The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 22

Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 8 of the Acts of 1993, the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Keith Colwell
Minister of Agriculture

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) October 27, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement October 9, 2015
2014 Statutes, Chapter 52

Explanatory Note

Clause 1 changes the long title of the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act to reflect the change of the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission to the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission.

Clause 2 changes the short title of the Act to reflect the change in the Commission.

Clause 3 replaces a reference to the “Maritime Provinces” with “Atlantic Provinces”.

Clause 4

(a) adds a definition of “Atlantic Provinces”;

(b) replaces a reference to “Maritime Provinces” with “Atlantic Provinces”;

(c) replaces the definition of “Council” with one that includes all of the Atlantic Premiers; and

(d) removes the definition of “Maritime Provinces”.

Clause 5 clarifies that the Council of Maritime Premiers established the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission and that the Council of Atlantic Premiers will take over the appointment of members to the new Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission.

Clause 6 increases the size of the Commission from 6 to 8 members and replaces a reference to “Maritime Provinces” with “Atlantic Provinces”.

Clause 7 increases the quorum of the Commission from 4 to 5 members and replaces a reference to “Maritime Provinces” with “Atlantic Provinces”.


Clause 8 requires the Commission to submit its annual budget to the Council of Atlantic Premiers which will include it in the budget the Council submits to the Governor in Council.

Clauses 9 and 10 replace “Maritime Provinces” with “Atlantic Provinces”.

Clause 11 permits the Commission to authorize members of the former Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission to conclude a matter that was before it.

Clause 12

(a) confirms that the assets, rights, duties, obligations and liabilities of the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission are unaffected by its change of name; and

(b) provides that a reference to the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission in any enactment is a reference to the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission once this Act comes into force.

Clause 13 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.