The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 07-51

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Cecil Clarke

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

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First Session

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TPW. - Guys. Co.: Unsafe Bridges - Replace, Mr. C. Parker 4473
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. M. Scott 4474
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. M. Scott 4474
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Addt'l. Appropriation, OIC 2007-189 (2006-07), Hon. M. Baker 4475
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2648, Jackson, Ron: Bus. Voice Person of Yr. - Congrats.,
The Premier 4475
Vote - Affirmative 4476
Res. 2649, King Fam.: Oxford Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 4476
Vote - Affirmative 4476
Res. 2650, Victims of Crime Awareness Wk. (04/22/ - 04/28/07):
Proclamation - Support, Hon. M. Scott 4476
Vote - Affirmative 4477
Res. 2651, Persons with Disabilities: Contribution - Acknowledge,
Hon. J. Streatch 4477
Vote - Affirmative 4478
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No.189, Utility and Review Board, Hon. M. Baker 4478
No.190, Privacy Commissioner Act, Mr. M. Samson 4478
No.191, Education Act, Mr. L. Glavine 4478
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2652, Pictou Co. Firefighters Assoc: MD Fundraising -
Congrats., Mr. C. Parker 4478
Vote - Affirmative 4479
Res. 2653, Leamont, Tim/Gouthro, Martin: Culinary Awards -
Congrats., Mr. Manning MacDonald 4479
Vote - Affirmative 4480
Res. 2654, Lobsterpalooza - Organizers/Participants: Efforts -
Recognize, The Premier 4480
Vote - Affirmative 4480
Res. 2655, Langlois, Michael - Grand Lake Rd. Vol. FD:
Prov. Long-Serv. Medal (25 yr.) - Congrats., Mr. G. Gosse 4481
Vote - Affirmative 4481
Res. 2656, Wesley, Gloria: Writing Talents - Recognize/
Congrats., Mr. K. Colwell 4482
Vote - Affirmative 4482
Res. 2657, Lun. Boys Midget B Falcons: Hockey Accomplishments -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 4482
Vote - Affirmative 4483
Res. 2658, White, Stanley & Brenda: Dairy Farmers of N.S.
Excellence Award (20th Consecutive) - Congrats.,
Mr. J. MacDonell 4483
Vote - Affirmative 4484
Res. 2659, C.B. Starz Basketball Team - Mini Girls Div.:
Championship - Congrats., Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4484
Vote - Affirmative 4485
Res. 2660, Lun. Pee Wee Girls Falcons: Hockey Championship -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 4485
Vote - Affirmative 4485
Res. 2661, Mishoo's Store - Owner/Operators: Sympathy -
Express, Ms. M. Raymond 4486
Vote - Affirmative 4486
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 2662, Nat'l. Wildlife Wk. (04/08-04/14/07) - Recognize,
Mr. L. Glavine 4486
Vote - Affirmative 4487
Res. 2663, Crosby, Sydney/Penguins - Game: Saturday Night -
Broadcast, Mr. P. Dunn 4487
Vote - Affirmative 4488
Res. 2664, Earth Day (04/22/07/Earth Mo.(04/07) - Recognize,
Mr. K. Colwell 4488
Vote - Affirmative 4489
Res. 2665, Rehberg-Tousignan, Candis: Windsor Town -
Representation, Mr. C. Porter 4489
Vote - Affirmative 4490
Res. 2666, Pier II Realty BBB: Commun. Achievement Award -
Congrats., Mr. H. Theriault 4490
Vote - Affirmative 4490
Res. 2667, Hillier, Calvin - N.S. Vol. Awards: Recognition -
Congrats., Mr. K. Bain 4491
Vote - Affirmative 4491
Res. 2668, Parkinson's Disease Mo. (04/07) - Recognize,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 4492
Vote - Affirmative 4492
Res. 2669, Lombard, Danny: Truro Sport Heritage Soc. Award -
Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 4493
Vote - Affirmative 4493
Res. 2670, Mitchell, Paul & Peter - Afghanistan Tour of Duty:
Completion - Congrats., Mr. H. Theriault 4493
Vote - Affirmative 4494
Res. 2671, Sampson, Gordie: Songwriter of Yr. Award -
Congrats., Mr. A. MacLeod 4494
Vote - Affirmative 4495
Res. 2672, Evangeline Mid. Sch. - Entrepreneurship: Importance -
Recognition, Hon. D. Morse 4495
Vote - Affirmative 4496
Res. 2673, Tracadie United Baptist Church - Anniv. (185th),
Hon. R. Chisholm 4496
Vote - Affirmative 4496
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 2674, Bennett, Justin/Fam. : Best Wishes - Send,
Hon. B. Barnet 4496
Vote - Affirmative 4497
Res. 2675, Correctional Services Wk. (04/06 - 04/12/07):
Proclamation - Support, Hon. M. Scott 4498
Vote - Affirmative 4498
Res. 2676, LeBlanc, Jessica/Muise, Monique: RRFB Contest -
Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont 4498
Vote - Affirmative 4499
Res. 2677, McNally, Dr. Catherine: Accomplishments - Recognize,
Congrats., Mr. L. Glavine 4500
Vote - Affirmative 4500
Res. 2678, Blair, Caroline: Truro Daily News Vol. of Wk. -
Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 4500
Vote - Affirmative 4501
Res. 2679, Lamey, Sam - Call to the Bar (Anniv. 30th),
Hon. J. Streatch 4501
Vote - Affirmative 4502
Res. 2680, Embree, Margaret: Prov. Vol. Award - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4502
Vote - Affirmative 4502
Res. 2681, Stabenow, Annicka: Best Goalie Award - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4503
Vote - Affirmative 4503
Res. 2682, Parker, Tammy: Death of - Tribute, Hon. D. Morse 4503
Vote - Affirmative 4504
Res. 2683, Bowden, Ed: Musical Talent/Commun. Spirit - Praise,
Mr. P. Dunn 4504
Vote - Affirmative 4505
Res. 2684, Davison, Garnett - Prov. Vol. Awards: Recognition -
Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 4505
Vote - Affirmative 4506
Res. 2685, East. Shore Fisherman's Protective Assoc -
Anniv. (50th), Hon. R. Chisholm 4506
Vote - Affirmative 4506
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 2686, Makin, Stanley: Truro Sport Heritage Soc. Award -
Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 4506
Vote - Affirmative 4507
ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS:
No. 510, Prem.: Reservists Legislation - Proclaim,
Mr. D. Dexter 4507
No. 511, EMO - Container Ship: Stowaways - Assistance,
Mr. H. Theriault 4509
No. 512, Justice - Nunn Inquiry: Recommendations - Implementation,
Mr. D. Dexter 4510
No. 513, Health - Seniors: Dementia - Care, Mr. D. Dexter 4511
No. 514, Educ.: E. Richmond Educ. Ctr. - Renovations,
Mr. M. Samson 4512
No. 515, Health: Avastin - Coverage,
Mr. David Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 4514
No. 516, Com. Serv.: Seniors' Housing Units - Generations,
Ms. M. More 4515
No. 517, Educ. - Riverview HS/Sydney Acad.: Renovations -
Complete, Mr. Manning MacDonald 4516
No. 518, Health Prom. & Protection: Halifax 2014 - Investment,
Ms. V. Conrad 4517
No. 519, Health: Physicians - Retention,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4518
No. 520, TCH - Museums: Funding Gap - Address, Ms. J. Massey 4520
No. 521, Com. Serv.: Riverview Home - Update,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 4521
No. 522, Educ.: Class Sizes - Address, Mr. L. Glavine 4522
No. 523, Environ. & Lbr.: Coastal Zone Mgt. Policy - Develop,
Mr. L. Preyra 4523
No. 524, Environ. & Lbr.: Municipal Policy - Environmental
Soundness, Ms. M. Raymond 4525
No. 525, Prem.: Budget (Fed) - Opposition, Mr. M. Samson 4526
No. 526, TPW.: Mooseland Road Repairs - Plan, Mr. C. Parker 4528
No. 527, Human Rights: Seniors' Condo/Apt. Devs. -
Prohibition, Ms. M. More 4529
No. 528, Health: 2014 Commonwealth Games - Criteria,
Mr. K. Colwell 4530
Mr. K. Colwell
No. 529, Energy: Renewable Energy Sector - Plans,
Mr. F. Corbett 4532
No. 530, Educ. - B. Ed. Prog.: Spaces - Increase,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4533
No. 531, Com. Serv. - Harrietsfield: Child Care Facility -
Establish, Ms. M. Raymond 4534
OPPOSITION MEMBERS' BUSINESS:
PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 51, Workers' Compensation Act 4536
Mr. L. Glavine 4536
Hon. M. Parent 4538
Mr. F. Corbett 4542
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4544
No. 188, Sales Tax Act 4548
Mr. H. Theriault 4548
Hon. J. Muir 4550
Mr. D. Dexter 4553
Mr. L. Glavine 4556
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
[PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING]
No. 170, Provincial Parks Act 4558
Mr. W. Estabrooks 4559
Mr. Manning MacDonald 4560
Hon. D. Morse 4560
Mr. W. Estabrooks 4560
Vote - Affirmative 4561
GOVERNMENT MOTIONS:
ON MOTION FOR SUPPLY:
Ms. J. Massey 4561
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON SUPPLY AT 6:20 p.m. 4565
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:55 p.m. 4565
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Thur., Apr. 12th, at 10:00 a.m. 4565
MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 2687, RCL Br. 161 - Anniv. (31st), Mr. K. Colwell 4566
Res. 2688, Fraser, Clyde Hugh: Commun. Commitment -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 4566
Res. 2689, Affleck, Brian: Golf Career - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 4567
Mr. P. Dunn
Res. 2690, Roberts, Alan: Toy Restoration - Best Wishes
Send, Mr. P. Dunn 4567
Res. 2691, Kenney, Charlie/Deyoung, Chris: Legion/Ladies
Auxiliary Presidents - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 4568
Res. 2692, MacDonald, Gordon E.: Painting Challenge -
Best Wishes Send, Mr. P. Dunn 4568
Res. 2693, Easson, Heather: Educ. Wk. Award - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 4569
Res. 2694, Dauphinee, Hazel: Ostomy Strawberry Picnic (20th) -
Congrats., Mr. L. Glavine 4569
Res. 2695, Naugler, Matt: Fire & Ice Marathon - Best Wishes,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4570
Res. 2696, Conklin, Chloe: Silver Medals - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4570
Res. 2697, Purcell, Charlie: CD Release - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4570
Res. 2698, Pineo, Rachael: Encounters With Can. Prog. -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4571
Res. 2699, Wolter, Mattias - Disney Track & Field Showcase:
Medals - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4571
Res. 2700, S. Shore Reg. Sch. Bd.: Accomplishments -
Recognize, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 4572
Res. 2701, VanVulpen, Kaili: NSAC Award - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 4572
Res. 2702, Fage, Michael: Curling Contribution - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 4573
Res. 2703, Rafuse, Harold: Commun. Dedication - Congrats.,
Hon. D. Morse 4573
Res. 2704, Johnstone, Stuart Edward: Commun. Dedication -
Recognize, Hon. D. Morse 4574
Res. 2705, World Health Day (04/07/07) - Recognize,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 4574
Res. 2706, Connors, William - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4575
Res. 2707, Houghton, Adrienne - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4575
Res. 2708, McCorriston, Allie - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4576
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch
Res. 2709, Chandler, Allison - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4576
Res. 2710, Brown, Austin - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4577
Res. 2711, Webber, Bailey - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4577
Res. 2712, Veinot, Briana - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4578
Res. 2713, Lucey, Conal - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4578
Res. 2714, Bremner, Daniel - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4579
Res. 2715, Creaser, Glen - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4579
Res. 2716, Chandler, Hunter - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4580
Res. 2717, MacKinnon, Jack - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4580
Res. 2718, Green, Kathryn - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4581
Res. 2719, Fay, Mary - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4581
Res. 2720, Zinck, Matthew - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4582
Res. 2721, Collicutt, Rebecca - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4582
Res. 2722, Harris, Robyn - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4583
Res. 2723, Webber, Samuel - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4583
Res. 2724, Haley, Tristen - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4584
Res. 2725, Ramsay, Hannah - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4584
Res. 2726, Coolen, Stacy - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4585
Res. 2727, Veinot, Catlin - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4585
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch
Res. 2728, Heisler, Sheena - Veterans/Military Personnel:
Support - Recognize, Hon. J. Streatch 4586
Res. 2729, Robinson, Renee (Grade 4 Class), Hon. J. Streatch 4586
Res. 2730, Vanderzwaag, Cindy (Grade 3 Class),
Hon. J. Streatch 4587
Res. 2731, Curran, Elaine (Grade 7 Class), Hon. J. Streatch 4587
Res. 2732, Armstrong, Julia (Grades 3 & 4 Class),
Hon. J. Streatch 4588
Res. 2733, Willman, Melissa (Grade 9 Class), Hon. J. Streatch 4588
Res. 2734, Theal, Kelley - River Hebert FD: Serv. (35yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4589
Res. 2735, Rector, Doug - River Hebert FD: Serv. (35 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4589
Res. 2736, White, Allan - River Hebert FD: Serv. (20 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4590
Res. 2737, Chapman, Steve - River Hebert FD: Serv. (25yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4590
Res. 2738, Hunter, April - River Hebert FD: Serv. (5yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4591
Res. 2739, Cluney, Ms. Laurie - River Hebert FD: Serv. (5 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4591
Res. 2740, Theal, Shane - River Hebert FD: Serv. (5 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4592
Res. 2741, Rector, Davey - River Hebert FD: Serv. (5 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4592
Res. 2742, Rushton, Larry - River Hebert FD: Serv. (5 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4593
Res. 2743, Reid, John, Jr. - River Hebert FD: Serv. (5 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4593
Res. 2744, Stone, Terry - River Hebert FD: Serv. (15 yrs.) -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4594
Res. 2745, Visual Arts N.S. - Mentorship Prog.: Creation -
Congrats., Ms. M. Raymond 4595
Res. 2746, Herridge, Gladys - Knitting: Hosp. Donations -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 4595
Res. 2747, Latremouille, Kelly/Doane, Tim - Five Bridges Jr.
HS Boys Basketball Team: Championships - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 4596
Mr. W. Estabrooks
Res. 2748, Brooklyn Dist. Elem. Sch. (Gr. P-1 Class): RRFB
Contest - Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 4596
Res. 2749, Rooney, Patrick: RRFB Contest - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 4597
Res. 2750, Cameron, Emma: Bide-a-While Donation - Applaud,
The Premier 4597
Res. 2751, Christmas, Bernd: Career Move - Congrats.,
The Premier 4597
Res. 2752, Power, Lori: Vol. Efforts - Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4598
Res. 2753, Booster Team (Springhill): Commun. Serv. -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4598
Res. 2754, Smith, Erva: Vol. Efforts - Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4599
Res. 2755, Weatherbee, Muriel:Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4600
Res. 2756, Gilroy, Florence: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4600
Res. 2757, Harrison, Dave: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4601
Res. 2758, Moore, Barbara: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4601
Res. 2759, Crowe, Eardean: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4602
Res. 2760, Clarke, Verna:Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4602
Res. 2761, Adams-Nicholson, Wanda: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4603
Res. 2762, Fear-McNutt, Doris: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4603
Res. 2763, Murphy, Gail: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4604
Res. 2764, Gilroy, Marie: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4604
Res. 2765, Groundwater, Suzie: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4605
Res. 2766, Marshall, Audrey: Vol. Efforts - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4605
Res. 2767, Hartman, Frank & Sarah: Vol. Fam. of Yr. -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4606
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott
Res. 2768, Mills, Cassandra: Parrsboro Youth Vol. of Yr. -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 4606
Res. 2769, Odin, Keith: Parrsboro Vol. of Yr. - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 4607
Res. 2770, Bagnall, Allan - Bedford Repair & Restoration
Group: Contribution - Contrasts., Hon. L. Goucher 4608
Res. 2771, Gorrill, Arlene: École Sunnyside Elem. Hot Lunch
Prog. - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4608
Res. 2772, Coneen, Barbara - Bedford Leisure Club: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4609
Res. 2773, Koppernaes, Barbara - Fort Sackville Fdn.: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4609
Res. 2774, Giffin, Dorothy - Bedford Terry Fox Run: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4610
Res. 2775, Brownstone, Dr. Rob - Bedford Acad./Bedford:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4610
Res. 2776, Lowther, Gloria - North West Planning & Advisory
Comm. Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4611
Res. 2777, Muggah, Isobel - Bedford Horticultural Soc.:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4611
Res. 2778, Ross, Jimmy: Essay Contest - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4612
Res. 2779, MacDonald, John - Bedford Sackville & Dist. Rotary
Club: Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4612
Res. 2780, Richards, Michelle/McDonald, Judi - Juvenile
Arthritis: Awareness/Funding - Efforts, Hon. L. Goucher 4613
Res. 2781, MacLean, Margie - Bedford Beavers Swim Club:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4613
Res. 2782, Kenley, Marlene - Bedford Days Comm.:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4614
Res. 2783, Powell, Nancy - Bedford Lionettes: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4614
Res. 2784, MacCulloch, Ms. Pat - Bedford Singers:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4615
Res. 2785, Hattin, Richard - Bedford Watershed Advisory Bd.:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4615
Res. 2786, Calkin, Tom - Bedford Lights Parade: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4616
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher
Res. 2787, Tulloch, Tracy - Bedford Ringette Assoc.:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4617
Res. 2788, Redden, Velma - Fellowship Unit Bedford United Church:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4617
Res. 2789, Johnson, Charlotte - Cdn. Cancer Soc.: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4618
Res. 2790, Hannah, Susan - Girl Guides: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4618
Res. 2791, LeLievre, Theresa - MS Soc. (Can.): Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4619
Res. 2792, Mason, Barry: Bedford Vol. of Yr. - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 4620
Res. 2793, Densmore, Ruby - RCL Br. 95: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4620
Res. 2794, Loncarevic, Carol - Bedford/Sackville Meals on Wheels:
Contribution - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4621
Res. 2795, Boehner, Caroline - Sandy Lake Acad: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4621
Res. 2796, Tromanhauser, Erica - Sunnyside Sch.: Contribution -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4622
Res. 2797, Cameron, Jack - Can. Winter Games: Participation -
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 4622
Res. 2798, MacDonald, Fr. John J. - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4623
Res. 2799, Girroir, Msgr. Conrad - Isle Madame: Serv. -Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4623
Res. 2800, MacPherson, Fr. Gary - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4624
Res. 2801, Devereaux, Fr. Duaine - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4624
Res. 2802, Sweet, Dr. Brad - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4625
Res. 2803, Landry, Sr. Annette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4625
Res. 2804, Martel, Sr. Jacqueline - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4626
Res. 2805, Theriault, Sr. Agnes - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4626
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 2806, Méthot, Sr. Jénita - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4627
Res. 2807, Calvert, Sr. Ruth - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4627
Res. 2808, Lawrence, Rev. Walter - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4628
Res. 2809, MacKay, Gail - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4628
Res. 2810, LeBlanc, Leon - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4629
Res. 2811, Samson, Eugene - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4629
Res. 2812, Richard, Steve - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4630
Res. 2813, Richard, Roy - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4630
Res. 2814, Pettipas, Lloyd - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4631
Res. 2815, LeBlanc, Robert - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4631
Res. 2816, LeBlanc, Rodney - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4632
Res. 2817, Richard, Glen - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4632
Res. 2818, Mury, Lawrence - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4633
Res. 2819, Embree, Wesley - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4633
Res. 2820, Fougère, Bernie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4634
Res. 2821, Fougère, Ryan - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4634
Res. 2822, Britten, Alfred - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4635
Res. 2823, Skinner, Wayne - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4635
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 2824, Savoury, Shane - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4636
Res. 2825, Pettipas, Kevin - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4636
Res. 2826, David, Jarrod - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4637
Res. 2827, Richard, Alfred - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4637
Res. 2828, Boudreau, Adrian - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4638
Res. 2829, David, Morgan - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4638
Res. 2830, Boudreau, Nathan - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4639
Res. 2831, Mury, Wayne - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4639
Res. 2832, Clorey, Joey - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4640
Res. 2833, Grant, Gordon - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4640
Res. 2834, Boucher, Cpl. J.P. - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4641
Res. 2835, Vickers, Sgt. Paul - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4641
Res. 2836, Andreetti, Const. Paul - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4642
Res. 2837, Dooley, George - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4642
Res. 2838, Goyetche, Kristin - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4643
Res. 2839, Samson, Rod - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4643
Res. 2840, Boudreau, Noreen - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4644
Res. 2841, Tracey, Barry - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4644
Res. 2842, Delorey, Lynn - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4645
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 2843, Snow, Tanya - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4645
Res. 2844, Benoit, J.C. - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4646
Res. 2845, Gerrior, Anna Lisa - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4646
Res. 2846, Murphy, Peter - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4647
Res. 2847, Boudreau, Kevin - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4647
Res. 2848, Burke, Eric - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4648
Res. 2849, DeWolfe, Lisa - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4648
Res. 2850, Breau, Judy - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4649
Res. 2851, Marchand, Karen - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4649
Res. 2852, Landry, Cynthia - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4650
Res. 2853, Marchand, Debbie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4650
Res. 2854, Tousenard, Edwina - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4651
Res. 2855, Molloy, Debbie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4651
Res. 2856, Mansley, Teri - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4652
Res. 2857, Boudreau, Doreen - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4652
Res. 2858, Boudreau, Charmaine - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4653
Res. 2859, Britten, Sheila - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4653
Res. 2860, Boucher, Chantal - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4654
Res. 2861, Landry, Nancy - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4654
Res. 2862, Power, Melanie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4655
Res. 2863, Clorey, Kanina - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4655
Res. 2864, Babin, Claudette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4656
Res. 2865, Theriault, Geraldine - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4656
Res. 2866, Power, Donna - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4657
Res. 2867, Richard, Giselle - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4657
Res. 2868, DeRoache, Odille - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4658
Res. 2869, Woodman, Angie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4658
Res. 2870, Samson, Margaret - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4659
Res. 2871, Boudreau, Helen - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4659
Res. 2872, Samson, Patricia - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4660
Res. 2873, Gionet, Nicole - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4660
Res. 2874, LeBlanc, Shirley - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4661
Res. 2875, Pierce, Yvonne - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4661
Res. 2876, Short, Darlene - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4662
Res. 2877, Boudreau, Rachel - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4662
Res. 2878, Boudreau, Albert - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4663
Res. 2879, Boudreau, Rosanna - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4663
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 2880, MacInnis, Beverley - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4664
Res. 2881, Martell, Marlene - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4664
Res. 2882, Cordeau, Shirley - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4665
Res. 2883, Marchand, Santana - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4665
Res. 2884, Boudreau, Hope - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4666
Res. 2885, Boudreau, Maureen - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4666
Res. 2886, Clark, Lorette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4667
Res. 2887, LeBlanc, Lynn - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4667
Res. 2888, Tracey, Dana - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4668
Res. 2889, Ellis, Jeannette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4668
Res. 2890, Benoit, Beverley - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4669
Res. 2891, Barnes, Claudette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4669
Res. 2892, Pauline, Samson - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4670
Res. 2893, Fougère, Annette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4670
Res. 2894, LeBlanc, Colina - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4671
Res. 2895, Morrison, Geneva - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4671
Res. 2896, Boucher, Line - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4672
Res. 2897, Babin, Myrtle - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4672
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 2898, Boudreau, Simone - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4673
Res. 2899, Boudreau, Terry - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4673
Res. 2900, Goyetche, Marie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4674
Res. 2901, Kehoe, Annette - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4674
Res. 2902, Hearn, Edith - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4675
Res. 2903, Keeting, Dee - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4675
Res. 2904, Berthier, Muriel - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4676
Res. 2905, Samson, Sophie - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4676
Res. 2906, Boudreau, Anna - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4677
Res. 2907, Linden, Delores - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr M. Samson 4677
Res. 2908, Landry, Jean - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4678
Res. 2909, Landry, Margo - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4678
Res. 2910, Power, Elizabeth - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4679
Res. 2911, Hearn, Sharon - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4679
Res. 2912, Boudreau, Jessica - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4680
Res. 2913, Samson, Monique - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4680
Res. 2914, DeCoste, Joanne - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4681
Res. 2915, Boudreau, Dr. Darcelle - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4681
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 2916, Samson, Dr. Gary - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4682
Res. 2917, Sivakumar, Dr. Panchasheila - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4682
Res. 2918, MacNeil, Dr. Lawrence - Isle Madame: Serv. - Thank,
Mr. M. Samson 4683
Res. 2919, Meteghan Lions Club - Anniv. (50th) - Congrats.
Mr. W. Gaudet 4683
Res. 2920, Maillet, Michel - Can. Winter Games: Participation - Congrats.
Mr. W. Gaudet 4684
Res. 2921, RCL Br. 161 - Anniv. (31st) - Congrats.
Mr. K. Colwell 4684
Res. 2922, Downtown Dart. Bus. Comm'n.: Revitalization - Congrats.
Mr. W. Dooks 4685

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HALIFAX, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007

Sixtieth General Assembly

First Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Cecil Clarke

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. We will now begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on bridges in Guysborough County, "We, the undersigned, respectfully request the Minister of Transportation and the MLA for the area to make immediate action to replace the many unsafe wooden and iron bridges in Guysborough County. Many of these bridges are unsafe due to their age and the nature of their construction and traveling over them has been hazardous, has been pointed out to the local councillor and the media."

This petition contains 988 signatures and I, too, have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

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PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

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

Bill No. 106 - Fairness in Fees Act.

Bill No. 145 - Education Act.

Bill No. 146 - Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act.

Bill No. 158 - Financial Measures (2007) Act.

Bill No. 163 - Human Rights Act.

Bill No. 166 - Undersea Coal Mines Regulation Act.

and the committee recommends these bills to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: 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. 168 - Motor Vehicle Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendment.

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

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

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HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Subsection 28(4) of Chapter 365 of the Revised Statutes of 1989, the Provincial Finance Act, I am hereby tabling Order in Council No. 2007-189, dated March 30, 2007, approving additional appropriations for 2006-2007.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 2648

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas one of the highlights of the Year of the Veteran (2005) and the Year of the War Bride (2006), was a trip down memory lane provided through VIA Rail's Troop Train and War Bride Train, both the brainchild of VIA employee, Ron Jackson; and

Whereas for his efforts, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce named Ron Jackson as its Business Voice 2006 Person of the Year; and

Whereas Mr. Jackson was instrumental in ensuring that these wonderful experiences for war brides and veterans went off without a hitch and enhanced the sharing of memories associated with arrivals and departures from our shores through Pier 21 six decades ago;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute this 29-year employee of VIA Rail in Halifax for developing and executing such a wonderful 60th Anniversary celebration for some very deserving individuals and subsequently being named the 2006 Business Voice Person of the Year.

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.

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 2649

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

Whereas volunteering is a dedication and devotion to make your community a better place through personal effort and sacrifice; and

Whereas many community programs and initiatives could not continue without the fundraising, management, staffing, and coaching support of volunteers from the area; and

Whereas the King family of Oxford - Alfred, Carol Ann, Milton, and Virginia - have received Nova Scotia's Family Volunteer Award for their desire and drive in various areas such as community basketball, Cadets, 4-H, Crime Stoppers and music performance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the King family for their continued volunteer efforts in Oxford, and extend our gratitude to all volunteers in the province whose work often goes unsung, but does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

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. 2650

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: 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 crime victims and their families deserve support from their communities; and

Whereas many victim service providers, police officers, and professionals provide assistance to victims of crime and their families; and

Whereas National Victims of Crime Awareness Week offers an opportunity for the community to raise awareness about victim issues, and about the services and laws in place to help victims and their families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House support proclamation of April 22 to 28, 2007, as Victims of Crime Awareness Week in 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 Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 2651

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

Whereas families, governments, stakeholder groups, and service providers in Nova Scotia strive to help persons with disabilities meet their full potential every day; and

Whereas the Province of Nova Scotia and the Department of Community Services supports the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and denounces the discrimination of these individuals; and

Whereas an important component of inclusion is the possibility for persons with disabilities to participate in the labour market to their full potential, and the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are encouraging that through the one-year extension of the Canada- Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the contribution of persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia, and recognize the signing of this extension agreement on April 1st which will continue to provide an opportunity for governments to work together to improve opportunities for people with disabilities in 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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 189 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 11 of the Acts of 1992. The Utility and Review Board Act. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 190 - Entitled an Act to Provide for a Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia. (Mr. Michel Samson)

Bill No. 191 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1995-96. The Education Act. (Mr. Leo Glavine)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that these bills be read a second time on a future day.

[2:15 p.m.]

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2652

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 Pictou County Firefighters Association, through the members of the 25 fire departments, last year raised $26,308 in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada; and

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Whereas Muscular Dystrophy Canada is a charity that the North American Fire Service has supported since 1954; and

Whereas the local community has been very supportive of the firefighters, with fundraising activities including the Annual Easter Boot Drive;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate all the firefighters within the Pictou County Firefighters Association for their efforts in raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy, and thank them for their continued service to their communities.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 2653

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

Whereas the World Junior Culinary Grand Prix in Scotland is one of the major global competitions accredited by the World Association of Cooks Societies; and

Whereas during the multi-faceted competition, Culinary Youth Team Canada won two gold medals and the top award in the Restaurant of Nations; and

Whereas Tim Leamont of Arcadia, Yarmouth County, and Martin Gouthro of Sydney were members of the team that won Canada's first World Junior Championship for Chefs;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tim Leamont and Martin Gouthro on their recent win and wish the team the best of luck as they prepare for the World Culinary Olympics in Germany in 2008.

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 Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 2654

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

Whereas the Cabot Trail Working Association has created a new community celebration to kick off the Spring tourism season in Cape Breton; and

Whereas Lobsterpalooza - as the event has been named - will immediately follow the annual 300 kilometre Cabot Trail Relay Race to remind visitors that the region is open for business in the Spring shoulder season; and

Whereas the festival highlights seafaring activities such as whale watching, boat tours, community festivals, lobster boils, and offers suggestions of places to tour and things to see;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of the organizers and participants of this unique regional promotion which will run from May 28th to July 1st and wish them well with their goal of attracting more tourism traffic to the Island.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 2655

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

Whereas a firefighter's duty is to serve humanity, to safeguard and preserve life and property against the elements of fire and disaster, and maintain a proficiency in the art and science of fire engineering; and

Whereas a firefighter's duties are far from ordinary, ranging from fighting fires, performing rescues and teaching fire prevention; and

Whereas on January 22, 2007, Michael Langlois of the Grand Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department, a member of this select fraternity, received the 25-year provincial Long Service Medal;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Michael Langlois on receiving the 25-year provincial Long Service Medal and on his dedication and commitment to the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, with your permission, I would like to make an introduction.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. COLWELL: Seated in the west gallery is a very well-known artist in our community, Gloria Wesley. I'm pleased to meet you here today, and I would ask you to rise and receive the appreciation of the House. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 2656

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

Whereas Gloria Wesley has earned the distinction of being the first known published Black poet in Nova Scotia, and perhaps in Canada, having published To My Someday Child in 1975; and

Whereas Gloria Wesley was a feature writer for the Guysborough Journal's Community Perspectives column in 2002-03; and

Whereas Gloria Wesley retired in 2004 from her teaching career of 34 years and opened Creative Expressions Consulting through her ambitions in writing and publishing;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly join me in recognizing and congratulating Gloria Wesley for her special writing talents and also for her persistence to become recognized as a published writer of poetry and short stories.

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 Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 2657

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

Whereas Caleb Eisnor, Evan Rafuse, Burke Boutilier, Jeremy Church, Brandon Zinck, Rory Fullerton, William Flower, Drew Moores, Keith Hancock, Matthew Baker, Devin Doucette, Thomas Stubbs, Alex Baker, Ben Fogg, Josh Corkum, Elliot Ritcey, Shaun

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Demont, Jacob Haley and Johnathan Richardson play on the Lunenburg Boys Midget B Falcons hockey team, coached by Ryan Francis; and

Whereas the Lunenburg Boys Midget B Falcons had an excellent hockey season; and

Whereas the Lunenburg Boys Midget B Falcons recently were successful in winning the western regional finals;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Lunenburg Boys Midget B Falcons on a successful year and on winning the Western Regional finals and participating in the provincial final tournament.

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 Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2658

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

Whereas milk in Nova Scotia is a safe and nutritious product because the industry strives for a quality product; and

Whereas the dairy farmers of Nova Scotia recognize the best dairy farmers annually with an award; and

Whereas this year marks the 20th consecutive year that Stanley and Brenda White, owners of Kennetcook Holsteins, have been awarded the Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia Excellence Award;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Stanley and Brenda White and family, owners of Kennetcook Holsteins for their 20th consecutive year

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of being recipients of the Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia Excellence Award and wish them well in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR SPEAKER: There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 2659

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

Whereas the Cape Breton Starz basketball team recently participated in a provincial championship in Truro; and

Whereas the following are members of the Cape Breton Starz: Jessie Gill, Alaura Moore, Alison Keough, Charolette MacDonald, Candace Reynolds, Kiley MacAdam, Sarah Cameron, all of Sydney, Emma Vickers and Hanna Brown of North Sydney, Holly MacDonald of Sydney Mines, Paige MacInnis of Georges River and Fiona Wong and Brianna MacKeigan of Glace Bay, with Coaches, Kim Reynolds, Sue Gill and Manager, Colleen Moore; and

Whereas Brianna MacKeigan was named the tournament MVP and Paige MacInnis, a member of the all-star team;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Cape Breton Starz on winning the Mini Girls Division 3 Basketball Nova Scotia Championship.

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 Minister of Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 2660

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

Whereas Rebecca Weagle, Sara Seaboyer, Lucy Harnish, Robin Knickle, Kaitlyn Ross, Emma Mosher, Martha Jenkins, Lisa Mitchell, Raquel Backman, Abby Forsyth, Leah Wagner, Christine Pittman play on the Lunenburg PeeWee Girls Falcons hockey team, coached by Todd Weagle; and

Whereas the Lunenburg PeeWee Girls Falcons have had an excellent hockey season; and

Whereas the Lunenburg PeeWee Girls Falcons recently placed second at the provincial hockey championship;

Therefore be it be resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Lunenburg PeeWee Girls Falcons on a successful year and on placing second at the provincial hockey championships.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 2661

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

Whereas Harrigan's Store in Herring Cove more recently known as Mishoo's has stood at the corner of Village Road for more than 80 years, serving as gas station and post office in the past and still providing the people of the Cove with food, bottled water and conversation at almost all hours of the day and night; and

Whereas the store was destroyed by fire the night of Sunday, April 8th, leaving residents of Ketch Harbour, Herring Cove and Duncan's Cove with an additional two miles, three miles and more to travel to the nearest shopping; and

Whereas Mike Saoud, owner of the building and store operator, Abd-All Rhman Al-Tememe hope to rebuild the business;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the central importance of the store in Herring Cove, express sympathy to the owners and operators, the people of Herring Cove who will find the loss of the landmark leaves a void in the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2662

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

Whereas since 1962, the Canadian Wildlife Federation has advocated the protection of Canada's wild species and spaces; and

Whereas representing over 300,000 members and supporters, the federation is one of Canada's largest non-profit, non-governmental conservation organizations; and

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Whereas the CWF is dedicated to fostering awareness and enjoyment of our natural world by encouraging an understanding of the impact of human activities on the environment and promoting the sustainable use of our natural resources;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize April 8th to April 14th as National Wildlife Week, encourage Nova Scotians to take an active role in preserving our precious wilderness areas, and call on government to quicken its pace to meet the 12 per cent protected land spaces in 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 Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 2663

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

Whereas Canadian taxpayers, through the channels of CBC Sports, recently signed a new $600 million broadcasting deal with the National Hockey League; and

Whereas despite this new agreement - actually agreed upon last fall in Truro - between CBC Sports President Scott Moore and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL is refusing CBC permission to show Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins this Saturday evening, instead allowing NBC Sports to move the game to Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Atlantic time; and

Whereas CBC set an all-time record for viewers for a Saturday night game this past weekend when 2.81 million people tuned into the Montreal-Toronto game, and with NBC Sports not paying one red cent to the National Hockey League for broadcast rights, the NHL only being paid if NBC is able to sell enough ads per game to make the broadcast profitable;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House of Assembly officially go on record today by informing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that Nova Scotians and all

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Canadians want to see Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Saturday night on national television, and in the process prevent the loss of nearly half a million viewers for CBC.

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. 2664

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

Whereas climate change is now the biggest threat we face as a province and as a nation and as a planet; and

Whereas every year on April 22nd, 500 million people from more than 180 countries around the world participate in Earth Day; and

Whereas for over 15 years, Earth Day Canada has coordinated Canadian Earth Day and Earth Month events with over 3,500 community-based organizations and 5,000 member organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that we recognize April 22nd as Earth Day and the entire month of April as Earth Month, encourage Nova Scotians to act responsibly and respect our environment, and ensure a healthy Earth for years to come.

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 Hants West on an introduction.

MR. CHUCK PORTER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce today, in the east gallery, Ms. Candis Rehberg-Tousignan. She has just recently been named Princess Windsor and she will represent the Windsor-West Hants area in the upcoming 12 months, and more importantly in the next few weeks as she vies for the title of Queen Annapolisa - the 75th this year. Welcome, Candis. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for West Hants.

RESOLUTION NO. 2665

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

Whereas Princess Windsor 2007 is 18-year-old Candis Rehberg-Tousignan, daughter of Theresa Weatherbee and David Rehberg of Windsor; and

Whereas Candis is pursuing a career in psychology through her studies at Dalhousie and enjoys playing the piano, singing, reading, art, and spending time with her family in her spare time; and

Whereas Candis is now representing the Town of Windsor in the 75th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, and could become the ninth Princess Windsor to be chosen Queen Annapolisa during coronation ceremonies Friday evening, June 1st, at University Hall in Wolfville;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our sincere best wishes to Ms. Rehberg-Tousignan as she carries out her official duties on behalf of the Town of Windsor, while wishing her continued success in her educational studies at Dalhousie University.

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 Digby-Annapolis.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2666

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

Whereas the Community Service Award offered by the Better Business Bureau is presented to companies that have been a BBB member for at least five years and are active within the bureau and in their community; and

Whereas Pier II Realty Limited has supported a variety of causes, including Crime Stoppers, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, as well as local youth and support groups; and

Whereas Pier II Realty Limited is this year's recipient of the Better Business Bureau's Community Achievement Award for the tri-county region;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Pier II Realty Limited on their recent award as being a proactive and positive business in Digby.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 2667

MR. KEITH BAIN: 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 North Shore Victoria County resident Calvin Hillier is one of 69 volunteers from across Nova Scotia recognized yesterday at Nova Scotia's 33rd annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony; and

Whereas Calvin's name was put forward by the Municipality of Victoria, having been actively involved as a member with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 53 serving in a variety of roles, including Public Relations Officer, By-Laws Chairperson, Legion Service Officer and Poppy Campaign Chairperson, while also writing a book on veterans' war experiences and receiving a life member distinction as a Navy League representative for the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets; and

Whereas besides his Legion involvement, Calvin has also somehow found time to be a volunteer firefighter over the past 20 years with the North Shore and District Volunteer Fire Department, having been named Firefighter of the Year in 1992 and 1995;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our heartfelt appreciation to North Shore Victoria County resident Calvin Hillier for his outstanding community contributions and for his well-deserved recognition at the 2007 33rd annual Nova Scotia Volunteer Awards Ceremony and dinner.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 2668

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

Whereas it is estimated that approximately 100,000 Canadians suffer from Parkinson's disease; and

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Whereas Parkinson Society Canada is a national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson's disease; and

Whereas its purpose is to ease the burden and find a cure for Parkinson's disease through research, education, advocacy and support services;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize April as Parkinson Disease Awareness Month and encourage all Nova Scotians to raise funds and awareness for this illness and help find a cure.

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 Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations on an introduction..

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, with your permission I'd like to make an introduction in advance of reading my resolution. They are not connected.

I would like to draw the attention of all members to the east gallery where we're joined by some very special guests, one of whom is certainly no stranger to the east gallery, having been there for about eight or nine years, including about six years when she tried to point me on the straight and narrow. That is Sue McKeage and she's currently on maternity leave, and her husband, Paul Harper, and the very special person that I wanted to introduce to the House today is their new daughter, Charlotte Harper. I'd ask Sue and Charlotte and Paul to stand up.(Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Services Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 2669

HON. JAMES MUIR: 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 Danny Lombard was named Coach of the Year by the Truro Sport Heritage Society at its 23rd Annual Sports Heritage Awards Dinner; and

Whereas Danny Lombard has demonstrated in great measure the criteria for the Coach of the Year Award, exceptional ability as an instructor, motivator and leader; and

Whereas Danny Lombard guided the Truro Bantam AAA Bearcats to the 2006 Provincial Bantam AAA hockey championship and to a silver medal at the Atlantic Bantam AAA championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Danny Lombard on earning Coach of the Year honours from the Truro Sport Heritage Society and thank him for many years of leadership to young athletes, and wish him continued success in the future.

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 Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 2670

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

Whereas Paul and Peter Mitchell are twins from Weymouth, Nova Scotia, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2003; and

Whereas both brothers served in Afghanistan at the same time, with Paul being a turret gunner on a light armoured vehicle, and Peter providing security for his squad leader; and

Whereas Paul and Peter Mitchell recently returned from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, making Canadians proud of our efforts in this wartorn country;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Paul and Peter Mitchell from Weymouth, Nova Scotia, on the successful completion of their tour and pledge our support to all of our men and women serving overseas.

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 for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2671

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

Whereas Big Pond native and celebrated singer/songwriter, Gordie Sampson, can add another accolade to his growing collection; and

Whereas Sampson was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Juno Awards for his songs Jesus Take the Wheel, Words Get in the Way, and Crybaby; and

Whereas the Canadian Music Industry handed out its prestigious awards on April 1st of this year, making it a very successful year for Sampson already;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their sincere congratulations once again to Gordie Sampson as he embarks on a new stage of his career, allowing him to bring more of his beautiful music to more people around the world.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 2672

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

Whereas the Grade 8 students and teachers at Evangeline Middle School just concluded a two-week session on entrepreneurship for the 11th year; and

Whereas entrepreneurship challenges the students to draw on what they have learned in all disciplines inside and outside the academic curriculum; and

Whereas the students are expected to create and then market a product at a fair, which concludes the session in a way that involves the broader community and raises money for charitable purposes;

Therefore be it resolved that all members acknowledge the importance of Evangeline Middle School's initiatives in nurturing this essential entrepreneurial attribute in its students and thank the teachers and students for a job well done.

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 Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 2673

HON. RONALD 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 Tracadie United Baptist Church is an integral part of the worship shared within the Communities of Upper Big Tracadie, Lincolnville, Monastery and Rear Monastery; and

Whereas the Tracadie United Baptist Church first began planning worship and church services in 1822; and

Whereas the Tracadie United Baptist Church is celebrating 185 wonderful years of worship and ministry this year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the congregation of the Tracadie United Baptist Church in celebrating their 185th Anniversary in 2007.

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 Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 2674

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

Whereas on Wednesday, April 4th, at Key Largo's bar and grill in Lower Sackville, a fundraising auction was held in support of Justin Bennett who suffered a serious head injury while snowboarding in Whistler, B.C., on February 26th ; and

Whereas the auction was attended by hundreds of family, friends and individuals who are wishing nothing but a speedy recovery for this young man; and

Whereas thousands of dollars were raised to help offset medical and travel costs incurred by the family to transfer Justin from British Columbia back home to Nova Scotia;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly send our prayers and best wishes to Justin Bennett and his family, along with hopes for a speedy recovery.

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.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, with your permission I would like to make an introduction.

MR. SPEAKER: Yes, absolutely.

MR. SCOTT: I would like to bring to the attention of the House in the east gallery some very dedicated people who work for the Province of Nova Scotia in the Correctional Services Division. I will ask them to rise after I read their names: Sean Kelly, Correctional Services; Gary Dupuis, Director, Correctional Services; Diana MacKinnon, Director, Correctional Services; along with other officials who are here today. I would ask the House to give them a warm welcome, please. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 2675

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

Whereas the correctional programs and services provided in our communities and in our correctional facilities by Correctional Services probation officers, youth workers, correctional workers, support staff and managers contribute to just and safe communities in Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas Correctional Services works co-operatively with other departments of government and many other individuals and organizations including district health authorities, IWK Health Sciences Centre, other law enforcement agencies, volunteers and non-government agencies to provide correctional programs and services; and

Whereas the work of all those who provide correctional programs and services deserves the respect, appreciation and recognition of this House and of all Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House support the proclamation of May 6 to 12, 2007, as Correctional Services Week in 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 Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 2676

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: M. Le président, à une date ultéieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que chaque année, le conseil du fonds de récupération des ressources organise le concours de recyclage pour les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse; et

Attendu que ce concours met les élèves au défi de trouver des manières originales de favoriser les trois "R": "réduire, réutiliser, recycler"; et

Attendu que Jessica LeBlanc, de l'École Belleville, et Monique Muise, de Drumlin Heights, ont été nommées finalistes par le Resource Recovery Fund et par l'organisme Waste Check lors du concours de cette année pour la région 7;

Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que tous les members de cette assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter Jessica leBlanc, Monique Muise et l'ensemble des gagnants et des finalistes du concours de cette année et pour les encourager à continuer à faire la promotion du recyclage.

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M. le président, je demande l'adoption de cette résolution sans prévais et sans débat.

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

Whereas each year the Resource Recovery Fund Board holds the Nova Scotia Recycles School Contest; and

Whereas the contest challenges students to come up with creative ways to promote the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle; and

Whereas Jessica LeBlanc of Belleville and Monique Muise of Drummond Heights were named runners up by the Resource Recovery Fund and Waste Check in this year's contest for Region 7;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House join me in congratulating Jessica LeBlanc and Monique Muise and indeed all winners and runners up of this year's contest and encourage them to continue to promote recycling.

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. 2677

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

Whereas one of 2,800 physicians in Canada and the U.S. are certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; and

Whereas Doctor Catherine McNally, a 37 year old mother of three children, practices medicine in Kentville, specializing in the care of the terminally ill; and

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Whereas Doctor McNally is certified by the independent non-profit board that sets standards of training and practices in palliative medicine;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize Dr. Catherine McNally for her accomplishments and compassion in holistic and palliative care 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.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 2678

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

Whereas Caroline Blair, a resident of North River, Colchester County, has been a volunteer with the Girl Guides for more than 25 years; and

Whereas Caroline is an area commissioner for the Colchester Area Girl Guides, working with Guiders, Brownies and Pathfinders; and

Whereas Caroline is a strong advocate of the Girl Guide organization which stresses personal development, co-operative learning and a variety of life skills;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House extend congratulations to Caroline Blair for being chosen by The Truro Daily News as the volunteer of the week.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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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 Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 2679

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

Whereas Sam Lamey is a lawyer with Hennigar Wells Lamey & Baker in Chester, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this March marked the 30th year since Sam was called to the Bar as a barrister; and

Whereas being called to the Bar has its origin in the Royal summons that was issued to one seen fit to serve in the Royal Court at the monarch's pleasure;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Sam on this special anniversary and wish him much success in all his 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 Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2680

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

Whereas volunteers are the heart of our Nova Scotia communities; and

Whereas Margaret Embree received a provincial volunteer award at the Westin Hotel Provincial Award Ceremony on April 10, 2007, recognizing her HRM volunteer efforts; and

Whereas Margaret Embree is a volunteer with many organizations in Bedford, having also received the Bedford Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of all volunteers in Nova Scotia and congratulate Margaret on her many years of selfless service as a volunteer in Bedford.

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 Immigration.

RESOLUTION NO. 2681

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

Whereas the Bridgewater Bantam Girls hockey team recently hosted the Bantam Girls Tier 2 Provincials, representing their town with spirit, pride and determination; and

Whereas Bridgewater Hawks goaltender, Annicka Stabenow received the Best Goalie Award with a save percentage of 85.82 at the Tier 2 Provincials; and

Whereas making 121 saves in 4 games is a great accomplishment;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate Annicka Stabenow of the Bridgewater Hawks Bantam Girls hockey team on winning the Best Goalie Award.

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 Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 2682

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

Whereas when Tammy Parker was born 32 years ago at the IWK her doctors advised she was not likely to survive, and if she did she would be bedridden and never being able to walk or talk; and

Whereas nobody ever explained this prognosis to Tammy, who not only survived, learning to walk and talk, but even graduated from Central Kings Rural High School; and

Whereas with the support of loving family and friends, she established her own courier business in Wolfville, worked at Acadia, lived alone in her own apartment, and was engaged to marry fiancé, Dave Matheson;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the considerable accomplishments of all people with disabilities, and particularly those of Tammy Parker who left a jam-packed church hall on April 5th mourning her untimely passing at age 32.

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 Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 2683

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

Whereas New Glasgow resident, Ed Bowden, has contributed to his community in a variety of ways; and

Whereas he is best known for his musical talents, performing on radio, television and stages across Canada, Mr. Bowden is also an active volunteer for such local organizations as junior hockey and the Kinsmen Learn-to-Skate Program; and

Whereas his music has touched many people, and some more than others, he continues to build on that and be an example to his peers;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their praise to Ed Bowden of New Glasgow for his musical talent and community spirit - an important contribution to the provincial community 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 Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2684

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

Whereas Brooklyn area, Hants County, resident Garnett Davison is one of 69 volunteers from across Nova Scotia recognized yesterday at Nova Scotia's 33rd Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony; and

Whereas Garnett's name was put forward by the Municipality of West Hants, having been actively involved with the Newport and District Rink Commission for the past 14 years, serving the past 10 years as chair, while also being a 38-year veteran of the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department, serving in numerous capacities including deputy chief, captain and lieutenant; and

Whereas besides firefighting and rink management, Garnett has also somehow found time to be a community 4-H leader, a minor hockey volunteer, as well as a broomball and hockey referee;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our heartfelt appreciation to Brooklyn area resident, and Hants County resident, Garnett Davison, for his outstanding community contributions and for his well-deserved recognition at the 2007, 33rd Annual Nova Scotia Volunteer Awards ceremony and dinner.

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 Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 2685

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

Whereas the Eastern Shore Fishermen's Protective Association was formed in 1957 and incorporated in 1973; and

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Whereas the association is one of the largest commercial fishermen's organizations in the Scotia Fundy region, with some 238 core fishermen from Halifax Harbour to Canso as members; and

Whereas the association's mission is to develop opportunities and to protect and maintain the interests of fishermen along Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Eastern Shore Fishermen's Protective Association on celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2007.

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 Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 2686

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

Whereas Stanley Makin was named Outstanding Special Olympian by the Truro Sport Heritage Society at its 23rd Annual Sports Awards Dinner; and

Whereas Stanley Makin excels in both softball and hockey, and was a member of the 2006 Team Nova Scotia Softball Team; and

Whereas Stanley Makin demonstrates in great measure sportsmanship, team play, respect for coaches, and a willingness to help others;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Stanley Makin on being named Outstanding Special Olympian by the Truro Sport Heritage Society and extend to him and Ethel, his wife, best wishes for 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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ORAL QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS

MR. SPEAKER: The time now being 2:55 p.m., the Oral Question Period will run until 4:25 p.m.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

PREM.: RESERVISTS LEGISLATION - PROCLAIM

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my question will be for the Premier. Those who volunteer to serve our country as members of the Canadian Armed Forces deserve the respect, support and protection of their government. Last year, Nova Scotia took leadership in expressing support for men and women who enlist in the reserve forces. This House enacted legislation that provides reasonable job protection for reservists when they are serving their country on active duty.

The Department of National Defence indicated this was the first such law in Canada and similar laws have now been introduced by the Governments of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. My question for the Premier is, can he tell reservists and all Nova Scotians when his government will proclaim this landmark piece of legislation?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, indeed, the piece of legislation being referred to is a very important piece of legislation. This government values what our military is doing. I know that the Leader of the Opposition also values what our military is doing. Perhaps no greater evidence than we saw this week where, unfortunately, we lost the life of a very valuable Nova Scotian, but we also had the opportunity to celebrate those who fought for freedom here in our country and in our province, with the celebrations for Vimy Ridge.

The bill in question will be proclaimed within the next seven or eight days.

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MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I thank the Premier for his response. (Interruption) A surprise, that's right. The Premier will be aware that the government is itself a major employer and that it is expected to show a high standard of support for reservists who wish to go on active duty. Yesterday, the Minister of Human Resources told the Subcommittee on Supply that her department does not keep track of requests by public servants to take leave for active duty in the Canadian Forces Reserves. My question for the Premier is, how will the Premier ensure that his government shows support for this form of service to Canada by members of the provincial Public Service by ensuring that requests are normally given very favourable consideration?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, indeed, we will ensure that happens.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my final supplementary to the minister will be that, unfortunately, the government's response, which I appreciate now is going to include an enactment of this in the next little while but there is nothing in the Department of Labour's business plan to provide the firm assurance that this can be implemented. Can I ask why that information is not contained in the department's business plan?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I can give the assurance to the Leader of the Opposition and to all members of the House that we will ensure that we give not only consideration, but the consideration that it deserves. It is an important matter for those individuals and the government feels very strongly about that legislation. The government feels very strongly about our employees and we will give it our utmost attention.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

EMO - CONTAINER SHIP: STOWAWAYS -ASSISTANCE

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Emergency Management. The Port of Halifax was buzzing with activity yesterday as a container ship arrived from Lisbon, Portugal, under heavy police escort. When the container ship arrived yesterday afternoon, RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and Canada Border Services' officials boarded the ship to search for stowaways.

As details began to emerge yesterday morning, it was estimated there could be up to 200 stowaways, possibly from Eastern Europe or Africa on board. We were told the ship had been en route for almost two weeks by this time and that the containers themselves were refrigerated. My question to the minister is, what assistance has EMO offered or coordinated since the ship arrived in the port yesterday afternoon?

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, this definitely falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The federal government did ask for our assistance to make sure we had humanitarian aid in place, we did coordinate that. Our centre was

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activated - the Joint Emergency Management Centre in Dartmouth - and we were standing by for further instructions from the lead agency, which would be Public Safety Canada.

[3:00 p.m.]

MR. THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, it was reported in one of today's daily papers that the minister was alerted late last week to the potential arrival of the stowaways on-board the foreign container ship. Government intelligence gathered a week or more ago estimated that between 180 and 200 stowaways might be on-board and headed for Halifax. After being at sea for almost two weeks, you can expect any stowaways will need immediate medical attention, yet there was a noticeable lack of medical personnel on-site. Immigration officials would be needed immediately to interview the stowaways to determine whether they had a claim for refugee status. They would have to stay on the ship and leave the country, and yet no immigration officials were on-site when the ship arrived.

My question to the minister: What preparations did the EMO make after being advised of the potential arrival of the 200 stowaways?

MS. BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, as I previously stated, we were advised by our federal officials of the possibility of migrants on a ship that had the potential to land here at our Halifax port - at that point in time, we were on standby. We were asked by our federal counterparts to provide humanitarian aid - the Department of Health was on standby and Community Services was on standby. The Department of Health included EHS and there were a number of ambulances and so on, on standby, at the port at that particular time.

MR. THERIAULT: The Port of Halifax has seen its share of stowaways over the years and their general needs are always the same - medical attention, food, water, clothing, personal items, translation services, temporary and secure accommodations, and immigration or citizenship advice. While specific needs cannot be determined in advance, there are plenty of emergency preparations that can be completed. So my question to the minister, what is EMO's general procedure for dealing with the unexpected arrival of stowaways?

MS. BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, again, this falls under the Canada Border Services Agency - it is federal jurisdiction. We were on standby; we had all the necessary departments alerted; the centre was activated and we were ready to deal with whatever situation did arise.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

JUSTICE - INQUIRY: NUNN RECOMMENDATIONS - IMPLEMENTATION

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my question will be through you to the Minister of Justice. On December 5, 2006, Commissioner Merlin Nunn delivered his report on youth justice issues resulting from the death of Theresa McEvoy. The province responded

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a month later that they would be accepting all of the recommendations, without exception. Some of the recommendations dealt with reducing the overall delay in the administration of justice. As Commissioner Nunn noted, no matter how the statistics were presented, Nova Scotia ranked well above the national average for time from charge to final disposition of youth cases. So I would like to ask the minister what progress has he made in implementing the recommendations to reduce delays in youth cases?

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I thank the Leader of the Official Opposition for the question. One thing I would like to clarify for the House - again, as we talk about processing times in courts - when we look at processing times here in Nova Scotia compared to other areas, we do include restorative justice in this province which actually extends our time. I can tell the honourable member that since that time we have greatly reduced the wait times in this province, which will be reported very soon. The other thing is that myself, with the other ministers responsible - we have been working very hard together to ensure that we meet all those recommendations of Justice Nunn. I can tell the honourable member that when we report, in June, I think he will be very surprised at the results we have been able to achieve.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to look for a moment at the specific recommendations of the Nunn Commission in this regard. The commissioner said that within six months of his report - so June 5, 2007 - the province needed to consult with those in the justice system, determine the causes of the delays, set and publish realistic but challenging targets for the disposition of youth cases, and to report twice annually on the progress against the target. So I would like to ask the minister, since you have less than 60 days left, when will you set and publish the new targets from charge to disposition for the handling of youth cases?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, to the honourable member, again, we will be reporting in June, collectively, as the departments are involved, and have been working very hard to ensure that we meet those recommendations. We will be reporting back in June, as we made a commitment to do upon Mr. Nunn's recommendations.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, while Mr. Nunn's report was only officially delivered four months ago, we know that many of the problems he identified since shortly after Ms. McEvoy was killed in 2004, we've known about them for some time. This means that we are nearing the two and a half year mark in being able to address some of those problems. So I would ask the minister what assurances is he prepared to give that the Nunn report will not be treated in the unfortunate way that the Westray Inquiry report and Marshall Inquiry report were treated by government?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, the commitment we made to this House was that we will report back within six months, as was indicated earlier. There has been great work behind the scenes in regard to additional prosecutors. There has been work going on behind the scenes in regard to processing times that the honourable member brings forward to this

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House, and I know that he and I have talked about. The assessments will be done in regard to the IWK. There is all kinds of work going on behind the scenes that, again, when we report back in June, is something that we'll be very proud to bring before this House.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

HEALTH -SENIORS: DEMENTIA - CARE

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health. It is estimated that 80 per cent of the residents of nursing homes have a dementia or mental illness that can lead to what is referred to as challenging behaviour. According to the provincial Long-Term Care Policy Manual, individuals who exhibit serious behavioural problems are not eligible for admission to a nursing home. I will table a 2003 Department of Health press release that includes in this definition, wandering, disruptive outbursts, in the definition of challenging behaviour. So my question to the minister is, why does his department's policy deny care to seniors who have behaviour issues related to dementia when 80 per cent of the nursing home residents share the same condition?

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, of course each individual is assessed for their impairments and their requirements going into long-term care. I can say that all individuals requiring this type of care will receive it in the Province of Nova Scotia.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the minister may remember the case of Jim Tree, which I raised in this House earlier this session. Mr. Tree has challenging behaviour and his family has been told that in order for him to avoid being sent to Kings Rehab that he must be incident free for at least two weeks. Incidents include swearing, rattling of bed rails, or yelling. People without dementia might find it difficult to get through a day without such an incident. Seniors with dementia are going to have moments of agitation but they still need care. So my question for the minister is, why don't the policies of his department better reflect the reality faced by people with dementia?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, we've even gone a little further in developing a challenging behaviour program, making sure that we have a provincial resource team to work with all nursing homes and nursing facilities across the province, working with individuals with this kind of challenging behaviour in order to work with not only the individual but of course with the staff who will provide care to these individuals.

MR. DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, clear definitions need to be used when deciding on admission to a nursing home given the lack of alternatives if that admission is denied. Seniors still living at home have their care delayed or denied, and the people who bear the brunt of those decisions are the family caregivers. My question to the Minister of Health is, why aren't there more appropriate facilities and programs to care for seniors with dementia and mental illness and not simply to refuse them care?

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MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I can again say that we do not refuse service for those individuals, and again we're continuing our work through the Challenging Behavior Program, making sure we understand the needs of these individuals. Not only, that by expanding the number of beds in our province, a number of those beds will be designated as being challenging behavior or those specific types of cases like Alzheimer's and other dementia problems that we have with these individuals. I can say that we will be taking care of these individuals in the Province of Nova Scotia.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

EDUC.: E. RICHMOND EDUC. CTR. - RENOVATIONS

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, on June 12, 2003, this government announced several renovations to schools located in the Strait Regional School Board. One of which was the East Richmond Education Centre in St. Peters. The government committed $3.7 million to renovations that were scheduled to begin in 2007. However, renovations have yet to begin for the school. The plans are ready, the students and teachers are ready, and the community is ready. I met with the Parents Advisory Committee this past Saturday and they were outraged at this delay. My question is, will the Minister of Education tell this House why the funding for the renovation and expansion of the East Richmond Education Centre is not included in this year's budget?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite and to all members of the House - I have explained to this House many times during Estimates and during Question Period that there are 45 schools on a list for renovations and additions and that list was accrued in 2003. We are continuing to work through that list, and due to the resources that we had we will move forward with all of our commitments and we will do it as we can afford it. There are many communities that are delayed.

MR. SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, this is a bit of a unique situation because the students from Primary to Grade 8, of the East Richmond Education Centre, are currently housed in two school within sight of each other. The junior high students are in the old high school, which has an annual operating cost of $358,000 per year - just to maintain and heat the school. On top of this, the old high school recently underwent a remediation of their oil tank, costing $270,000 and counting. This is over $600,000 that should have been invested in our students. The proposed renovations would put all the students under one roof and one administration. Therefore my question again is, how can the minister justify wasting more money on operating two schools, rather than proceeding with the promised renovation and expansion?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, we will proceed with the renovations. I commend the Strait Regional School Board for looking at what's best for students in those two particular schools and putting forward to us a proposal that would

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make the two schools into one. That was a wise decision, program-wise, and also financially, and we will continue to move on with that project.

MR. SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, the renovation and expansion of the East Richmond Education Centre is about bring students, teachers and staff under one roof. It's about saving money on operating and administration costs and it's about the survival of this community and surrounding areas. Delaying this project is causing the community to question whether the government has other intentions, such as moving these students to another location. While the minister toured the school, I fear she did not appreciate the support for the school by this community or the anxiety that her decision to delay has caused. Therefore my final supplementary is, will the Minister of Education commit to joining me after the House rises, in St. Peter's, to meet with the School Advisory Committee, in order to better understand the importance of the renovation and expansion of the East Richmond Education Centre.

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MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I did visit that school. I would be glad to revisit that school and that community with the member for the area - as I am doing in many school communities across the province - to help them understand the process that we're going through, that the project has not been cancelled, it has been delayed.

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

HEALTH: AVASTIN - COVERAGE

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Health. Yesterday, we asked the minister what direction he had given to the Cancer Systemic Policy Committee regarding Avastin for their meeting today. The minister's answer neither confirmed nor denied that the committee is even meeting today, nor did he address whether or not they would be discussing Avastin. I have a simple and straightforward question to the Minister of Health - through you, Mr. Speaker, to the minister - is the Cancer Systemic Therapy Policy Committee discussing the coverage of Avastin at today's meeting?

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, yes, the committee has met. The committee - as far as I understand at this point they were looking at Avastin, at the further information that was provided by Mr. Connors.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): The question of whether to fund or not fund Avastin has been ongoing for a very long time. We know that the department is hesitant to pay for Avastin; we also know that the over 100 Nova Scotians who had been prescribed Avastin need the unaffordable drug to extend their lives. Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians need to know when the review committee will make their decision. My question through you, Mr.

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Speaker, to the Minister of Health is, will the minister table by the end of today the agenda from today's review committee meeting?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, and no.

MR. DAVID WILSON(Sackville-Cobequid): Well, it's good to see the minister is open and transparent when it comes to these meetings for Nova Scotians. I guess we'll have to wait to find out what the decision at that meeting was. Yesterday, the Minister of Health confirmed that the information had been forwarded to the committee for their review so my question to the minister through you, Mr. Speaker, after reading the information given to you from Jim Connors, do you feel that the department should fund Avastin?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, what I will say about the meeting today is that the committee, of course, meets once every three months for about a three-hour period. I know there was another drug that was on their agenda, I know that the information that was forwarded to them was going to be taken into consideration and I'm looking at the information to come from that meeting. It's simply that I cannot provide the agenda today, but I will be providing some information to the member opposite if he so well pleases in the near future.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

COM. SERV.: SENIORS' HOUSING UNITS - GENERATORS

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Community Services. Through freedom of information, my office asked for the number of seniors housing units that do not have a generator. Out of 259 seniors housing developments in the province, 176 do not have generators or wiring for a portable generator. In times of severe winter storms or disasters, these buildings need to be capable of keeping our seniors warm and safe. My question to the minister is, why has progress been so slow in wiring seniors housing for generators?

HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, to my honourable colleague across the way, of course, the safety and security of all those individuals that the Department of Community Services is responsible for is the upmost concern. We take the safety and security very seriously, we work with our various stakeholders, service providers and facilities across the province to ensure that in such cases as power outages we provide the best possible care we can, using the resources available to us.

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, of the 83 buildings that have generator capacity, only 30 have fixed generators on site. The rest are wired so that a portable generator could be plugged in, but a generator would still have to be found and delivered to the site. That means that most of the provincially owned seniors' buildings don't have the ability to provide

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power for heat and preparing meals. This will force seniors to be evacuated to another location. My question for the minister is, where is the plan to equip seniors housing with generators?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, again to my honourable colleague across the way, the department has retrofitted backup generators in seniors' apartment buildings based on priorities, using such factors as frequency and duration of power outages. In some cases, this involved the permanent installation of generators at a cost of approximately $100,000 while in others it meant the upgrading of wiring to allow for the connection of portable generators at a cost of $3,000 to $5,000. In December 2004, the department allocated $1 million in funding for the installation of these backup generators and we continue to do so in a manner as funds become available.

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, according to the list provided by the Department of Community Services, there are entire communities in our province that contain not one seniors' building with a generator or the wiring for a portable generator. Glace Bay, New Waterford, Stellarton, Truro, Windsor, Amherst and a five-storey building in my own constituency, and the list goes on and on. So my question for the minister is, how much longer will seniors' housing units go without backup power for residents?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, again, we take very seriously the safety and security of all of our residents. Indeed, in many communities across this province, fire departments provide an invaluable service. Comfort stations are provided and we ensure that we work diligently with the individuals in the communities to ensure the safety and security of all of our residents.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

EDUC. - RIVERVIEW HS/SYDNEY ACAD.: RENOVATIONS - COMPLETE

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. In 2003, this government made a commitment to fund both Riverview High School and Sydney Academy. Both schools are in desperate need of renovations and have been waiting for this government to fulfill its commitment for some time. This government committed $4.1 million to Riverview High School and $6 million to Sydney Academy for renovations to the respective schools. However, neither school has been completed. My question to the minister is, will the minister tell the students of Riverview High School and Sydney Academy why renovations have yet to be completed?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite and to all members, I have indicated that a scope of the work that was approved in 2003 continues. The commitment of the province continues and we will address those renovations, additions, projects as funds become available. I will also say to the House and to the member opposite,

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I did meet with the students from Middleton. I explained to them what was happening with their particular project. I would be glad to do that in any community.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I'm glad to hear the minister is meeting with the students in Middleton. I'm not talking about Middleton, I'm talking about Riverview High School and Sydney Academy, both in the riding of Cape Breton South and in Cape Breton Nova. These renovations are important for the students of Riverview High School and Sydney Academy. If the government makes a commitment to begin renovations, then it should keep its word. The renovations of Riverview High School have been put on hold twice by this government. The school was promised funding to complete the renovations in 2006-07 but was told that no funds were available. To no one's surprise, this government will not provide the financial aid needed to complete renovations yet again this year. I cannot understand why this government would start renovations one year only to delay its completion in the next year. My question to the minister is, why has the minister twice delayed renovations for Riverview High School?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, many of the renovations and additions that were approved in 2003, were approved as phases in a project and as one phase was completed we would move on to the next one. For that reason, some of the work has been delayed.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, it would seem that everything is being projected out another year. It could be there might be something happening in Nova Scotia next year that might put a little bit more interest in some of the renovation projects around the province. It's interesting to note that the government managed to find money for Northside Elementary School yet has delayed renovations for two schools in desperate need of repairs. This is despite the fact that commitments were made to both Riverview High School and Sydney Academy three years previously, in 2004. Both Riverview High School and Sydney Academy are in need of new music rooms as well as other important renovations such as technological upgrades. If these students are to obtain quality education, then they must be equipped with the facilities similar to those in other schools across the province.

My final supplementary, Mr. Speaker, will the minister agree to meet with the school administrators and parents of both Sydney Academy and Riverview High School at the earliest opportunity to discuss the delayed renovations?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I did indicate in my earlier comment that I had met with the students in Middleton and that I was prepared to meet with other students and community groups across the province. That does include Sydney and Riverview.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Queens.

HEALTH PROM. & PROTECTION: HALIFAX 2014 - INVESTMENT

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MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. The Halifax 2014 bid for the Commonwealth Games has come to an end, but some questions remain. A lot of effort and money has been put forth in the bid proposal and the result is many documents, architectural plans and reports on building much- needed infrastructure in HRM. There is a growing concern that this wealth of information will be lost once the Halifax 2014 Bid Society wraps up operations. My question to the minister through you is, what plans does his department have to ensure this investment is not a waste?

HON. BARRY BARNET: First of all, Mr. Speaker, I will say to the member opposite that she's absolutely right, there is a significant investment in design and planning work. It's an investment that we, as taxpayers in the Province of Nova Scotia, believe is something that we will have some use for in the future. We intend to retrieve that from the Bid Society and hold that in the province and the municipality for future use - future use that will come in handy when we start to unfold the $150 million investment over the next 10 years in sport and recreation facilities in this province, something that we're very proud of on this side and we would hope the members opposite would support the budget so that we can see that money be spent in this province.

MS. CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, part of the plans to host the Games included the Gaming Corporation initiating a Support 4 Sport lottery program that would have contributed a maximum of $500,000 to the Games if we won the bid. Now that the bid process is over, this money should be put towards addressing the infrastructure challenges that contributed to the bid's demise - not lost in general revenues or some other stream of funding. My question through you to the minister is, will his department work with the Gaming Corporation to ensure this money for sports helps build part of the legacy the Games were intended to supply?

MR. BARNET: Mr. Speaker, that is exactly our intention. We will add that money to the $150 million that we will be investing as a result of this budget, the $30 million that we already invest over the next 10 years. So that $150 million, the $30 million plus the $500,000 that the member opposite talks about, means an investment of $180,500,000 in sport infrastructure in this province, and it is something we're very proud of on this side of the House.

MS. CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, we will be holding the minister accountable to that commitment. The Games bid is over but there is much to learn from this process. We hope that the institutional knowledge won't be lost when Halifax 2014 closes its doors for good. My question through you to the minister is, what concrete steps will his department take to move forward on the lessons learned from the bid?

MR. BARNET: Mr. Speaker, let me first of all correct my earlier answer. In fact, I said that we would be investing $180,500,000, the actual answer is $230,500,000 over the

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next 10 years, but what I'll tell the member opposite is that $230,500,000 will be well spent to help address the sport infrastructure needs here in this province, something that we're very proud of, and we would encourage the members opposite to support this budget so that we can move forward and support Nova Scotians. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

HEALTH: PHYSICIANS - RETENTION

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health. A study published in yesterday's Canadian Medical Association Journal uncovered that one in nine doctors educated in Canada are now practicing medicine in the United States. Even if you exclude those doctors who are born in the U.S., the number is still one in 12. The impact of this loss of doctors is as if two average-sized Canadian medical schools did nothing but train doctors for the U.S.

In 2006, Mr. Speaker, there were 8,162 Canadian-educated doctors providing direct patient care in the United States. My question to the minister is, what is this government doing to retain all medical school graduates born or educated in Nova Scotia?

[3:30 p.m.]

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I thank you for the question and it is a bit concerning to us that this is happening, but these are people who undertake the training, are under a free will and can make a decision to practice anywhere in the world. So we will try our best to continue to work with the Dalhousie Medical School, in this case to work with those people to see if they can stay in the Province of Nova Scotia.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, of the Canadian-educated doctors working in the U.S., 1,023 were working in rural practices. Many parts of this province, rural parts of this province, are in desperate need of doctors and this government has to find a way to keep those doctors at home.

The United Kingdom will be graduating huge classes of medical students in the next five years and there is already a surplus of doctors there. Mr. Speaker, we need to create a plan to make Canada and Nova Scotia an attractive alternative to foreign-trained doctors as well.

My next question for the minister is what is this government doing to attract and recruit doctors from international medical schools?

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MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, we continue to work with the CAP Programs, which of course have been extremely successful in retaining foreign-trained doctors in Nova Scotia. We'll continue to work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons. I also want to comment that over the last 18 months we have recruited 188 new doctors in the Province of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia has the highest per capita of doctors of anywhere in Canada.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Health recently announced a radiation therapy wait time guarantee funded with some pre-election money from the Harper Government. Dr. Colin McMillan, President of the Canadian Medical Association, argues that more doctors and nurses will be needed to make wait times guarantee a possibility. He says, and I quote, "The bottom line is, you can have all the benchmarks and all the standards, but unless you have the professionals in place to do the job, it won't be done."

My final question for the minister then, Mr. Speaker, is where is our health human resources plan for this province?

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member opposite for bringing the issue of the wait time guarantee that we will be providing Nova Scotians and the monies that will be flowing from our partners, the federal government. Part of that plan, of course, will be the increasing of equipment in the province, making sure that we have the linear accelerators and the equipment required, but it also includes retention and training money for individuals who will be providing the service to Nova Scotians in need of that service.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

TCH - MUSEUMS: FUNDING GAP -ADDRESS

MS. JOAN MASSEY: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Community museums play a critical role in preserving our past and in providing a quality visitor experience for tourists. As the Voluntary Planning Heritage Task Force outlined, the Community Museum Assistance Program is overtaxed and cannot provide adequate support to the museums that qualify for help. The task force recommended capping the number of museums getting help and increasing the pool of funding.

My question to the minister is how will his government address this funding gap?

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and to the member opposite, thank you for the question - it is a very good question with regard to the Community Museum Assistance Program. Currently we have the largest decentralized museum system in the country. We have 94 museums, 27 locally operated by the province, 67 independent museums that are funded under the CMAP by communities, and that

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CMAP, right now, puts out over $880,000 a year to keep those museums and communities open and keep them operational.

Mr. Speaker, we take great pride in that and we will continue to support those museums as time goes on. Thank you.

MS. MASSEY: Mr. Speaker, funding for these small museums has remained the same, but expenses have increased. To make matters worse, the government is charging more for some of the services to the museums that they used to rely on for promotion. The cost of a small ad, for example, in the Doers' and Dreamers' TravelGuide has doubled from $500 to $1,000. Museums have even been told that they may have to pay for their own brochures, a service that was once provided. So I do ask the minister again, when can community museums expect to see improved support?

MR. GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, thank you again for the question. I would hope, with this particular announcement, that we would see support from the members opposite for the current budget. There is an increase in the heritage budget of $1 million this year in the 2007 budget (Applause) and a part of that will be apportioned to the CMAP program to help fund the community museums, so there will be an increase in that budget.

MS. MASSEY: Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, our small museums don't have many ways to lower the costs other than to cut their programs, and that's what's happening. They can't make the power bills smaller, they can't make them cheaper. They have to contend with issues like increased minimum wage and advertising costs. My question, minister, is, how much longer will these essential community museums have to struggle before you take some action?

MR. GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite again, I will repeat, the department this year through the budget has increased their budget $1 million. I don't know how much sooner it can be. As long as we get support from the members opposite with this particular budget, you will see immediate support for these community museums and we will continue to work with them to make sure they're viable within the community. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou East.

COM. SERV.: RIVERVIEW HOME - UPDATE

MR. CLARRIE MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Community Services. Riverview Home - in Riverton, Pictou County - houses 100 adult residents under the care of the Department of Community Services. The home was constructed in 1920 and is showing its age. The building is in fundamental need of renewal for the comfort and safety of its residents and staff. My question to the minister is, when will this 87-year-old facility be updated?

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HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I thank my honourable colleague to rise and respond to this question. During Estimates, I responded to the very same question and I'll respond in the same way. We were pleased to be able to provide funding to the Riverview Home in the fiscal 2006-07 to the tune of $375,000 to help that facility - in addition to their regular funding - to help them address the deficit situation they found themselves in. Of course, that provides an opportunity for the facility to offset some monies and some resources. We recognize that we have an aging facility and we have a plan in place to assist the folks at Riverview and the community.

MR. MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, there is a need for major expenditures there. There is poor wiring, an antiquated kitchen and food service area, and old bath lifts. Even worse, two people sharing a room have 100 square feet in which to live. To paint a picture of what that looks like, there is room for two single beds and a tiny walking space between. You can't even open a bureau because space is so cramped. My question to the minister is, why are residents expected to live in such uncomfortable conditions?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, again to my honourable colleague, thank you very much for the opportunity to again respond as I did during estimates about the fine work being done at Riverview by the board and the management there. They provide a phenomenal service. My honourable colleague, the member for Pictou Centre, visited with me and my department, brought the issue to me along with the issues that the honourable member brings to me today. It is for that very reason we were able to provide an additional $375,000 to the Riverview centre, as well as an additional $80,000 on top of that to address some of those very important needs.

MR. MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I'm looking for more than I got out of the Estimates and more than I'm getting here today. The staff delivers top-notch care to the residents and they seek to make Riverview a facility of excellence. If the minister would only visit, she would see the conditions these residents are force to live in day after day. My question to the minister is, will she commit to touring Riverview Home and working with the facility management to address these deficiencies as quickly as possible?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, to my honourable colleague across the way, the response I gave during Estimates is the exact same response he will get today. I would be delighted to come with the member for Pictou East, along with the member for Pictou Centre and any other member who would like to tour the facility with us as we lay out very clearly the plan that we have for a very complex, complete project for the facility at Riverview.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

EDUC.: CLASS SIZES - ADDRESS

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. An adequate and stable learning environment is essential for the overall development of Nova

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Scotia youth in this province. However, Nova Scotia educators continue to feel the strain of large class sizes that make it difficult for students to receive the one-on-one attention they deserve. While the government's Learning For Life initiative has helped reduced class size for Primary to Grade 3, the minister has yet to address class sizes that continue to burden educators, particularly at junior and senior high levels. My question to the minister is, does this government have a long-term commitment to address large class sizes in Nova Scotia so that our youth receive the quality education they deserve?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, there was a commitment, there still is a commitment to this government to cap sizes in the elementary from P-6. We have begun that. We have capped up to the end of Grade 3 and our commitment is still there to take that to the end of Grade 6. I would like to remind all members of the House that our average class sizes across the province are something that we are proud of. We have an average class size in elementary of 22 students per class; junior high, 24.9; and senior high, 23.7.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, it is clear this government does not have long-term vision to address the needs of secondary students in this province. Stats obtained from Halifax Regional School Board show that class sizes in the HRSB alone were substantially high. The number of class sizes at the junior high level ranging from 26 to 30 students in HRSB was 262. Furthermore, class sizes ranging 31 to 35 students were 67 while 10 classes had over 35. These percentages generally exist across the province. This is clearly unacceptable to both the students who attend junior high and the teachers who put in countless hours to educate them.

Mr. Speaker, the Hogg report addressed declining enrolments but did not address the issue of large class sizes. My question to the minister is, will you make class size reduction a clear mandate for all students in this province?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I will repeat that we have made a commitment to begin that process. We did take the cap to the end of Grade 3, made a commitment to take it to Grade 6. We are constantly monitoring class sizes and in particular - as the member would know - when we had some situations in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board this year, we immediately went in as a province to work with the board to try to address those. We will continue that commitment.

MR. GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, large class sizes are detrimental to any student's learning environment. The minister is wondering why Nova Scotia continues to score among the lowest in Provincial Assessment scores. Large class sizes would be a good place to start.

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In regard to the AVRSB, the number of classes ranging from 26 to 30 students is 410. Furthermore, class sizes ranging from 31 to 35, approximately 210. This year there are over

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60 classes with 35 or more students. These figures were obtained from AVRSB. My question to the minister is, will this government make class size reduction a priority for both junior and senior high students so they can reach their maximum potential?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, I will make a commitment that we will continue to monitor class sizes across the province, putting the resources where we need to make sure that we maximize students' time on task. I would remind all members of the House that even in the face of declining enrolment, approximately between 2,000 to 3,000 fewer students each year, we have maintained our teaching allocation.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

ENVIRON. & LBR.: COASTAL ZONE MGT. POLICY - DEVELOP

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Environment and Labour. Coastal Zone Management is yet another area where this government continues to show a lack of leadership. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change report identifies Nova Scotia as a vulnerable region, predicting accelerated sea level rise and coastal erosion. My question is, given that the majority of our population live on or near our coasts and earn their livelihoods from the bounty and beauty of our waters in the offshore, and given the fact that other provinces have comprehensive management policies for their coastal zones and communities, why hasn't his department and the Government of Nova Scotia followed suit in developing a coastal zone management policy for Nova Scotia?

MR. SPEAKER: The Minister of Environment and Labour.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, conversely, this government has been very proactive. In 2004, my department, along with the department of my colleague, the Minister of Energy, commissioned a report in which we studied what would happen with rising sea levels, a very thorough study. I would be happy to give it to the member for his perusal. I launched the water management strategy in Dartmouth, and one of the stated intentions at that time was to look at what would happen with coastal waters. The Minister of Energy and myself worked collaboratively with the Minister of Fisheries on this issue, as well.

MR. PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, we know there have been studies and reviews. What we are asking for is a coastal zone management plan.

The minister knows that a major coastal issue affecting my riding is that of infilling on the North West Arm. This historic waterway is being destroyed by a complex web of overlapping and sometimes conflicting government authorities. There was hope that an inter-agency working group on the North West Arm could be used to illustrate how different levels of government could work together to manage our coastal zones. However, the province has taken the position in this pilot project that they have no jurisdiction above or below the high-water mark, in other words no responsibility. Why is his department refusing

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to take any responsibility for protecting and securing access to our shorelines for future generations?

MR. PARENT: Mr. Speaker, usually I don't like questions, but I'm going through withdrawal from my electronic devices, so it's good to get a question. (Laughter)

He sort of confused me, because we started on climate change and now we're talking about access to coastal zones, so I was just making the mental shift. We just spent $27.5 million, some of those on coastal property. There have been islands that the Minister of Natural Resources has bought in the fair riding of the Minister of Justice and the riding of the Minister of Health, and we have been rolling these out at a speed so fast that I'm sure the member couldn't keep up with it, and that's why he doesn't know about it.

MR. PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, I'm disappointed that the minister is more worried about access to his Blackberry than he is worried to access to coastal zones. (Applause)

In my constituency, the void left by the province has been filled by the Halifax Regional Municipality, who are actively taking steps to protect the North West Arm by limiting infilling opportunities on its shore. While damage has already been done, the Halifax Regional Municipality is trying to find solutions in an area where the province has refused to play a leadership role. My question to the minister is why is the government downloading responsibility for coastal zone protection to our municipalities?

MR. PARENT: Mr. Speaker, if the member discussed with HRM fully, he would know that our department is involved and other departments are involved. We work collaboratively with municipalities. We do that in many different ways. My department is the lead in working with municipalities on solid waste, on many other projects, and this is one we are working collaboratively with them, as I responded to the person who queried me during estimates on this question.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

ENVIRON.& LBR.: MUNICIPAL POLICY - ENVIRONMENTAL SOUNDNESS

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, thank you, my question is for the Minister of Environment. Last week, as you know, we saw the release of a really disturbing international report talking about the dangers of global warming. The next day though, I was amazed to hear the solid waste manager of Halifax Regional Municipality say that plastic bags won't be banned in HRM because the municipality reaps $75,000 a year by selling used bags overseas for recycling. Maybe so, but the environmental cost of producing the bags and shipping them, gathering up 400,000 tons of used bags, bailing them, transporting them to Asia, and recycling them there is borne by all of us in Nova Scotia and far beyond. My question to the minister is, given the collaboration between the levels of government that he

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has spoken of, what is the minister doing to ensure municipal policy in this province is in fact environmentally sound?

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, some of my officials are meeting right now with municipal officials in terms of composting and in regard to solid waste materials and coming up with a plan for that. We meet with the municipalities on a constant basis, I meet with them on a yearly basis, we have a very good arrangement with the municipalities. We are also monitoring the efforts underway in a town of Manitoba where they're banning plastic bags. Looking at that issue, we are monitoring it to see what the reaction will be out there.

MS. RAYMOND: Well, I hope that the Manitoba town will be a useful example and that this will in fact take place. My question is again for the minister on a slightly different topic. My constituency contains 20,000 people and it lies entirely within the Halifax Regional Municipality yet there is no public transit for more than 2,500 households in the area, all those which lie along the 33 kilometres of road described as the Sambro Loop. The public transit stops 16 kilometres away from the furthest end of the loop. There are two convenience stores - excuse me, one convenience store as of this weekend - no doctors office, no seniors residence and no formal childcare available in this area. Anyone living on the Sambro loop has to drive a private vehicle to access any of these services. They live inside a municipality and it's a lot of greenhouse gas emissions it takes.

My question to the minister, why does the province not require public transit or zoning to allow local provision of services where population density demands it?

MR. PARENT: Mr. Speaker, the member raises a good question. As she knows and as I responded in Estimates, the issue of density of population comes into play in public transit systems. We are trying very hard to support public transit systems across the province and I will defer to the Minister of Energy who made a recent announcement in Halifax about hybrid buses and let him elucidate the member about what we're doing.

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, buses indeed, public transit is very important to the peninsula of Halifax and also the initiatives of this government. I was pleased to announce just two weeks ago that our government is in partnership with the HRM and supplied $600,000 for hybrid buses and I hope that pleases the member. Thank you.

MS. RAYMOND: Hybrid buses are nice but any bus is better than a whole series of private vehicles that are required to get to services. I would suggest that the basic service should be provided before we begin worrying about more. Again to the minister however on a related topic - No bus from my house. Again to the minister, many of my constituents depend on wells but, many of their neighbours use herbicides to keep weed - free lawns. Halifax Regional Municipality has been given the authority to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides but other municipalities don't even have the ability to ban them let alone the obligation. My question to the Minister of Environment is, when will he act to ensure that

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municipalities in Nova Scotia are making environmentally sound decisions for the protection of all of the people of Nova Scotia?

MR. PARENT: Mr. Speaker, we're going on a wide variety of environmental issues today. I've been in contact with the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and at our recent meeting of the ministers and the representatives from UNSM, this topic was raised with me by the representative of the Town of Wolfville and I promised him at that stage I would take another look at it in conjunction with the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

PREM.: BUDGET (FED.) - OPPOSITION

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, the recent federal budget was a clear betrayal to Nova Scotians by the Stephen Harper Conservative Government. By denying us the benefits of the Atlantic Accord, the Federal Conservative Government is intent on denying our province a prosperous future. Following the budget, I and the Leader of NDP met with the Premier to indicate our full support for his fight with Ottawa. Unfortunately, we haven't seen much of a fight just yet. The most we have heard from the Premier is that he is "disappointed." So my question to the Premier is, is your government now waving the white flag in the face of the challenge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I can assure the Interim Leader of the Liberal Party that this government is committed to the Offshore Accord. That this government has laid out very clearly its intentions of what it wants to see for our province. During the past week, I've had discussions with a number of individuals from the federal level. My office continues that discussion as well and I can assure my honourable colleague, through you, that we will continue to do all we can.

MR. SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, for three weeks, Nova Scotians have waited for a game plan or a vision from the Premier on how to make our case to the federal government. While one would have hoped that our Conservative MPs in Nova Scotia - Peter MacKay, Bill Casey and Gerald Keddy - would have come to our defense, they have instead chosen to take refuge in the Conservative cocoon in Ottawa. While we see the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the Premier of Saskatchewan, fighting Ottawa, our Premier mysteriously remains silent. Therefore, my question is, does the Premier actually have a plan, or does he even have the will to fight Ottawa and save the Atlantic Accord for Nova Scotians?

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I have indicated my commitment with regard to Offshore Accord for the people of Nova Scotia, and I stand by my words.

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MR. SAMSON: Well, Mr. Speaker, I'm sure the Premier doesn't need to be reminded that actions speak louder than words, and Nova Scotians are waiting to see action from this Premier and from this government. To date, three weeks later, no trip to Ottawa to plead our case. No media campaign to inform Canadians of the benefits of the Atlantic Accord. No meetings with other Premiers.

Nova Scotians want a prosperous future and they want to be self-sufficient. The biggest thing standing between our province and prosperity is the Prime Minister and the Conservative Government in Ottawa. Nova Scotians are waiting for our Premier to stand up and fight for our province. So my final supplementary to the Premier, very simply, are you a Nova Scotian first, or a Tory first?

AN HON. MEMBER: Here we go. Here we go.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I'm a Nova Scotian that was part of a government that got the Offshore Accord for the people of this province. I'm a Nova Scotian who will stand up to Ottawa on this issue, I can assure you. I am a Nova Scotian who will not do what the previous Liberal Government did, who didn't fight for the rights of Nova Scotians. (Applause) I will fight for them. I will stand with this government. I will stand with Nova Scotians until Nova Scotians get what they rightfully deserve.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

Order, please. The honourable member for Pictou West has the floor.

TPW.: MOOSELAND ROAD REPAIRS - PLAN

MR. CHARLES PARKER: Mr. Speaker, my question through you is to the Minister of Transportation and Public Works. The saga of the Mooseland Road continues. Residents along this road are worried and have great concern for their safety. The asphalt and road bed continue to deteriorate and the only work they are able to secure from government is a menagerie of patchwork. Local resident William Preston said what is really needed to make the roads safe is a long-term plan, to have the road bed and pavement repaired. Local people know that it can't be done in a single year but what they really want is a plan to repair the bed, not yearly patch jobs. So my question through you to the minister is, when will he bring forward a plan to make the needed repairs on the Mooseland Road?

[4:00 p.m.]

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the honourable member making a plea on behalf of an area of the province outside of Pictou West, and I'm glad to see that he's prepared to see needs that are required elsewhere, and we do attempt to address work all over the province. I'm fully aware of the concerns of the residents and those who use the Mooseland Road. The honourable member also appreciates that we're dealing with

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limited funds and we do address priorities on a year-by-year basis and if the honourable member wants to offer up some of his work to the Mooseland Road, we'll take it under consideration.

MR. PARKER: Well, Mr. Speaker, we all know that yes, funds are tight and there's not a lot of money around these days from this government for paving, but what is really bothering the people on the Mooseland Road and other roads like it throughout Nova Scotia is that there is a complete lack of a strategic plan when it comes to making repairs. The Mooseland Road has been promised remedial work, but taking the money and simply using it for patching is not enough, it is not a wise investment - the bed beneath the road is shot and is in need of repairs.

My question to the minister, again, is why won't he make a wise and strategic investment and repair the bed so that the same holes do not have to be patched again next year?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, as I indicated to the honourable member, we do assess roads and we do have priorities with respect to addressing those roads. The condition of the Mooseland Road is something with which we are familiar, and when funds become available we will address the deficiencies on that road.

MR. PARKER: Mr. Speaker, residents on roads like this could look at a long-term plan that would show them an end result where they would have safe roads to drive on, roads where they didn't have to ride on the opposite side of the road just to get past the rough spots, or where the would have a road where potholes didn't take money out of their pockets for repairs, or where they could see a plan and trace its progress year by year. So my question is why is this government unwilling to create a long-term plan that would make wise investments in our secondary roads?

MR. MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, we do, in fact, have a plan with respect to addressing the needs of all roads throughout the province. With respect to the Mooseland Road, I can tell the honourable member that the member for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and myself will be travelling that road later this Spring and that, of course, will form part of our assessment of the needs on that road.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

HUMAN RIGHTS: SENIORS' CONDO/ APT. DEVS. - PROHIBITION

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act presently prohibits discrimination, by those renting or selling housing, on the basis of age. While discrimination clearly ought to be prevented in our society, the broad application of the Act actually

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prohibits the construction of condo and apartment developments specifically targeting our aging population.

My question to the minister is why does the Human Rights Act continue to prohibit seniors' condos or apartment developments?

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I'll certainly take that question under advisement, but I'd like to determine whether in fact that's true or not. I think that there may be an opportunity for that type of complaint to be followed through by the Human Rights, but I'll certainly take it under advisement and report back to the honourable member.

MS. MORE; Mr. Speaker, other provinces in Canada allow "55 and older" housing developments in the private sector; New Brunswick, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, and Saskatchewan all have legislation that enables designated seniors' housing. We have a growing population of baby boomers who would like to sell their homes for something more accessible in a senior-friendly environment. Changes to the Human Rights Act are required before such developments can happen in Nova Scotia. My question to the minister is why can't this province investigate the changes necessary to provide this choice in our aging population?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, I believe that the issue the honourable member is bringing forward is a very important issue. I think it's a matter of interpretation of that very section, but I will undertake to review that and report back to the member.

MS. MORE: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that because the construction industry in Nova Scotia believes the interpretation given to them is that this is not allowed in Nova Scotia, so it certainly is worth investigating.

I want to be clear that nobody is advocating that landlords be allowed to refuse to rent or sell to families under normal circumstances, however other jurisdictions have found a way to balance human rights' issues with a market demand for specialized, accessible and secure seniors' housing. My question to the minister is, will he commit to reviewing our legislation compared to other provinces that allow seniors-only housing developments?

MR. SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, yes.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Preston.

HEALTH: 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES - CRITERIA

MR. KEITH COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. Last week the Public Accounts Committee members heard from the deputy minister of Health Promotion who stated, on several occasions, that the primary reason for the 2014 Commonwealth Games budget that ran out of cost control and the

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province could not afford the Games was because the criteria for the stadium complex had changed in midstream to Olympic standards. However the bid committee's CEO this morning told the committee that the criteria had not changed - my question to the minister is, which is it?

HON. BARRY BARNET: Mr. Speaker, let me answer the member's question this way. The primary reason this government did not move forward with the Commonwealth Games is cost. We believe it's irresponsible to spend $1.7 billion to support the Games that, initially, we were under the impression would cost $785 million. If the member opposite thinks it's appropriate, let him explain that to his constituents, but for our sake we believe that it's appropriate to make the decision we did based on the fiscal capacity of this province.

MR. COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm going to ask the question again to the minister. It was clear this morning that the CEO of the Games Committee clearly stated, under several questions of the same question, what changed the bid? He said it had nothing to do with the criteria. It was, but a week before, the deputy minister had said that was the reason, the total reason for the cost increase of almost $1 billion. There seems to be a disconnect between government and the committee, so could the minister describe to us now why was this disconnect and was this disconnect on a regular basis and did the government really know what was going on with this whole bid process?

MR. BARNETT: Mr. Speaker, I'll say to the member opposite and to all Nova Scotians, there may be a disconnect, but what there isn't a disconnect in is the fact that the estimates were $785 million to host these Games, the costs came in at $1.7 billion. We weren't prepared to risk the financial stability of this province - that's why we made the decision we made, and I believe it's the right decision and Nova Scotians support us for making that decision.

MR. COLWELL: Mr. Speaker, I can tell you the taxpayers of this province are very disappointed at the over $7 million it took this government to figure out that it was going to cost too much for the people in this province to pay for - they should have figured that out before you spent the $7-plus million, maybe as high as $10 million. That's money that could have gone to other functions in this province - badly needed roads, recreational facilities, and other things in the province that really are needed by the taxpayers.

We've been embarrassed, we've embarrassed the city, we've embarrassed this province, and we've embarrassed our country by moving forward with this and not being properly prepared. My question to the minister is, do you now regret the lack of intention and the intervention from yourself and the Premier to ensure the success of the bid of these Games, and to follow the affordability of the Games before it was realized that it was $1.7 billion that the taxpayers would have to pay, and they already had paid $7 million to $10 million to figure that out?

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MR. BARNET: First of all, Mr. Speaker, let me correct the honourable member with some of his figures. In fact the province's contribution was only $3.5 million to the bid process, of which we believe it all hasn't been spent. In addition to that, the fundamental question here is would we rather be embarrassed or broke, and I would choose embarrassed. In fact, I'm not embarrassed, but we didn't believe it was appropriate to risk the financial stability of this province to spend $1.7 billion on the Games with significant risks identified to us through a number of reports. It's a decision that I understand the majority of Nova Scotians support. It's a decision I think this government is very proud of.

In addition to that, Mr. Speaker, the honourable member doesn't point out today that moving forward with hosting these Games was a unanimous decision of this House of Assembly, not just this government's. So there is some level of support on that side that has to be considered as well.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

ENERGY: RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR - PLANS

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Energy. The Electricity Market Governance Committee report has sat on the desks of various Ministers of Energy, with really nothing done on it and the renewable energy industry sector is waiting for action from this government on this. They've been fairly silent on it, so I want to ask the Minister of Energy, why have you not introduced feed-in tariffs and other measures to grow the renewable energy sector in this province?

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to stand in my place today and announce to the House that this government's initiative to move forward on the electricity file has been very aggressive. I have answered the questions of the member in the estimates and I'll stand here in my place that we have proceeded with a number of initiatives to move towards a greener and cleaner Nova Scotia, in regard to renewables.

MR. CORBETT: The EMGC he ignores, but he's moving forward. Mr. Speaker, this minister has twisted and turned in the wind - when it was blowing - on renewable energy. (Interruptions) First he says he's in favour of a big increase in renewable energy and then he says he's not. So coming out of the EMGC there was to be an energy bill. I want to ask this minister, where is his energy - Bill? (Laughter)

MR. DOOKS: Yes, I'm going to say it.

Frankly speaking, Mr. Speaker, 20 per cent of renewables in the mix by 2013, the municipal utilities are permitted to buy green energy from independent power producers, we have permitted to the Utility and Review Board the usage of the grid, and we are now moving towards top-up in spill for the renewable energy family and community. I stand in

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my place and say that we have moved, and are still continuing to move aggressively, to a cleaner and greener Nova Scotia under the direction of our Premier.

[4:15 p.m.]

MR. CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, you know, he stands in his place and says that he's for a greener and more sustainable future for this province, and by his Premier, but last week in estimates he told me that he was personally against Standard Offer Contracts and would not move forward on it. So he's allowing his personal bias to stand in the way of small renewable companies in rural Nova Scotia getting involved. I want to ask the minister to explain to us why he refuses to introduce feed-in tariffs to generate community-based wind energy sectors to the good of rural Nova Scotia?

MR. DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, we're not in the business to dictate the price that ratepayers in Nova Scotia should pay for kilowatt hours. There's a mechanism in place called the Utility and Review Board and that mechanism has proven successful as a caretaker of the ratepayers of Nova Scotia.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

EDUC. - B. ED. PROG.: SPACES - INCREASE

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education. Post-secondary education is extremely important to the future success of our province, yet year after year hundreds of bright young Nova Scotians are forced to leave this province in order to obtain teaching degrees. With a teaching shortage looming in this province, it is time the government takes responsibility for its inaction and finally addresses the need for more Bachelor of Education program spaces. My question to the minister is, what is the minister's plan to increase the number of enrolment spaces for Nova Scotia's Bachelor of Education programs?

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the question. I want to remind the member and all members of the House that teacher education and certification is another area that I have called for a review. That review will begin this month of April, with the report due to me in November. In that review, we will be looking at where we deliver our BEd. Programs, the duration of those programs, the composition of those programs because we recognize that we have a need in our province for teachers and we want to look at how we can meet that need in the most efficient way.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, we all know that this province has among the finest post-secondary institutions in the country and several of those institutions currently have two-year Bachelor of Education programs, but many of the institutions turn away students because of limited capacity. There are other institutions, such as Cape Breton University, that are interested in providing teacher education. In fact, the post-Shapiro

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review of teacher education recommended that the minister establish a committee proposing any future policy changes with respect to teacher education programs and that CBU should be included as one of the institutions interested in teacher professional development.

My question to the minister is, will the minister listen to the recommendation made by the post-Shapiro review and include Cape Breton University in any future discussions surrounding teacher professional development?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, to the member opposite, the review that is being conducted will include a review consultation with all of the universities in the province, but I have made this statement publicly and I will make it again - I do not believe that Nova Scotia students who wish to have a BEd. program should have to leave the province to get that.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, since the 2004-05 school year there have been about 600 teacher retirements. That means one in six teachers have retired over the past two years alone. Not only does Cape Breton University have the ability to provide teacher education so that Nova Scotians aren't forced to leave the province, they can also help deal with teacher shortages that the province is currently facing. If Bachelor of Education programs are not provided in other Nova Scotian institutions, then students will continue to leave the province, and possibly they will leave permanently. My final question for the minister is, will the minister implement the recommendations made by the Shapiro Report and increase the number of institutions offering Bachelor of Education programs?

MS. CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I look forward to the report and recommendations that come out of the review committee's work and I will not prejudge what that will be, but I have made it very clear in the terms of reference that one of the things that should be looked at is where we provide that teacher training program in the province to make sure that we do meet the needs of those students who want to study in Nova Scotia and that we are geographically kind to those students in our province.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

COM. SERV. - HARRIETSFIELD: CHILD CARE FACILITY - ESTABLISH

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Community Services. I have been speaking with a young mother who lives in Harrietsfield, where there is no bus, and works in Dartmouth. Her daughters go to school in Harrietsfield, of course, and while she is at work they require lunch and after-school care. Her income qualifies her for an affordable child care subsidy. Unfortunately, this subsidy is absolutely worthless to this family because there are no licenced child care facilities in the area. My question to the minister is, when in the 10-year plan will there be a licenced child care facility where it is needed and established in the Harrietsfield area so there is in fact a use for the portable subsidies offered?

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HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, to my honourable colleague, the plan that Nova Scotia has put into place after consultation with stakeholders, with the industry, with parents is a solid plan. We build it in the first five years, we get it on the ground, we make those spaces available to parents, we make the industry stronger with the investments that we've made. As we do that, we sustain the plan for the duration of 10 years and beyond. As we move forward with the plan, we will have it unfold across the province, in a well thought out, well planned manner, so that all of the areas of the province and the challenges they face with child care can be addressed.

MS. RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, I can't help but find it very telling that the minister refers to child care as an industry. Child care is needed where there are children - it has nothing to do with industry. There was however licensed child care at an affordable rate in the Riverview Day Care in the Spryfield area until a couple of years ago when it was allowed to go. Mr. Speaker, these children logistically cannot leave the community to go to a licensed child care facility. The lack of licensed child care facility in the area means that many families just plain can't get their children to any sort of child care facility at an affordable price and they are left with very difficult choices to make. My question what use is a portable child care subsidy without a child care facility to use it in?

MS. STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, to my honourable colleague across the way, portability is a very serious issue, it's one that we want to ensure that those subsidized spaces are available for families - indeed it is the choice in quality child care that is so extremely important. I know that my honourable colleague will be interested to know that the family home day care roll out component of the 10- year- plan will be any day now. We will be able to provide those opportunities all across the province and I hope areas like my honourable colleague's will take advantage of this very exciting new component and part of the 10- year- plan.

MS. RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate this but without ensuring that there is in fact funding available for child care facilities, I hope that the minister will be able to guarantee that there are facilities. Many Nova Scotians are unable to work because legally they cannot leave their children at home alone even if they chose to do so. Without core funding many child care facilities cannot survive. Core funding used to be provided in the form of allocated guaranteed subsidies. This meant that places were available within the communities where they were needed. I do not know, and I hope that the minister can tell me, whether or not there will in fact be reliable funding for a licensed child care facility in all of the communities where there are children.

My question, what is your government doing to ensure that there is licensed child care available for the children who need them where they need them and that this child care facility does not simply disappear taking with it the worthless portable subsidies?

MS. STREATCH: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker...

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The time allotted for the Oral Question Period has expired.

OPPOSITION MEMBERS' BUSINESS

PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Liberal House Leader.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 51.

Bill No. 51 - Workers' Compensation Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I'm certainly pleased today to rise and speak on Bill No. 51. . .

MR. SPEAKER: On an introduction, the member will yield the floor. Thank you.

The honourable The Premier on an introduction.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I'll be very quick. I'd like to draw the members' attention to the east gallery. A couple of guests with us here today. The Mayor of Canso and a former member of this Legislative Assembly, Mr. Ray White - welcome here to the Assembly. As well, the Warden of my own area, the Municipality of Inverness, Mr. Duart MacAulay, who is also the Councillor of the Whycocomagh area. Welcome to the Legislature today. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm certainly pleased today to rise and speak on Bill No. 51. This bill was introduced, now, for the second time, which is to work to get compensation for the Springhill miners widows, as well as widows from industrial accidents in the Province of Nova Scotia.

The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and extended it to prohibit discrimination on the basis of marital status. This was a landmark decision by the Supreme Court, of course which was really a part of and an extension of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In relatively short order, British Columbia and Ontario moved to compensate their widows. Just last year, Newfoundland and Labrador also took the steps to provide the compensation they felt was just and right for these widows.

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Now, the Government of Nova Scotia made it clear that because their spouses died before 1985 and they remarried, the government, in effect, considered them nonexistent. As a result, those who remarried lost the small amount of compensation or survivors benefits they were receiving after, in particular, mine disasters in Springhill, and also a smaller number in Cape Breton who were affected by such industrial accidents. So these widows who remarried ended up losing even the small amount that could have helped them, and especially many left with young families and large families. Of course, it put a huge burden on them.

Many would ask the question, and I know it was asked in this Legislature many years ago, what's the difference between a spouse's death before 1985 and one who died after that year? It's an obvious one, that in many ways, both the Legislature and the courts, for a period of time, had not adequately dealt with.

Now the widows of Springhill miners and industrial accident victims actually won their case in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. They felt they were entitled to compensation and they hired a lawyer and took the case to the Supreme Court and were able to put a substantial amount of evidence forward which, in fact, lead to a Supreme Court decision in their favour. Of course, they celebrated this victory, because many now were about to see their quality of life improve.

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During the period of the trial, many of the widows who came forward told their stories. There were many stories of desperation that were presented. Many were left with large families, some who remarried and the second marriage did not work out, and, as a result, their quality of life was a pretty desperate one, without adequate income to look after children and, really, to look after themselves. When the case was won, widows actually were notified of how much they would receive. This was going to be a time of significant improvement for their personal lives, the homes they lived in could be upgraded. However, in 1999, Premier Hamm of the day, appealed the workers' compensation benefits. During that time is when we heard from people like Margaret MacLeod, who came forward to tell, what were in many cases, heartbreaking stories of what they had lived through from the time of the industrial accident to 1999 when their case went before the appeal board, and again was upheld in favour of the province.

So the widows were so close to being compensated and once again, 30 years in many cases after the fact - we were looking at 1956, I think about 50 years ago, the Springhill mining disaster occurred - so many had this long, long fight for compensation, had won their case and now the province appealed and they lost out.

I mentioned Margaret MacLeod of New Waterford a few moments ago. She was one of the people who came forward with her story and she told of trying to raise her nine children from six months to 17 years of age, first on her own. Then she remarried and was

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divorced in 1983. So for about almost 20 years, up to 1999, she had lived with very limited income. In fact, a very inadequate income and, again, this was impacting on many of these widows in all aspects of their lives.

What really, I think, is the heart of this story and the reason that I brought it forth was meeting one of the widows who has retired to my area and remarried - to a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Shirley Shore was a person who came forward and gave her story last year to the Daily News when this bill was first introduced. Their stories are ones that this compensation - they deserved it. It was compensation that was rightfully theirs and, of course, the court proved that it was a just compensation.

So that is what I found very compelling about bringing forth a bill that I felt was one that was going to address this issue. Now, of course, they are probably down to about 50 widows. When this whole ordeal started out, there were about 120 widows who were looking for some compensation. So today their fight remains and essentially now it's fighting for the missed benefits from 1985 to 1999. That's the period of time - 14 years - in which the post-Charter period, that they should have received a lump sum payment for the survivors benefits that they lost after they remarried. So we have it from the Supreme Court of Canada, that if you remarried, you shouldn't be discriminated against but yet they really lost out on that account because they had 14 years in which they received no benefits. From 1999 on, when the case was won, they did gain a small compensation from that point forward. So the case remains today one where people like Shirley Shore, Betty Bowman and Margaret MacLeod and probably about 50 others still engage in this whole wonderment of what they can do next. They have looked to the Nova Scotia Legislature to support their cause. They have approached all three Parties to once again look into a way, whether it is through legislation or whether it is through MLAs supporting them through the Workers' Compensation Board, to have their case again go through a review.

They certainly don't seem to be in a position to take their case to the Supreme Court of Canada so it's only natural that they would look to us, as MLAs, to bring justice to their case. With that, Mr. Speaker, I will take my place.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable Minister of Environment and Labour.

HON. MARK PARENT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for giving me time to speak to this very important issue. This government is committed to protecting the rights of workers and their families, so when an employee is injured or, worse yet, killed on the job in Nova Scotia, we know, as a province, we have an obligation to ensure that victims and their families are taken care of. Thus we have in Nova Scotia the Workers' Compensation Board that helps us protect workers and their families.

As you know, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia is funded entirely by the employers within Nova Scotia. The WCB provides workplace insurance for more than 18,000 employers, representing about 300,000 employees and workers across the province.

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Mr. Speaker, the issue of widows seeking additional compensation from WCB is one that I have looked long and hard at. As a government, we want to ensure that Nova Scotians get all they are entitled to, especially if a worker was injured or lost their life on the job.

Now the history behind the reinstating of benefits for widows is one that is complex and somewhat difficult to understand. In June, 1998, the Select Committee on the Workers' Compensation Act was established. The committee was made up of nine members from three political Parties and four consultants representing the interests of injured workers, the business, the legal and the medical communities. The mandate of that select committee in 1998 was to review changes to the Workers' Compensation Act. The process entailed asking Nova Scotians for their ideas of how to make the current system a better one.

The response from Nova Scotians as you can imagine, Mr. Speaker, was overwhelming. In all, the committee heard from 174 presenters at the public hearings, and an additional 90 written submissions were received as well. So in 1999, that select committee issued their report and it dealt with the issue of survivor benefits.

On October 1st, going back in time as you know, legislation was enacted to permanently protect survivor benefits for spouses who decided to remarry after 1992. But prior to this date, widows and widowers who remarried had their survivor benefits permanently discontinued.

In 1985, the equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms became the law which provides equal protection and benefits of the law without discrimination. The former Workers' Compensation Act was amended in 1992 to reflect this and to ensure that widows and widowers would no longer have their benefits discontinued upon remarriage.

After hearing from Nova Scotians on the select committee, the committee recommended reinstating survivor benefits for all widows and all widowers who remarried prior to October 1st, 1992, and had their benefits terminated under the previous legislation.

After that report was released by the committee, this Legislature passed Bill No. 90. Bill No. 90 allowed then for the reinstatement of survivor benefits for both pre-Charter and post-Charter cases but in both cases the reinstatement dates would be different. For post-Charter cases, widows had their benefits restored to the day they were unfairly ended. In the case of pre-Charter payments, Mr. Speaker, they were considered ex gratia. Ex gratia means that there was no legal obligation to reinstate survivor benefits to this group. But although there was no legal obligation to reinstate pre-Charter survivor benefits, it was considered by the Government of Nova Scotia the right thing to do. Therefore, it was decided that widows whose benefits had been stopped because they remarried prior to the implementation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms would have their survivor benefits reinstated effective January 1, 1999. Not only were their benefits reinstated but all widows were guaranteed payment for life.

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Now, in 2001 the Minister of Environment and Labour, whom I believe at that time was my colleague, the member for Kings South, publicly announced a new offer for the widows. The offer announced was similar to that made in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The offer, Mr. Speaker, would be a one-time payment of $80,000 per person or a continuation of the widow's monthly survivor benefit of approximately $750 per month. The Minister of Environment and Labour at that time wanted to ensure that the widows in Nova Scotia were given the same offer as their counterparts in these other Canadian Provinces I mentioned. Now, the widow's group received the offer but rejected it and continued with their plan for a lawsuit. That lawsuit was later rejected for appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, allow me to give you some more statistics that I think are interesting. The widows receive approximately $9,000 per year in survivor benefits. So in January 2008 the widows will have received, on average, more than the widows in the other provinces who took the lump sum of $80,000, and they will continue to receive this monthly benefit for the rest of their lives. In Newfoundland and Labrador where the offshore economy continues to grow, the government recently decided to reinstate benefits to the pre-Charter widows from the date the Charter took effect.

So in light of this decision by Newfoundland and Labrador, Mr. Speaker, I asked the new stakeholder Board of Directors of WCB to review this issue in Nova Scotia. Upon careful review the board came to the same conclusion last year that they did in 1999. Though it's a difficult decision to make, and I'm sure it was difficult on their part to make, the board decided that it had to live within its means. This independent board is made up of representatives of labour, injured workers and employers from across the province. The board works together to consider the impacts on the system before they make any decisions. The board estimated that to reinstate the widows' pensions to 1985 would cost over $10 million and, unfortunately, the board also logically came to the conclusion that this would come at the expense of today's employers, not the employers that existed 25 years ago. So this was again the advice of the Workers' Compensation Board to me after carefully reviewing it.

Further to that, Mr. Speaker, at the urging of the member for Inverness, the Premier and the member for Antigonish, the Minister of Transportation and Public Works, I met with the widows up in Cape Breton to speak to them personally and to try to explain to them the situation - which they already well knew. We had a very frank meeting, a good meeting. I shared with them the fact that the Workers' Compensation Board was now a board that had a new governance structure, that it had four employers and four employees, and while I was happy to ask them to review this and to encourage them to review this, that in their wisdom they had done so and upheld the decision they made in 1999.

They wrote back to me as well at that time, Mr. Speaker, when I asked for that initial response, with a copy of the Supreme Court decision which upheld the decision they had made back in 1999. I realize that the widows are not satisfied with this. I feel that there will

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be no way I can ever explain to them fully in a way that they'll accept this, and if I were in their shoes, I would probably take the same position they do. However, when you look at it in financial terms, we have been far more generous with the system that is here in Nova Scotia than the system that was done in other provinces.

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As I stated before, Mr. Speaker, by next year the widows will have received $80,000, more than $80,000 actually, which is more than the lump-sum payments in those five other provinces, and will continue to receive that amount. So depending upon the lifetime of the widows, it's possible that they could receive double what the other provinces give.

This is a very generous offer and I think it's to be commended to the Minister of Environment and Labour at that time that he sought - and I know he sought very hard because I was in the same caucus with him and he's a neighbour of mine, the member for Kings South - he sought very hard to be as fair as he could and to work with the Workers' Compensation Board, to be as fair as they could be with these widows.

The meeting was a bit of an emotional one for both of us - not simply because of this issue, but because we talked also about what it was like to lose a spouse. Certainly I understand that, having lost my spouse in 1999 from a sudden death that's still unexplained. We shared together the difficulties and the problems that arise, and also the difficulties that arise financially. That is something, of course, that is of concern.

I know that's what weighed on the mind of the Minister of Environment and Labour at the time, my colleague, Honourable David Morse, the member for Kings South - sorry - and I know it weighed on my mind when I asked the Workers' Compensation Board to take a look at this again to see if there was any way in which there was a possibility of providing extra money to those widows. In their response to me they pointed out quite clearly that actually the widows in Nova Scotia were far better off than widows across Canada in most other provinces, and that they had been exceedingly generous and that the widows in our province, as I said, are already now at the level where they have as much money as those other provinces gave and will continue month by month by month to receive more income.

In light of the financial implications to the Workers' Compensation Board, in light of the independent governance structure that we set up and in light of the fact that there's a cogent case that our method, our system, is actually more generous than these other provinces that I mentioned, it seemed to me at the time that it was best to accept the wisdom of the Workers' Compensation Board in their decision.

However, I continue to respond to the widows' group. I know there are members in the caucus - I've mentioned two members who have spoken to me about it, and when the

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Premier and Deputy Premier speak to you, you do listen, I assure you, and you look at the issue thoroughly in order to make sure that fairness and compassion come into play.

That's really what we tried to underline, the decision made by my colleague, the member for Kings South, and my recent request for fairness and compassion. Mr. Speaker, while the widows, I'm sure, will not agree with me, I do think we have reached a balance of fairness and compassion.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, I want to say in the outset here that myself and our Party do support Bill No. 51. I must get into the idea, first of all, that the Party that brought this forward could have rectified this in 1994 legislation and again in the 1999 legislation.

I also want to react to the point of view of the all-Party Committee on WCB and as many would know, all-Party Committee documents are often documents of some compromise and being signed off so. But, really, you just can't look at that document and say that's where the infamous Bill No. 90 came from, because there was some take on that it was clearly watered down.

One would only have to look at another recommendation, that every employer in the province become a stakeholder in WCB, which is not the case. They would pay premiums, but that while it was agreed upon in the report, it certainly wasn't reflected in the legislation.

So, we came up with, could the Third Party have done it right? Yes, they had a couple of times to right the wrong and didn't. To take on what the minister has said and spoke ad nauseam about the fairness and the amount of money that these widows take as proportioned to other provinces. Well, it's one thing to say that we underpay them and we undervalue them but we don't undervalue them as much as other provinces, it's just not a reason to argue.

The reality is that when the minister speaks of employers today who pay into the fund should not be brought into and made to pay for sins of the past, if you will, that does not carry one drop of water. If we want to go back to the origins of WCB in this country, and using the Meredith Principle, there are certain rights that workers gave, and indeed gave up on behalf of their families, and one is the right - one would call inalienable - to sue over a workplace accident, or a workplace accident, even worse, causing death.

What we have here is a group, predominantly female - there are a few males involved - who had seen the loss of their spouse through a workplace accident and, upon remarrying, lost their benefits. You have to ask yourself one important question, is it fair? I don't think we ask ourselves the question, is it legal? The question we must ask is, is it fair?

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The group took this forward on a fairness issue, they did not take it forward in reality to find out if it would hold up in court. They felt that outside of probably the battlefield, that their spouse paid the ultimate sacrifice and that is losing their life in the workplace. This happened and, again, if you look at the Meredith Principle, there is no blame to be apportioned, so these folks go out there, get a benefit and then lose that benefit because they decide to remarry somewhere down the road. We have all come to agree that this is not fair. The Charter says it is not fair and, indeed, the Supreme Court, interpreting the Charter, says this is not fair.

What do we do? Do we ignore what the courts have said because it is going to cost the insurance plan - better known as the Workers' Compensation Board - money. Well, I don't think that is the overriding rule. Yes, you have to be conscious of the money you spend, but you are in an insurance scheme. If something that is appropriate to be paid, it should be paid. I say that this is an appropriate payment. The Charter clearly recognized this as a fault, therefore we should pay these people.

To merely state that this would have a financial impact on the board is wrong. If there was a cataclysmic event tomorrow and it had a disastrous financial effect on the board, the board is still obligated to pay. The board was obligated to pay when it made a large misstep around chronic pain, and it had to own up to it. There is an argument there to say their prescription around this - and they put false fences around the description of chronic pain is an argument for another bill, another day, but nonetheless, the fact of the matter is that there was a large payment associated with that and that was due to the negligence of the board.

The reality is that we cannot only look at, because of the Meredith Principle, the board as an insurance scheme. I think by the mere fact that workers and their families have given away the right to pursue their employer over a workplace accident or workplace death, it is more than just an insurance scheme. It is, I say by some interpretation, a social plan, because what we've said is we're going to buy into this, and to say that employers fully fund this program is their responsibility. Their responsibility is, in the event of a workplace accident, or worse, a death, that those benefits must be paid.

I don't think it's the purpose of this Legislature to actually protect the accident fund of WCB. Our position as legislators should be to make sure that there are no wrongs committed, and I believe that there has been a wrong, an injustice, committed to these survivors. Clearly we should look at this and say that these folks did not do anything wrong, that they did everything in their power to do the right thing. I mean, we could have had some people say look we will just kind of live under the radar here, we will not get legally married in this province, therefore I will continue to get my benefits. These were people who were forthright and honest with their neighbours, and indeed with this province - that says more than a lot of our arguments give or say about the honesty and integrity of these survivors.

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We have seen major changes since the early 1990s in how we apportion benefits at WCB. We have seen major changes through major court actions, the Hayden decision which is really one of the major seminal points of the 1990s around workplace accidents and how we're going to make the workplace act and change the insurance scheme from one of the old meat chart system to wage loss. We have accepted that and in the reality you have seen the board take liberties with wage loss and how they portion out the amount of injury related impairment and so on - so, Mr. Speaker, we have those problems already.

Then we kind of fast-forwarded here to this century with the chronic pain decision by the federal courts. We saw at that point the government of the day bring forth a bill that went to the Law Amendments Committee, but did not see the light of day again because they saw the error of its ways and how the board was trying to restrict its payments around chronic pain. Yet, if we listen to the minister today, the minister is asking us to put our whole faith in decisions made by the board. One question could be asked - do I agree with the governance system of the board? I would wholeheartedly endorse the governance system of the board, but I don't wholeheartedly agree with the decision as it relates to the survivor benefits and the retroactivity aspect of it.

Mr. Speaker, we have to ask ourselves as a province, do we respect and owe these survivors the amount of WCB that they're looking for and that would be prescribed in Bill No. 51? I believe we do. We have to move this forward. Ten million dollars - yes, it is a lot of money, but like the red herring put forward by the minister when he said about the $80,000 payment, that's money that's going to be amortized over a long period of time. So for him to say the amount of monies that they had garnered would be equal to that is not actually accurate because of amortization. Therefore, it does not hold water as a monthly payment to these survivors.

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Mr. Speaker, we have been fighting, I know since I have been in this House since 1998. I have been a supporter for people, like Betty Bowman, who have been crusading for a bill like this that would not only reimburse them financially but I think it's one that's an argument around dignity. These folks have fought a fight that they believe is right, and they have been fought every step of the way by their government. I believe that if we move forward on Bill No. 51 and mindful of the cost realize that there's a finite number here that we have to deal with and that the people of Nova Scotia realize that these folks have been put upon enough and that we should pay them retroactively to the Charter date. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Glace Bay.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, I guess many times during my experience here in the Legislature over the course of the last eight years or so, when we come across a bill such as Bill No. 51 it is not unusual to hear ministers stand up and say this

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is about fairness and this is about compassion, as the minister stated earlier in this debate, but he also stated at the same time that if he were in the shoes of the widows, he would feel the same way they do about this. He understands how they feel and he would probably agree with them, if he were in their shoes, but since he is the minister of this government, he decides that fairness and compassion, as far as he is concerned, lie with the answer no, you're not getting the money that you deserve and that justly should be yours.

Mr. Speaker, this is a matter, and I agree with the member for Cape Breton Centre who rightfully stated that on several occasions, in two governments, there have been opportunities to correct the wrong, and there have been. This is a political decision, and what the politics and the legal aspect of this have not come together because the politicians have decided to lean on the legal decision that has been made, as an excuse and only an excuse. This could have been done back in 1999, when the then-government of John Hamm decided to further appeal it. They could have stopped it with a political decision at that time that said yes, give them the money. It's as simple as that. By not appealing it, they would have stopped this whole thing.

Now before I continue on this subject, let me give you an example, Mr. Speaker, of what I'm talking about. At that time, the majority government of John Hamm was perhaps one of the nastiest governments in the history of Nova Scotia. I'll give you an example, Mr. Speaker, because we're talking about, in this case, a lot of the same people. The member for Cape Breton Centre made reference to an all-Party select committee on workers' compensation. He was a member of that committee, the current Minister of Finance was a member of that committee, and they did, from what I've heard anyway and from I've read, a fairly decent job of going around the province and listening to people and coming up with a piece of legislation or bits of the pieces of legislation anyway, which was a fairly decent job.

At that time, why I say the government was the nastiest government that I can recall anyway, was because the first thing they did, as government, the first move they made was to stop charities in this province from getting money. They did away with the Sydney Charities Casino Act. That's why to this very day - check the records, Mr. Speaker, to this very session, every session, I take great pride in re-introducing the Sydney Charities Casino Bill which would reinstate the money taken from the casino in Sydney, would reinstate that a portion, a half of that profit of that casino, would go towards charities. That was the first move that the Hamm Government did, the majority Hamm Government did, when it was elected in 1999, was to take money from charities and say you can't have it any longer.

So, if you ask me does it surprise me that they would not give money that rightfully belongs to widows, the answer is no, it doesn't surprise me at all, that's how that government at the time worked. Mr. Speaker, furthermore, the current Minister of Environment and Labour was a backbencher in that very government, the Hamm Government, and a fervent supporter of John Hamm and any legislation that came forward from John Hamm, or any decision that came froward from the Hamm Government.

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At that time the minister certainly was in full agreement with whatever the Premier of the time, John Hamm, did, and when John Hamm decided that he's going to appeal this decision that was a good decision for the widows, when he decided to appeal that the current Minister of Environment and Labour, then a backbencher in the Hamm Government, was in full support of that. He had no problem backing that whatsoever.

Now, Mr. Speaker, the minister says that the widows aren't satisfied. He knows that because the widows group, and I believe at the time when I last spoke with Betty Bowman, she called reference to her group as a disenfranchised widows action group, which I'm thinking four words pretty well sums up everything there. The last time I met with her, she had certainly no intention of giving up anything. She's been phoning MLAs and visiting their offices and writing letters, ever since I was first elected to this Legislature, Mr. Speaker, and I can pretty well guarantee you that she'll be doing that until she finally gets what they justly deserve. I can't see them giving up, let me put it that way.

What's happened here, and what the widows had to face, is that you get involved in court battles of this magnitude and it can be very costly, but it can also be very trying. What the widows have gone through, in the battles to date, and in the years gone by, have been more than any of us will ever go through, to start with. Mostly because most of us, to start with, we certainly haven't lost our spouses in industrial accidents. Then to go through court battle after court battle, it can be pretty nasty, but it can be even more nasty when you're dragging vulnerable elderly widows through the court process and through the court system.

Their lawyer at the time - a lawyer by the name of Scott Sterns, who represented the widows - made reference to that at that time, but in an article I read at that time, he also made reference to the fact that the government of the day said that the argument that allowing the award to stand would pave the way for a flood of similar appeals. Mr. Sterns argued at that time that he thought about it and he couldn't imagine any similar groups who would come forward under that type of circumstance, that actually they were blazing a trail for this group of widows, and that group of widows only. There would be no flood of appeals that would be made. It was a very weak argument that was being made on behalf of the government.

So again, here we are, in a current situation, where now we have - as I understand the member for Kings West said that we have about 50 widows who are left in this group, and as you can see, unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, you can see that time is taking its toll on the group. Now I'm not saying, and I would not stand here and say, that this certainly is what this government is hoping for is that eventually this will go away because eventually there will no longer be any members in that group. But as time does go by and the numbers dwindle, you can see what the ultimate outcome would be. Ten million dollars is a lot of money in anybody's books. But I don't know how anybody could possibly put a price on the lives that have been lost over the years, and of the struggles that the widows have endured. I don't know if you can put a price tag on that of $10 million, or $110 million, or $1 billion. I don't know. I wouldn't dare to put a price on it. Ten million dollars as I mentioned is a lot

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of money, but it's money that the widows know that they are entitled to, that they've been fighting for some time. They've been fighting a strong fight, whether, as I said, they're visiting MLAs' offices or they're calling, or they're writing. They write letters to the editors in various newspapers across the province.

They look at similar legislation. They look in Ontario, where it didn't matter, in Ontario anyway, it didn't matter when any of the widows were remarried, at least not to the Ontario Government. They decided to go ahead and went through with this.

In this province, Mr. Speaker, we have a history some time, under the current government of - I think they've used it as an excuse and they've used it to lean on sometimes - that they are compassionate and I sometimes have a problem believing that. If they are as compassionate and as fair as the Minister of Environment and Labour stated today, then I think there would be a lot more consideration given to this widows group and to bills such as Bill No. 51. There are a lot of widows from back home, in Cape Breton, who've I talked with over the years, who have said, don't give up bringing this up for debate. I know they won't and I know that I won't. I know that members, such as the member for Cape Breton Centre won't stop talking about it - he's been on his feet here on a constant basis talking about this - and I'm glad to see the member for Kings West bring forward the bill. I guess I'm as frustrated anybody else in seeing that it's not going to go anywhere. This is still a political decision.

Believe me, if the widows had the money, they would have taken this battle to the Supreme Court of Canada . Not being a legal person myself, but as an outside observer, I would say they would have a pretty good chance of winning that battle in the Supreme Court of Canada. You can shake your head all you want - it's my belief that they would. They won their first court battle, Mr. Speaker, let's not forget that. They won the first court battle and the appeal was made on the decision of then Premier John Hamm to go ahead. So it's not like they haven't won the battle before - they have, at the first stage. They didn't win the appeal and if they had gone on further, again, to the Supreme Court of Canada, then I think they would have had a great case to fight and I think in the end they would have won their battle. They would be have been awarded their compensation which they are duly entitled to, in my opinion.

Mr. Speaker, again, this is a matter that boils down to a political decision. It still does. This is a political decision that can be made by this government and to go back and look at the years 1985 to 1999 and allow compensation for that, as I said, I don't care whether it's $10 million, whatever the case may be, and I'm not being frivolous about spending $10 million. I know the government has to account for its money but I also know, in my opinion anyway and the opinion of others, that those widows are entitled to that money, regardless of what the amount is.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Liberal House Leader.

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MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 188.

Bill No. 188 - Sales Tax Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to stand today and speak on Bill No. 188. I may not be too pleased with what I'm going to speak about but it's going to be spoken anyway because we are talking about funerals here today. I don't want to stand here and do a funeral sermon but I probably could because I have attended a lot of funerals in the past few years.

I want to tell you a story that happened and it will come to a point. It may not seem like it's involved with this bill right now but it will come to a point. I took one of my dogs, named Jim, to a veterinarian one day, a few years back. She had a sore on her belly and the veterinarian put her out. He said he had to operate and put the dog to sleep first and do the operation. So he did that. It was in the evening sometime and for some reason, I don't know to this day why that dog died but, that dog did die. About a day later after he told us, he sent me a sympathy card in the mail. I got the sympathy card and read it and it was beautiful. It was just like it brought calm to me but a few days later I received his bill in the mail. That didn't make me very calm, Mr. Speaker. It was a bill, you know, he said he started the operation but he had to bury that dog too. So that bill got paid. I was reluctant to pay it; it had quite a little tax on it too, by the way.

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It will come to the point in a minute but first of all I want to tell you, for the first year I was an MLA in Digby-Annapolis, I went to 103 funerals, 103, I believe I go to that many pretty much every year. I have gone to three a day in that riding. I send out sympathy cards, just like the veterinarian sent me for my dog, I send them to the people. I thought, you know, I was doing a good thing and probably I am doing a good thing by telling those people that I'm sorry, I'm a member of the government here and I'll be to your funeral when I can be there and I'll do all I can to you.

So, here about three months ago, a man came into my office and he said, Mr. Theriault, he had just buried his wife and he thanked me for the sympathy card. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and he said, it's a terrible thing to have to bury your wife, but he said, I don't know what hurt me the most - having to bury my wife or having to pay you, the government, taxes to do it. That's what he said to me, Mr. Speaker, and that hit me like a thunderbolt. This was a few months back.

So, after that, when I went to the funerals, I was feeling guilty. I didn't even want to send them a sympathy card after that because the of guilt I was carrying as a member of the government. This man was making $800-some a month, that was his income, and the tax -

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he gave me the funeral bill, $6000-some and the tax on this was $900. I know what the $6,000 was for, $5,000-some, it was the cheapest funeral he could get and they did a great service there. They did a lot of good things for him, but this bill, this tax of $900 didn't seem - I was there as a government person for an hour at that funeral, but it didn't seem like this $900 was worth that.

I was feeling guilty, very, very guilty about this, and I still am to this day. That's one of the reasons I brought this bill forward. I think this has been tried before. But, taxes and death don't seem to be a good thing. This province and in four other provinces in Atlantic Canada charge you on funerals, and Quebec - the rest of Canada doesn't.

I want to tell you another little story about taxes and death. My father died a young man - 57 years old. He worked hard all his life, he brought up nine children. He never drew unemployment insurance in his life and never asked for a penny from the government in his life. He worked himself to death, that's what he did. He brought nine of us up quite - we had food and we had shelter and we never had to ask for any of that, that's for sure. Neither did my father.

So at 57 years old he had a massive heart attack while out fishing, trying to keep us going, just before Christmas in 1977. Never had much when he died, but we found $1,700 to bury him. We found it. I'm not sure where we found it, but we found it somewhere. At the end of that year, my father gets a tax bill in the mail - my mother gets a tax bill in the mail - for $2,200 for money he had made the previous year. He died at the first of lobster season when he would have made that money to pay that tax off.

My mother never had enough money to pay this tax after we buried him. He had an old truck, a five-year-old truck that he just got paid for and my mother had to sell it. It was all he had, a half-ton truck. My mother had to sell this half-ton truck to pay this tax. Income tax, that was.

But it's another point I'm trying to make. Your last year on Earth, you work all your life, you pay taxes in - and everybody pays taxes, we don't mind paying taxes, I don't mind paying taxes on a birth. Love to do it. Pay taxes on a car, pay taxes on anything that gives us comfort. I'll pay tax on fuel, I don't growl about that. But, to pay a tax on getting dirt put on you to end your life, it's just not in my cards. I don't think it's in 100 per cent of the people's cards in this province, and I don't think it's in anyone's cards in this House to have to pay a death tax.

It gives a whole new meaning to the Grim Reaper. It's quiet in here, but it's the truth. It's the truth. It is an immoral thing, and we have to stop it. I believe that we have to go after the federal government also. The federal government is prospering from this. There are other ways to get taxes.

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We are sending our water away, which is going to be going away more to other countries; half the Earth is drying up, that's going to be going out of here big time. We are sending our land away for God's sake, free of charge, and we're going to be sending more of that away later on, free of charge. Why aren't we charging royalties on that? We are only talking about $4 million a year here to lift this provincial tax off these funerals. What a great thing this government could do to help these people out.

Down home, when we have a funeral, we all take in sandwiches, we take food of all kinds just to try to give some kind of relief to that family, anything we can do, give them the shirts right off our backs. So why can't this government give a little back to that greatest loss in that person's life, in that family's life. It would be the greatest thing that we could ever do.

Our people work hard all their lives and pay taxes. Some never ask for a penny back, so the least we could do is show some compassion as a government, as a Canadian government, as a Canadian province, and give this back to the people. It's common sense to me. If we can't give it back, we could at least give it back to the people who have to sell their half-ton trucks or whatever is left over when one of the people die in a family. Just to give that little bit back in this tax money, which doesn't mean anything, which we can get more, much more, in other places, it would just be a great thing to do, Mr. Speaker. I hope, and I hope and pray that this government really takes this seriously, and I hope that this government will help us go to the federal government to do the same thing, because it is the right thing to do. With that, I will take my seat. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to a Private Members' Bill No. 188, which relates to rebating the provincial portion of the HST on funeral services. Let me say that I agree with the honourable member for Digby-Annapolis when he says that as an MLA you become very conscious of the cost of funeral services, indeed, the cost of food, or the cost of anything, because as an MLA we are a sounding board and sometimes a source of advice for many people who find taxes of any type burdensome and have difficulty meeting the cost of living, not to mention the sometimes referred to as the high cost of dying.

As MLAs, everyone in this House I think understands and appreciates that the funeral for anybody, in particular a loved one, is not easy. We also know that funeral services can be costly and do, in some cases, serve to add a great deal to a family's burden at a very difficult time. However, Mr. Speaker, despite the fact what we as MLAs may feel and run into in our constituencies in our day-to-day activities to support our constituents, as a government we would be remiss to consider rebating the provincial portion of the HST on funeral services without first balancing this cost against other funding priorities.

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There are many funding priorities in this province, and as a government we must consider them all. In fact, the consideration of what are the priorities for Nova Scotians is what the budget process is all about. It is during the budget process is all about. It is during the budget process where the government carefully examines and reviews the multiple programs and services that we would like to fund, that people would like to see funded and, of course, that Nova Scotians would like us to fund. We must, then, prioritize them in line with the amount of provincial revenues which are available to us.

Now I want to tell you, Mr. Speaker, having been through, I think, nine or 10 budget processes that is no easy feat. Inevitably and invariably this process has us leaving some very good initiatives unfunded simply because government cannot afford to live beyond its means.

I want to tell you, Mr. Speaker, that this year's budget process was no different. Indeed, I guess sort of an aside comment, this year's budget process was the most difficult one that we have gone through for quite some number of years. We had to make tough choices and to make funding decisions based upon what we could afford.

One of the things that made this year's budget process as difficult as it did is for the past two or three years things were particularly good in terms of revenue for Nova Scotia and for Nova Scotians. Therefore, in those two or three years we were able to do things that had not been done in previous years. Of course, in any decision, as all members of this House will know, people remember the good times, they don't remember the bad times. Mr. Speaker, the standard is raised and when the revenues are not as good as they had been, we did some just remarkably positive things over the past two or three years. I know that the member, the Leader of the Official Opposition would have to agree and as much as he and his colleagues agree that despite some challenging times, this year's budget was a good budget for Nova Scotians and I'm quite confident that they will be supporting it.

Bill No. 188 proposes the implementation of a rebate program similar to your energy rebate for the provincial portion of the HST relating to funeral services. Now this would see the rebate being delivered at the point of sale by funeral homes with the province reimbursing the funeral homes for the cost. Mr. Speaker, as members of this House will know from the documents tabled by the Finance Minister, this year's plan does not include a rebate of the provincial portion of the HST on funeral services. The harmonized sales tax, or HST, is a value-added tax that applies to most consumer purchases in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. In fact, it is one of the very major revenue sources for the province. The HST was adopted about 10 years ago as a more efficient and transparent way to raise taxes and I guess it would be under the Liberal Government that the decision to accept the HST here in Nova Scotia was made. What the change saw was the provincial sales tax blended with the federal GST, which resulted in the provincial tax amount being reduced - this is the provincial portion, the PST, being reduced from 11 per cent to 8 per cent.

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Now, Mr. Speaker, the HST allows for a lower rate overall than separate taxes and those years the PST and the GST. Of course in order to afford a lower rate, the HST has a broader base, which means that that tax was applied to more goods and services than under the old tax structure. Previously some goods and services were taxed at higher rates and others not at all. For example, if my memory serves me correct, children's clothing was exempted at that time but the compromise to get a lower rate for many other products- the HST was applied to children's clothing.

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In Nova Scotia, Mr. Speaker, most of the goods and services that are sold and delivered are subject to the HST. Now, this was a conscious decision by the government of that day to keep the overall tax structure as low as possible. Because of this, we must take the time to carefully consider any rebate of the provincial portion of this tax to ensure that both our tax structure and our revenue source are not compromised. This is what was done prior to implementing Your Energy Rebate. This program offers a point of sale rebate of the provincial portion of the HST from household energy. This was done to combat the effects of dramatically increasing energy costs.

Mr. Speaker, some may ask why we just can't do the same thing here and give people a break on funeral taxes. This is not a simple decision to make. There are many other factors to be considered. The first thing is, as I've said, it's not budgeted this year. Implementing such a program would cost the province about $4 million in revenue. We'd need to find that money elsewhere in order to meet our existing balanced budget in debt management commitments and to continue to offer the same level of programs and services. We have to also consider the administrative challenges of putting such a program in place. The administration of such a program would be expected to cost between $500,000 and $600,000 as there is no current structure in place to facilitate the process.

Mr. Speaker, of course, this is another expense that's not budgeted for. As well, time would be needed to make sure that any program put in place would target those who need the help the most. As I stated earlier, we know that funeral expenses certainly add to the burden of families already facing enormous pressure. As a government, however, we must take the time to look at all funding needs to ensure that we make the right decision for the greatest benefit to Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, we must balance our priorities against our revenues. This has been a trademark, and indeed it's going to be a legacy, of this government. We must be fiscally responsible. As all members of this House know, there are many worthwhile initiatives that come forth every day for funding consideration. One would only have to tune into Question Period that occurs here three days a week to see the questions put forth by the Opposition and it isn't very often that one of those questions does not carry with it a pricetag.

Mr. Speaker, many of those things are priorities for us all if we had the money. You know a lot of these suggestions that are made by the Opposition in Question Period, such as

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the member for Digby-Annapolis and his colleague, the member for Kings West, who stood up and talked about the Catholic Women's League, a resolution yesterday or the day before, supporting the very thing that the member for Digby-Annapolis is saying. You know, we think that that is not a bad suggestion. We don't discard that out of hand as a government.

What I'm saying is that we have many priorities and any suggestion such as that one has to be considered for funding against all of these other very worthwhile initiatives. For example, the member for Halifax Fairview many times has waxed on about ambulance fees are too high. So do we decrease ambulance fees at the expense of rebating . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, it is indeed a pleasure to join this evening the debate on Bill No. 188. Let me begin by saying that I always enjoy listening to the member for Digby-Annapolis. He always - whenever he speaks on matters before the House, I always find that the sincerity with which he approaches these things is unmistakable to anybody who listens to what he has to say. So I very much appreciate the fact that he has brought forward this issue. It's obviously one that he cares about. It's obviously one that he has seen in his constituency, as I have seen in mine, affect people and I think we all have. In fact, to him, I'm not sure I ever heard anyone say I couldn't decide what hurt me worse, paying the tax or the death of my wife, but I understand what he means. What he's meaning is that this compounds the grief. He's in a state of a heightened sense of grief, so things that are unfair to him seem so much more unfair that I suppose if you were thinking about it an abstract way, I assume that that was what the fellow was talking about. I appreciate that. I have heard this in my own constituency.

I know that the member for Digby-Annapolis wasn't in this Chamber, neither was I, when the harmonized sales tax was brought forward, but it was brought forward as a Liberal initiative by the provincial Liberal Government in the days of Savage. It was signed off - I can still remember seeing the bill - by the two Finance Ministers who were, at the time, people may remember, Bernie Boudreau and Paul Martin. Those were the architects of the harmonized sales tax agreement at the time, and they decided that they were going to cast the net as broad as they could in order to capture as much tax revenue. The excuse that was given was that, by broadly casting the net, it meant that the overall rate would be lower. It was also, by the way, trumpeted across the province as being revenue neutral. Now I don't know very many people out there who believed either of those things, that the tax rate was going to be lower or that it was going to be revenue neutral at the time.

That was a decision of the Liberal Government of the day, and it's not like these things were not brought to their attention. They were brought to their attention at the time. I remember there was a point where the Premier of the day said there was one item on which he would not budge. There was one item of principle on which he would not budge and that

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was books. Books. In fact, in this province today, you don't pay the HST, the harmonized sales tax, on books. Now there is actually a rebate system that is in place to deal with that, but that was a point on which the Premier of the day decided he was going to draw a line.

I never know - because I know the time is limited - which rabbit tracks to follow and which ones you shouldn't follow, but the one I want to just go down for a second is the idea that this was a budget of difficult choices by the government. Look, this is a budget that included almost $0.5 billion in new revenue. I mean, this was not a tough-choice budget. This was about the options that they were going to pursue, and they laid out the budget in that fashion. It was not the hard-times budget that was aimed at somehow a staggering deficit in the province that had to be dealt with from year to year, this was, all things considered, a good revenue budget for the province. Part of the fantasy that goes on around this budget is the notion that this was somehow about tough choices. It wasn't.

What I find really interesting about this particular subject, the one that my colleague, the member for Digby-Annapolis, has raised, is that it is in fact an item that we in the New Democratic Party have raised on any number of occasions with respect to the tax on funerals. In fact, in 2003 we set out our campaign, and our campaign was called Seven Key Commitments. One of the commitments was taking the HST off of the necessities of life. Now, what everybody understood at the time, and the thing that everybody remembers, of course, is the energy tax rebate that this government ultimately ended up adopting as part of their platform in 2006 and, in the last budget, implementing in this province. That's the one that everybody remembers, but at the time what we set out in our platform in 2003 as examples of unfair taxation were things like the HST on funerals, things like over-the-counter children's medication which ought not to be taxed. We talked about the taxes on home care services, having somebody coming into your home to assist you with nursing services is taxed. We say that there are some of these items that it's not on the basis, as the minister likes to allege, that the reason why the tax was taken off energy was because of dramatically rising energy costs. Maybe that was the reason they did it, but that was not the reason we ever proposed it. The reason why we proposed it was because it was an unfair tax.

There are some things, like being able to heat your home, that you just shouldn't tax, that it should be absent, the government's ability to tax those things which are fundamental to the nature of living in this province, and for that matter of dying in this province - like funerals that the member for Digby-Annapolis has pointed out. I agree with him that this should not happen. The minister says, well this is all part of the HST agreement. I want the member for Digby-Annapolis to know that we've heard this all before, we've heard this in 2003, we heard this in 2006. It just can't be done, that's what we were told. That's what we were told about the energy tax rebate: it can't be done.

You know something, the HST legislation has now been in place in this province for more than a decade. Are you trying to tell me that the HST legislation - I know all members across have heard this before - they try to tell you that the HST legislation is harder to amend than the Ten Commandments. That's what they try to tell you. It's impossible, this piece of

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legislation is somehow immutable, there's no way that you can change the HST agreement. Well this is nonsense, Mr. Speaker. It's a piece of legislation which of course if you wanted to you could renegotiate. Of course we want uniform tax in the province and in fact the unitary tax is a good idea, you don't want to cause more paperwork for business people but you could have a unitary tax and you could have a fair unitary tax. That's what I think we're all engaged in, is trying to decide, with respect to the people of the province, what is fair taxation and what is unfair taxation. Taxing funerals is unfair. We agree.

I don't believe that it's as simple as the government tries to lay out here this evening. They simply say that this is about balancing off the priorities in the bigger picture around the cost of this. The first thing you should know is that in every instance where they have told us that the program that we have proposed is going to cost X number of dollars, it has always cost something dramatically less than that because the government overstates what they believe the cost is going to be to the government. This is the way that they go about trying to defend their decision not to implement a particular piece of tax in this legislation.

I was amused on another point on this too because my colleague also talked about a death tax, and this is a death tax, but there are other death taxes in this province. For example, something that people may not know is that a few years ago in this province we moved to switch probate fees over to taxes. This was a specific change that was made in respect to a case that went through the Supreme Court in which they decided that these probate fees were not in fact connected to the actual service that was being provided and, in fact, that they were taxes. If they didn't bring in the legislation to make them taxes, they were not going to be allowed to collect the fees. What's interesting about it - what most people don't know is this - it's actually an inheritance tax, or a death tax, that is connected to the value of the estate. The higher the value of the estate that comes before the probate court, the higher the fees, so it is exactly, ironically, the kind of inheritance tax that you frequently see in other jurisdictions. That was done here, it was done by this government and it went seemingly unnoticed by the people of the province, but we have what is in essence an inheritance tax in this province as well.

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Let me just end by saying this, the bill that the member for Digby-Annapolis has brought forward is - and I don't know the technical aspects of the bill but I am assuming if he's taking it through the Legislative Council that it is drafted effectively - the right kind of bill because it sends the right kind of message, it is about fairness, it is about treating your citizens fairly and they have the right to expect that from their government. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Kings West.

MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, certainly pleased to be part of the debate tonight on Bill No. 188. I think this is a good bill, it is a timely bill. It's one that I think when the member for Digby-Annapolis brought it forth, he brought it forth in the spirit of what really

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we, as MLAs, should be doing and that is responding to real needs. Needs that come to our office that are very challenging, very difficult to find immediate solutions to.

This was one of those issues of the heart that I think all of us, as MLAs, and really, as Nova Scotians, certainly feel very strongly that we should be doing something about. I think this bill may not move forward today, but I certainly hope that in the context of a minority government, that all Parties can work together and strive to eliminate the tax on funerals, which is what the bill is calling for. It may very well have to be done, need to be done by a rebate system and certainly, that measure can indeed be put in place.

Over the years as an MLA and for me it is about three and a half to four years and this is an issue that I have been called on, people have come to my office wondering are there programs that are available to help somebody who is not of financial means to handle the full cost of a funeral. We know today that a basic funeral is about $6,500, perhaps cremation may be less expensive, but nevertheless, that tax part of the bill really does stand out and I feel that it is one that we should be working to address.

Interestingly enough, the day the member for Digby-Annapolis raised it in our caucus - and it was not the first time that it was raised, but right around the same time the CWL, Catholic Women's League here in Nova Scotia, have made that part of one of their petitions currently. To put pressure, in this case on the Harper Government, to remove the GST, that federal tax which came into place in 1991 and there are some services that are not included in the GST and certainly, along with us working on the provincial part, I think we should support the Catholic Women's League in their initiative.

However, that being said, yesterday I entered a resolution here in the House in support of the Catholic Women's League and I was surprised that the government decided not to support it. The operative clause spoke about asking the Harper Government to review - simply to review. I never asked them to immediately do away with the tax on funerals, the GST on funerals, but to actually go through a review process. So I certainly plan to send that resolution to the Catholic Women's League here in Nova Scotia and hopefully they will disseminate that resolution, not supported by government, to all the parishes across Nova Scotia. I think that's the kind of action and reaction that we need to, I think, get something done here.

Certainly, for the federal government to take the GST off is a good time. The federal coffers, the federal Treasury is now annually coming up with the largest surpluses in the history of the country and taking measures to deal with issues like this, I think, are ones that simply should be done. It's, in my view, a good bill, the right bill and a just cause that we need to be picking up.

There has been a national petition on the go for this removal of the tax and I'm not sure where it is in terms of presentation to Parliament but hopefully we can get some more drive and energy behind this effort. At the federal level, I know my colleague, the member

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for Digby-Annapolis, has heard from a few MPs who are certainly willing at the federal level to make every effort to bring this issue back on the table. So I think supporting a national petition, the CWL effort is one that we certainly should be doing.

I think all of us have come across the 85-year-old gentleman who went into the member for Digby-Annapolis' office. It wasn't too long ago that a man by the name of Carl Hicks sat down in my office and, like the gentleman from Digby, he had lost his wife of 40-something years. She had been on oxygen for about seven or eight years. It wasn't a complete surprise but her passing was devastating to him - his life companion. When he came to my office, it was to find out if Community Services gave some help to funeral expenses and, of course, when he got the bill, again, not knowing, not realizing, that there is a provincial tax, there is a GST tax on funerals, that certainly really caught him off guard. It was going to be an additional several months from his seniors' pension to pay off the funeral that were now being added on because he could not go out. He hadn't been in a financial position to pay in advance for his or his wife's funeral so now it was going to be a matter of months and several years to make payments on the funeral costs.

So wouldn't it be a wonderful initiative for us, in this province, as legislators, to find the revenue to help the Carl Hicks of this province deal with funeral costs? You know funerals are expensive, and becoming more expensive all the time. That is simply just one of the realities. You know, maybe government sees it as a one-time expense, which it obviously is, and therefore collecting the one-time tax is something maybe they will try to hold onto for some time but it is certainly my hope and the work now of our caucus to certainly make it an issue, keep it on the burner, and as the AVR commentator in the Valley today, Dave Chaulk, when he did his editorial, he said that the member for Digby-Annapolis has raised a great issue and now he's responsible for it, that he's put it out on the table. There is one thing that I can guarantee this House, that is the member for Digby-Annapolis will not let go of this. He will drive this issue and for him and for our caucus, we will certainly pick it up.

You know there are many cases, too, in our province where the only two to deal with the funeral expense is the husband looking after a wife or the wife after a husband. There are many who don't have extended family that can come and help out with financial assistance. We are a province that has the second oldest population in the country, so with that many people over the age of 65, what an additional hardship, when we do place a tax on the funeral of a loved one. Certainly those people on seniors' pension, as I've mentioned here in reference to Carl Hicks, these are the people who will use monthly instalments to pay for a funeral.

With the number of seniors that we have in this province who will have a wife burying a husband or a husband a wife, it is certainly a time that we take this issue very seriously. It is one that our caucus will continue to drive over the coming weeks and months. Certainly it is a bill that speaks to the very heart of what fairness should be. This is one which is for the common good of Nova Scotians. Whatever part of Canada, whatever

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provinces that still do tax funerals, I think we hope to raise the consciousness to the national level. Join the petition that is currently going on, support the MPs who are getting out on this issue. So I will just end my time here today on this issue with a personal pledge to join the CWL, members of the House, members of the Nova Scotia population, the people of the province who want to make a change here, that will be for the better and alleviate one of those costs at a time and point in life when dealing with the most difficult situation we have to face. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The time for debate has expired.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, that completes the Liberal Party's business for today. I would now as the Deputy Government House Leader give us the rest of the business for this evening.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to call Private Members' Public Bills for Second Reading.

[PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I'd like to call Bill No. 170, Provincial Parks Act.

Bill No. 170 - Provincial Parks Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I'm going to give you my best two minutes and I assure you it won't be one of those rants. (Applause) I hear the members opposite really happy with two, it might be three, don't get me warmed up.

I thank the government for the opportunity to introduce this bill. A quick background on this, of course, is really not necessary if you've been following politics in this country and this province. I was fortunate enough to consider Jerry Lawrence a friend of mine, in fact Jerry Lawrence at one time told Alexa McDonough he was getting out of politics and Alexa said to him, very surprised, now Jer, why are you getting out of politics? He said well, there's this guy who lives out in Tantallon, I've heard all about him, I hear he's going to run

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for the NDP. Believe it or not, I had the opportunity to run against Jerry Lawrence in 1988, the last time Jerry was elected. He was the Conservative member for Halifax-St. Margaret's and he was an excellent member. Jerry did many things in our community.

I first met him, of course, when he was Jer Bear in the Morning and he used to call the school where I was the vice principal and pull this Hello Metro on me. If anybody has ever been caught by Jerry Lawrence, he had a great amount of humour in everything he did. I'm sure that when he reads these comments, he'll realize that I'm delivering them with a voice that maybe I might even fool him if he called me on Hello Metro.

Lewis Lake Park is a provincial park located in the riding of Timberlea-Prospect. It was a model, an example, during Jerry's time for one of the first fully accessible parks in our province and it's a popular park to this day, not just for those who are disabled or in wheelchairs, but because of Jerry's efforts, you can come down into that park, come right out onto one of the fishing piers, if in a wheelchair, or if you have canes, walk right down out and drop your line, very accessible picnic tables that are especially made for those who are physically disabled. It's attractive. It was used as a model and the compliment for this example has to go to Jerry Lawrence.

Jerry and Sheila lived in our community for a number of years. Jerry, first of all, was a Halifax alderman in the 1970s. He won a number of national awards. He won the Vanier Award, an award where, of course, he was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the paraplegic community. Jerry is a friend, someone that I'll always treasure the moment to run into. He's a friend continually to the community of Timberlea-Prospect.

If you catch him once in awhile, he still does a spot on one of the local radio stations. He has got a legendary voice. When he spoke in this House, he was listened to. When he spoke in the community that I lived in at the time, Halifax-St. Margaret's, he was listened to and I think it would be appropriate to recognize Mr. Lawrence for his work for the paraplegic community and making Lewis Lake an accessible park as an example for other provincial parks to follow. Jerry Lawrence deserves to have this park named after him and I look forward to the support of the House on this matter.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, it's a pleasure to rise this evening to speak a few words about the bill that the member for Timberlea-Prospect has brought before the House today. I want to congratulate the member in doing so. I, like many Nova Scotians, have a great deal of affection for Jerry Lawrence, or JerBear, and I got to know the honourable Jerry Lawrence when I was mayor in Sydney and had much to do with him at that time when he was in the Buchanan Government and, as such, we had some dealings, municipally and provincially together, and I always had a great deal of respect for him. Jerry Lawrence is certainly a role model for the physically disabled in our province, throughout Canada, and wherever he has travelled.

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There are all kinds of stories that could be told about Jerry Lawrence but I think they're best left for another time, you know, but he's a great announcer, for example, not only on the radio but doing sporting events. He's a kind of a guy that shows up everywhere, but I believe that it's appropriate what the member is doing here today. He's also a role model, Mr. Speaker, for politicians in this province and elsewhere. He's just an all-around fine guy and I certainly concur with the member for Timberlea-Prospect and congratulate him again for bringing this bill forward.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the department and the government, I want to first of all acknowledge that the member for Timberlea-Prospect has brought this forward. I understand that the park is in Timberlea-Prospect and I think it's very appropriate that the park that is there today because of the work of Jerry Lawrence, the former Cabinet Minister in the Buchanan Government, be recognized by naming it after him. As I understand it, it's the province's first accessible park and I want to again congratulate the member for bringing forward this initiative. The government will be supporting this bill.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect, it will be to close debate on Bill No. 170.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Now, for the final 58 minutes of my comments (laughter). I do appreciate the minister, I appreciated first of all the opportunity to speak to you privately about this. You and your staff have been very cooperative. I thank the member for Cape Breton South for his kind comments and, hopefully, this bill will proceed through the House in a timely manner.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 170. Is the House ready for the question? Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Law Amendments.

GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and that the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on Supply unto Her Majesty.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

MS. JOAN MASSEY: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand here this evening and take a few minutes to talk about some of the things that are important to the constituents in Dartmouth East.

First of all, I would like to say I hope I can make it through 15 minutes because I think I'm suffering, as a lot of people seem to be this week, with a lot of bad colds, coughs, and flu-like symptoms. It's been a very quiet week in here, and I think that's one of the reasons why. I think this was one of the quietest Opposition Days I've experienced since 2003, because a lot of people are ill. I hope people who have had to go home, recover quickly. I would also like to thank my constituents who have perhaps tried to contact me while I've been in here and have been very patient in me returning calls and what have you. I'd like to say thank you to my constituency assistants who are holding down the fort while I'm in here.

Having said that, I do have a bit of ground to cover. I'd like to talk a little bit about what is in the budget and a bit about what's not in this budget. I do have some questions - I think a lot of people, if they've been following at all what's been going on in here - some questions that people may have and that I certainly have in regard to the budget, specifically on issues such as health care, pharmacare, senior services, Community Services, families, and our communities and education. Also I'd like to, if I have time, cover some issues pertaining to my constituency that include the alteration/renovations for my high school -Prince Andrew High School- and crosswalk safety, which is a huge issue right now and continues to, unfortunately, be on the minds of people in my constituency and right across the province, also accessibility for disabled people in my community, and affordable housing for my seniors.

Education continues to be one of the top priorities in Dartmouth East. I know right across the province health care does seem to take a lot of time and issues that we address in the House, but education, I think, is always there on the minds of people across the province. Specifically, I do have constituents who have issues they contact my office about, Mr. Speaker, and probably the same issues that people contact you about - pharmacare, home care, landlord/tenancy issues, long-term care issues, and a lot of wait time issues in my constituency.

Mr. Speaker, if we look at what is in this budget that was just tabled a short time ago, it seems to be a real mixed bag of good and bad. Some NDP commitments do appear in the budget and, of course ,we're happy to see those. I will just mention a few of them - some new police officers, roll-out for long-term care beds, the HST off of heating. On the other

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hand, there are some items that we're wondering where they are. Those include interest-free loans for energy efficiency improvement in homes -that is one that a lot of people seem to contact my office about - and a decrease in pharmacare co-pay. I did have a constituent who actually collected around 600 to 800 signatures on a pharmacare petition that he took around. I thank him again for doing that. There wasn't more funding for textbooks in the budget. So those are some things that weren't in there; some of the things that were in there.

Some of the government's commitments that were made prior to the budget coming out and what they were then and what they are now is, they had promised working families a pharmacare commitment of around $25 million, I believe, and the budget is only going to deliver around $5 million of that. Tuition reduction commitment of $36 million, however delivering $23 million there. The firefighter tax credit commitment of $4.5 million and delivering $2.3 million on that.

So, Mr. Speaker, when I look at the budget document and basically just really the Budget Speech or business plan, what you may call it, the budget documents don't tell the whole story. That's why we have estimates. That's why we do have a chance, in here, to question the various ministers on the smaller details in the budget because when I have talked to people in prior budgets, they seem to think that we are handed documents which contain detailed information. It's simply not the case. There are a couple of pages, for example, for various departments and they are huge numbers. We are talking everything in the millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands. We don't get to see the smaller details. So I guess the devil is in the details and that is why we have to spend all these 40 hours in estimates, which we all enjoy, questioning the various ministers and we do thank the ministers for the job that they are doing in trying to provide us with those answers.

Mr. Speaker, in this budget, it appears that there was around $0.5 billion more to spend and the government said, "Most important, we are providing sufficient resources to fund the key programs and services our citizens rely on." I think that's debatable right now. Since I was elected in 2003, the calls to my office, I receive more and more calls and there seems to be higher level of need in my community. So I guess this is what we are here to ferret out, is by asking questions to the various ministers, trying, digging into the budget and then coming up with what are we, in the end, going to do about that.

One of the big issues, of course, that we all face in our constituencies, is the issue of health care and in the budget this year, the health care spending is limited to a 5.3 per cent increase. We do have to question why that is so because health care seems to be really the number one priority on people's minds and it's a thing that seems to be global and it affects everybody, there is a vague mention of sufficient funding to existing programs and services. While investments in home care and long-term care equipment seem to be in there somewhere, there are so many questions that are left unanswered. If you look at those budget documents, it doesn't say this is how many doctors, this is how many nurses, this is how many LPNs, this is how many RNs you are going to get at the Dartmouth General Hospital or you are going to get at the QE II or what have you.

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Those are the kinds of questions that, if people are going to phone me, they are going to say, okay, does this budget mean that now my wait for knee surgery is not going to be two years, it's going to be a year? It's going to be six months? That simply doesn't seem to be the case. I don't really think that that's what is really going to happen with this budget.

Also, the commitment to Pharmacare is something that is very concerning to me. I have a fair amount of seniors who live in Dartmouth East. They are very concerned, when they are on a fixed income, when you go door-to-door canvassing, you quickly learn that a lot of seniors are really barely scraping by. They are just hanging onto their homes by the thinnest of threads. They are living, sometimes, in just one level of their home. They can't afford to put a new roof on. There are things like this they can't do. When the Pharmacare co-pay goes up by $46 a year, that's money that they don't have in their budget and they have to find it somewhere else. That $46 is simply going to come out of somewhere else.

So, $800 per year on Pharmacare, when you are on a fixed income, is a fair amount of money, Mr. Speaker. As far as we know, the money that is in there to spend this year really is not going on the program but more in developing a program, but I'm not even sure about that.

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Services for seniors in Nova Scotia continues to be an issue. We've heard that there is X amount of long-term care beds going to be rolled out, but then again, they're not all going to happen tomorrow, they're going to happen over maybe a 10-year period. I don't know what that looks like to the hospital closest to my riding. I don't know what that really is going to look like to a hospital near Pictou. Those details are not in the budget, which makes it very frustrating because the Critic for Health or whatever only has so much time to ask questions and then the other members' time is divided up. We are constantly digging for the answers to these questions. So it is no easy task to be able to become informed while you are in here because there are things happening in two different places at once all the time.

What it comes down to, when people talk to me, they want to know what that means for the Dartmouth General Hospital. Are the wait times going to be shorter in there? If I'm brought in by a paramedic am I going to be in a hallway for three hours? If there is a shortage of long-term care beds, am I going to end up on the 4th floor of the Dartmouth General Hospital for one or two years because there simply is no other place for me in the province at the time?

So Mr. Speaker, there are so many issues that really are of high importance to people in Nova Scotia and, specifically, in my constituency. One, of course, is the crosswalk issue that we've all seen and been faced with recently. I will try to question the Minister of Transportation and Public Works later on that in more detail. We've heard that there has been a Road Safety Advisory Committee since 1997, there have been subcommittees of that

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committee. The Auditor General's Report has said that there has been poor data collection, some of the numbers don't jive. We have recommendations made by that committee and just were not followed through on. It doesn't seem like a lot of those recommendations - a couple of them may be going through now, but it's so sad to see that it had to take tragedies to make the government move on something that really, when the Auditor General did the report in 2004, I think it was, those recommendations had already been made then, and they hadn't been acted upon. This is 2007. I'm hoping now that the government is going to go back and look at the Road Safety Advisory Committee's recommendations and really take that into consideration as they move along in the next couple of years. We can't let that issue fall out of the limelight, we have to keep it there.

There are so many things that you could stand here and talk about and you would be here half the night, and unfortunately I only have 15 minutes to cover this. I have seniors in Dartmouth East, too, who are on a two-year waiting list to get an apartment. I know you can't say it is a seniors' apartment, but there are some apartments that tend to really offer the kind of community that seniors are really looking for. Some of the seniors in Dartmouth East just simply are on - it's hard to believe - a two-year wait list to get into some of these places. We have to really move on that, we have to move on accessible affordable housing for people with disabilities across the province. I was disappointed, in hearing the other day, that Prince Andrew High School will not be receiving the renovations and additions yet again this year. I don't really fathom why that is so, and I'll keep pushing and asking questions in here. It is a little bit disconcerting to hear that something that was in a plan a long time ago has still not been followed through on. Again, broken promises are not something I think we should be making to the people of this province.

Having said that, Mr. Speaker, thank you for listening, and I will take my seat.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried.

[6:20 p.m. The House resolved itself into CWH on Supply with Mr. Chuck Porter in the Chair.]

[9:55 p.m. CWH on Supply rose and the House reconvened with Deputy Speaker Mr. Wayne Gaudet in the Chair.]

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

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PATRICK DUNN: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for today. I move that the House adjourn, to sit again tomorrow, Thursday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. We will begin with the daily routine, Oral Question Period, Committee of the Whole House on Supply, continuing with the estimates of the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and if time permits, Public Bills for Third Reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House rise to meet again tomorrow at the hour of 10:00 a.m. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The House stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

[The House rose at 9:57 p.m.]

NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 2687

By: Mr. Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Friday, April 13, 2007, the Royal Canadian Legion Eastern Marine Branch #161, located in Gaetz Brook, will celebrate its 31st Anniversary; and

Whereas the Legion's members are to be commended for the leadership and commitment they have shown in the expansion of their facility and maintaining it for the past 31 years; and

Whereas the Legion is also hosting an Honours and Awards Ceremony on this evening to honour members of the Legion for their outstanding work and commitment;

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Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate the Royal Canadian Legion Eastern Marine Branch #161 on achieving their 31st anniversary and also the members that will be honoured there on this evening.

RESOLUTION NO. 2688

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas popular, retired New Glasgow school teacher Clyde Hugh Fraser continues to make an impact on his community; and

Whereas Mr. Fraser is very much involved in sports, particularly rugby and hockey, and he has spearheaded, organized and chaired various hockey and rugby associations for several years; and

Whereas Mr. Fraser is also an active member of the Kinsmen Club and still manages to find time for gardening and spending time with grandchildren;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their best wishes to Clyde Hugh Fraser of Pictou County on his lifelong commitment to his community and his contribution to Nova Scotia through such dedication.

RESOLUTION NO. 2689

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas Brian Affleck of Sutherlands River will be off to West Virginia this Fall on a golf scholarship to Potomac State College; and

Whereas Brian, a North Nova Scotia Education student, hopes to hone his golf skills during the next two years and earn a scholarship to a Division 1 school; and

Whereas he entered 15 tournaments in 2006, winning eight and placing in the top three in four others;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Brian Affleck as he pursues his life-long dream of playing professional golf.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2690

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow police officer Alan Roberts spends his spare time collecting and restoring antique steel toys; and

Whereas the popular member of the community has uncovered and restored many toys back to their original glory; and

Whereas Mr. Roberts is particularly interested in Canadian-made pressed steel toys made in the 1940s and 1950s;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their best wishes to Alan Roberts as he continues to restore Canadian antique toys, lending his unique gift to the Nova Scotian and Canadian communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 2691

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas the Stellarton Legion, Branch 28, celebrated a milestone birthday, its 75th anniversary, on Saturday, March 31, 2007; and

Whereas the Stellarton Legion Ladies Auxiliary celebrated 60 years since its inception; and

Whereas Branch 28 has sparked a renewal interest in the legion with several young members joining recently;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Legion and Ladies Auxiliary presidents, Charlie Kenney and Chris DeYoung, the executive and all members of Branch 28 for encouraging younger people to take an interest in Legion activities and for its 75 years of assistance in the community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2692

By: Mr. Pat Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow businessman and artist Gordon E. MacDonald will soon begin a new work of New Glasgow Town Hall; and

Whereas the owner of "Artgems" travels extensively throughout Nova Scotia to capture detailed shots of scenery that captivates him; and

Whereas the artist works from pictures he's taken and enjoys the challenges that painting a new piece brings;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their best wishes to Gordon E. MacDonald as he embarks on the new challenge of painting the New Glasgow town hall and contributes to the legacy of Nova Scotian artists.

RESOLUTION NO. 2693

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Heather Easson has been a valued teacher of the West Kings District High School for 20-plus years as a caring professional in the Career Access Program; and

Whereas Heather was nominated by her colleagues as personifying this year's Education Week theme "Skills and Learning: Building our Future"; and

Whereas Heather was recognized for research and development of curriculum, strengthening the Career Access Program and her commitment to student success;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Heather Easson on being chosen as the recipient of the Education Week Award for the Kings Local and wish her every success in her career.

RESOLUTION NO. 2694

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By: Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas Hazel Dauphinee has been organizer, promoter and host of the Annual Strawberry Picnic for ostomy patients for 20 years; and

Whereas Hazel, assisted by her husband Frank, has looked after the many details, such as strawberry picking at Randall Farms, that have made this event a treasured experience for all who attend; and

Whereas Hazel's leadership and determination makes the second Sunday in July an event looked forward to by ostomate friends from Yarmouth, Bridgewater and Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate Hazel Dauphinee on the occasion of the 20th Annual Strawberry Picnic for ostomy patients held at Claremont Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 2695

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas diabetes can affect anyone at any age; and

Whereas growing up with Type 1 diabetes has a lifelong effect; and

Whereas Matt Naugler from Wileville, Lunenburg County, was diagnosed at age 5 with Type 1 diabetes, grew up insulin-dependent but never let the disease control his life;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish Matt Naugler all the best as he participates in the Fire and Ice Marathon in Iceland with Team Diabetes Canada, to raise funds and increase public awareness of this disease.

RESOLUTION NO. 2696

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas figure skating is an international sport enjoyed by millions; and

Whereas figure skaters are a source of pride to their families and communities; and

Whereas Bridgewater native Chloe Conklin recently earned silver medals in Pee-Wee Ladies Free Skate and Preliminary Skills at the Figure Skating Provincials which were held in Yarmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Chloe Conklin on her two silver medals and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2697

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

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

Whereas Bridgewater resident Charlie Purcell recently released his first CD; and

Whereas Mr. Purcell's love of music began as a child; and

Whereas one of the songs, "My Nova Scotia Home," was written especially for the late Hank Snow, but due to illness, Mr. Purcell was unable to give the song to the late Hank Snow;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Charlie Purcell for this great accomplishment and wish him all the best.

RESOLUTION NO. 2698

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

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

Whereas providing students with the opportunity to meet fellow students in other parts of Canada creates an excellent educational and personal experience; and

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Whereas the Encounters With Canada program gives more than 3,000 young Canadians between the ages of 14 and 17 a chance to gain a better understanding of their country; and

Whereas Rachael Pineo, of Parkview Education Centre, was successful in being selected the participant in the program in Ottawa;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachael Pineo for her participation in the Encounters With Canada program and wish her well as a result of this very valuable experience.

RESOLUTION NO. 2699

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

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

Whereas a group of young athletes earned a three-week training trip to Florida to train in world-class facilities with Olympic coaches and find out what truly elite athletes need to do to succeed; and

Whereas Mattias Wolter from Hebbville Academy, the defending provincial cross country champion, won a gold medal in the two-mile race at the Disney Track and Field Showcase on the team's first weekend in Florida, then another gold in the 200-metre steeplechase and a silver in the mile race last weekend; and

Whereas the opportunities, the sense of responsibility and commitment, and discipline skills they learn will help during this training will help decide the future for these young people;

Therefore be it resolved that all member of this House join me in congratulating Mattias Wolter on his winnings and wish him continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 2700

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

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

Whereas winners and honourable mention winners of Mobius Environmental Awards are being invited to the Mobius Awards Luncheon on April 25th at the Brightwood Golf and Country Club in Dartmouth for a celebration; and

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Whereas the high quality of some of the nominations made judging very difficult; and

Whereas the South Shore Regional School Board in Bridgewater won the Institution of the Year Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing accomplishments of the South Shore Regional School Board and congratulate them on winning this prestigious award.

RESOLUTION NO. 2701

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Kaili vanVulpen of Warren, Cumberland County received top honours this week during the Nova Scotia Agricultural College's 43rd annual Athletic Awards Banquet, naming her female athlete of the year; and

Whereas Kaili is a two-sport athlete, excelling on both the basketball court and soccer field. She was also selected as an all-conference player for this season of '06 & '07; and

Whereas her athleticism and desire to win are infections, making all the players around her better, leading to a huge positive transformation for her team.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Kaili vanVulpen for her top athletic award at NSAC.

RESOLUTION NO. 2702

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas Muriel Fage of Amherst, Nova Scotia, recently received the Joan Mead Builders Award during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts; and

Whereas Fage, who was introduced into the Sports Hall of Fame last October, has been active for nearly 30 years helping to build women's curling in Nova Scotia, and she

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introduced the school program in which the sport was introduced at area schools, and students were taken to the rink to meet the curlers; and

Whereas despite waging the battle against lung and liver cancer, Fage continues to promote the sport of curling with a warm smile, wide circle of friends and the ability to make everyone she touches feel special, is what Muriel Fage does best;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending our congratulations to Muriel for her recognition and contribution to the sport of curling in Nova Scotia and get well wishes.

RESOLUTION NO. 2703

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Harold Rafuse of Waterville, Nova Scotia, has served on the Waterville and District Fire Department for 55 years; and

Whereas Harold Rafuse was a fire chief for 25 years, serving the Waterville and District Fire Department; and

Whereas this outstanding community volunteer has had an average attendance in excess of 75 per cent for 55 years;

Therefore be it resolved that all the members of this House recognize and commend Harold Rafuse for his longstanding dedication to his community and fellow firefighters.

RESOLUTION NO. 2704

By: Hon. David Morse (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas Stuart Edward Johnstone of Waterville, Nova Scotia, has served on the Waterville and District Fire Department for 57 years; and

Whereas Stuart Edward Johnstone was a deputy fire chief for two years, serving the Waterville and District Fire Department; and

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Whereas this outstanding community volunteer has had an average attendance in excess of 75 per cent for 57 years;

Therefore be it resolved that all the members of this House recognize and commend Stuart Edward Johnstone for his longstanding dedication to his community and fellow firefighters.

RESOLUTION NO. 2705

By: Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay)

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

Whereas international health security is the first line of defense against health shocks that can devastate people, societies and economies worldwide; and

Whereas World Health day is an annual event held on April 7th to mark the establishment of the World Health Organization and is an opportunity to raise awareness and call for action on important health issues, focusing on a different theme each year; and

Whereas the them of World Health Day, April 7, 2007, is "Invest in Health, Build a Safer future' to raise the profile of international health security;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly recognize April 7th as World Health Day and acknowledge the hard work and dedication officials at the WHO provide and strive toward improving health conditions around the globe.

RESOLUTION NO. 2706

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas William Connors is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank William for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2707

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Adrienne Houghton is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Adrienne for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2708

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Allie McCorriston is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Allie for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2709

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Allison Chandler is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Allison for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2710

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Austin Brown is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Austin for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2711

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Bailey Webber is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Bailey for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2712

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Briana Veinot is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Briana for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2713

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Conal Lucey is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Conal for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2714

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Daniel Bremner is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Daniel for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2715

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Glen Creaser is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Glen for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2716

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Hunter Chandler is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Hunter for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2717

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Jack MacKinnon is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Jack for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2718

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Kathryn Green is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Kathryn for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2719

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Mary Fay is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Mary for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2720

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Matthew Zinck is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Matthew for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2721

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Rebecca Collicutt is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Rebecca for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2722

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Robyn is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Robyn for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2723

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Samuel Webber is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Samuel for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2724

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Tristen Haley is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Tristen for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2725

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Hannah Ramsay is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Hannah for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2726

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Stacy Coolen is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Stacy for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2727

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

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Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Catlin Veinot is one of 90 students showing his support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Catlin for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish him much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2728

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas honouring our veterans and current military personnel is important every day of every year; and

Whereas this year I asked students from across Chester-St. Margaret's to express their appreciation for these brave Canadians by participating in a contest that was sponsored by my office; and

Whereas Sheena Heisler is one of 90 students showing her support to our veterans and military personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and thank Sheena for supporting these very brave Canadians and wish her much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2729

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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 our veterans and military personnel defended the freedoms that we have come to enjoy here in Canada; and

Whereas teachers from across Chester-St. Margaret's responded to a contest sponsored by my office to pay tribute to these true Canadian heroes; and

Whereas Renee Robinson's Grade 4 class from Tantallon Elementary School was one such class that participated in this contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Ms. Robinson for promoting this very worthy cause and wish her and her students much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2730

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas our veterans and military personnel defended the freedoms that we have come to enjoy here in Canada; and

Whereas teachers from across Chester-St. Margaret's responded to a contest sponsored by my office to pay tribute to these true Canadian heroes; and

Whereas Cindy Vanderzwaag's Grade 3 class from Chester District Elementary School was one such class that participated in this contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Ms. Vanderzwaag for promoting this very worthy cause and wish her and her students much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2731

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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 our veterans and military personnel defended the freedoms that we have come to enjoy here in Canada; and

Whereas teachers from across Chester-St. Margaret's responded to a contest sponsored by my office to pay tribute to these true Canadian heroes; and

Whereas Elaine Curran's Grade 7 class from New Ross Consolidated School was one such class that participated in this contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Ms. Curran for promoting this very worthy cause and wish her and her students much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2732

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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

Whereas our veterans and military personnel defended the freedoms that we have come to enjoy here in Canada; and

Whereas teachers from across Chester-St. Margaret's responded to a contest sponsored by my office to pay tribute to these true Canadian heroes; and

Whereas Julia Armstrong's Grade 3 and 4 class from Gold River Elementary School was one such class that participated in this contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Ms. Armstrong for promoting this very worthy cause and wish her and her students much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2733

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Community Services)

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 our veterans and military personnel defended the freedoms that we have come to enjoy here in Canada; and

Whereas teachers from across Chester-St. Margaret's responded to a contest sponsored by my office to pay tribute to these true Canadian heroes; and

Whereas Melissa Willman's Grade 9 class from New Ross Consolidated School was one such class that participated in this contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Ms. Willman for promoting this very worthy cause and wish her and her students much success in the years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 2734

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Kelley Theal was honoured for giving 35 years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kelley Theal on his 35 years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2735

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Doug Rector was honoured for giving 35 years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Doug Rector on his 35 years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2736

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Allan White was honoured for giving 20 years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Allan White on his 20 years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2737

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Steve Chapman was honoured for giving 25 years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Steve Chapman on his 25 years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2738

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas April Hunter was honoured for giving five years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate April Hunter on her five years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish her all the best in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2739

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Laurie Cluney was honoured for giving five years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Laurie Cluney on her five years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2740

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Shane Theal was honoured for giving five years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shan Theal on his five years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2741

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Davey Rector was honoured for giving five years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Davey Rector on his five years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2742

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

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Whereas Larry Rushton was honoured for giving five years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Larry Rushton on his five years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2743

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas John Reid Jr. was honoured for giving five years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate John Reid Jr. on his five years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2744

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas volunteer firefighters play an integral role in the safety of the residents of our communities by putting their lives on the line to fight fires in our homes, businesses and communities, and to risk their own lives to save others; and

Whereas the River Hebert Fire Department and their friends and families will come together to show their appreciation for their members who give unselfishly of their time and

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to celebrate the years of service that these volunteer firefighters have given to their community; and

Whereas Terry Stone was honoured for giving 15 years' service to the River Herbert Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Terry Stone on his 15 years of dedicated service to the River Hebert Fire Department and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2745

By: Ms. Michele Raymond (Halifax Atlantic)

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

Whereas Visual Arts Nova Scotia has represented Nova Scotia artists for nearly 31 years; and

Whereas Visual Arts Nova Scotia has now created a mentorship program to help emerging artists strengthen their practice by working with active professional artists, bridging the gap between studio activity and public presentation, between theory and practice for artists who are otherwise unsupported; and

Whereas photographer Kate MacLeod, sculptor Barbara Schmeisser and installation artist Miya Turnbull have worked for eight months with mentors Richard Mueller, Rose Adams and Glynis Humphrey with their work scheduled to be on display beginning Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend Visual Arts Nova Scotia on its initiative, creating the mentorship program and ensure that the province gives its own share of support to allow a new generation of Nova Scotia artists the opportunity to flourish.

RESOLUTION NO. 2746

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Finance)

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

Whereas Gladys Herridge, of Mahone Bay, has had a love for knitting for many years; and

Whereas Mrs. Herridge not only enjoys knitting items for herself but also likes to knit items for others as well; and

Whereas Mrs. Herridge recently knit 150 baby bonnets which she has donated to the South Shore Regional Hospital and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre, which will be provided to newborns at the hospitals;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly thank Gladys Herridge for her thoughtfulness and generosity.

RESOLUTION NO. 2747

By: Mr. William Estabrooks (Timberlea-Prospect)

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

Whereas Five Bridges Junior High School's Boys Basketball Team had a banner season, capturing second place in the Mariner Zone Championships; and

Whereas the team's hard work and dedication resulted in an undefeated regular season before a double overtime loss to Bedford Junior High School; and

Whereas the team consisted of Shawn Wallace, Kyle McCulloch, Jeremy Benoit, Alex Carey, Marcus Bordage, Jackson Dahn, Derek Norris, Nick Hunsley, Adam Olsen, Geoff Doane and Grayson Blades;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate coaches Kelly Latremouille and Tom Doane and all those involved with the Five Bridges Junior High's Boys Basketball Team on capturing a second place finish in the Mariner Zone Championships.

RESOLUTION NO. 2748

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

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Whereas in their annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest, Resource Recovery Fund Board Nova Scotia announced a few weeks ago their $5,000 provincial scholarship winner and 13 regional scholarship winners valued at more that $14,000; and

Whereas in the Grade Primary to One-Class section, under the capable leadership and direction of their teacher, Ms. Brenda Bishop, Brooklyn Elementary School students had their entry chosen as the best Grade Primary - One-Class entry in Region 6, comprising Queens, Lunenburg and Shelburne Counties along with the Municipality of West Hants; and

Whereas participation in the Nova Scotia Recycles contest reached a record high of more than 9,4000 submissions this year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the winning effort of Brooklyn District Elementary School's Grade Primary - One-Class, in the annual RRFB Nova Scotia Recycles Contest, while wishing the class continued success with all of their future educational endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2749

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas in their annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest, Resource Recovery Fund Board Nova Scotia announced a few weeks ago their $5,000 provincial scholarship winner and 13 regional scholarship winners valued at more that $14,000; and

Whereas in the Grade 4 - 6 category, Falmouth District Elementary student Patrick Rooney had his entry chosen as the best Grade 4 - 6 entry in Region 6, comprising Queens, Lunenburg and Shelburne Counties along with the Municipality of West Hants; and

Whereas participation in the Nova Scotia recycles contest reached a record high of more than 9,400 submissions this year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the winning effort of Falmouth District Elementary School student Patrick Rooney in the annual RRFB Nova Scotia Recycles Contest, while wishing him continued success with all of his future educational endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2750

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas the Bide-a-While Animal Shelter in Dartmouth includes within its mission: to rescue and care for unwanted and abandoned animals, placing all their animals in suitable and caring homes; and

Whereas the volunteers of the shelter also provide an environment free from the threat of unwarranted euthanasia and work to cultivate awareness, respect and appreciation for animals; and

Whereas because of these goals, Emma Cameron of Halifax devoted her recent birthday party to pets and, in lieu of gifts, collected donations from friends and family for Bide-a-While;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud the efforts of this 11-year-old which amounted to approximately $300 in funds, food and treats for the shelter's animals - and praise the good work of the volunteers at Bide-a-While.

RESOLUTION NO. 2751

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (The Premier)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia native Bernd Christmas has contributed positively and significantly to our province, most recently through his years as CEO at Membertou; and

Whereas two months ago he began his latest role as a senior vice-president and leader with the Hill & Knowlton Canada's newly-created aboriginal affairs practice; and

Whereas while we miss his direct presence in our community, this new role is taking Mr. Christmas from one end of our country to another where he provides counsel on aboriginal issues, economic development and public affairs - sharing his tremendous relationship-building abilities and ingenuity nation-wide;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate this talented individual on his latest career move and wish him well as he continues in his work, especially where those efforts assist in the betterment of the economic welfare of this country's First Nations communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 2752

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town including Lori Power; and

Whereas Lori Power was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill Baptist Church Children's Program for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for her church and her community.

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lori Power on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Springhill Baptist Church Children's Program for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2753

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town including the Booster Group, which is a group who volunteer their time for the Cool Blues Hockey Team and our Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre; and

Whereas included in this extraordinary group are Mary Ellen MacDougall, Lois Spence, Donna Gogan, Brenda O'Brien, Joyce McMillan, Carol Maddison, Pat Gilroy, Joanne McManaman, Angel McCormick, Frances MacDonald, John Henderson, Darrell Babineau, Cynthia MacDonald, Paulette Beaton, Barbara Moore, Joan Kaizer and Virginia McCormick.

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate The Booster Team and we thank you for your hours of service to your community.

RESOLUTION NO. 2754

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Erva Smith; and

Whereas Erva Smith was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the St. Andrews Wesley United Church Unit 1 UCW for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the church and its people;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Erva Smith on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the St. Andrews Wesley United Church for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2755

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Muriel Weatherbee; and

Whereas Muriel Weatherbee was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the St. Andrews Wesley United Church Unit 111 UCW for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the church and its people;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Muriel Weatherbee on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the St. Andrews Wesley United Church for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2756

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Florence Gilroy; and

Whereas Florence Gilroy was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill Basketball Association for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the association and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Florence Gilroy on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Springhill Basketball Association for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2757

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Dave Harrison, Jr.; and

Whereas Dave Harrison, Jr., was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill Minor Baseball Association for his many hours of time and for all the things that he does for the association and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dave Harrison on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Springhill Minor Baseball Association for his volunteer efforts and wish him all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2758

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

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Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Barbara Moore; and

Whereas Barbara Moore was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Cobequid Chapter of the IODE for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the association and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Barbara Moore on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Cobequid Chapter of the IODE for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2759

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Erdean Crowe; and

Whereas Erdean Crowe was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill Baptist Church for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the church and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Erdean Crowe on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Springhill Baptist Church for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2760

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

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Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Verna Clarke; and

Whereas Verna Clarke was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill Senior Citizens and Retired Pensioners Group for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the group and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Verna Clarke on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Springhill Senior Citizens and Retired Pensioners Group for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2761

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Wanda Adams-Nicholson; and

Whereas Wanda Adams-Nicholson was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the West End Home and School Association for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the association and its members and the students;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Wanda Adams-Nicholson on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the West End Home and School Association for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2762

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Doris Fear-McNutt; and

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Whereas Doris Fear-McNutt was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the All Saints Ladies Guild for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the guild and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Doris Fear-McNutt on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the All Saints Ladies Guild for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2763

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Gail Murphy; and

Whereas Gail Murphy was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Girl Guides of Canada, Springhill District Council, for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the guides and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Gail Murphy on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Girl Guides of Canada for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2764

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Marie Gilroy; and

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Whereas Marie Gilroy was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Ro-Win-Lea 4-H Club for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the club and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Marie Gilroy on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Ro-Win-Lea 4-H Club for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2765

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Suzie Groundwater; and

Whereas Suzie Groundwater was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Ro-Win-Lea 4-H Club for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for the club and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Suzie Groundwater on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Ro-Win-Lea 4-H Club for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2766

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas friends, families and residents of Springhill and area came together to recognize the volunteer efforts put forth by many members of the Springhill community; and

Whereas Springhill has a large body of community volunteers that make a huge contribution to the town, including Audrey Marshall; and

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Whereas Audrey Marshall was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce for her many hours of time and for all the things that she does for this community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Audrey Marshall on being recognized by the Town of Springhill and the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce for her volunteer efforts and wish her all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2767

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas Frank and Sarah Hartman of Parrsboro are being honoured with the title of Volunteer Family of the Year for the Town of Parrsboro; and

Whereas Frank and Sarah have been dedicated members of the community of Parrsboro since they arrived in the area, making the community a better place to live with their involvement in the Community Radio Society, Parrsboro Shore Historical Society, Sustainable Tourism Committee, working at the Food Bank, members of the Trinity United Church, the Shore Drive Community Development Association and many others; and

Whereas both Frank and Sarah are volunteers at Ship's Company Theatre and the Board of Trade, and Frank is a member of the Masons Lodge while Sarah is the Treasurer of the United Church Women's Group;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Frank and Sarah Hartman on this well-deserved honour of being named Volunteer Family of the Year and thank them for their many hours of volunteer service to their community and to the Province of Nova Scotia and wish them all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2768

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas Cassandra Mills of Parrsboro is being honoured for her volunteer work for her community giving many hours of her time and attention to many worthwhile charities, organizations and clubs; and

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Whereas Cassandra volunteers time at the Cumberland Health Care Centre, Parrsboro Regional High School student police, travel club, student council, and helps organize special school activities; and

Whereas Cassandra also is an active leader with the Parrsboro Beavers and Youth Town Council at Parrsboro Town Hall while maintaining above-average marks as a Grade 10 student;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cassandra Mills on being chosen as Youth Volunteer of the Year for Parrsboro and thank her for her volunteer time and effort to her community and to the Province of Nova Scotia and wish her all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2769

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Justice)

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

Whereas Keith Odlin of Parrsboro is being recognized as Parrsboro's Representative Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding contributions to organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion and local air cadet squadron; and

Whereas Keith is one of the busiest volunteers in Parrsboro, taking an active role in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45 and also serving as commanding officer of the local air cadets squadron and still manages to find time for his wife and three children and his career as a full-time paramedic; and

Whereas Keith's attitude towards volunteering is that "Small Communities - even big ones - don't run unless people are prepared to volunteer," admitting that we all have busy lives but "if people don't volunteer, stuff doesn't get done";

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Keith Odlin on being chosen as Parrsboro's Volunteer of the Year and thank him for his volunteer efforts to his community and to the Province of Nova Scotia and wish him all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2770

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Allan Bagnall was nominated by the Bedford Repair and Restoration Group for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for his selfless act of giving to the Bedford Repair and Restoration Group and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Allan for his contribution to the Bedford Repair and Restoration Group and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2771

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Arlene Gorrill was nominated by the Hot Lunch Program at Ecole Sunnyside Elementary School for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving in support of her community.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Arlene for her invaluable contribution to the Hot Lunch Program at Ecole Sunnyside Elementary, and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2772

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By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Barbara Coneen was nominated by the Bedford Leisure Club for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Bedford Leisure Club and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Barbara for her contribution to the Bedford Leisure Club and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2773

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Barbara Koppernaes was nominated by Fort Sackville Foundation for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Barbara for her contribution to the Fort Sackville Foundation and the people of Bedford.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2774

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Dorothy Giffin was nominated by the Bedford Terry Fox Run for Bedford Volunteer of the year, for her selfless act of giving to the Bedford Terry Fox Run and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Dorothy, for her contribution to the Bedford Terry Fox Run and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2775

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Dr. Rob Brownstone was nominated by Bedford Academy for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for his selfless act of giving of himself to the Bedford Academy and the community;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Dr. Brownstone for his contribution to the Bedford Academy and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2776

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Gloria Lowther was nominated by the North West Planning and Advisory Committee for Bedford Volunteer of the year, for her selfless act of giving to the North West Planning and Advisory Committee and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Gloria for her contribution to the North West Planning and Advisory Committee and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2777

By: Hon. Len Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

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Whereas Isobel Muggah was nominated by the Bedford Horticultural Society for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Bedford Horticultural Society and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Isobel for her contribution to the Bedford Horticultural Society and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2778

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas Jimmy Ross, a resident of Bedford and a student attending Charles P. Allen High School, competed in an essay competition; and

Whereas Jimmy's essay was selected by Charles P. Allen High School and the Rotary Club as the winning essay to attend Rotary Adventure of Citizenship; and

Whereas Jimmy will meet with 230 other young people from across Canada and participate in a four-day program designed to develop leadership potential for outstanding high school students;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to Jimmy on his accomplishment.

RESOLUTION NO. 2779

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society, including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

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Whereas John MacDonald was nominated by the Bedford Sackville and District Rotary Club for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for his selfless act of giving to the Bedford Sackville and District Rotary Club and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate John for his contribution to the Bedford Sackville and District Rotary Club Group and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2780

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas Michelle Richards and Judi McDonald, residents of Bedford, plan to hike Machu Picchu, Peru, in support of juvenile arthritis; and

Whereas Michelle Richards, a recreation director recently diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, a rare form of arthritis affecting heart, lungs, kidney and the digestive system, understands the importance of finding a cure; and

Whereas arthritis in its more than 100 forms strikes both the lives of adults and children;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their support to Michelle and Judi in their efforts to raise both awareness and funding to find a cure for the disease that affects so many lives.

RESOLUTION NO. 2781

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

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Whereas Margie Maclean was nominated by the Bedford Beavers Swim Club for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the swim club and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Margie for her contribution to the Bedford Beavers Swim Club and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2782

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Marlene Kenley was nominated by the Bedford Days Committee for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving to the Bedford Days Committee and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Marlene for her contribution to the Bedford Days Committee and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2783

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

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Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Nancy Powell was nominated by the Bedford Lionettes Association for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Bedford Lionettes and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Nancy for her contribution to the Bedford Lionettes and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2784

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Pat MacCulloch was nominated by the Bedford Singers for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Bedford Singers and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Pat for her contribution to the Bedford Singers and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2785

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Richard Hattin was nominated by the Bedford Watershed Advisory Board for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for his selfless act of giving to the Bedford Watershed Advisory Board and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Richard for his contribution to the Bedford Watershed Advisory Board and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2786

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Tom Calkin was nominated by the Bedford Lights Parade for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for his selfless act of giving to the Bedford Lights Parade and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Tom for his contribution to the Bedford Lights Parade and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2787

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By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Tracey Tulloch was nominated by the Bedford Ringette Association for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Bedford Ringette Association and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Tracey for her contribution to the Bedford Ringette Association and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2788

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Velma Redden was nominated by the Fellowship Unit Bedford United Church for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Fellowship Unit Bedford United Church and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Velma for her contribution to the Fellowship Unit Bedford United Church and the people of Bedford.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2789

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Charlotte Johnson was nominated by the Canadian Cancer Society for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving of herself to the Canadian Cancer Society and to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Charlotte for her contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2790

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Susan Hannah was nominated by the Girl Guides of Canada for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving to the young people of the community in which she lives;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Susan Hannah for her invaluable contribution to the Girl Guides and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2791

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Theresa LeLievre was nominated by The MS Society of Canada for Bedford Volunteer of the Year, for her selfless act of giving in the community in which she lives;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Theresa LeLievre for her invaluable contribution to The MS Society of Canada and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2792

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas the community of Bedford recognizes its volunteers each year by awarding the Volunteer of the Year Award; and

Whereas Barry Mason has worked diligently with board members of the Rocky Lake Development Association toward the goal of constructing new recreation facilities in the community; and

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Whereas after a four-year endeavour and countless hours of volunteer time, Barry and the Rocky Lake Development Association now have a deed for 47 acres of land for the development of the long-awaited recreation facilities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the efforts of all volunteers in Nova Scotia and congratulate Barry Mason for being awarded Bedford Volunteer of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 2793

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life and all ages with a common desire to m ake a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Ruby Densmore was nominated by the Royal Canadian Legion for Bedford Volunteer of the Year for her selfless act of giving in support of the Bedford Legion and its members;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Ruby Densmore for her invaluable contribution to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 95, and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2794

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life and all ages with a common desire to m ake a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise; and

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Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Carol Loncarevic was nominated by the Bedford/Sackville Meals on Wheels for Bedford Volunteer of the Year for her selfless act of giving in support of her community and those in need;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Carol Loncarevic for her invaluable contribution to the Bedford/Sackville Meals on Wheels and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2795

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life and all ages with a common desire to m ake a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Caroline Boehner was nominated by the Sandy Lake Academy for Bedford Volunteer of the Year for her selfless act of giving in support of her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Caroline Boehner for her invaluable contribution to the Sandy Lake Academy and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2796

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

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Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life and all ages with a common desire to m ake a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our community, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Erica Tromanhauser was nominated by Sunnyside Elementary School for Bedford Volunteer of the Year for her selfless act of giving to the young people of the community in which she lives;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Erica Tromanhauser for her invaluable contribution to the Sunnyside Elementary School and the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 2797

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Tourism, Culture and Heritage)

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

Whereas Jack Cameron of Bedford represented Nova Scotia at the 2007 Canada Winter Games; and

Whereas Jack demonstrated excellence in his chosen sport of judo; and

Whereas Jack's management skill and dedication to his sport has been recognized by his sport and his efforts applauded by the community of Bedford;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to Jack.

RESOLUTION NO. 2798

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Father John J. MacDonald for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2799

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Msgr. Conrad Girroir for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2800

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

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Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Father Gary MacPherson for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2801

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Father Duaine Devereaux for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2802

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dr. Brad Sweet for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2803

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sister Annette Landry for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2804

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank sister Jacqueline Martel for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2805

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sister Agnes Theriault for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2806

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sister Jénita Méthot for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2807

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By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sister Ruth Calvert for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2808

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Reverend Walter Lawrence for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2809

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By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Gail McKay for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2810

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Leon LeBlanc, Chief of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2811

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Eugene Samson of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2812

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Steve Richard of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2813

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Roy Richard of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2814

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lloyd Pettipas of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2815

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Robert LeBlanc of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2816

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Rodney LeBlanc of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2817

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Glen Richard of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2818

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lawrence Mury of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2819

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Wesley Embree of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2820

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Bernie Fougère of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2821

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Ryan Fougère of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2822

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Alfred Britten of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2823

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Wayne Skinner of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2824

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Shane Savoury of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2825

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Kevin Pettipas of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2826

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Jarrod David of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2827

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Alfred Richard of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2828

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Adrian Boudreau of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2829

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Morgan David of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2830

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Nathan Boudreau of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2831

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Wayne Mury of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2832

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Joey Clorey of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2833

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Gordon Grant of the Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2834

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Corporal J.P. Boucher of the RCMP for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2835

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sergeant Paul Vickers of the RCMP for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2836

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Constable Paulo Andretti of the RCMP for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2837

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank George Dooley, pharmacist, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2838

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Kristin Goyetche, pharmacist, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2839

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Rod Samson, paramedic, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2840

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Noreen Boudreau, paramedic for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2841

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Barry Tracey, paramedic, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2842

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lynn Delorey for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2843

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Tanya Snow, paramedic, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2844

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank J. C. Benoit, paramedic, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2845

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Anna Lisa Gerrior, paramedic, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2846

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Peter Murphy, paramedic, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2847

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Kevin Boudreau, paramedic, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2848

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Eric Burke, Administrator, St. Anne's Centre, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2849

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lisa DeWolfe, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2850

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Judy Breau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2851

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Karen Marchand, staff member fo St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2852

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Cynthia Landry, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2853

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Debbie Marchand, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2854

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Edwina Touesnard, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2855

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Debbie Molloy, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2856

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Teri Mansley, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2857

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Doreen Boudreau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2858

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Charmaine Boudreau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2859

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sheila Britten, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2860

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Chantal Boucher, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2861

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Nancy Landry, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2862

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Melanie Power, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2863

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Kanina Clorey, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2864

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Claudette Babin, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2865

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

[Page 4654]

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Geraldine Theriault, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2866

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Donna Power, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2867

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Giselle Richard, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2868

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Odille DeRoache, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2869

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Angie Woodman, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2870

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Margaret Samson, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2871

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Helen Boudreau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2872

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Patricia Samson, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2873

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Nicole Gionet, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2874

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Shirley LeBlanc, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2875

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Yvonne Pierce, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2876

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Darlene Short, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2877

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Rachel Boudreau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2878

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Albert Boudreau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2879

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Rosanna Boudreau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2880

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Beverley MacInnis, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2881

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Marlene Martell, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2882

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Shirley Cordeau, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2883

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Santana Marchand, staff member of St. Anne's Centre, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2884

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Hope Boudreau, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2885

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Maureen Boudreau, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2886

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lorette Clark, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2887

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lynn LeBlanc, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2888

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dana Tracey, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2889

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Jeanette Ellis, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2890

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Beverley Benoit, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2891

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Claudette Barnes, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2892

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Pauline Samson, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2893

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Annette Fougère, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2894

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Colina LeBlanc, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2895

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Geneva Morrison, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2896

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Line Boucher, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2897

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Myrtle Babin, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2898

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Simone Boudreau, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2899

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Terry Boudreau, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2900

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Marie Goyetche, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2901

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Annette Kehoe, staff member of the Strait Richmond Hospital, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2902

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Edith Hern, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2903

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dee Keeting, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2904

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Muriel Berthier, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2905

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sophie Samson, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2906

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Anna Boudreau, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2907

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Delores Linden, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2908

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Jean Landry, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2909

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Margo Landry, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2910

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Elizabeth Power, a retired health care worker, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2911

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Sharon Hearn, dental hygienist, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2912

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Jessica Boudreau, dental hygienist, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2913

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Monique Samson, RN, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2914

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Joanne DeCoste, RN, for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2915

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dr. Darcelle Boudreau for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2916

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dr. Gary Samson for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2917

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

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Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dr. Panchasheila Sivakumar for her dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2918

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas "A Very Special Event" was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Centre la Picasse on Isle Madame; and

Whereas the event was an opportunity for the residents of Isle Madame to express their gratitude to our clergy, health professionals and first responders for their dedicated service; and

Whereas the evening consisted of a meal, presentations and local entertainment with the proceeds going to the Richmond Minor Baseball Association;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dr. Lawrence MacNeil for his dedicated service to the residents of Isle Madame and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2919

By: Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas the Meteghan Lions Club has exemplified the International Lion's Club motto of "We Serve" and is marking 50 years of serving the community; and

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Whereas since 1957 our Lions Club members have generously given much of their time and energy to worthwhile causes with the goal of assisting the people of our community; and

Whereas Lions Club members have provided valuable service to our community by helping seniors, running drug awareness programs, providing medical aids and equipment, student bursaries, financial assistance to individuals and by being a major financial supporter of Le Transport Clare;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Meteghan Lions Club for its 50 years of dedicated service to its community.

RESOLUTION NO. 2920

By: Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas six Nova Scotia archers competed in the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon; and

Whereas Michel Maillet of St. Bernard was one of Team Nova Scotia's 213 athletes competing in the Winter Games; and

Whereas Michel has been involved in archery for the past three years;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Michel Maillet for competing at the 2007 Canada Winter Games and wish him continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2921

By: Keith Colwell (Preston)

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

Whereas Friday, April 13, 2007, the Royal Canadian Legion Eastern Marine Branch No. 161, located in Gaetz Brook, will celebrate its 31st Anniversary; and

Whereas the Legion's members are to be commended for the leadership and commitment they have shown in the expansion of their facility and maintaining it for the past 31 years; and

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Whereas the Legion is also hosting an honors and awards ceremony on this evening to honor members of the Legion for their outstanding work and commitment;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize and congratulate the Royal Canadian Legion Eastern Marine Branch No. 161 on achieving its 31st Anniversary and also the members who will be honored there on this evening.

RESOLUTION NO. 2922

By: Hon. William Dooks (Energy)

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

Whereas the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission has embarked on a project to improve the business climate for the operators and owners of business enterprises; and

Whereas this Facade Improvement Pilot Project will rejuvenate many of the buildings on Portland Street and return this shopping district to a hub of business activity over the next few years; and

Whereas the Government of Nova Scotia is pleased to have provided funding for this pilot project through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission and its membership for taking the initiative to revitalize downtown Dartmouth through restoration of its many traditional buildings.