The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 07-36

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Cecil Clarke

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

Available on INTERNET at http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/hansard/

First Session

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
Speaker's Statement: Response to Allegations by Waverley-Fall River-
Beaver Bank MLA of Racism and Discrimination in the House of
Assembly 3251
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Educ. - Tuition Fee Reduction: Min./Prem. - Election Promises Keep,
Mr. L. Preyra 3253
TPW - Safe Sidewalks Between 1434 and 1440 St. Margarets Bay Rd.,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 3254
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1831, Megeney, Cpl. Kevin: Death of - Tribute,
The Premier 3254
Vote - Affirmative 3255
Res. 1832, Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley MLA: Best Wishes -
Send, The Premier 3255
Vote - Affirmative 3256
Res. 1833, Deveaux, Kevin: UN Position - Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 3256
Vote - Affirmative 3256
Res. 1834, Team Nova Scotia - Can. Winter Games: Participation -
Congrats., Hon. B. Barnet 3257
Vote - Affirmative 3257
Vote - Affirmative
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 1835, Cdn. Red Cross Soc.: Support - Continue,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 3257
Vote - Affirmative 3258
Res. 1836, La Journée internationale de la francophonie,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 3258
Vote - Affirmative 3260
Res. 1837, Agriculture Safety Wk. (03/14 - 03/20/07) - Recognize,
Hon. R. Chisholm 3260
Vote - Affirmative 3260
Res. 1838, LeBlanc, Bea - Carl (Campy) Crawford Award,
Hon. J. Streatch 3261
Vote - Affirmative 3261
Res. 1839, Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd.: Conservation - Thank,
Hon. D. Morse 3261
Vote - Affirmative 3262
Res. 1840, Paris, Doreen/Riley, Irma/Skeir, Evelina: Contributions -
Recognize/Applaud, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 3262
Vote - Affirmative 3263
Res. 1841, Peddle, Maj. Brian: Contribution - Recognize,
Hon. J. Streatch 3263
Vote - Affirmative 3264
Res. 1842, Softwood Lumber Agreement: MLB/Blenkhorn, Diana/Staff -
Contributions Recognize, Hon. D. Morse 3264
Vote - Affirmative 3265
Res. 1843, Le Village: Bd./Members/Staff - Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 3265
Vote - Affirmative 3266
Res. 1844, Sparks, Judge Corrine, Award: Judge Corrine Sparks/
Howe, Lyle - Congrats, Hon. B. Barnet 3266
Vote - Affirmative 3267
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 135, Provincial Court Act, Hon. M. Scott 3267
No. 136, Administration of Justice Act, Hon. M. Scott 3267
No. 137, Livestock Health Services Act, Hon. R. Chisholm 3267
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1845, Skerrett, Sue/Tyner, Val: AIDS Awareness Support -
Congrats., Mr. D. Dexter 3267
Vote - Affirmative 3268
Vote - Affirmative
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 1846, Megeney, Cpl. Kevin: Death of - Tribute,
Mr. M. Samson 3268
Vote - Affirmative 3269
Res. 1847, Hagerman, Holly: Poverty Alleviation - Efforts,
Mr. P. Dunn 3269
Vote - Affirmative 3270
Res. 1848, Buy N.S. Campaign - Gov't. (N.S.): Launch - Urge,
Mr. D. Dexter 3270
Vote - Affirmative 3270
Res. 1849, Liver Health Mo. (03/07) - Acknowledge,
Ms. D. Whalen 3271
Vote - Affirmative 3271
Res. 1850, Kehoe Rink: Tim Horton's Brier - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 3271
Vote - Affirmative 3272
Res. 1851, Can. Winter Games: Athletes - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Preyra 3272
Vote - Affirmative 3273
Res. 1852, CIA Men's Championships - Participants/Fans - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Gaudet 3273
Vote - Affirmative 3274
Res. 1853, Zion Wesley United Church (Gabarus Lake):
Sympathies/Warm Wishes - Send, Mr. A. MacLeod 3274
Vote - Affirmative 3274
Res. 1854, Lewis, Abby - Can. Winter Games: Participation -
Congrats., Ms. V. Conrad 3275
Vote - Affirmative 3275
Res. 1855, MacIntyre, Jessica: Angel of Hair for Kids - Donation,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 3275
Vote - Affirmative 3276
Res. 1856, Lobsterpalooza: Organizers/Participants - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 3276
Vote - Affirmative 3277
Res. 1857, Greene, Bert: Death of - Tribute, Hon. M. Parent 3277
Vote - Affirmative 3278
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 1858, Johnson, Tristan: Boxing Victory - Congrats,
Mr. H. Theriault 3278
Vote - Affirmative 3278
Res. 1859, Antigonish Athletes: Can. Winter Games - Participation -
Congrats., Hon. A. MacIsaac 3279
Vote - Affirmative 3279
Res. 1860, Kidney Fdn. (Cumb. Co. & N.S.): Vols. - Congrats.,
Mr. E. Fage 3279
Vote - Affirmative 3280
Res. 1861, Megeney, Cpl. Kevin: Death of - Tribute,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 3280
Vote - Affirmative 3281
Res. 1862, Inverness Educ. Ctr. - ExxonMobil Award,
Mr. L. Glavine 3281
Vote - Affirmative 3282
Res. 1863, Wiseman, Courtney/Lun. Acad.: RRFB Contest Win -
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 3282
Vote - Affirmative 3282
[PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS]:
Tobacco Advertising Prohibition: Implementation - Delay/Discuss,
Mr. G. Steele 3283
[NOTICES OF MOTION]:
Res. 1864, Team Nova Scotia - Can. Winter Games: Participation -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 3283
Vote - Affirmative 3284
Res. 1865, Roberts, Mrs. Beulah Ernestine - Birthday (100th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 3284
Vote - Affirmative 3285
Res. 1866, Glace Bay HS Panthers: Cape Breton HS Championship -
Congrats., Mr. David Wilson(Glace Bay) 3285
Vote - Affirmative 3285
Res. 1867, Ng, Jonathan - N.S. Young P.C. Assoc.: Pres.-Election
Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 3286
Vote - Affirmative 3286
Res. 1868, Hopkins, Audrey/Penny, C.R.(Ray): Meritorious Service
Award - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 3286
Vote - Affirmative 3287
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 1869, Cook, Jessie: BMO Figure Skating Championships -
Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 3287
Vote - Affirmative 3288
Res. 1870, Windsor - West Hants Historical Soc. Exec. - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 3288
Vote - Affirmative 3289
Res. 1871, Marion Bridge Sea Cadet Biathlon Teams: Outstanding Yr. -
Congrats., Mr. A. MacLeod 3289
Vote - Affirmative 3289
Res. 1872, Baddeck - Communities in Bloom Award,
Mr. K. Bain 3289
Vote - Affirmative 3290
Res. 1873, Kings Co. Squash Club: Bd. Members - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 3290
Vote - Affirmative 3291
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue. Mar. 20th at 2:00 p.m. 3291

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House of Assembly

Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2007

Sixtieth General Assembly

First Session

7:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Cecil Clarke

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Before beginning with the daily routine, I would like to start with a matter that has been troubling me as Speaker - a matter that I have deemed to be a very serious one before this House.

As many of you will know, there was a Speaker's press conference about an allegation brought forward affecting the conduct and behaviour of members within this Chamber and, as a result of that, I undertook a review. As a result of that, I then had a statement and for the record I'd like to read into Hansard the statement I made on Wednesday, January 17th, in the lower foyer of Province House, reading as follows:

I'm responding today to allegations made in a public forum of racism and discrimination by the member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank against members of the House of Assembly. As a result, I have undertaken a review of Hansard, video and audio associated with the allegations which have been received by me through media reports.

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Allegations of racism are taken extremely seriously by me as Speaker. Racism is an insidious cancer which attacks the very fabric of civilized society. If present in the House of Assembly, racism, whatever else it may do, attacks as well the ability of a member to discharge his or her duties as a member. In essence, it then becomes a matter of privilege and not, I repeat, not to be taken lightly.

I had extended an invitation to the member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank to discuss the matter with me, and a meeting was held shortly after 1:00 p.m. today. I have also reviewed the recordings, as I have indicated, of our most recent completed sitting of the House. I can advise that there is nothing disclosed by those recordings to, in my opinion, support an allegation of racism or discrimination.

I might point out that the House may be an intimidating experience for new members. It takes time before a comfort level is reached. If, indeed, a member wishes to deal with the matter further, he certainly has the right to raise the matter in the House when it next meets and so, too, do any other members of the House of Assembly.

I have taken the time, as I have said to review the matter with the member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, as well as this House Leader. I have reviewed all of the media reports associated with this and I have done my best to undertake a full and thorough review. As indicated, I have listened intently and extensively to the audio from the House of Assembly.

[7:15 p.m.]

That was the core of the text, again, on Wednesday, January 17th, at a Speaker's news conference here in the lower foyer of Province House. As I've said, the matter was very troubling for me and it is a matter, if there is conduct within this House that has to be dealt with, the only forum to properly deal with that conduct is within the realm of this House, by members.

Again, given that subsequent news reports suggested that there was not a finality to the undertaking I had done and because an allegation was made outside of the House and a review was conducted by myself outside of this Chamber, I felt it incumbent upon myself to bring the matter before the House, given the serious nature of the allegation of the day.

Again, on this matter or any other matter that affects the rights and privileges of any member of this Assembly, it is essential that those rights and privileges be brought

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forward and respected and represented in this Chamber, which is the only authority to deal with such matters in the fullness of the attention it would well deserve.

I would note that, and if there are any other comments at this time, I would be pleased to entertain them, but I felt it was a very important matter, because of the severity, to raise this before the House today.

The honourable Opposition House Leader.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my Leader and my Party, I would like to thank you for bringing this forward. I think it is an issue that is of importance to all Nova Scotians and again I wish to thank you for bringing it forward.

MR. SPEAKER: There are no other comments. We then shall proceed with the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Mr. Speaker, before I introduce these petitions, I would like to note the presence in the gallery of some student leaders from my constituency.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do so.

MR. PREYRA: Danielle Sampson, who is a Maritime organizer for the Canadian Federation of Students; Chris Parsons, Nova Scotia representative for the Canadian Federation of Students; and from the King's Students' Union, Coren Pulleyblank, President; Kaley Kennedy, Vice-President External; Laura Haines Love, Vice-President Finance; Judy Booth, Vice-President Internal; and from the Students' Union at NSCAD, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Lyndall Musselman, President; Stephan Hancherow, incoming President; Noah Logan, incoming Vice-President External; and Mike Peters, Vice-President External. I thank them for coming and I would like to note their presence. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table three sets of petitions, approximately 300 in total, signed by students in my constituency at King's College and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and also students at Mount Saint Vincent University. All three petitions urge the Premier and the Minister of Education to keep their election promise to reduce the tuition fees of students in post-secondary institutions. I am happy to attach my signature to these petitions and to table them.

MR. SPEAKER: The petitions are tabled.

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The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition entitled Safe Sidewalks Between 1434 and 1440 St. Margaret's Bay Road. This petition has been signed by 89 residents of the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea constituency and I have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1831

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 the people of this province were deeply saddened after learning of the sudden loss of a 25-year-old Canadian soldier in Afghanistan just two weeks ago; and

Whereas Corporal Kevin Megeney of Stellarton was a reserve member of the 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders while serving at Kandahar Airfield; and

Whereas while fully aware of the dangers of being part of the NATO mission, Corporal Megeney bravely set forth to join his comrades, the men and women of the Canadian Forces, to help the people of Afghanistan;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House stand for a moment of silence to salute the young but full life of this brave Nova Scotian and offer our condolences to his grieving family, friends and close-knit community as they continue to mourn this devastating loss.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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.

Please rise.

[A minute of silence was observed.]

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. Please be seated.

The honourable Premier

RESOLUTION NO. 1832

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

Whereas the member for the beautiful constituency of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley announced in January that he would require time away from his work to receive surgery to address prostate cancer; and

Whereas the member has been a faithful servant of this Legislature and of our province, and a devoted representative to the people of his constituency for over 13 years; and

Whereas the member is currently recuperating from surgery and hopefully resting comfortably so that he heals completely;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send our best wishes to our colleague, and pray for his speedy recovery, so our friend can return to his seat to resume his work as minister and return to his normal pace as MLA.

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 Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 1833

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

Whereas at the outset of this month, a former colleague of this House, Kevin Deveaux, began a new chapter in his life; and

Whereas Kevin has begun work with the United Nations as a senior technical advisor to the Vietnamese National Assembly; and

Whereas Kevin was a valuable member within the NDP caucus, but also contributed positively and effectively to this Legislature in his roll as House Leader for his Party;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate Kevin on his exciting new opportunity, thank him for his work as an MLA since 1998, and wish he, his wife and son all the best as they embark on this new challenge in Vietnam.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1834

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

Whereas Team Nova Scotia athletes made our province proud in their tremendous showing in the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon; and

Whereas, while the Games concluded on March 10th, the spirit raised within the citizens of the province with our athletes bringing home one gold, three silver and four bronze; and

Whereas these young athletes remind us of the tremendous talent we have in Nova Scotia and give us great hope for the future;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate our medal winners and all athletes, coaches and volunteers associated with the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon.

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 Emergency Management.

RESOLUTION NO. 1835

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 March is Red Cross Month, and the Canadian Red Cross Society has been engaged in preventing and alleviating human suffering across Canada and around the world; and

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Whereas the Canadian Red Cross Society has helped thousands of Canadians through its disaster relief and community services, including our own citizens of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Canadian Red Cross Society is a reflection of the Canadian spirit of generosity and caring for others;

Therefore be it resolved that we urge all citizens of Nova Scotia to continue their support of the Canadian Red Cross Society and our communities by regularly volunteering their time or by financially supporting Red Cross programs.

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 Acadian Affairs.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. If I may, an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: I would ask the members to look to the east gallery to two people in the gallery. One is the president of la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-

Écosse, Mr. Désiré Boudreau, as well as the executive director, Jean Léger, who is visiting us tonight, as well. (Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 1836

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Monsieur le Président, à une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu Que demain 20 mars est la Journée internationale de la Francophonie - journée importante pour les Acadiens et les francophones, qui se rassemblent pour célébrer leur langue et leur culture; et

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Attendu Que cette journée - qui fait également partie des Rendez-vous de la francophonie du Canada - met également l'emphase sur une communauté qui, au Canada, compte 9 millions de personnes; et

Attendu Que cette journée est une bonne occasion, en reconnaissance de la contribution que les Acadiens ont apportée au développement de notre province, de souligner le travail accompli au fil des ans par la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, qui représente les intérêts de tous les Acadiens et citoyens de langue française de la Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 1968;

Par Conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que tous les membres de cette Assemblée se joignent à moi pour souhaiter aux francophones de notre province une belle journée demain et que nous prenions le temps de reconnaître et de souligner ce qu'ils apportent à notre société.

Monsieur le Président, je demande l'adoption de cette résolution sans préavis et sans débat.

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

Whereas tomorrow, March 20th, is La Journée internationale de la Francophonie, International day for la Francophonie - an important day for Acadians and francophones as they join together to celebrate their language and culture; and

Whereas this day, which is also part of Canada's Rendez-vous de la francophonie, puts an emphasis on a community that in Canada alone is nine million people strong; and

Whereas in recognition of the contribution the Acadians have made to the development of our province, this occasion is an opportune time to take stock of the work done over the years by La Federation Acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, who has been representing the interests of all Nova Scotian Acadians and French-speaking citizens since 1968;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in wishing to all our province's French-speaking individuals a wonderful day tomorrow as they celebrate, and we take time to recognize and share their contributions to our society.

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 Acting Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1837

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

Whereas farm family members and workers are injured, permanently disabled or killed each year while working on the farm, which can impact the sustainability of the farming operation; and

Whereas the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture organize an annual farm safety awareness campaign across Canada that is aimed at improving safety on the farm; and

Whereas the theme for the 2007 Agricultural Safety Week is Protect Your Moving Parts, a campaign that focuses on farmers regularly checking and repairing farm machinery to reduce the risk of death or injury;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature recognize the efforts of our local farm safety committee to promote farm safety in Nova Scotia throughout the year, particularly during Agricultural Safety Week from March 14 to March 20, 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 Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 1838

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

Whereas Bea LeBlanc, the Executive Director of the Transition House in Sydney for all of its 26 years is the recipient of this year's Carl (Campy) Crawford Award for her service to the community; and

Whereas this award is named for the first Black officer on the Sydney Police Force and is presented each year to a person who exemplifies leadership and commitment to justice, fairness, volunteerism, sportsmanship and equality in their community; and

Whereas Ms. LeBlanc's persistent dedication in helping women and children in abusive situations has provided much needed support for more than a quarter of a century;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Bea LeBlanc and her efforts to contend against family violence in her community and congratulate her on receiving the Carl (Campy) Crawford 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.

[7:30 p.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 1839

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 province is committed to increasing its Crown land base by acquiring more coastal lands and wilderness areas and to conserve and protect it from development; and

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Whereas Bowater Mersey Paper Company has agreed to sell to the Crown some of its landholdings in western Nova Scotia; and

Whereas these Bowater lands have ecological, recreational, wildlife habitat, coastal and inland waterways, and archaeological values that the province wishes to retain in the public domain;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House thank Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited for helping to conserve and protect these lands for future generations of Nova Scotians.

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

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

Is it agreed?

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act.

RESOLUTION NO. 1840

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

Whereas Doreen Paris is a past Chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Past President of the Tearmann Society for Battered Women, and former Moderator of the African United Baptist Association - only the third woman to hold this office in the association's 150-year history; and

Whereas Doreen Paris was recently inducted into the Dr. W. P. Oliver Wall of Honour, at the Black Cultural Centre, as a recognition of her contributions to Nova Scotia women, to her community, and to her church; and

Whereas Deacon Irma Jacqueline Riley and Evelina Ellen Skeir were also inducted in recognition of their contributions to their church and their communities;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize and applaud a lifetime of work for women and for African Nova Scotians by Doreen Paris, Irma Riley and Evelina Skeir.

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

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

Is it 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. 1841

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

Whereas Major Brian Peddle, former Salvation Army Divisional Commander for the three Maritime Provinces, has now begun a new posting in New Zealand; and

Whereas Major Peddle had been with the Salvation Army in Dartmouth for five and a half years, during which time he has provided guidance and compassion through his role in this unique ministry; and

Whereas Major Peddle's commitment to his work and that of the Salvation Army has meant positive changes in the lives of countless Maritimers, and will continue to do so for many in New Zealand;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Major Brian Peddle and his contribution to Nova Scotians via the Salvation Army and its services, and wish Major Peddle and his family the best of luck in his new posting.

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

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

Is it 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. 1842

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

Whereas in April of 2001 the United States Government initiated duty investigations concerning Canadian softwood lumber shipments and soon after applied unwarranted anti-dumping duties against lumber producers in the Maritimes, including Nova Scotia; and

Whereas it was not until October 12, 2006, that a Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States settled the dispute and ended the collection of such duties, reinstating the historic Maritime exemption; and

Whereas throughout this entire five-year period the interests of the province, the lumber producers in Nova Scotia and all of Atlantic Canada, have been steadfastly defended by the Maritime Lumber Bureau, and the international agreement even incorporated and depends upon services to be provided by the Maritime Lumber Bureau for its future implementation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House and all Nova Scotians recognize the contributions and efforts of the Maritime Lumber Bureau - its President and CEO Mrs. Diana Blenkhorn, its staff, officers and members - for successfully defending the interests and economic well-being of our lumber industry and all its employees, and the wood suppliers who depend on it.

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

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

Is it 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 Minister of Acadian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1843

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Monsieur le Président, à une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse est situé à Pubnico-Ouest sur un terrain de 17 arpents surplombant le havre de Pubnico, et qu'il présente et interprète le patrimoine acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre de la famille des musées de la province; et

Attendu que le Village comprend des maisons que l'on peut visiter, une remise de pêche, une forge, un amphithéâtre et un centre d'accueil, qui abrite le Café du Crique; et

Attendu que le Café présentera son 2e souper-spectacle annuel intitulé That Darn Letter, qui met en vedette des artistes de la région et qui est présenté surtout en français, avec de la traduction;

Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que tous les membres de cette Assemblée se joignent à moi pour féliciter le conseil, les membres et le personnel du Village, non seulement parce qu'ils font la promotion de leur patrimoine, mais aussi parce qu'ils le font d'une façon si intéressante et unique.

M. Le Président, je demande l'adoption de cette résolution sans préavis et sans débat.

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

Whereas Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is located in West Pubnico on a 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour and presents and interprets Nova Scotia's Acadian Heritage as part of the family of provincial museums; and

Whereas Le Village has on-site houses to visit, a fish shed, a blacksmith shop, ampitheatre and a Visitors Reception Centre, which boasts the Café du Crique; and

Whereas the café will be presenting its 2nd annual dinner theatre entitled That Darn Letter . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. There is too much noise in the Chamber.

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The honourable Minister responsible for Acadian Affairs.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: . . . which will feature local performers in the play spoken mostly in French with some translation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the board, members and staff of Le Village not only for promoting their heritage but for doing so in an interesting and unique way.

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. 1844

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

Whereas this February 9th the Dalhousie Black Law Students Association launched the inaugural Judge Corrine Sparks Award; and

Whereas Judge Corrine Sparks, the first African Nova Scotian to be appointed to the bench, has been honoured for her outstanding contributions to the legal community through the creation of this award; and

Whereas Halifax native, Lyle Howe, is the first law student receiving the Judge Sparks Award for his personal and academic endeavours which reflect Judge Sparks' spirit of leadership and community service;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Judge Corrine Sparks and the award recipient, Lyle Howe, and wish them both many years of continued success.

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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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 135 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 238 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Provincial Court Act. (Hon. Murray K. Scott)

Bill No. 136 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Administration of Justice. (Hon. Murray Scott)

Bill No. 137 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 8 of Acts of 2001. The Livestock Health Services Act. (Hon. Ronald Chisholm)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1845

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

Whereas grandmothers throughout the continent of Africa have come together under the Stephen Lewis Foundation to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide needed care for millions of children orphaned by the disease; and

Whereas the Stephen Lewis Foundation has launched 140 chapters throughout Canada to raise consciousness and provide significant resources to assist the African grandmothers as they work to ease the burden of the desperate effects of HIV/AIDS; and

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Whereas grannies in the local area, Sue Skerrett and Val Tyner, have formed a chapter called the Dartmouth Grannies to mobilize support in this province for the African grandmothers;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Sue Skerrett and Val Tyner for their dedication and commitment as they work to raise awareness and mobilize support in our province to fight the terrible ravages of HIV/AIDS throughout the African continent.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 1846

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

Whereas the men and women of the Canadian military stationed in Afghanistan put their lives on the line every day fighting terror and injustice; and

Whereas earlier this month Nova Scotia lost another beloved citizen while loyally serving his country; and

Whereas Corporal Kevin Megeney of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, will be remembered as an honest, generous and loyal member of the Canadian Armed Forces;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly offer our condolences to the members of Corporal Kevin Megeney's family and pledge our continued support to the brave men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 1847

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

Whereas 15-year-old North Nova Education Centre student, Holly Hagerman, recently organized an event to highlight and raise money for poverty initiatives in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Ms. Hagerman was inspired to help those less fortunate in her community after attending a talk given by Her Honour, Lieutenant-Governor Mayann Francis; and

Whereas the conscientious teenager gathered some musical friends and organized a concert to raise funds for the Women's Centre in Pictou County;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send praise and congratulations to Holly Hagerman of Pictou County for her work towards alleviating poverty in Pictou County. Nova Scotia is in a position to benefit from the determination of its young people, and encouraging their work within the community is an important part of keeping our best and brightest here.

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 Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 1848

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

Whereas the need for a Buy Nova Scotia policy to support our province's primary producers was recognized by specific commitments in the 1999 Progressive Conservative platform; and

Whereas despite three subsequent promises, Nova Scotians still await a Buy Nova Scotia policy and campaign; and

Whereas the leadership of the Women's Institute's Buy Local Challenge received a strong, positive response when some 300 people turned out to discuss it at a community forum in Port William on March 15th;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Women's Institute for its leadership and urges the government to launch a Buy Nova Scotia campaign to promote Nova Scotia food products, identify those products for consumers, and set a time line for maximum use of local products by the broad public sector itself.

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 Clayton Park.

RESOLUTION NO. 1849

MS. DIANA WHALEN: 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 March is Liver Health Month; and

Whereas liver disease affects one in 10 Canadians, including men, women and children; and

Whereas liver disease can be prevented through a variety of methods, including a healthy diet and regular exercise;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly acknowledge March as Liver Health Month and urge the provincial government to promote healthy living and a cure for liver disease.

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.

[6:45 p.m.]

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1850

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

Whereas the Mark Kehoe Rink based out of the Windsor Curling Club represented Nova Scotia proudly at the 2007 Tim Hortons Brier played at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario; and

Whereas Mark, who was born and brought up in Three Mile Plains, is the son of Lawrence and Marge Kehoe; his team consisted of himself as skip, Curt Palmer as third, Doug Bryant as second, Richard Barker as lead, and Donnie Smith as the team's alternate; and

Whereas despite finishing their round robin schedule with a record of two and nine, one of Team Kehoe's wins came against Olympic Gold medalist Brad Gushue,

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from Newfoundland and Labrador, by a score of 8-5, and was the same Gushue rink who eventually made it to the national final before losing to Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House extend a sincere congratulations to the Mark Kehoe Rink for a tremendous showing at this year's Brier and wish them many more years of continued success.

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 Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 1851

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

Whereas the 2007 Canada Winter Games took place in Whitehorse from February 23 to March 10, 2007; and

Whereas the Canada Winter Games is a premier national sporting event where the country's top amateur athletes compete and vie for the opportunity to represent Canada on an international stage; and

Whereas Nova Scotian athletes were represented in almost all of the official Games sports with Team Nova Scotia coming home with seven medals: three silver in boxing, figure skating and judo and four bronze in gymnastics and boxing;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate all the participating athletes for representing Nova Scotia so ably at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.

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 member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 1852

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

Whereas the CIS Men's Championship tournament has been hosted by Halifax for 24 years and is now being turned over to Carleton University of Ottawa; and

Whereas Halifax took over this tournament 24 years ago and made it a success, bringing in $292 million in economic spinoffs to the city over this 24-year period; and

Whereas Bill Robinson, Phil Currie, John Patterson and all those involved, as well as dedicated fans, helped to create a legacy of excellence for others to follow;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate all who have been involved in the achievements of the CIS Men's Championship tournament and wish its new hosts the same 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 Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1853

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

Whereas the recent fire that levelled the century-old Zion Wesley United Church in Gabarus Lake, Cape Breton, caused a blow to the local community; and

Whereas the community has, nevertheless, not been deterred by the tragedy and have started congregating again in the church hall; and

Whereas local parishes in Sydney and Louisbourg have donated items and Reverend Bob Hussey reminds everyone that the true meaning of a church is not a building, but the gathering of people who come together to worship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their sympathies and warm wishes for the future to the congregation of Zion United Church in Gabarus Lake. The quiet determination of the community reminds us all of adversity that many people of different faiths face every day, and highlighting the strong response of the community is a perfect example, not only of the Cape Breton spirit, but of the Nova Scotian spirit.

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 Queens.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1854

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

Whereas Queens County has many young athletes taking part in many different winter sports including cross-country skiing; and

Whereas the 2007 Canada Winter Games took place in Whitehorse from February 23 to March 10, 2007; and

Whereas Queens County was represented at the Canada Winter Games by a young woman who had to compete in a province-wide race, where those who qualified in the top five would all compete at the Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Grade 10 student, Abby Lewis, on her athletic achievements and congratulate Abby on her accomplishments at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.

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 favor of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 1855

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 Jessica MacIntyre, age nine, of Glace Bay, made a very personal donation to A Child's Voice Foundation, Angel Hair for Kids; and

Whereas Jessica generously had 10 inches of her hair cut off to be used by the Angel Hair for Kids in Mississauga, Ontario, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatments; and

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Whereas Jessica is the granddaughter of Allie and Hughena MacIntyre of Glace Bay;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate this remarkable young lady, Jessica MacIntyre, for her very thoughtful and generous donation to the Angel Hair for Kids.

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 favor of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1856

MR. KEITH BAIN: 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 is pleased to announce that a new festival called Lobsterpalooza will kick off this year, May 28 until July 1, after the Cabot Trail relay race; and

Whereas the 35-day festival will focus on the seafaring traditions of the communities that line the trail combining existing tourist offerings, such as whale-watching tours with lobster eating competitions; and

Whereas it is hoped that the new festival will encourage fringe events surrounding it promoting more growth during a traditionally slow period of tourism for the area;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the organizers and participants of Lobsterpalooza. May we take this opportunity to highlight the importance and the creative hard work that goes into drawing more tourists to the most beautiful parts of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request for "waiver-palooza".

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment and Labor.

RESOLUTION NO. 1857

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

Whereas Kings County lost a respected and truly involved community leader ten days ago, with the passing of Cape Blomidon resident and Deputy Warden, Bert Greene; and

Whereas in his honour flags at all Kings County municipal buildings flew at half-mast following Mr. Greene's death on March 9; and

Whereas Mr. Green was a friend to everyone and always willing to help anytime, anywhere, volunteering in the fire service, minor hockey and Scouts Canada, while also serving on municipal council;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this House recognize the legacy left by Councilor and Deputy Warden Bert Greene of Kings County, for his many years of serving and assisting the great people of Kings County.

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 favor of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1858

MR. HAROLD THERIAULT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, it's great to be back in the House and it's great to see all the members here tonight in the House. I welcome you all. (Applause)

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

Whereas Tristan Johnson of Digby was successful in his first boxing bout outside of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Johnson improved his record to a 3-0 with a victory over Dale Phillips at Deerfoot Casino in Calgary, on Sunday, January 28, 2007; and

Whereas Johnson will try to improve his record in a bout scheduled in Halifax later on this month;

Therefore be it resolved that the Members of the House of Assembly congratulate Tristan Johnson of Digby and wish him 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 Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 1859

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: 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 following athletes from Antigonish participated in the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse; and

Whereas these athletes represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Games: Meghan Brophy for figure skating; Catie Gavin, Erin Brophy, Brenna MacDonald, Maggie MacNeil and Alynn Doiron for girls hockey; Hannah, Ryan and Andrew Brennan for badminton; and Trent MacDonald for boys hockey; and

Whereas each of these athletes, through hard work and determination, have accomplished this goal, and as MLA for Antigonish, I am very proud of these athletes;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating all the Antigonish athletes and thank them for their participation at the Canada Winter Games.

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 Cumberland North.

RESOLUTION NO. 1860

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

Whereas March has been proclaimed Kidney Month by the Municipality of Cumberland; and

Whereas Sharon Bristol serves as chapter president, and Don Blair as vice-president; and

Whereas Cumberland County Warden, along with Sharon, Don, and longtime dedicated drive representative, Greg Wilson, signed the proclamation recently to launch the 2007 campaign;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating all volunteers of the Kidney Foundation of Cumberland County and of Nova Scotia, and wish them a successful 2007 campaign.

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 East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1861

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

Whereas on March 6th, 25-year-old Corporal Kevin Megeney of Stellarton was fatally wounded while serving as a member of the 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders in Kandahar, Afghanistan; and

Whereas his military colleagues remembered him in part by saying, "every time he put on the uniform, wearing the Canadian flag on his shoulders, he was proud"; and

Whereas family and friends by the thousands remember him with love and affection;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House reflect on the commitment to democracy that the men and women of our Armed Forces strive to uphold every day, and send our deepest condolences to the family of Corporal Megeney.

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 Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1862

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

Whereas students from the Inverness Education Centre are the recipients of the 2007 ExxonMobil Hands on Heritage Award; and

Whereas for the second straight year, students from Inverness County will have the opportunity to go back in time and experience life in the late 1800s at Sherbrooke Village; and

Whereas students will spend three days dressed in period costume and experience hands-on activities such as churning butter, woodworking and making pottery;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate students from the Inverness Education Centre as the recipients of the 2007 ExxonMobil Hands on Heritage 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 Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 1863

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: 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 Courtney Wiseman, a Grade 3 student at the Lunenburg Academy, was recently selected as one of the seven provincial district winners in the Nova Scotia Resource Recovery Fund Board's Recycle Nova Scotia contest; and

Whereas Courtney was the lucky winner of a Mountain Equipment Co-op backpack and other prizes for her design of a recycled bookmark; and

Whereas because of Courtney Wiseman's talent, her school, the Lunenburg Academy, was presented with a $500 cheque;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House congratulate Courtney Wiseman and the Lunenburg Academy on their win in the Nova Scotia Resource Recover Fund Board's Recycle Nova Scotia contest.

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.

[8:00 p.m.]

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, could I ask to revert to the order of business, Presenting and Reading Petitions.

MR. SPEAKER: There has been a request to revert to the order of business, Presenting and Reading Petitions.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

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MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you to the House Leaders for allowing us to revert back to this item of business. I beg leave to table a petition, actually 11 identical petitions, the operative part of which reads as follows: "We, the undersigned, do hereby petition the Province of Nova Scotia to delay implementation of the prohibition that is on tobacco advertising until December 31, 2007, and to hold meaningful discussions with representatives of the convenience store industry with the intent of establishing reasonable regulations, which would not unduly interfere with the reasonable operation of convenience stores in the province."

Mr. Speaker, there are a total of 831 signatures on these 11 petitions and as required by the Rules, I have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 1864

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

Whereas athletes from across Nova Scotia recently travelled to Whitehorse to compete in the 2007 Canada Winter Games; and

Whereas the 290 members of Team Nova Scotia consisted of 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff; and

Whereas all Nova Scotians were very proud of the hard work and dedication exemplified by our 2007 Canada Winter Games team;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate all the members of Team Nova Scotia for a job well done in representing our province at the 2007 Canada Winter Games and wish them continued success.

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 Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 1865

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

Whereas on March 24, 2007, at Nakile Home for Special Care, a very special celebration will take place when Mrs. Beulah Ernestine Roberts will celebrate her 100th birthday; and

Whereas Mrs. Roberts was born, brought up, married to her first husband, Ryland Roberts, and to her second husband, Burton Roberts, all the while living her whole life in Argyle; and

Whereas she has had four children - Roberta, Myron, Iva and Bessie - and at last count has 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mrs. Roberts on this remarkable milestone in her very long life and wish her many more happy birthdays.

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. 1866

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:

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Whereas the Glace Bay High School Panthers Hockey Team recently won the Cape Breton High School Hockey Championship; and

Whereas the Glace Bay Panthers did so by defeating the Memorial High School Marauders of Sydney Mines - I'll leave out the score; and

Whereas the Glace Bay High School Panthers will represent Cape Breton in the provincial championships this coming weekend in Antigonish;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Glace Bay High School Panthers Hockey Team and their coaches and wish them all the best in the provincial tournament.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1867

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

Whereas Jonathan Ng, resident of Bedford, was elected as the President of the Nova Scotia Young Progressive Conservative Association; and

Whereas Jonathan has been recognized fo his leadership skills and abilities by his peers at the annual general meeting; and

Whereas Jonathan will provide leadership to the youth wing and the PC Party with opinions on current issues and ideas from a youth perspective;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to Jonathan on this most important election.

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 Human Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 1868

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 Royal Canadian Legion is Canada's foremost veteran's support organization; and

Whereas the Meritorious Service Award is the highest honour presented for outstanding devotion to the aims and objectives of the organization; and

Whereas Comrades Audrey Hopkins and C. R. (Ray) Penny of Bridgewater Branch 24 of the Royal Canadian Legion were the recipients of this prestigious award;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer its congratulations to Audrey Hopkins and C. R. (Ray) Penny on receiving the Meritorious Service 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 member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 1869

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

Whereas Pictou County native Jessie Cook made her second appearance at the 2007 BMO Financial Group Canadian Figure Skating Championships held recently in Halifax; and

Whereas the 19-year-old participated in the qualifying skate event and felt that her performance this year had improved from last year; and

Whereas the enthusiastic skater has vowed to return next year and put this year's performance down to experience and will use it towards improving next year's appearance;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to Jessie Cook for her hard work towards the BMO Financial Group Canadian Figure Skating Championships - supporting our young athletes at any stage in their professional or amateur careers is merely one way we can support Nova Scotia's presence at national and international sporting events - with this support we can also encourage activity within the community, important to a healthy population.

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 member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1870

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

Whereas the West Hants Historical Society was first established in 1973, with a mandate to preserve and protect the community's historical and cultural heritage; and

Whereas the Windsor-West Hants Historical Society was incorporated under the Societies Act in 1973, while opening their first museum on Water Street in 1984 before moving to their present location on King Street in 1991; and

Whereas the Windsor-West Hants Historical Society held their 23rd Annual Banquet on Saturday, February 17th, in Windsor, featuring as guest speaker a founding director and chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our warmest congratulations to the 10-person Windsor-West Hants Historical Society 2007 executive and wish them nothing but continued success and good fortune.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1871

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

Whereas the Marion Bridge Sea Cadet biathlon teams recently represented Cape Breton at the Biathlon Provincial Ski and Shoot competition on Prince Edward Island; and

Whereas the Marion Bridge squad went to Prince Edward Island after competing in a biathlon zone run and shoot competition at Ski Ben Eoin; and

Whereas the Marion Bridge team is coached by Amy and Ashley Wamboldt and consists of team members Anthony Niedzielski, Jordan Cipak, Sven Kummar, Lars Kummar, Florie-Beth Nemeth, Maria Niedzielski and Brianna MacDonald;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to the Marion Bridge Sea Cadet biathlon teams for an outstanding year of competition.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1872

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

Whereas the world-famous Village of Baddeck in Cape Breton was recently named one of the winners of the annual Communities in Bloom national competition; and

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Whereas the recognition is awarded by the Communities in Bloom organization and the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia and encourages the use of plants and flowers to beautify surroundings and foster environmental responsibility; and

Whereas the village and its residents were awarded for their commitment to community participation, instilling civic pride and an improved quality of life;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the beautiful Village of Baddeck on its recent Communities in Bloom Award, and while many of us already know that Nova Scotian towns and villages are beautiful, it is nonetheless encouraging when a national organization bestows such an honour - may we take this opportunity to encourage as many communities in Nova Scotia to participate in the competition or adopt similar principles in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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 Environment and Labour.

RESOLUTION NO. 1873

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

Whereas the Kings County Squash Club has the largest number of junior members of any squash club in Nova Scotia, with a total membership of 170 people; and

Whereas Grant Ferguson and Keith Fuller spearheaded a drive resulting in the formation of an eight - member board, raising $25,000 from the corporate community and $90,000 through the three levels of government for the creation of two squash courts in the Town of Kentville; and

Whereas board member and coach Janet MacDonald says the club has promoted extensively and with current success the membership continues to grow at the 24-hour-a-day facility;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend our congratulations to Grant, Keith, Janet and all the board members for the tremendous success in getting the Kings County Squash Club established.

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

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

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

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House now adjourn, to sit on the morrow at the hour of 2:00 p.m. The House hours would be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The order of business after the daily routine will be Public Bills for Second Reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is the House do now rise and meet again tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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

The motion is carried.

[The House rose at 8:12 p.m.]