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Hansard -- Mon., Apr. 12, 1999

First Session

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1999

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Housing & Mun. Affs. - Liverpool: Waterloo Place - Elevator Install,
Mr. J. Leefe 5655
Educ. - Pictou Co.: School Closures - Oppose, Ms. E. O'Connell 5656
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2667, Agric. - Nat. Products Marketing Council: Importance -
Recognize, Hon. E. Lorraine 5656
Vote - Affirmative 5657
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2668, Educ. - Students (Hfx. HS[4]): Our Halifax Exhibit (AGNS) -
Congrats., Ms. E. O'Connell 5657
Vote - Affirmative 5657
Res. 2669, Sysco - Fin. Support: Info. - Reveal, Dr. J. Hamm 5658
Res. 2670, NDP (Sask.) - Nurses Struggle: Right-Wing Voters -
Comfortable, Mr. P. MacEwan 5659
Res. 2671, Econ. Dev. - Growth: Strategies (Econ. & Energy) -
Concentration Urge, Mr. R. Chisholm 5659
Res. 2672, Health - Aberdeen Hospital: Beds Shortage -
Comfort Level Restore, Dr. J. Hamm 5660
Res. 2673, Sports - Hockey (N.S. Junior "B" Champs.):
Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates - Congrats., Hon. R. White 5661
Vote - Affirmative 5661
Res. 2674, Educ. - UCCB: CIDA Contract - Congrats.,
Ms. Helen MacDonald 5661
Vote - Affirmative 5662
Res. 2675, Health - Medical Lab. Techs.: Professional Designation -
Legislate, Mr. G. Moody 5662
Vote - Affirmative 5663
Res. 2676, Sports - Hockey (N.S. Bantam "A" Champs.):
Cheticamp Trail Riders - Congrats., Mr. Charles MacDonald 5663
Vote - Affirmative 5663
Res. 2677, Nat. Res. - Sable Gas: Instrumentation Eng. Tech.
Diploma Prog. - Delay, Mr. J. Holm 5664
Res. 2678, Health - Colchester Reg. Hospital: Beds - Increase,
Mr. J. Muir 5664
Res. 2679, Lt. Gov. (N.S.) Medal for Excellence in Pub. Admin.:
Dr. Peter Aucoin (Hfx.) - Congrats., Mr. G. Fogarty 5665
Vote - Affirmative 5665
Res. 2680, Agric. - Crouse Family (Stewiacke): New Barn-Open House
(17/04/99) - Congrats., Mr. John MacDonell 5666
Vote - Affirmative 5666
Res. 2681, Health - Pictou Co.: Ambulances - Delays, Mr. J. DeWolfe 5666
Res. 2682, Educ. - Whycocomagh Consol. School: Hurricane Mitch
Relief Project - Congrats., Mr. Charles MacDonald 5667
Vote - Affirmative 5667
Res. 2683, Human Rts. Comm'n. - Appointments: Misquote
(C-H[08/04/99]) - Forgive, Mr. Kevin Deveaux 5668
Res. 2684, Health - Commun. Bds.: Mandate - Legislate, Mr. G. Moody 5668
Res. 2685, Sports - Basketball (N.S. Girls Bantam "BB"):
East Preston Pacers (Silver Medal) - Commend, Ms. Y. Atwell 5669
Vote - Affirmative 5669
Res. 2686, Justice - Seniors: Criminal Attacks - Task Force Form,
Mr. M. Scott 5669
Res. 2687, Econ. Dev. & Tourism - C.B.: Scientific Research
(Gov't. [Can.]) - Locate, Mr. F. Corbett 5670
Res. 2688, Econ. Dev. & Tourism - Min.: Appointment - Reconsider,
Mr. G. Balser 5671
Res. 2689, Educ. - Brookside JHS: Commun. Variety Show -
Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 5671
Vote - Affirmative 5672
Res. 2690, Sports - Hockey (Eastern Shore Old Timers League):
Musquodoboit Valley Flyers - Champs. Congrats., Mr. B. Taylor 5672
Res. 2691, Econ. Dev. & Tourism - Shipbuilding Policy (Can.):
Efforts (Premier [N.B.]) - Endorse, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 5673
Res. 2692, Ext. Affs. (Can.) - Kosovo: Toys (Refugee Children) -
Cumberland YMCA Initiative Thank, Mr. E. Fage 5673
Vote - Affirmative 5674
Res. 2693, Fin. - Overexpenditure: Res. (1998-99) - Introduce,
Mr. H. Epstein 5674
Res. 2694, Econ. Dev. & Tourism - Dev.: Policy - Info., Mr. G. Balser 5675
Res. 2695, Heritage Credit Union: Anniv. 60th - Congrats.,
Mr. D. Dexter 5676
Vote - Affirmative 5676
Res. 2696, Commun. Serv. - Meals on Wheels (Hfx.):
Wilf & Ethel Logan - Contribution Recognize, Mr. J. Muir 5676
Vote - Affirmative 5677
Res. 2697, Health - Pictou Co.: Primary Care Providers -
Pilot Project Consider, Mr. C. Parker 5677
Res. 2698, Commun. Serv. - Volunteers (Cumb. South [3]):
Commitment - Recognize, Mr. M. Scott 5678
Vote - Affirmative 5678
Res. 2699, Educ. - Harold T. Barrett JHS: Students - Differences
Celebration Congrats., Ms. R. Godin 5679
Vote - Affirmative 5679
Res. 2700, Nat. Res. - Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy:
Preservation Commitment - Congrats., Mr. M. Baker 5680
Vote - Affirmative 5680
Res. 2701, Educ. - Great Cdn. Geography Challenge (N.S.):
Winner (Jonathan Reid) - Congrats., Ms. Helen MacDonald 5680
Vote - Affirmative 5681
Res. 2702, Transport. (Can.) - Air Safety: Ensure -
Contact (Mins. [Can.-N.S.]), Mr. B. Taylor 5681
Res. 2703, Educ. - Malcolm Munroe JHS: Debating Champs. (N.S.) -
Congrats., Mr. F. Corbett 5682
Vote - Affirmative 5682
Res. 2704, Educ. - Westville HS: Production ("Oklahoma") - Congrats.,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 5682
Vote - Affirmative 5683
Res. 2705, Educ. - Terry Sullivan (B-L-S School): CEO (Kamloops-
Thompson School Bd.) - Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 5683
Vote - Affirmative 5684
Res. 2706, Gov't. (N.S.) - Household (N.S.): Real Head - Remember,
Mr. D. Dexter 5684
Res. 2707, Culture - Lucasville & Upper Hammonds Plains Film:
Producers (Deborah Emmerson & George Hum Thomas) -
Congrats., Ms. R. Godin 5684
Vote - Affirmative 5685
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 6:46 P.M. 5685
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:55 P.M. 5685
CWH REPORTS 5686
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., Apr. 13th at 12:00 p.m. 5686

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1999

Fifty-seventh General Assembly

First Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Ronald Russell

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Donald Chard

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Queens.

MR. JOHN LEEFE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by all of the seniors who live in Waterloo Place, Number 1, on Harry Holland Drive in Liverpool, as well as by many of their supporters. The petitioners seek to have the government install an elevator in the building and they state that, "At present the situation is dangerous for numerous residents who live there and very, very difficult for the removal of tenants by ambulance personel when necessary.". I have affixed my name thereto.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

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MS. EILEEN O'CONNELL: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition bearing 621 signatures from residents of Pictou County concerned about public-private partnering in the construction of new schools. The operative clause reads, "We, the undersigned, are opposed to the closure of our seven high schools in Pictou County, which are to be replaced by two 'Mega Schools'.". I have affixed my signature to the document.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Marketing.

RESOLUTION NO. 2667

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Natural Products Marketing Council is key to the success of our agricultural industry as the supervisory body of the province's 10 marketing boards; and

Whereas Stuart Allaby and Brian Smith have recently stepped down from the respective positions of chair and secretary to the council; and

Whereas Mr. Allaby, who served the council for 13 years, and Mr. Smith who served for close to 12 years, provided invaluable leadership and expert advice to producers;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the importance of the Natural Products Marketing Council and the contribution made by these two gentlemen to the success of agriculture in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 2668

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

Whereas on May 8th, the exhibit Our Halifax opens at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Our Halifax is the result of challenging high school students to take a close look at Halifax and to express their perceptions of the city; and

Whereas four Halifax area high schools have taken up this challenge;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the students of Auburn Drive High School, Halifax West High School, Queen Elizabeth High School and Sir John A. Macdonald High School on the opening of this exhibit and make every possible effort to visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to view it.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2669

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

Whereas the government has refused to publicly release the detailed business plan that it claims supports an infusion of an additional $44 million of taxpayers' money to Sysco; and

Whereas despite its refusal to present Sysco's five year business plan for public scrutiny, the government has hired a PR firm in an attempt to generate support for its latest multimillion commitment to Sysco; and

Whereas if the government had any faith in its plan to make Sysco profitable, it would release the five year plan as well as any and all details concerning its contract with Hoogovens and ABN Amro;

Therefore be it resolved that instead of simply ordering . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

DR. HAMM: . . . yet more spin-doctors at taxpayers' expense, the Liberal Government come clean with all the information used to support its most recent decision to put millions more into the troubled Sydney Steel Corporation. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Finance on an introduction.

HON. DONALD DOWNE: Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure this evening to introduce to you and members of this Assembly, in the east gallery two individuals (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order, order, please. (Interruptions)

Order, please. I am warning the honourable member.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

MR. DOWNE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I am sure the two members, one I know, who is up in the gallery would be used to maybe some of the antics in different Houses.

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I am pleased to introduce to you and to members of the Assembly, in the east gallery, two individuals. One of the visitors is an elected representative in the Newfoundland House of Assembly, Mr. Tom Lush. Sitting beside him is another individual, Mr. Tom Donnellan, who is co-founder, with his wife, Cathy, of Peter's Place in Pleasantville, Lunenburg County. Peter's Place offers a rehabilitation house and treatment for individuals who are suffering from head trauma. I would ask the members of the Assembly to give them a warm welcome as they stand in the east gallery and accept this warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: I don't know if the honorable Minister of Finance mentioned it either, but Mr. Lush was also Speaker at one time.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 2670

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

Whereas the NDP has presented Saskatchewan as the workers' paradise and the ultimate socialist Utopia for years; and

Whereas the struggles of the Saskatchewan nurses have focused national attention on how difficult the situation for the working class actually is under the government of Premier Roy Romanow; and

Whereas the House of Romanow in Saskatchewan sold out to big business years ago and has become one of the most right-wing provincial administrations anywhere in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that the struggle of the Saskatchewan nurses demonstrates why so many right-wing voters there feel very comfortable voting for the NDP and the Romanow dynasty provincially and for the Reform Party and the Manning dynasty federally.

MR. SPEAKER: That notice of motion was a little long.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 2671

MR. ROBERT CHISHOLM: 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 development and construction phases of the Sable Gas project are providing a tremendous economic boost for Nova Scotia; and

Whereas nevertheless the labour force report just showed another increase in the unemployment rate, 10.3 per cent in March up from 9.6 per cent last year; and

Whereas capital investment in Nova Scotia is forecast to decline this year;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the government to concentrate on economic and energy strategies to sustain growth in our province rather than simply telling people to feel good.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 2672

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

Whereas there is at present a shortage of acute care hospital beds at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow; and

Whereas despite the shortage of beds and people lying on stretchers in the emergency wing, a number of beds are stored in rooms that only require the doors to be open and the lights turned on in order for them to become operational; and

Whereas similar to other hospital bed shortages across Nova Scotia, the issue of the shortage at the Aberdeen has been lost in a bureaucratic maze at the regional health board level;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health ensure this bureaucratic maze is halted and a level of comfort put back in place for the people of Pictou County so that they will not be turned away on arriving at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2673

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

Whereas the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates, on Saturday night, defeated the Sackville Blazers 4 to 3 to win the Nova Scotia Junior 'B' Hockey Championship; and

Whereas Port Hawkesbury goalie, Jason Boudreau was chosen playoff MVP; and

Whereas Port Hawkesbury now advances to the Atlantic Championship which commences on Wednesday in Bell Island, Newfoundland;

Therefore be it resolved that this House extends congratulations to the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates Junior 'B' Hockey Team on their championship victory and their playoff MVP goalie, Jason Boudreau, and wish them every success as they compete for the Atlantic Championship.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 2674

MS. HELEN MACDONALD: 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's environmental training program has demonstrated world-class programming ability; and

Whereas Periyar Maniammai College is a globally unique engineering school as all of its students are women; and

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Whereas UCCB has been awarded a $350,000 contract by the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA, to work with the Periyar Maniammai College on a four year environmental training project;

Therefore be it resolved that this House offer congratulations to the University College of Cape Breton on receiving this prestigious award and on their leadership in the field of science and technology.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2675

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's medical laboratory technologists are the third largest medical profession after nurses and doctors and play a vital role in delivering quality health service to Nova Scotians; and

[6:15 p.m.]

Whereas in order to ensure high standards are maintained by competent staff, the Nova Scotia Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists is seeking legislation to recognize medical laboratory technologists as licensed professionals; and

Whereas the Liberal Government continues to delay promised legislation;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health immediately introduce legislation that will ensure professional designation for Nova Scotia's medical laboratory technologists.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Inverness.

RESOLUTION NO. 2676

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

Whereas on Sunday, March 21st, the Cheticamp Bantam "A" Trail Riders won the Provincial Bantam A Championship; and

Whereas the team won the championship game before a home-town crowd and after an extraordinary triple-overtime contest; and

Whereas even after six gruelling periods, both teams - the Cheticamp Trail Riders and the Kentville Canadians - continued to display spirit and determination;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize both teams for their dedication to the sport of hockey and congratulate the Cheticamp Bantam "A" Trail Riders on their victory in the Provincial Bantam A Championship.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2677

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

Whereas in December, 1997, the Premier signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing his government and Sable Gas to start the training programs Nova Scotians need for emerging jobs; and

Whereas a government news release today reports that jobs "where instrumentation is a required skill", will be available later this year; and

Whereas that same release says that the advanced diploma program in instrumentation engineering technology will start in September 2000, at least two years late;

Therefore be it resolved that Nova Scotians for whom no instrumentation training was provided deserve much better than today's announcement that it will be another 17 months before there is a Nova Scotia diploma program.

Mr. Speaker, I would 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 Truro-Bible Hill.

RESOLUTION NO. 2678

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

Whereas the Minister of Health cannot get a handle on the millions and millions of dollars in overexpenditures taking place within his department; and

Whereas despite these overexpenditures, basics such as sufficient hospital beds in the Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro are not being provided; and

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Whereas patients brought into the emergency area of Colchester Regional Hospital are being forced to lie on stretchers in the outpatients' area because beds cannot be found;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health begin facing reality and instead of ignoring each and every problem presented to him, he move to increase the number of beds at the Colchester Regional Hospital.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Bedford Basin.

RESOLUTION NO. 2679

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

Whereas Dr. Peter C. Aucoin was honoured this afternoon as the 1999 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration; and

Whereas this medal is awarded annually to an individual who has significantly enhanced the performance of public administration; and

Whereas Dr. Aucoin is respected internationally for his reputation as a scholar, consultant and adviser to government and academia;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House join with Lieutenant Governor John James Kinley, Chief Justice Constance Glube, and the international community of public administrators in congratulating Dr. Peter Aucoin on receiving this prestigious award.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Hants East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2680

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 Crouse family of Stewiacke has shown their commitment to the agricultural industry in the past; and

Whereas the Crouse family now is showing their commitment to the future with the building of a new barn; and

Whereas the Crouse family has invited the public to come and view their new barn on April 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 104 McKay Siding Road;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the Crouse family for their commitment to an and belief in the strength of the agricultural industry in Nova Scotia and wish them the very best on Saturday as they welcome the public to their farm.

I request waiver, Mr. Speaker.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2681

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

Whereas the Minister of Health refuses to address the shortage of ambulances in Pictou County; and

Whereas paramedics in Pictou County have a record of 14 incidents as a result of delays in dispatching ambulances; and

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Whereas despite these incidents, the Minister of Health claims there are no problems relative to ambulance service;

Therefore be it resolved that if enough ambulances exist in Pictou County, the Minister of Health explain why ambulances are being summoned from as far away as Bedford for emergencies in Pictou County.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Inverness.

RESOLUTION NO. 2682

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

Whereas last year much of Central America was devastated by Hurricane Mitch; and

Whereas since then, schools throughout Inverness County have taken on projects in partnership with the Red Cross to help victims of the hurricane; and

Whereas the students of Whycocomagh Consolidated School recently added their support by contributing funds raised through lunches, penny drives and even handing over money saved for Christmas gifts;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the students and teachers of Whycocomagh Consolidated and all schools that contributed to the relief projects for victims of Hurricane Mitch.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.

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 Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2683

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

Whereas last Thursday, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald quoted the Minister of Justice as saying that the new Human Rights Commissioners are "fine Nova Scotians serving their party"; and

Whereas the Halifax Chronicle-Herald published a correction because the quote was not an exact reflection of the minister's words; and

Whereas Thursday's quote was nonetheless an accurate reflection of the minister's actions in putting patronage appointments before the human rights of Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that this House forgive the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for mistaking the quote, even though they clearly got the picture.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2684

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

Whereas instead of focusing on primary health care as the centrepiece of health reform, the Liberal Government focused on structural change; and

Whereas in 1994, the Nova Scotia Task Force on Primary Health Care released its report proposing a primary health care system model; and

Whereas five years after the Task Force on Primary Health Care released its report and without releasing any details of what was learned from previous demonstration projects, the government has announced a second round of demonstration projects;

Therefore be it resolved that instead of stalling the process of health renewal by announcing yet another set of demonstration projects, the Minister of Health immediately provide community health boards with a legislated mandate for determining primary health care services on the local level.

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MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 2685

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

Whereas the East Preston Pacers Girls Bantam basketball team, with girls ranging in age from 13 to 15, has been established for two years; and

Whereas this team placed first in their division in the Dartmouth Minor Basketball Association playoffs on March 6, 1999; and

Whereas this team went on to place second, winning the silver medal, at the Girls Bantam Basketball Division Provincials held at the East Preston Recreation Centre on April 11, 1999;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commend the East Preston Pacers Girls Bantam team for their demonstrated ability and team work in achieving this status.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cumberland South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2686

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

Whereas the seniors of Nova Scotia are concerned as a result of recent home invasions in the province; and

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Whereas many seniors are afraid to remain in their own homes as a result of the criminal acts by cowardly individuals; and

Whereas the government refused in Question Period to form a task force to address this serious situation on behalf of all Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature encourage the government to show seniors and all Nova Scotians that they do indeed take this matter seriously and agree to forming a task force to ensure seniors can remain in their homes and feel safe.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 2687

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

Whereas neither the Premier nor any of his Cabinet colleagues expressed the slightest concern when the federal government shut down its energy research lab in Cape Breton a year ago; and

Whereas the federal lab was a permanent commitment, maintaining a core of skilled researchers in our province as part of the national scientific effort; and

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There is much too much chit-chat going on.

MR. CORBETT: The walls must be creaking, Mr. Speaker. I think the walls are creaking.

Whereas this morning the Economic Development and Tourism Minister called a news conference to trumpet a short-term federal commitment to the proposed petroleum institute at the Marconi Campus;

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Therefore be it resolved that this Liberal Government should stand up for the location of permanent research and scientific personnel in Cape Breton by the federal government.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 2688

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

Whereas the latest quarterly report of the Department of Finance reported the Department of Economic Development and Tourism was almost $19 million in the hole; and

Whereas since then, the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism has been on a free-wheeling spending spree; and

Whereas the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism refuses to be accountable to taxpayers and this House, withholding key details regarding Sysco, Mac Timber and Staples just to name a few;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier reconsider his decision to put an unaccountable, not so penny-wise, certainly pound foolish minister in charge of a department that is running amok with the taxpayers' money. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2689

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 tradition of community variety shows is alive and well for the community served by Brookside Junior High School along the Prospect Road; and

Whereas under the leadership of teachers Sheila Lamplugh, Jake Crawford, Jay Thompson and Mark Cuming, this year's talent show raised over $1,000; and

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Whereas this event presented the talents of students and community members with the highlight of the evening being a Swissair Tribute: We have a Legacy, music and lyrics by Sheila Lamplugh;

Therefore be it resolved that this House offer its congratulations to the students and staff of Brookside Junior High School on another great variety show.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 2690

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

Whereas teams from Ecum Secum, Chezzetcook, Lake Echo, Jeddore, Musquodoboit Harbour, Ship Harbour and Musquodoboit Valley compete in the Eastern Shore Old Timers Hockey League; and

Whereas the Musquodoboit Valley Flyers captured the 1998-99 league championship and the much sought after Herb Rector Memorial Trophy on Friday evening; and

Whereas clean competition, sportsmanship, athleticism and fun are the trademarks which have made this league successful for decades;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Nova Scotia Legislature recognize and commend the Musquodoboit Valley Flyers and the Eastern Shore Old Timers Hockey League for having another great season.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2691

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

Whereas New Brunswick Premier Camille Theriault has undertaken to arrange a meeting of the shipbuilding industry with federal Industry Minister John Manley; and

Whereas the federal Leader of the New Democratic Party, Alexa McDonough, and other federal representatives have supported the present campaign for an effective new national shipbuilding policy; and

Whereas thousands of jobs in many Nova Scotian communities depend directly or indirectly upon an active shipbuilding industry;

Therefore be it resolved that this House endorse Premier Theriault's effort to gain the federal government's commitment to participate in developing a much needed national shipbuilding policy.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cumberland North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2692

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

Whereas last week the Cumberland County YMCA initiated a drive for stuffed toys for the Kosovar children; and

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Whereas the YMCA's Trina Clarke and Patti Bennet introduced the idea to the children attending various YMCA programs and received overwhelming support from the kids and parents wanting to help; and

Whereas the growing number of stuffed animals and toys will be collected until Tuesday and then shipped to a Kosovar refugee camp;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend a heartfelt thank you to the Cumberland County YMCA, Trina Clarke, Patti Bennet and the children and parents who have participated in this generous initiative.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 2693

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 Provincial Finance Act and the Expenditure Control Act require that in the case of overexpenditures for programs the consent of the House of Assembly must be obtained in advance; and

Whereas in previous years the required consent of the House has not been obtained in timely fashion; and

Whereas for 1997-1998, the consent of the House has not been obtained at all;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Finance bring the required resolutions for 1998-1999 to the House forthwith.

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Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 2694

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

Whereas Nova Scotia taxpayers and businesses are fed up with government give-aways that go sour; and

Whereas after the Mac Timber fiasco, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism finally said it was developing a new policy replacing direct grants with payroll rebates; and

Whereas when asked to comment on this new policy during Question Period last week, the Minister of Economic Development refused, choosing instead to defend his department's actions;

Therefore be it resolved that the bombastic Minister of Economic Development and Tourism tell this House if his department has simply pulled off a PR coup or if it has adopted a new more taxpayer-sensitive policy of economic development, and if so, would he table it today.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2695

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

Whereas in 1939, the Parish of Dartmouth founded a credit union; and

Whereas over the intervening 60 years this credit union amalgamated with the Aero, Westwood, TelStar, Harbour City, St. Albans, Tidal, Sheet Harbour, Sharon St. James and Springside Credit Unions; and

Whereas the Parish of Dartmouth amalgamated and became the Heritage Credit Union tying together a large section of the province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House acknowledge the contribution the Heritage Credit Union makes to the economic well being of our communities and wish the members and staff the best on their 60th Anniversary.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Truro-Bible Hill.

RESOLUTION NO. 2696

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

Whereas Wilf and Ethel Logan have been volunteers for the past 25 years with the Halifax division of the Meals on Wheels program; and

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Whereas the 30 year old Halifax division has been able to count on the kindness and generosity of the Logans for almost its entire history of serving the needs of its clients; and

Whereas there are 167 clients on the Halifax Meals on Wheels list receiving about 1,600 meals a month;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the tremendous contribution made by Wilf and Ethel Logan and applaud their inspirational 25 year volunteer service to their community and to all of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Richmond on an introduction.

HON. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, I would direct the members attention to your east gallery where tonight we are joined by Mr. Louis Digout, Chief Administrative Officer of the County of Richmond; Mr. Richie Cotton, Warden of the Municipality of Richmond; and Gail Johnson, Councillor, and who I also understand is a relative of our good honourable Minister of Labour. I would ask the members of the House to give them a warm welcome. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2697

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

Whereas the Department of Health has called for letters of intent to explore different ways of delivering, managing and funding primary health care in this province; and

Whereas the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital, a community hospital in Pictou, has the necessary space, resources and community support for such a demonstration project; and

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Whereas doctors in Pictou have already expressed interest in working collaboratively with a nurse practitioner and in alternate payment mechanisms;

Therefore be it resolved that the Department of Health seriously consider the primary care providers and the people of Pictou and surrounding area for this pilot project.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cumberland South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2698

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

Whereas Volunteer Week will be celebrated in April across Nova Scotia to recognize those who give so freely of themselves for others; and

Whereas communities across the province have submitted names of individuals to be recognized for years of volunteer service; and

Whereas James Melanson of Springhill, Dora Fuller of Parrsboro, and Cecelia Mattinson of Oxford will be recognized for their unselfish contributions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate these individuals for their personal accomplishments and commitment to the communities and citizens of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Argyle on an introduction.

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MR. NEIL LEBLANC: Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce to the members of the House in the west gallery my sister, Charmaine Sanders; my nephew, Darren Sanders; and my niece, Leanne Sanders. They have come here tonight to learn how government works. The biggest reason for my introduction is to put all members on notice to be on their best behaviour and I will ask them to rise and receive that approbation of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Sackville-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 2699

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

Whereas the race relations, cross-cultural understanding and human rights policy of the Halifax Regional School Board serves as a model for school boards all across this country; and

Whereas the students at Harold T. Barrett Junior High School in Beaver Bank took that policy and translated it into terms that their own peers could understand; and

Whereas we are proud of our youth in Nova Scotia, especially when they take it upon themselves to celebrate their differences;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the students at Harold T. Barrett Junior High School for their work in trying to eliminate racism, sexism, prejudice and stereotyping.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Lunenburg.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2700

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

Whereas the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy is a charitable non-profit land trust which was incorporated in 1995 to maintain coastal access and conserve and protect the habitats, beaches and wetlands surrounding the Village of Kingsburg, Lunenburg County; and

Whereas Dr. David Murphy and Dr. Sonia Salisbury are part-time residents of the province and have donated nearly 20 acres of wetland to the conservancy; and

Whereas the conservancy has nearly 200 members and supporters and is one of eight groups in Nova Scotia able to accept ecological gifts;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy on its commitment to preserving Nova Scotia's wetlands for future generations and Drs. Murphy and Salisbury for recognizing the importance of assisting the Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy in their important work.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver and passage without debate.

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. 2701

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

Whereas Jonathan Reid of Dr. T.L. Sullivan Junior High School in Bras d'Or beat out 14 competitors recently in the provincial final of the Great Canadian Geography Challenge; and

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Whereas Jonathan will represent the province in Ottawa in May at the national final; and

Whereas this is Jonathan's second year in the competition;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Jonathan Reid on his accomplishment and wish him well in the national final in May.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 2702

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

Whereas the terrifying final moments and subsequent crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Peggy's Cove last September 2nd will never be forgotten; and

Whereas the federal Minister of Transport seems to have overlooked a near crash at the Fredericton Airport in 1997 when he privatized the operations of Canada's Air Traffic Control System in 1996; and

Whereas the Canadian Air Traffic Controller's Association will be staging an information picket at the Halifax International Airport later this week to inform the general public that they are stressed out, overworked and do not see the situation getting better anytime soon;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his Minister of Transportation and Public Works speak with the Prime Minister and his federal Minister of Transport and urge them to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of the Canadian travelling public.

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MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 2703

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

Whereas students from Malcolm Munroe Memorial Junior High School won the provincial debating championship Saturday in Halifax; and

Whereas Emilie Pottle led the Malcolm Munroe school to victory and won the Karen Pugh Citation and Gold Gavel Award as best individual debater; and

Whereas teammates Christian Young and Andrew MacDonald also finished in the top 12 of individual scoring;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the students and coaches of the Malcolm Munroe school on their accomplishments.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2704

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

Whereas the Westville High School Drama Club presented a musical play entitled Oklahoma at the DeCoste Entertainment Centre in Pictou last Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings; and

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Whereas months of work by parent committees, staff members and students resulted in Oklahoma being a first-rate production in both artistic and theatrical talents; and

Whereas support from local businesses played a significant role in the putting together of the both the play and a terrific program for observers to read from;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Nova Scotia Legislature commend those involved in the production of Oklahoma and wish them every success in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2705

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

Whereas educational leaders remain the key factor in a progressive school system; and

Whereas Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea School Principal Terry Sullivan has been named the Chief Executive Officer of British Columbia's Kamloops-Thompson District School Board; and

Whereas Terry Sullivan has demonstrated exemplary school leadership for 24 years for various boards in this province;

Therefore be it resolved that although he will be greatly missed in our community, this House offer its best wishes to Terry Sullivan in his new role as the CEO for the Kamloops-Thompson District School Board.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2706

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

Whereas grocery stores in this and other provinces offer specials to entice customers; and

Whereas Sobeys' recent announcement that it will remain headquartered in Nova Scotia raises the question of whether this Liberal Government offered a special to entice Sobeys; and

Whereas corporate coupon clippers have found a wealth of savings by shopping at the Liberal Government store;

Therefore be it resolved that the Liberal Government remind itself that ordinary Nova Scotians represent the real head of the household in this province and target its specials accordingly.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Sackville-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 2707

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

Whereas Nova Scotia has a proud and varied cultural history; and

Whereas Nova Scotians should be encouraged to research and chronicle that history; and

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Whereas the communities of Lucasville and Upper Hammonds Plains have historical significance that dates back over 200 years in this province;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Deborah Emmerson and George Hum Thomas on the production of their documentary film, And the Seeds Grew: A Tale of Two Communities.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MANNING MACDONALD: 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.

[6:46 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Donald Chard in the Chair.]

[9:55 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Ronald Russell, resumed the Chair.]

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

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, tomorrow the House will meet between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. Following the daily routine and Question Period, we will continue with Committee of the Whole House on Bills, on Bill No. 90. Tomorrow that bill will conclude and I will be asking the House to move into third reading following the completion of the committee's business.

I move that we do now adjourn.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is to adjourn. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

[The House rose at 9:56 p.m.]