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

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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Second Session

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2002

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4052, HMCS Toronto: Return - Welcome, The Premier 10557
Vote - Affirmative 10558
Res. 4053, Lt.-Gov's. Educ. Med.: Recipients (2002) - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 10558
Vote - Affirmative 10559
Res. 4054, IWK Auxiliary: Kermesse - Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 10559
Vote - Affirmative 10560
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 4055, Second-Hand Smoke - Enactments: Prov. House - Apply,
Mr. J. Holm 10560
Vote - Affirmative 10560
Res. 4056, Lynk, Dr. Andrew: Med. Soc. (N.S.) Award - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 10561
Vote - Affirmative 10561
Res. 4057, RCMP: Commun. Policing/Cultural Diversity - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 10561
Vote - Affirmative 10562
Res. 4058, Purdy, Robert - RCL: Life Membership Award - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 10562
Vote - Affirmative 10563
Res. 4059, Macdonald, Sir John A., HS - Split Shifts/Drinking Water:
Solution - Need Recognize, Mr. R. MacKinnon 10563
Res. 4060, Bowling for Columbine: Co-Producers - Congrats.,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 10564
Vote - Affirmative 10564
Res. 4061, Bridgewater Elem. - DARE: Prog./Grads/Sponsors -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 10564
Vote - Affirmative 10565
Res. 4062, Access Awareness Wk. (05/25-06/01/02) - Celebrate,
Mr. J. Pye 10565
Vote - Affirmative 10566
Res. 4063, Selig, Erin - World Vision 30-Hour Famine: Contribution -
Congrats., Mr. D. Downe 10566
Vote - Affirmative 10567
Res. 4064, PSC - Career Starts Prog.: Interns - Welcome, Hon. M. Baker 10567
Vote - Affirmative 10567
Res. 4065, Smiley, Noreen: Atl. Writing Awards - Congrats.,
Mr. H. Epstein 10568
Vote - Affirmative 10568
Res. 4066, HMCS Toronto: Return - Welcome, Mr. W. Gaudet 10568
Vote - Affirmative 10569
Res. 4067, Atl. Writing Awards: Recipients - Congrats., Mr. T. Olive 10569
Vote - Affirmative 10570
Res. 4068, Enfield Lions: Anniv. (30th) - Congrats., Mr. J. MacDonell 10570
Vote - Affirmative 10571
Res. 4069, Sackville-Beaver Bank MLA - Amendments: Premier -
Fear Explain, Dr. J. Smith 10571
Res. 4070, Hartlen, Donny: Retirement - Congrats., Mr. B. Barnet 10571
Vote - Affirmative 10572
Res. 4071, PC Gov't. - Nursing Home Spaces: Demand - Heed,
Mr. G. Steele 10572
Res. 4072, Cabot Trail Relay Race: Organizers/Participants -
Congrats., Mr. K. MacAskill 10573
Vote - Affirmative 10574
Res. 4073, Dutch Medal of Remembrance: Dutch People - Thank,
Mr. C. Clarke 10574
Vote - Affirmative 10574
Res. 4074, Netherlands Liberation - C.B. WWII Vets.: Assistance -
Recognize, Mr. D. Wilson 10575
Vote - Affirmative 10575
Res. 4075, Taylor, Donald/Franey, Jim - Aylesford & Dist. FD:
Dedication - Recognize, Mr. J. Carey 10575
Vote - Affirmative 10576
Res. 4076, Topshee Mem. Conf.: Organizers/Participants - Congrats.,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 10576
Vote - Affirmative 10577
Res. 4077, Moore, Jocelyn: Free Throw Comp. - Congrats.,
Mr. B. Boudreau 10577
Vote - Affirmative 10577
Res. 4078, Hersey, Gail: Teaching Service - Recognize, Hon. G. Balser 10578
Vote - Affirmative 10578
Res. 4079, Jollimore, William James: Death of - Tribute,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 10578
Vote - Affirmative 10579
Res. 4080, Barkhouse, Nancy/Thompson, Ross: Prime Minister's
Awards - Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 10579
Vote - Affirmative 10580
Res. 4081, MacDonald, Shanna: Contributions - Congrats.,
Mr. J. MacDonald 10580
Vote - Affirmative 10580
Res. 4082, Tourism & Culture/Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Big Pond
Lookoff: Development - Explore, Mr. R. MacKinnon 10581
Vote - Affirmative 10581
Res. 4083, West, Chad/Sharkey, Jonathan/Perron, Steven: Prog. Comp. -
Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 10581
Vote - Affirmative 10582
Res. 4084, McLaughlin Fdn.: Contribution - Recognize,
Mr. B. Boudreau 10582
Vote - Affirmative 10583
Res. 4085, Deroller, Lauren - Nat'l. Youth Orchestra: Selection -
Congrats., Mr. D Downe 10583
Vote - Affirmative 10583
Res. 4086, Webster, Dr. J. Alexander - CMA: Sr. Membership -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 10584
Vote - Affirmative 10584
Res. 4087, Smoking Ban: Filibuster - End, Dr. J. Smith 10584
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 2:42 P.M. 10585
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:57 P.M. 10585
CWH REPORTS 10585
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. M. Baker 10586
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., May 28th at 12:00 noon 10587
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 4088, Nictaux Falls Baptist Church Friendly Club: Impact -
Acknowledge, Mr. F. Chipman 10588
Res. 4089, PC Gov't. - Pub. Educ. System: Maintenance - Calls Heed,
Mr. D. Dexter 10588
Res. 4090, PC Gov't. - Private-Sector Friends: Funding - Cease,
Mr. D. Dexter 10589
Res. 4091, Oxford Church of Nazarene: Hist./Heritage - Recognize,
The Speaker 10589
Res. 4092, West End Mem. Sch. - Pub. Speaking Contest:
Participants - Congrats., The Speaker 10590

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, MAY 27, 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: Order, please. We will begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 4052

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:

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Whereas HMCS Toronto is finally back in its home port after a six-month deployment in the war on terrorism; and

Whereas the frigate steamed into Halifax Harbour around 11:00 a.m. this morning proudly welcomed by family, friends, naval officials and all Nova Scotians; and

Whereas the last leg home was not the end of the ship's tour of duty as crew came to the aid Sunday, near Sable Island, to assist a 24-year-old Shelburne crew member of a fishing vessel who was complaining of chest pains;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thankfully welcome the safe return of the crew of the HMCS Toronto who sacrificed precious time from loved ones and placed themselves in harm's way in the war on terrorism and thank them also for their quick aid to a fellow Nova Scotian along their way home.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 4053

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

Whereas Lieutenant Governor's Education Medal is awarded annually to exceptional Grade 11 students in each Nova Scotia high school; and

Whereas the medal recognizes commendable performance in courses, leadership qualities and service in the school and community; and

Whereas 31 Halifax Regional School Board students received their medals at a ceremony last week and other boards across Nova Scotia will hold events to honour their exceptional students in the coming days;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the 2002 Lieutenant Governor's Education Medal recipients for their special achievements.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 4054

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

Whereas the 92nd Kermesse, an annual event of the auxiliary of the IWK Health Centre, took place last Saturday to raise funds for medical research and service improvements at the hospital; and

Whereas formed in 1946 on the initiative of a small group of dedicated women, the auxiliary now has more than 100 members and its impact on the development of the IWK Health Centre has been substantial; and

Whereas the auxiliary aims to support the IWK Health Centre in its mission and devotes time and money to children, women and families served by the IWK and advocates for the health and wellness of children and women;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank the members of the auxiliary of the IWK Health Centre for their hard work and dedication to the IWK and congratulate them on another successful Kermesse.

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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 4055

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

Whereas this House is considering legislation to reduce Nova Scotians' exposure to second-hand smoke; and

Whereas this legislation deals with one of the most severe threats that exists today to the health of Nova Scotians; and

Whereas there should be no artificial or arbitrary barriers to the goals of public health and health prevention;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urges Mr. Speaker and the Committee on Assembly Matters to ensure that enactments regarding second-hand smoke are applied to Province House and its precincts.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4056

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

Whereas Sydney pediatrician Dr. Andrew Lynk received the Health Promotion Award during the Medical Society of Nova Scotia's annual conference; and

Whereas Dr. Lynk is a passionate promoter of health on many fronts, including bicycle helmet legislation and anti-smoking legislation in all public buildings; and

Whereas his leadership and accomplishments have put him at the forefront of health promotion in Nova Scotian;

Therefore be it resolved that Dr. Andrew Lynk be congratulated upon receiving the first annual Health Promotion Award of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 4057

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

Whereas this past weekend, May 24th to 26th, the RCMP "H" Division, during its Spirit of Unity celebrations, rededicated the Constable Jonathan A. Skeete Memorial Wall of Honour at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this wall of honour depicts all of the African Nova Scotia RCMP officers who were either born or stationed here in Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas RCMP Commissioner Guiliano Zaccardilli and the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour Myra Freeman, were on hand to acknowledge the accomplishments of retired Constable Hartley Gosline, the first RCMP recruit of African-Canadian descent and all those who have followed him since then with a complement of more than 40 Black members strong;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the RCMP for their endeavours in promoting partnership and unity through its community policing initiatives and cultural diversity within their ranks.

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. 4058

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 Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 153, in Whites Lake held its annual award ceremony on Saturday, May 25th; and

Whereas the highlight of the evening was the presentation of a Life Membership Award to Comrade Robert Purdy; and

Whereas Robert Purdy has given many years of service to our Legion;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Robert Purdy on his Life Membership Award in the Royal Canadian Legion, with good wishes for many years of service in the future.

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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 Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4059

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

Whereas the closure of Sir John A. Macdonald High School earlier this year has been a trying time for the students and parents who have to share C.P. Allen High School in split shifts; and

Whereas on Friday, test results came in showing that Sir John A. MacDonald High School's drinking water is contaminated with radioactive lead; and

Whereas the quote of the week will surely go to the Minister of Environment and Labour for saying, "It's not a dramatic exceeding of the Canadian drinking water guidelines for total radioactivity.";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the need for a solution in regard to the split shifts, that the Canadian drinking water guidelines are in effect for a reason and that any radioactive levels above these guidelines are totally unacceptable.

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.

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The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 4060

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 Cannes Film Festival in France wrapped up its 55th annual awards ceremony yesterday; and

Whereas Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore's documentary about the gun culture in the United States, won a special 55th Anniversary prize at Cannes; and

Whereas Halifax's own Salter Street Films was co-producer of Michael Moore's film, proving that Charles Bishop and Michael Donovan showed vision and wisdom in taking on such a project;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Charles Bishop, Michael Donovan and Salter Street Films on co-producing Bowling for Columbine and on being winners of the special 55th Anniversary prize at Cannes.

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 Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 4061

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

Whereas the Grade 6 students of Bridgewater Elementary School recently celebrated their graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or DARE, as it is commonly known; and

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Whereas the program teaches young people about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, builds self-esteem and sets the stage for a future free from violence; and

Whereas the Bridgewater Police, staff of Bridgewater Elementary School and community sponsors like Michelin, Lighthouse Publishing, Pharmasave and the local Rotary Club helped make the program possible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House commend this program, the graduates and those who made this very worthwhile project 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 Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 4062

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

Whereas May 25th to June 1st marks Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this week we celebrate the work and accomplishments of Nova Scotians to make their communities more inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities; and

Whereas worthy, not-for-profit groups such as the Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) work tirelessly to achieve their goal of an inclusive, diverse and barrier-free society;

Therefore be it resolved that this House join the Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia in celebrating this week as Access Awareness Week in Nova Scotia.

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.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Lunenburg West.

MR. DONALD DOWNE: Mr. Speaker, first, if I may indulge the House to make an introduction. It is my pleasure to introduce a number of young men in the west gallery who are here from Ontario, and one is formerly from Antigonish. His name is Dr. John Gillis, who is a son of a previous member of this Legislature, Mr. Bill Gillis. Along with him are Mr. Sean Cleary, Wade Gofton, Geoff Mills, Jordan Cheskes and Jason Atlas. I would ask them all to stand and receive the warm welcome of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia and wish them a good visit while they're here from Ontario. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: We certainly welcome our special guests to the gallery today.

The honourable member for Lunenburg West on the resolution.

RESOLUTION NO. 4063

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

Whereas Erin Selig raised more than $500 for her school's World Vision 30-hour famine; and

Whereas the young woman with a big heart and compassion for those less fortunate is a student at the Bridgewater High School; and

Whereas founded in 1950, World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization serving the world's poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House extend their congratulations to Ms. Erin Selig and acknowledge her contribution to help those less fortunate.

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 Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 4064

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, in my capacity as the Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Career Starts Internship Program provides 16 post-secondary graduates with an opportunity to work in the Nova Scotia Civil Service in their chosen field; and

Whereas the Career Starts program is in line with the government's overall goal to recruit and attract young people to the Public Service; and

Whereas last year all the interns found gainful employment following their internship in their chosen field in either the private sector or some level of government;

Therefore be it resolved the Nova Scotia Government is looking forward to welcoming the next 16 interns and the energy and enthusiasm they will bring to the Public Service.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4065

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

Whereas the Atlantic Writing Awards ceremony, held at Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth on Friday, May 24th, was a highlight of Atlantic Book Week & Festival; and

Whereas at the ceremony Mayor Peter Kelly presented the $1,000 Mayor's Award for Cultural Achievement in Literature to Noreen Smiley; and

Whereas Noreen Smiley acted as the first manager of Word on the Street, has been a member of the board of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, a driving force at the Nova Scotia Children's Literature Round table, past president of the Writers' Federation, and a teacher and writer;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Noreen Smiley on having received the Mayor's Award for Cultural Achievement in Literature and acknowledge her significant contribution to writing and literature in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 4066

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

Whereas HMCS Toronto spent this last weekend assisting with an offshore medical emergency; and

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Whereas this was a fitting return for the frigate that had spent the last six months assisting Canadians and, indeed, the world in the fight against terrorism; and

Whereas many family and friends were waiting this morning to warmly greet the return of the Toronto;

Therefore be it resolved that this House join in that warm greeting welcoming HMCS Toronto and add our thanks to the brave efforts and sacrifices made on all of our behalf.

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. 4067

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

Whereas I was pleased to attend the 14th annual Dartmouth Book Awards held last week at Alderney Landing during the Atlantic Book Week Festival as part of the larger Atlantic Writing Awards, which celebrates the best works of fiction and non-fiction that have a Nova Scotian flavour; and

Whereas Kate Langan of Dartmouth, a freelance writer and broadcaster who also teaches wooden boat building and works as a fibre artist, won the Dartmouth Book Prize for Non-Fiction for The Art of Worship: The Vision & Craft of Contemporary Nova Scotia Artists; and

Whereas first-time novelist, David Doucette, an English as a second language instructor at St. Mary's University, won the Dartmouth Writing Award for Fiction for Strong at the Broken Places;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate all those who won Atlantic Writing Awards last week and thank the organizers of the Dartmouth Book Awards for honouring writers from the four Atlantic Provinces and for increasing public appreciation of literature.

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. 4068

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

Whereas volunteers can accomplish great things for their communities; and

Whereas community service clubs are vital organizations in channelling community members' energies into good public works; and

Whereas Enfield Lions Club is celebrating its 30th year of providing a den of volunteers;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Enfield Lions for delivering 30 years of quality service to their community.

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 Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 4069

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

Whereas members of Cabinet repeatedly prevented members of their own Party from introducing amendments to toughen the smoke-free places legislation; and

Whereas the Conservative Party campaigned on a promise of greater freedom for their MLAs to express their views; and

Whereas apparently that promise did not extend to Tory MLAs who were not appointed to Cabinet;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier be called on to state why he fears allowing introduction of amendments as proposed by the MLA for Sackville-Beaver Bank.

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 Sackville-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 4070

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

Whereas Mr. Donny Hartlen is retiring after a successful 35-year career teaching; and

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Whereas over the course of his career which began in 1967, Mr. Hartlen taught at L.C. Skerry School, Middle Sackville School, Harry R. Hamilton Elementary School and Smokey Drive Elementary School; and

Whereas with his final teaching year winding down at Harry R. Hamilton Elementary School, Donny's career is coming to a successful conclusion;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Hartlen on a long and valuable career in teaching and wish him happiness as he gets his well-deserved retirement.

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. 4071

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 NDP caucus invited Nova Scotians to speak out and make a difference by telling Premier Hamm and the Conservative Government what positive steps people want the government to take; and

Whereas one such suggestion from the constituency of Halifax Fairview calls for the Premier and his government to provide more nursing home spaces to address the long waiting list for this type of care; and

Whereas the Premier has told this House that he can listen and learn from Nova Scotians;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and Conservative Government should listen to those who call upon them to provide nursing home spaces adequate to meet the demand for this care.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria.

RESOLUTION NO. 4072

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

Whereas over the weekend, Cape Breton was host to 1,105 runners from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the New England area of the U.S. and Ireland for the running of the Cabot Trail Relay Race; and

Whereas 65 teams of runners took part with each team member running one of 17 legs of the trail varying from 12 to 20 kilometres in length; and

Whereas in the 14 years since its creation, the Cabot Trail Relay Race has evolved into one of the premier events of the year for runners, with more teams wanting to take part than the organizers could accommodate;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the organizers and all participants in another successful running of the Cabot Trail Relay Race.

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 Cape Breton North.

RESOLUTION NO. 4073

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 role Canadian soldiers played in the liberation of Holland from the Nazi regime was monumental and the Dutch people, young and old, have never forgotten; and

Whereas the Dutch Medal of Remembrance was created by the Kingdom of the Netherlands to formally recognize Canadian soldiers and in a gesture of generosity, the Dutch Ambassador, Jacques van Hellenburg Hubar, has brought these medals to veterans or their spouses living in the Maritimes; and

Whereas with the help of the coordinating efforts of Henry Van Berkel, the Nova Scotia campaign has included seven ceremonies across the province, where in Cape Breton alone nearly 550 medals were presented to veterans and their survivors;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely thank the Dutch people for their remembrance of our Canadian soldiers and acknowledge the members of the Royal Canadian Legion who have made sure our veterans receive their due recognition.

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. (Applause)

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4074

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

Whereas more than 500 Second World War veterans from all over Cape Breton Island received the Dutch Remembrance Medal on Sunday, May 26, 2002; and

Whereas these medals were given in recognition of the veterans' assistance during the liberation of the Netherlands 58 years ago; and

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Whereas the Netherlands' Ambassador to Canada made the presentation to the veterans over the weekend after many veterans could not attend a recognition ceremony held three years ago in the Netherlands;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the assistance given by Cape Breton's Second World War veterans to the Netherlands during the liberation of the Netherlands 58 years ago.

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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4075

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

Whereas two members of the Aylesford and District Fire Department were recently recognized for outstanding volunteer service to their community at the Aylesford Fire Department banquet; and

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Whereas Donald Taylor and Jim Franey have served a total of 100 years in the Aylesford Fire Department, Taylor for 55 years and Franey for 45 years; and

Whereas the contribution put forth by these two gentlemen are outstanding;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs recognize these two long-serving Aylesford firefighters for their dedication, commitment and hard work on behalf of the residents of Aylesford and area and the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 4076

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

Whereas this weekend in Antigonish marked the 17th Topshee Memorial Conference; and

Whereas the theme of this year's conference was Reclaiming Democracy; and

Whereas Stephen Lewis, Canada's United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, gave the keynote address offering conference participants from around the world the hope that each person can make a difference by participating in one's community;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the organizers and participants of this year's 17th Annual Topshee Memorial Conference in Antigonish for their concerned optimism for the future of the human community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4077

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

Whereas Jocelyn Moore was a provincial winner in the Knights of Columbus basketball free throw competition held in Truro; and

Whereas Jocelyn Moore is a Grade 5 student at Florence Elementary; and

Whereas the daughter of Howie and Debbie Moore of Florence, Jocelyn's name will be submitted for the international free throw competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jocelyn Moore and wish her luck at the international free throw competition.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4078

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 education of our children is greatly dependent on the strength and commitment of those who choose to become educators; and

Whereas Miss Gail Hersey of Digby, who holds a BA from the Université Sainte-Anne, a B.Ed. from Mount Saint Vincent University and an M.Ed. from Acadia University is exemplary of all that is best in this profession; and

Whereas Miss Hersey, who retires this June, has taught elementary school in Annapolis County for 31 years and through her positive, flexible, dynamic approach has had a profound influence on the children who have been under her care and guidance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Miss Hersey and recognize her meritorious service on behalf of the children of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 4079

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

Whereas William James (Willie) Jollimore of Terence Bay passed away May 20, 2002; and

Whereas Willie Jollimore was a legendary community volunteer in the Terence Bay area; and

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Whereas Mr. Jollimore's many accomplishments and achievements have left an unforgettable mark on our community;

Therefore be it resolved that this House express its deepest sympathy to the Jollimore family and the Terence Bay community on the loss of William James Jollimore.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 4080

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

Whereas Nancy Barkhouse of Lawrencetown and Ross Thompson of New Minas received national teaching awards at a ceremony in Ottawa last Thursday; and

Whereas they were among 19 teachers from across Canada to receive Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence; and

Whereas Ms. Barkhouse and Mr. Thompson are committed to innovative ways of teaching, including video technology to help teach disabled students and promoting extracurricular activities that build a lifelong love of music;

Therefore be it resolved that elementary school teachers Ms. Barkhouse and Mr. Thompson be congratulated for receiving national teaching awards in Ottawa and be recognized as quality teachers in the Province of Nova Scotia.

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. 4081

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

Whereas many people benefit from the selfless actions of a dedicated volunteer; and

Whereas Ms. Shanna MacDonald has touched many people in a positive way through her contributions to the Kennetcook Building Blocks Family Resource Centre and with the Hants Regional Authority Literacy Study; and

Whereas Ms. MacDonald was awarded recognition for her contribution to her community by the Municipality of East Hants on April 26, 2002;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ms. Shanna MacDonald for her contributions to the Kennetcook Building Blocks Family Resource Centre and the Hants Regional Authority Literacy Study.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4082

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 an integral component to the economic and social well-being of Cape Breton Island; and

Whereas major infrastructure, such as Route 4, are essential in bringing tourists to Cape Breton; and

Whereas recent upgrading to a section of Route 4 has resulted in the potential for an excellent look-off onto the Bras d'Or Lakes in the community of Big Pond;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Tourism and Culture and the Minister of Transportation and Public Works explore the possibility of developing this unique tourism marketing opportunity.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 4083

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

Whereas St. Mary's University students Chad West, Jonathan Sharkey and Steven Perron received honourable mentions this month at a world-class competition in programming; and

Whereas it was the first time students from Atlantic Canada made it to the finals, beating out Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Columbia in order to qualify; and

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Whereas the competition was held in Honolulu;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend their congratulations to Chad West, Jonathan Sharkey and Steven Perron of St. Mary's University and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 4084

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

Whereas in 1951, Sam McLaughlin set up a foundation whose aim was to promote good health among Canadians by encouraging study and research in medical science; and

Whereas Mr. McLaughlin, the noted industrialist, was one of the fathers of the Canadian automobile industry; and

Whereas after 50 years of doling out nearly $100 million in grants, the McLaughlin Foundation is coming to an end;

Therefore be it resolved that all members recognize the contribution of Mr. McLaughlin and the foundation to promote good health among Canadians.

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 Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 4085

MR. DONALD DOWNE: Mr. Speaker, I didn't see anybody else standing and I do appreciate the fact that you gave me an opportunity.

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

Whereas Lauren Deroller of Mills Cove is one of three Nova Scotians to be selected for the National Youth Orchestra; and

Whereas the 15-year-old violinist and Grade 10 student at Park View Education Centre has been a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra for the past four years; and

Whereas the National Youth Orchestra was formed in 1960 as a method of discovering and training young Canadians as symphony musicians;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend their congratulations to Ms. Deroller of Mills Cove and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4086

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

Whereas by unanimous consent the Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors has bestowed Senior Membership on Yarmouth surgeon J. Alexander Webster; and

Whereas recipients of this honour must have distinguished themselves in their medical careers by making significant contributions to the community and the profession; and

Whereas Dr. Webster's life in medicine spanned six decades and at age 87 he continues to read avidly and has never lost his love for and his devotion to the medical profession;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly extend congratulations to Dr. Webster for receiving Senior Membership in the Canadian Medical Association and thank him for his medical service to Nova Scotians.

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. 4087

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 MLA for Chester-St. Margaret's has advocated a tax on unhealthy food; and

Whereas the MLA was joined in this advocacy by the Minister of Education; and

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Whereas while the MLAs preach about a so-called "fat tax," they reject the notion of a total ban on smoking;

Therefore be it resolved that these MLAs stop advocating imaginary new taxes and end their filibuster preventing a total ban on smoking in public places.

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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[2:42 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Chairman, Mr. Brooke Taylor, 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, made progress and begs leave to sit again.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I could have the concurrence of the House to revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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. 9 - Pension Benefits 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 the hour of 12:00 noon. The House will sit until 8:00 p.m. The order of business, following the daily routine, will be Question Period and following Question Period, Committee of the Whole House on Bills. We will commence with Bill No. 125, and proceed until the time has expired on that bill. Then we will go into Committee of the Whole House on Bill Nos. 106, 108, 115, 125. Beg your pardon, we will have finished Bill No. 125. We will go on to Bill Nos. 106, 108 and 115. Then, in Private and Local Bills, Bill Nos. 118, 130, 131. If time is sufficient, we will carry on with further bills on the order paper.

Mr. Speaker, with those words, I move that the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House adjourn until tomorrow at 12:00 noon, until 8:00 p.m.

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.

We are adjourned until 12:00 noon tomorrow.

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

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 4088

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas on May 18th members of the Nictaux Falls Baptist Church Friendly Club celebrated their 50th Anniversary; and

Whereas they have a very impressive fundraising track record, raising $174,173.88 over the past 50 years; and

Whereas these funds have been put back into the community, specifically in maintaining the church, sponsoring a foster child and sending cards and boxes to shut-ins and the sick;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House acknowledge the tremendous impact that the Nictaux Falls Baptist Church Friendly Club has had on their community and wish them the best of luck in future years.

RESOLUTION NO. 4089

By: Mr. Darrell Dexter (Leader of the Opposition)

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

Whereas the NDP caucus invited Nova Scotians to speak out and make a difference by telling Premier Hamm and the Conservative Government what positive steps people want the government to take; and

Whereas one such suggestion from the constituency of Dartmouth-Cole Harbour calls for the Premier and his government to devote more money to our education system; and

Whereas the Premier has told this House that he can listen and learn from Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and Conservative Government should listen to those who call upon them to provide more funding to maintain our public education system at an acceptable level.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4090

By: Mr. Darrell Dexter (Leader of the Opposition)

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

Whereas the NDP caucus invited Nova Scotians to speak out and make a difference by telling Premier Hamm and the Conservative Government what positive steps people want the government to take; and

Whereas one such suggestion from the constituency of Dartmouth-Cole Harbour calls for the Premier and his government to stop giving money to their private sector friends; and

Whereas the Premier has told this House that he can listen and learn from Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and Conservative Government should listen to those who call upon them to cut out funding for private sector friends of the government.

RESOLUTION NO. 4091

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas the Oxford Church of the Nazarene is the oldest Nazarene Church in Canada; and

Whereas on November 10, 2002, they will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary; and

Whereas they will be hosting the District Assembly for the Atlantic District Church of the Nazarene from June 6th to June 8th;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the history and heritage of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene, and wish them well with their centennial celebrations.

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RESOLUTION NO. 4092

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas public speaking is a talent and well recognized; and

Whereas a large group of West End Memorial School students recently participated in a French public speaking contest; and

Whereas the Public Speaking Awards went to Timothy Angers, Shauna Ryan, Jeremy Misken and Amanda Casey who placed first; Shelby MacPhee, Jared Brown, Caitlin Jackson-Tarlton and Dausha MacArthur who placed second; and Erika Hunter, Avery LeBlanc, Chrissy Maine and Tabatha MacPherson who placed third;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate all the participants of this public speaking contest and wish them luck in their future competitions.