The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

HANSARD 08-18

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Alfie MacLeod

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

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Second Session

FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS:
The Premier 2055
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1946, Prem. - Red Hat Soc.: 10th Anniv. - Congrats.,
The Premier 2056
Vote - Affirmative 2056
Res. 1947, Comm. Serv.: Foster Families - Commend,
Hon. J. Streatch 2056
Vote - Affirmative 2057
Res. 1948, Fish. & Aquaculture: Sportfishing - Encourage,
Hon. R. Chisholm 2057
Vote - Affirmative 2058
Res. 1949, Agric. - McCurdy, Bill (Col. Co.): Cdn. Conservation Hall of
Fame - Congrats., Hon. B. Taylor 2058
Vote - Affirmative 2059
Res. 1950, Agric.-N.S. - C.B. History: Book - Participants Congrats.,
Hon. B. Barnet 2059
Vote - Affirmative 2059
Res. 1951, Nat. Res.: Calder, Dr. John - Appreciation,
Hon. D. Morse 2060
Vote - Affirmative 2060
Res. 1952, Educ. - Anna. Valley Reg. Lib.: Witherly, David -
Retirement Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 2060
Vote - Affirmative 2061
Res. 1953, Agric.: Farm Safety Comm. - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Taylor 2061
Vote - Affirmative 2062
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 127, Health Professions Disciplinary Proceedings Protection (2008) Act,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2062
No. 128, Consumer Protection Act,
Ms. B. Kent 2062
No. 129, Trade Union Act,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 2062
No. 130, Emergency Health Services Act,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 2063
No. 131, North American Labour Cooperation Agreement
Implementation Act, Hon. M. Parent 2063
No. 132, Provincial Finance Act,
Ms. D. Whalen 2063
No. 133, Land Surveyors Act,
Hon. D. Morse 2063
No. 134, Guardianship Act,
Mr. H. Theriault 2063
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1954, NSGEU: 50th Anniv. - Congrats.,
Mr. S. McNeil 2064
Vote - Affirmative 2064
Res. 1955, Wickwire, John C. Acad. - Mural: Mason, Alta - Recognize,
Ms. V. Conrad 2064
Vote Affirmative 2065
Res. 1956, West Hants Midget A Warriors Hockey Team:
Successful Year - Congrats., Mr. C. Porter 2065
Vote - Affirmative 2066
Res. 1957, Wickens, Sandy - Shelb. Co.: Volunteer Coach - Commend,
Mr. S. Belliveau 2066
Vote - Affirmative 2067
Res. 1958, Paul, Chief Terry - Nat. Aboriginal Econ. Dev. Bd.:
Appt. - Congrats., Mr. Manning MacDonald 2067
Vote - Affirmative 2067
Res. 1959, 55+ Club: New Glasgow - Congrats.,
Mr. P. Dunn 2067
Vote - Affirmative 2068
Res. 1960, Riverview Adult Res. Home - Evacuation: Vols. - Commend,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 2068
Vote - Affirmative 2069
Res. 1961, Leader of Oppos. - Frank McKenna: News Article - Read,
Mr. M. Samson 2069
Res. 1962, McGean, Natasha - Bras d'Or Elem. Sch.: Fundraising -
Congrats., Mr. K. Bain 2070
Vote - Affirmative 2070
Res. 1963, Silver Sands Cons. Soc.: Initiatives - Support,
Ms. B. Kent 2070
Vote - Affirmative 2071
Res. 1964, Parkinson's Disease: Awareness Month - Recognize,
Mr. M. Samson 2071
Vote - Affirmative 2072
Res. 1965, Barra MacNeils: 20th Anniv. - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 2072
Vote - Affirmative 2073
Res. 1966, Symphony N.S. - Arts Community: Contrib. - Recognize,
Mr. W. Gaudet 2073
Vote - Affirmative 2073
Res. 1967, Legge, Warren & Mona (A.J. Walker & Son Ltd.):
Bus. Achievement Award - Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 2074
Vote - Affirmative 2074
Res. 1968, TCH - Cruise Ships: Important Role - Recognize,
Mr. H. Theriault 2074
Vote - Affirmative 2075
Res. 1969, Antigonish Midget Female Bulldogs:
N.S. Prov. Hockey Title - Congrats., Hon. A. MacIsaac 2075
Vote - Affirmative 2076
Res. 1970, Kingston Vol. Firefighters - Joints in Motion:
Fundraising - Congrats., Mr. L. Glavine 2076
Vote - Affirmative 2076
Res. 1971, Northwest Planning Adv. Comm.: Lowther, Gloria -
Recognize, Hon. L. Goucher 2077
Vote - Affirmative 2077
Res. 1972, Carter, Florence: Prov. Vol. Award - Congrats.,
Mr. L. Glavine 2077
Vote - Affirmative 2078
Res. 1973, Can. Post. - Rural Delivery: Review - Acknowledge,
Hon. W. Dooks 2078
Vote - Affirmative 2079
Res. 1974, KOC (Truro): Celebration of Service - Thank,
Hon. J. Muir 2079
Vote - Affirmative 2080
Res. 1975, Bartlett, Susan: Vol. of Wk. - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 2080
Vote - Affirmative 2080
Res. 1976, Burton, Brittany - Prov. Hairdressing Licensing Exam:
Accomplishment - Congrats., Hon. C. Clarke 2081
Vote - Affirmative 2081
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 124 - Justice Administration Amendment (2008) Act,
Hon. C. Clarke 2082
Mr. W. Estabrooks 2083
Mr. M. Samson 2086
Mr. G. Steele 2098
Hon. B. Taylor 2103
Hon. C. Clarke 2106
Vote - Affirmative 2108
No. 117 - Securities Act,
Hon. J. Muir 2109
Adjourned debate 2111
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., Apr. 28th at 6:00 p.m. 2111
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 1977, West Hants Atom "AA" Hockey Team: Championship Season 0
Commend, Mr. C. Porter 2112
Res. 1978, New Glasgow: Fed. of Cdn. Municipalities Partners for Climate
Protection - Congrats., Mr. P. Dunn 2112
Res. 1979, Big Bras d'Or Soc. (Harbour Auth.): Funding - Congrats.,
Mr. K. Bain 2113
Res. 1980, Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence:
MacKinnon-Cann Inn (Yar.) - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 2113
Res. 1981, Smith, Ariel (Yar. Cons. Mem. HS): Univ. of Winnipeg
Recruitment - Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 2114
Res. 1982, Yarmouth Atom "AAA" Mariners: Mainland Championship -
Congrats., Hon. R. Hurlburt 2114
Res. 1983, Minor Hockey Atom B. Tourn. (Shelb. Co.) - Shaw, Carmen:
Gold Medal - Congrats., Mr. S. Belliveau 2115
Res. 1984, Barrington Barons Jr. Boys Basketball Team - Shelb./Yar.
Championship: Jesso, Cameron - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 2115
Res. 1985, Barrington Barons Jr. Boys Basketball Team - Shelb./Yar.
Championship: Nickerson, Chad - Congrats.,
Mr. S. Belliveau 2116
Res. 1986, Central Colchester Jr. High Bears Girls Basketball Team:
District Championship - Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 2116
Res. 1987, United Way (Lun. Co.): Efforts - Recognize
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2117
Res. 1988, Lun./Queens Dist. Track & Field (2007) - Pitman, Olivia:
Achievements - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2117
Res. 1989, Lun./Queens Dist. Tract & Field (2007) - Pineo, Rachel:
Achievements - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2118
Res. 1990, N.S. School Athletic Fed.- Western Res. Track & Field:
McIntosh, Rachel - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2118
Res. 1991, Hebbville Acad. Badminton Team: MVP (Taylor, Matt) -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2119
Res. 1992, Uhlman, Jory - Hoosac (New Eng.): Hockey Recruitment -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2119
Res. 1993, Quigley, Emma: Badminton MVP - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2119
Res. 1994, N.S. School Athletic Fed.- Western Reg. Track & Field:
MacLennan, Cameron - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2120
Res. 1995, Hayward, Brendan/Dorey, Elizabeth - Parkview Educ. Ctr.:
Humanitarian Proj.- Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2120
Res. 1996, McIntosh, Shaun:
Badminton Intermediate Most Improved Player - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2121
Res. 1997, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Track & Field Prov. Championships: Rachel McIntosh -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar Getson 2121
Res. 1998, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Stewart Rand - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2122
Res. 1999, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Will MacNeil - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2122
Res. 2000, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Caitlin Creaser - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2123
Res. 2001, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Kyle Colp - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2123
Res. 2002, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Rachel Eddy - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2124
Res. 2003, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Jessica McIntosh - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2124
Res. 2004, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Ann Pottie - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2125
Res. 2005, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Bria Faulkenham - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2125
Res. 2006, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Chuko Kpolugbo - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2126
Res. 2007, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Isabel Bressmer - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2126
Res. 2008, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Rebecca Bell - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2127
Res. 2009, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Rachael Pineo - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2127
Res. 2010, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Megan Stobbe - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2128
Res. 2011, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Oliver Hatheway - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2128
Res. 2012, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Fernando Sanches - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2129
Res. 2013, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Morgan Smith - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2129
Res. 2014, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Rachel Peveril - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2130
Res. 2015, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Alexandr Stabenow - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2130
Res. 2016, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Brittany Barkhouse - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2131
Res. 2017, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Aaron Bishop - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2131
Res. 2018, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Chris Myers - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2132
Res. 2019, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Eduardo Laing - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2132
Res. 2020, N.S. School Athletic Fed. -
Parkview Educ. Ctr. Sr. Track & Field Championships:
Jeremy Barnes - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2133
Res. 2021, Lun./Queens Dist. Track & Field Championships -
Mattias, Walter: Four Gold Medals - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2133
Res. 2022, Frier, Moira: Badminton MVP - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2134
Res. 2023, Lun./Queens Dist. Track & Field - Taylor, Justin:
Jr. Boys 3000 Metre Record - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2134
Res. 2024, Lun./Queens Dist. Track & Field: Pitman, Jennifer - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2134
Res. 2025, Ellora Nat. & Organic Foods (LaHave):
Lun. Reg. Commun. Recycling Ctr. Bus. of the Month - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2135
Res. 2026, Lun./Queens Dist. Track & Field: McLennan, Cameron -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2135
Res. 2027, 4-H Prog.- Royal Bank Interprov. Exch. Prog.: Crouse, Allie -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2136
Res. 2028, Relay for Life (2007) - Bridgewater: Volunteers - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2136
Res. 2029, N.S. School Athletic Fed.- Track & Field Prov. Championships:
McIntosh, Rachel - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2137
Res. 2030, N.S. School Athletic Fed.- Track & Field Prov. Championships:
Pitman, Olivia - Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2137
Res. 2031, Lunenburg Queens District Track & Field: Frier, Moira -
Congrats., Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2137
Res. 2032, N.S. School Athletic Federation - Track & Field Prov.
Championships: Wolter, Mattias - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2138
Res. 2033, Barkhouse, Joyce - 2007 Order of Nova Scotia
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2138
Res. 2034, 2007 Summer Swimming Prov. Championships: Hebb, Janelle/
Stacey, Vanessa, Howard & Billy - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2139
Res. 2035, Hayward, Colin - Badminton: MVP - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2139
Res. 2036, Stabenow, Aleksander - Lacrosse Prov. Team: Nationals -
Best Wishes, Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2140
Res. 2037, McLennan, Cameron: Junior MVP Male - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 2140

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD (The Premier): If I might beg the indulgence of the House to make an introduction. Special guests here in your Chamber, in the Speaker's Gallery, Mr. Speaker, we have some very distinguished members of the Red Hat Society who are joining us here this morning. I would ask them to rise and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

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I even put on my red tie today, Mr. Speaker, for the occasion.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 1946

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

Whereas today has been proclaimed the 10th Anniversary of the Red Hat Society; and

Whereas Nova Scotia now has more than 3,000 members in this unique women's "dis-organization" through over 150 registered chapters across our province, adorning red hats and purple outfits and simply enjoying life over 50; and

Whereas born out of an idea of a few American women from the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph, the red and purple have come to symbolize a need for fun, frivolity and a basic tenet - remember to enjoy life;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate women here in Nova Scotia and worldwide for promoting one of life's necessary prescriptions - a mixture of fun and camaraderie, a cure for many of life's ills.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed?

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 1947

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

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Whereas the week of April 20th to 26th is Foster Family Recruitment Week in Nova Scotia and foster care recruitment teams are working across the province to raise awareness about the rewards of fostering a child or youth; and

Whereas in Nova Scotia foster parents work as part of a team of professionals to ensure children and youth receive the love and support they need; and

Whereas Nova Scotia is committed to attracting and training caring families that can help children and youth, and that Nova Scotia has made great strides in recruiting and retaining foster parents in recent years with significant success;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House commend Nova Scotia's existing foster families, and encourage more families to open their hearts and homes to children in need.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1948

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

Whereas Tuesday, April 1st, was the first day of the new sportfishing season in Nova Scotia and anglers were able to head out to their favourite river or lake in an attempt to catch the big one; and

Whereas sportfishing is an outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by family and friends and people of all ages and brings significant economic benefits to the province; and

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Whereas more than 100,000 anglers participate in licence-free weekends, fishing derbies, Learn-to-Fish programs for children, and the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program each year;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House encourage more Nova Scotians to try sportfishing during our licence-free weekend on June 7th and June 8th as we are fortunate to have an abundance of angling opportunities.

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. 1949

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

Whereas Nova Scotia farmer Bill McCurdy of Old Barns, Colchester County, has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to soil conservation in Canada and is the newest inductee into the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame; and

Whereas this award recognizes the dedication and commitment of leaders in soil and water conservation, and Mr. McCurdy is a pioneer in the use of zero-till farming practices in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Mr. McCurdy has been a member and director of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, as well as served on many other agriculture-related boards both provincially and nationally, including as president of the Nova Scotia Milk Producers Association;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate Mr. McCurdy on his award, and recognize his leadership in his community and in the agriculture industry.

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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 Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 1950

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

Whereas a book detailing the history of African Nova Scotians in Cape Breton, entitled One God, One Aim, One Destiny: African Nova Scotians in Cape Breton, was launched as part of African Heritage Month in February 2008; and

Whereas the book is an important documentation of African Nova Scotian history in this region, beginning with the arrival at Louisbourg of a small group of enslaved Africans and ending with the appointment of an African Nova Scotian from Whitney Pier to the position of Lieutenant Governor for Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support a key African Nova Scotian facility in this region, the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association Hall and Museum in Glace Bay;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the participants who shared their stories and the publishers for making this book a reality.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 1951

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

Whereas Dr. John Calder, a geologist for more than 30 years with the Department of Natural Resources, has been a driving force behind the development of the Joggins fossil cliffs and their nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and

Whereas Dr. Calder has worked tirelessly and given much of his personal time to provide special knowledge of the coal age and its life to the development of the displays at the recently opened Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre; and

Whereas due to an unfortunate coincidence of timing he was unable to attend the opening of that great, new Fossil Cliffs Centre on Monday, April 21st;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House take a moment now to show Nova Scotians' appreciation for the energy, passion and commitment Dr. John Calder has shown in helping to bring the world's attention to our unique and spectacular natural assets.

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. 1952

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

Whereas David Witherly has been the long-standing regional librarian of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library; and

Whereas he has worked diligently to provide the best service possible to the residents of Hants, Kings, and Annapolis Counties, through the mobile library and branch locations; and

Whereas he has recently retired as regional librarian after 35 years of dedication to public libraries in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend best wishes to David Witherly on his retirement, and thank him for his leadership and dedication to the Annapolis Valley Regional Library 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 Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 1953

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

Whereas farming is a physically demanding occupation and farmers must make the health and safety of their workers a priority; and

Whereas the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture organize an annual farm safety awareness campaign across Canada that is aimed at improving safety on the farm, which was held from March 12th to18th; and

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Whereas the theme for 2008 is Manage More Than Just Your Back, which encourages farmers to focus on ways to lower the risk of sprains, strains and falls on the job;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature recognize the efforts of our local farm safety committee as they promote safety on the farm throughout the year in Nova Scotia, and congratulate them for hosting one of two Canadian Agricultural Safety Week events.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, if I may do an introduction to start off?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. D'ENTREMONT: Thank you. I would like to introduce, in the east gallery, Mr. Alan Stern, Q.C., from McInnes Cooper. He's also a representative psychologist, Board of Examiners. I'll ask Alan to stand and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause) He's very supportive of the bill I'm introducing.

Bill No. 127 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Protection of Confidential Disciplinary Proceedings of Health Professions. (Hon. Christopher d'Entremont)

Bill No. 128 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 92 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Consumer Protection Act. (Ms. Becky Kent)

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Bill No. 129 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 475 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Trade Union Act. (Mr. Manning MacDonald)

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

The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: Mr. Speaker, before I introduce this one, I just want to thank the member for Cumberland South for his input on this bill.

Bill No. 130 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2005. The Emergency Health Services Act. (Hon. Christopher d'Entremont)

Bill No. 131 - Entitled an Act to Implement the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation. (Hon. Mark Parent)

Bill No. 132 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 365 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Provincial Finance Act. (Ms. Diana Whalen)

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

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, before introducing this bill, I'm wondering if I would be allowed to make a couple of introductions.

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I'm very pleased that today we have Mr. Fred Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors, and Bruce MacQuarrie, Director of Surveys, Department of Natural Resources, here in the audience. I just wonder if they would stand and accept the warm greetings of the House. (Applause)

Bill No. 133 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 249 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Land Surveyors Act. (Hon. David Morse)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be read a second time on a future day.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on an introduction.

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HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, I would like to bring to the attention of the members a young lady who is in the east gallery today, Jennifer Calder. She's doing a three-week-long practicum with the Legislative Library here as she works towards her Masters of Library and Information Studies at Dalhousie University. Jennifer is a daughter of Dan and Sherry Calder of Springhill. Dan's a schoolteacher and mom is a health care worker. I would ask Jennifer to stand and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

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

Bill No. 134 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2002. The Guardianship Act. (Mr. Harold Theriault)

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be read a second time on a future day.

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 1954

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union is celebrating 50 years of being a strong voice for organized labour in our province; and

Whereas the NSGEU will be celebrating the victories and achievements of its members with a series of special events; and

Whereas the NSGEU continues to make a difference in the lives of workers, their communities and labour conditions in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate the NSGEU on their 50th Anniversary and wish them well in the years to come.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 1955

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

Whereas the walls of Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy have had a piece of Queens County history painted on the walls of their school; and

Whereas the painting recognizes the sporting accomplishments of Terrance "Tiger" Warrington, Canadian Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1940; and

Whereas a program support worker at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy took 17 hours to complete the mural and then celebrated the unveiling of the mural with members of Terrance Warrington's family, including his grandson, a student at the academy;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Alta Mason of Liverpool for painting the mural at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy, promoting cultural diversity in 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 Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1956

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

Whereas the West Hants Midget A Warriors hockey team played in the provincial championship tournament for their category, finishing a 1-2-1 record in Clare; and

Whereas West Hants defeated Cape Breton West and tied TASA 2-2, but lost to Truro and 8-2 to the eventual provincial champions and the host team, Clare; and

Whereas the Midget A team from West Hants was under the direction of head coach Morris Harvey and his assistant, Terry Hines;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Legislature applaud the West Midget A Warriors for a tremendous hockey season in 2007-08, and wish the coaching staff and all players continued success and another great year in 2008-09.

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 Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 1957

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

Whereas Sandy Wickens of Bear Point, Shelburne County, has volunteered in his community for over 40 years; and

Whereas Sandy coached baseball and hockey for 40 years for such teams as the Woods Harbour Whalers, the Sable Fish Packers, the Newellton Dog Towners, among many others; and

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Whereas even after undergoing a kidney transplant in 1996, Sandy continued to coach up until six years ago after losing his eyesight due to a virus contracted during a kidney transplant;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize Sandy for volunteering in his community for over 40 years, and commend his dedication to coaching and his unwavering good nature in the face of great physical difficulties.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 1958

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

Whereas Chief Terry Paul of the Membertou First Nation has been appointed to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board; and

Whereas on this board representatives of regions throughout the country advise members on policy, programming, and program coordination matters related to Aboriginal economic development; and

Whereas with Chief Paul's leadership experience, he will definitely be an asset to this committee and will be a strong voice for Aboriginal people throughout this province and our region;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Chief Terry Paul on his appointment to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and wish him all the best as he takes on this additional role.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 1959

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

Whereas in September of last year the 55-Plus Club in New Glasgow made the hard decision to not accept any new applications for membership for one year; and

Whereas the popular social and recreational club has been bursting at the seams as its membership list continues to grow and the popularity of its programs increase; and

Whereas club administrators maintain that the effective organization and friendly attitude make it a popular outlet in the community and that providing a place for people to meet and connect is an integral part of any community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their congratulations to the members and administrators of the 55-Plus Club in New Glasgow for providing and maintaining such a popular community gathering place, an important part of any Nova Scotia 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.

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The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1960

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

Whereas on Monday, January 21, 2008, Riverview Adult Residential Home experienced an emergency situation that staff responded to with terrific speed and memorable compassion; and

Whereas members of the Plymouth, Eureka and Stellarton Fire Departments, auxiliaries and community volunteers, turned out to comfort the men and women evacuated from Riverview when the sprinkler system malfunctioned; and

Whereas the first evening found volunteers readying cots provided by the Canadian Red Cross, leaving homes early on subsequent mornings to cook and serve breakfast, preparing lunch and often returning after a day's work to prepare supper;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly commend the staff of Riverview and the volunteers of fire departments, auxiliaries and members of the communities of Plymouth, Eureka and Stellarton for their hard work and kind words as they helped the residents of Riverview during and after the evacuation.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 1961

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

Whereas yesterday in this House the Leader of the Official Opposition decided to take a swipe at former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna; and

Whereas it is not unlike the Leader of the Official Opposition and his Party to make statements which only tell the part of the story that satisfies their prerogative; and

Whereas while Frank McKenna did suggest that consumption taxes could be increased, he also stated that the region should then use "that money to reduce corporate taxes and capital taxes and make this region the most competitive region in Canada and in North America to do business", something the NDP is obviously opposed to;

Therefore be it resolved that the Leader of the Official Opposition read the whole news article and not just the headline.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1962

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

Whereas former Bras d'Or Elementary student Natasha McGean continues to raise money for an elementary school student in Pictou County with muscular dystrophy, after hearing about a local restaurant's efforts to do the same last year; and

Whereas McGean started collecting tabs from aluminum cans when she was a pupil at the school and made a trip back this year to promote the project to new students and encourage collection, in the hopes of securing a new wheelchair for Trenton Elementary School student Daniel Arsenault; and

Whereas Ms. McGean has already collected more than 40,000 tabs that will eventually be melted down and used in the construction of wheelchairs, and proceeds from the tabs are deposited into a bank account in Arsenault's name;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send their utmost congratulations to Grade 7 student Natasha McGean on her continued effort to raise money for Daniel Arsenault, and in doing so, demonstrating the best of Nova Scotian values and principles.

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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 Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1963

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

Whereas Silver Sands Conservation Society is a not-for-profit community organization which was formed in 1999 and incorporated in February 2000 and the Silver Sands Conservation Society provides a voice for the Silver Sands Beach in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia, which is an environmentally sensitive beach that suffered much damage in the 1950s when the sand was hauled away for regional construction projects; and

Whereas the Silver Sands Conservation Society maintains the site of the historic Cow Bay moose statue which is a scenic gathering stop for local residents and visitors to the area; and

Whereas Silver Sands Beach Park, after many years of neglect, has achieved shoreline stabilization, and is now being developed into a park to celebrate the natural views and the rich history of the area;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly acknowledge the efforts of the Silver Sands Conservation Society for their conservation and preservation initiatives, and encourage and support their future efforts.

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 Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 1964

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

Whereas Parkinson's is a debilitating disease that affects over 100,000 Canadians; and

Whereas recent estimates predict that the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's will increase twofold within the next 20 years; and

Whereas the Parkinson Society Canada will recognize April as Parkinson's Awareness Month by introducing its new campaign "Nothing's easy when your body turns against you" and by selling tulips in support of research, education, advocacy and support services;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly recognize April as Parkinson's Awareness Month, and work together to raise awareness of this illness and to help find a cure.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 1965

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

Whereas acclaimed performing artists the Barra MacNeils are more than just family, they're best friends; and

Whereas more family members have joined the group over the years, adding to their talent and recording success; and

Whereas for two decades they have provided endless hours of entertainment to the world, drawing on their proud Cape Breton roots;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Barra MacNeils on their 20th Anniversary and wish them many more years of recording success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Clare.

RESOLUTION NO. 1966

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

Whereas for 25 years Symphony Nova Scotia has been a major contributor to the arts community of our province; and

Whereas their history, Symphony Nova Scotia has given over 1,000 performances, performing for more than a million people; and

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Whereas as part of their 25th Anniversary season, a number of special guest artists will join the orchestra to provide an extraordinary series of performances destined to make this milestone memorable;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the vast contribution that Symphony Nova Scotia has made to the arts community of our province and congratulate them on their 25th Anniversary 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 Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 1967

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

Whereas Warren and Mona Legge, owners of A.J. Walker & Son Ltd., received the 2007 Business Achievement Award from the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce; and

Whereas A.J. Walker & Son Ltd. has been operating for 118 years and has been owned by the Legge family since 1931, when Warren's grandfather purchased the business; and

Whereas Warren and Mona Legge have been leaders in the broader community as well as the business community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Warren and Mona Legge, owners of A.J. Walker & Son Ltd., on receiving the 2007 Business Achievement Award from the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce and thank them for their leadership in the broader community and wish them and their business continued success.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1968

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

Whereas each year hundreds of thousands of people visit our province while voyaging the seas on a cruise ship; and

Whereas cruise ships provide a much needed boost to the tourism industry and local economy of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas this year will see the largest number of cruise ship visits with 131 vessels scheduled to visit Halifax and 50 scheduled to dock at the Port of Sydney;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly recognize the important role that cruise ships play in the tourism industry and welcome all the cruise ship passengers to our fair province.

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 Economic Development.

RESOLUTION NO. 1969

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

Whereas the Antigonish Midget Female Bulldogs won their third consecutive Nova Scotia provincial hockey title; and

Whereas the Midget Bulldogs accomplished the feat in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 2-1 third period deficit to defeat the Western Valley Vixens 4-2; and

Whereas Erin Brophy, team captain, was named top forward of the tournament, scored the winning goal and had seven goals and two assists in the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating the Antigonish Midget Female Bulldogs on winning their third consecutive Nova Scotia provincial hockey title.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1970

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

Whereas one in four Nova Scotians are affected by arthritis; and

Whereas the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department is working with Joints in Motion to help raise money to find a cure for arthritis; and

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Whereas through a series of fundraising events, the volunteer firefighters hope to raise $40,000 to help those in need;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate the Kingston Volunteer Firefighters and offer them best wishes for future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Immigration.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1971

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 a common desire to make a difference in their community, and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of the communities, providing support in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment; and

Whereas Gloria Lowther was nominated by the Northwest Planning Advisory Committee for Bedford Volunteer of the Year for her selfless act of giving to the community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Gloria Lowther on her contribution to the Northwest Planning Advisory Committee and the people of Bedford.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1972

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 Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony took place April 24th at The Westin in Halifax; and

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Whereas this ceremony recognizes individuals from across Nova Scotia who have made significant contributions to their community through volunteering; and

Whereas the 2008 recipient from the Town of Berwick is Florence Carter who has contributed her talent and time to her church, Red Cross, food bank and many other organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Florence Carter of Berwick and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

RESOLUTION NO. 1973

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

Whereas Canada Post is presently undertaking a three-year review concerning the future of the delivery of 843,000 rural mailboxes in Canada and where rural delivery is something that was established back in 1693; and

Whereas Canada Post is insisting it is committed to maintaining delivery to rural mailboxes with the only change being one of last resort; and

Whereas with Canada Post maintaining it is committed to rural delivery and change will only come as a very last resort;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly acknowledge the review presently underway regarding rural delivery by Canada Post and through this resolution request Canada Post officials recognize that while community mailboxes work sometimes, other individuals must be protected and ensure mail delivery service because they

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are unable to depend on family members, they could be injured or the weather which could keep keys from being turned at mailboxes for a number of days.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

MR. SPEAKER: It's kind of long.

There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 1974

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

Whereas the second annual "Celebration of Service" for Colchester County's first responders was held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Truro on April 20, 2008; and

Whereas the "Celebration of Service" was an ecumenical service organized by the Knights of Columbus to recognize and thank first responders for the contributions they make to the residents of Colchester County; and

Whereas there are 25 first responder organizations in Colchester County consisting of 911, fire, police, Canadian Forces, Emergency Health Services, Special Hazards, Ground Search and Rescue, and conservation personnel;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate and thank the Knights of Columbus of the Immaculate Conception Church in Truro for organizing the "Celebration of Service" to honour and celebrate the contribution of Colchester County's first responders.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 1975

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

Whereas Colchester North has many dedicated volunteers who willingly give up their time and talents to help others and benefit their communities; and

Whereas Susan Bartlett of Crowes Mills, a loyal supporter of the Truro and District Lions Club, in her role as liaison between the club and the Navy Cadet League, helped coordinate a food bank drive during Christmas as well as public speaking competitions in our schools; and

Whereas Susan is also preparing for a fundraising event which places a dog with a hearing impaired, vision impaired and special needs' recipient and has been chosen as chairwoman of the multi-district conference for Lions members in the Atlantic Provinces;

Therefore be it resolved all members of this House congratulate Susan for being recognized as a deserving Volunteer of the Week.

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 Justice.

RESOLUTION NO. 1976

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

Whereas Sydney Mines resident, Brittany Burton, aced the provincial hairdressing licensing exam; and

Whereas Brittany, who received her training at Memorial Composite High School in Sydney Mines, took the top mark in the province for theory and practical at 95 per cent; and

Whereas Brittany is now pursuing her career at a local hair design business;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in sending congratulations to Brittany Burton on her accomplishment and future career 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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 124.

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Bill No. 124 - Justice Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I'll continue with this and I am very pleased to rise and speak to Bill No. 124, indeed which we identify as a housekeeping bill for various components that are required. Nonetheless, they are all significant to their various applications and that is why I am pleased to be here today for second reading of the Justice Administration Act amendments. This bill contains mainly housekeeping amendments to existing legislation.

A summary of the various amendments is as follows - and I know there may be components that some of my colleagues, as it affects their portfolio, may wish to speak to a little later and I look forward to the debate that ensues. However, included will be amendments to the Summary Proceedings Act that will give Justices of the Peace the authority to set aside an automatic conviction for failure to appear in court on a summary offence matter. Previously, only Provincial Court Judges could perform this function. By allowing Justices of the Peace to do this, we hope to shorten the processing time with regard to all summary offence cases.

Amendments to the Agriculture and Marketing Act and the Bee Industry Act will allow the Minister of Agriculture to delegate to department staff the authority for issuing licences and permits, for example, a licence to farm mink. This change will allow for a quicker turnaround time in terms of obtaining these permits and licences.

Changes to the Small Claims Court Act will clarify amendments made to this Act last year. Claims for general damages in Small Claims Court have been increased from $100 to $2,500. The amendments introduced yesterday in this Act, will ensure that this increase is reflected throughout the Small Claims Court Act.

Amendments to the Companies Act will clarify the type of resolution needed by newly-amalgamated companies that wish to adopt articles. The adoption of articles will now require a special resolution, as opposed to a regular resolution. A special resolution is a resolution surrounding a fundamental change to the organization. A regular resolution would surround an operational change. A special resolution requires an agreement of two-thirds of shareholders, while a regular resolution requires only a majority agreement to pass.

In addition, changes to the Consumer Reporting Act will enable Nova Scotians to have expanded access, including on-line access to their credit information. This is something I know consumers, as they do their planning on an annual basis, is important to them but ability to get on-line at least once a year, free of charge, to have access to their credit information when making important household and life decisions, that they'll have the ability to do that unimpeded with a service fee.

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Amendments to the Public Trustee Act will allow the authority of the Public Trustee to extend beyond an individual's discharge from hospital or the termination for whatever reason of an Adult Protection Order. This has been the practice in common law for years now and we simply wish to have it recognized in the legislation. The amendments will also permit the Public Trustee to delegate some duties to the staff of the Office of the Public Trustee.

As I mentioned, Mr. Speaker, we talk about these as being housekeeping items but indeed they are significant and the implications are very important to the respective interest groups and the application of these in law.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, administrative changes to the Public Service Act will update the names or mandates of existing departments, repeal obsolete provisions and update the lists of the ministers in the Executive Council Act.

So, Mr. Speaker, that is a summary of what is included in Bill No. 124, the Justice Administration Amendment (2008) Act. Again I know that some of my colleagues may want to elaborate further on the impact in their own portfolio but I also welcome the feedback of the House. I do believe that when we say housekeeping changes, we do want to make sure that people are aware and offer debate because there may be a particular component of this that members of the House feel a need to respond to and address and we welcome that debate here in the Chamber. I look forward to Bill No. 124 proceeding with debate and the intercessions from my colleagues in the House, so thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier on an introduction.

THE PREMIER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you to my colleague for giving a moment of time. In the east gallery we have a gentleman from my own riding here today with us. He is from the community of Mabou, or actually in the general area of Mabou, and does many things in our community on behalf of the community. One of them is making sure that our local arena is well looked after for our young people.

I would ask Jeff Lee to stand up and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do welcome that gentleman from Mabou. I know that was a good rink and a rink that I've played in. In fact, there are probably a few old NHLers who might have been there in the past, so keep up the good work with that facility in your community, sir.

On a hockey note I suppose I should start off by congratulating and thanking the Montreal Canadiens last night because in the midst of me reading this housekeeping bill, at

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least the hockey game was exciting enough to keep me awake. I can tell you, when I get a bill of this nature and I look at what is included in it, it's an omnibus bill that includes a lot of really housekeeping issues, but as the minister said, it also includes a number of significant, important pieces of legislation that should be brought in to stand alone.

I will come to those individual concerns in a moment, Mr. Speaker. We're talking about changing the names of departments. We're talking about expanding the responsibilities when it comes to delegating for licences and permits for the bee industry and other such important pieces of legislation.

I can see those included in this sort of omnibus bill, they are housekeeping matters, but in the midst of all these other issues that are included, there are some salient features which I'd like to bring to the attention of the House and hopefully, when this bill proceeds through the House, with comments from those members present who would like to have comments, we'll also draw attention to the fact that there are some salient pieces of legislation here that if they're that important, they should be included on their own. They should be on the order paper on their own merit and their own strength. Those are the sorts of things that I'm sure would attract interest from various Nova Scotians, various interest groups who will be concerned about well, if this is such an important thing, when we look at the Consumer Reporting Act and these changes have been suggested, why doesn't the Consumer Reporting Act and these changes stand on its own and be brought in as an individual piece of legislation?

As I went though this bill last night and I looked at the changes that are coming forth, many of these things are playing catch-up when it comes to administrative changes. It's fine to have them in this legislation. However - there's always a however, of course - I want to point out that there are some important parts here that we should pay some significant attention to. I know, Mr. Speaker, at this stage of the bill, I'm not allowed to refer to particular clauses or specifics. I have to keep it general when we look at the debate that is taking place, but if I may, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to draw the attention of the House to that section of the bill dealing with the Public Trustee Act.

The Public Trustee Act is of some consequence when you look at delegation of authority that has been suggested here. This is an important piece of legislation and a piece of legislation that we should be debating on its merit and that when people appear in front of the Law Amendments Committee they would talk to that bill in itself, not the inclusion of Section 8 of a bill but the bill in itself should be allowed to stand on its own.

When we look at the Public Trustee Act and the changes that are made, when we look at particularly one clause, I know I'm not allowed to number the clause, but I can tell you it's the same number that Bob Gainey used to wear when he played for the Montreal Canadiens, I want members very clearly to look at that particular clause. That particular clause, Mr. Speaker, is something that we should be looking at individually and specifically and debating

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the merits or demerits of that particular part of the Public Trustee Act, but here it is included in an omnibus bill which includes all kinds of other administrative things of some consequence for departments opposite. But when we look at the Public Trustee Act, I would hope that this government would have introduced that as a separate piece of legislation so that those interested, when they appear in front of the Law Amendments Committee, will be able to discuss that particular clause. I note for those members of the public who might be listening or watching or reading Hansard, they should look at that clause that is named after Bob Gainey's number when he played for the Canadiens.

There is also a catch-up part to the legislation with the Small Claims Court Act. The Small Claims Court Act, a change that necessarily had to be made because of previous legislation, but if that is such a consequential and significant part of this bill, that particular piece of legislation should be introduced so that we can debate and stand on that itself and not have it included as one of the sort of add-ons at the very end of the bill, incidentally, Mr. Speaker. If I had begun the reading of the bill last evening in front of the hockey game, perhaps I should have started at the back and moved toward the front because there is more important legislation, in my view, although the Bee Industry Act is important, the bee industry is important, the delegation of those responsibilities are important, but those are administrative housekeeping Acts. That would not be controversial in any way. When we look at the Small Claims Court Act, and they add on a line that is included in the very last page of this particular bill, that is another Act that, in my opinion, should stand on its own.

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I heard the minister mention, and I appreciate him drawing attention to the fact that amidst all the other administrative changes that are being recommended here, he also mentioned the Summary Proceedings Act. The Summary Proceedings Act is an important piece of legislation. It deals with that issue when people fail to appear and how it causes backups in our courts, a significant and important change that this caucus is certainly willing to look at on its merit, but it is part of this omnibus bill again. If this is such a significant, important - and I believe it is, the Summary Proceedings Act - if this is such a significant and important piece of legislation, why aren't we talking about it on its own? Why aren't we debating its merits and demerits as I have suggested with a couple of other informations here?

I look particularly, however, and I draw the attention of the House to that clause of the bill and I won't number it again, I promise. I can't remember the number and I can't remember the NHL hockey player that it would be numbered after, but the Consumer Reporting Act and the disclosure of information, this is an important piece of legislation. When we look at the Consumer Reporting Act and this particular change, a change personally I think has been a long time in coming, that particular change is welcomed, but if it is such a significant and important change, how come we are discussing it in the midst of all the other things that are in Bill No. 124?

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Bill No. 124 includes a lot of housekeeping items, housekeeping items that we very quickly take care of and tidy up some of the loose ends when it comes to administration, the renaming of responsibilities, the looking at the Office of Gaelic Affairs, et cetera, all housekeeping matters. In the middle of all those housekeeping issues, there are certain salient points that I believe should have been allowed to stand on their own, the Public Trustee Act in particular, the Small Claims Court Act, the Summary Proceedings Act, the Consumer Reporting Act, those all should have been brought in on their own so that we, the critics involved, could have clearly looked at that legislation, looked at its values, looked at what people are going to say when they appear in front of the Law Amendments Committee.

You know we attract people to come to the Law Amendments Committee because of the issues that they are interested in. People have to be paying very close attention to Bill No. 124 when the title says it's an Act respecting the administration of justice, a bill dealing with the administration of justice. Then when you look at all the things that are included in this omnibus bill, when you look at all the housekeeping matters that are included, in the midst of it we have some really salient points that should be discussed and debated on the floor of this Legislature. So I encourage Nova Scotians to pay attention to Bill No. 124, to look particularly at some of the issues that we are going to bring forward with regard to the Public Trustee's Act in particular, the Small Claims Court Act, the Summary Proceedings Act and the Consumer Reporting Act - all important issues for Nova Scotians. With those comments, I'll take my place. I thank you for your patience today, particularly when I have to draw attention to Bob Gainey's number 23.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, it's with a sense of mixed emotions that I rise to speak on Bill No. 124, the Justice Administration Amendment (2008) Act. I know that the former Minister of Justice, now the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, will be reminded of the many occasions I have in the past nine years, I believe, lamented the Justice Administration Act. I know that my former colleague, the former member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, would join me in that criticism of the fact that back previously you did have Justice Administration Acts being brought in that had significant changes included in the omnibus bill and it was of great concern to us. Unfortunately under a majority government situation, we had very little power to do anything about it.

But, Mr. Speaker, as we all know, we find ourselves in a minority government situation now. I did listen very carefully to the remarks made by the Justice Critic of the NDP and would certainly signal to him that if it is his intention, based on his comments, to see that this bill be severed in separate parts, it is certainly something that I would be prepared to entertain. Rather than putting all of these changes in one bill, force the government to bring in separate pieces of legislation. So I certainly would signal right off the bat my willingness to look at that and make it easier for us as parliamentarians and for Nova Scotians to understand some of the changes which are contained in this bill.

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As has been pointed out by the minister, this bill does make a number of administrative type changes. Unfortunately, we find ourselves again with legislation that was passed either last Spring or last Fall being brought back to this House to make corrections due to errors when the bill was initially brought forward. So, again, to err is human but certainly, Mr. Speaker, this has become a yearly exercise. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, last year we had two Justice Administration Acts, A and B, both in the Spring session and Fall session. So it was a real big year for Justice Administration Acts last year.

Mr. Speaker, as has been said, our role as elected officials on behalf of Nova Scotians is to be able to debate legislation, explain to them the impact that legislation is going to have or may not have, and make sure that at the end of the day when we're voting on this that there's a clear understanding of what we're being asked to support. Again, this is a bill where there are some relatively minor changes but there are some significant changes which are taking place as well.

Mr. Speaker, when we spoke about the changes to the Small Claims Court last session, we did talk about increasing the general damages to $2,500. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, that wasn't reflected in the legislation or the proper language wasn't used at the time. Small Claims Court again, I have asked on numerous occasions here in this House, and outside of this House - we have been making significant changes to the Small Claims Court, especially in the dollar value that one can bring the matters to this court. I've always had a concern that this was going to have an impact on our adjudicators throughout the province in the fact that you are going to start seeing much more complex legal matters appearing in front of that court.

The Small Claims Court was initially set up to be a means for Nova Scotians to be able to have their relatively minor matters heard in a court which was less formal than our traditional court system. But, Mr. Speaker, by moving the limit of the Small Claims Court up to $20,000, there is no doubt that we are now seeing lawyers representing the parties at Small Claims Court and is getting to be a much more formal court than what I believe may have been initially intended.

One of the questions I asked, Mr. Speaker, was whether the adjudicators throughout Nova Scotia had been given the opportunity to make comment on these changes and the impact of these changes. I've asked the minister, both current and previous, to indicate to us as to whether these changes and the income limit for the Small Claims Court is having a positive effect or adverse effect and what changes might we want to look at as a result. Unfortunately to date, I have still yet to get any correspondence from the Minister of Justice indicating as to whether there have been discussions with adjudicators or if they've been given the opportunity to make comments on these changes. So unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, as an elected official, I am still not in a position to be able to indicate whether these changes have been positive or whether there's any further review required as a result of it.

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Mr. Speaker, I believe that there has been mention about the specific changes that are included in this bill but, as has been mentioned on second reading, there's quite a bit of latitude that is allowed when it comes to what we can discuss. When one looks at the title of this bill, the Justice Administration Act, then that certainly gives us the opportunity to discuss a whole host of issues relating to justice.

One of the issues which is most pressing for Nova Scotians today is the issue with our correctional facilities here in Nova Scotia. This is a government which, under John Hamm, after being elected in 1999, and in the years 2000 and 2001, closed rural jails throughout Nova Scotia. Now at the time they said the jails were outdated, they weren't modern enough, they didn't meet the needs of the correctional services and they closed those jails.

Now, Mr. Speaker, this certainly had an economic impact on those communities. This is the same government that closed rural courthouses throughout Nova Scotia. I know in my community of St. Peters, the Lions Hall which held court was closed due to the Progressive Conservative Government's decisions, and that certainly had a negative financial impact on that facility as well.

Mr. Speaker, when the government closed these rural jails they basically lost - I believe it is 148 cells, so 148 cells were taken out of the system. Now one would think that the government would say, here's our plan to replace those cells and to build new cells, modern ones and everything else. That was back in 2000-2001. Now here we are, in 2008, and there are no new cells and, lo and behold, we don't have enough cells to deal with the amount of inmates that we have here in Nova Scotia. So what is the government's solution? They build a new correctional facility in Yarmouth and they said this facility can now hold, I believe it is 76 inmates. This is what it is designed to hold - yet, lo and behold, the government announces a couple of weeks ago that this facility can now hold over 150 inmates rather than the previous 76 that it had been built for.

Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotians may not have a great deal of sympathy for inmates in this province, but I do believe that Nova Scotians have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women and the staff who work in the correctional facilities of Nova Scotia.

This government has found itself once again without a plan. They found themselves again dealing with a crisis situation, and one has to ask - well they closed the jails in the year 2000-2001, one would think that they would start to work on a plan at that time but maybe they forgot about. They are very busy, a busy government - maybe they forgot about it, but then we had Fred Honsberger here at Public Accounts Committee and when I put the question to him: When did you start indicating to the government that there was a need for new facilities in Nova Scotia? The answer? He said, two years ago. So two years ago he started indicating to this government and to the Minister of Justice that there was a need for

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new correctional facilities in Nova Scotia. Yet here we are, it is 2008, we're in April and still there is no construction of new correctional facilities in our province.

Mr. Speaker, if this was an issue, if justice was an issue that we'd say the government hasn't really paid much attention to - in many ways I feel they haven't paid much attention to, but one thing they have done is they've talked a lot, and in every platform it's been justice, it's been getting tough on crime, safer streets. In 1999, 2003, 2006, they were all major elements of the Tory election platform. Yet here we are, without enough cells for inmates in Nova Scotia. The Minister of Justice would say we're a victim of success - we're such a great government, we've been so tough on crime, who would have thought that we would have all these inmates now?

Yet we now know that the Director of Corrections two years ago was telling them that we need new correctional facilities. I believe it has been suggested there is a need to replace the existing facility in Antigonish and a need for a new facility in northern Nova Scotia - maybe in the riding of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, I'm not sure if they've gotten that specific yet, but the fact is, the other question I put to Mr. Honsberger was, if the government committed today to build these new facilities, when could we expect them to be ready? He answered very honestly, at least another couple of years. So here we are in a situation where we have had to have the Yarmouth correctional facility double its occupancy and now the Burnside facility is being asked to double its occupancy as well.

One would think that prior to announcing this, the government and the Minister of Justice would be able to stand in his place and say now, prior to making this announcement, here are the discussions that I have had with the correctional officers, here are the discussions I've had with the staff, here is the plan that we have to deal with double bunking of inmates and here's our plan going forward. Yet, once again, this government just doesn't seem to get it because they announced the double bunking for the Yarmouth correctional facility and Burnside, and then they said, we're now going to start speaking with the correctional officers as to how we're going to make this a reality. When is the change effective? Immediately. That's just not the way to do business.

I don't think any business person would operate in that fashion, why should they expect that the Government of Nova Scotia would be operating in that fashion. How is it that once again this government seems to lack the vision of being able to plan for the future and be able to tell Nova Scotians, here is what we want to do, here is how we're going to achieve it and here are our partners who are with us in achieving this? That's not the case.

I believe that the government and the Premier have indicated that justice is going to be one of the main issues they want to discuss during this session and I'm happy to hear that because yesterday I tabled legislation as well dealing with justice issues. That legislation was something that I described yesterday as common sense.

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Here is the situation we have in Nova Scotia right now under this Progressive Conservative Government. Correctional officers in Nova Scotia at both the Burnside facility and other facilities are trained that while they're inside the facility they are trained to use batons and they are trained to use pepper spray, for example, while they're in the facility. When they are transferring an inmate from the facility either to court, or to a hospital, or to any sort of appointment, these correctional officers are not permitted to bring a baton or pepper spray with them, so they are left completely unarmed.

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Mr. Speaker, if anyone can explain to me the logic as to why they would be permitted to use these items within the walls of the correctional facility and yet we do not permit them to use them when they are transporting inmates, it remains a mystery to me. That is why when we tabled that legislation, I hope the government will take the opportunity to look at it. We need to look at what we are asking from our correctional officers.

We all know, as we speak, that this Minister of Justice has to put on his resumé that he was the minister that had an inmate escape custody from Nova Scotia and who remains at large. That's not something that many of us would want to add to our resumé but that's a reality, Mr. Carvery is still at large. We haven't heard the minister indicate any special efforts to locate him, either. It almost appears to be that he's gone and that's it. Nova Scotians are very concerned that someone, who has been charged with the crimes that Mr. Carvery was charged with, has managed to escape custody in Nova Scotia, that someone who was in handcuffs and leg shackles, leg irons, managed to escape custody in Nova Scotia.

I have to say that when I hear the minister and this government talk about safer streets, that certainly rings hollow when one looks at what happened in that case. We now know that somehow - and it appears the department was aware of this - one could easily get out of leg irons with an apparatus to be able to trigger them and open them. Why is it that if we had this knowledge, that this government would not have been more prudent, especially coming from a government that talks so often about justice and the need for safer streets.

It's one thing to ask our police to do their work and get these inmates, get these individuals, to charge them, get them into a correctional facility and then for the Province of Nova Scotia and for this government to lose them. But not only did they lose Mr. Carvery, we now know there were at least three other instances where inmates were permitted to walk away from correctional facilities - whoops, walked away. Mr. Speaker, it's one thing to happen once, it's one thing to happen twice, but three times since 2008 and we're only in the month of April. There are still eight more months to go.

What message does that send to Nova Scotians? Here we are, after the escape of Mr. Carvery - and we're very fortunate, in that case no one was injured. It could very easily have been a more unfortunate situation because of the fact this individual was loose within the

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correction services van and there could have been injury to the correction services officers. Fortunately, that wasn't the case.

One would think the minister would have immediately said, I now see where those two correctional officers were vulnerable - they were unarmed and we need to address that. I need to show leadership because Nova Scotians want to make sure the last thing is that our correctional officers are put in harm's way and don't have any means of defending themselves. Instead, the minister says, I'm going to get an audit done, an audit's the way to go and the audit will report sometime in the Fall. What do we do in the meantime? Apparently, under this minister, absolutely nothing.

With all due respect, while the minister's touring the province speaking to chambers of commerce about the Youth Justice Act and changes he's pursuing - which all Nova Scotians have pretty much said they support and this House has already indicated its support - yet he still feels the need to try to go and see Nova Scotians. While he's touring the province, our correctional officers are being put in harm's way and that's unacceptable. It's completely unacceptable. Nova Scotians should get better leadership from this minister and better leadership from this government.

What situation are we in now? Naturally, the corrections officers - and I don't blame them - when they are being asked to do transfers of inmates who are considered high risk, they are refusing. That is their right to do so. If they feel their safety is at risk, the laws of Nova Scotia - under occupational health and safety - give them the right to refuse that work. So what's the minister's answer? Does he say, okay, I need to find some way of addressing the concerns of corrections officers? His answer is, I'm going to bring in police officers.

Here's a minister and a government that says, we're going to hire more police officers to put on the streets of Nova Scotia to make the streets safer, and rather than having them on the streets of Nova Scotia we now have them doing inmate transfers and sitting with inmates at hospitals or appointments or in court, rather than being there protecting Nova Scotians on the streets. It's become almost a farce, what is happening in our correction services. Again, I would point out it is a lack of leadership from the minister and a lack of direction from this government.

I've said it to some of my colleagues and I will say it here in the House, if the former Minister of Justice, who is now the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, was still the Minister of Justice today, there would not be inmates roaming free on the streets of Nova Scotia. Yet, that is the situation that we have here in this province.

Hopefully the Premier will take the opportunity to reflect upon his decision and reflect upon whether it was wise of him to take out the former Minister of Justice, who clearly had justice issues at his core - it was part of his being, everything about him screamed

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justice. Yet, we do not see the same from the current minister and I believe the Premier should reflect upon his choice on that.

Mr. Speaker, I hear some of my colleagues saying I'm being a bit too tough and maybe I am, but I have to tell you, when you see corrections officers coming to see our caucuses and they tell you, for example, in one of the facilities in Nova Scotia - which is considered a low-risk facility, but yet there still could be an uprising or some disorder in that facility - and you hear the corrections officers say they have one helmet and that helmet had been used at some point to do some painting and it's covered with paint and you hear about some of the deficiencies in the basic equipment they're given to protect themselves, it's an embarrassment. It's an embarrassment for our province and it's something I cannot believe is being allowed to continue under a government which has talked so tough on crime here in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I do hope the minister, with this Justice Administration Amendment Bill, and having been given the opportunity to discuss justice issues in this House, will reflect on the fact that we in the Liberal caucus - and I believe even the NDP caucus - are asking for leadership. It's asking him to be able to put actions behind his great talk on getting tough on crime and safer streets in Nova Scotia. We need to have our police officers on the streets, not transporting inmates from correctional facilities to appointments, but to be able to do that and to be able to change that, the minister needs to be able to show leadership, talk to the corrections officers and find ways to address the concerns that they have pointed out.

Mr. Speaker, as we've pointed out, many other jurisdictions, for example, allow corrections officers to use sidearms when they are doing transfers. Now, the minister immediately dismissed that suggestion saying the last thing he wanted is for an inmate to turn a weapon on a corrections officer. We all agree with that but what does that say for our police officers, for RCMP officers? Why do we give them arms if that is the fear that we're using for corrections officers? Corrections officers properly trained in other jurisdictions have sidearms and they use them for their protection and for the protection of the public. Why is this government waiting for an audit, a report in the Fall, when they have seen some of the concerns that have happened around our correctional facilities? I believe this is unacceptable because I believe there's a degree of common sense to these issues which one should never need an audit to be able to deal with common sense.

So, Mr. Speaker, I do hope that during the session the legislation that I've tabled and introduced in this House, that the minister will reflect upon it and that the minister would be willing to work with all Parties in this House to address some of the concerns around our correctional facilities. The budget is coming in on Tuesday. We'll have to wait to see whether there's any funding that has been set aside for new correctional facilities in this province but, you know, I don't think any Nova Scotian believes that double-bunking is the way to go. If this government is going to continue its talk on getting tough on crime, we have a duty to make sure we have the appropriate facilities to be able to meet that need. It rings

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hollow when you hear the minister, whether it's on the Youth Justice Act or on anything else, calling for longer sentences when we don't have anywhere to put inmates.

It just doesn't work, Mr. Speaker, but that's going to take leadership, it's going to take some vision, and it's going to take an actual plan. We await in this House to see what

this minister's plan is and how we can move forward together as elected officials to make sure we are meeting the needs of the justice system here in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, as well, as I mentioned with the Justice Administration Amendment (2008) Act, it gives you such an opportunity to talk about justice issues in this province, I want to talk on another topic which had been reported in the media and which I believe it's important that Nova Scotians be made aware of. It's an issue that not many Nova Scotians like to think of and not many Nova Scotians spend much time reflecting on and it may not even be a pleasant conversation for them to have, it is something that we as elected officials need to address. It is the situation that exists in this province with our lack of proper facilities for morgues and for forensic science in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I do want to take the opportunity to commend the Minister of Justice for the leadership he showed in asking members from both the Official Opposition and from our caucus to join him in touring the forensic facility and the crime lab down in Miami. Now, I know that some members of the media immediately questioned whether this was an opportunity to get down to a sunny resort. Nothing could be further from the truth. We had the opportunity through the leadership of the Department of Justice and especially the leadership of our chief medical examiner here in Nova Scotia, Dr. Matt Bowes, to be able to tour the facility that exists in Miami.

Mr. Speaker, it's very important for us as legislators to be able to deal with a whole variety of issues and under the leadership of the chief medical examiner, under the support of the Department of Justice and the government, it was an issue of us having the opportunity, the elected officials, to see what type of facility is being used in Miami which is considered one of the prototypes and is considered one of the leading educational institutions for forensic science and for the establishment of morgues throughout the world.

Mr. Speaker, we went to that facility and we had the opportunity to see exactly what it looked like. We started off, as soon as you arrive at the facility, it looks like any other facility. Once we got there, you have a nice reception area that is there and after we did get to the reception area, the Chief Medical Examiner for Miami-Dade was there to give us the tour.

Mr. Speaker, one of the first things that he pointed out to us upon arriving at the reception area was two rooms that are set off to the side. These are what they call the family rooms. The way it works in Miami is that should there be a homicide or a deceased individual would arrive at the morgue, they try to contact the family to identify the deceased

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individual. The family is first brought into a private room. This is a small room, some nice paintings, a couch, some chairs and a side washroom off from it.

I asked the Chief Medical Examiner - we see on TV where if someone is brought in to identify a deceased person, where they are brought down to the actual morgue, they lift the sheet and ask the person to identify if the deceased person is their loved one. Well, it was explained to us that that doesn't happen anymore. In this day and age in Miami, what they do is they take an actual photo of the deceased person, the face, and then they present that to the family within this private family room. Mr. Speaker, one of the main items that they stressed was respect for the family and respect for the deceased. So in that facility, the families don't go anywhere near the morgue. They are not exposed to any unpleasant scents, any unpleasant sights other than the photos that they may be shown, but there is a great deal of respect shown for the family. There are two of these family rooms that exist at that facility.

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Mr. Speaker, we had the opportunity to go and we actually witnessed what they considered there to be a harvesting of organs and a harvesting of tissue, in fact, is what we were exposed to. We learned that Miami-Dade has one of the highest rates of organ donation of anywhere in North America. On the flip side, we learned that Nova Scotia has one of the lowest rates of organ or tissue donation of anywhere in North America which is something I believe that we all need to work - both with the Minister of Justice and I believe all legislators - to bring a greater awareness to Nova Scotians on the importance of organ donation, tissue donation and certainly with the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations that does some of the awareness through the drivers' licences, it is a great thing but obviously we need to do more because the numbers are just not there.

Mr. Speaker, when you hear some of the success stories that are out there from the organ donation and it has even been suggested and apparently in one of the European countries, there is a reverse onus which basically it is assumed that everyone is an organ donor unless you actually say you do not wish to be an organ donor - I thank the Leader of the Official Opposition for his assistance here. He actually joined me on that trip.

Mr. Speaker, we got to see some of the harvesting of tissue. We had the opportunity to see some of the forensic labs that are used and lo and behold, we were actually brought into the morgue itself. We arrived on a Monday morning. Overnight 14 bodies arrived at the morgue, in one day - 14 that were there for the purpose of an autopsy. The rate of crime in Miami-Dade is overwhelming and something that is beyond belief for us here in Nova Scotia. The amount and the specific steps that they take in evidence gathering as part of the autopsy process and the minute that the body arrives was nothing short of amazing. Having a legal background myself - also the Leader of the Official Opposition and some of the staff from the Department of Justice - you certainly appreciate the important of evidence gathering

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and how essential it is not to make any errors in the continuity of evidence. Certainly in Miami, we had the opportunity to see that.

Even when we were in the morgue, we were brought into a room where the bodies were exposed and one autopsy was actually taking place. It's not a pleasant thing to see, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but for anyone who suggested that this was just a trip to get down to Miami, after seeing what we saw and being exposed to what we saw, I don't think anyone would consider that to be a vacation. I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, you could read all the documents you want, it would not give you the learning experience that we were given by touring that facility because when you walk into that room, when you see what is done, when you smell what you have to smell there, you have such a better appreciation of this work and the importance it is to forensic science, the importance it is to the respect to the deceased, respect to the families.

Mr. Speaker, we had the opportunity the next day to actually visit the crime lab - now this was more the CSI-type portion of it. We got to see gunshot analysis, DNA analysis. We were actually brought into a vault, or shown a vault, I should say, where they have a collection of all different types of weapons that could be used as part of their gunshot analysis and some of the guns that they have seized.

Mr. Speaker, I've had the opportunity, in going door-to-door, to see some impressive gun collections in my own riding of Richmond, from avid hunters and avid gamesmen. But when you walk into that room and you see - I believe it was well into the hundreds, the amount of weapons that were in that facility, and the nature of the weapons. There was actually an anti-tank rifle that had been seized from a home in Miami. Now why would anyone want an anti-tank rifle in their home? Who are they looking for? What are they expecting to do with an anti-tank rifle? Mr. Speaker, this rifle was taller than I am - not that I'm very tall but certainly it was almost seven feet in length. Yet the assault rifles that were there, it was almost like watching an old war movie. When I asked one of the officers who was there at the facility, I said where would you get this type of weapon? Who is selling these weapons? He said, with a proper gun possession card, you can go buy it at any local shop here in Miami.

When the look of amazement came on my face, he looked at me and said, you're Canadian, right? It was enough for him to understand why we have a complete lack of understanding of the gun culture that exists in the United States but certainly in Miami-Dade.

Mr. Speaker, that's another issue that we need to have a discussion on, as a province, as well. Currently, a great deal of our crime lab work is done in Ottawa. It is sent from Nova Scotia up to Ottawa and done in the RCMP crime labs in Ottawa. One of the issues that was raised is, can we justify the construction of our own crime lab facility here in Nova Scotia and possibly look at working with P.E.I., Newfoundland, New Brunswick or other provinces and having the work done here in Nova Scotia. This could create employment, this could be

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a quicker turnaround time for some of the forensic science here in Nova Scotia and I think it is something to look at. Again, I want to commend the Minister of Justice for exposing us to this discussion. I think it is something that we need to have, as a province.

Mr. Speaker, we had the chance to see the Miami facility, which again is the prototype, it is a world-class facility and obviously we would not be looking to build something of that scale here in Nova Scotia. But, after having seen that, and I want to commend the Department of Justice and Chief Medical Examiner Matt Bowes because rather than showing us what we have here in Nova Scotia first, he showed us what was in Miami first and then a couple of weeks ago we went to see what we have as a morgue and forensic facility here in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, needless to say that while Miami was an eye-opening experience for us, I believe that what we have here in Nova Scotia was a disappointing experience for us. Unfortunately, and it's not something I believe any government should be blamed for, I believe that as a province we've failed, all of us, to pay the attention necessary to forensic science here in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I won't go into detail of what we have here in Nova Scotia, but needless to say, it is extremely disappointing. More importantly, Mr. Speaker, I believe it is fair to say, and I speak on my own behalf - the Leader of the Official Opposition will be able to speak for himself - but I think it is fair to say that our caucus would certainly be very supportive of government investments to improve the morgue facility and forensic science facility here in Nova Scotia because there is no excuse for us to continue with the facilities we have today.

Mr. Speaker, while I mentioned the situation in Miami about the respect for the deceased and the respect for the family, in Nova Scotia we don't have a family room. We expect grieving family members to wait in the lobby area at the entrance of the MacKenzie Building where employees are walking by. It is business, it is traffic and grieving family members are left there to wait, no privacy.

From there, Mr. Speaker, right off the elevators, you open the door and you are in the morgue facility, right off the reception, not in the basement but on the main floor. Upon opening that door, words cannot describe the scent. There's no means of describing it. I don't think anyone would have had any scent, anything near the scent that is there. As soon as you walk in, the first thing you see is the refrigerated unit where the bodies are kept. Further down the hallway is where there are two tables, two rooms where they actually do the autopsies.

Where the forensic unit is, that section, is also the hallway that is used by employees to access the Tim Hortons at the Dickson Centre. So it is a common occurrence for employees to be walking back and forth in the morgue after going to pick up coffee and muffins. What respect is that for the dead? What respect is that for the families? Because,

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where is the family room? It's actually right next to the refrigerated unit, where you walk into a small room that has a curtain on the wall, they open the curtain and you're looking into a refrigerated unit and the sheet is lifted.

In that room, there are boxes and buckets that are up to the wall - that is where a family in Nova Scotia is asked to go grieve if they have to identify a deceased loved one. No Nova Scotian should be put through that.

I certainly want to commend Chief Medical Examiner Matt Bowes who has made it such a priority for respect for the family, but on top of that, respect for the deceased and the fact that we do not have appropriate facilities here in Nova Scotia. Again, it's an issue where most Nova Scotians would be saying, it doesn't impact me. I hope it never impacts any Nova Scotians, but in reality, it does. Families are asked to come in and families are asked to do identification. I believe, that as legislators, we wouldn't want it to happen to any of our family members and therefore I believe we have a duty to encourage the government and, I believe in this case, give our support to making the changes necessary to have proper facilities constructed here in the province.

I'm glad I had this opportunity because I've told Dr. Matt Bowes I would certainly give the support of our caucus. I've told the minister we would give the support and today, I have the opportunity on the record to indicate our caucus would certainly be in strong support of any government investments in the very near future, I would hope, towards the construction of a new forensic facility here in Nova Scotia, a new morgue facility, better family rooms, better technology - not only to respect the families. Certainly we have to make sure that, as I spoke of in Miami, we have the proper continuity of evidence here in Nova Scotia, that the chief medical examiner and his employees are able to do their work so that at the end of the day, we don't find ourselves in a situation where someone who may be guilty of a crime would be found not guilty by the courts because of a lack of continuity of evidence. Or, that the chief medical examiner or his employees weren't able to do their work appropriately due to the lack of facilities and the lack of equipment that they have.

Again, it's not a topic that's pleasant to speak about. It wasn't a pleasant experience to have to go visit morgues, but it certainly gave me a much greater appreciation of this line of work, a much better appreciation for the work done by Dr. Matt Bowes and his entire staff and the pathologists throughout Nova Scotia who do this work and some of our medical hospitals around the province. I think it's something that we, as legislators, have a big role to play in giving our support.

I just want to finish off by saying again, the fact that the minister brought both the Leader of the Opposition and myself with him and his staff. If he had not done that - and on Tuesday's budget, the Minister of Finance would have announced so many millions of dollars going towards the construction of a new facility - I can certainly tell you, I would not have been in a position to be able to tell Nova Scotians whether that was a wise investment

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or a wise use of their tax dollars. I would not have had the background or the knowledge of what takes place in forensic science here in Nova Scotia and I don't believe the Leader of the Opposition would have been in a better situation either.

By doing that, now I can stand and be able to tell the people of Richmond County and be able to tell Nova Scotians that this is a wise expenditure of tax dollars and something that should be supported. I think that's a message that should be given to all the ministers in government that by including the Opposition in many of these discussions, it does give us the opportunity to be able to have a better understanding to ask the questions beforehand. When decisions are being made and this House is being asked to support the expenditure of funds, we are in a position to actually be able to do so.

I believe I've gone on longer than I expected, but being this is the second day in the House, I believe I've gone on long enough. With the Administration of Justice bill, there is so much we could talk about. As I mentioned before, if the Justice Critic for the Official Opposition is serious in his complaints about certain sections of the bill that should be severed and should stand on their own, I again reiterate my willingness to meet with him and his caucus to look at whether certain provisions of this bill should be cut out and ask the minister to bring them as stand-alone legislation, if he feels that passionate that there's a need for discussion on those specific items. I've made that complaint before and I certainly would be willing to entertain that, if that is something he wishes to pursue.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I look forward to many other interveners on this specific piece of legislation and look forward, as well, to it being able to move forward to the Law Amendments Committee, where, as always, we look to Nova Scotians and many people who are working in the specific fields that are listed here in this bill to indicate to us whether there are any concerns or any other possible changes that we should be looking at through this specific legislation. With that, Mr. Speaker, I would end my remarks on Bill No. 124. Merci.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Mr. Speaker, if we are looking for the reasons that this House sits fewer days than any other Legislature in Canada, you could look at this bill as part of the reason. It's not the whole reason, but it's part of the reason. The bill is entitled, an Act respecting the Administration of Justice and there might be one section in it that actually has to do with the administration of justice. This might as well be called the Odds and Ends Act, the Bits and Pieces Act, the Miscellaneous Stuff Act, that we couldn't think where else to put it. It's just a whole bunch of things that have no connection to each other all put in under the title, the Administration of Justice Act.

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What that does, of course, is it short circuits the legislative process whereas each one of these items could be and should be its own separate bill, where there would be adequate notice to the public, opportunity to appear before the Public Accounts Committee, just a little bit more public knowledge about what's actually in the bill. Instead we have this omnibus bill, but we complain about this every year and if you look back in the record, you'll see us complaining about it, you'll see the Liberals complaining about it but they do the same thing year after year.

This bill will hurry its way through the process and I'm interested that the Justice Critic for the Liberal Party suggests that they are willing to join with us in breaking this bill up. It would be very interesting to talk to the Liberal Party about how that might be done.

Of course, part of the government's strategy in doing this is precisely that if the bill is stalled, or parts of it are defeated, the government simply points to the better parts of the bill and says, oh well, the Opposition must be against those when really what we're after is a proper legislative process that respects the processes of this House.

To give you an example of the kind of thing that should not be an Administration of Justice Bill, you just have to look at the first page. What on earth is a provision that amends the Bee Industry Act doing in a bill on the Administration of Justice? Did the minister hear about a problem that we have with swarmings and get the wrong idea? It seems pretty clear to me, after combing through the bill, that this section and many others need to be hived off, then we might have a honey of a bill and we might be able to create a little bit of buzz around the bill. I don't mean that to be a stinging rebuke to the minister, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, I would just like to point out to the honourable member that probably the bee keepers do not appreciate this stinging rebuke.

MR. SPEAKER: That is definitely not a point of order. We'll return to the honourable member that has the floor. The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MR. STEELE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to thank the member for Hants East for writing that part of my speech. But seriously, the bee industry is fundamentally important to the agricultural industry. They're suffering some real challenges with parasites and disease that are killing off colonies, but instead of having a stand-alone bill that we could debate and which we could have some input, there's an amendment to the Bee Industry Act in part of an Administration of Justice bill. Now, why on earth is that in an Administration of Justice bill and you could go down the list and say the same thing, what does it have to do with the administration of justice?

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Now, that particular provision has to do with the delegation of the minister's authority, which means the minister will no longer be dealing personally with certain matters under the Bee Industry Act. Is that a good idea? Is that a bad idea? Is that something the industry supports? Is that something the industry opposes? Is this another step down the road of ministers shielding themselves from responsibility of decisions made in their department?

Mr. Speaker, when we have a government, which on the Immigration file pointed the finger squarely at civil servants and said it was them who made mistakes, we have something to worry about here about ministerial responsibility and ministerial accountability. These things are worthy of debate in the House with a stand-alone bill, but instead it's just one more section crammed into an Administration of Justice bill.

Let me turn to another completely unrelated section of the Bill, Mr. Speaker - the amendment to the Consumer Reporting Act where at least the government has found the right problem but is proposing the wrong solution. There is a bill that will be forthcoming from this caucus on the same subject, but at least we have the right solution to the right problem and it has to do with whether people can get credit reports over the Internet, which in this day and age of identity theft is an important issue. The reason that Nova Scotians can't get credit reports over the Internet is that the Consumer Reporting Act currently says that those reports must be provided free of charge. The consumer reporting companies say we're not providing them free of charge. Therefore, if you live in Nova Scotia, you can't have them.

The obvious answer is to say that if somebody orders one of the reports over the Internet, the company can charge for it, but what the government is proposing here is that providing free reports is going to be eliminated completely, whether it's over the Internet or otherwise, when the existing system of having the right to have a free credit report by mail - which I've done myself and the system works fine - that the government is proposing to eliminate that in the hope that they can negotiate a deal with the credit reporting industry. That's not the right solution. So we can anticipate that further along in the process, Mr. Speaker, that this caucus will be proposing an amendment to that particular provision.

Then we get into other completely unrelated provisions of the bill changing the Executive Council Act, Mr. Speaker, changing the names of departments. I'm going to be saving the thrust of my remarks on that for a debate on other bills, but surely it will make Nova Scotians roll their eyes to see things like the creation of a stand-alone Department of Environment because we used to have one of those and who was it who eliminated it? It was them. It was this government that eliminated the stand-alone Department of Environment because at that phase in the history the emphasis was on efficiency, economy, small Cabinet, and so they merged different departments together.

Mr. Speaker, now, not very many years later, they're splitting the departments apart again and saying look at us, pat us on the back, aren't we great - we're creating a stand-alone

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Department of Labour and Workforce Development, and a stand-alone Department of Environment. We already had those until they eliminated them and now they're creating them again. I know one group of people who supports this government. Those are the people who print business cards and signs outside government offices because they're all going to have to be changed again. All those business cards that were printed when they put the departments together are now going to have to be thrown out and a whole new bunch printed with the new name of the department, but is there going to be any change in policy?

The Department of Environment is now going to be split off from the Department of Labour but they're still going to have the same minister, Mr. Speaker, and I guess we'll have to wait until the budget on Tuesday to see whether there's going to be any increase of resources, but it seems unlikely. It's the same thing that they did with Agriculture and Fisheries which used to be separate and then they put them together as part of their efficiency kick and then split them apart again but they had one minister for both, at least at the beginning.

It's the same with the Department of Environment. The issues in the Department of Environment have nothing to do with the name, they have to do with the management of the responsibility. In Chapter 3 of the latest Auditor General's Report, there is a stinging rebuke to the government and to the Department of Environment in particular, about how the Enforcement and Compliance Division of the Department of Environment is not working. People have lost confidence in the ability of that department to enforce compliance with the existing environmental laws and what is the government's response? It's to change the name of the department. I will have more to say on that, Mr. Speaker, when another bill comes before the House that creates or recreates or re-establishes a stand-alone Department of Environment.

We find also, Mr. Speaker, a mandate for the Office of Communications Nova Scotia which, as we all know, has existed for a number of years. Well, what mandate was it operating with if it hadn't had legislation up until now? It reminds me of another remark of the Auditor General who pointed out that the Department of Health Promotion and Protection has no legislated mandate, no strategic plan, after existing for, it must be, at least a couple of years now. So there are all these units of government that get created in order to create what I would refer to as illusions of progress, when looked at objectively and independently, there are serious issues of management. That is no more true than it is in the Department of Environment.

The revisions to the Public Trustee Act, which have nothing to do with anything that I have just talked about, are really important fundamental changes in the law, governing when somebody's affairs can be looked after by the public trustee. In these days of an aging population, of more people who are not competent - in the legal sense of the word - to look after their own affairs, these things are fundamentally important. This deserves a stand-alone piece of legislation that referred to a committee of the Legislature for hearings from the

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public so that we know what the problems are, what the options are, what the possible solutions are. Because there are many people who would have a great deal to say about when the public trustee should or should not be able to step in. Instead, we get something jammed into an Administration of Justice Bill, Mr. Speaker, which will race through this House. That's not the way to deal with those kind of issues.

The Small Claims Court Act amended, Mr. Speaker, just about the only thing in the entire bill that truly has to do with the administration of justice - it corrects an error that perhaps could have and should have been caught back in December when we amended the Small Claims Court Act in the first place. All this does is make a different section of the Act align with something that we have already done. That is the only clause in the whole bill that has to do with the administration of justice.

We say it year after year - the government should not be introducing legislation this way but year after year they do it. Year after year, Mr. Speaker, this House has short sittings and there are many reasons for that. This is one of them. This is not the way legislation should go through the House.

Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Liberal Party used most of his speech to talk about deficiencies in the administration of justice, properly speaking, and I would like to take some time to follow on that theme by remarking on one of my own. This is a government that is tough on crime but soft on details. In the last few weeks, we have seen the threat of illegal strikes by prison guards, we have had the threat of disturbances in our prisons, we have had a high-profile escape. In the past several months we have had three mistaken releases of prisoners, that we know about.

The case that I want to talk about that ought to be in this bill but isn't, has to do with the murder that was committed in my constituency three weeks ago. Early in the morning of April 5th, a young man was stabbed to death in my constituency and the accused is a younger man, a 17 year old, Mr. Speaker, and, of course, neither I nor anybody in this House would purport to say whether that young man is guilty or not of the crime but here is the essential fact for today's proceedings. That young man who now stands accused of murder was under a curfew imposed by the court. Whether he did the murder or not, he should not have been in that place. But that young man knows, as so many people who are under curfew or house arrest know, that there is no practical enforcement of that kind of court order. If that young man had believed that if he left the house where he was ordered by the court to be, if he had believed that he would be caught, that he was likely to be caught, then it is possible that he would have stayed home that night and he would not now stand accused of murder, and another young man would still be alive.

Mr. Speaker, instead of that we have an administration of justice bill that has very little to do with the administration of justice. What we find out in the Public Accounts Committee is that the GPS tracking system, which was much vaunted by the government two

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years ago - ten days before an election, the government announced a one-year pilot program and a contract awarded to a Nova Scotia company which, in turn, subcontracted with a Nebraska company for the GPS tracking of offenders who are on house arrest or on curfew.

That was two years ago that they announced a one-year pilot program, and since then there has been not one word in public about how that program is going. What we find out, Mr. Speaker, in the Public Accounts Committee is, in fact, the Nova Scotia company to which the contract had been awarded withdrew from the contract in frustration with the way it was being administered by this government, that it was not being dealt with the way the government said it would be, and that they could not earn a profit on the way the program was actually being administered.

There are more serious allegations than that which I am sure we will delve into, whether in the Public Accounts Committee or otherwise, about the administration of that contract and about certain things that officials of the Department of Justice are alleged to have said or have done, but I won't go into those here, Mr. Speaker.

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We find out that the contract for GPS tracking has been awarded to a different company - no news release this time, maybe because we're not on the verge of an election, Mr. Speaker. We don't know when that contract was awarded; we don't know. We didn't know to whom; we had to dig out that ourselves. The allegation is that it was done as a sole-source contract and it was done in such a way that it would not be visible to the public that the contract had been taken away from one company and awarded to another.

Mr. Speaker, the allegation is that the GPS tracking contract was, as it were, hidden in another contract that the company had legitimately won and they were told that since you're doing this, why don't you do the GPS tracking as well. The allegation is that the ankle bracelets are now being applied by this private security company rather than by professional guards.

All of these things have to do with the administration of justice. They have to do with whether the system is working or not, about who has an ankle bracelet on and whether that is allowing the Department of Justice to say that when you are under house arrest that you stay where you are supposed to be, that if you are on curfew you stay where you are supposed to be during the hours that you are supposed to be there. If that had happened, Mr. Speaker, it is possible that one young man would still be alive and another young man would not be facing a murder charge.

That is the administration of justice. Instead, Mr. Speaker, we have Bill No. 124 before us which has practically nothing to do with the administration of justice and, I would suggest, works contrary to the best interests of this House to have a grab bag of

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miscellaneous provisions, none related to the others and none having to do with the administration of justice. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm pleased to rise and speak on Bill No. 124, an Act Respecting the Administration of Justice. I, in fact, would like to commend the Attorney General for bringing forward this legislation. Relative to the Department of Agriculture and the amendments that pertain to the Department of Agriculture and Marketing Act and the Bee Industry Act, I would like to impart to members opposite that this is important legislation. We have, the government, an initiative called Better Regulations and Smart Standards and part of the principle of that legislation - or the main part of that legislation and initiative - is to turn around requests for permits and things of that nature within 10 days. Because of logistics, as members opposite could realize, that is not always possible.

The fur industry, for example, Mr. Speaker, a thriving industry I would submit, in your constituency and, of course, other ridings, is very much reliant on the fast turnaround and the expeditious dealing with these requests. Sometimes, through no fault of anybody's, these requests are unnecessarily delayed because of the current process that is in place. The idea, through these amendments, would enable the delegated authority to process the permits much more expeditiously. I believe, as minister, that makes a lot of sense.

Regarding the Bee Industry Act, while it is, I guess, fun to carry on a little bit regarding the Bee Industry Act, it, again, is another very important industry to the agriculture community. We have over 100 beekeepers who are registered with the provincial association. There is a beekeeper co-op in Cape Breton and there are, as well, a number of beekeepers who are not members of the Nova Scotia Beekeeper Association or co-op. Each time that the bee industry, beekeepers apply for a permit, again there is a process in place that sometimes isn't as advantageous as it could be and hence, I have asked, and the government has approved bringing forward this amendment to delegate authority to issue these permits.

So I just wanted to bring to the attention of the House that these amendments would be very important to the agriculture industry. I should speak, too, a little bit to the bee industry and the fact that we have an importation ban, as I am sure the Agriculture Critics would know opposite, in the Province of Nova Scotia. We have that importation ban in place to assist the beekeeping industry because we believe while we do have some problems with disease, compared to other jurisdictions, the concerns and the difficulties that we have are much less than in other jurisdictions. In North America, in fact, I am told that Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, because we do share some of the bees that we have and produce, if you will, in Nova Scotia, with Prince Edward Island and vice versa. But we have a very healthy bee industry in Nova Scotia. The reason we have that healthy industry in Nova Scotia is because we do not allow importation unless there are some exceptional circumstances. So

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you may notice when you arrive in Nova Scotia from another jurisdiction that the signs are up that the importation of bees is banned in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Now pollination is very important - in fact, it is indisputable how important pollination is to the farmers of Nova Scotia. While many farmers don't own bees, the farming community - and I would submit, legislators and others - appreciate how important the bees are to the fruit and vegetables in the Province of Nova Scotia, whether they are domestically grown or whether they are wild fruit. The bees do a lot of work. Mr. Speaker. The necessity to issue permits and expedite these permits is something that I think will be very good and I understand probably that element of this legislation would be supported by all members in the Nova Scotia Legislature.

Mr. Speaker, the Agriculture and Marketing Act itself, outside of the Bee Industry Act - they're two separate Acts, two separate pieces of legislation. But the Agriculture and Marketing Act is a very important piece of legislation and in that Act, while we were talking about amending it to permit the minister the provision to delegate authority relative to permits, as well, we want to again take every opportunity to stress the importance of the agriculture industry to the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, we know that the dairy farmers in Nova Scotia, for example, have concerns regarding the World Trade Organization negotiations and members on this side of the House especially - and I would say members on the opposite side of the House - are very, very concerned about the World Trade Organization negotiations regarding the supply managed system. Just yesterday I was very, very pleased that we had unanimous consent regarding a resolution that I advanced on behalf of supply management and I want to thank the NDP and I want to thank the Liberals for their support.

We will, in due course, make sure that the dairy farmers of Nova Scotia, the poultry producers, the egg producers, the turkey producers, all the farmers and their families that depend on supply management - we want to make sure that they understand that the Nova Scotia Legislature unanimously support supply management. I am very proud of the members in the House for standing behind that resolution and we will, in fact, make sure, as I'm sure other members opposite will take the opportunity to impart their support to the farming community.

Mr. Speaker, there are commodities unfortunately that are struggling in Nova Scotia, trying to deal with international challenges, domestic challenges, and I'm sure that we are very mindful, as MLAs, of those issues. You need look no further than the pork industry. This government has put forward programming, some ad hoc programs, some direct payments to help the pork producers. We have put forward traditional assistance programs but it's interesting enough - was it just last week the federal government, perhaps it was two weeks ago, the federal government came forward with a program. I think it was a $50 million program to assist farmers with the culling, if you will, of hogs because it's not just a problem

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in Nova Scotia, it's a problem right across Canada, especially, trying to make profit raising hogs. So the federal government has put forward a program.

I've had some discussions with Pork Nova Scotia, Mr. Speaker, and have asked that that program be retroactive to September 1, 2007, because in its current form that program is only retroactive to November 1st and, unfortunately, some hog farmers essentially exited the business before November of 2007. So I'm hoping that our federal Minister of Agriculture will support the request although it may require some additional monetary and, Mr. Speaker, you know how difficult that is when, in fact, you have done your budgeting and then, of course, something comes forward outside of the budget in terms of a pressure. So we're going to work with the federal minister, work with Pork Nova Scotia, and I know again, and it is by coincidence that again that's a very important industry in your riding. I guess I'll give you that, that it was a very important industry in the riding of Clare and I do appreciate you bringing it forward.

I want to commend you, Mr. Speaker, as the MLA for the area, for bringing forward the issues on behalf of the farmers but it is quite clearly a national problem and although we certainly are not here to boast and brag about the plan that we brought forward, we do think at the time it was very appropriate and in fact visionary that we recognized that the taxpayers of Nova Scotia just could not continue to subsidize the difference between the cost of production and actually what you are getting for the price of the hog. Anyway, some have transitioned to other models and we still have some difficulties with the existing farms and we want to work with them, we want to work with Pork Nova Scotia and we will work with the federal government as well regarding that new program to assist the farmers.

Mr. Speaker, I'm only going to speak perhaps for a couple of minutes longer on these two amendments but, again, I would speak in support, obviously, of these two particular amendments. I know there are several amendments in the Justice Administration Act and I believe other members, perhaps ministers, would want to speak relative to some of the concerns that would fall within the jurisdiction of their department. For example, we're talking about the Companies Act, we're talking about the Consumer Reporting Act, we're talking about the Executive Council Act, the Public Service Act, there's any number of changes and some of it is termed housekeeping and we could call the changes to the Agriculture and Marketing Act and the Bee Industry Act barn-keeping issues.

Quite honestly, these are very important pieces of legislation and they shouldn't be given short shrift by members opposite. Again, I want to say that I very much appreciate the Attorney General bringing forward this legislation and trust that all members of the House will be supporting it. Thank you.

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

The honourable Minister of Justice.

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HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, before closing debate on Bill No. 124, the Justice Administration Amendment (2008) Act, there are just a couple of comments about this. As I indicated going into the debate earlier this morning, it was about the fact that indeed I did not consider what is deemed to be a housekeeping bill to be irrelevant, or frivolous, or lacking the appropriate amount of debate, it was about the streamlining of a process that has been well talked about. I would say I've also indicated to my colleagues that we should take the appropriate time to debate these matters. When people talk about the length of debate and days in the House that are spent, when I count up the hours that we spend as members of this Legislature, that we spend here and have, in session, extended hours, probably compared to other Legislatures we would have more hours in than most other Legislatures would in terms of how they have their schedule.

I do agree, as other members have talked about, that there may be a need for reform of practices and procedures. I've heard people talk about the need for more family-friendly hours of the Legislature, more need for looking at what's relevant for the types of debates and procedures. I do believe that it does raise - rather than having a debate in the media or some sense that we do not meet as legislators - as Executive Council members, as caucus members, people who serve on the Legislative Committees of this House, people who are working throughout this province in their own constituencies, the work of the Legislature goes well beyond the four walls of this Chamber and this building. It is constantly a 24/7 endeavour that we do.

I do believe for another day there is a full discussion that we need to have amongst all Parties and members of this House about the relevance of the policies and procedures that we do follow in terms of the operation of the House and I do believe that's a good one to have. However, I don't think it relates specifically to Bill No. 124 and indeed in taking the appropriate amount of time to discuss it. So I do understand that if we move past second reading, I would encourage any vested interest, or stakeholder group, or member of the general public and indeed, members of this Legislature will have the opportunity in the Law Amendments Committee, as we recognize as the only form of its type in Canada, to have an opportunity where the public can come before this Legislature. That's a unique thing that doesn't often get celebrated that we do have that available to Nova Scotians and special interests to come and have their say on a piece of legislation. Other Legislatures do not provide that mechanism beyond the legislative members themselves.

Again, we have that opportunity. There's an opportunity for anyone, with any specific element of Bill No. 124, to discuss that in the Red Chamber during the Law Amendments Committee and then further to that, to have the opportunity to come back when we have third reading and have a fulsome discussion following any enlightenment and other aspects. There is an opportunity, as you know, for members of the Opposition to propose amendments if they feel there are any faults or flaws.

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I've heard concern, Mr. Speaker, about what is contained in the bill, but I haven't heard specifically that it, itself, is full of faults and flaw - but that's what the law amendments process is indeed intended to do. I encourage people and look forward to that opportunity to see that.

I also know that my honourable colleague from Richmond and his viewpoint with regard to justice and issues of the day - I do also recognize that there will be other opportunities such as Oral Question Period where I, as minister, will be held to account as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, for any of the measures that we take as a government and any of the departmental initiatives that I have to oversee. Indeed, those public issues that quite frankly, Mr. Speaker, were about transparency and opening the process up and being willing to go under a microscope and say if there are matters for areas for improvement, items that have to be corrected, then we are going to do that. I think that is what the public expects of us and I intend to do no less than what the public deserves, and that is a fullness of opportunity for debate and understanding of where our systems are.

Again, there is the written law, there is the application indeed in terms of the operations of how it affects average Nova Scotians who want safer and more secure communities and, indeed, better government. That's why we're here. In this, the 250 years that we celebrate Democracy 250, we should be challenging one another. We should be doing exactly what we've heard in this debate here today - to challenge what our perspectives are.

At the end of the day, Mr. Speaker, I know that as Bill No. 124 moves through, if we've been challenged, if we have to make changes, then indeed democracy is living strong and well in Nova Scotia because we'll have done what the people deserve and that is to have the best, most open form of democracy there is.

So again, we do that by the laws of the land which we are professing and proposing and that's what this bill does. Again, in noting that it's housekeeping in terms of its reference, I do not diminish in any way the significance of any of the components thereof, nor do we have any intention, as the government, to try and move it swiftly through. There are opportunities for fulsome debate and I welcome that debate.

I do want to thank my colleagues for their intercessions here today; their comments have been duly noted. I appreciate that and I look forward to the other forums that we have, to have the elements of debate and to be held to account, as a minister, here on the floor and I look forward to that opportunity when questions come forward in Oral Question Period.

In the interim, Mr. Speaker, I think at this point I'm very pleased to move second reading of Bill No. 124.

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MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 124. Is the House ready for the question? Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, will you please call Bill No. 117.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

Bill No. 117 - Securities Act

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

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise for a few moments this morning to speak about Bill No. 117 which is proposing amendments to the Securities Act, and I am speaking on behalf of my colleague, the Honourable Michael Baker, Minister of Finance, who is responsible.

Just to kind of review a little bit for members of the House - they may remember back in 2006, and I think it was the Fall session then, that there were significant changes made to the Securities Act in this province. Really what we are doing now, having done that in 2006 we've had a chance to reflect, to have input from those who work in securities and are involved in the administration of the Securities Commission, is probably taking their advice in light of the information that we have and making some additional changes. So effectively this legislation is a continuation of a process which started in the Fall of 2006.

Mr. Speaker, Nova Scotia is committed to promoting an effective and efficient securities market in Canada, and I don't know how many members in the House understand that the issue of securities has been on the national agenda of the Ministers of Justice and the ministers who are responsible for securities in the individual provincial and territorial jurisdictions for a number of years. Indeed, it was about a year ago that I attended a meeting on behalf of my colleague, it was in Niagara-On-The-Lake in Ontario, with the federal Minister of Finance at that time, it was Mr. Flaherty - and I guess it still is Mr. Flaherty - and one of the topics which he raised for discussion among the provincial and territorial ministers was the whole issue of securities on a national scale.

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That was a product of a discussion that Nova Scotia had been participating in for some time with the other jurisdictions to try to harmonize, streamline and modernize securities regulation right across the country. Members may be aware, too, because it has been in the press recently, the federal Finance Minister calling for a national securities commission. I think members will remember that. Not all the provinces and territories are on side for that at this particular time - it may very well come in the future, but you know not everybody is there. So the current practice is to try to harmonize and streamline, modernize securities regulation right across the country and these amendments that are being proposed are part of that very, very important work.

Primarily, the intent is to remove unnecessary red tape in the system. I was rather interested in hearing the comments of the member for Halifax Fairview when he was debating the last bill, and I was a little amazed to hear him, it appeared to me, to be speaking against the government trying to remove red tape, as did the member for Richmond. I looked at that and some of the efficiency of including some things in the Justice Administration Bill as opposed to - you know Nova Scotians want to get rid of red tape. We have had a Red Tape Reduction Task Force and I know in the case of my department we are very conscious and very proud of the efforts of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations to get rid of red tape. (Interruptions)

Mr. Speaker, indeed, I am proud to say that we have some very concrete standards which I would be happy to share with the member for Richmond about our turnaround time on document processing, and the fact that we can do this with about 95 per cent efficiency is very, very good. So anyway, what we are trying to do is move the efficiency that we have in the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and removal of some of the red tape there is to move some of that practice into the securities system.

I want to tell you, Mr. Speaker, at the same time, the fact that we want to remove red tape, we know it is very important to have safeguards there so that the systems work fairly and properly in order to see that investors are protected. I think we have had a couple of cases in Nova Scotia that have received widespread publicity and, indeed, I think I heard of one of them in the news in the past week. We want to see that our investors are protected, we want companies to disclose important information on time, and we also want to see that investment properties are properly registered.

Now some of the specific amendments in this bill will allow Nova Scotia to join with other provinces in implementing a national registration system. The streamlined registration process will help remove interprovincial and territorial barriers and reduce costs for companies that are selling mutual funds and other securities. Basically what it means is that companies registered in one province won't have to repeat that process in nine other provinces. In other words, if you are registered to do business in one province, then you can be easily registered to do business in the others rather than going through the whole application process again.

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Mr. Speaker, this is good for everyone - it's good for the investors in Canada and in Nova Scotia; it's good for the companies that do securities business in Nova Scotia and in Canada. It also means the Nova Scotia Securities Commission can focus on the regulation of Nova Scotia securities companies, and that is important. Investors will ultimately benefit from the improved efficiency in the securities market. The target to implement this new registration system right across Canada is 2009, so this legislation is timely and it is necessary.

Other amendments in the bill will enhance the securities commission's authority for consumer protection. For example, the commission will have specific authority to review materials like financial statements, news releases, and other annual information forms. These are the kinds of materials that investors rely upon.

In summary, the amendments in Bill No. 117 will help improve securities regulation, not only in Nova Scotia but across Canada.

I would now move adjournment of debate on Bill No. 117.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion before the House is that debate on Bill No. 117 be adjourned. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government's business for today. I move the House do now rise and meet again on Monday from the hour of 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Following the daily routine, government business will be Public Bills for Second Reading, continuing with the debate on Bill No. 117, the Securities Act, followed by consideration of Bill No. 126, the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act and, subsequent to that, either Bill No. 123 or Bill No. 125. So moved.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The motion before the House is for the House to rise and meet again on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The House stands adjourned until 6:00 p.m. Monday.

[The House rose at 11:30 a.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1977

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 the West Hants Atom AA Warriors were crowned Nova Scotia Provincial Champions in Lantz the weekend of March 28-30; and

Whereas West Hants finished the tournament with a 3-0-1 mark with wins over Pictour 3-1, East Hants 4-1 and Port Hawkesbury 3-2 while tying Bedford 4-4 and seeing Joshua Lake Crossley being named tournament All-Star Goalie, Jabes Benedict All-Star Defenceman and Michael Dill, the tournament's MVP; and

Whereas the Warriors had tremendous leadership all season long from Head Coach Troy Benedict and his assistants, Adam Sexton and Greg Wile and Manager Dan Morrison along with Trainer Rick Connors and volunteers Alan Comeau, Mike Lapierre and Tracy Comeau;

Therefore be it resolved MLAs in this Legislature commend the West Hants Atom AA Hockey Team for a tremendous championship season and wish them every success in future years, both on the ice and at school.

RESOLUTION NO. 1978

By: Mr. Patrick Dunn (Pictou Centre)

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

Whereas New Glasgow Mayor Ann MacLean and town CAO Lisa MacDonald were both very pleased to add the town to a growing list of Canadian municipalities that are part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection at a meeting in Ottawa this February; and

Whereas the Pictou County town is one of 150 communities that has enlisted with the organization and is one of only 20 that has already achieved many of its goals, placing the town in the top 15 per cent in Canada; and

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Whereas the town is now in its fifth and final stage of the program and hopes to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent by the year 2013; and this plan compliments a tree planting initiative and switching all traffic and street lights to LEDs in an effort to reduce the town's carbon footprint;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send congratulations to the Town of New Glasgow and the fine example it sets to not only other Nova Scotian towns and communities, but to rural centres across Canada.

RESOLUTION NO. 1979

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 late last year the Harbour Authority of Big Bras d'Or Society received $15,000 from the Innovation Program, allowing harbour authorities across the province to apply for assistance for 50 per cent of infrastructure and wharf maintenance costs; and

Whereas this non-profit organization has been working extremely hard since 1997 to manage the operations and maintenance of the wharf that used to be the responsibility of the federal government; and

Whereas this funding allowed the authority to continue working on the wharf, providing safe and efficient facilities for vessels using it and it also meant the authority could complete any work in time for the Spring fishing season;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House send congratulations to the Harbour Authority of Big Bras d'Or Society on its recent funding, but more importantly, for working so hard since 1997 to maintain one of Nova Scotia's important wharves.

RESOLUTION NO. 1980

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence are designed to recognize excellence in the tourism industry throughout Nova Scotia; and

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Whereas Michael Tavares and Neil Hisgen, owners of the MacKinnon-Cann Inn of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia are recipients of one of the 2007 Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence; and

Whereas the recipients of the Tourism Business of the Year Award, they are being recognized specifically for their efforts in outstanding service and commitment to the preservation of the unique heritage of Yarmouth through their focus on quality in the restoration and operation of the MacKinnon-Cann Inn;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize Michael Tavares and Neil Hisgen, owners of the MacKinnon-Cann Inn, congratulate them for their excellent work in restoring heritage homes in Yarmouth and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1981

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

Whereas Ariel Smith is a two sport star excelling in volleyball and basketball at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School; and

Whereas her high caliber of play and dominance on the court affects the way other teams play their game and has helped her teams to win many championships and tournaments in both sports; and

Whereas Ariel Smith has been recruited by the University of Winnipeg to attend university there and add her talent to those already on their impressive teams, recognizing Ariel's academic and sporting achievements;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ariel Smith and wish her well as she pursues her education and sporting future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1982

By: Hon. Richard Hurlburt (Energy)

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

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Whereas each year the Yarmouth AAA Mariners travel to Pictou to participate in the Mainland Atom AAA Championship from March 21-23, 2008; and

Whereas the Yarmouth Atom AAA Mariners won all five tournament games with no ties or losses and earning shutouts in two of these games; and

Whereas all players, and especially Jordan Messenger, Scotty Perry, Jessy Lennox, Matthew Barron, Tristan d'Entremont, Rylan Perry, Colby Muise, Allie Munroe excelled in the five wins and no loss accomplishment;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate all players of the Yarmouth Atom AAA Mariners.

RESOLUTION NO. 1983

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Carmen Shaw of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association won the gold medal in the Atom B League tournament on March 8 and March 9, 2008, held in Chester, Nova Scotia; and

Whereas hockey is an enthusiastic and passionate sport that needs a lot of skill, devotion, hard work and dedication, the team put forth its best effort in succeeding to win the gold medal; and

Whereas the coaches and assistant coaches, Travis Devine, Demiah Symonds, Shannon Garland, are very proud of their team for its great sportsmanship and hard work in winning the tournament;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Carmen Shaw of the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Association Atom B team for winning the gold medal in the Shelburne County Minor Hockey Atom B team tournament held in Chester on March 8 and March 9, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 1984

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

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Whereas Cameron Jesso of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys basketball team won the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008; and

Whereas the Barons defeated the undefeated Yarmouth Junior Bulldogs by a score of 46 to 42 and they also defeated the Lockeport Greenwaves with a score of 46 to32 in the championship game; and

Whereas Cameron led the Barons with 16 points against the Bulldogs and he scored 10 points in the championship game. This is the first win for the Barons in the district championship games since the 1990s;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Cameron Jesso of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys basketball team for his participation in winning the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February20, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 1985

By: Mr. Sterling Belliveau (Shelburne)

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

Whereas Chad Nickerson of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys basketball team won the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008; and

Whereas the Barons defeated the undefeated Yarmouth Junior Bulldogs by a score of 46 to 42 and they also defeated the Lockeport Greenwaves with a score of 46 to 32 in the championship game; and

Whereas this is the first win for the Barons in the district championship games since the 1990s;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Chad Nickerson of the Barrington Barons Junior Boys basketball team for his participation in winning the Shelburne/Yarmouth District Championships on Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

RESOLUTION NO. 1986

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Education)

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

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Whereas physical activity, athletics and good sportsmanship are integral to the development of responsible young adults; and

Whereas the members of the Central Colchester Junior High Bears girls basketball team include Katie MacKenzie, Rachel Wright, Marissa Glenjen, Emily Johnson, Brooke Densmore, Kandace Hewlett, Payson Saunders, Jay Simms and Courtney MacKenzie, along with captains - Sara Densmore, Heather Rushton and Alicia MacKinnon; and

Whereas in March the team captured the district championship with a 72 to 50 win in the final;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their congratulations to the Central Colchester Junior High Bears girls basketball team on their victory.

RESOLUTION NO. 1987

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Immigration)

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

Whereas The United Way of Lunenburg County invests in many community programs; and

Whereas The United Way partnered with the South Shore Regional School Board to help fund specialized recreational equipment that will engage youth in new and creative recreational activities; and

Whereas a grant of $10,000 funded a new Dance Dance Revolution in South Shore schools in which students dance by stepping on pads that light up in random order, synchronized to the tempo of recorded music;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the incredible efforts of the Lunenburg County United Way for making a difference in our communities.

RESOLUTION NO. 1988

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

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

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Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Olivia Pitman participated in the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field; and

Whereas Olivia won the junior girls 400, 800 and triple jump, and placed third in the 1,500;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Olivia Pitman on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1989

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Rachel Pineo participated in the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field; and

Whereas Rachel won three individual gold medals and a silver medal; first in 80 metre hurdle, first in 800 metre, first in pole vault and second in the 400 metre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachel Pineo on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1990

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Rachel McIntosh participated in the 2007 N.S. School Athletic Federation Western Region Track and Field; and

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Whereas Rachel set regional records in the 80 metre hurdle and the triple jump and earned two more gold medals in the high jump and long jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachel McIntosh on her great achievement at the Regional Track and Field Championships

RESOLUTION NO. 1991

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

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

Whereas badminton is a very demanding game; and

Whereas badminton is a sport that players must have stamina, strength, speed and good hand eye co-ordination; and

Whereas Matt Taylor was chosen as the "Junior Most Improved Player" on the Hebbville Academy Badminton Team;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Matt Taylor on being chosen the Junior Most Improved Player

RESOLUTION NO. 1992

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

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

Whereas hockey is alive and thriving on the South Shore; and

Whereas getting an opportunity to play for an elite prep school is quite the accomplishment; and

Whereas Jory Uhlman of Bridgewater was recruited to play for Hoosac, the defending Division 2 New England Prep School champions;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jory Uhlman and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1993

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas badminton is a very demanding game; and

Whereas Badminton is a sport that players must have stamina, strength, speed and good hand eye co-ordination; and

Whereas Emma Quigley was chosen as the "Junior Most Valuable Female Player";

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Emma Quigley on being chosen the Junior Most Valuable Female Player

RESOLUTION NO. 1994

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is usually the result of a lot of training and exercise; and

Whereas Cameron MacLennan participated in the 2007 N.S. Athletic Federation Western Region Track and Field Championships; and

Whereas Cameron won the Junior Boys 400 and 800, along with a silver in the 1500 metre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cameron MacLennan on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 1995

By: Hon. Carolyn Bolivar Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas Brendan Hayward and Elizabeth Dorey of Parkview Education Centre participated in a humanitarian project in the Dominican Republic; and

Whereas Hero Holidays gives students hands on experience with bringing practical assistance to those living in extreme poverty; and

Whereas this program provides help in building homes, distributing supplies, providing food and help with medical attention;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House give thanks to Brendan Hayward and Elizabeth Dorey for giving of their summertime vacation to those less fortunate.

RESOLUTION NO. 1996

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

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

Whereas badminton is a very demanding game; and

Whereas Badminton is a sport that players must have stamina, strength, speed and good hand eye co-ordination; and

Whereas Shaun McIntosh was chosen as the Intermediate Most Improved Player;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Shaun McIntosh as being chosen the Intermediate Most Improved Player.

RESOLUTION NO. 1997

By: Carolyn Bolivar-Getson (Human Resources)

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is usually the result of hard training and exercise; and

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Whereas Rachel McIntosh won four medals for Parkview Education Centre at the N.S. School Athletic Federation Track and Field Provincial Championships; and

Whereas Rachel also set a new provincial record in the 80 metre hurdles;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachel McIntosh for her success at the Provincial Track and Field Championships and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1998

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Steward Rand of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 1999

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Will MacNeil of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2000

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Caitlin Creaser of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2001

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Kyle Colp of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2002

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rachel Eddy of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2003

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Jessica McIntosh of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2004

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Ann Pottie of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2005

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Bria Faulkenham of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Chuko Kpolugbo of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2007

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Isabel Bressmer of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2008

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rebecca Bell of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2009

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rachael Pineo of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2010

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Megan Stobbe of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2011

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Oliver Hatheway of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2012

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Fernando Sanches of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2013

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Morgan Smith of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2014

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Rachel Peveril of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2015

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Alexandr Stabenow of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2016

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Brittany Barkhouse of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2017

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Aaron Bishop of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2018

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Chris Myers of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2019

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

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

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Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Eduardo Laing of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2020

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

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

Whereas Parkview Education Centre was represented with pride at the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Track and Field Championship in Lower Sackville; and

Whereas Coaches Shane Eno, Jamie Mason, Heather MacKinnon and Dean McDow worked very hard this year to come out against some very competitive teams; and

Whereas Parkview Education Centre Senior Track and Field team brought home the 2007 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating team member Jeremy Barnes of Parkview Education Centre on winning the provincial senior title.

RESOLUTION NO. 2021

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

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

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Whereas Mattias Wolter of Bridgewater represented his school well at the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field Championships; and

Whereas Mattias did his school proud as he won four gold medals; and

Whereas Mattias won the 100 metre hurdles and set records in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metre runs for intermediate boys;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mattias Wolter on this amazing accomplishment and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2022

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

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

Whereas badminton is a very demanding game; and

Whereas badminton is a sport that players must have stamina, strength, speed and good hand-eye coordination; and

Whereas Moira Frier was chosen as the Most Valuable Female Player;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Moira Frier on being the recipient of the Most Valuable Female Player.

RESOLUTION NO. 2023

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

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Whereas Justin Taylor participated in the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field; and

Whereas Justin set a record in the Junior Boys 3,000 metre and finished first in the 1,500 and second in the 800 metre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Justin Taylor on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 2024

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Jennifer Pitman participated in the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field; and

Whereas Jennifer finished first in the intermediate 400 and 800, second in the high jump and third in the triple jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jennifer Pitman on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 2025

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

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

Whereas recycling has become a very important way of life; and

Whereas waste reduction is crucial in our efforts to improve our environment; and

Whereas Ellora Natural & Organic Foods of LaHave, Nova Scotia, is Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre Business of the Month;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ellora Natural & Organic Foods on their waste reduction effort and promotion of recycling within their community.

RESOLUTION NO. 2026

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Cameron McLennan participated in the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field; and

Whereas Cameron set a new standard for the Junior Boys 800 metre and also won the 400 and finished third in the 1,500 metre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cameron McLennon on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 2027

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

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

Whereas 4-H is a nationwide program dedicated to the development of young people since 1913; and

Whereas 4-H members engage in skill development, such as public speaking and form long-lasting friendships; and

Whereas Allie Crouse of Bridgewater was chosen as one of Nova Scotia's participants in the exchange program to travel to Manitoba because of her contributions to the 4-H program and community involvement;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Allie Crouse and all the participants in the Annual Royal Bank of Canada Interprovincial Exchange Program.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2028

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

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

Whereas the 2007 Relay for Life was a huge success in Bridgewater; and

Whereas countless volunteers worked very hard to make this the best one yet; and

Whereas with 74 teams, 700 participants, over 1,600 luminaries sold, plus donations, the 2007 Relay for Life raised over $125,000 for cancer research;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the organizing committee of the 2007 Relay for Life on a job well done to make it the success it was.

RESOLUTION NO. 2029

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Rachel McIntosh of Park View Education Centre won five individual Intermediate Girls events in track and field; and

Whereas Rachel won the 80 metre hurdle, 3,000 metre, high jump, triple jump and long jump and she set a new record in the intermediate 80 metre hurdle and matched another in the high jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachel McIntosh on this amazing accomplishment and wish Rachel well in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2030

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is usually the result of a lot of training and exercise; and

Whereas Olivia Pitman participated in the 2007 N.S. School Athletic Federation Western Region Track and Field Championships; and

Whereas Olivia won gold in the 800 and 1,500 and bronze in the 400 and triple jump;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Olivia Pitman on this great accomplishment and wish her well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2031

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

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

Whereas successful athletic competition is the result of dedicated training and endurance; and

Whereas Moira Frier participated in the 2007 Lunenburg Queens District Track and Field; and

Whereas Moira won the intermediate girls 100 metre, shot put and javelin and placed second in the pole vault;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Moira Frier on this great achievement.

RESOLUTION NO. 2032

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

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

Whereas athletes improve their skills by participating in experiences which test their performances; and

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Whereas Mattias Wolter won the Intermediate Boys 800, 1,000 and 3,000 metre races in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Track and Field Provincial Championships; and

Whereas Mattias did his school proud as he won the gold medals;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mattias Wolter on his great accomplishments and wish him well in his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 2033

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

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

Whereas certain Nova Scotians were recognized this year for their outstanding contributions and achievements; and

Whereas the Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honor bestowed by the province and recognizes very diverse yet significant contributions made by exceptional Nova Scotians; and

Whereas Bridgewater resident, Joyce Barkhouse, a renowned children's author and former teacher was one of the five recipients of the 2007 Order of Nova Scotia Award;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute Joyce Barkhouse of Bridgewater in being a recipient of the 2007 Order of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 2034

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

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

Whereas competitive swimming takes training and endurance; and

Whereas competing as a family of five siblings makes it that much more interesting; and

Whereas the Hebb siblings or Bridgewater - Janelle, Stacey, Vanessa, Howard and Billy - combined for 14 medals in the 2007 Summer Swimming Provincial Championships;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Hebb siblings on their remarkable accomplishments and wish them well in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 2035

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

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

Whereas badminton is a very demanding game; and

Whereas badminton is a sport that players must have stamina, strength, speed and good hand-eye co-ordination; and

Whereas Colin Hayward was chosen as the Most Valuable Male Player;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Colin Hayward on being chosen the Most Valuable Male Player.

RESOLUTION NO. 2036

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

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

Whereas the game of field lacrosse is growing in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas it is a very physical, fast-paced and hard-hitting game; and

Whereas Aleksander Stabenow of West Dublin, Lunenburg County, is a member of the provincial team and hopes to attend nationals in 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House wish Aleksander Stabenow and his teammates all the best in their future endeavours in the game of field lacrosse.

RESOLUTION NO. 2037

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

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

Whereas badminton is a very demanding game; and

Whereas badminton is a sport that players must have stamina, strength, speed and good hand-eye coordination; and

Whereas Cameron McLennan was chosen as the Junior Most Valuable Male Player;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Cameron McLennan on being the recipient of the Junior Most Valuable Male Player.