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HANSARD 01/02-104

Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 2002

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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

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Second Session

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2002

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Highway Signs: Policy Change - Oppose,
Mr. D. Downe 10015
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3814, Health - Smoking Ban: Support - Indicate, Mr. D. Dexter 10016
Res. 3815, Hip Hip Hooray Walk: Anniv. (10th) - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 10017
Vote - Affirmative 10018
Res. 3816, Sports - Hfx. Oland Exports: Nat'l. Jr. A Hockey
Championship - Congrats., Mr. D. Hendsbee 10018
Vote - Affirmative 10018
Res. 3817, Sports - Hfx. Oland Exports: Jr. A. Ryl. Bank Cup -
Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 10019
Vote - Affirmative 10019
Res. 3818, A Bek Drywall Ltd.: Occ. Health & Safety Workplace
Achievement Award - Congrats., Mr. D. Downe 10019
Vote - Affirmative 10020
Res. 3819, Maitland Bridge Commun. Hall Soc.: Work/Dedication -
Congrats., Hon. G. Balser 10020
Vote - Affirmative 10021
Res. 3820, Sackville-Beaver Bank - MLA: Smoking Cessation Leg.
Opposition - Congrats., Ms. Maureen MacDonald 10021
Res. 3821, Nakile Home for Special Care: Occ. Health & Safety
Workplace Achievement Award - Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 10022
Vote - Affirmative 10022
Res. 3822, Annapolis Regiment - Service: Tribute - Pay,
Mr. F. Chipman 10022
Vote - Affirmative 10023
Res. 3823, Police Wk. (05/12-18/02): Police Forces - Congrats./Thank,
Mr. K. Deveaux 10023
Vote - Affirmative 10024
Res. 3824, Health - Smoke-Free for Life Curriculum:^High Schools -
Time Frame, Dr. J. Smith 10024
Res. 3825, UCCB/NSCC: Offshore Training - Congrats., Mr. C. Clarke 10025
Vote - Affirmative 10025
Res. 3826, CWL (Antigonish Diocese): Anniv. (80th) - Congrats.,
Mr. F. Corbett 10026
Vote - Affirmative 10026
Res. 3827, Keltic Lodge: Occ. Health & Safety Workplace
Achievement Award - Congrats., Mr. K. MacAskill 10026
Vote - Affirmative 10027
Res. 3828, Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Adopt-A-Highway Prog.:
Participants - Congrats., Mr. T. Olive 10027
Vote - Affirmative 10028
Res. 3829, Educ. - French Immersion Study: Parent Reps. - Appoint,
Mr. H. Epstein 10028
Res. 3830, Westray Mem. Serv.: Organizers - Acknowledge/Congrats.,
Mr. R. MacKinnon 10029
Vote - Affirmative 10029
Res. 3831, Landon, Laura: The Coast Article
(Sir John A. Macdonald HS) - Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 10029
Res. 3832, Educ. - Schools: Physical Activity - Mandate,
Mr. M. Samson 10030
Res. 3833, Grease - Hfx. West HS: Production - Congrats.,
Ms. M. McGrath 10031
Vote - Affirmative 10031
Res. 3834, Foley, Kathleen/Harrietsfield Elem. Sch.: Anti-Bullying
Strategies - Congrats., Mr. Robert Chisholm ~^^10032
Vote - Affirmative 10032
Res. 3835, PACY Working Group: Recommendations - Implement,
Mr. B. Boudreau 10032
Res. 3836, Pet. Dir. - Offshore/Energy Issues: Shelburne Co. -
Prosperity Recognize, Mr. C. O'Donnell 10033
Vote - Affirmative 10034
Res. 3837, Sieniewicz, Heather - Mun. E. Hants: Vol. Award -
Congrats., Mr. J. MacDonell 10034
Vote - Affirmative 10034
Res. 3838, Glace Bay HS: Non-Smoking - Congrats., Mr. D. Wilson 10035
Vote - Affirmative 10035
Res. 3839, Hants Journal: Anniv. (135th) - Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 10035
Vote - Affirmative 10036
Res. 3840, Tax. Wk. (04/13-17/02): Hamm Gov't. - Fin. Measures/
User Fees, Mr. G. Steele 10036
Res. 3841, Serv. N.S. & Mun. Rel. - Assess.: Leg. - Introduce,
Mr. D. Dexter 10037
Res. 3842, Educ. - ABCs: Vacancies - Post-Secondary Students,
Mr. M. Samson 10037
Res. 3843, Lifeteen Prog. - Pope John XXIII: Participants - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Deveaux 10038
Vote - Affirmative 10039
Res. 3844, Tourism & Culture - Louisbourg: Cruise Ships/Bluenose -
Promote, Mr. R. MacKinnon 10039
Vote - Affirmative 10040
Res. 3845, Operation Hat Trick: Participants - Congrats., Mr. F. Corbett 10040
Vote - Affirmative 10040
Res. 3846, Saunders, Laura: Achievements - Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 10041
Vote - Affirmative 10041
Res. 3847, Beach, Juanita - Mun. of E. Hants: Recognition - Congrats.,
Mr. J. MacDonell 10041
Vote - Affirmative 10042
Res. 3848, VON - Training Progs.: Grant - Congrats., Dr. J. Smith 10042
Vote - Affirmative 10043
Res. 3849, Hants Shore Commun. Health Ctr.: Commun. Support -
Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 10043
Vote - Affirmative 10043
Res. 3950, UCCB - Honorary Degrees: Recipients - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Wilson 10044
Vote - Affirmative 10044
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 2:42 P.M. 10044
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:57 P.M. 10045
CWH REPORTS 10045
SPEAKER'S RULING: Restrictions on debate when a bill is moved for second reading
on behalf of sponsoring minister.
(Pt. of order by Mr. J. Holm [Hansard p.9759]) 10045
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. M. Baker 10046
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., May 14th at 12:00 noon 10046
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 3851, Rogers, Mrs. Leslie - South West Music Fest.: Achievement -
Congrats., Mr. R. Hurlburt 10047
Res. 3852, RCL Auxiliaries: Role - Acknowledge, Mr. C. Clarke 10047
Res. 3853, N.S. Powerlifting/Bench Press Championships:
C.B. Competitors - Congrats., Mr. C. Clarke 10048
Res. 3854, N.S. Highland Village/Am Braighe Newspaper:
Proj. - Congrats., Mr. C. Clarke 10048
Res. 3855, Luther-Hiltz, Emmie: Mar. Ctr. of Excellence for
Women's Health Award - Congrats., Hon. G. Balser 10049
HO 1, Commun. Serv. - RRAP Grants: 1999-2002 - Details,
Mr. R. MacKinnon 10050
HO 2, Justice: FOIPOP Applications - Details, Mr. R. MacKinnon 10050

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, MAY 13, 2002

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

Second Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. Brooke Taylor, Mr. Jerry Pye, Mr. David Wilson

MR. SPEAKER: I would like to bring the House to order, please. We will begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Lunenburg West.

MR. DONALD DOWNE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by 191 residents of Lunenburg County, to which I have affixed my signature. The operative clause reads as follows:

"The following signatures are in protest to the new ruling to remove all signs from the highways not pertaining to Tourism. This new ruling will result in a substantial loss of business opportunity.

We do agree that our province must be clean and respectable that it is necessary that all signs be properly designed and installed to enhance our communities and should in no way interfere with the visibility of highway signs or intersections.

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We feel the term used as intersection might be more applicable to main highways such as the 103 and not secondary roads that service small communities in rural areas.

This new signage ruling is a major injustice both to the businesses which rely on roadside advertisement and to those needing their services."

Mr. Speaker, I submit that.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 3814

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 MLA for Sackville-Beaver Bank loyally defended the Conservative Government when school budgets were to be slashed by $20 million and the new Cobequid Multi-Service Centre was repeatedly delayed; and

Whereas that Conservative MLA heard the public loud and clear when, at Friday's hearings, no one spoke in support of the government's half-hearted smoking legislation; and

Whereas that MLA correctly identified three problems: protection of workers' health, business requests for a level playing field and the value of a complete ban rather than half measures;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the Hamm Government to recognize that it has once again united Nova Scotians in opposition to a piece of smoke-and-mirrors Conservative legislation and to indicate that it is willing to support a ban on smoking in all workplaces.

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 Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 3815

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

Whereas the 10th Annual Hip Hip Hooray walk will be held in Sydney on May 26th, with honorary chairperson Rita MacNeil leading the walk; and

Whereas the Hip Hip Hooray walk is held in aid of research into bone diseases and supports the continuing education of professionals and their patients; and

Whereas this event will feature patients from Cape Breton who have found new mobility through bone surgery;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the planning committee on putting together the 10th Annual Hip Hip Hooray walk and wish them well in the upcoming walk.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 3816

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

Whereas the Halifax Oland Exports topped the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Blizzard of The Pas, Manitoba, 3-1 to capture the Royal Bank Cup in the final game of the national Junior A hockey championship on Sunday; and

Whereas the Exports captured their first national Junior A title in front of over 3,000 fans at the Halifax Forum and lost only nine games during the regular season and playoffs, with a 21-1 post-season record; and

Whereas the Sunday game was the first tier 2 hockey championship win for a Nova Scotia-based team and the first national title game since 1988 for Jim Bottomley, the Exports' Coach for the past 21 seasons;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Halifax Oland Exports and their Coach, Jim Bottomley, on their recent Royal Bank Cup victory, which transformed the Halifax Olands from tournament host into the Junior A hockey team with the most.

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.

It should be noted that congratulations are certainly extended to Jim Bottomley and the Halifax Oland Exports. They had an incredible 21-win and 1-loss record in the playoffs. (Applause) Absolutely.

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The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect, who seems very anxious to recite his resolution. (Laughter)

RESOLUTION NO. 3817

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Especially a junior A fan, not a Moosehead one, but anyway.

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

Whereas the Halifax Oland Exports, under the leadership of Coach Jim Bottomley, captured the Junior A Royal Bank Cup on Saturday - actually Sunday; and

Whereas B.J. Brown of Timberlea scored the winning goal in the 3-1 championship game at the Halifax Forum; and

Whereas this national championship is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Jim Bottomley, coaches, players and fans of the Halifax Oland Exports on winning the Junior A Royal Bank Cup.

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 Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3818

MR. DONALD DOWNE: 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 A Bek Drywall Limited, located in Lunenburg County, was honoured last week with an Occupational Health & Safety Workplace Achievement Award; and

Whereas these awards were presented to 20 Nova Scotia companies as part of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Activities; and

Whereas these awards were given to companies for their achievement in the successful prevention of workplace injuries;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate A Bek Drywall Limited, located in Lunenburg County, on being one of 20 companies in Nova Scotia recognized for their achievement of preventing workplace injuries;

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 3819

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

Whereas the word "community" speaks to the very heart of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas on Saturday, April 27th, the residents of Maitland Bridge and surrounding area gathered at the Maitland Bridge Community Hall to celebrate the completion of their accessibility and renovation projects; and

Whereas the Maitland Bridge Community Hall has been a centrepiece of that community for decades;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Maitland Bridge Community Hall Society for their hard work and dedication on behalf of their community.

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 Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 3820

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 member for Sackville-Beaver Bank wants his government to ban smoking in public places completely; and

Whereas that member will hopefully provide inspiration to his backbench colleagues to do the same thing as well, and speak out in support for his call for a complete ban; and

Whereas even a small groundswell of support from the Tory backbenchers might convince this government to change its milquetoast stance on banning smoking in public places;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the member for Sackville-Beaver Bank for having the courage to speak up against his government's flawed approach to stopping smoking in public places.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3821

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 Nakile Home for Special Care, located in Yarmouth County, was honoured last week with an Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Achievement Award; and

Whereas these awards were presented to 20 Nova Scotia companies as part of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week activities; and

Whereas these awards were given to companies for their achievement in the successful prevention of workplace injuries;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Nakile Home for Special Care, located in Yarmouth County, on being one of 20 companies in Nova Scotia recognized for their achievement of preventing workplace injuries.

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 Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 3822

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

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Whereas the colours of the army's former Annapolis Regiment were paraded for the first time in 66 years by the West Nova Scotia Regiment, at Fort Anne, before their laying-up ceremony at St. Luke's Anglican Church last Sunday; and

Whereas the Annapolis Regiment, which can trace its lineage back to 1717, was first brought together in 1869 when local independent militia companies along the Fundy Shore were joined to become the 69th and 72nd Regiments, both of which were eventually amalgamated in 1898 as the 69th Annapolis Regiment, which itself was amalgamated with the Lunenburg Regiment in 1936 to form the West Nova Scotia Regiment; and

Whereas while the colours of the Lunenburg Regiment were laid up after it merged with the Annapolis Regiment, those of the Annapolis unit were turned over to the museum at Fort Anne National Historic Site where they stayed until they were recently put in storage, prompting the recent laying up ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House pay tribute to the many sacrifices and selfless service of the brave soldiers who served in the Annapolis Regiment.

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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 Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 3823

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

Whereas May 12th to May 18th marks Police Week in Canada; and

Whereas Police Week increases awareness and recognition of policing services while invigorating community and police partnerships; and

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Whereas Canada remains one of the safest countries in the world and our police forces deserve praise for the great part they play in protecting our communities;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate and thank our police forces during this Police Week for the exemplary job they do in working with our communities to keep Canada one of the safest places to live in the world.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 3824

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 superb Smoke-free for Life Program is not mandatory in the school curriculum in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas research shows that this curriculum could successfully reduce smoking among our youth by almost 10 per cent, saving lives and health care dollars of Nova Scotians; and

Whereas the Minister of Health has stated that he will discuss making the Smoke-free for Life curriculum mandatory in our schools with his colleague, the Minister of Education;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health update the House on any discussions to date that he has had with his colleague, and let us know whether or not we will see this program become mandatory in the schools of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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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 Cape Breton North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3825

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

Whereas the University College of Cape Breton and the Nova Scotia Community College have been awarded a joint contract by ExxonMobil to provide advanced technical training at their Sydney campuses; and

Whereas 15 students from Angola will receive this advanced training which they will apply to the hydrocarbon discoveries being developed by an ExxonMobil subsidiary in Angola; and

Whereas the awarding of this contract reflects well on the collective training capabilities of these two post-secondary institutions and to their fast response in developing much-demanded petroleum programs; and

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate UCCB and NSCC on collaborating to deliver this contract and acknowledge the valuable petroleum training programs they have developed for Nova Scotians and for students from around the world.

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 Cape Breton Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 3826

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

Whereas the Catholic Women's League recently celebrated the 80th annual CWL convention for the Antigonish Diocese in Sydney Mines; and

Whereas approximately 300 women from parishes all over the diocese gathered for the convention to discuss issues and resolutions of concern to Roman Catholics; and

Whereas resolutions passed at the conference will be taken to the national convention of the Catholic Women's League;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislature encourage groups like the Catholic Women's League to remain active members of their community and congratulate the CWL of the Antigonish Diocese on their successful 80 years of activity.

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 Victoria.

RESOLUTION NO. 3827

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

Whereas the Keltic Lodge, located in Ingonish, Victoria County, was honoured last week with an Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Achievement Award; and

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Whereas these awards were presented to 20 Nova Scotia companies as part of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week activities; and

Whereas these awards were given to companies for their achievement in the successful prevention of workplace injuries;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Keltic Lodge for being one of 20 companies in Nova Scotia recognized for their achievement of preventing workplace injuries.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South.

RESOLUTION NO. 3828

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 Dartmouth Kiwanis Club, founded in 1943, annually participates in the provinces Adopt-A-Highway Program by cleaning the 5 kilometre highway section running from the Parclo through Waverley Road in Dartmouth and its members are about to embark on their Spring highway clean-up; and

Whereas the Adopt-A-Highway Program is an international roadside litter clean-up initiative and a Nova Scotia branch was established in 1997 by the Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia, the Lions Clubs and Clean Nova Scotia; and

Whereas each year in Nova Scotia more than 1,000 volunteers collect thousands of bags of garbage and over 100 sections of highway have been adopted, covering 700 kilometeres;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate members of the Dartmouth Kiwanis Club for their exceptional work in beautifying their community as well as all Nova Scotians who participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program to help keep our province beautiful and clean.

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. 3829

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

Whereas parents in Clayton Park, Fairview, the Halifax peninsula and Dartmouth are expressing particular concerns with the unfair and discriminatory treatment of French immersion by the Halifax Regional School Board; and

Whereas the Education Minister responded by announcing a special committee to look at French immersion in the Halifax region; and

Whereas the minister has now said that parents from communities with current concerns may not sit on her committee;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urges the Education Minister to keep her promise to appoint parent representatives with direct knowledge of the current problems to her committee on French immersion in the Halifax region.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3830

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

Whereas Thursday, May 9, 2002, marked the 10th Anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster that claimed the lives of 26 men and destroyed the lives of many others; and

Whereas not one member of Premier Hamm's Cabinet chose to attend this memorial service; and

Whereas this government's diminished presence was noticed;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge and congratulate the organizers of the Westray memorial service for keeping the memory of May 9, 1992, alive and for highlighting the need for occupational health and safety in the workplace.

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 Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 3831

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 students, staff, parents and community of Sir John A. Macdonald High School continue to wait patiently for the final verdict on the future of their empty high school; and

Whereas it remains crucial that the full story of the long-standing environmental problems of this overcrowded high school in the fast-growing provincial constituency of Timberlea-Prospect is known; and

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Whereas Laura Landon of The Coast provided an excellent, in-depth review of the Sir John A. Macdonald High School situation in her "Digging into the Problems at Sir John A. Macdonald High School: Toxic School Syndrome";

Therefore be it resolved that this House offer its thanks on behalf of the communities served by Sir John A. Macdonald High School to Laura Landon for her recent article in The Coast on this school's environmental problems.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 3832

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

Whereas a recent Statistics Canada study indicates that 20 per cent of Nova Scotians are obese and less than half of Nova Scotians exercise regularly; and

Whereas promotion and education of healthy lifestyles must be taught to our children, in our schools and otherwise; and

Whereas the Minister of Education has no plans of making gym class mandatory for high school students even though recent statistics show obesity is on the rise in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Education review her decision that will negatively impact Nova Scotians and make provision for mandating physical activity, including physical education, integral to the curriculum of our high schools.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Bedford Basin.

RESOLUTION NO. 3833

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

Whereas this past weekend students from Halifax West High School wowed sold-out audiences with their production of the musical splash, Grease; and

Whereas leads Vanessa Reid and Greg George, along with the cast and chorus, astounded their audience with their fine voices, energy and talent; and

Whereas the feel was definitely 1950s, with the musical direction of Stephanie McKeown, choreographer Colleen Owen, costumes by Ethel Jack and Sherry Longaphy, and with Deborah Maclean as director, this musical favourite had enough surprises to keep the audience guessing;

Therefore be it resolved that all members applaud the cast and crew of Grease on a great performance and congratulate producers Beth Carruthers and Debbie Richardson on their great hit.

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 Atlantic.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3834

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

Whereas over the past few months parents, teachers, officials and media have all presented their views and opinions on the subject of bullying at schools; and

Whereas the students at Harrietsfield Elementary School have decided to put pen to paper to empower themselves and others by presenting their written thoughts and viewpoints; and

Whereas the Grade 5 class has shown wisdom and courage as they tackled the subject of bullying head-on, and in doing so have demonstrated to us all how to turn a negative into a positive;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend their congratulations to teacher Kathleen Foley and her entire Grade 5 class at Harrietsfield Elementary School for their insightful examination of the issue of bullying, and give thanks to the students for providing constructive strategies on how to nullify and defeat bullying tactics at schools.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3835

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

Whereas physical inactivity among the youth in Nova Scotia is a grave concern for the health and wellness of all Nova Scotians; and

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Whereas in 1997 the government recognized the importance of increasing physical activity among our youth and commissioned a working group on Physical Activity of Children and Youth; and

Whereas the minister responsible for Sport and Recreation has stated that he would be releasing the physical activity strategy this Spring;

Therefore be it resolved that the physical activity strategy include implementation plans for the six recommendations of the PACY working group, and that the Government of Nova Scotia table this strategy today.

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 Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 3836

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

Whereas TransCanada Pipelines has now signed an option to purchase land in Shelburne County; and

Whereas it is believed that this is the initial step in the proposed construction of a sub-sea pipeline from offshore Nova Scotia to New England; and

Whereas this pipeline, if constructed, will bring important economic benefits to all of Shelburne County;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the aggressive work being done on offshore and energy related issues and for the prosperity it will bring to all Nova Scotians in the coming years, especially in Shelburne County.

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 Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3837

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 scouting movement has long played an important role in the development of millions of young people throughout the world; and

Whereas Ms. Heather Sieniewicz has been a central figure in the Shubenacadie Scouting Association for many years; and

Whereas on April 26th Ms. Sieniewicz received a volunteer award from the Municipality of East Hants in recognition of her efforts in the local scouting movement;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ms. Heather Sieniewicz for receiving the volunteer award from the Municipality of East Hants and hope she continues the excellent leadership she has provided in the Shubenacadie Scouting Association.

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 Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 3838

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

Whereas Glace Bay High School is now a totally non-smoking facility; and

Whereas school Principal Jack Ettinger spearheaded a move to include all school property in the total ban; and

Whereas Glace Bay High School Student Council supported this project and others aimed at getting students to kick the habit;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Glace Bay High School and its staff and students on making their school a healthier place.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

[2:30 p.m.]

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. 3839

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

Whereas the Hants Journal, originally known as the Saturday Mail, was published for the first time on May 12, 1867; and

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Whereas the Hants Journal today has an approximate circulation of 7,000 with workers doing their utmost to provide a weekly paper full of community news; and

Whereas Editor Glenn Parker from the Journal Office on Gerrish Street provides an editorial page with insightful opinion, along with many other thoughts and ideas and along with his own political cartoon, when time permits;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Hants Journal and its staff on 135 years of publishing and wish them another 135 years of success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 3840

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

Whereas the Canadian Tax Foundation is marking tax week from May 13 to May 17, 2002; and

Whereas the John Hamm Government has devoted itself to furthering the cause of hidden taxation with its proposed financial measures and increased user fees for Nova Scotians; and

Whereas these hidden and regressive taxes hurt the poorest and most vulnerable among us;

Therefore be it resolved that this House mark Tax Week 2002 by congratulating the Tory Government for bringing taxation to even greater heights in Nova Scotia.

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MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 3841

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

Whereas municipal representatives left the recent semi-annual conference of the UNSM with the news that the Municipal Relations Minister expects that his coastal assessment bill will never see the light of day; and

Whereas all winter that minister reassured nervous Conservative MLAs that the government had a solution to the unfair assessment of water view property; and

Whereas the minister and government are instead prepared to let this problem become even worse for Nova Scotians who want to keep coastal property in their family;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the government to keep its promise by bringing forward acceptable legislation that directly benefits all Nova Scotians who may be forced by fast-rising assessments to sell their family's coastal property.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 3842

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

Whereas the Province of Nova Scotia has recently advertised a number of vacancies on government agencies, boards and commissions, including vacant seats reserved for Nova Scotia post-secondary students; and

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Whereas the Minister of Education was slow to make appointments in the previous year in the face of qualified student applicants; and

Whereas the excuse made by this minister last year that she had not made the appointments was because she was not convinced that all students were aware of the vacancies, even though the minister was present when staff from the Department of Education informed representatives of nine student unions that applications were being accepted for vacant seats;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Education take proactive steps to ensure that students from across the province are aware of the vacant seats now and that she recommend appointments for these agencies, boards and commissions in a much more timely manner than last year.

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 Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 3843

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

Whereas Lifeteen is an international Catholic ministry that assists teenagers at four levels: spiritual, educational, emotional and social; and

Whereas the program began in 1985 at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona and has grown to over 700 programs involving more than 75,000 teenagers worldwide; and

Whereas Pope John XXIII Church in Colby Village began a Lifeteen program in early 2001, under the guiding hand of Father David Poirier, that has grown from 20 to 100 teens, often supplemented by teens from surrounding parishes;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Pope John XXIII Church and its dedicated leaders: John Deg, John Stevens, Sheri MacLean, Lisa Hogan, Jacklyn Gannon, Sara Canton, Phil Pellitier, Chris Trott, Mike MacKinnon, Joanne Aulbrecht and Janet Power, and all the wonderful parents and other volunteers that make the Lifeteen program possible.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3844

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

Whereas tourism has become a vital component of the economic and social well-being of industrial Cape Breton; and

Whereas the Fortress of Louisbourg is the major stabilizer in this sector of Cape Breton's economy; and

Whereas an average of 125,000 tourists each year visit the Fortress of Louisbourg and its historic town;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Tourism and Culture be encouraged to promote Louisbourg's cruise ship industry and make an effort to direct the Bluenose II to Louisbourg as one of its ports of call during the tourism season.

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 Cape Breton Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 3845

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

Whereas the Salvation Army and community members in Sydney are collecting food and clothing for the needy in an initiative called Operation Hat Trick; and

Whereas the aim of Operation Hat Trick is to gather food and clothing collections by May 31st and cover the ice surface of Centre 200 to show people how much need there is to fill 10 food banks; and

Whereas in addition to the Salvation Army, 34 Cape Breton Regional Municipality schools are participating in Operation Hat Trick;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Legislature congratulate the Salvation Army and all the local schools that have taken on the responsibility of helping food banks in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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 in the House of the Liberal Party.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3846

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

Whereas Acadia University student Laura Saunders was chosen the Athenaeum Student of the Year because of her community involvement and academic achievement; and

Whereas while volunteering with the Victorian Order of Nurses, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the past two years, the Dartmouth native earned a 3.6 GPA in her final year; and

Whereas Ms. Saunders has plans of becoming a teacher, where she can become more involved in the integration of special-needs children into the classroom;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Laura Saunders on her achievements and wish her continued success on her plans to return to university to become a teacher.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3847

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

Whereas after-school programs provide needed and valuable activities for children; and

Whereas Ms. Juanita Beach has been a reliable and valuable volunteer with the after-school program, as well as filling important duties at the Building Blocks Family Resource Centre in Kennetcook; and

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Whereas Ms. Beach was awarded recognition by the Municipality of East Hants on April 26th with the Municipal Volunteer Award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House join the Municipality of East Hants in recognizing and thanking Ms. Juanita Beach for her stellar volunteer work at the Building Blocks Family Resource Centre in Kennetcook.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 3848

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

Whereas volunteers with the Victorian Order of Nurses across Canada will soon have access to computer-based training; and

Whereas the VON has received $250,000 from Human Resources Development Canada and the Office of Learning Technologies to develop on-line volunteer training programs and provide free computer training to volunteers; and

Whereas this project will take about 30 months to complete and will assist more than 11,000 volunteers in providing service to the clients served by the VON;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Victorian Order of Nurses on receiving $250,000 to access computer-based training for its volunteers across Canada.

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 Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 3849

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

Whereas Dr. Arthur Hines School and the Hants Shore Community Health Centre recently held a recognition ceremony to honour individuals in the community; and

Whereas over 100 volunteers make the approximately 24 programs and committees possible, which target children on the Hants Shore; and

Whereas on behalf of the Dr. Arthur Hines School, the principal presented a plaque to the Hants Shore Community Health Centre for all their support and assistance;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Hants Shore Community Health Centre and other groups within the community for their continued support of the Dr. Arthur Hines School.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3850

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

Whereas five people received honorary degrees this past weekend at the University College of Cape Breton; and

Whereas Johnny Miles, Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, Ron Joyce, Arthur DeFehr, Tom Kent and Matt Minglewood were honoured at the convocation ceremonies;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the five and all University College of Cape Breton graduates who received degrees this past Saturday.

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.

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.

[2:42 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Brooke Taylor in the Chair.]

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[9:57 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Mr. David Wilson in the Chair.]

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

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

SPEAKER'S RULING: Restrictions on debate when a bill is moved for second reading on behalf of sponsoring minister. (Pt. of order by Mr. J. Holm [Hansard p.9759])

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Just before we get to the Government House Leader, it is the first time I have been back in the Chair since I was asked to make a ruling and I would like to pass on the findings of that ruling now, if you will just bear with me for a minute.

A point of order was raised in the House on Tuesday, May 7th, respecting a matter which occurred during second reading debate on Bill No. 128. This bill was moved for second reading by the honourable Government House Leader on behalf of the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. This in itself is not an unusual occurrence over the years in this House. It is usually done when the minister sponsoring the bill is unavoidably absent and the procedure has become a custom or usage of the House.

Following the motion for second reading, a member of the House entered the debate. Upon the member finishing his remarks, the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations stood to enter debate. The issue was raised that if the honourable minister was allowed to speak he would, in effect, be closing the debate. I might point out that it was clear that other honourable members wished to join in the debate on the bill.

I therefore must rule that a valid point of order was raised and that the sponsoring minister - if I can call him that - does not have the right to join the debate except in reply when his or her bill is moved by some other member on his or her behalf. I trust this takes care of the matter.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, with the concurrence of the House I would like to revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees.

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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.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, as Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 111 - Motor Vehicle Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

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 12:00 noon and we will sit until 8:00 p.m. The order of business following Question Period will be Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried.

The House will now stand adjourned until noon tomorrow.

[The House rose at 9:59 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 3851

By: Mr. Richard Hurlburt (Yarmouth)

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

Whereas the South West Music Festival was held from April 25th to April 28th; and

Whereas Leslie Rogers was named star of the festival after competing in the gala concert; and

Whereas Mrs. Rogers scored an average of 90.3 in Grade 9 piano;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Leslie and all other participants on their tremendous achievement and wish them luck in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 3852

By: Mr. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion provides important support and fundraising to each branch of the Legion;

Whereas the Armstrong Memorial Branch 19 in North Sydney recently hosted the annual Legion Ladies Auxiliary gathering in North Sydney; and

Whereas about 175 delegates from across Cape Breton, Guysborough and Antigonish got together to share news from each auxiliary and to meet old friends;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the role the Legion Ladies Auxiliaries play in making the Royal Canadian Legions such an important part of our communities.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3853

By: Mr. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas at the Nova Scotia Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships, Cape Breton competitors won 11 provincial titles beginning with first-time competitor Todd Samson who won the gold in the Open Category for a total lift of 1,554 pounds; and

Whereas in the Masters Division, Roddie MacNeil of Sydney won gold in his class with Peter Siepierski claiming two provincial titles in the Junior Division; and

Whereas in lifting competitions, four Cape Bretoners claimed titles, with Adam MacKinnon, Blaine Jeremais and Mitchell Curran, all of Sydney, taking gold in their class and Danny Canning of Middle River taking gold in his;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the incredible showing from Cape Breton competitors at the Nova Scotia Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships and extend congratulations to High School Division medal winners Ryan Ryba, Justin Laite and Noel Doucette as well as the gold medal winners.

RESOLUTION NO. 3854

By: Mr. Cecil Clarke (Cape Breton North)

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

Whereas through a partnership between the Am Braighe newspaper and the Nova Scotia Highland Village, the Gaelic language and culture will be better promoted on the World Web; and

Whereas through a grant under the Department of Tourism's Cultural Industries Program, the project draws on the expertise of the Highland Village to expand Am Braighe's Gaelic content and make that content available for public access; and

Whereas by raising interest in the Gaelic culture and filling an existing gap in available information on the World Web, this project will help the partners heighten interest in Cape Breton and expand their common tourism markets;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish the Nova Scotia Highland Village and the Am Braighe newspaper success on their new project which will help open up the Gaelic culture and language to the rest of the world.

RESOLUTION NO. 3855

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Economic Development)

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

Whereas the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health recently held its annual leadership awards presentation; and

Whereas 10 of the awards presented went to Nova Scotian residents or organizations which had made a significant contribution to women's health issues in Atlantic Canada; and

Whereas Ms. Emmie Luther-Hiltz, who helped organize the Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia Program and coordinator of the Cancer Patient Family Network in Nova Scotia, was one of our citizens who had the honour of receiving an award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Ms. Luther-Hiltz and the other nine award recipients for their hard work and dedication toward women's health issues.

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HOUSE ORDER NO. 1

By: Mr. Russell MacKinnon (Cape Breton West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move that an order of this House do issue for a return showing, with respect to the Department of Community Services:

(1) The number of applications for RRAP grants (emergency home grants) for the fiscal years 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 in each departmental housing region of the province;

(2) The number of applications approved and received funding for each of above-noted fiscal years in each of these regions; and

(3)The amount of dollars committed to and expended in each of these departmental regions for each of the above-noted years.

HOUSE ORDER NO. 2

By: Mr. Russell MacKinnon (Cape Breton West)

I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move that an order of this House do issue for a return showing, with respect to the Department of Justice (or applicable department):

(1) The detailed cost analysis of the government's decision to raise the costs of FOIPOP applications from $5 to $25 or to any other fee structure presently contemplated by government;

(2) The detailed benefit analysis of the government's decision to raise the cost of FOIPOP applications from $5 to $25 or to any other fee structure presently contemplated by government;

(3) The list of names, organizations, businesses, government departments and agencies or any other party or parties to which the government consulted before implementing its new fee structure effective April 1, 2002; and

(4) The details of input and feedback provided by those listed in Item No. 3.