The Clerk's tradition reaches back in history nearly as far as the Speaker. The Chief Clerk and the Assistant Clerks are responsible, under the direction of the Speaker, for providing advice and support to the Speaker and the Members on procedural matters concerning the privileges, rules, usages and proceedings of the Assembly.
The Chief Clerk of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly is the chief procedural advisor to the Speaker and the Members of the House of Assembly and acts as Policy Advisor to the House of Assembly Management Commission. The Chief Clerk is responsible for a wide range of administrative and procedural duties relating to the work of the House and its Committees. The Chief Clerk is the Speaker's chief administrative deputy and has authority and responsibility similar to that of a Deputy Minister of a government department.
The Chief Clerk supports and assists the Speaker and other Members of the Assembly in the performance of their constitutional and parliamentary duties by ensuring the proper and efficient functioning of the Assembly and its committees. The Chief Clerk provides management, direction and development of services for the House of Assembly, individual Members, and the public.
The Chief Clerk provides management control of budgets and personnel, policy development, maintains the permanent records of the Assembly, applies the rules of the House of Assembly Act and other provincial statutes, and does procedural research. The Chief Clerk provides expert advice to the Speaker and Members of the Assembly on parliamentary procedure, practice, privileges and operations of the Assembly and its committees.
The Clerks prepare the daily agenda for the House (The Order Paper), call the items of business in the House and officially count the votes of the Members. They are also responsible for preparing the Journals of the House of Assembly and other records of the House, and are responsible for the safekeeping of the Assembly's documents.
The Chief Clerk is Mr. Neil Ferguson.
The Clerk's Office
1st Floor, Province House
PO Box 1617
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y3
Phone: (902) 424-5978
Fax: (902) 424-0632