The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

HANSARD 09-58

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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/

Second Session

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
GOVERNMENT MOTIONS:
Res. 6487, Comm. of Whole House on Supply, Hon. James Muir 7177
Hon. J. Muir 7177
Mr. G. Steele 7196
Ms. D. Whalen 7199
Referred to CWH on Supply 7205
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Notices of Fees: Section 4 of Chapter 8 - the Fees Act,
Hon. M. Parent 7206
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 7271, Purcells Cove - Herring Cove Fire-Fighters, Red Cross, et al:
Efforts - Salute, The Premier 7206
Vote - Affirmative 7207
Res. 7272, Johnson, Gordon - Leg. Counsel Off.: Return - Welcome,
The Premier 7207
Vote - Affirmative 7208
Res. 7273, Human Rights Comm.: Employment Equity Prog. -
Congrats., Hon. C. Clarke 7208
Vote - Affirmative 7209
Res. 7274, Mills, Stuart: Heroism - Acknowledge,
Hon. B. Taylor 7209
Vote - Affirmative 7209
Res. 7275, Mental Health Wk (05/04 - 05/10/09) - Recognize,
Hon. K. Casey 7210
Vote - Affirmative 7210
Res. 7276, Transition House Assoc. (N.S.) - Anniv. (20th),
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 7210
Vote - Affirmative 7211
Res. 7277, Kirumira, Dr. Abdullah/BioMedica Diagnostics -
Tech. Award, Hon. B. Barnet 7211
Vote - Affirmative 7212
Res. 7278, Fish & Aquaculture/Nat. Res. Learn to Fish Prog. - Award,
Hon. R. Chisholm 7212
Vote - Affirmative 7212
Res. 7279, Joggins Fossil Cliffs: Tourist Attraction - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 7213
Vote - Affirmative 7213
Res. 7280, Stevenson, Mike/G.P. Saunders Sch. Students -
Fundraising, Hon. P. Dunn 7213
Vote - Affirmative 7214
Res. 7281, Clean N.S.: Best Thing You'll Never Do Campaign -
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 7214
Vote - Affirmative 7215
Res. 7282, Oliver, Pearleen: Legacy - Respects Pay,
Hon. B. Barnet 7215
Vote - Affirmative 7215
Res. 7283, Mullins, Wayne: Hunter Educ. Course - Dedication
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 7216
Vote - Affirmative 7216
Res. 7284, Rosta, Emily: RCL Essay Contest - Award,
Hon. J. Streatch 7216
Vote - Affirmative 7217
Res. 7285, LeBlanc, Peter & Emily: 4-H Vols. - Recognize,
Hon. M. Parent 7217
Vote - Affirmative 7218
Res. 7286, C.B. Dist. Health Auth. - Care: Provision - Thank,
Hon. K. Casey 7218
Vote Affirmative 7218
Res. 7287, Boozan, Leo: Brookland Elem. - Congrats,
Hon. D. Morse 7219
Vote - Affirmative 7219
Res. 7288, Green, Charlotte: Guatemalan Library - Fundraising,
Hon. J. Streatch 7219
Vote - Affirmative 7220
Res. 7289, Grant, Kevin, Mem. Tour: 4-H Participants - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Parent 7220
Vote - Affirmative 7221
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 7290, Chebucto Peninsula Fire: Firefighters, Police, et al -
Thank/Congrats., Ms. M. Raymond 7221
Vote - Affirmative 7222
Res. 7291, Ignatieff, Michael - Liberal Party of Can. Leader:
Nomination - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil, by Mr. Manning MacDonald. 7222
Vote - Affirmative 7222
Res. 7292, Spinney, Chuck - Victoria Mun. Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Mr. K. Bain 7222
Vote - Affirmative 7223
Res. 7293, Camp Harris - Anniv. (50th), Mr. D. Dexter 7223
Vote Affirmative 7224
Res. 7294, Graham, Lloyd: Maritime Heritage (N.S.) -
Contribution, Mr. L. Glavine 7224
Vote - Affirmative 7225
Res. 7295, Yorke, Lisette: Academic Award - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 7225
Vote - Affirmative 7225
Res. 7296, Keating Hall Concert: Organizers/Vols./Sponsors/Donors -
Congrats., Ms. M. More 7226
Vote - Affirmative 7226
Res. 7297, Health: ER Closures - Min. End, Mr. H. Theriault 7226
Vote - Affirmative 7227
Res. 7298, Concannon, Kevin: U.S. Under Secretary Appt. (Agric.) -
Congrats., Hon. A. MacIsaac 7227
Vote - Affirmative 7228
Res. 7299, Hfx. Grammar School - Anniv. (50th), Mr. L. Preyra 7228
Vote - Affirmative 7229
Res. 7300, Prem. - Campaign Slogan - Change, Mr. K. Colwell 7229
Res. 7301, Kydd, Michael - Cdn. Cancer Soc. Award,
Hon. W. Dooks 7229
Vote - Affirmative 7230
Vote - Affirmative
Res. 7302, Douglas, Gavin, et al: Child Soldiers - Awareness Event,
Mr. C. Parker 7230
Vote - Affirmative 7231
Res. 7303, Whitehouse, Kaitlyn - Bedford Youth Vol. of Yr.,
Hon. L. Goucher 7231
Vote - Affirmative 7232
Res. 7304, Chiasson, RCMP Officer June - Commun. Contribution,
Mr. P. Paris 7232
Vote - Affirmative 7233
Res. 7305, Kings - Edgehill: Headmaster/MLA/Min of HPP/First
Response Officials - Recognize, Hon. R. Hurlburt 7233
Vote - Affirmative 7234
Res. 7306, W. Hfx. Co. Schools Band Concert: Students/Teachers/
Parent Vols. - Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 7234
Vote - Affirmative 7234
Res. 7307, Pit Players: Contributions - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 7234
Vote - Affirmative 7235
Res. 7308, N.S. Prov. Ringette Team - Ringette Championships,
Ms. B. Kent 7235
Vote - Affirmative 7236
[GOVERNMENT MOTIONS]
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING.
Bill 240, Offshore Offset Revenues Expenditure Act,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 7236
Hon. A. MacIsaac 7236
Mr. D. Dexter 7244
Hon. J. Muir 7248
Vote - Negative 7249
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to await dissolution. 7250
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 7309, Holden, Janice - Educ. Wk. Award, Mr. S. Belliveau 7251
Res. 7310, Friends of Big Bras d'Or Fire Hall Assoc. (Victoria Co.) -
Commun. Spirit, Mr. K. Bain 7251
Res. 7311, MacInnis, Merrill - Victoria Co. Mun.: Dist 4 Seat -
Congrats., Mr. K. Bain 7252
Res. 7312, Victoria Farmers Co-Op (Baddeck): Victoria Co. Commun.
Investors Inc. - Fundraising, Mr. K. Bain 7252
Res. 7313, Justice: Auto Theft Legislation (Fed.) - Support,
Hon. C. Clarke 7253
Hon. C. Clarke
Res. 7314, C.B. Health Care Staff: Nat'l Emergency Stockpile
System - Training Course, Hon. P. Dunn 7253
Res. 7315, Aurora Newspaper (14 Wing Greenwood) - Cdn. Newspaper
Award, Mr. L. Glavine 7254
Res. 7316, Pitman, Samuel Luke - Christmas Card Contest,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 7254
Res. 7317, Friends of Public Gardens (Hfx.) - Anniv. (25th),
Mr. L. Preyra 7255
Res. 7318, Tim Hortons: Best Thing You'll Never Do Campaign -
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 7255
Res. 7319, Wilsons Gas Ltd.: Best Thing You'll Never Do Campaign -
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 7256
Res. 7320, Boozan, Leo: Brookland Elem. - Congrats,
Hon. D. Morse 7256
Res. 7321, ACAP - Cape Breton - Best Thing You'll Never Do Campaign -
Thank, Hon. D. Morse 7257
Res. 7322, N.S. Automobile Dealers Assoc. - Best Thing You'll Never
Do Campaign - Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 7257
Res. 7323, Fairfax, Donald: N.S. Legislature - First African N.S. Page,
Hon. B. Barnet 7258
Res. 7324, Miller, Keith: RCMP Aux. Member - Anniv. (25th),
Hon. B. Barnet 7258
Res. 7325, Hayward, Sarah - Miller Humanitarian Award,
Hon. B. Barnet 7259
Res. 7326, Gough, Clara: African N.S. Culture - Commitment,
Hon. B. Barnet 7259
Res. 7327, Wong-Petrie, Karen: Food Safety Thesis - Congrats,
Hon. Mark Parent 7260
Res. 7328, N.S. Bird Soc.: Work - Congrats, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 7260
Res. 7329, Status of Women: Adv. Coun. Campaign - Sch. for Women,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 7261
Res. 7330, Health: C.B. Dist. Health Auth./Dept. - Care Provision,
Hon. K. Casey 7261
Res. 7331, Health: Emergency Med. Serv. - Recognize,
Hon. K. Casey 7262
Res. 7332, Cdn. Medic Alert Fdn./N.S. Dept of Health/Cdn. Health Infoway -
Paramedic Info. Proj., Hon. K. Casey 7262
Paramedic Info. Proj., Hon. K. Casey
Res. 7333, Health: Midwives - Role Recognize,
Hon. K. Casey 7263
Res. 7334, Health: Pub. Health Care System - Workers Honour,
Hon. K. Casey 7263
Res. 7335, Reg. Nurses College/Reg. Nurses - Recognize,
Hon. K. Casey 7264
Res. 7336, MS Soc.: Work - Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 7264
Res. 7337, Rizzanyi, George: Artistry - Recognize,
The Premier 7265
Res. 7338, MacLellan, John Afton - Birthday (101st),
The Premier 7265
Res. 7339, Harpell Home: Repairs - Vols. Thank,
Hon. J. Muir 7266
Res. 7340, Amirault, Victor - Yarmouth Mun. Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Hon. R. Hurlburt 7266
Res. 7341, Brown, Devin - Autism Awareness, Hon. P. Dunn 7267
Res. 7342, Lee Pat: Health Care (Pictou Co.) - Dedication,
Hon. P. Dunn 7267
Res. 7343, Porr, Norman D./Gilbert, Steve: Roast & Performance -
Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 7268
Res. 7344, Timberea Beverage Rm. - Commun.
Mr. W. Estabrooks 7268
Res. 7345, Harlow, Morgan - Prov. Youth Vol. (2009),
Mr. S. Belliveau 7269
Res. 7346, Chenhall, Rick - HRM Rep. Vol. (2009),
Ms. M. More 7269
Res. 7347, Kirumiraon, Aisha: Princess Windsor - Apple Blossom
Fest., Mr. C. Porter 7270
Res. 7348, "Children's Letters to God" Production: Stars -
Applaud, Mr. C. Porter 7270
Res. 7349, Ali, Alyssa: Environmental Advocacy Congrats,
Hon. J. Streatch 7271
Res. 7350, Amherst Reg. HS Sen. Concert Band: Intl. Music Fest.
(N.Y.) - Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 7271
Res. 7351, Beyond Buddies (Central Kings): Members - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7272
Res. 7352, MacDonald, Chance - Heroism, Hon. J. Streatch 7272
Res. 7353, Skerry, Leah: Entrepreneurial Skills - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7273
Res. 7354, Dal./King's Students: Biloxi Rebuilding - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7273
Res. 7355, Rafuse, Victor/Dal. Research Team: Studies - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7274
Res. 7356, Smith, Derick - Physical Activity: Encouragement -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 7274
Res. 7357, Fraser, Erik: Environmental Activism - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7275
Res. 7358, MacGillivray, Logan - Fundraising, Hon. J. Streatch 7275
Res. 7359, Davis, Jan: Middleton Reg. HS - Commitment,
Hon. J. Streatch 7276
Res. 7360, Walsh, Janet: Cdn. Educ. Assoc. - Appt.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7276
Res. 7361, St. FX.: X-Out Bullying Reams - Commend,
Hon. J. Streatch 7277
Res. 7362, Marsh, Robert: Canada's Next Prime Minister Contest -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 7277
Res. 7363, NSCC Waterfront Campus: Environmental Sustainability -
Dedication, Hon. J. Streatch 7278
Res. 7364, Yarmouth Cons. Mem. HS Oprah Ambassadors: Global
Citizenship - Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 7278
Res. 7365, Willoughby, Kate - Olympics 2010 Torchbearer,
Hon. J. Streatch 7279
Res. 7366, Morrison, Brenda - Olympics 2010 Torchbearer,
Hon. J. Streatch 7279
Res. 7367, White, Mathew: Educ. Excellence - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7280
Res. 7368, Lovekin, Catherine - Academic Achievement,
Hon. J. Streatch 7280
Res. 7369, Cambridge & Gaspereau Elem. Schools: Library Skills -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 7281
Res. 7370, Megan, Cassidy - Epilepsy Awareness, Hon. J. Streatch 7281
Res. 7371, Joudrie, Cody: Heroism - Commend, Hon. J. Streatch 7282
Res. 7372, Gillis, Stephanie: Humanitarian Efforts - Commend,
Hon. J. Streatch 7282
Res. 7373, Laing, Ruthi: Achievements - Congrats, Ms. J. Streatch 7283
Res. 7374, Cuzner, Scott: Natl. Youth Band of Can. (2009) -
Selection, Hon. J. Streatch 7283
Res. 7375, Forance, Tanya: Education - Dedication, Hon. J. Streatch 7284
Res. 7376, St. FX.: Shinerama (2008) - Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 7284
Res. 7380, St. Mary's Bay Acad: Options & Opportunities -
Students/Instructs Congrats., Ms. J. Streatch 7286
Res. 7381, Malay, Travis - Family SOS Award, Hon. J. Streatch 7287
Res. 7382, Phillips, Denise, et al: Fundraising - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 7287
Res. 7383, Wheedon, Phil: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7288
Res. 7384, Sheppard, Al: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7288
Res. 7385, Miller, Peter: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7289
Res. 7386, Lapoint, Mark: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7289
Res. 7387, Killen, Ernie: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7290
Res. 7388, Handley, Brian: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7290
Res. 7389, Fleury, Butch: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7291
Res. 7390, Dandurand, Mike: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7291
Res. 7391, Aucoin, Gerry: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7292
Res. 7392, Brenson, Keith: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7292
Res. 7393, Calder, Chuck: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7293
Res. 7394, Campagna, Peter: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) -
Contribution, Mr. L. Glavine 7293
Res. 7395, Ainsworth, Colin: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7294
Res. 7396, Colwell, Dustin: Wartime Heritage (N.S.) - Contribution,
Mr. L. Glavine 7294
Res. 7397, Dompierre, Kim/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Production - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7295
Res. 7398, Beeler, Nathan/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
- Musical Director - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7295
Res. 7399, CP Allen HS - "Beauty & the Beast": Behind-the-Scenes
Group - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7296
Group - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher
Res. 7402, Hood, Mitchell/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7297
Res. 7403, Lamb, Meghan/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7298
Res. 7404, LeMoine, Matt/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7298
Res. 7405, McIntyre, Graham/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7299
Res. 7406, Navarrete, Mikko/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7299
Res. 7407, Pearce, Julie/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7300
Res. 7408, Phillips, Shanoa/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7300
Res. 7409, Webster, Heather/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7301
Res. 7410, Young, Mason/CP Allen HS "Beauty & the Beast"
Performance - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7301
Res. 7411, Martell, Doug: Laptop Laidback - Creation Congrats.,
Mr. M. Samson 7302
Res. 7412, Clow, Dave: Retirement - Congrats., Mr. M. Samson 7302
Res. 7413, Marchand, Alvina - St. Louis CWL Pin (40 yrs.),
Mr. M. Samson 7303
Res. 7414, Boudreau, Edna - St. Louis CWL Pin (40 yrs.),
Mr. M. Samson 7303
Res. 7415, George, Jeanette - St. Louis CWL Pin (40 yrs.),
Mr. M. Samson 7304
Res. 7416, Boudreau, Almeda - St. Louis CWL Pin (40 yrs.),
Mr. M. Samson 7304
Res. 7417, Buckley, Ryan - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7305
Res. 7418, MacLean, Matthew - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7305
Res. 7419, MacNeil, Jason - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7306
Res. 7420, Murphy, Marcus - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7306
Res. 7421, McNeil, Joseph - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7307
Mr. M. Samson
Res. 7422, Marchand, Haley - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7307
Res. 7423, Marchand, Hillary - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7308
Res. 7424, Touesnard, Sarah - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7308
Res. 7425, Landry, Heidi - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7309
Res. 7426, Burke, Meagan - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest.,
Mr. M. Samson 7309
Res. 7427, Hudson, Elysia - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest./MLA
D250 Bursary ($500), Mr. M. Samson 7310
Res. 7428, Samson, Denise - Richmond Acad. D250 Speech Fest./
Richmond Acad. Bursary ($250), Mr. M. Samson 7310
Res. 7429, Richmond Prize U-18 Girls Volleyball Team - Gold Medal,
Mr. M. Samson 7311
Res. 7430, Berthier, Russell/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7311
Res. 7431, Bona, Wayne/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7312
Res. 7432, Boucher, Colleen/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7312
Res. 7433, Boudreau, Anthony/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7313
Res. 7434, Boudreau, Gerard/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7313
Res. 7435, Boudreau, Dion/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7314
Res. 7436, Boudreau, Louis/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7314
Res. 7437, Boudreau, Phil/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7315
Res. 7438, Burkey, Billy/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7315
Res. 7439, Huntley, David/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7316
Res. 7440, Gaudet/Godfrey/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7316
Res. 7441, Groom, Phillip/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7317
Wish, Mr. M. Samson
Wish, Mr. M. Samson
Res. 7442, Keating, James/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7317
Res. 7443, Keating, Kevin/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7318
Res. 7444, Kehoe, David & Jerry/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7318
Res. 7445, Kehoe, Al/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7319
Res. 7446, King, Kevin/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7319
Res. 7447, Landry, Carmen/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7320
Res. 7448, Landry, Guy/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7320
Res. 7449, Landry, Thomas/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7321
Res. 7450, LeBlanc, Jerry/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7321
Res. 7451, MacKay, Gordon/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7322
Res. 7452, Martell, Michael & Mickey/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7322
Res. 7453, Martell, Russell/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7323
Res. 7454, Martell, John/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7323
Res. 7455, Martell, Quinton (Kenny)/Crew: Safe/Prosperous
Lobster Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7324
Res. 7456, Martell, Roger/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7324
Res. 7457, O'Toole, Vernon/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7325
Res. 7458, Boudreau, Shawn/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7325
Res. 7459, Mombourquette, Manny/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7326
Res. 7460, Mombourquette, Mark/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7326
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson
Res. 7461, Mombourquette, Gerard/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7327
Res. 7462, Richard, Alfred/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7327
Res. 7463, Sampson, Earl/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7328
Res. 7464, Sampson, Louis/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7328
Res. 7465, Samson, Venard/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7329
Res. 7466, Taylor, Frances & Gerald/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster
Season - Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7329
Res. 7467, Touesnard, Ervin/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7330
Res. 7468, Touesnard, Scott/Crew: Safe/Prosperous Lobster Season -
Wish, Mr. M. Samson 7330
Res. 7469, N.S. Environmental Network: Best Thing You'll Never Do
Campaign - Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 7231
Res. 7470, Lt. Gov.'s Commun. Spirit Award: Recipients -
Congrats., Hon. M. Scott 7331

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

2:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable Premier.

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD (The Premier): Mr. Speaker, we've just learned that a well-loved and respected individual who was close to us all here in the House of Assembly, and certainly I know to you and the staff here at the House, Mr. Speaker, Arthur G.H. Fordham, Q.C., passed away this morning. Art was the Assistant Clerk of this House, was here working as recently as last Thursday.

[2:15 p.m.]

Art was known to us, certainly, and he served the people of this province with great distinction for many years. He was Queen's Counsel, practised law with and was a partner of the law firm presently known as Stewart McKelvey, and served as the Legislative Counsel to the House of Assembly from 1981 to 2001. Art was also very active in his community. He served as a layminister at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax. He was a member of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, and was former chair of the Board of Governors at the Maritime Conservatory of Music.

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Art is survived by his wife, Pat, whom I might point out is at the present time in hospital recovering from surgery. Art was 72 years of age. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pat at this time, Mr. Speaker, and following the comments of my colleagues, the Leaders of the other Parties, I would ask for a moment of silence for our friend, Art.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, the information with respect to the passing of Art Fordham, of course, reached us just a very short time ago. Every member of our caucus, of course, had a relationship with Art. He was an extraordinarily helpful and dutiful public servant. I have known him over the years and had an opportunity to speak with him and to get advice from him and to get to know him. So for all of us, we're deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Fordham. I think I speak on behalf of all of my members - we would like to extend our condolences to his family and, most particularly, to Pat.

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

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I, too, want to associate myself with the remarks made by my fellow Leaders here in the House and extend on behalf of our caucus our deepest sympathy to Pat. This place at times becomes a crazy environment to work but, you know, the men and women who run this place on a daily basis make it the kind of place it is, and the contribution that Art made to this House of Assembly is long-lasting.

I want to extend to those who worked with him on a daily basis our deepest sympathy, to all of you for losing such a dear friend and colleague, and from our caucus to his wife, Pat, our deepest sympathies. May she know that the people of this House and the people of this province are thinking and praying for her in the days ahead.

MR. SPEAKER: May we all rise for a moment of silence, please.

[A moment of silence was observed.]

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Government Motions.

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GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Resolution No. 6487.

Res. No. 6487, re Estimates - Comm. of Whole House on Supply - notice given Apr. 30/09 - (Hon. James Muir)

MR. SPEAKER: Just before the minister starts, I would like to welcome all our visitors in the gallery and remind them that negative or positive response in the gallery is not permitted. So we hope you enjoy what you hear but responses are for the floor.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, pursuant to a notice of motion given by me on April 30, 2009, and the Rules and Forms of Procedure of the House of Assembly, I have the honour, by command, to present a message from Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, relating to the Estimates of Sums required for the service of the province for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010 which is:

"I hereby transmit Estimates of Sums required for the Public Service of the province, for the year ending March 31, 2010, and in accordance with the Constitution Act, 1867, recommend them together with the Budget Address of my Minister of Finance and any resolutions or bills necessary or advisable to approve the Estimates and implement the budget measures to the House of Assembly.

Signed,

Mayann E. Francis

Lieutenant Governor".

Mr. Speaker, at this time I wish to table the message from Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor transmitting the Estimates for the consideration of this House, table the Estimates Book, table the Crown Corporation Business Plans, table the Estimates and Crown Corporation Business Plans Resolutions, deliver my Budget Speech and move that the Estimates of Sums required for the service of the province for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, being Supply, to be granted to Her Majesty and the Crown Corporation Business Plans be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Supply.

MR. SPEAKER: The documents are tabled.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

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HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, prior to beginning my address on the budget, I beg leave to do some introductions.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. MUIR: Mr. Speaker, in the east gallery there are members of my family who are visiting the House for the first time; my wife, Mary Jean, two of my daughters, Sarah and Meghan, and Sarah's children, Alexander, Will and Clara. I would ask them to rise and receive the warm welcome of the members of the House. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, in your gallery I have some other family members as well; my son, John, who is known to some of you I think, and my sister Helen Karagianis and her husband Les, and my brother-in-law Brian Langley. I think that does complete it, and I see Les nodding. So I would ask them to rise as well to receive the welcome of the House. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, again, prior to reading the address, as members of this House will know, the production of the budget is very much a team effort across every department of government and there are, not only the Finance staff and the departments, but there was the staff in the Department of Finance, the Treasury and Policy Board staff and the staff of Communications Nova Scotia, who worked diligently and I can tell you that as late as last night, the staff from Communications Nova Scotia was busy seeing that these documents, which are now being distributed, were ready to be in your hands. So we do have some of the staff from those departments here today: from Finance, Deputy Minister Vicki Harnish, Assistant Deputy Minister Liz Cody, Frank Dunn and Cathy Shaw. I would ask them to stand, please, as I call their names. From the Executive Council Office, Deputy Minister Bob Fowler, from Treasury and Policy Board Diana Eisenhauer and I'm looking to see is Greg there? No. From Communications Nova Scotia, a person whom I have had a whole lot to do with the last two or three days because she was the person who did draft the speech I am going to read, Michelle MacKinnon. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, for the record I would like to acknowledge some of the people who are not able to be with us this afternoon but have contributed tremendously to the production of this budget: from Finance, Mike DeCoste, Thomas Storring, Paul Davies, Bill Steele, Geoff Gatien, Naomi Shelton, Julie Lawrence; from Treasury and Policy Board, Elaine Morash, Bob Houlihan, Diane Surette and Rebecca MacKay. Mr. Speaker, I would ask that the House recognize the efforts of those people. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to rise today to present the budget for 2009-10 and Nova Scotia's eighth consecutive balanced budget. I present my first budget with pride, but with a sense of loss as well, Mr. Speaker. In addition to the untimely death of the Assistant Clerk, Art Fordham, this morning, we very much feel the presence of the former Finance Minister, our friend and colleague, Michael Baker.

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Last year, he stood in this House for over an hour, delivering the Budget Address, despite a good deal of physical discomfort. Though he was encouraged to sit to deliver the address, he refused. He said, "if Roosevelt could stand to deliver the State of the Union address, then I can stand to deliver the budget." That was Michael Baker, Mr. Speaker, a lesson in courage, integrity and determination. There is no question his enduring spirit will long influence those who had the privilege to know him and to call him friend. And so, in this House that he so loved, I ask that you honour and remember him. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, this budget is about leadership, it's about good government, it's about resilience, it's about recovery, it's about growth. It's about making the choices to best meet the challenges presented by these uncertain economic times, Mr. Speaker. We have had to make some tough decisions. We have not done so lightly. Every action, every decision was taken in the best interest of the people of Nova Scotia and our economy.

Mr. Speaker, our belief in this province and its people is unwavering. That's at the heart of our vision for 2020, and a strong, prosperous and sustainable economy. At this time however, like every jurisdiction around the globe, we are feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

A recent report of the International Monetary Fund projected world economic growth in 2009 to be the lowest in 60 years. But, Mr. Speaker, we are also looking ahead to an era of success, growth and prosperity. It will take time, but we have a solid foundation on which to build, and we have many advantages. We have a diverse economic base. Our strong education and health service sectors are much less exposed to the global ups and downs experienced in more cyclical industries. And we have put in place one of the largest infrastructure programs in the history of this province, Mr. Speaker.

Under Building for Growth, in partnership with the federal government, we will invest $1.9 billion in provincially owned infrastructure projects over the next three years. This investment will keep about 20,000 Nova Scotians working. Let me be clear, Mr. Speaker, we can only keep people working if we can get these dollars out the door. I hope my colleagues on the other side of the House understand the urgency and what is at risk.

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This budget will help to get our economy moving. It allows us to leverage almost $200 million in federal funding this year alone. This budget allows us to make critical improvements to our roads, schools and hospitals. And, Mr. Speaker, it gives us the chance to keep our skilled workers here at home.

Simply put, Mr. Speaker, this budget puts us in a position to better weather the storm. It provides the cushion our economy, and the people, of this province need.

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TIMELY. TEMPORARY. AFFORDABLE

Mr. Speaker, this government prides itself on its responsible approach to fiscal management. That's why we have brought forward our eighth consecutive balanced budget.

It takes strong leadership to do that. That's why Premier Rodney MacDonald was able to ensure that Nova Scotians remain the principal beneficiaries of our offshore resources, following the success of John Hamm in signing the Atlantic Accord. It is also why Premier MacDonald was able to work with Nova Scotia's Conservative MPs to settle the long-standing dispute on the Crown share - which returned $234 million to the taxpayers of Nova Scotia as a first payment and another $95 million last year. It's that same leadership that ensures we manage our finances wisely.

We're keeping our operating costs in line. We are keeping our debt affordable. We are not laying off public servants. And, we are leading by example.

Mr. Speaker, government will be asking all MLAs to agree to a wage freeze. We will also immediately freeze the wages of deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers, and, as well those of all political staff. We know other Nova Scotians are tightening their belts and making sacrifices during these challenging times. It is only right that we do the same. We will bargain in good faith with our public sector unions, however, the realities of these economic times must be considered. The same principle must also apply to all public sector employees.

You know, Mr Speaker, in these challenging times, there are those who urged us to run a deficit. We will not. Deficit financing will simply add to our challenges, Mr. Speaker.

As history has taught us, it's far too easy to spend today without thinking of the costs we will bear tomorrow. We must proceed with caution and we will. Our debt must remain affordable, and it will.

We are revising our debt management plan, Mr. Speaker. We are able to do this because of the impressive gains we have made in managing our debt in the last number of years.

Since 2001 as a percentage of our gross domestic product, our net direct debt, has declined from 46.8 per cent in 2001 to 36.7 in 2008. This is indeed an impressive drop, as is recognized by the bond rating agencies. But, Mr. Speaker, because a stimulus package is now so vital to our economic health, we will allow our net direct debt to grow over the next three years. After the stimulus package is complete, we will no longer add to the total debt. That means, Mr. Speaker, that our debt will be as affordable in 2012 as it is today. In other words, our direct debt compared to our gross domestic product will be no more than 36.7 per cent on March 31, 2012.

We also intend to use the surplus funds from our offshore differently, Mr. Speaker. These funds, known as our offshore offset, will not be put towards the debt, but will be used to help finance the programs and services important to Nova Scotians. While debt repayment

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remains a priority for us, we believe that suspending our repayment plan is the most prudent approach at this time and the one that makes most sense in these uncertain economic conditions. The only alternative to using the offshore money would be to significantly raise taxes or cut programs. We will not do either. The legislative changes needed to support this plan have already been introduced, Mr. Speaker. As promised, this approach will be temporary. We fully intend to see our debt decrease once again in 2012-13.

ECONOMIC REVIEW AND OUTLOOK

Economic activity in Canada slowed significantly in the latter part of 2008, the lowest since 1991. The scope of the global economic downturn has been dramatic, Mr. Speaker. It has also been unpredictable. It is safe to say that no jurisdiction predicted the scale of the decline, defined as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. It means that we are facing some extraordinary challenges. And they may be further exacerbated by the H1N1 human swine influenza.

Rising unemployment rates and plunging stock markets pushed consumer confidence to record lows. Commodity prices also dropped significantly. We saw that demonstrated most dramatically as oil prices fell from a high last summer of $147 U.S. per barrel to around $50 today.

Declining exports, weakening consumer spending and slower labour income growth all contributed to the slowing national economy. Nationally, we expect this decline to continue in 2009, with a gradual recovery for 2010, Mr. Speaker.

Despite the deepening global economic recession, Nova Scotia did see some growth last year. Our nominal gross domestic product grew by 3.7 per cent; retail sales increased by 4.5 per cent; employment grew by 1.3 per cent; personal income grew by 4.1 per cent; and corporate profits were up 1.6 per cent.

Mr. Speaker, here at home we saw evidence of the economic downturn in the last months of 2008. While employment did grow, it was in the first nine months of the year with no growth in the last quarter. The same trend was evident in retail sales, Mr. Speaker, where we saw negative growth for the last three months of the year. While exports grew by 1.4 per cent, due mainly to natural gas, shipments of lumber, shellfish and gypsum fell. The slower economy is evident when we look at projections for the coming year, Mr. Speaker.

RESILIENCE

We expect a 0.2 per cent growth rate in our real gross domestic product for 2009 and a growth rate of 1.8 per cent next year. We are fortunate since Nova Scotia is only one of two provinces expecting a positive growth rate, according to the Bank of Canada. One of the things that will contribute to this growth is our economic stimulus package, Mr. Speaker. Without it, the GDP could be expected to drop, again reinforcing just how important this

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spending is to our economy. Some of this growth will also be spurred by activity in our petroleum sector.

Through our offshore strategic energy agreement, the new supply vessel being built at Halifax Shipyards is expected to create 200 jobs with a payroll of about $20 million. We also expect the Sable and Deep Panuke projects to generate about $700 million in capital and operational expenditures this year. Exxon Mobil also intends to drill a new production well in the Alma field this year. Our onshore resources also continue to attract interest, with a drilling and seismic program expected this year, which are encouraging signs in these challenging times.

Mr. Speaker, some critics have suggested we went shopping for the best economic forecast when we put our numbers together. I would like to address that. The methods we use for calculating our forecasts are consistent year over year. Our numbers include the impact of both the provincial and federal stimulus package, while many private forecasts have not. We have faith in our forecasts.

Employment is expected to grow by 0.8 per cent while personal income is expected to rise by 1.7 per cent. The Consumer Price Index will remain stable at 0.2 per cent while retail sales will grow by 3.2 per cent. Corporate profits will decrease by 21 per cent and the export of goods and services will drop by 13 per cent. Understandably, the sluggish economy is also affecting our revenue sources, Mr. Speaker.

In 2009-10, Nova Scotia's total revenues are estimated to be $8.537 billion, up $71 million or 0.8 per cent from our budget estimate last year. But, we expect a 23 per cent drop in corporate income tax, and a one per cent drop in personal income tax. Provincial source revenues are expected to decline by $318 million, mainly due to the decrease in prices for natural gas, and slowing production, both of which affect our royalty revenues. Equalization revenues are estimated to be $1.465 billion for 2009-10, the same level as last year, Mr. Speaker.

The change the federal government made to the equalization formula last fall has proven to be extremely challenging for all receiving provinces, Mr. Speaker. Nova Scotia is no exception. The fact is, equalization provides 20 per cent of our revenues and this change, which reflects the demands on the federal purse, also puts us under a great deal of financial pressure. This challenge will continue in the coming years, Mr. Speaker, as transfer payments are expected to remain flat.

In 2008-09 we estimated revenues of $8.466 billion, expenses of $8.276 billion and a surplus of $189.7 million. We are now forecasting revenues of $8.513 billion, due mainly to the Crown share adjustment payment, with expenses $8.491 billion and a surplus of $22.3 million. For 2009-10, we are estimating revenues to be $8.537 billion, which is a very slight increase over last year, Mr. Speaker. A decline in provincial revenues is being offset by planned cost-shared capital projects, and funds that will be transferred from the federal government relating to labour programs.

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Our total expenses are estimated to be $8.533 billion with a surplus of $4 million for 2009-10. While program spending is up by just over four per cent, the increase in actual program spending is quite modest. Part of the increase can be attributed to the transfer of some federal programs to the province and federal dollars which must be directly transferred to others, such as municipalities.

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TAX MEASURES

Tax Relief

We know it's important to put money in the hands of Nova Scotians, particularly in this economic climate. That's why we are providing a significant amount in tax relief. (Applause)

Basic Personal Amount and Credits

The basic personal amount exempted from personal income tax and other associated credits continue to increase, Mr. Speaker. This year the exemption rises to $7,981 from $7,731 and on January 1, 2010, it will rise to $8,231, an increase of $1,000 over 2006 amounts. Since that time, Mr. Speaker, this measure has returned $51 million to Nova Scotian taxpayers and we expect this year it will return another $19.1 million more than last year to taxpayers.

Graduate Tax Credit

The time limit on using the graduate tax credit has been extended from three to five years. This credit was first introduced in 2006, Mr. Speaker, and provides savings up to $2,000 on provincial income tax payable for those who stay and work here at home. To ensure every eligible student can use this credit, students can now carry unused credits forward to reduce their taxes even further. This means graduates can claim tax credits in the year of graduation as well as the four subsequent years.

Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit

As planned, we are increasing the tax credit amount from $375 to $500 for both volunteer firefighters and members of ground search and rescue teams. (Applause)

Seniors Property Rebate

The Seniors Property Rebate tax will see a rise in the cap from $400 to $600 this year, Mr. Speaker.

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Large Corporations Tax

Mr. Speaker, we continue to reduce the large corporations capital tax. Effective July 1, the rate will fall to 0.15 per cent, saving business $9.1 million this year. This tax will be completely eliminated by 2012.

Small Business Tax

To assist the 12,000 small and medium-sized businesses in Nova Scotia, we intend to cut the small business tax rate in half. Beginning January 1, 2011, and over a three-year period, the small business tax rate will fall from 5 per cent to 2.5 per cent. When fully implemented, the cut will return $25 million annually to business.

Tobacco Tax

Effective midnight tonight, the tax on tobacco will increase by five cents per cigarette, per pre-proportioned tobacco stick and per gram of fine-cut tobacco. This will provide an additional $29.5 million in revenue. Mr. Speaker, while we do expect to see an increase in revenue we also know that price increases, has a negative - it makes consumption go down, particularly among young people. Given the health risks associated with smoking, and the success we have seen through our tobacco strategy, we hope to continue to reduce the number of smokers in the province Mr. Speaker.

Healthy Living Tax Credit

Last year, we unveiled our intention to extend the healthy living tax credit to all Nova Scotians by January 2009. Mr. Speaker, we are deferring the extension of this tax measure. However, the tax credit for children's sport and recreation fees continues with up to $500 available for eligible expenses.

Transit Tax Credit

The tax credit on public transit planned for implementation in 2009 has also been deferred.

Equity Tax Credit and Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Tax Credit

The Equity Tax Credit and the Labour Sponsored Venture Capital Tax Credit were both scheduled to expire on December 31, 2009. These credits will be extended by one year and will be reviewed as part of our ongoing tax review, Mr. Speaker.

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Comprehensive Tax Review

And, our examination of the tax system is well underway, Mr. Speaker. Our intention is to examine the system from top to bottom, to ensure it is fair, balanced and competitive. We have completed a good deal of research to date, Mr. Speaker. This will help to inform our long-term strategy. As will the input we will seek from business, from other jurisdictions and taxpayers in general because we believe those who are most touched by the system should have input into how it is shaped over the long term.

RECOVERY

Mr. Speaker, with every challenge, comes opportunity. Like every other jurisdiction in the world, we recognized that an economic stimulus package is vital to the health of the economy. That's why we are investing an additional $800 million over three years, along with the $1.1 billion we would normally spend on capital projects, under our Building for Growth Plan. Our spending is strategic, designed to position us well on the road to recovery and on our path to 2020.

Better Roads and Infrastructure

These investments mean jobs in the short term, and vital infrastructure which is key to our future prosperity over the long term like the $354 million we'll be investing to improve our highways, including Highway Nos. 105, 101 and 103, Mr. Speaker. (Applause) Mr. Speaker, I'm getting lots of suggestions for additions.

For several years now, we have increased budgets for highway construction and improvements. This year is no exception. In fact, Mr. Speaker, the entire capital budget will increase 95 per cent over last year, creating or maintaining about 11,000 jobs. We will also exceed our goal of paving 2,000 kilometres of roads over four years.

We are also ensuring that municipalities are able to take advantage of stimulus funding, and will provide them with $28 million over two years so they can match federal funds for capital grants. As a result, the three levels of government will provide new capital grants of $84 million for much needed infrastructure projects and jobs in municipalities around the province.

We realize that our ability to compete in an increasingly competitive convention marketplace requires a new, larger, state-of-the-art facility. Today, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the Halifax Regional Municipality to work together to have a new convention centre up and running by January 1, 2013. We know this sends a strong signal that Nova Scotia is open for business, Mr. Speaker. (Applause)

We also know that infrastructure for our tourism sector is vital, Mr. Speaker. We must modernize and upgrade our facilities in order to be successful in this very competitive sector.

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We will be investing $14.4 million over two years to upgrade Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, in partnership with the federal government. We are also making additional investments through our operating budget. Again this year, local provincial museums will receive an additional $2.3 million, because we know these heritage resources provide lasting social and economic benefits, Mr. Speaker.

We are also adding close to $1 million to funding for culture. While this does slow the pace of our intention to double the budget over three years, the fact that we are adding funds in these challenging economic times demonstrates our ongoing support and commitment to this important sector.

Through the national Community Development Trust Fund, we will invest more than $1 million in our tourism sector to develop niche products and marketing. Under our Building for Growth plan, we estimate that $40 million will be spent on tourism related projects through our provincial stimulus plan.

We're also investing in our traditional industries, Mr. Speaker. Through the federal Community Development Trust, we will spend $500,000 for agriculture industry revitalization. Over three years, $3.7 million will go to the revitalization of the seafood processing sector, and $2.5 million will go to aquaculture development. We also know the importance of our local producers, and will provide $2.3 million over three years to support farmers' markets, and direct marketing for local trade and food system development. Our Strategic Infrastructure Investment Fund will double to $1.5 million. This program will see $6 million invested over four years to enhance and diversify our agricultural infrastructure.

And, the clean up of the Sydney tar ponds site is now moving to implementation, Mr. Speaker. Spending from the provincial and federal governments will triple, going from about $20.5 million last year, to $64.9 million this year. This project is bringing hundreds of jobs, as well as significant economic and environmental benefits to the area.

GROWTH

Mr. Speaker, despite the challenges we face in the economy, we have seen positive growth in our job numbers. More Nova Scotians are working today when compared with the same period last year. There are a number of reasons for that. One is the climate our government has created for business.

Earlier this year, we doubled our commitment to economic development through the Industrial Expansion Fund, increasing the fund by $175 million. The fund is an important economic development tool, Mr. Speaker. Simply put, it's a proven success story. It returns $1.89 to the taxpayer for every dollar invested. Some might suggest this fund is new. Let me set the record straight.

The Industrial Expansion Fund has been in existence for over 50 years, and has been effectively used by successive governments since its inception. And, like others before us,

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we have used the fund very wisely indeed, Mr. Speaker. We've invested in companies like Apple Valley Foods, Nova Scotian Crystal and Michelin.

The companies we have assisted are all well established, with long records of investment, and profitability. They have been good employers and many are located in rural Nova Scotia. Many are coming to us for loans, Mr. Speaker, because the current economic climate has dried up other sources of funding. Government will not turn its back on these companies, Mr. Speaker. In fact, we will look for even more innovative ways to assist business as we have with our Community Economic Development Investment Funds, or CEDIFs.

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In the past year, $6.5 million was invested or re-invested by 5,000 Nova Scotians with about $32 million raised since the fund began in 1999. These funds provide much needed capital for new business and a down home solution for those wishing to support local business. We're also providing loans for commercial fishermen, to help young people get their first licence or help current holders who may wish to fish a new species. (Applause)

Our productivity and innovation voucher program will see an investment of $500,000. The program is designed to help small and medium sized business build capacity.

We are also seeing some major success with our Credit Union Small Business Loan Program, Mr. Speaker. The program has approved over 400 loans, created over 800 jobs and maintained another 1,775.

We are also proud of the efforts of Nova Scotia Business Inc., Mr. Speaker. In the past year, NSBI generated more than $22 million of investment in communities around the province with forecasted new job creation and retention of about 1,400. NSBI's trade team helped business with 24 trade missions, ensuring Nova Scotia takes maximum advantage of the changing global marketplace, proving that we're a small province with big opportunities perhaps none bigger than in the financial services sector, Mr. Speaker.

As more companies make Halifax their home, the demand for office space increases, that's why downtown development will continue to be a key priority for us. Mr. Speaker, we intend to continue to use every tool available to create and maintain jobs.

Broadband access is just one way we're helping business compete on the global stage. This $75-million project is on track, and will provide broadband access to every corner of the province by the end of the year. (Applause)

We also intend to advance Nova Scotia as a gateway to commerce through the strategic use of our transportation infrastructure. Under the Building Canada Fund, and in partnership with the federal government, $86 million will be invested in gateway projects to ensure we take maximum advantage of this emerging trade opportunity.

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We also know that red tape can strangle business. Our Better Regulation Initiative is giving business room to grow. Since 2006, the paperwork burden for business has been reduced by 8.3 per cent, saving business $1.2 million with more cuts coming this fall. Put another way Mr. Speaker, the paperwork burden is down 51,000 hours in just two years. We are also turning around most licences and permits in 10 days or less. We have more work to do. We want to make it even easier to do business in Nova Scotia.

One of our biggest selling features in attracting investment is our skilled and educated workforce. That's why education remains such an important priority for us, Mr. Speaker.

EDUCATING FOR GOOD JOBS

Mr. Speaker, we're investing over $307 million to build eight new schools and upgrade another 41 as part of our Building For Growth plan. While we improve the physical infrastructure our students enjoy, we're also concentrating on making the changes that matter in the classroom.

Mr. Speaker, we plan to invest close to $1.3 billion in public education this year. In a time of declining enrolment, our funding to school boards has increased, so even more resources can be put in the classroom. We continue to raise the bar with our Learning for Life program. To date, we have invested over $48.1 million to help students realize their potential.

Our Options and Opportunities program continues to focus on career development and hands on experience for students. The program is offered in 44 schools, and will see an expansion to additional grades in 16 schools with a $759,000 investment.

We continue to build on the initiatives of the Black Learners Advisory Committee with an investment of $4.1 million this year.

We are putting in place a modern, province-wide information system that will help track student data. Our $14 million Student Information System will focus on measuring student achievement and school performance, with tangible benefits for the classroom. We will invest $2.4 million this year to begin putting the system in place.

Our math and literacy mentors will remain an important part of the education system, as will our International Baccalaureate or IB program, Mr. Speaker with an additional $700,000 investment. More than 800 students are registered in our IB program, Mr. Speaker. This program is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. Nova Scotia will be among the pioneers when it pilots on-line IB courses, beginning in September.

Regional Library Boards will receive an additional $1 million in grants.

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STRENGTHENING SKILLS

Mr. Speaker, this economic climate means that it's more important than ever to ensure we have a skill-ready workforce to meet the demands of a changing marketplace. Through the Labour Market Agreement, we will receive approximately $85 million from the federal government over a six-year period to design and deliver training and skills development programs.

Through this fund, Mr. Speaker, we have been able to form a number of important partnerships. We are working with industry associations to address skills and training needs, and we're focused on providing programs and services for youth, for Aboriginal communities and for immigrants.

Similarly, the Labour Market Development Agreement will transfer $81 million this year in federal funds to the province for training and skills development for individuals eligible for employment insurance. (Applause)

ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION

Along with skills development, we want to make post-secondary education more accessible. I'm pleased to advise that our commitment to bring university tuition levels to the national average by 2010 is on track. Our $180 million investment over three years freezes tuition rates, and provides stable funding for universities, because access to education remains our priority. (Applause)

Nova Scotian students continue to benefit from our $66 million Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Trust, Mr. Speaker. Students will receive a maximum benefit of $1,022 in 2009-10 and $1,283 for 2010-11. Additionally, out-of-province students will benefit from a $261 bursary in 2010-11, as well as the freeze in tuition rates. Our students still enjoy one of the lowest loan rates in the country, thanks to our direct lend initiative.

In partnership with the federal government, we will invest an additional $114 million for maintenance and upgrades to university and community college campuses. We will also continue to expand seats at the Nova Scotia Community College through our growth plan. And we are doing so strategically, keeping in mind the needs of tomorrow's labour market.

We will invest $22.6 million to add 2,000 more seats by 2013, for a total of 12,400 seats in community college campuses across the province. (Applause) This is in addition to our earlier investment of $123 million, which has provided upgrades to existing facilities and constructed the new campus on the Dartmouth waterfront. The first building is very, very impressive, friendly to both the environment and students.

Phase II of the Dartmouth expansion is now underway with The Centre for the Built Environment under construction. We expect this facility, which again will provide a world-class learning environment, to be complete by next year.

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SAFER HOMES, SAFER STREETS

State-of-the-art learning facilities are adding to our quality of life, Mr. Speaker, which is the envy of many around the world. So are our safe communities. Decreasing crime rates are a result of our increasing police presence. We are above the national average in the number of police officers we have on the streets, and they are having an impact.

Increased enforcement has taken more than $200 million in drugs off of our streets in the past year. Mr. Speaker, we intend to invest another $3.5 million this year to bring the number of additional officers to 183, well on the way to reaching our target of 250 additional officers on the street by 2010. (Applause) We are also moving ahead with the construction of a new forensic science facility. We're investing $6 million over the next three years to design and construct it.

Mr. Speaker, I'm particularly proud of the strides we have made in enhancing the Medical Examiner's Office. Since 2000, we have seen the budget increase from $1.1 million to $3.2 million today. In a time when forensic pathologists are scarce and in very high demand, we have three of these highly qualified people on staff. It's a major accomplishment, and certainly enhances our ability to enforce the law.

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We are also providing funds to get at the root causes of crime, and will invest $500,000 for crime prevention in communities around the province. Our increased law enforcement efforts are impacting our correctional facilities, Mr. Speaker. That's why we intend to have the most modern infrastructure in corrections in the country.

Last week, we announced our intention to invest $18 million to construct a new correctional facility in Springhill. (Applause) We will also spend an additional $4.4 million in corrections for training, additional staff, and for equipment to improve safety and security. We are moving forward on implementing the Deloitte report on corrections.

GENERATIONS OF NOVA SCOTIANS LIVING WELL

Mr. Speaker, we are investing more than $3.4 billion this year in our health care system. These funds will improve access, help to reduce wait times, and will help us to realize our vision of a patient-centred health system that supports the well-being of Nova Scotians. We are making progress in reducing wait times. We are adding new technology, streamlining processes, purchasing new equipment, and recruiting and retaining more health care providers. In fact, this year, we have allocated an additional $22 million for equipment and $10 million for emergency repair and renewal to our health physical structures.

Our Scotia Surgery Demonstration project is one example. This project is helping us to better manage some of the longest wait times in the province, Mr. Speaker. We are doing more hip and knee replacements across the province, and wait times for these surgeries in

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Capital Health have dropped by two months. We are also freeing space for more complex surgeries, and patients are very satisfied with their care. In fact, they are showing satisfaction rates in excess of 99 per cent. (Applause) It doesn't get much better than that and, given this success, we intend to continue our partnership with Scotia Surgery.

This year, we will invest an additional $1.7 million for orthopaedic services at Capital Health, which includes support for the Orthopaedic Assessment Clinic, which has reduced assessment wait times from 18 months to as low as four. To date, we have accessed more than $33.2 million in federal funding to help us reduce wait times. Compared to just two years ago, twice as many patients are having bone density scans, MRIs, and mammography screening.

To help meet our wait-time guarantee for radiation therapy for cancer patients, we now have one CT simulator operating in Cape Breton and another one will soon become operational here in Halifax. We're also investing $27 million in IT projects that will reduce wait times and will improve the delivery of health care, Mr Speaker.

Our Electronic Health Record system will allow quick access to patient information, leading to better decisions about diagnosis and treatment. As well, the Health Administrative Systems project will streamline administrative and financial systems within district health authorities.

We're also improving our physical infrastructure, with an additional $87 million this year to upgrade our hospitals. (Applause) And we're changing the way we deliver health care, Mr. Speaker. This summer, our new Telecare system will be operational. We are investing $5.9 million to make health information and advice more accessible, giving Nova Scotians access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just by calling 8-1-1. The service will help them make informed decisions about their health and whether they should seek additional medical attention, potentially saving unnecessary visits to the ER.

When patients in metro do go to the ER, Mr. Speaker, they will soon enjoy the new $20 million emergency department at the QE II. This new facility will offer upgraded equipment, more beds and staff, and will be better designed to meet the anticipated 70,000 annual visits.

CONTINUING CARE

In 2006, we outlined our Continuing Care Strategy, Mr. Speaker. When our strategy is fully implemented, it will represent an annual investment of $310 million that will provide 1,320 long-term care beds by the year 2015. (Applause) We expect that 240 beds will be ready by the end of this year, with another 564 to follow in the Fall of 2010.

We are also helping seniors by helping their caregivers. We are investing an additional $900,000 to provide a monthly allowance of $400 to caregivers of low-income

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seniors because we understand and appreciate their very important role, bringing our total commitment to $2.7 million. (Applause)

HEALTH TRANSFORMATION

Mr. Speaker, increasing demands and rising costs are placing huge pressures on our health care system. In order to sustain the system, we must find new ways to deliver the service. That's what health transformation is all about. In a province where every month 700 Nova Scotians turn 65, we must prepare for the future and we must do it now.

Our operational review produced 103 recommendations, which have all been accepted, Mr. Speaker. These recommendations have been clustered into 25 initiatives. Work is already underway on six, and another six will begin next year. To monitor progress, we now have a health transformation office in place that will provide support, evaluate, and report on all aspects of health transformation.

INTEGRATED LEARNING CENTRE

Mr. Speaker, we know that the recruitment and retention of health care professionals is vital to the system. That's why we have continued to add seats to our medical and nursing schools. This year, we are investing an additional $1.2 million for more seats for physicians. These additional seats have put pressure on the existing physical structures. So we are now in need of a new facility. We intend to invest $700,000 annually over the next 20 years to create a new Integrated Learning Centre for health professionals in partnership with Dalhousie University. This centre will allow team-based learning for doctors and nurses, which is in keeping with our health transformation agenda. (Applause)

GENERATIONS OF HEALTHY NOVA SCOTIANS

One of the most effective ways to decrease demands on our health care system is to increase the health of Nova Scotians. We are targeting all age groups, Mr. Speaker, and it has meant a number of firsts for our province.

For example, we were the first province to put in place a department dedicated to Health Promotion and Protection. This has proven to be invaluable, as we have seen most recently in dealing with the H1N1 human swine influenza, and the outbreak of the mumps last year, Mr. Speaker. Our very effective public health system has ensured we have the dedicated resources and the proper network to deal effectively with these public health issues.

To further augment these efforts, Mr. Speaker, we are investing $2.5 million in the Panorama IT system, a health information system being developed nationally. We have also been very effective in putting the first Healthy Eating strategy in Canada in place and one of the first school food and nutrition policies. And we've just celebrated the first year of mandatory physical education. These "firsts" are having lasting results.

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We expect to see some very positive results from our $500,000 social marketing campaign to promote breastfeeding, which is set to begin this spring, Mr. Speaker. We know that healthier babies means healthier adults, and we want to help Moms find community support services and help others understand the realities of breastfeeding.

Our Enhanced Home Visiting Program helps parents build skills and confidence, and strengthens the relationship between parents and children. More than 700 families are benefiting from the program, Mr. Speaker.

Our school food and nutrition policy remains one of the strongest in the country. Since the policy was first released in 2006, it is now the norm for schools to provide fresh fruit and vegetables, water, and healthier snacks. Along with healthy eating, we are addressing physical activity, youth sexual health, tobacco reduction, addiction, and injury prevention to promote a happy and healthy future.

An additional $1.6 million in federal funding will provide the HPV vaccine to even more young women.

BE FIT!

To help Nova Scotians stay fit and active, we're investing $60 million over five years in 35 projects under our Building Facilities and Infrastructure Together or B-FIT program. (Applause) It's the largest commitment to sport and recreation infrastructure in the history of the province, Mr. Speaker, and it will continue to help restore and construct sport and recreational facilities that will become centrepieces in their communities.

We're also looking forward to hosting some of the biggest sporting events in the world. We have committed $11 million to the 2011 Canada Winter Games, which will bring some of Canada's best athletes to our province and will leave a legacy of sport infrastructure that will benefit generations of Nova Scotians.

We will also welcome the world senior canoe championships in August of this year. Our $650,000 contribution is expected to generate some $10.2 million in economic benefits and nearly $5.7 million in wages for Nova Scotians.

As well, Mr. Speaker, the largest sailing event in Canadian history will take place this summer. We are investing $300,000 in the 2009 Laser World Championship, which is expected to bring $1.9 million in economic benefits to the province and support $1.6 million in wages.

This July, we will also welcome up to 50 ships from 30 counties and over 2,000 seafaring visitors for Tall Ships 2009, and will continue to welcome the world to world-class events like Celtic Colours, the Canadian International Military Tattoo, and the Yarmouth Air Show.

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PREVENTING POVERTY, PROMOTING PROSPERITY

Mr. Speaker, in early April, we marked another milestone for Nova Scotia with the release of our Poverty Reduction Strategy. We are investing $155 million this year to improve the standard of living for low-income Nova Scotians. (Applause) This builds on the initiatives we have put in place over the past three years, which total some $200 million. Our Family Pharmacare program, Low Income Pharmacare program for Children, increases in the minimum wage and child care investments have all been designed to help those who need us most.

Some of our initiatives are targeted to our youngest citizens. We are investing $2.5 million to expand the Nova Scotia Child Benefit so more families can qualify and take advantage of our children's low-income Pharmacare program.

We are also investing heavily in affordable and social housing, the scale of which has not been seen in decades, Mr. Speaker. We will invest $133 million over two years to create homes for seniors and persons with disabilities, and to renovate and retrofit our social housing portfolio. (Applause)

For the sixth year in a row, we will increase the employment support and income assistance rates for the personal allowance, Mr. Speaker. This represents an additional investment of almost $1.6 million this year, and $19 million over the past five years.

We're also helping Nova Scotians stay warm this winter. More than 280,000 Nova Scotians will continue to benefit from the Your Energy Rebate Program. Through our Heating Assistance Rebate Program, individuals with an income of $27,000 or below, and families with an income of $42,000 or below, will qualify for the rebate of up to $200. We are changing the threshold for those who heat with electricity. Those using electric heat will qualify for the rebate if they consume more than 27.4-kilowatt hours per day on average in any given 60-day billing period, Mr. Speaker.

We will once again donate to the Salvation Army's Good Neighbour Program, with a $400,000 donation.

GREENER FUTURE

During the past year, we released our climate change action plan. This plan will help us to have one of the cleanest, most sustainable environments in the world by the year 2020, Mr. Speaker. Renewable energy is a big part of that. We are investing significant resources in our tidal demonstration project as part of our energy strategy. We expect to see the first device in the water this Fall, built in partnership by Nova Scotia Power Incorporated and OpenHydro of Ireland, harnessing the power of the Fundy tides. (Applause)

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Through the EcoNova Scotia fund, $17 million will be spent on clean air and climate change projects throughout the province in the coming year. An additional $500,000 will help to create the climate change adaptation fund. And $200,000 will be invested in our coastal management strategy, to promote a healthy environment and a sustainable coast. We are also investing $50 million over two years under our Building for Growth program to make our schools, hospitals and provincial buildings greener.

We have just announced the designation of two more wilderness areas, adding more than 3,500 hectares to our overall total, and putting us well on our way to reaching our target to protect 12 per cent of our total land mass by 2020. Recently, we announced our decision to offer to purchase 21,000 acres of lands in western Nova Scotia for protection and recreational use, because we know this land is important to Nova Scotians.

We are proud of the fact that we are world leaders in solid waste management, Mr. Speaker. We will invest $200,000 to encourage the redevelopment of contaminated land, and to further reduce our disposal rates.

We are also taking steps to ensure our natural resources are managed wisely, Mr. Speaker. A distinguished panel, under the able leadership of retired Chief Justice Constance Glube, will oversee the development of a new strategy that will govern our natural resources. We are also pleased that Joe Marshall, executive director of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and a senior Mi'kmaq adviser and Allan Shaw, a director with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, round out the panel. We are also investing $1 million for the forestry joint task force.

INCLUSIVE, WELCOMING COMMUNITIES

Mr. Speaker, we are truly blessed to live in this province, and we have been fortunate in welcoming a number of new Nova Scotians to our shores. In 2008, 2,653 immigrants came to Nova Scotia, compared with 1,474 in 2003. Not only are we seeing an increase in the number of people coming to the province, but our retention rates have improved dramatically, with over 60 per cent of immigrants staying. This is a marked improvement from just 10 years ago when only 40 per cent of the newcomers remained here. One of the objectives for the coming year is to continue to make our province even more welcoming.

We also want to make our communities more age friendly, Mr. Speaker. Our Strategy for Positive Aging helps us to prepare for our changing demographics and the fact that our seniors population will nearly double by 2026. Our Positive Aging Fund, Age-Friendly Communities Program, and Senior Safety grants all help to make our communities safer, healthier places in which to live.

Mr. Speaker, our province is rich in history, culture and diversity. This past year, for the first time in the province's history, members of Cabinet and the 13 Mi'kmaq Chiefs of Nova Scotia sat together to discuss matters of mutual concern. We intend to make this an

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annual event. We are also very proud of our Framework Agreement, which sets out the process for negotiations regarding Mi'kmaq rights and title.

This year, we marked the 25th Anniversary of Black History Month, which promotes pride in self and community, and we do have much to be proud of in this province.

One of the things I'm proud of, Mr. Speaker, is our record and this budget. (Applause) I have been involved in government for 10 years. I can honestly say that this budget process has been one of the most challenging I've ever been through. We have made our decisions carefully and we are spending strategically.

We know that the uncertainty we are facing today will not disappear overnight. I'm confident we will weather these economic challenges in the short term and we want to ensure we plan well for the long term. To that end, we will undertake a thorough review of government services. We will look for ways to streamline, for new ways to deliver programs, and to become even more efficient to ensure we are providing the very best service and value for the taxpayers of Nova Scotia.

We believe, Mr. Speaker, the taxpayers of Nova Scotia are served well by this budget. We have protected programs. We have protected jobs. We have invested prudently through our Building for Growth Program. (Applause)

With these steps, with this budget, we know that we will be resilient. We will recover. We will grow. We will continue to be the best province in the best country in which to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe that this is the ninth time I have risen in my place to reply to the budget as the Opposition Finance Critic. It is always an honour to rise in the people's House to reply to the budget. It is an honour to serve in the House that has seen such members as the late Michael Baker and that has seen such dedicated servants of the House as the late Art Fordham.

Mr. Speaker, we have grave concerns about the budget that was presented today. The budget seems to be based on unrealistically rosy assumptions about the future. It is based on changes in the rules in order that the government can present a picture other than the reality; it is based on veiled references to significant program cuts that come in the future; and this is a deficit budget to the tune of $260 million. If ever there were a situation, if ever there were a year when the government's budget requires close and careful scrutiny, this is the year. But the Government House Leader has announced that there will be no debate on this budget, there will be no vote on this budget until Bill No. 240 is passed.

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Mr. Speaker, we seem to be in the same situation as in 2006 where we have a government that will table a budget but is determined that there will be an election before there is any debate or any vote.

Let me talk first, then, about the unrealistically rosy assumptions. It projects an unemployment rate of 6.9 per cent in 2010, which is about 3 percentage points lower than any private sector forecaster. For the growth in the economy, it projects a growth for this year and next that are the high end of the private sector estimates. It projects that program spending for the government will stay the same for the next four years, even though through the life of this government they've grown at an average of 5 per cent per year. If those rosy assumptions are taken apart the budget does not stand, the numbers don't make sense.

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Then we get to the changes in the rules. As we know, the government is proposing to this House Bill No. 240, which changes the way by which government budgets in this province are accounted for, and the only way this government can present this budget is by changing the rules, by moving the Opposition's net closer to their own end of the ice and then demanding that the Opposition pull their goalie. They're also changing the definition of Gross Domestic Product in order to make the debt-to-GDP ratios look better than they are. They used to count GDP in real terms, that is subtracting the effect of inflation - this year they're saying, no, we're going to count it differently in order to make things look better.

So, unrealistic assumptions, changing the rules, and then we get to the veiled references to future program cuts. What this budget does is, it front-ends all of the spending. It front-ends five years' worth of spending in one pre-election binge, knowing that the bill is not going to arrive until after the election is over.

Let me read from the government's own document - these are the only references to what the future holds for Nova Scotians. The government says in its Nova Scotia Assumptions and Schedules book, which I notice the Minister of Finance did not read from and for understandable reasons, " . . . spending will have to be contained largely at existing levels over the four-year period: this is in contrast to previous years when spending grew at an average annual rate of approximately 5 per cent."

Mr. Speaker, there is no senior civil servant who can explain to us how they are going to achieve the target of flat spending for the next four years, but the government's entire fiscal plan depends on it. They depend on zero growth in Education spending, zero growth in Health spending, zero growth in Community Services, and they cannot explain how they are going to achieve that.

What is going to happen is contained in veiled references on Pages 1.17 and 1.18 of the Assumptions book. It says that Nova Scotians, if this budget passes, are going to have to be prepared to do other things differently or not at all. Every single promise that the government is making today comes with an asterisk. That asterisk is the promise is only

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good until election day - after election day all bets are off, anything could happen. This government makes no promise about what programs are going to continue or what promises they're going to keep.

This government, which has been in office now for ten long years says that it's time for the government to take stock of expenditures. It says the government is investigating options that will bring improved efficiency and effectiveness to government services. What is that code for, Mr. Speaker? They are investigating options - isn't it a little bit late, after ten years, to be investigating options? What cuts are they contemplating? What reorganizations are they thinking about? How many jobs are they going to cut? Which promises are they not going to keep? All they tell us is that they are "investigating options."

This government, which has been in office for ten years says they will be examining our existing programs and services and that it's time for the government to have a long-term strategy which will be developed "over the coming months." So, the other shoe drops later. They are going to spend, or promise to spend, five years' worth of discretionary expenditure and they're going to do it now. If they haven't made the promises already, they're going to promise it before election day. What they're doing is making the big promises now, knowing that the bill comes later and that somebody else is going to have to pay for it, and we know who that is - that's the people of Nova Scotia. There is only one tax bearer.

If this spending is going to happen, it's either pay now or pay later and the essential message of this deficit budget is that we will make big promises to you today and we will send you the bill over the next five years, because there will be no money for increases in health, never mind inflationary increases, they're just talking about a freeze of spending, which as we all know means there's going to be a real cut. A cut in real terms in Health spending, a cut in real terms in Education, in Community Services, in Agriculture, in Natural Resources. In every single department of government, there are going to be cuts in order to pay for the spending binge today.

Make no mistake about it, this is a deficit budget. This is a budget, which if the Provincial Finance Act amendment were not passed, would be in the red to the tune of $260 million, because they have shifted spending from last year of some $80 million and they're taking another $160 million from the offshore offset this year - $180 million rather - for a total of $260 million. If Bill 240 doesn't pass, this would be, this will be, it is a deficit budget. Let's make no mistake about that, and the minister essentially admitted that in the news conference that was held earlier today.

This budget requires very close scrutiny. It is a deficit budget that is papered over only by changes to the accounting rules. It spends money today, a great deal of money, without saying explicitly how and when the people of the province are going to pay for it. It represents a huge increase in debt to the tune of $1.4 billion. It represents a huge increase in interest payments. After all the work that has been done over the past number of years to bring down the annual payments on the debt, this Premier and this government, according to their own figures, are going to drive annual payments on the debt back over $1 billion

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dollars per year and they're going to pay for it with unnamed, unannounced future program cuts.

When former Premier John Hamm told the province, told this House, how he was going to deal with the offshore offset money, he said that the right thing to do was to apply the payment of $830 million to the debt. Because this was a payment and respected non-renewable resources, we owe it to our children and we owe it to our grandchildren to use this money to pay down the debt. He said, "The most prudent thing we can do is putting the money on the debt. That will give us a limitless revenue stream of almost $50 million a year" - and this is a significant part of the quotation - "that will last well beyond the life of this administration".

Who knew at the time that John Hamm said those words that that legacy, that promise, that commitment to the future would be undone in only three years?

My colleagues and I are ready to debate this budget, we are ready to find all the nuances, all the implications. This year, more than any other year, the people of the province deserve a debate on the budget and a vote on the budget, and if this government is willing to call the Budget Debate, we will be here. We will be here every day and we will look at how this government proposes to take in and spend $8.5 billion because our responsibility, their responsibility, the responsibility of everybody in this House is very simple. It is our duty not to take one more cent of the people's money than is necessary. It is our duty to spend every cent of the people's money wisely and we owe it to them to make sure that the budget that proposes to take in and spend $8.5 billion is the right thing for the people.

We have grave concerns about what this budget means for the future of the province. We believe this government has gone astray. We believe this government is lacking in leadership. We believe that it is possible for there to be a better deal for Nova Scotia families. If this government decides to force an election, we're ready. If they decide (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member for Halifax Fairview has the floor.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, if this government is ready to force an election, we're ready. If this government is ready to debate the budget, we're ready for that as well, because we offer something this government doesn't. We offer genuine leadership and a better deal for today's families. Thank you. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park.

MS. DIANA WHALEN: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It's my pleasure to rise today and respond to the budget which we have just heard read by the Minister of Finance. This has gone a little differently than in other years. We certainly haven't had as much comment from the NDP today as is normal, and I'm happy to add our comments on

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where we see the shortcomings of this budget and, in fact, the misleading nature of the budget that is before us - misleading in many, many ways.

There's a lot of talk in this budget about stimulus and about increased spending but it's very scant on details. Again, we see a budget that's much more about politics, much more about growing our debt than it is about stimulating the economy and helping us plan for the future.

Mr. Speaker, I would be remiss if I didn't talk about the urgency that the government is now talking about and saying how urgent it is that all of us pay attention to this budget, pass this budget, get the spending flowing when, in fact, we are the last province in Canada to bring in a budget. We are far behind many others. We are also the last to sit, we are the last to come together. We've had no economic updates, we've had an absolute dearth of information since December, when we had our last economic update from the Minister of Finance.

British Columbia brought in a budget in February, six other provinces brought theirs in in March, two earlier in April. Here we are in May and we hear the Nova Scotia Budget introduced. How can we possibly take it seriously when we're told that this is an urgent matter and that you take it seriously on the other side of the House, that this is an important matter?

Again, there are things in this that are just rather galling. The fact that we hear endlessly about how many balanced budgets you've had as the debt continues to grow and as you finance your operating year after year on the backs of our renewable resources, our royalties, and now our offset for the Atlantic Accord. It just goes on and on.

To go back to the forecasts, and there had been talk and, in fact, a meeting of the Economic Development Committee had looked very much at the forecast recently, to try and glean a little bit of information about where this province is sitting in terms of our revenue and of our stability. The economic forecasts from nine of the leading economic groups in the country show our growth for this year and next much lower than what the government is choosing to use as their assumptions.

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Now, Mr. Speaker, we're being told that the difference is solely a result of the stimulus package and the stimulus spending that hasn't been taken into account in these economic forecasts by the leading economists of the country. I beg to question the government's judgment on this, because the stimulus package we're talking about here is over three years. It's normal spending - $1.2 million of normal spending, regular spending that's in line with what we've been doing for years and it's $800 million of stimulus spending over three years.

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Half of that money is going to come from the federal government, half from the Province of Nova Scotia. What we're seeing when we actually dig into the very rosy words of the minister today, is that, in fact, they're counting a lot of things in their building for growth are things that had already been announced, already underway. What we learned today was that in order to qualify for this stimulus package, money from the federal government, it has to be a project that you can get underway within two years and complete within two years.

That means a lot of the big road projects that are very exciting to Nova Scotians like the twining projects of Highway Nos.103 and 104 - those projects aren't falling under the government's economic stimulus plan. They're falling under other federal agreements, the money for which was flowing anyway. They're other agreements, other things that were in place. The money has to go to something that can be built and delivered in a short period of time. What we're seeing is a slight increase in the amount of paving that we will have this year under this plan - a slight increase.

Mr. Speaker, we had a plan that would say we'd have 2,000 kilometres of roads repaved over a four year period. We were just under target on that - a year or so ago we did 475, we didn't make 500 - and this year we're on target to do 550 to 600. That's 10 per cent above what you'd normally see, at best, 20 per cent. So the stimulus package is allowing you to catch up where you were behind schedule the last couple of years - you're going to be able to catch up and achieve your 2,000 kilometres of paved roads.

That's great to hit the target, we're glad, but you're doing it on the backs of a stimulus project when, in fact, it really is regular spending - spending you were planning to do at any rate. Good years in Nova Scotia have been squandered during the years from 1999 to now. Our budget has gone from $4.8 billion - it was only $4.8 billion in 1999-2000 - it has ballooned to $8.65 billion in 2008-09. That's a lot of extra spending and I've questioned before in this House - do Nova Scotians really feel the impact of that additional spending?

You know, 75 per cent more in spending power in the good years when Nova Scotians' corporate and personal income tax were rising and there was more money to put towards these very important programs in Nova Scotia. During those good years, we did not maximize the benefit of that. We didn't start to decrease our debt until 2007-08, the only year that we saw any decrease in our debt. Our debt has continued to grow and grow and this year is no exception, Mr. Speaker.

This year, our debt is going to grow by $580 million and that's by the government's assessment. That doesn't include the fact that we are not following our own legislation and reducing the debt based on the 2008-09 budget year. That budget was very clear when we sat here a year ago and passed that budget. There was an expectation that over $200 million would be going to the debt through the offshore offset and also through our debt reduction plan, which was again, set in stone.

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But, how much of that was set in stone? When you can come back here today and in the face of this more than misleading budget, you can be asked to then try and misconstrue the meaning of a deficit, change legislation that we're being asked to do in order to help the government redefine their whole world of finance so they can present what they can stand up and say is a balanced budget.

We've said we're not prepared to go retroactively to see that happen. If the times have changed and they have - we've looked across the country, only two provinces have brought in a surplus budget out of all the provinces I've spoken of - definitely we're in a recession across the country. Although Nova Scotia is doing better than some other places - I acknowledge that and I'm delighted to say so - we still have to recognize it's a different time. But, you don't go back retroactively and change the rules like that, you look forward, you say where are we today?

The government went out of its way to take spending from this coming year, the year we're in now, put it onto last year when they had better revenues and use their offshore offset to cover that off. That's just not right. It's playing monkey business with the budget, that's all it is. It's smoke and mirrors, it's a shell game. You can use any one of the many clichés you'd like, but it's asking us to sort of turn away and not pay attention to what these numbers are all about because the hour and a half that we heard the Minister of Finance speaking was an awful lot of backslapping and an awful lot of just fiction - fiction and fantasy. I hope the members across see it for what it is and I hope your discussions have highlighted that as well.

The legacy of John Hamm was that he achieved the offshore agreement with Ottawa, he brought money to the province that he promised to put on the debt, he recognized we have the second-highest per capita debt in the country and he wanted to do something for the future. It was extraordinary income, it was a gift, in a sense, because we had waited a long time for it, and now we want to use it to fund the bread and milk that we need every day. We're using it for the day-to-day spending and that's not what it was ever intended for. As I say, John Hamm had the foresight to say that it was for something bigger, for actually positioning us for the future.

Mr. Speaker, our province desperately needs vision, a vision that will set us up in Nova Scotia for better prosperity in the future, not just more of the same and treading water. That's all we see from this government: more of the same. I don't see an investment here in any of the stimulus that's discussed that really positions us to benefit from any of our resources, from developing green energy, from positioning new industry here. I just see us building some roads and, as I said, that is smoke and mirrors, too, because it isn't the big projects. It is the ongoing maintenance and repaving of roads that we're talking about here. As important as that is, it's 10 per cent more in the number of kilometres that we're talking about in this fiscal year. I fail to see how 10 per cent or even 20 per cent, if you get lucky, is going to in any way equal a major stimulus project in this province.

I think the reason we have such scant details, Mr. Speaker . . .

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. It's getting hard to hear the speaker. The honourable member for Halifax Clayton Park has the floor.

MS. WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, the reason that it is smoke and mirrors is that this document, and I'm just talking about the summary one now, which talks about building for growth, has very misleading information. For example, the line about schools that are going to be built is one. It references specifically $307 million will be invested to build eight new schools and upgrade another 41.

We know that announcement has been made by the government, that there are going to be eight new schools and 41 renovations, but this $307 million to be spent this year does not include those projects. This money is being spent on the continuation of the 2003 promises which, coincidentally, preceded an election as well - which we expect this year, no doubt. It is past commitments that are being brought forward.

This is very misleading. I think anybody can look into that and find that this is not the current announcement for new schools. Again, those costs, those new schools will not be ready for construction in the two years required under the federal government's support for stimulus under this current economic climate. So it's just putting together two things that are not connected. That's just not right, and I find that extremely misleading. We did ask to get more information on that and that's what we've been told, definitely.

Again, we just feel that there are scant details on the building for growth. It's a lot of rhetoric, it's a lot of fine words, it doesn't mean anything. It's just not something that we have any belief in that it is going to come to fruition.

Mr. Speaker, there are a lot of things that we are concerned about. Again, as I say, the forecasts that we believe are overly-rosy, not based on fact. The fact that you see personal income tax going down while you're saying that both employment and - employment will go up and unemployment will go down, they sort of fly in the face of each other.

There are a lot of other revenue pressures on us which haven't been mentioned much by the minister. He spoke about equalization being challenging and our equalization is, in fact, flat. It provides 20 per cent of our revenue every year but we have a new formula that was thrust upon us and accepted by this government and we are going to be even more stressed next year. The government was able to get one commitment for this year; I don't believe we've seen the money yet, but there seems to be a commitment. That takes us through this year which again, coincidentally, might be an election year, but there's no promise that next year there will be any help at all.

We know that the current formula, where the pool of equalization money is now going to be capped - we know that Ontario is now drawing from that pool and it will not be as good a year in the future for us in terms of equalization, that provides an additional stress to all of us.

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With the debt going up by $580 million with only one year going down, it has to be repeated that very good years were squandered and that the debt reduction plan that was announced again, with fanfare in 2003 and updated in 2005 was never realized, was never stuck to. Here we have a government that actually - many of their members sat with John Hamm and they're willing to squander his legacy, which was to see the future of Nova Scotia stronger and our financial stability greater.

While we're talking about the debt and the stimulus package, I think it's very important to note how the mechanics of the federal money, particularly for roads are going to work or roads and infrastructure. They flow into the province from the federal government under a category that is known as TCA - a TCA Cost Shared Revenue is what it's called, and that's Tangible Capital Assets; that's what TCA stands for. This year is shows it went from $45 million in the forecast to $166 - is that million? Anyway, it's gone up a whole lot, over $100 million. I think that speaks to Nova Scotians.

That money is being dropped directly into our operating budget, it is funding our operating budget. It's directly offset by the expenses of this province. I would liken that to getting a car where they offer you a $1,000 rebate and instead of putting the $1,000 on the car, I spend the $1,000 on my mortgage and my food and my ongoing expenses and I still have the full cost of the car. That explains why our debt this year is going up $580 million, because we're financing the whole thing through debt for our own portion of the capital stimulus and the federal government's portion. We are spending the federal government portion as it comes in.

We're spending it on the regular programs of this province. I think that should be examined by all Nova Scotians, that that kind of planning is going underway so that we're seeing the government congratulate itself and boast about its good planning when in fact we're using the offshore offset to fund our regular spending. We're using the federal stimulus dollars on our regular spending, we're using the Crown share and any surplus that should have gone to the debt on our regular spending.

We are not looking after the future of this province by doing so and we're being asked to break the law by changing the Provincial Finance Act to redefine what a deficit is. We've got a Finance Minister who is hedging around about whether or not this is a deficit budget, and make no mistake - it is. With a deficit budget in this year and finishing last year in a deficit position, if the truth were told - and it's about time that there was more truth-telling here in the House. We've got tremendous cost pressures coming up, we realize that, and at the same time we're trying to redefine the way we calculate our own books in this province.

I think that we need to talk a little bit about Liberal priorities, which have been to stimulate small business and to help the economy, which is where Nova Scotians - and the minister spoke about it - Nova Scotians are resilient, Nova Scotian people are strong. We want to see that they have the tools to help set their own house in order and to keep hiring and employing Nova Scotians. That's the future for this province, but today what we saw

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in front of us we believe is faulty, it's misleading. It is self-congratulatory to a government that has failed to manage this province, failed to provide any kind of a vision and a future.

I believe that we've been very clear on this side and the Liberal caucus and my Leader has been very clear that we will not be party to changing a bill on the Provincial Finance Act retroactively, we are not prepared to do that. We are prepared to see where the government wants to go in this next few days. Certainly we will continue to debate this budget, to point out the misleading aspects of it as we go forward, to seek clarification if we have that opportunity and to look for a better vision for the future of Nova Scotia.

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The estimates are referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Supply. We will now revert to the daily routine.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

[4:15 p.m.]

MS. MICHELE RAYMOND: Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of privilege today. As I understand, after I left this House on Friday afternoon, there were concerns raised that I might have misled the House in a resolution which I presented on the forest fires in Halifax Atlantic. My resolution was prepared from the facts available to me and to other residents of that portion of the evacuated area and I understand that the minister subsequently has clarified the actions of the Department of Natural Resources in this House.

I would like to make it very clear through you to the minister and to this House that my intention was never to mislead the House or in any way to call into question the minister's personal or professional integrity and if she feels this to have been the case, then I am very sorry and I do extend my apologizes. Thank you very much. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Premier on an introduction.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I want to draw members' attention to the east gallery where we have two individuals from Inverness County who have a very keen interest in the proceedings today. They are Alec Angus MacDonald and Elizabeth Ann MacDonald. Their interest in today's proceedings is that they have watched their son's Minister of Finance present today's budget. They are the parents of the Honourable Rodney MacDonald, Premier of this province. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER: There seems to be a fair amount of blushing going on up there.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. MARK PARENT: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table notices of fees presented under, of course, Section 4 of Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2007, the Fees Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage on an introduction.

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, I have a couple of friends, members of my association, from the Eastern Shore today and I would ask all members in the House to please show their warm affection and welcome to Mr. Bernie Day and Tom Campbell. (Applause)

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 7271

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

Whereas the swift reaction of all firefighters involved in last week's fire in the Purcells Cove/Herring Cove area proved once again how fortunate we are to have these professionals always at the ready to protect our communities; and

Whereas while it is devastating for those families who lost their homes and cherished belongings in the fires, many have rightly noted that it certainly brings into perspective what is truly important when no one was injured in the ordeal; and

Whereas not only did this community rise to assist their neighbours, groups like the Canadian Red Cross worked day and night to provide shelter for the evacuees - providing needed comfort for those dealing with such a stressful situation;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House salute the efforts of our firefighters - both provincial and municipal and the team from New Brunswick - and thank all groups involved, like the Red Cross, in assisting the evacuees and, especially wish the

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affected victims our best as they now pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes and their lives.

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 Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 7272

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

Whereas as we begin another sitting of deliberations over legislation, it is a good opportunity to recognize the return of Gordon Johnson to the Legislative Counsel Office; and

Whereas just a few months ago, Gordon underwent serious cardiac surgery but appears to have made a tremendous recovery and is again working alongside his colleagues with the mammoth task of drafting legislation; and

Whereas the important work of our Legislative Counsel Office continued in his absence thanks to the hard work of all staff;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House welcome back this hard-working individual and wish Gordon all the best as he continues to recuperate since his return to the job.

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 Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. May I be permitted to do an introduction before my resolution?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. CLARKE: In the east gallery today I have a constituent from Cape Breton North who is here in Halifax for some appointments. In your gallery, I'd like to introduce Jerome Murrin from North Sydney. Jerome, if you would rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

Also, Mr. Speaker, if I could continue to be permitted, someone from Inverness County who is no stranger to this House but she definitely is new to being a grandma and that's Bonnie MacIsaac. Bonnie, welcome to the House today. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 7273

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

Whereas the Province of Nova Scotia is committed to employment equity and promoting diversity in the workplace; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has commenced the Employment Equity Partnership project to create more discussion with employers, researchers, and communities across the province about employment equity issues; and

Whereas the Human Rights Commission is promoting the Employment Equity Partnership with 15 partner organizations and communities across the province who have signed on;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate the Human Rights Commission on the promotion of the Employment Equity Partnership and that members continue to encourage all Nova Scotians to promote and protect human rights in their communities.

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 Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

RESOLUTION NO. 7274

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

Whereas on April 20, 2009, a five-ton truck struck a toll booth on the Cobequid Pass, which was occupied by toll booth attendant Mr. Stuart Mills; and

Whereas having seen the imminent danger of the approaching truck, Mr. Mills acted quickly and selflessly, advising the drivers of two vehicles in his lane to move immediately, so they could avoid danger; and

Whereas when the truck hit the booth, Mr. Mills sustained multiple injuries, including cracked ribs, cuts, and bruising;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge Mr. Stuart Mills for the bravery and heroism displayed in protecting the safety of his patrons and collectively wish him a full and fast recovery from his injuries.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7275

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

Whereas one in five Canadians is affected by mental illness in his or her lifetime; and

Whereas each year the Canadian Mental Health Association provides support services to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff; and

Whereas mental health professionals in the province's nine district health authorities and the IWK provide treatment services in our hospitals and in our 50 community mental health clinics;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize May 4th to May 10th as Mental Health Week and acknowledge the work done by these dedicated individuals.

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 responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act.

RESOLUTION NO. 7276

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 Transition House Association of Nova Scotia has worked tirelessly for 20 years to make the lives of women and their children safer; and

Whereas transition houses improve women's health and well-being, improve their economic security, ensure their freedom from violence, and expand their hopes and dreams; and

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Whereas the Transition House Association is a leading voice in the fight against domestic violence;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the 20th Anniversary of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, and commend its members and staff for their commitment and dedication to making Nova Scotia a better place to live for women and their children.

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 African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 7277

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

Whereas Dr. Abdullah Kirumira and the team at BioMedica Diagnostics were the recipients of the 2009 Technology Pioneer Award by the World Economic Forum; and

Whereas Dr. Kirumira and BioMedica Diagnostics continue to develop medical technology that contributes to the good health of Nova Scotians, Canadians, and indeed the world; and

Whereas his incredible ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit allow him to remain a world-leading research scientist in the field of medical diagnostics;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Dr. Abdullah Kirumira and BioMedica Diagnostics for their continued scientific excellence and being named the recipient of the 2009 Technology Pioneer Award.

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 Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 7278

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 Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters held their annual general meeting in Bridgewater on March 28th; and

Whereas the Learn to Fish program introduces youth from across the province to angling, providing them with the skills and the knowledge needed to enjoy responsible sportfishing for a lifetime; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters recognized the Learn to Fish program with their annual Fairn-Hickman Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Department of Natural Resources, as well as volunteers in the angling community, for winning this award for the Learn to Fish program.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7279

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 Joggins Fossil Centre opened for its second season of operation on Earth Day, April 22nd, and for its first full season since being accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and

Whereas the Department of Natural Resources, along with the Departments of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and the Cumberland Regional Development Authority, have continued to support the site to preserve its natural beauty; and

Whereas employees at Joggins Fossil Centre are committed to providing a positive experience so that the site can be enjoyed by Nova Scotians, as well as visitors from around the world;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House take a moment to congratulate Joggins Fossil Cliffs for being recognized as one of Nova Scotia's best tourist attractions, and wish the employees and volunteers all the best during the season.

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. 7280

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

Whereas we recognize Mike Stevenson, teacher at G.R. Saunders school, for leading their most recent Heart and Stroke Foundation fundraiser; and

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Whereas we also recognize Mr. Stevenson for his outstanding volunteer commitment to Heart and Stroke since 2006; and

Whereas we recognize the students at the school for raising $7,600 for the annual Jump Rope for Heart campaign, the largest contribution of any school in Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the outstanding commitment of Mike Stevenson and the students at G.R. Saunders school for their commitment to fundraising for Heart and Stroke.

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 Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7281

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

Whereas Clean Nova Scotia is helping Nova Scotia Environment create awareness about the litter problem in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Clean Nova Scotia is encouraging local residents to visit the Web site http://www.bestthingyoullneverdo.ca to pledge to never litter; and

Whereas they are doing their part to help make Nova Scotia litter-free through the province-wide Great Nova Scotia Pick Me Up;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Clean Nova Scotia for their help with our Best Thing You'll Never Do Campaign.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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[4:30 p.m.]

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 African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 7282

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

Whereas Dr. Pearleen Oliver was a formidable advocate for women's rights in the African Nova Scotian community for more than 60 years; and

Whereas Mrs. Oliver consistently argued for women's equality in nursing by collecting struggling nurses' stories of workplace obstacles and translating them into lessons in opportunity, awareness, and social change; and

Whereas in July 2008, the highly decorated Mrs. Oliver passed away at age 91, leaving the community she shaped to grieve her loss and celebrate the professional and racial barriers she eradicated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House pay their respects to the incredible legacy of Pearleen Oliver and her years of dedicated service to the African Nova Scotian communities and the manner in which she reshaped this province for the better.

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 Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 7283

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 Instructor of the Year Award is an annual award that is given to the hunter education instructor who goes above and beyond the required teaching standards of the hunter education course; and

Whereas the award was originally introduced in 1994 to recognize and acknowledge instructors who excel at the delivery of the program and for those who take the extra time to make the course a positive learning experience for young and old alike; and

Whereas this year's winner, Wayne Mullins, has taught the hunter education course for the past 22 years with Shelburne County Fish and Game, and is being honoured for his innovative teaching practices and the positive light that he sheds on the hunting community both in and out of classroom;

Therefore be it resolved that the Province of Nova Scotia congratulate Wayne Mullins for his dedication to the hunter education course and the promotion of safe hunting practices.

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 Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 7284

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

Whereas Emily Rosta, a Grade 9 student at Donkin Morien Elementary/Junior High School and a talented writer; and

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Whereas Miss Rosta was the winner of the Royal Canadian Legion Nova Scotia/Nunavit Command Remembrance Day essay contest for her essay honouring the efforts and sacrifices of Canada's veterans; and

Whereas her essay, titled Sometimes it takes forgetting to make us really remember, will move on to be judged in the nation-wide competition;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House sincerely congratulate Emily Rosta for being an award-winning essayist and for honouring the important role that our veterans played in ensuring Canada's continued freedom.

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 Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 7285

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

Whereas Peter Leblanc and his wife, Emily, have continued to support 4-H despite their children having finished the program; and

Whereas nine individuals from across Canada were selected for the Co-operators 4-H Leader of the Year Award and Peter Leblanc of River Bourgeois was one of the recipients; and

Whereas Peter Leblanc was also recognized with this award for his more that 25 years of volunteering with 4-H, especially with Camp Rankin;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize Peter Leblanc and his wife, Emily, as well as all 4-H volunteers across the province, for their tremendous commitment.

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 Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 7286

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

Whereas working with our health system partners to reduce wait times in all areas is a significant focus with Nova Scotia Department of Health; and

Whereas in April Premier MacDonald turned the sod to expand the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, which will reduce wait times for cancer treatment and unveiled a new CT simulator to help reduce wait times for cancer diagnosis; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $2 million for the expansion;

Therefore be it resolved this House join me in thanking Cape Breton District Health Authority in working with the department to provide Cape Bretoners with safe, appropriate care close to home.

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 Environment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7287

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

Whereas Mr. Leo Boozan, staff janitor at Brookland Elementary School in Sydney, works hard every day to keep the school clean and tidy; and

Whereas he strives to ensure the health and safety of the students and staff at the school; and

Whereas Mr. Boozan is a valued staff member of the school who takes pride in his job and his school;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Mr. Boozan at Brookland Elementary and, indeed, all janitors for helping to create a safe and clean environment for the students and staff not only at Brookland Elementary School but all our schools.

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 Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 7288

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

Whereas Charlotte Green suffered the tragic and heartbreaking loss of her young son and through such a tragic loss saw an opportunity to bring joy into the lives of impoverished children; and

Whereas Ms. Green has focused on her son's love of books and decided to build a memorial library at a Guatemalan orphanage; and

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Whereas she and 36 parents and teachers from Northumberland Regional High School travelled to South America in March 2009, to give the children there the gift of literature;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely commend Charlotte Green and the students, parents and staff of Northumberland Regional High School for turning a tragic loss into a wonderful gift for the children of Guatemala.

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 Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 7289

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

Whereas Kevin Grant was a strong supporter of the Nova Scotia 4-H program and in his honour the Kevin Grant Memorial Tour was founded; and

Whereas the Kevin Grant Memorial Tour was an opportunity for 4-H youth to learn about several communities, meet community leaders and visit resource-based businesses and rural employers; and

Whereas 10 4-H members from across the province were selected to take part in this year's Kevin Grant Memorial Tour to communities in Cape Breton;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the 10 4-H members who took part in this tour and encourage them to consider a future in one of the communities they visited.

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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 7290

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

Whereas a forest fire broke out last week in the eastern half of the Chebucto Peninsula and in less than 48 hours eight homes were destroyed, others were damaged and some 2,000 acres of forest consumed, although mercifully no human lives were lost; and

Whereas shifting winds and dry conditions made these fires a very real threat to several communities, including Herring Cove, Purcells Cove, Long Pond and Jollimore, forcing the evacuation of some 1,200 people; and

Whereas firefighters, police, helicopter and water bomber pilots, countless volunteers and staff of the Department of Natural Resources Emergency Measures Organization, Halifax Regional Municipality, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and others, were all working valiantly on and behind the scenes to control the wildfires and were necessary to make comfortable both people and pets displaced from their homes;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly thank and congratulate all those

who worked so hard in the face of last week's fires on the Chebucto Peninsula with all resources at their disposal, and hope no part of this province faces such conditions again.

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 Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 7291

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

Whereas this past weekend over 3,000 Liberals met in Vancouver to nominate their new Leader, Michael Ignatieff; and

Whereas Mr. Ignatieff, the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, accepted the role to a number of standing ovations; and

Whereas the Liberal Party of Canada is strong, united, and ready to offer Canadians the leadership they deserve;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly join in congratulating Michael Ignatieff on being named Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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. 7292

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

Whereas National Volunteer Week 2009, celebrated April 19-25 in Nova Scotia, recognized people in their communities who take action and solve problems; and

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Whereas Nova Scotia has 377,000 volunteers, the third-highest total per capita in Canada; and

Whereas one of those 377,000 volunteers is Mr. Chuck Spinney, treasurer of the Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club and Zone 1 Vice President for the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia, who helped organize an exceptionally successful 1st Silver Dart Snowmobile Rally in February;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Nova Scotia Legislature applaud the dynamic efforts of one Chuck Spinney for his recognition by the Municipality of Victoria as their 2009 Volunteer 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.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

RESOLUTION NO. 7293

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

Whereas on Saturday, May 9, 2009, Camp Harris celebrates its 50th Anniversary as a member of the Dartmouth Area Scouts Canada; and

Whereas Camp Harris, located on Mineville Road, has provided a place for thousands of scouting members, schools, various youth organizations, and local businesses to fundraise and conduct outdoor activities like planting trees and other environmental programs; and

Whereas during this year's 50th Anniversary celebration called Scout Trees, the Dartmouth Area Scouts Canada and the Camp Harris Committee will address some of the damage caused by Hurricane Juan by planting 6,000 trees on the property of Camp Harris;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the Legislature congratulate Camp Harris on its 50th Anniversary, commend the many scouting members who have been part

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of the Dartmouth Area Scouts Canada over the years, and thank the many donors and businesses throughout Halifax Regional Municipality who have contributed so generously.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 7294

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

Whereas the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MK11s built in Canada; and

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Whereas Avro Anson serial no. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MK11 aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia's wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House congratulate Lloyd Graham for his outstanding leadership and contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight and extend best wishes in his new role as Honorary Colonel of 404 Long-range Patrol and Training Squadron.

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 Victoria-The Lakes

RESOLUTION NO. 7295

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

Whereas Elizabeth (Lisette) Yorke, a native of Hillside Boularderie, Cape Breton, has been named a member of USA Today's Newspaper 2009 All-USA College Academic First Team; and

Whereas Yorke is a senior biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina and is the only Canadian listed on this prestigious list; and

Whereas Lisette is presently awaiting an honours thesis on molecular biology and immunology and is hopeful of becoming a doctor while volunteering in the Burn Unit of University of North Carolina Hospital, visiting disfigured patients;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs in this Nova Scotia Legislature applaud the diligent work ethic of Lisette Yorke while offering congratulations to her proud parents Elizabeth and Charles Yorke who is the Principal of Boularderie Elementary School in Victoria 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 favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth South-Portland Valley.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7296

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

Whereas supporters, students and staff of Dartmouth High School worked together on the Concert for Keating Hall to raise $4,000 to improve the sound and lighting equipment for the AV room; and

Whereas the entertainers for the benefit concert and auction included Sam Moon, Rick Gautreau, Jamie Gatti, Steve Dooks and J.P. Arsenault; and

Whereas the concert also highlighted the incredible talents of Dartmouth High's Trebled Youth Clarinet Ensemble, Ria Kim and Paradise Project;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate organizers Rick Gautreau, Dave Matthews and Ruth Dowden, host Don Connolly and all the volunteers, entertainers, sponsors and donors who contributed to the success of Dartmouth High's Concert for Keating Hall on April 20, 2009 and thank them for this support for the school and our 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 Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 7297

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

Whereas emergency room closures have been an issue for the residents of Digby for many years now; and

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Whereas last Wednesday the South West Nova District Health Authority put out a release stating that Digby General ER would be closed for 121 hours in the month of May; and

Whereas now that a solution has been given to the Lillian Fraser, perhaps the Minister of Health can bring forward solutions for the Digby General and many other hospitals facing ER closures in this province;

Therefore be it resolved the Minister of Health act immediately to bring an end to the chronic ER closures taking place throughout 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 Deputy Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 7298

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

Whereas Kevin Concannon graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree; and

Whereas over his career Kevin has been director of four health and human services in three different states, as well as holding many national leadership roles in the United States and it is in this capacity that I renewed my acquaintance with him through joint membership in the Reform States Group; and

Whereas President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Kevin Concannon as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Kevin on this prestigious nomination.

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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.

The honourable member for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island on an introduction.

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In the west gallery today is Lauren Mills. Lauren Mills is very committed to the democratic process and has been very involved in politics. She volunteered in my office last month and provided the background that led to the drafting of this resolution. I'd like to welcome her to the House.(Applause)

RESOLUTION NO. 7299

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

Whereas 2009 is the Jubilee Anniversary of the Halifax Grammar School; and

Whereas for the past 50 years, the Halifax Grammar School has developed a reputation for excellence in education; and

Whereas the Halifax Grammar School will be celebrating this Golden Anniversary by having a gala dinner and dance on May 30, 2009, to establish an endowment fund for scholarships and bursaries;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the Halifax Grammar School on its 50th Anniversary and for using the occasion to reaffirm its commitment to making a grammar school education as affordable and as accessible as possible.

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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 7300

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

Whereas in a press conference last week, the Premier stood behind a podium bearing the slogan Proven Record. Economy First; and

Whereas in his three years leading this government, the Premier has proven that he is unable to manage our economy in good times or in bad; and

Whereas instead of putting the economy first, this Premier has consistently acted in a manner that puts the personal, political gain ahead of what really matters;

Therefore be it resolved the Premier and his campaign team replace their slogan with, "Don't worry, we will spend, spend, spend, and put Nova Scotians deeper in debt than they have ever been."

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister for Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Mr. Speaker, after I read the resolution I also would like to make a quick introduction.

RESOLUTION NO. 7301

MR. DOOKS: 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 Michael Kydd, founder and executive director of Nuts4Ribs, recently received the National Special Recognition award from the Canadian Cancer Society for his work on Nuts4Ribs; and

Whereas 900 new testicular cancer cases will be diagnosed in Canada this year, of which 30 young men will die; and

Whereas the Nuts4Ribs Board of Directors and event volunteers have taken this serious and sometimes embarrassing topic and raised significant funds for testicular cancer research and created awareness for young men, hopefully saving their lives and making a difference in our province;

Therefore be it resolved the members of this House congratulate Michael for winning this Special Recognition award and wish the Nuts4Ribs Board of Directors continued success in their undertaking.

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 on an introduction.

HON. WILLIAM DOOKS: Well, thank you, Mr. Speaker. This time I would like to introduce Mr. Kydd, my E.A. Thank you very much.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 7302

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

Whereas Gavin Douglas, Kristi Allan, and Darrah DeYoung of Northumberland Regional High School in Alma, Pictou County, organized an impressive event to raise awareness about the plight of child soldiers in Uganda; and

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Whereas Gavin, Kristi and Darrah persuaded other students, teachers and local politicians to participate in this important event; and

Whereas over 50 students took part in this rally, part of a world-wide demonstration to raise awareness about Ugandan children who are abducted and forced to be soldiers;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Gavin Douglas, Kristi Allan and Darrah DeYoung of Northumberland Regional High School for their good work on raising the public's awareness about the tragic situation of child soldiers in Uganda and wish them success in their 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 for the Public Service Commission.

RESOLUTION NO. 7303

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 people from all walks of life and all ages with the common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own lives - 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, arts and the environment; and

Whereas Kaitlin Whitehouse was recognized as Bedford's Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Committee for her selfless act of giving to 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 Kaitlin Whitehouse for her contribution to the people of Bedford.

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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.

The honourable member for Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

RESOLUTION NO. 7304

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

Whereas Constable June Chaisson has been an RCMP officer for 11 years, most recently serving as the Community Policing Coordinator for Fall River and Beaver Bank; and

Whereas during her years as a community police officer, Constable Chaisson initiated programs and events such as the Scarlet Soiree, which aims to help women at risk of domestic abuse, and the Beaver Bank-Fall River Seniors' Academy, a continuing education program for seniors; and

Whereas at the end of May, Constable Chaisson is transferring to Ottawa as a corporal, continuing in community policing;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize RCMP officer June Chaisson's outstanding contributions to her community and wish her well on her transfer to Ottawa.

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 for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 7305

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

Whereas the human swine influenza was first diagnosed in Canada at King's-Edgehill School in Windsor just over one week ago; and

Whereas the spread of such an influenza in a small school and in a town such as Windsor, let alone the entire continent, resulted in a week requiring strong leadership by Headmaster Joe Seagram and his staff at King's-Edgehill School, local health care workers and first responders, as well as the Town of Windsor; and

Whereas Windsor mayor Paul Beazley said this weekend the town received exceptional assistance from their local MLA Chuck Porter and the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, the honourable Pat Dunn, for not only meeting with council but opening up the direct lines of communication between the town, the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and health officials so as to ensure pertinent information was available at all times, but also in establishing a rapid influenza clinic at the Hants Community Hospital for local citizens;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly concur with Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley and recognize King's-Edgehill Headmaster Joe Seagram, Hants West MLA Chuck Porter, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection Honourable Pat Dunn, and health care and first response officials for demonstrating their collective leadership during a difficult time last week.

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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.

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 7306

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

Whereas the band concert for western Halifax County Schools will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Sir John A. Macdonald High School; and

Whereas music and the band program must remain an integral part of the school curriculum in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this annual event, coordinated by legendary band teacher Jeffery Stern, recognizes the accomplishments of band students and their dedicated teachers;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate and thank students, teachers, and parent volunteers for this work in presenting the annual school band concert at Sir John A. Macdonald High School this Spring.

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 for Economic and Rural Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 7307

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 Pit Players are a talented group of actors in Springhill and surrounding area who give freely of their time and talents to not only entertain with their wonderful plays, but also to raise tremendous amount of monies for local charities; and

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Whereas the Pit Players, who performed at the Wentworth Community Centre on Saturday evening to raise funds for Sunset Industries, have been in the business of entertaining for over nine years and in that time they've raised approximately $100,000 for charities such as churches, the Kidney Foundation, Mental Health Association, Sunset Industries, Special Olympics, and many, many more; and

Whereas all the plays and songs are original scores written by Valerie Fahey, who is the playwright and director for the Pit Players group of actors which includes Peter Bell, Roberta Bell, Ed Fahey, Susan MacDonald, Robin Steeves, Gail Murphy, Phil Scott, Laura Welsh, Patty Colson, and Marilyn Williams;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the Pit Players on their outstanding talents and charitable contributions to the many groups to which they donate and wish them continued success in all 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 member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 7308

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

Whereas on April 5th, Nova Scotia's Tween Provincial ringette team captured the gold medal at the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships in Guelph, Ontario; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia team, competing against teams from Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and the host from Guelph, finished their round robin portion of play with four wins and one loss to move into the medal round; and

Whereas in the history of the Eastern Canadian Ringette Championships, this is the first gold medal for a Nova Scotia team;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Kaylie Dyson, Olivia Henwood, Allison Kinch, Kirsti Mason, Laura Patterson, Chelsey Wilkins, and Reagan Wynn of the Cole Harbour Ringette Association on their 2009 Eastern Canadian Tween Championships gold medal.

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 Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. KEITH BAIN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

[GOVERNMENT BUSINESS]

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. KEITH BAIN: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 240.

Bill No. 240 - Offshore Offset Revenues Expenditure Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Premier.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to continue my comments with respect to Bill No. 240 before the Legislature at this time.

Mr. Speaker, we in this House have addressed the question that is before us now previously, and we addressed it previously in a very, very different economic time than today. In 2005 Nova Scotia was enjoying a very robust economy, as was Canada. Indeed, the world was riding the crest of very strong economic times. All over the world trade was increasing, global trade was increasing, there were economic opportunities for many, many people, and especially Nova Scotians, to be able to participate in that growing global economy. So in 2005 when the former Premier - through the assistance of the Government House Leader - was able to negotiate with Ottawa the Offshore Accord, the decision was

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taken and it was presented to this Legislature that it would be appropriate for that money to be applied to the deficit. That, Mr. Speaker, was the context in which that decision was taken.

Now if we look at the current set of economic circumstances before us, we see the world in a very significant decline economically. We are all familiar with the history of the banking crises that occurred in the United States and the resultant loss of confidence around the world relative to the economy, and the world economy. We have all come to understand the extent to which we are interdependent upon the economies of the world, and in that context Nova Scotia finds itself in the midst of preparing a budget for presentation to the Legislature to deal with the economy and the situation that presents itself to Nova Scotians.

We saw in the budget that was tabled by the Minister of Finance that we are in a situation where we are challenged with respect to our revenues and as a result of being challenged with respect to those revenues, the government's choice is this - how do we go ahead and carry on in delivering services to the people of Nova Scotia, appropriate services? How do we participate with the Government of Canada in a stimulus package that allows us to increase our spending on capital by $800 million over the period of the stimulus package? Those were the challenges that presented themselves to us, Mr. Speaker, and that stimulus is very, very important if we are going to succeed in restoring the strength of our economy.

Now all members of the House would, of course, recall, and people in Nova Scotia recall, that there are three fundamental elements with respect to the operation of the economy - there is the consumer spending, there is spending by business, and there is spending by the public sector. Mr. Speaker, we know that as a result of the worldwide recession business, spending is declining very significantly; indeed, the Minister of Finance pointed out that our revenues from the business sector are down. That's reflected in the decrease in activity. We saw, as a result of this budget, that our exports are down in this province, a province very dependent on exports. So that is the economic climate in which the budget was presented.

So you look at the decision that was taken in 2005 and you look at the circumstances that currently face us and you ask, is it appropriate to take that surplus - and that is the question we are debating here today, Mr. Speaker - the question is, how do you spend a surplus? That is revenue, it is legitimate revenue and the Legislature previously took the decision as to how it should be spent and the Legislature today is being asked to, in these economic circumstances, look at how it would be spent in this circumstance. There was the question before government: How do you go ahead and spend that surplus?

So, Mr. Speaker, we have taken the decision that it should be applied to programs, that it should be applied in such in such a way that it would allow us to participate in the stimulus package. It meant that we would reassess how we would address the debt repayment program of this province, and the ratio, the debt-to-GDP ratio, is one that has been commonly used and it reflects the state of what is happening within the economy. That ratio is one which declined, as the Minister of Finance pointed out in his Budget Address,

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very significantly. So what is the role? What is the legitimate role of government when consumer spending is very iffy as a result of confidence in the economy, when business investment is declining? Is it the role of the government to sit back on its hands and not participate in the economy in order to keep the growth in the economy going?

As I listened to the other side, Mr. Speaker, I see no indication from them, I see no recognition from them that government has a legitimate role to increase its spending at a time when the economy is in recession. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, we did hear - I listened very, very carefully to the debate on this bill and to the comments that were made with respect to the budget for the alternatives that were going to be presented by the Official Opposition and by the Third Party in this House, and I did detect one hint of an alternate economic program that came from the Third Party when they spoke of reduction in the small business tax. Well, if that is the only economic proposal that comes from the other side of the House with respect to dealing with the current recession, we are in very difficult circumstance if they should ever form the government of this province, because as good a suggestion as the reduction in the small business tax is, the time required for that to take effect to stimulate the economy is just too long for us to be able to address the current recession that we're in. It would take too long and it's not enough.

Mr. Speaker, it is common knowledge from any high school economics student that at a time of recession government should increase its spending. The Minister of Finance today tabled a budget that did just that. It not only did that but it took advantage of the program of the Government of Canada with respect to stimulus spending. It preserved jobs in the public sector of this province. It ensured the continuation of programs and good programs and, indeed, it referenced the increase in those programs such as Telehealth care for the people of this province.

So, Mr. Speaker, this government has acted very responsibly in asking the Legislature to consider what it should do with a surplus that was generated as a result of the Crown share in an economic condition where the revenues of this province are severely challenged, where the country itself is in recession.

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We have heard a great deal from the Opposition about process. They say that this bill shouldn't be here. We had an argument about whether or not the budget could come down first. We resolved that, but last week's arguments were about process. This week's discussion, as I listen to the opposite side, related not to what was in this budget but their concerns about what would be in future budgets.

The Minister of Finance addressed many of the concerns with respect to what would be in future budgets when he indicated that indeed we do have very difficult challenges ahead of us, and to that end we need to take steps to examine how we deliver programs. That's part and parcel of the reason that the Chief Information Officer was created in this

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province, was taken from Economic Development and put with Treasury and Policy Board, so that we can use technologies available to allow government to deliver their services far more efficiently than is now the case, and we are working on that. People are employed in doing that now and as we move forward to future budgets we will employ the results of their work in order to ensure that we're able to continue to deliver programs that will fit the needs of Nova Scotians.

For anyone to suggest that we have not effectively looked at that alternative is missing the point of what the Minister of Finance said so very clearly.

I listened very carefully last week when the honourable member for Halifax Fairview held up the piece of legislation and he said that Nova Scotians would not understand what that piece of legislation said - he read from the one line in the legislation. What he very conveniently omitted is what this government did to ensure that Nova Scotians understood the legislation, and that is, he omitted the preamble to that legislation, which set out clearly the reasons why and the intent of the legislation.

The preamble says:

WHEREAS Nova Scotia enshrined in legislation balanced budgets and has since tabled seven consecutive balanced budgets;

AND WHEREAS this fiscal stability has been a key to realizing improved credit-worthiness from major bond-rating agencies year after year;

AND WHEREAS an eighth balanced budget during the current global economic uncertainty is key to continuing positive economic growth and refraining from additional borrowing to cover the alternative of a deficit;

AND WHEREAS amending legislation is necessary to move forward the 2009-10 budget, and the accompanying Building for Growth stimulus package, in order to create and maintain 20,000 jobs and to keep the economy moving;

AND WHEREAS the alternative to this is cuts to core government services and to the jobs of the people who administer those programs and services;

Is it any wonder, Mr. Speaker, that he chose to omit that part of the legislation? The preamble sets clearly for the people of Nova Scotia why we are debating this legislation today. It sets clearly the need for the Legislature of this province to recognize there must be a change of course with respect to how we spend the surplus.

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Listening very carefully to the opposite side of the House, you wonder how is it that they would have dealt with the circumstances that face this government and the circumstances that face the Minister of Finance. What is it that they would have done? Well, with the exception of the reduction in the small business tax from the Third Party, I have heard nothing. Because they will not address how they would handle the challenges facing this province, because they are not prepared to address that, then it's legitimate for the people of Nova Scotia to start asking the question, what is it that they would do? What is it that they would do, not only to balance this budget but to pay for the $2 billion of promises made by the NDP, the risky NDP? What is it that they would do? We have heard nothing from them. Not a word in terms of how they would address this situation. They hide behind process, they talk about process, but they do not speak to the essence of what the budget is about.

As we debate this measure before us, it's appropriate for Nova Scotians to pose the question, would you, in order to balance the budget - because they both said there had to be a balanced budget - so, would you, in order to balance the budget, decrease programs by $200 million? That's a legitimate question for the people of Nova Scotia to ask. (Interruptions)

You're way ahead of me - what are the consequences of decreasing the expenditures? If you did it entirely on the basis of employment and about 70 per cent of our costs are related to the employment of individuals and in some sectors, the health care sector, it is even more than that. If you were to look in that area, then the $200 million is upwards of 4,000 jobs for Nova Scotians. Is that what they would put on the table? Four thousand jobs? Is that their alternative? They owe it to the people of Nova Scotia to tell them what their alternative is.

Now, or they could cut services. The Minister of Finance used an example last week, that I won't repeat because people didn't like it - it was an example, that's all - but there are many things that could happen. Would they cut back the RIM program from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal? Would they take that $20 million out of maintenance?

We know that one Party over there, has done that. They did it in the past in order to try - they didn't even balance the budget - but they cut the money for maintenance and they cut it significantly. Is that what they would do? Or, would they say Nova Scotia should not participate in the infrastructure program? Is that the question? Is that how they would answer the question? Would they go back to the days of $44 million in the Transportation budget for capital, instead of the $345 million that we are proposing in this budget? (Applause) Is that their solution?

Nova Scotians need to ask them that question. How would they deal with this $200 million challenge, more than $200 million. (Interruptions) If that's the best answer they can provide, Nova Scotians will see to it that they never come over here. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable Deputy Premier has the floor.

MR. MACISAAC: Time moves rapidly when you're having fun, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, there's the one. Now I'll get to the "or". Nova Scotians could ask many other questions than I've posed here today about how they would deal with reduced program spending in order to balance the budget without the spending of the surplus in the manner which we have put forward.

The other side of the coin is that they could come up with $200 million of additional revenues. That is in - we use the word, revenues, here. The people outside this Chamber know what we're talking about, we're talking about tax increases. We've heard nothing from them with respect to tax increases, and they have said nothing about how they're going to deal with a $200 million deficit.

Nova Scotians, legitimately, should ask them - are you going to increase taxes to cover the $200 million shortfall and the $2 billion in promises that you've made? Is that what you're going to do? Nova Scotians have the right to know the answer to that question. They have the right to know that the Opposition is not hiding behind process but are out there talking about what they would do in the current circumstances.

Now, Mr. Speaker, we have in this budget set forward a plan to allow us to provide the stimulus to the economy. They have hidden behind process in order to avoid dealing with the issue of whether they would cut programs, whether they would increase taxes, whether they would do a combination of both and then there is the stimulus package. So if they say that, you know, we should take advantage of the stimulus package with the federal government - which I have not heard them say - but if they were to say that we should take advantage of that, how then would they find the money in order to take advantage of that? What is it that they would do to find that money?

Well, Mr. Speaker, somebody suggested to me the other day they would take the offshore offset, they would apply it to the debt, then they would go out and borrow the money that they needed in order to proceed with the stimulus package. Here's my Visa card and I'm going to use it to pay down my MasterCard. Is that the logic that they're going to employ in order to take advantage of the stimulus package or are they saying by implication that they would not take advantage of the stimulus package being presented here, that they would not proceed with the opportunity to create and maintain 20,000 jobs in this province? Is that what their alternative is? Nova Scotians have a right to know. They have a right to know - is it tax increases, is it program cuts, is it delaying or not participating in the stimulus package?

That, Mr. Speaker, is at a time when this province is facing very serious economic challenges, that at a time when government has a responsibility to step up to the plate and

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to do responsible borrowing in order to stimulate the economy, in order to keep people working, in order to restore confidence in the economy and maintain that confidence in the economy. Until such time as the private sector starts to invest again, then it is legitimate for government to pull back and proceed with normal levels of spending.

Now, it's very interesting, Mr. Speaker - it's not the principle that the Third Party is opposed to with respect to this legislation because they have already indicated that it's the retroactivity they're opposed to. They would, on a go-forward basis, take this money and they would go ahead and use it for programs but they want to trigger an election. So they're going to hide behind the issue of retroactivity so that they can trigger the election. Well, that's what all of this debate is about. It's about the Opposition Parties trying to position themselves to trigger an election in this province so that they feel they don't have to take responsibility for it.

Well, Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians know, and I spoke to many Nova Scotians on the weekend and they know that to precipitate an election at this time is not in the interests of the people of the Province of Nova Scotia. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order, please.

The honourable Deputy Premier has the floor.

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MR. MACISAAC: Well, Mr. Speaker, the challenge is for them to decide what is appropriate, what is in the best interests of the people of the Province of Nova Scotia. Let me tell you that on the weekend, I was on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University where there was tremendous excitement about the fact that the stimulus package is going to provide them with the opportunity to proceed with the $22 million project for the Schwartz Business School. They were excited about that and they want that project to proceed, but we need the stimulus package for that to proceed; it's as simple as that. They know it on the campus of St. F.X., they know what this issue is all about and they understand it very carefully.

Now also, when you drive through Antigonish, you can see right away that the new Highway No. 104 has been cut and you can see that there will be two structures built this year, as the beginning of that project. Those structures will take advantage of federal dollars that are going to go to that project. (Interruption) Well, we never got a cent out of the previous federal Liberal Government to proceed with that project but it didn't take long to get the commitment from the current federal government to proceed with that project. (Applause) Okay, I was misunderstanding the Speaker's signals, Mr. Speaker.

So we in this side of the House have presented to the people of Nova Scotia a budget that was very considered. It was tough, there is no question about that, but it does require the Legislature to look at a decision it took in 2005 and to see whether that decision is appropriate in 2009. It's to look at a situation where, in 2005, we had a very strong, robust

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economy in the Province of Nova Scotia and in 2009 we are in the midst of a worldwide recession. What is the appropriate thing for government to do? That is what this debate is about - it is how you spend a surplus. That is the question before the House.

Now, I listened to members of the Opposition talking about the forecasts. Well, Mr. Speaker, I will take the Department of Finance's forecasts in the Province of Nova Scotia and stack them against any private sector forecaster anywhere, because if you look at the forecasts by the Department of Finance in this province over the last seven to eight years, you will find that they were very, very consistent and very accurate in terms of their forecasts.

Now some difficulties in this year, and understandable difficulties because at the time that we presented the budget last year, it was very difficult to anticipate that we would be in the circumstance we are in this year with respect to the recession. It was so difficult to anticipate that last year during the estimates before this House - the estimates that are so important from the perspective of the economy - the estimates of, at that time, the Department of Economic Development were not even called by the Opposition to be examined and debated. They were not even called - that's how important they thought the economy was a year ago, that they did not call the estimates of the Department of Economic Development.

Now, Mr. Speaker, what does that speak to? Does that speak to the fact that they don't have any ideas with respect to the economy? Does it speak to the fact that they thought we were doing a great job? I don't think they would admit to that, but we thought we were, but it does point to the fact that the economy was not a priority with the Opposition Parties. They did not take the economy seriously a year ago because the most important opportunity for them to examine the policies and the expenditures within the Department of Economic Development was last year during the estimate debates, and what decision did they take? They said, we don't need to examine those expenditures, they're not important enough for us to bother examining.

No wonder we can't get from them any specifics with respect to how they would deal with the current challenge before this economy. This question is a question about how the Legislature should address the issue of a surplus in the time of very, very severe economic challenges. We submit that, given the change between 2005 and 2009, it is appropriate for us to present this measure to the Legislature to provide the additional $200 million plus for program spending in this province - program spending that will preserve jobs, program spending that will preserve programs of government, and spending that will allow us to take advantage of the stimulus package.

To not do that is to put jobs at risk, to put government programs at risk, to vacate the opportunity to take advantage of the federal stimulus package. That's the decision taken by the Opposition. We have taken the decision that it is better to spend money on programs, it is better to keep people employed, it is better to be able to take advantage of the most

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significant stimulus package this province has seen in its history. Mr. Speaker, I intend to vote for this motion.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please, order. The honourable Leader of the Opposition.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It's my pleasure to join the debate on this Bill, which is an amendment to the Provincial Finance Act. I'd like to start by just saying that there are moments when we're in this House and pieces of Legislation that come forward have tremendous gravity in their intent and in their effect, and I don't think that could be any more true than this particular piece of legislation, because the truth of the matter is that the government considers this to be a confidence motion and therefore the actual life of the government hangs in the balance on this decision.

For the government members to - they say this, but I don't really think they believe it. If they thought that it was being - they tell people that that's being treated in a cavalier manner by the members of the Opposition, but I know that they know that's not the case. That is political posturing. In fact, every one of us who sat on this side, and I give the same credit to the members of the Liberal caucus as I do to my own members - we weigh this very heavily. We understand the consequences and we understand that we have to take responsibility, not for just a vote against it, but we would for a vote in favor of it, too. I've said this before with respect to budgetary votes.

I don't think of this as anything that should be treated in any manner except with the utmost seriousness and that's what we have brought to bear in the examination of the piece of legislation and it is the way that we have addressed our mind to it. We have addressed our collective mind in caucus to this piece of legislation and I think it's important that people understand the kinds of things that went into the consideration of this Bill. We've reflected on it carefully.

I would begin by saying, we've not been here in this House for five months, and over that course of time there has been very little in the way of consultation from the government. They never really asked our opinion with respect to the course they were proceeding with; they never provided us with information; they didn't bring in an economic update; and they didn't attempt to try and get the Opposition to understand the position they were advancing. They can say what they like - that just didn't happen.

The intention about bringing this bill in is to try and represent a situation not only past, but one current, that simply doesn't exist. You've heard the last member, you've heard the member for Antigonish speak and he keeps referring to the spending of a surplus. There is no surplus. What happened, and all of the members over here have been around as long as I have and they were certainly around in 2005 - many of them, I shouldn't say all of them - when the Atlantic Accord was actually negotiated, when the Accord was (Interruptions) that's right, and the Minister of Justice signed the deal and he knows the terms of that deal were that this money to be paid down on the debt. The money was received and it was paid on the debt. (Interruptions) You should read the agreement if you're going to sign them. The

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actual terms of it were it was put down on the debt in 2005 - all of it. Not some of it, but all of it.

The members of this caucus - and my recollection is the members of the Liberal caucus - agreed with that. We said, this is a great day for Nova Scotia, this is a day in which the settlement of this agreement is going to mean a significant decrease in the debt burden of the province. We gave credit to Dr. Hamm on that day; in fact, we have given him credit many times since then for his diligent work. He proceeded with this, it was his intention that the money should be paid down on the debt and that all of us, as legislators and the people we represent, would reap the benefit of that. The interest that would not be paid to bankers in New York and Toronto instead would go into program spending.

That's what happened in 2005. Now, for reasons associated with accounting - the members opposite know this - it was an advance payment and therefore had to be amortized over the years to come to meet the criteria set out in accounting principles. The money was paid down on the debt, so today, for example, I asked Department of Finance officials whether or not if this money from the Atlantic Accord was going to be applied to last year, how that would have to happen. Their answer was pretty simple - that they would have to reacquire the money by a debt issue. They would have to go into debt in order to reacquire that money, in order to treat it as if it were revenue in last year - which it clearly is not.

And that is the problem, the fundamental problem with this bill. This is the fundamental problem with this - it misrepresents to the people of the province the actual state of the books last year and tries to hide a deficit that the government has decided to incur in this year, and this bill attempts to ask the members of the Opposition to be complicit in that attempt to hide, what happened last year and what's happening this year, from the people of the province.

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I don't think that's a fair thing for a government to ask the Opposition to participate in because I believe that we should treat the people of the province with respect. We should have the fortitude to present an honest picture of what has happened, not only in the previous budget years but what's happening in this year, and this bill does not do that. This bill attempts to hide the reality of the situation from the people of the province, and that is something up with which we cannot put.

Because they talked a lot about various aspects and effects of this bill, I want to just talk about some of them. They talked about the question of increasing spending during a time of a recession. You know, Mr. Speaker, we have, I think, the second highest per capita debt in the country - right behind Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador, as you know, has resources and resource income that puts them in a better position than we are to deal with that kind of massive debt. Last year, we paid out some $900 million interest on that debt. That's $900 million that can't go to programs spending - it can't go to health, it can't go to education, it can't go to roads, or to tax relief if that's what they choose.

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The plan of the government, Mr. Speaker, is to add $1.5 billion more to that debt - to push the interest costs on the debt to over $1 billion a year, to push the debt servicing costs to over $1 billion a year and to shackle future governments with that debt, something that I just can't believe that the government led by Dr. Hamm would agree with. I just can't believe that. In fact he fought throughout the time that he was here - and we all sat across the aisle from him - to see to it that that didn't happen. It's ironic that this government will wipe out the progress made by the Hamm Government, and it is ironic that the defenders of that program turn out to be on the Opposition benches.

Mr. Speaker, the member for Antigonish raised the question of taxes. You know the people who have raised taxes in this province consistently sat on the government side of the benches. Just a short time ago they issued what amounted to a catalogue of increases in user fees that touched virtually every user fee in the province. They call them user fees, but they're taxes, that's what they are, and many of them, in fact, have been necessarily put in as taxation measures because although they continue to be called user fees, by law they're actually taxes.

Then, Mr. Speaker, it is that government over there that decided to reimpose an additional 8 per cent tax on the basic electricity costs that affected every single homeowner in the province. So these are the people over here who have been increasing taxes, and it is these people on this side who have been voting against tax increases. And, you know, the suggestion that somehow we want to raise taxes is a fantasy that belongs only to them - only to them - because they want to believe that they're not dealing with the Opposition that sits across the aisle from them, they want to believe that they're dealing with some made-up Opposition that they can try to sell to people but sooner or later they're going to have to actually deal with the people who are sitting across the aisle from them.

So that's the result of the taxation and, as I pointed out, this will add $1.4 billion to the debt of the province.

So here's the next piece of this, Mr. Speaker, because I kept hearing the member for Antigonish talk about what the question will be, you know, why is it that the Opposition won't vote for this bill, they want to precipitate an election. Well, why is it that this government brought this bill forward when they have heard from the Opposition Parties, they know that they're not prepared to vote in favour of it? It is because, in fact, it is the government that wishes to precipitate an election and they simply want to use this as a device in which to try and transfer the blame over to the Opposition Parties.

You know something? I'll tell you what the question is going to be. The question is going to be on people's minds whenever that election happens - and if it happens as a result of the vote this evening or tomorrow - the question will be, does the MacDonald Government deserve to be re-elected? That will be the question on people's minds. They will reflect on all of these things: they will reflect on the immigration scandal that has rocked this House, they will reflect on the ATV decision, they will reflect on the increases of 8 per cent on the basic electricity rate on every household just at the same time that Nova Scotia Power

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was calling for a 9 per cent increase. It meant that as of the first of January, consumers in this province are paying almost 18 per cent more than they paid last year on their basic electricity rates.

It was a terrible decision, for some of the reasons that the minister over there understands, which is that that's essentially taking money out of the hands of people who would otherwise spend it and put it in the economy and it's putting it instead into the government's hands. Now that's what a lot of economists say, a lot of economists will tell him that one of the most effective ways to fight a recession is to make sure that people have money to spend. That's why we, on this side, have been trying to convince the government to take a rather reasonable and rational approach, which is to simply lobby their friends in Ottawa - who are so proud to be so close to the change to EI rules - so that that fund can actually put money in the hands of people who need it; and secondly, can be used for job training, for re-skilling of the labour force that we're going to need in order to move forward in the economy.

Now, Mr. Speaker, the member for Antigonish says, I haven't heard anything from the NDP about the economy. Yet I've tabled a bill with respect to a manufacturers' and processors' tax credit to try and incent business, to make the investments now that will increase productivity, increase the number of jobs in the province by more than 2,000. You know something? That estimate doesn't come from these benches - that estimate actually came from the government. They were the ones who carried out the cost-benefit analysis, looked at the program, and said this would be good for the economy of the province.

It is us, on this side, who have set out the necessity of this province to become a learning province, to make sure that we have the capacity in our community college to provide the apprentices, the internships, the mentorship programs that will give young people, at an early opportunity, a hands-on experience that will make them an effective part of the labour force. That's been the people on this side of the House who have been talking about how we go about actually leveraging the capacity of the government to take advantage of the stimulus package that the federal government has proposed.

Mr. Speaker, last year we had something in the order of $0.5 billion that was set forward for capital spending, and how do we go about using that money in order to leverage as much as we can out of the government?

Now the question for the Premier is a pretty straightforward one. He has used this opportunity to try and castigate the Opposition. It has been us who have been promoting the early and necessary production of a stimulus package. It was the government that became among the last governments in the country to bring forward anything, and what have they brought forward? They have brought forward a campaign list of announcements around the province, one after another, not tying them to timetables. In fact, what we know is that they have long lists of promises they made before and didn't keep. The Truro interchange is a good example of a promise that was made in 2003. They didn't keep it then and now they say, well, we know we broke that promise last time but, honest, this time we mean it.

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That's the case - the school building was a 2003 list that they didn't keep their promise on and now they've stuck them into this year's campaign announcements and they expect people to simply believe that that is the basis on which they're going to go forward in our economy.

We have seen extraordinarily poor planning from this government, we have seen a lack of business rigor, we have seen careless spending - $300 million dollars squandered in the last few days of a frenzy. Even the Auditor General said that in those years they spent in the last . . . (Interruption)Yes, and the minister refers to university funding and he knows that I'm not referring to that. It was in the 2006-07 budgets, they just couldn't spend it fast enough. Even though the debt management plan that Mr. Hamm put out said that all that money should go on the debt, they decided instead that they would waste it.

They spent money without ever bringing it to the House of Assembly for anyone to have an opportunity to sign off on it. They spent money, as the Auditor General pointed out, without any oversight by the House of Assembly, who has the legitimate right to do that.

Mr. Speaker, I've spoken long enough; we're not going to be supporting this piece of legislation for all of the reasons that I have set out, and I just think it's a shame that this government has decided that instead of being honest with the people of Nova Scotia, they are going to try to engage in this kind of deceptive behavior.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. DEXTER: They're going to engage in behaviour which I believe does not honestly represent the end result of the Bill, which in my view simply - with that, I'll take my place.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the minister it will be to close debate.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I move to close debate on this bill and ask that a vote be called.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion before the House is for second reading of Bill No. 240.

A recorded vote has been called for.

Are the Whips ready?

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[The Clerk calls the roll.]

[6:00 p.m.]

YEAS NAYS

Mr. Hurlburt Mr. Parker

Mr. Barnet Ms. Massey

Ms. Bolivar-Getson Mr. Steele

Mr. Clarke Ms. More

Mr. R. MacDonald Ms. M. MacDonald

Mr. MacIsaac Mr. Dexter

Mr. Muir Mr. Corbett

Mr. Morse Mr. M. MacDonald

Mr. d'Entremont Mr. McNeil

Mr. Scott Ms. Whalen

Mr. Taylor Mr. Samson

Mr. Dunn Mr. Colwell

Mr. Chisholm Mr. H.D. Wilson

Mr. Dooks Mr. Gaudet

Mr. Goucher Mr. D.A. Wilson

Ms. Casey Ms. Conrad

Ms. Streatch Mr. Paris

Mr. Parent Ms. Raymond

Mr. Porter Mr. Zinck

Mr. Bain Mr. Preyra

Mr. Epstein

Mr. Gosse

Ms. Kent

Mr. MacKinnon

Mr. Belliveau

Mr. Estabrooks

Mr. Theriault

Mr. Glavine

THE CLERK: Mr. Speaker, the vote is lost. [For, 20. Against, 28]

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is defeated.

The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the government, the government recognizes that as a motion of confidence in the government, and as such the Premier [Hon. Rodney MacDonald] will attend at the earliest opportunity to see Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor. With that, I move that the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: The House is adjourned.

[The House rose at 6:03 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 7309

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Janice Holden, a Lockeport Elementary School music teacher, has been recognized with an Education Week Bringing Arts to Life award for the passion and commitment she brings to her music program; and

Whereas Janice has been an educator for the Lockeport Elementary School for the past six years, instilling a love of music for 115 students; and

Whereas Janice was instrumental in obtaining a $4,900 Professional Development Assistance Fund grant from the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union to purchase guitars, percussion instruments, ukuleles, and sound equipment;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Janice Holden, a Lockeport Elementary School music teacher, for being recognized with an Education Week Bringing Arts to Life award for the passion and commitment she brings to her music program.

RESOLUTION NO. 7310

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Friends of Big Bras d'Or Fire Hall Association of Victoria County are working with seniors in the Boularderie area of Victoria County to ensure there are active programs for seniors to participate in; and

Whereas the Minister of Seniors and honourable member for Bedford-Birch Cove assisted the Big Bras d'Or Fire Hall Association with some recent funding to support seniors with activities within their own communities; and

Whereas the Boularderie seniors are enjoying activities such as dancing and rug hooking, all part of a health and fitness project;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly applaud the Friends of the Big Bras d'Or Fire Hall Association of Victoria County with their community-minded spirit and wish them and all Boularderie senior every future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 7311

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas in a municipal bi-election held earlier this winter in District 4 of the Municipality of Victoria, Merrill MacInnis polled 286 of 453 votes cast to win the District 4 seat in a three-way contest; and

Whereas it marked the first election in District 4 since 1986 as John Graham MacInnes held the seat uncontested until his untimely death last November; and

Whereas Mr. MacInnis is already hard at work in his role as municipal councillor, working on the county's strategic plan while also working on projects with Victoria County's younger generation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly compliment Merrill MacInnis in wanting to play a role in municipal politics while working toward the betterment of services for residents in the Municipality of Victoria County.

RESOLUTION NO. 7312

By: Mr. Keith Bain (Victoria-The Lakes)

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

Whereas the Victoria County Community Investments Inc. recently raised $800,000 through 62 investors through the Nova Scotia Government's Community Economic Development Investment Fund; and

Whereas with approval through the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, Victoria Farmers Co-op Board of Directors Chair Lonnie Dowe, and store manager Linda MacIver, the Baddeck store now has the funding required to begin major improvements at the store, improvements that could include a bakery, larger produce section, increased frozen food space, and more storage space for the expansion; and

Whereas the funding is expected to increase the size of the store by 3,600 square feet;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Victoria County Community Investments Inc. for their diligent work in working toward improvements at the Victoria Farmers Co-op in Baddeck.

RESOLUTION NO. 7313

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas in Nova Scotia we are very aware of the danger and tragedy that can result because of the theft of an automobile; and

Whereas proposed new federal legislation will give law enforcement authorities and the courts better tools to fight the serious crime of auto theft; and

Whereas this federal legislation will, among other things, create a separate offence of "theft of a motor vehicle" which would carry a mandatory prison sentence of six months for conviction of a third or subsequent indictable offence; establish a new offence for altering, destroying or removing a vehicle identification number; make it an offence to traffic in property obtained by crime; and make the possession of such property for the purposes of trafficking an offence;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly support this new federal legislation that will strengthen laws around auto theft.

RESOLUTION NO. 7314

By: Hon. Patrick Dunn (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas it is always the best practice to be prepared for any natural or human disaster; and

Whereas training in how to deal with disasters is a key step in this preparation; and

Whereas health care staff in Cape Breton, between February 23 to 26, 2009, participated in a unique training program called the National Emergency Stockpile System, or NESS, that involves setting up a hospital that comes in 696 boxes, and staff in Sydney recently took the same course;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly recognize the participants for taking part in this training course that has been called upon to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, and many times in Canada for forest fires, floods, ice storms, and blizzards.

RESOLUTION NO. 7315

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 the Aurora Newspaper is a weekly publication dedicated to news at 14 Wing Greenwood, and including happenings with links to the Greenwood/Kingston communities; and

Whereas the team of Stephen Boates, managing editor, along with Anne Kempton, Brian Graves, and Keith Pinkerton produce a reliable, accurate and outstanding paper that has a large local readership and also attracts readers across the country; and

Whereas the Aurora Newspaper has been judged the best Canadian Forces newspaper in Canada in the Better Newspapers Competition;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate and acknowledge the work of 14 Wing Aurora Newspaper in achieving this standard of excellence.

RESOLUTION NO. 7316

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas the Costal Financial Credit Union requested all elementary students in schools covered by their six branches to design a Christmas card to be sent to their customers; and

Whereas 9-year-old Samuel Luke Pitman, a Grade 4 student at Arcadia Elementary School, designed the card chosen for use in December 2008, a copy of which I have here; and

Whereas in addition to the gifts he received, Samuel's winning design also resulted in his school receiving $1,000 from the Costal Financial Credit Union, to be used as the school determines it should be used;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Samuel Luke Pitman for his creative genius and congratulate him on this marvellous achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7317

By: Mr. Leonard Preyra (Halifax Citadel-Sable Island)

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

Whereas this year marks the 25th Anniversary of the founding of The Friends of the Public Gardens; and

Whereas the Halifax Public Gardens has been one of the most important landmarks in the City of Halifax since 1867; and

Whereas The Friends of the Public Gardens have been dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and protection of the Public Gardens;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commend The Friends of the Public Gardens on the celebration of their 25th Anniversary and the publication of their commemorative book, The Halifax Public Gardens.

RESOLUTION NO. 7318

By: Hon. David Morse (Environment)

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

Whereas Tim Hortons Limited is working to encourage Nova Scotians to visit the Web site www.bestthingyoullneverdo.ca to take the pledge to never litter; and

Whereas government is pleased that some private sector groups have stepped up to the plate to help us spread the message about the litter problem in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas they are doing their part to help make Nova Scotia litter free;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Tim Hortons for their help with our Best Thing You'll Never Do campaign.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7319

By: Hon. David Morse (Environment)

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

Whereas Wilsons Gas Limited is working to encourage Nova Scotians to visit the Web site www.bestthingyoullneverdo.ca to take the pledge to never litter; and

Whereas government is pleased that some private sector groups have stepped up to the plate to help us spread the message about the litter problem in Nova Scotia;

Whereas they are doing their part to help make Nova Scotia litter free;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Wilsons Gas Limited for their help with our Best Thing You'll Never Do campaign.

RESOLUTION NO. 7320

By: Hon. David Morse (Environment)

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

Whereas Mr. Leo Boozan, staff janitor at Brookland Elementary School in Sydney, works hard every day to keep the school clean and tidy; and

Whereas he strives to ensure the health and safety of the students and staff at the school; and

Whereas Mr. Boozan is a valued staff member of the school who takes pride in his job and in his school;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Mr. Boozan at Brookland Elementary and, indeed, all janitors for helping to create a safe and clean environment for the students and staff at Brookland Elementary School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7321

By: Hon. David Morse (Environment)

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

Whereas ACAP Cape Breton is helping Nova Scotia Environment create awareness about the litter problem in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas ACAP Cape Breton is encouraging local Cape Breton residents to visit the Web site www.bestthingyoullneverdo.ca to pledge to never litter; and

Whereas they are doing their part to help make Nova Scotia litter free;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating ACAP Cape Breton for their help with our Best Thing You'll Never Do campaign.

RESOLUTION NO. 7322

By: Hon. David Morse (Environment)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association is working to encourage Nova Scotians to visit the Web site www.bestthingyoullneverdo.ca to take the pledge to never litter; and

Whereas government is pleased that some private sector groups have stepped up to the plate to help us spread the message about the litter problem in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas they are doing their part to help make Nova Scotia litter free;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association for their help with our Best Thing You'll Never Do campaign.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7323

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (African Nova Scotian Affairs)

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

Whereas in February, during African Heritage Month, Donald Fairfax was recognized for being the first African Nova Scotian Page to work at the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1959; and

Whereas not only did the Amherst native break down barriers in our House of Assembly but also worked as a CN Railroad porter when the House was not sitting; and

Whereas Mr. Fairfax has fond memories of his time at the House and he enjoyed listening to the speeches and was proud he was able to assist in the governance of the province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing Donald Fairfax as one of the citizens who contributed to the history of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and the province.

RESOLUTION NO. 7324

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (African Nova Scotian Affairs)

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

Whereas Keith Miller is the longest serving African Nova Scotian RCMP auxiliary member in the province; and

Whereas this Spring, Mr. Miller will celebrate 25 years as an auxiliary member at the Yarmouth detachment; and

Whereas he has dedicated close to three decades of his life to serving and protecting his fellow Nova Scotians, without benefit of remuneration;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing Keith Miller for his dedication and in setting an example of service and volunteerism all can aspire to.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7325

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (African Nova Scotian Affairs)

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

Whereas Sarah Hayward received the Tom Miller Humanitarian Award at the celebration gala held in Membertou, Cape Breton, during Africian Heritage Month. (Tom Miller was the first African Nova Scotian alderman in Eastern Canada); and

Whereas born in Guysborough County, Ms. Hayward spent her early years at the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children in Truro where she began being a leader and mentor for other youth; and

Whereas Ms. Hayward moved to Whitney Pier, Cape Breton, as an adult and worked tirelessly at the city hospital for 39 years and raising five children on one salary she still managed to volunteer her time on several committees and boards advocating and promoting fairness and equality for all;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Sarah Hayward on winning this award and for her dedication to her community, province and heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 7326

By: Hon. Barry Barnet (African Nova Scotian Affairs)

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

Whereas Clara Gough continues to practice the traditional art of basket weaving - a craft form that has existed in her family for over six generations; and

Whereas Mrs. Gough remains dedicated to the preservation of customary aspects of African Nova Scotian culture and sharing her art with youth; and

Whereas on May 29th she will immerse African Nova Scotian youth in her artistry to broaden their understanding of their own culture and heritage at the Cultural Expressions Symposium being held in Dartmouth;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend Clara Gough on her commitment to sustaining traditional African Nova Scotian culture through the art of basket weaving and her efforts to enrich youth with the essential elements of their time honoured culture.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7327

By: Hon. Mark Parent (Agriculture)

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

Whereas Karen Wong-Petrie is an employee of the Department of Agriculture in Kentville and is one of few Canadians who have earned a Masters of Science in Food Safety; and

Whereas Mrs. Wong-Petrie completed the thesis Food Processing in NS: Development of a New Training Approach within the Current Regulatory Structure; and

Whereas her research will help our province improve training for food safety specialists and primary product inspectors as well as develop an improved draft inspection protocol specific to the food safety concerns at food processing facilities;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Karen Wong-Petrie for providing inspection staff and industry her thesis which will enhance food safety and protect the health of Nova Scotians.

RESOLUTION NO. 7328

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

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

Whereas the Department of Natural Resources acknowledges the accomplishments and long-standing commitment of the Nova Scotia Bird Society to conservation and education in relation to birds and other wildlife in the province; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Bird Society played a large role in the recent designation of bird islands in Victoria County as a wildlife management area; and

Whereas this designation now allows us to protect one of the province's most important seabird breeding colonies, home to one of North America's largest colonies of Great Cormorants, as well as Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black-legged Kittiwakes and other seabirds;

Therefore be it resolved that the Province of Nova Scotia congratulate the Nova Scotia Bird Society for its many years of dedicated work on the protection and appreciation of birds in the province - they are truly pioneers and leaders in wildlife conservation in Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7329

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

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

Whereas more Nova Scotia women need to participate as elected leaders; and

Whereas Equal Voice Nova Scotia supports the goal of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women to increase the numbers and diversity of women in public and political life; and

Whereas the equal voice experiences project is consulting youth across Canada to get feedback on democratic engagement and on its new mentorship program;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize initiatives such as the equal voice experiences project and the Advisory Council Campaign School fo Women - projects that help increase the participation of women in public decision-making roles.

RESOLUTION NO. 7330

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas working with our health system partners to reduce wait times in all areas is a significant focus for Nova Scotia's Department of Health; and

Whereas in April Premier MacDonald turned the sod to expand the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, which will reduce wait times for cancer treatment, and unveiled a new CT simulator to help reduce wait times for cancer diagnosis; and

Whereas the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation has committed to raising $2 million for the expansion;

Therefore be it resolved that this House join me in thanking the Cape Breton District Health Authority in working with the department to provide Cape Bretoners with safe, appropriate care close to home.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7331

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

Whereas the members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and

Whereas May 17th to 23rd is Emergency Medical Services Week;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize the dedication and commitment of Nova Scotia's emergency physicians, emergency nurses, paramedics, communications officers, medical first responders, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others, and thank them for the important job they do each day.

RESOLUTION NO. 7332

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas providing the right information at the right time helps medical professionals to make informed decisions that can affect treatment; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Department of Health is collaborating with Canadian MedicAlert Foundation and Canada Health Infoway to provide better medical information to paramedics; and

Whereas the project, announced April 23rd, is a first for Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in congratulating the staff of the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation, the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and Canada Health Infoway on an important initiative for Nova Scotia and a first step for Canada.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7333

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas today has been designated as International Day of the Midwife by the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health; and

Whereas midwives have been providing care to birthing women in every corner of the globe for a least a century; and

Whereas this is an opportunity to pay tribute for the dedicated and compassionate work of midwives to the many Nova Scotians who are recipients of their care;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize and acknowledge the role of midwives in providing quality health care to Nova Scotians.

RESOLUTION NO. 7334

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas May 12th is Canada Health Day, a day to celebrate health care in Canada, and the birthday of Florence Nightingale; and

Whereas for more than 100 years, public health in Canada has helped individuals to take care of themselves, their families, and communities; and

Whereas the major advances in life expectancy, overall health and quality of life that occurred in the 20th Century were the result of public health initiatives like the production of vaccines and the efforts to achieve clean water, pasteurization, and better living conditions;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join with me in honouring the contributions of the many branches and workers of the public health care system.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7335

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas 100 years ago this Spring, Nova Scotia became the first province to introduce nursing legislation; and

Whereas the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia was founded at that time and has since done an outstanding job of setting and upholding high standards for nursing practice and education in this province; and

Whereas nurses from across the province are gathering today for the college's centennial celebration during this, National Nursing Week;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, and the approximately 9,300 registered nurses it today represents, for their remarkable dedication and commitment to delivering the highest standard of nursing care to the people of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 7336

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas multiple sclerosis is a chronic, potentially disabling, and incurable disease affecting an estimated 50,000 Canadians; and

Whereas the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is a voluntary organization which has provided more than $68 million for multiple sclerosis research over the past 50 years; and

Whereas on May 24th, Nova Scotians in Antigonish, Halifax, New Glasgow, Sydney, and Truro, will raise funds for research for a cure and to provide vital services for those living with the disease;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in congratulating the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which does excellent work on behalf of those living with this disease, and in supporting someone who is walking on May 24th.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7337

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 an idea of Jowi Taylor and through the exquisite artistry of Nova Scotia's own George Rizsanyi, pieces of Canadiana - including a bit of the deck of the Bluenose II and a piece of the Stanley Cup ring - were crafted into a very special guitar; and

Whereas while this guitar appropriately made its debut on Canada Day three years ago, it has now become part of a unique 50-cent piece; and

Whereas the Canadian Mint coin resembles a guitar pick - sentimentally recording the phenomenal work that went into realizing Canada's Six String Nation guitar;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize the artistry of luthier George Rizsanyi and his part in this unique and very beautiful way of unifying our country through many precious pieces of our Canadian history - now immortalized through this triangular coin.

RESOLUTION NO. 7338

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 the 101st birthday of John Afton McLellan was notable for many reasons, the highlight of which was being able to continue to entertain family and friends with his fiddle music; and

Whereas his musical abilities are but one example of his continued good health and independence; and

Whereas they say music is good for the soul and this talented Nova Scotian musician is proof of the truth in this old adage;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Mr. McLellan on continuing to live a good, healthy life, fuelled by a love of music, family, and community, and send him our best wishes for a happy 101st year.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7339

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas Kathy Harpell's Salmon River home was declared unsafe after flood water washed away the ground beneath her garage; and

Whereas a volunteer group of her Salmon River neighbours, both business and individual, led by former Commonwealth Games weightlifting silver medalist, Wayne Smith, of Wayne Smith Welding Co. Ltd., tore down the garage and did needed landscaping - thus making the Harpell home safe again; and

Whereas ARM Tec, Cook's Lawn Maintenance, Crowe's Trucking, and Milton Hoyt Trucking & Excavating Ltd., all donated time, talent, labour, and materials to the project;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly thank Wayne Smith and his group of exceptional volunteers who made Kathy Harpell's home liveable again because "it's the right thing to do" for showing, once again, that helping a neighbour is part of the fabric of Salmon River.

RESOLUTION NO. 7340

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas the theme of National Volunteer Week 2009, celebrated April 19-25, 2009 in Nova Scotia, was recognizing people in their communities who take action and solve problems; and

Whereas Victor Amirault from the Municipality of Yarmouth is such a volunteer as he and his band, Vic and the Boys, are known throughout the community, playing at a wide array of funerals and church services and seniors' homes; and

Whereas Vic especially enjoys entertaining at Christmas and his ability to communicate with his audience brings fun and relaxation;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Nova Scotia Legislature applaud the volunteer work ethic of Victor Amirault for his recognition by the Municipality of Yarmouth as their 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7341

By: Hon. Patrick Dunn (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas April 2nd marked World Autism Awareness Day, and New Glasgow resident Devin Brown participated in a walk across town to draw attention to the disorder and provide support for individuals and family members living with autism; and

Whereas Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex biomedical condition that can affect the normal functions of the body and impacts normal brain development, leaving most individuals with communication problems, difficulty with typical social interactions, and a tendency to repeat specific patters of behaviour; and

Whereas individuals like Devin promote the many talents and abilities of those diagnosed with autism. Devin is an advocate for the successful lives individuals with autism can lead through public education campaigns and early intervention programs;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their gratitude and appreciation to Devin Brown for his selfless efforts and leadership in support of autism awareness and making our community a better place to live.

RESOLUTION NO. 7342

By: Hon. Patrick Dunn (Health Promotion and Protection)

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

Whereas Pat Lee, chief executive officer of the Pictou County Health Authority, was the first health care leader profiled by Dalhousie University's School of Health Administration in its new health leaders series; and

Whereas Pat Lee has a distinguished health care career, serving as CEO of Queens Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown and various leadership positions at the IWK Health Centre, and has earned numerous professional awards from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie School of Health Administration, and Ontario Ministry Health Innovators; and

Whereas Pat Lee continues to serve in various capacities relating to applied health care training, research, and management;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations and appreciation to Pat Lee for his dedication, commitment, and leadership to provide quality health care to residents of Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 7343

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 the alleged distant cousin of legendary great Bobby Orr, Norman D. Porr, made a special guest appearance at a fund raiser at the Shore Club in Hubbards on Friday, May 1, 2009; and

Whereas N. D. Porr brought his hockey and entertainment talents to the East coast, never to return to central Canada; and

Whereas Mr. Porr stole the show at this roast for a certain long-time Boston Bruins fan MLA;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate and thank Norman D. Porr and his associate, Steve Gilbert, for some great laughs on a great night.

RESOLUTION NO. 7344

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 the Timberlea Beverage Room has earned a well-deserved reputation for supporting our community; and

Whereas David Gale, Ken Tufts and the staff of the Timberlea Beverage Room continue to host community benefits and fundraisers; and

Whereas the community spirit of the Timberlea Beverage Room is much appreciated;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate and thank the Timberlea Beverage Room for their continued good work and community support.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7345

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Morgan Harlow of Sable River, a Grade 12 student of Lockeport Regional High School, has been selected as the 2009 Provincial Youth Volunteer Awards recipient in Halifax on April 14th for his community involvement that is described as extraordinary; and

Whereas Morgan was nominated by the Lockeport Regional High School after submitting an essay on what volunteerism means to him; and

Whereas Morgan began volunteering in the school canteen, manning the clocks during basketball games and lining the fields for soccer matches and he is active in school committees and activities including the year book committee, the environment club, student parliament where he serves as the Prime Minister, the Teens Lending Care Program, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and serves as a member on the Municipality of Shelburne's Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Initiative;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Morgan Harlow of Sable River, a Grade 12 student of Lockeport Regional High School, for being selected as the 2009 Provincial Youth Volunteer for his extraordinary community involvement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7346

By: Ms. Marilyn More (Dartmouth South-Portland Valley)

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

Whereas volunteers are the backbone of community organizations providing essential services and programs; and

Whereas Rick Chenhall was chosen to represent Halifax Regional Municipality at the 35th Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Halifax April 14, 2009; and

Whereas Rick Chenhall's service includes several levels of the Kiwanis Club as well as Christ Church, Dartmouth Historical Association, the Atlantic School of Theology and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate 2009 Nova Scotia Representative Volunteer Rick Chenhall for his 40 years as an active volunteer and thank him for his outstanding service to his community, province and country.

RESOLUTION NO. 7347

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 Aisha Kirumira was chosen Princess Windsor 2009 at the town's annual Princess Tea in early April; and

Whereas Aisha is the daughter of proud parents Abbey and Lynne Kirumira of Windsor and is presently enrolled in her first year of studies at the Nova Scotia Community College working towards a Medical Laboratory Technologist diploma; and

Whereas Aisha, who is an active rugby player, upon completion of her diploma plans to then work toward a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and eventually wants to purchase a mobile laboratory and establish it in areas where adequate health care is inaccessible;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Nova Scotia Legislature congratulate Aisha Kirumira on being named Princess Windsor 2009 and wish her every success with her future academic studies and plans.

RESOLUTION NO. 7348

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 Windsor United Church presented a fundraiser entitled, Children's Letters to God, at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre on the Kings-Edgehill Campus in Windsor April 3-4; and

Whereas the musical cast and performance was based on the lives of five young friends discussing a wide array of issues such as sibling rivalry, divorce and holidays while crossing the boundaries of age, geography and religion; and

Whereas the cast consisted of five young vibrant Windsor-West Hants theatrical performers in Kerri Beazley, who played the role of Iris Burns, William Early was known as Kicker Brown, Candace Kimball made her acting debut as Brett Williams, Erica Porter who starred as Theo and Emily Rafuse who performed as Joanna Brown;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Nova Scotia Legislature applaud the superlative acting and musical skills of these five rising theatrical stars while thanking each and every individual involved in the production, direction and technical support as well as the many volunteers who made this performance such an overwhelming success.

RESOLUTION NO. 7349

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Northumberland Regional High School student, Alyssa Ali, is an activist for climate change; and

Whereas Ms. Ali regularly encourages young people to take personal responsibility for the environment; and

Whereas she was one of only two Canadians selected to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to represent Canada at the International Climate Champions Conference in February 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate Alyssa Ali for being an environmental advocate and for recognizing that it is through encouraging her peers to be aware of climate change that they can work toward s future safe from global warming.

RESOLUTION NO. 7350

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas on April 21, 2009, the Amherst Regional High School senior concert band travelled to New York City to perform in an international music festival; and

Whereas this is the first time in four years that students from the high school have travelled to the international festival which features concert bands from across North America; and

Whereas many of the students have been practising and preparing for this concert experience for over five years;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Amherst Regional High School's senior concert band for being part of renowned international concert and for showcasing our province's talent in New York City.

RESOLUTION NO. 7351

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas a number of students from Central Kings have created a new group called Beyond Borders; and

Whereas Beyond Borders' goal is to raise funds and send the proceeds to areas in need all over the world; and

Whereas the group has raised over $700 for Haitian disaster relief and are working toward equipping a classroom in Mali with 35 mosquito nets - one for each child;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the members of Beyond Borders for taking action to better the lives of youth all over the world.

RESOLUTION NO. 7352

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Chance MacDonald acted quickly and without thinking to save a life; and

Whereas Mr. MacDonald bravely administered the Heimlich manoeuver to his best friend, Damian MacCallum, in the cafeteria of Dr. Thomas McCulloch Middle School; and

Whereas after saving the life of his classmate, Mr. MacDonald happily resumed his ordinary school activities without acknowledging his tremendous act of bravery;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely commend Chance MacDonald on his heroic behaviour for saving the life of Damian MacCallum and for being a role model for all Nova Scotians.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7353

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Saint Mary's University student, Leah Skerry, is a leader and entrepreneur; and

Whereas Ms. Skerry benefited from the Students in Business Start-up Loan Program to develop, market and run EQ Media; and

Whereas through the support and mentorship of Students in Business, she now runs a successful enterprise;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Leah Skerry for being a successful and forward-thinking entrepreneur whose leadership sets a shining example for all Nova Scotian university students.

RESOLUTION NO. 7354

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas on February 20th more than 150 students from Dalhousie and King's Universities travelled to Biloxi, Mississippi; and

Whereas this incredible group of students chose to travel to the southern United States and build homes on behalf of Habitat for Humanity; and

Whereas the students worked on replacing the hundreds of homes Biloxi residents lost during the 2005 devastating Hurricane Katrina;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer sincere congratulations to the Dalhousie and King's university students who participated in the rebuilding of Biloxi, Mississippi, and whose generous efforts undoubtedly had a profound impact on the lives of Biloxi's residents.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7355

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas a discovery made by a team of Dalhousie University researchers may radically improve the quality of life for thousands of people; and

Whereas the research team of Victor Rafuse, Dr. Rob Brownstone, Damien Yohn, and Gareth Miles have demonstrated that transplanted stem cells can restore the function of muscles in living animals that have suffered debilitating nerve damage; and

Whereas the team's discovery offers some hope to people from around the world suffering from muscle wasting diseases like ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig's disease;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Victor Rafuse and his team at Dalhousie University for making great strides in the study of paralysis and for providing hope for the thousands of Nova Scotians afflicted by paralysis.

RESOLUTION NO. 7356

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Derick Smith has taught Physical and Active Living at Annapolis West Education Centre for the past three years; and

Whereas through fundraising and private donations, Mr. Smith transformed a seldom-used storage area in the school into a rock climbing wall; and

Whereas the rock climbing room is open to the general public one night a week and Mr. Smith has started a competitive rock climbing team;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Derick Smith on taking steps to encourage all members of the Annapolis West school community to become more physically active.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7357

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Erik Fraser of Halifax, and a graduate of Citadel High School, is a dedicated leader in social activism, academics, and environmental change; and

Whereas Mr. Fraser overcame personal challenges to become a passionate environmental activist and is now a Mount Allison University Eco-Action representative; and

Whereas he encourages his fellow students to conserve energy by unplugging appliances, taking shorter showers, and by implementing a drying lounge for students to hang -dry their laundry;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate Erik Fraser for being a dedicated environmental activist whose passion for a greener Earth has motivated his peers to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

RESOLUTION NO. 7358

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Logan MacGillivray was appalled by the poverty and inequalities facing children in Sierra Leone; and

Whereas the 11 year old was motivated to act on behalf of the children of Africa and collected over $57,000 in athletic and school supplies to improve their quality of life; and

Whereas Logan was recognized internationally as a Hero Among Us by the Boston Celtics for his efforts to make life more enjoyable for over 2,000 children;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Logan MacGillivray for setting a positive example and being a role model for all Nova Scotians.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7359

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Jan Davis of Middleton, Nova Scotia has been a physical education teacher for over 40 years; and

Whereas in the Spring of 2008 she received the Dorothy Walker Award for teaching with heart, caring, and ingenuity; and

Whereas as an educator and a coach, Mrs. Davis encouraged four decades of students in the Annapolis Valley to live more physically active and healthy lifestyles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate Jan Davis for her lifelong commitment to physical fitness and for inspiring this quality in the many students she taught at Middleton Regional High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7360

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Janet Walsh, a long-term advocate on behalf of Nova Scotia's education system, has been appointed to the Canadian Education Association; and

Whereas additionally Ms. Walsh was recently elected president of the Canadian Home and School Federation and is president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations; and

Whereas Ms. Walsh's years serving as a volunteer in education are invaluable assets for the three associations that she serves;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Janet Walsh for her continued hard work and steadfast dedication to ensuring all students receive the best education experience possible.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7361

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas members of the St. Francis Xavier varsity athletic teams dedicate a portion of their free time to mentoring younger students; and

Whereas these Xaverian athletes are members of the X-Out Bullying Program; and

Whereas the X-Out Bullying team travels to local elementary schools to deliver an anti-bullying message in the form of speeches and skits;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend the St. Francis Xavier X-Out Bullying team for teaching youth how to prevent and stop bullying, and encouraging them to stop criticizing and begin supporting one another.

RESOLUTION NO. 7362

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation held a national contest to discover Canada's next prime minister; and

Whereas Robert Marsh of Dartmouth competed against thousands of other contestants to secure a position as a finalist; and

Whereas he successfully debated former prime ministers to finish in second place;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Robert Marsh for his outstanding achievement and continued commitment to Canadian politics.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7363

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's university and college campuses continue to make strides in reducing their carbon footprints; and

Whereas the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) has a program recognizing environmentally friendly construction in Canada; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus is the only building in Nova Scotia to receive level four certification in BOMA's environmental standard test;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to the Nova Scotia Community College's management, students, and staff for their dedication to environmental sustainability.

RESOLUTION NO. 7364

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas numerous students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School are members of an international group whose goal is to inspire active, compassionate and knowledgeable citizens; and

Whereas these students have been invited to become Oprah Winfrey Ambassadors and to travel to Ecuador to build a school; and

Whereas these students recognize that even during these difficult economic times, there are still many people throughout the world surviving on much less than they;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Oprah Ambassadors for being responsible global citizens and for taking actions to better the lives of some of the world's most impoverished citizens.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7365

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas the Olympic Games will be held in Vancouver in 2010; and

Whereas Kate Willoughby of Port Williams is an avid soccer and volleyball player; and

Whereas she was selected by Coca-Cola as their first young adult torch bearer in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Kate Willoughby for being chosen to be our first youth Olympic 2010 torch bearer.

RESOLUTION NO. 7366

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas the 2010 Olympic Games will take place in Vancouver, BC and will celebrate the nation's excellence in winter sports; and

Whereas individuals from communities all over Canada are chosen to represent the country as torch bearers; and

Whereas Brenda Morrison, a Grade 5 teacher at Sydney Academy was named the first Olympic torch bearer for Atlantic Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Brenda Morrison for being selected as an Olympic torch bearer based on her continued commitment to improving the health and wellness of students at Sydney Academy.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7367

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Sydney, Nova Scotia native and high school graduate Matthew White is currently a student at Memorial University; and

Whereas the talented student graduated from two bachelor programs and one masters program in two years; and

Whereas at the age of 22 he is believed to be the youngest PhD student in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations Matthew White for his dedication in pursuing excellence in education.

RESOLUTION NO. 7368

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas recent Saint Mary's University graduate Catherine Lovekin excels in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics; and

Whereas she is the first astrophysicist to do an in-depth study of pulsations created by star shape-shifting; and

Whereas Ms. Lovekin won the 2009 Plaskett Medal for writing an outstanding PhD thesis;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Catherine Lovekin for receiving nationwide recognition for her formidable academic achievement.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7369

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Cambridge and Gaspereau Elementary Schools are actively encouraging student and family literacy; and

Whereas each school has launched its own publishing venture, Swingset Press and Grapevine Press respectively, which boast a combined roster of over 200 books; and

Whereas the Swingset and Grapevine Presses only publish books penned by the schools' young students;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cambridge and Gaspereau Elementary Schools for celebrating the creativity of their students and motivating all students to expand their literacy skills and to become authors.

RESOLUTION NO. 7370

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Atlantic Memorial student Cassidy Megan from Terence Bay began Purple Day in 2008 to raise epilepsy awareness; and

Whereas in one year Cassidy's modest efforts have grown Purple Day into an international campaign; and

Whereas Cassidy Megan also suffers from epilepsy and encourages her peers to learn all about her illness;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Cassidy Megan for dispelling the myths and misunderstandings around epilepsy through her advocacy work.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7371

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Cody Joudrie does not consider himself a hero; and

Whereas the morning of March 3rd, upon witnessing a motor vehicle accident, Mr. Joudrie rushed to assist an injured accident victim and to warn oncoming traffic; and

Whereas he risked his life to warn River John Consolidated School teacher Virginia Wilson of the accident ahead;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely commend Cody Joudrie for two acts of heroic selflessness that contributed to saving the lives of two community members.

RESOLUTION NO. 7372

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Stephanie Gillis has witnessed devastating poverty and harsh living conditions as an English language teacher and college researcher in Ethiopia and Cambodia; and

Whereas Ms. Gillis was so influenced by her travels that she was inspired to sponsor a 24-year-old refugee to come to Canada and study at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College; and

Whereas she is working to secure funding and a five-person sponsorship team to bring Eritrean refugee Ephraim to the college to continue his post-secondary education;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend Stephanie Gillis for being a selfless humanitarian dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished students.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7373

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Grade 11 student Ruthi Laing is a remarkable student, athlete, and mentor; and

Whereas Ms. Laing practices two hours a day, four days a week, as a Nova Scotia Canada Games wrestling team member, as well as being a dancer, swimmer, and award-winning scientist; and

Whereas, despite these numerous activities, Ms. Laing maintains a high academic standing while participating in student government and serving as an advocate for environmental and cultural rights;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely comment Ruthi Laing for being an outstanding student who serves as a role model to all Nova Scotians.

RESOLUTION NO. 7374

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Scott Cuzner has been selected as a member of the 2009 National Youth Band of Canada; and

Whereas Mr. Cuzner, a member of Glace Bay High School concert band, jazz band, and marching band, auditioned to become a member of the prestigious musical group; and

Whereas Mr. Cuzner travelled and performed with the band in May at numerous venues all over Saskatchewan;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Scott Cuzner for being selected to participate in one of Canada's most recognized youth bands.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7375

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Tanya Forance graduated from St. Francis Xavier's accelerated three year nursing program in December, 2008; and

Whereas Mrs. Forance, a mother of eight, travelled three hours to attend classes in Antigonish and only missed one day of class in the course of completing her degree; and

Whereas the full-time mother, wife, and student, juggled numerous and conflicting responsibilities while completing her studies and embarking on a new career;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Tanya Forance for her perseverance and dedication to furthering her education.

RESOLUTION NO. 7376

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has named St. Francis Xavier University's 2008 Shinerama campaign the best effort in the country; and

Whereas the small Antigonish, Nova Scotia, university beat out more than 65 universities and colleges across Canada to land in first place; and

Whereas in April, 2009, the foundation presented St. Francis Xavier with an award commending the efforts of the 600 students who raised $33,000 for cystic fibrosis research;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to the students involved in St. Francis Xavier's 2008 Shinerama campaign for their efforts in contributing to finding a cure for the deadly disease.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7377

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas university recruitment around the world has become extremely competitive; and

Whereas the Admissions Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in North America; and

Whereas Saint Mary's University received five prizes at the 24th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards for its "I Want" and "Where will you go?" campaigns;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Saint Mary's University's faculty, students, and staff, for their continued dedication to innovative student recruitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7378

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas on November 27th, Adam Sarty received the Science Champion Award from the Discovery Centre; and

Whereas Mr. Sarty, astronomy and physics professor at Saint Mary's University, was awarded this prize for the second year in a row; and

Whereas Mr. Sarty continues to make the sciences more accessible to children by hosting captivating in-class presentations that teach the wonder of electromagnetism and nuclear physics;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to Adam Sarty for putting the science of the stars within arm's reach of the province's youngest learners.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7379

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas a small group of Halifax West High School students became increasingly concerned about incidents of genocide around the world; and

Whereas these students have created Stand Canada, a group that promotes advocacy and activism, and whose goal is to make action against genocide a cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy; and

Whereas these students hold awareness events, distribute pamphlets, write letters and raise funds for humanitarian efforts in Darfur;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate Halifax West's Stand Canada for their commitment to raising awareness and eradicating genocide worldwide.

RESOLUTION NO. 7380

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas the Options and Opportunities Program provides Nova Scotia students with the chance to gain valuable skills knowledge through workplace experience while still in high school; and

Whereas Options and Opportunities students at St. Mary's Bay Academy have embarked on an ambitious and eco-friendly construction project as part of their course studies; and

Whereas the St. Mary's Bay Academy Options and Opportunity class will build an onsite greenhouse and windmill for their fellow students to enjoy;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere congratulations to St. Mary's Bay Academy Options and Opportunities students and their instructors Arthur Hatt and Earle Manzer for taking on a project that will positively benefit their classmates and the environment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7381

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Travis Malay has matured and prospered significantly since he started high school at J.L. Ilsley this past September; and

Whereas because of his growth in the areas of maturity and responsibility, he has become an exemplary student and community leader; and

Whereas Mr. Malay was recently awarded with the Courage to Give Back Award through Family SOS's Healthy Kids Program;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Travis Malay on overcoming personal adversity to become an eager student who inspires other youth to give back to their families and communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 7382

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas students from the Nova Scotia Community College's Continuing Care program learn to care for the emotional and physical needs of their elderly patients living in long-term care facilities; and

Whereas a group of Yarmouth NSCC students have launched an innovative initiative to get seniors up and moving; and

Whereas Denise Phillips, Patricia Lowe, Donnie Pothier, Mariann Townsend and Alan Pothier raised nearly $3,000 to outfit a facility with five Nintendo Wii gaming systems, five extra controllers and two television sets;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House offer our sincere commendations to Denise Phillips, Patricia Lowe, Donnie Pothier, Mariann Townsend and Alan Pothier for increasing the physical, mental and social well-being of Yarmouth County seniors through new school technology.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7383

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Phil Weedon for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7384

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Al Sheppard for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7385

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Peter Miller for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7386

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Mark Lapointe for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7387

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Ernie Killen for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7388

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Brian Handley for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7389

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Butch Fleury for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7390

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Mike Dandurand for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7391

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the late Gerry Aucoin for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7392

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Keith Brenson for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7393

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Chuck Calder for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7394

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Peter Campagna for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7395

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Colin Ainsworth for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

RESOLUTION NO. 7396

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 the Avro Anson first flew on January 7, 1935 and production finished after 11,020 Ansons were built, including 1,832 Anson MKIIs built in Canada; and

Whereas Avro Anson Serial No. 7135 was one of 340 Anson MKII aircraft built by Canada Car Foundry company of Amherst, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. Lloyd Graham asked Colin Ainsworth to assemble a team, one who enjoyed 15,828 hours restoring a part of Nova Scotia wartime heritage for the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Dustin Colwell for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia's wartime heritage and an aviation history celebrating 100 years of flight.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7397

By: Hon. Lenonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Kim Dompierre, in her 33rd and final year of teaching, produced and directed this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas her dedication to her students and profession will be her legacy to those who were fortunate enough to study and experience the thrill of stage performance under her mentorship in any one of the 18 past presentations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Kim Dompierre for her 33 years of devotion to her profession and congratulate her on another successful stage performance at Charles P. Allen High School and wish her every success in her future endeavours after leaving the halls of CPA.

RESOLUTION NO. 7398

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas musical director Nathan Beeler provided his musical artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas his dedication to his students and profession continues to enlighten those who are fortunate enough to study and experience not only the brilliance of the CPA band but also the thrill of stage performance under his musicianship;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Nathan Beeler for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on another successful stage performance at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7399

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas those behind-the-scenes students, staff, and parents who provided their talents in makeup artistry, costumes, ushers, concessions, lighting, tech, and the many other support areas necessary to stage such a significant and challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas their commitment to the cast members and musicians who, as a team, made it possible to bring this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud the behind-the-scenes group whose commitment to excellence made possible this successful stage performance of Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7400

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Alyssa Clark, as LeFou, provided her talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Alyssa's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Alyssa Clark for her commitment to excellence and congratulate her on her successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7401

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Matthew Hall, as Monsieur D'Arque, provided his talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Matthew's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Matthew Hall for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on his successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7402

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Mitchell Hood, as The Beast, provided his talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Mitchell's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Mitchell Hood for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on his successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7403

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Meghan Lamb, as Chip, provided her talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Meghan's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Meghan Lamb for her commitment to excellence and congratulate her on her successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7404

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Matt LeMoine, as Gaston, provided his talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Matt's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Matt LeMoine for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on his successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7405

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Graham McIntyre, as Maurice, provided his talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Graham's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Graham McIntyre for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on his successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7406

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Mikko Navarrete, as Lumiere, provided his talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Mikko's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Mikko Navarrete for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on his successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7407

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Julie Pearce, as Mrs. Potts, provided her talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Julie's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Julie Pearce for her commitment to excellence and congratulate her on her successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7408

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Shanoa Phillips, as Belle, provided her talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Shanoa's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Shanoa Phillips for her commitment to excellence and congratulate her on her successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7409

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Heather Webster, as the Wardrobe, provided her talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Heather's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Heather Webster for her commitment to excellence and congratulate her on her successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

RESOLUTION NO. 7410

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas Charles P. Allen High School students and staff presented the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast to rave reviews and sold out performances; and

Whereas Mason Young, as Lumiere, provided his talented artistry to this challenging musical adaptation of the book by Linda Woolverton; and

Whereas Mason's commitment to the teaching staff, cast members, fellow actors, musicians, and behind-the-scenes workers, without whom this production would have been impossible, brought this wonderful play to life;

Therefore be it resolved that this House applaud Mason Young for his commitment to excellence and congratulate him on his successful stage performance in Beauty and the Beast at Charles P. Allen High School.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7411

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas in 1996, former high school teacher and Isle Madame resident Doug Martell created the Laptop Laidback, a device which allows clients to use their computer in a comfortable horizontal position; and

Whereas what first started as a wooden-constructed design has now moved to a plastic- injection-moulded design, with sales in Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Russia, Singapore, Tahiti, and the United Kingdom; and

Whereas following a recent partnership with the Strait-Highlands Regional Development Agency, a repayable loan from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, and the Richmond Advantage eBusiness pilot project, sales have increased dramatically;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Doug Martell on the success of Laptop Laidback and wish him well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7412

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas River Bourgeois resident Dave Clow has been a barber for over 48 years; and

Whereas Dave Clow has also been a long-time volunteer with the Richmond Villa in St. Peter's, delivers Meals on Wheels, and is a founding member of the River Bourgeois 50+ Seniors Club; and

Whereas friends, family, and former clients recently gathered to honour and thank Dave Clow on his retirement;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Dave Clow on his retirement after 48 years as a barber and wish him, and his wife Ann, good health and happiness.

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RESOLUTION NO.7413

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

Whereas the Catholic Women's League is an organization with many branches, which continues to provide spiritual guidance and community support throughout our province; and

Whereas on April 4,2009, the St. Louis Catholic Women's League celebrated their annual fun night, along with their spiritual advisor, Father Angus MacDougall; and

Whereas Alvina Marchand was presented with her 40-year pin as a member of the Catholic Women's League;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Alvina Marchand on receiving her 40-year pin for her continued service and dedication to the St. Louis Catholic Women's League.

RESOLUTION NO. 7414

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Catholic Women's League is an organization with many branches, which continues to provide spiritual guidance and community support throughout our province; and

Whereas on April 4, 2009, the St. Louis Catholic Women's League celebrated their annual fun night, along with their spiritual advisor, Father Angus MacDougall; and

Whereas Edna Boudreau was presented with her 40-year pin as a member of the St. Louis Catholic Women's League;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Edna Boudreau on receiving her 40-year pin for her continued service and dedication to the St. Louis Catholic Women's League.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7415

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Catholic Women's League is an organization with many branches, which continues to provide spiritual guidance and community support throughout our province; and

Whereas on April 4, 2009, the St. Louis Catholic Women's League celebrated their annual fun night, along with their spiritual advisor, Father Angus MacDougall; and

Whereas Jeanette George was presented with her 40- year pin as a member of the St. Louis Catholic Women's League;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jeanette George on receiving her 40-year pin for her continued service and dedication to the St. Louis Catholic Women's League.

RESOLUTION NO. 7416

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the Catholic Women's League is an organization with many branches, which continues to provide spiritual guidance and community support throughout our province; and

Whereas on April 4, 2009, the St. Louis Catholic Women's League celebrated their annual fun night, along with their spiritual advisor, Father Angus MacDougall; and

Whereas Almeda Boudreau was presented with her 40- year pin as a member of the St. Louis Catholic Women's League;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Almeda Boudreau on receiving her 40- year pin for her continued service and dedication to the St. Louis Catholic Women's League.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7417

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Ryan Buckley on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish him continued success in his studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 7418

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Matthew MacLean on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish him continued success in his studies.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7419

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Jason MacNeil on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish him continued success in his studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 7420

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Marcus Murphy on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish him continued success in his studies.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7421

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Joseph McNeil on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish him continued success in his studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 7422

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Haley Marchand on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7423

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Hillary Marchand on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 7424

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Sarah Touesnard on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7425

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Heidi Landry on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 7426

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Meagan Burke on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7427

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Elysia Hudson on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

RESOLUTION NO. 7428

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas speech festivals are a great opportunity to allow students to express their views and strengthen their public-speaking skills; and

Whereas Richmond Academy teachers, Diane Kehoe, Wayne Goyetche, and Carleen Matheson helped organize a speech festival at the Richmond Academy on February 10, 2009; and

Whereas 12 students participated on the issue of democracy and youth participation, with a second prize $250 bursary from the Richmond Academy and a first prize $500 bursary from the D250 MLA fund awarded;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate Denise Samson on participating in the recent Richmond Academy Democracy 250 Speech Festival and wish her continued success in her studies.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7429

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas Richmond Academy hosted the girl's under-18 volleyball tournament on the weekend of February 28 - March 1, 2009; and

Whereas the Richmond Rize team consists of Mirielle Landry, Kelsey Brushett, Charcy Britten-Boudreau, Rachelle Marchand, Paige Mavon, Nicole Sampson, Marielle Landry, Chelsea LeFort, Renee Samson, and Jannick Boudreau; and

Whereas under the leadership of head coach Philip Gagnon and coach Chasta Boudreau, the Richmond Rize under-18 girl's team won the gold medal;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly congratulate the coaches and members of the Richmond Rize under-18 girls volleyball team on winning gold, and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 7430

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Russell Berthier and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7431

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Wayne Bona and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7432

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Colleen Boucher and her crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7433

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Anthony Boudreau and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7434

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Gerard Boudreau and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7435

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Dion Boudreau and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7436

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Louis Boudreau and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7437

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Phil Boudreau and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7438

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Billy Burkey and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7439

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Huntley David and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7440

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Godfrey Gaudet and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7441

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Phillip Groom and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7442

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish James Keating and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7443

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Kevin Keating and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7444

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish David and Jerry Kehoe and their crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7445

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Al Kehoe and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7446

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Kevin King and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7447

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Carmen Landry and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7448

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Guy Landry and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7449

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Thomas Landry and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7450

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Jerry LeBlanc and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7451

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Gordon MacKay and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7452

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Michael and Mickey Martell and their crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7453

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Russell Martell and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7454

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish John Martell and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7455

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Quinton (Kenny) Martell and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7456

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Roger Martell and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7457

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Vernon O'Toole and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7458

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Shawn Boudreau and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7459

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Manny Mombourquette and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7460

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Mark Mombourquette and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7461

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Gerard Mombourquette and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7462

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Alfred Richard and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7463

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Earl Sampson and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7464

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Louis Sampson and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7465

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Venard Samson and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7466

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Frances & Gerard Taylor and their crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7467

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Ervin Touesnard and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

RESOLUTION NO. 7468

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas the lobster fishery continues to play an important role in the economy of Richmond County; and

Whereas the Area 29 lobster fishing area is located off the coast of Richmond County; and

Whereas the season for Area 29 will be from May 1 to June 30, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia House of Assembly wish Scott Touesnard and his crew a safe and prosperous lobster season.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7469

By: Hon. David Morse (Environment)

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Environmental Network is helping Nova Scotia Environment create awareness about the litter problem in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas members of the group are encouraging local residents to visit the Web site http://www.bestthingyoullneverdo.ca to pledge to never litter; and

Whereas they are doing their part to help make Nova Scotia litter- free;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating the Nova Scotia Environmental Network for their help with our Best Thing You'll Never Do campaign.

RESOLUTION NO. 7470

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Awards recognize a high degree of community collaboration and engagement; and

Whereas Brookfield, Shearwater, St. Andrews, and South Mountain, Richmond County, were chosen to receive the awards this year, from among 17 excellent nominations; and

Whereas three of these four communities were nominated in 2008 as well as in 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the value of the community leadership and hard work these communities, including the United Way, have put into making Nova Scotia a great place to live.