson 6788
Vote - Affirmative 6789
Res. 2402, Educ.: Dart. Schools Millennium Art & Music
Extravaganza - Congrats., Mr. T. Olive 6789
Vote - Affirmative 6789
Res. 2403, Health - Long-Term Care Facilities: Patient Care -
Quality Focus, Mr. H. Epstein 6789
Res. 2404, Educ. - Dal-Tech (Eng. Students): Bridge Construction
Comp. - Success Congrats., Mr. R. MacKinnon 6790
Vote - Affirmative 6791
Res. 2405, Sports - Trans Can. Trail Relay: Inv. Co. - Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 6791
Vote - Affirmative 6791
Res. 2406, Nat. Res. - Pioneer Coal: Royalties - Renegotiate,
Mr. John MacDonell 6792
Res. 2407, Chernobyl - Children: Summer Holiday (Clare 2000) -
Hosts Thank, Mr. W. Gaudet 6792
Vote - Affirmative 6793
Res. 2408, Commun. Serv.: Access Awareness Week (Can.) -
Recognize, Mr. J. Pye 6793
Vote - Affirmative 6794
Res. 2409, Commun. Serv. - Child Poverty (17/08/99 on): Deficit -
Address, Mr. J. Holm 6794
Res. 2410, Knights of Columbus (West Arichat-Council 460):
Contribution - Recognize, Mr. M. Samson 6794
Vote - Affirmative 6795
Res. 2411, Sysco - Min. & Premier: C.B. Visit - Steelworkers Update,
(By Ms. Maureen MacDonald) Mr. F. Corbett 6795
Res. 2412, Sysco: Pensions/Severance - Negotiate,
(By Mr. W. Estabrooks) Mr. F. Corbett 6796
Res. 2413, Justice - Family Court: Funding - Reconsider, Mr. H. Epstein 6796
Res. 2414, Educ. - Special Needs Children: Cuts - Explain (Min.),
Mr. J. Pye 6797
Res. 2415, Health - Budget (2000-01): Cuts - Consequences Accept,
Mr. D. Dexter 6798
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 2:45 P.M. 6799
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:57 P.M. 6799
CWH REPORTS 6799
ADJOURNMENT:
MOTION UNDER RULE 5C:
Hon. R. Russell 6799
Vote - Affirmative 6800
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., May 30th at 10:00 a.m. 6800

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, MAY 29, 2000

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

First Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

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

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

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

MR. DAVID WILSON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition addressed to the Minister of Education. It reads, we the undersigned and members of CUPE Local 5050, strongly object to the support staff cuts proposed by the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. We demand that you, as Minister of Education for this province, restore the funding necessary to maintain the services provided for our children. The petition contains 497 names and I have affixed my signature to it as well.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

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MR. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition whereby the prayer reads, "To: Whom it may concern at Canada Post We the undersigned residents of Canada & South Roads on R R #2 Middle Musquodoboit B0N 1X0 are requesting approval to move our mail boxes, from their current place, . . . along RR #2 . . . This request is being made due to repeated vandalism in their current location. Some of the 10 mail boxes have been destroyed or damaged up to 6 times in the past 24 months. Several reportings to the R.C.M.P. have been made. However so far they never responded to any calls. The changes we request would result in approximately a 4.5 km increase in the mileage of the entire route." I have signed the petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased, on behalf of the Speaker, to table the Report of the Chief Electoral Officer On the Thirty-fifth Provincial General Election.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 2378

HON. JOHN HAMM (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas at a ceremony yesterday at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, thousands of Canadians paid tribute to our country's unknown soldier; and

Whereas this nameless soldier represented the sacrifices of countless young Canadians who lost their lives to protect peace and freedom; and

Whereas the soil of every province and territory, including Nova Scotia, were placed in the tomb of the unknown soldier to ensure he will lie forever in the soil of his homeland;

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Therefore be it resolved that in commemoration of the unknown soldier, members of this House thank all war veterans, living and dead, known and unknown, for sacrificing so much for the benefit of countless generations.

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 Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 2379

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

Whereas this weekend metro residents and visitors could readily see the arrival of the two red and white, 100 metre super post-Panamax cranes which arrived Saturday after a two month voyage from China; and

Whereas the additions for Halterm's main berth, Pier C, will give Halterm the ability to offer customers faster loading and unloading; and

Whereas the two post-Panamax cranes will importantly also give the Port of Halifax the ability to solicit work on post-Panamax ships:

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the significance of the arrival of the new cranes for Halterm and for the post-Panamax business they will draw on our vital seaway connection, the Port of Halifax.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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 Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 2380

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

Whereas Montreal Canadiens legend, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard passed away Saturday; and

Whereas Rocket Richard's goal-scoring exploits were matched only by his passion for the game of hockey; and

Whereas hockey fans will never again see the talent, energy and determination of the kind demonstrated by Rocket Richard during his 18 year NHL career;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House, on behalf of the people of Nova Scotia, convey our deepest condolences to the Richard family for their loss, and hope that family members take some comfort from the thoughts and prayers expressed by millions of Canadians in memory of Maurice Richard.

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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INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 55 - An Act to Exempt Dartmouth Senior Care Society and Certain Property of the Dartmouth Senior Care Society from Municipal Taxation. (Mr. Timothy Olive)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be read a second time on a future day.

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the New Democratic Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 2381

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

Whereas an unknown soldier was returned home to Canada on Thursday, May 25th, after spending more than 80 years in France, at Vimy Ridge; and

Whereas this soldier will symbolize 27,000 comrades who have no known graves; and

Whereas this unknown soldier laid in state in the Hall of Honour, on Parliament Hill, for two days before he was buried, with full military honours, on Sunday;

Therefore be it resolved that this House remember the sacrifice given to us by so many young men and women who went off to war and lost their lives so that we could have the quality of life we enjoy 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 Dartmouth East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2382

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

Whereas Nova Scotia has been designated a cancer hot spot, with this country's highest cancer mortality rate, which is expected to continue to rise; and

Whereas the cancer mortality rate in this province has risen 40 per cent between 1970 and 1995, while other mortality causes have stayed level; and

Whereas this distinction has raised concerns about cancer treatment, access to specialists, staff shortages and burnout;

Therefore be it resolved that the government anticipate an even more significant rise in cancer mortality rates in this province, given the recent gutting of health care by the Tories.

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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2383

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

Whereas legendary hockey great Maurice "the Rocket" Richard passed away this past weekend; and

Whereas in his day, the Rocket was the first hockey player to score 500 goals, score 50 goals in 50 games, scored 82 playoff goals, and was on eight Stanley Cup championship teams; and

Whereas the Rocket was not just a hero on the ice but also off the ice, where he tirelessly promoted the game he loved;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House remember the great contributions of Maurice "the Rocket" Richard, both on and off the ice.

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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 2384

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

Whereas Halifax Mooseheads defeated both the Ontario Hockey League champions and the Western Hockey League champions to secure a semi-final berth in the 2000 Memorial Cup Playoffs this past week; and

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Whereas after these hard-won victories and performances which electrified the thousands of fans who gathered at the Metro Centre, the Mooseheads ultimately fell just short of the Cup; and

Whereas the Mooseheads assistant captain and crowd favourite Brandon Reid was quoted in The Sunday Daily News as saying, "I wanted to make sure the fans knew I left my heart on the ice for them";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House stand and applaud the players, the coaching staff, the entire Mooseheads organization, and the Memorial Cup 2000 Planning Committee for an effort they ought to be proud of.

Mr. Speaker, I request 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 Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 2385

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

Whereas three Nova Scotia teachers have received national education awards; and

Whereas these teachers are Mona MacDonald of West Pictou Consolidated School, Paul Barrett of the Cobequid Education Centre and Louise Cloutier of the Pugwash District High School; and

Whereas Prime Minister Jean Chretien presented the awards earlier this month to teachers from across Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Mona MacDonald, Paul Barrett and Louise Cloutier for receiving national education awards for their outstanding contributions to education.

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 Leader of the New Democratic Party.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2386

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

Whereas Halifax has fallen from third to eleventh in Maclean's second annual ranking of health care services; and

Whereas once again the Minister of Health's comments indicate he is unaware and unconcerned about this decline in ranking; and

Whereas health care and public education are key components to make a community one where people want to live, work and raise a family;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier should recognize that his priority should be such fundamentals of life in Nova Scotia as the quality of health care and public education.

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 Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2387

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

Whereas the Pictou County Tourist Association held their annual general meeting and dinner this past Thursday evening at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton; and

Whereas the sizzling red-hot tourism industry in Pictou County produced revenues of $50 million for the first time ever in 1999; and

Whereas the Museum of Industry, River John's Coastal Spirit Expeditions, the New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee, and long-time CKEC Radio host Rod Mackie were all presented with gifts, marking their contribution to tourism in Pictou County;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly, through this resolution, extend our sincere congratulations to the Pictou County Tourist Association and wish them even more success in 2000 and in future years.

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. 2388

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

Whereas it was announced today that CBC will axe the regional supper-hour newscast; and

Whereas newscasts such as 1st Edition and The Maritimes Tonight make up an essential part of the social fabric that holds the province together; and

Whereas 1st Edition will be cut to one half hour beginning in October, 2000;

Therefore be it resolved that this House unanimously oppose this reduction and request the Minister of Heritage move to retain the full one hour status.

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.

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The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

MR. JOHN HOLM: Maybe, Mr. Speaker, there might be a request for a reconsideration of that last notice because we had all agreed to a similar kind of thing before.

MR. SPEAKER: If there is, I will put it to a vote again.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 2389

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 Minister of Community Services has "flushed" his responsibility to welfare recipients down the toilet; and

Whereas secretaries in the Department of Community Services are expected to make do with office space of 68 square feet while the Minister and Deputy Minister will occasionally use their 80 square foot washrooms; and

Whereas like Premiers John Savage and John Buchanan, the Minister of Community Services has decided he requires a lavish lavatory instead of livable allowances to social welfare recipients.

Therefore be it resolved this House recommend to the Minister of Community Services to forget about his palatial potty and use a public washroom like the rest of his staff.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for 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 Annapolis.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2390

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

Whereas Valley Drug Mart has been serving the prescription needs and pharmaceutical services to the Middleton area and eastern Annapolis County residents for the past 26 years, the past 10 under the ownership of Robert Perry, Cathryn Spurrell and Sandra Penney; and

Whereas employees and customers of Valley Drug Mart will celebrate a number of changes made to the drug mart with official grand re-opening ceremonies this week of their new store; and

Whereas the changes have included the pharmacy becoming more technologically advanced, with greatly enhanced improvements to the pharmacy's home health care area;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs acknowledge the hard work and dedication of co-owners Robert Perry, Cathryn Spurrell and Sandra Penney as they continue to improve the services available for customers at Valley Drug Mart in Middleton.

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 resolution by the honourable member for Lunenburg West, there has been a request to read the operative clause again.

"Therefore be it resolved that this House unanimously oppose this reduction and request the Minister of Heritage move to retain the full one hour status."

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 Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2391

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

Whereas Route 327, also known as the Marion Bridge Highway, has been identified as a priority of upgrading and repaving by the Department of Transportation and Public Works officials and senior staff; and

Whereas this highway has not received major upgrading in more than 30 years; and

Whereas close to 3,000 vehicles use this highway daily;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Transportation and Public Works ensures tenders are called for the upgrading of this highway as per local departmental priorities.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 2392

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 the domestic circumstances surrounding the February 28th murder-suicide involving 31 year old Lori Maxwell and her common-law husband Bruce George of Truro are being investigated by the Department of Justice; and

Whereas last Wednesday, May 24th, Richard Allen Lee was charged in the death of Lisa Marie McNeil of Halifax, acting in violation of a restraining order after being charged with assaulting Ms. McNeil only a month earlier; and

Whereas this government recently cut off funding to eight victim support services' projects across the province, all valuable programs that assisted in reducing the occurrences and impact of domestic violence against women;

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Therefore be it resolved that this government undertake an examination of the adequacy of victims support service programming in Nova Scotia and undertake an inquiry into the enforcement levels of restraining orders and other protection services for victims of domestic violence.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for 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 Cape Breton East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2393

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

Whereas BCA Holdings and New Dawn Enterprises are a group of companies which have provided financial and business support to traditional and high-tech industries in the past; and

Whereas BCA Holdings and New Dawn Enterprises will float the $40,000 operating budget for Howie's Celtic Brew, an 11 person music and comedy show headlined by fiddler Howie MacDonald; and

Whereas the money represents an investment in the cultural industry in Cape Breton;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize BCA Holdings and New Dawn Enterprises for their continuing support of the economy of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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 Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 2394

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

Whereas the Department of Natural Resources participates each year in the Metro United Way Campaign, through staff volunteers organizing fund-raising activities; and

Whereas the United Way is an opportunity for people to give something back to their community, through financial contribution; and

Whereas the Department of Natural Resources was recently presented with a Community Spirit Award for its outstanding support to the Metro United Way workplace campaign in 1999;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature congratulate Natural Resources' staff for the time and effort that they put into making the 1999 Metro United Way Campaign a success.

Mr. Speaker, I respectfully 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 Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 2395

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: 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 teacher assistants meet the special needs student at the start and end of their day, assist with interaction with their peers and prepare them for any changes in the normal routine; and

Whereas teacher assistants are also responsible for student's mobility and safety, including a range of motion and positioning activities with the student as directed by the outreach worker/physiotherapist; and

Whereas the teacher assistant works not just with the special needs students but all students in the class and is also responsible for the feeding and toileting of these special needs students;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Education answer a very simple question, who will perform these tasks now?

Mr. Speaker, I seek 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 Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2396

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

Whereas on Saturday, Maurice "Rocket" Richard passed away at the age of 78; and

Whereas Maurice Richard became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in one season, the first player to put more than 500 pucks in the net and led the Montreal Canadiens to eight Stanley Cup Championships during his 18 seasons in the league; and

Whereas NHL legend Maurice Richard was a true hockey hero whose accomplishments left his mark on fans and future players;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House acknowledge the great contribution made by Maurice Richard to our national sport of hockey and express its condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Mr. Speaker, I 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 Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2397

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

Whereas MTT Mobility has expanded its digital cellular network into the Annapolis Valley, providing coverage to the communities of Martock, Blomidon, Coldbrook, Ellershouse, Kentville and many others; and

Whereas this expansion fulfils a commitment made by MTT to the people of these communities and represents an investment of $1.6 million; and

Whereas the communications infrastructure offered by MTT is essential to a modern economy, providing access for Nova Scotians and their companies to markets and information around the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the management and staff of MTT Mobility for this achievement and wish them every success as they continue to offer their products and services to communities across Nova Scotia.

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 Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2398

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

Whereas hot breakfast at the QE II Health Sciences Centre is another victim of cuts to health care; and

Whereas the cold breakfasts that will replace this hot meal can best be compared to low-quality airline food; and

Whereas breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day;

Therefore be it resolved that the unaware and unconcerned Minister of Health explain to this House why low-grade airline food is replacing substantial hot breakfasts at the QE II and what he is going to do about it.

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 East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2399

DR. JAMES SMITH: Mr. Speaker, I, too, would like to comment on that particular issue.

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

Whereas hot breakfasts at the QE II Health Sciences Centre will soon be replaced by a continental-style menu as a result of the massive cuts to health care; and

Whereas the taxpayers of this province will not even be able to get a hot meal in the morning should they fall ill and need to be in the hospital; and

Whereas 14 employees, including cooks and dishwashers, will lose their jobs;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House condemn the government which is responsible for this shameful downgrade in quality that is happening at the QE II.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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 Timberlea-Prospect.

[2:30 p.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 2400

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

Whereas numerous seniors and disabled people have expressed concern over difficulty finding full-service gas stations; and

Whereas it could be as simple as having an attendant on hand to operate self-serve pumps for people who are not able to do it for themselves; and

Whereas since this is Access Awareness Week, it would send a strong message if the Minister of Business and Consumer Services moved immediately to change the Motive Fuel and Fuel Oil Approval Regulations to ensure provision of full-service gas, in some form, at every gas station;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Business and Consumer Services act quickly on this suggestion to access seniors and the disabled.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 2401

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

Whereas Anna Pannequin of St. Peter's recently captured her first degree black belt in tae kwon do in Halifax; and

Whereas Anna is 18 years old and has been training to obtain this level of expertise since she was 11 and plans to continue her training in the martial arts; and

Whereas the necessary qualifications to win the black belt include two rounds of sparring, form, and nine board breaks;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House commend Anna Pannequin on the dedication and perseverance she has demonstrated in winning her black belt in tae kwon do.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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 Dartmouth South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2402

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

Whereas Dartmouth has been a vibrant community in Nova Scotia for 250 years; and

Whereas students in Dartmouth marked this important anniversary by showcasing their talents in arts and music; and

Whereas the successful Schools Millennium Art and Music Extravaganza was held Saturday at Alderney Landing and included the painting of an historic Dartmouth wall mural, a display of student art work and performances by school bands and choirs;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the participants and organizers of the Schools Millennium Art and Music Extravaganza for their successful celebration of 250 wonderful years for Dartmouth.

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 Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 2403

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

Whereas this morning the Premier attended the official opening of the Mira Long Term Care Facility in Truro, chowing down on lobster and shrimp; and

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Whereas there have been many revelations of inadequate patient care at this facility, including no IV poles, nurse resignations, nurses off on stress leave, and inadequate ratios of caregivers to patients; and

Whereas the owners of the Mira donated over $10,500 to the Tories in 1999, including $5,000 to the Premier and $2,500 to the Minister of Health;

Therefore be it resolved that this government focus its attention on improving the quality of patient care at long-term care facilities rather than on simply rewarding political friends at taxpayers' expense.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2404

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

Whereas Mark Riley, Chris Slight, Ian Sceles, Jason Flatt and Adam Tiller make up a team of Dalhousie University engineering students who submitted their entry at the Year 2000 National Bridge Competition at Texas A&M University on May 20th; and

Whereas these men have already won a U.S. regional bridge competition in New Jersey last month, taking 5 out of 7 awards, including first place overall; and

Whereas the students outperformed students from Columbia, Rutgers and the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a structure that had the best stiffness and lightness and was the speediest to construct;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate these Dal-Tech students on their recent success in the field of bridge construction.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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 Tourism and Culture.

RESOLUTION NO. 2405

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

Whereas the Trans Canada Trail Relay stopped along many of the communities in Inverness County on May 27th and May 28th; and

Whereas the relay entered Inverness County by way of a square set on the Little Narrows Ferry and ceilidhed at each stop along the way; and

Whereas water carriers included horseback riders, walkers, runners, bikers, and the first wheelchair participant in Atlantic Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Warden A. J. MacDougall, the Municipality of the County of Inverness, all volunteers, organizers, participants and the Trans Canada Trail Relay Team for sharing their spirit and enthusiasm, making us all proud of being Nova Scotians and Canadians.

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 Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2406

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

Whereas another buddy of the Premier has a sweetheart deal with the province, this time for coal royalties; and

Whereas the Premier's buddy donated more than $35,000 to the Progressive Conservative Party last year; and

Whereas profits earned by the Premier's buddy are in excess of $50 million, with the province receiving a paltry $279,000 in royalties;

Therefore be it resolved that this government act immediately to renegotiate its royalty deal with the Premier's buddy, and request an equitable deal that better reflects what coal royalties should be in this province.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 2407

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 explosion at Chernobyl 14 years ago was the world's greatest nuclear disaster; and

Whereas as a result of the disaster, over 100,000 residents of the surrounding rural farm country had to be evacuated; and

Whereas thanks to three families from Clare, three young girls from Chernobyl will have the opportunity to spend several weeks this summer in the community of Clare;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend their thanks to Mike and Lindy Aucoin, Dr. Lionel and Roberte d'Entremont, and Daniel and Myra Comeau for their generous and humane gesture to provide a home away from home to these young people who have suffered so much.

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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 Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2408

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

Whereas National Access Awareness Week officially began on May 28th and continues through to Saturday, June 3, 2000; and

Whereas this year's theme is Full Citizenship for All, promoting diversity and inclusion, for an improved quality of life for the disabled community; and

Whereas this government should commit to expand on its efforts to ensure that the needs of the disabled community are met fully and adequately; and

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize Access Awareness Week and congratulate all persons who have over the years advocated for the disabled community, especially two who have unfortunately left us this past year and should be commemorated: Mr. Mel Hebb, former chair of the Hour Glass Committee; and Mr. Shaun McCormick, former chair of the Disabled Persons Commission.

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 Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 2409

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, 1,694 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;

Therefore be it resolved that this Tory Government start waking up to the health, education and social deficits faced by the 1,694 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 a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 2410

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

Whereas earlier this month, Council 4607 of the Knights of Columbus, in West Arichat, acknowledged the contributions of its members; and

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Whereas service pins were handed out during the Council's monthly meeting to Leo Boyd, Arthur Hillier, Ambrose Samson, Art MacInnis, Greg Power, Gerry Bourque, Jay Goodwin, Dominic Marchand and Anthony Thibeau; and

Whereas the Knights of Columbus is a charitable organization which has served Nova Scotian communities for more than 100 years;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the outstanding contribution of the Knights of Columbus and congratulate this year's recipients of the K of C service pins awards.

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. 2411

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

Whereas Cape Breton steelworkers received lay-off notices on Thursday past; and

Whereas those workers and their families still do not know the status of the Sysco sale, and their union has been shut out of the negotiations; and

Whereas this heartless Tory Government refuses to report on the status of the sale as well as refuses to negotiate pensions with the steelworkers;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister responsible for Sysco and the Premier immediately travel to Cape Breton to update the steelworkers on the sale and restart pension negotiations.

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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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2412

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

Whereas 200 frustrated steelworkers decided to visit the Premier in Pictou Centre on Saturday past; and

Whereas the mounting frustration of steelworkers given this government's lack of caring, understanding and negotiation is understandable; and

Whereas murmured platitudes of "I understand your frustration," does not cut it with steelworkers and their families;

Therefore be it resolved that instead of trying to pat steelworkers on the head and telling them Uncle Johnnie will take care of them, the Premier do as he promised and begin negotiations for meaningful pensions and severance packages for these workers.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 2413

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

Whereas thousands of Nova Scotians have occasion each year to deal with the new unified Family Court; and

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Whereas one year's experience so far has shown that the system still needs improvements and additional resources; and

Whereas family law practitioners and transition house workers have identified this need for additional resources;

Therefore be it resolved that the government be mindful of this core service to Nova Scotians and reconsider funding for the unified Family Court.

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 North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2414

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

Whereas the Minister of Education read the newspaper in this House on Friday, while 20 resolutions on special needs children were presented; and

Whereas the Queen of Mean now has shown how little she cares about the concerns of parents of children with special needs; and

Whereas, while the Queen of Mean reads her newspaper, education program assistants are being laid off;

Therefore be it resolved that the Queen of Mean, the Minister of Education, explain to the parents of special needs children why she feels they are not worthy of her time or compassion.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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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. 2415

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

Whereas the Minister of Health wants more direct control of health care in this province through legislation; and

Whereas at the same time he doesn't want to take responsibility for lay-offs or bed closures; and

Whereas the Minister of Health not only appears to be unaware and unconcerned, but also terribly confused on what he really wants;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health accept fully the effects his disastrous budget will have on health care in this province, and that bed closures and lay-offs are his responsibility.

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.

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

The motion is carried.

[2:45 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

[9:57 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Murray Scott, resumed 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 progress and begs leave to sit again.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now adjourn to meet again tomorrow at the hour of 10:00 a.m. and the House will sit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House do now adjourn. The hours for tomorrow are from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.

A recorded vote has been called for.

We will ring the bells to the satisfaction of the Whips.

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[9:58 p.m.]

[The Division bells were rung.]

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

A recorded vote has been called on the hours for tomorrow.

[The Clerk calls the roll.]

[10:58 p.m.]

YEAS NAYS

Mr. Christie Dr. Smith

Mr. Baker

Mr. Russell

Dr. Hamm

Miss Purves

Mr. Fage

Mr. Balser

Mr. Parent

Ms. McGrath

Mr. Ronald Chisholm

Mr. Olive

Mr. Rodney MacDonald

Mr. MacIsaac

Mr. DeWolfe

Mr. Taylor

Mr. Langille

Mr. Morse

Mrs. Baillie

Mr. Morash

Mr. Chipman

Mr. Barnet

Mr. O'Donnell

Mr. Hurlburt

THE CLERK: For, 23. Against, 1.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried.

We are adjourned until tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

[The House rose at 11:01 p.m.]

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