The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

HANSARD 09-57

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, MAY 1, 2009

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
TIR: Rte. 215 - Rebuild,
Mr. J. MacDonell 6887
Nat. Res.: Chebucto Peninsula: Land - Protect,
Hon. J. Streatch 6888
TIR: Green Bay/Petite Riviere/Italy Cross Rds. - Fix ,
Ms. V. Conrad 6888
TIR: McNally, Beckwith/ Armstrong/Shore Rds. - Upgrade,
Mr. L. Glavine 6889
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
PSC: OIC - Civil Service Act Reporting Requirement,
Hon. L. Goucher 6889
Justice: N.S. Small Claims Court - Rept. of the N.S. Law Ref. Comm.,
Hon. C. Clarke 6889
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 6827, Purcells Cove/Herring Cove Fire: Cdn. Red Cross - Thank,
The Premier 6889
Vote - Affirmative 6890
Res. 6828, Kurtz, Cmdr. Josée: Appt. - Salute,
The Premier 6891
Vote - Affirmative 6891
Res. 6829, Smith, Cpl. Craig: Book Release - Congrats.,
Hon. B. Barnet 6892
Vote - Affirmative 6892
Res. 6830, Pictou Co. Health Auth.: Mental Health Serv. Prog. -
Congrats., Hon. K. Casey 6892
Vote - Affirmative 6893
Res. 6831, East. Fishermen's Fed. - Anniv. (30th),
Hon. R. Chisholm 6893
Vote Affirmative 6894
Res. 6832, Justice - Commun. Organizations: Reps. - Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 6894
Vote - Affirmative 6894
Res. 6833, Heart & Stroke Fdn. N.S. - Outstanding Vol. Award:
Recipients - Congrats., Hon. P. Dunn 6895
Vote - Affirmative 6895
Res. 6834, Gaelic Awareness Mo. (05/09) - Recognize,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 6895
Vote - Affirmative 6896
Res. 6835, Cdn. Navy: Battle of the Atlantic - Achievements,
Hon. D. Morse 6896
Vote - Affirmative 6897
Res. 6836, Moore, Jeff & Debra: NSAC - Hon. Doctorates,
Hon. M. Parent 6897
Vote - Affirmative 6898
Res. 6837, MacLeod, Mark - Outstanding Administrator Award,
Hon. J. Streatch 6898
Vote - Affirmative 6898
Res. 6838, Hillman's Transfer Ltd., et al: N.S. Trucking Safety Assoc. Award -
Winners Congrats., Hon. B. Taylor 6898
Vote - Affirmative 6899
Res. 6839, Hepatitis Awareness Mo. (05/09) - Recognize,
Hon. K. Casey 6899
Vote - Affirmative 6900
Res. 6840, Spinney, Ashton, et al - Biennial Industry Achievement Award,
Hon. R. Chisholm 6900
Vote - Affirmative 6900
Res. 6841, Whalen, Judge Jean: Fam./Prov. Court Judge Appt. -
Congrats., Hon. B. Barnet 6901
Vote - Affirmative 6901
Res. 6842, Natl. Soil Conservation Wk. (04/19-04/25/09) - Recognize,
Hon. M. Parent 6901
Vote - Affirmative 6902
Res. 6843, Natl. Immunization Wk. (04/24-05/02/09) - Endorse,
Hon. P. Dunn 6902
Vote - Affirmative 6903
Res. 6844, Colp, Morgan - Spelling Bee Champion,
Hon. J. Streatch 6903
Vote - Affirmative 6904
Res. 6845, Brookland Elem. Sch. (Gr. 4 Students) - Environmental Efforts,
Hon. D. Morse 6904
Vote - Affirmative 6905
Res. 6846, Justice: Small Claims Court - Rept. Results,
Hon. C. Clarke 6905
Vote - Affirmative 6905
Res. 6847, Caregivers Awareness Mo. (05/09): Appreciation - Extend,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6905
Vote - Affirmative 6906
Res. 6848, Prov. Parks - Importance Recognize,
Hon. C. Bolivar-Getson 6906
Vote - Affirmative 6907
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 253, Motor Vehicle Act,
Hon. R. Hurlburt 6907
No. 254, Seniors Dignity Act,
Mr. D. Dexter 6907
No. 255, Pipeline Act,
Hon. B. Barnet 6907
No. 256, Consumer Protection Act,
Mr. K. Colwell 6907
No. 257, Manufacturing and Processing Employment Act,
Mr. D. Dexter 6907
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 6849, British Home Child: Month (2009) - Recognize,
Mr. D. Dexter 6908
Vote - Affirmative 6908
Res. 6850, Prem.: Fin. Management - Apologize,
Mr. K. Colwell 6909
Res. 6851, Parker, Olivia: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6909
Vote - Affirmative 6910
Res. 6852, MacPhee, Rosalyn - N.S. Bird Soc. Cert,
Mr. J. MacDonell 6910
Vote - Affirmative 6911
Res. 6853, Health: ER Closures - Solutions,
Mr. David Wilson (Glace Bay) 6911
Res. 6854, TCH No.105 - Rename,
Mr. K. Bain 6912
Vote - Affirmative 6912
Res. 6855, TD Can. Trust (Bayers Rd.): Teddy Bears - Donation,
Mr. G. Steele 6912
Vote - Affirmative 6913
Res. 6856, Prem.: Irving Lands Bid - Motivation,
Mr. H. Theriault 6913
Res. 6857, Pederson, Kira - Basketball Accomplishments,
Mr. C. Porter 6914
Vote - Affirmative 6914
Res. 6858, Henderson, Bill - Pictou Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Mr. C. Parker 6915
Vote - Affirmative 6915
Res. 6859, Prem.: Economic Interest - Delay Explain,
Mr. K. Colwell 6915
Res. 6860, Chow, Dr. Carlyle - Medical Serv. (40 Yrs.),
Mr. K. Bain 6916
Vote - Affirmative 6917
Res. 6861, Gov't. (N.S.) - Health & Safety: Political Rights - Cease,
Ms. M. Raymond 6917
Res. 6862, Pinkney Rink - Curling Championship,
Hon. J. Muir 6917
Vote - Affirmative 6918
Res. 6863, Fish. & Aquaculture: Min. (Prov.)/Min. (Fed.) -
Meeting Convene, Mr. S. Belliveau 6918
Res. 6864, N. Colchester Mustangs: Basketball Banner - Congrats.,
Hon. K. Casey 6919
Vote - Affirmative 6919
Res. 6865, Saint Mary's Church (Lismore) - Preservation: Parishioners -
Congrats., Mr. C. MacKinnon 6920
Vote - Affirmative 6920
Res. 6866, Covey, Amy: Marsville Prog. - Assistance Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6920
Vote - Affirmative 6921
Res. 6867, Devil's Island Lighthouse Soc.: Retention Efforts -
Support, Ms. B. Kent 6921
Vote - Affirmative 6922
Res. 6868, Prem. - Proven Record: Support Request - Justify,
Mr. L. Glavine 6922
Res. 6869, Cdn. Fed. Univ. Women (Truro Br.) - Book Fair (45th),
Hon. J. Muir 6923
Vote - Affirmative 6923
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
Bill No. 240, Offshore Offset Revenues Expenditure Act 6926
Hon. J. Muir 6926
Mr. G. Steele 6935
Mr. S. McNeil 6948
Hon. B. Taylor 6950
Mr. F. Corbett 6957
Mr. M. Samson 6965
Hon. A. MacIsaac 6966
Debate Adjourned 6967
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Participation in the Dem. Process, Select Comm./Draft Rept.,
Mr. M. Samson 6969
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Monday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. 6969
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 6870, DeYoung, Lily - Sch. Principal Award
Mr. C. MacKinnon 6970^
Res. 6871, Pervis, Beth/Barkhouse, Barb: Barb's Fam. Diner -
Opening, Mr. C. MacKinnon 6970
Res. 6872, ShanDaph Oyster Farm/Docker, Phil - Anniv. 40th,
Mr. C. MacKinnon 6971
Res. 6873, Whitehouse, Kaitlyn: Bedford - Contribution
Hon. L. Goucher 6971
Res. 6874, Gov't. (N.S.): Diversity - Support Recognize
Hon. L. Goucher 6972
Res. 6875, Simon, Gary - Remember, Hon. P. Dunn 6972
Res. 6876, Cunningham, Gloria - Berwick Vol. Award,
Mr. L. Glavine 6973
Res. 6877, Multi Draw Electronic Keno: Use - Disallow,
Mr. E. Fage 6973
Res. 6878, Johnston, Greg/Clark, Paul/Inglis Jewellers - Truro Bus.
Achievement Award, Hon. J. Muir 6974
Res. 6879, Cobequid Spartans - Truro Sport Heritage Soc. Award,
Hon. J. Muir 6974
Res. 6880, Peppard: U.S. Army Distinguished Member of the
Regiment - Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 6975
Regiment - Congrats., Hon. J. Muir
Res. 6881, Jacob, Kelly & Graham/Payne, Brenda - Truro Sport
Heritage Soc. Award, Hon. J. Muir 6975
Res. 6882, Clyke Families: Col. Co. Sport Hall of Fame -
Induction, Hon. J. Muir 6976
Res. 6883, Pinkney, Phil - Horsemanship Award, Hon. J. Muir 6976
Res. 6884, Lemon, Sharon & Robert - Truro Sport Heritage
Soc. Award, Hon. J. Muir 6977
Res. 6885, Schooner Stables/Somebeachsomewhere - Harness
Racing Awards, Hon. J. Muir 6977
Res. 6886, Goit, Jim - Truro Rotarian of the Yr., Hon. K. Casey 6978
Res. 6887, Winfield, Mark - United Way Award,
Hon. J. Streatch 6978
Res. 6888, Payne, Trudy: Chester Mun. Dist. Rec. Director - Appt.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6979
Res. 6889, Chester FD: Equipment Purchase, Hon. J. Streatch 6979
Res. 6890, Chester Mun. C of C: Mardi Gras - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6980
Res. 6891, Cleveland, Leonore: Island View Rest. - Congrats,
Hon. J. Streatch 6980
Res. 6892, Bent, Joan: Fundraising - Congrats, Hon. J. Streatch 6981
Res. 6893, Geldart, Kim: Commun. Investment - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6981
Res. 6894, Marsville: Tantallon Elem. Sch. (Ms. Wile's class) -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 6982
Res. 6895, Thurbide, Steve: Marsville - Assistance Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6982
Res. 6896, Tantallon Elem. Sch.: Marsville - Participation,
Hon. J. Streatch 6983
Res. 6897, Haley, Tristen: Marsville Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6983
Res. 6898, Davidson, Rachel: Marsville Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6984
Res. 6899, Chiasson, Mark: Marsville - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6984
Res. 6900, MacClellan, Nancy: Marsville Prog. - Congrats.,
Hon. J. Streatch 6985
Res. 6901, Lebel, Louis: Marsville - Assistance Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6985
Res. 6902, Davidson, Jordan: Marsville Prog. - Participation,
Hon. J. Streatch 6986
Hon. J. Streatch
Res. 6903, Conrad, Joanne: Marsville - Assistance - Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6986
Res. 6904, Tantallon Elem Sch. (Mrs. Cross' Class): Marsville -
Congrats., Hon. J. Streatch 6987
Res. 6905, Power, Dan: Marsville - Assistance Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6987
Res. 6906, Moulstone, Darren: Marsville - Assistance Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6988
Res. 6907, Tantallon Elem. Sch. (Mr. O'Brien's Class): Marsville -
Participation, Hon. J. Streatch 6988
Res. 6908, Sutherland, Donna: Marsville - Assistance Thank,
Hon. J. Streatch 6989
Res. 6909, Palmer, John E. - Gold Hammer & Wrench Award,
Mr. L. Glavine 6989
Res. 6910, MacAvoy, Amanda - Volleyball Accomplishments,
Mr. C. Porter 6990
Res. 6911, Northup, Hannah - Volleyball Pursuits, Mr. C. Porter 6990
Res. 6912, Burgess, Rachel: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6991
Res. 6913, Harvey, Amber: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6991
Res. 6914, Fraser, Jaylene - Athletic Pursuits, Mr. C. Porter 6992
Res. 6915, Greer, Maude: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6992
Res. 6916, Shanks, Cassandra: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6993
Res. 6917, Pepperdene, Danielle: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6993
Res. 6918, Stephens, Vanessa: Volleyball Season - Congrats.,
Mr. C. Porter 6994
Res. 6919, Trimper, Kendra - Volleyball Pursuits,
Mr. C. Porter 6994
Res. 6920, Huntley, Jayne - Athletic Pursuits, Mr. C. Porter 6995
Res. 6921, Atwell, Pat - Hants West Mun. Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Mr. C. Porter, 6995
.Res. 6922, Winkelaar, Mr. Rae - Windsor Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Mr. C. Porter 6996
Res. 6923, Millett, Sylvia: Catholic Women's League - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 6996
Res. 6924, Burgess, Tibby: Bedford Lionettes - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 6997
Hon. L. Goucher
Res. 6925, Drysdale, Valerie: M.S. Society - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 6997
Res. 6926, Johnson, Stephen: Bedford Minor Basketball -
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher 6998
Res. 6927, McCormick, Peter: Bedford Soccer Assoc. - Contribution
Hon. L. Goucher 6998
Res. 6928, St. Amand, Penny: St. Ignatius Parish - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 6999
Res. 6929, Jesty, Lynn: Terry Fox Run - Contribution
Hon. L. Goucher 7000
Res. 6930, Bayne, Greg: Bedford Minor Football - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7000
Res. 6931, Hustins, Harvey: Brookside Cemetery - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7001
Res. 6932, Levy, Joan: Bedford Horticultural Soc. - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7001
Res. 6933, Maywood, Joan: Bedford Leisure Club: Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7002
Res. 6934, Maher, Katherine: Bedford - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7002
Res. 6935, O'Brien, Kathy: Bedford Players - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7003
Res. 6936, Nickerson, Kent: Bedford Lions Club -
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher 7003
Res. 6937, MacGillivary, Logan: Basinview Commun. Sch. -
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher 7004
Res. 6938, Loney, Elaine: C.P. Allen HS - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7004
Res. 6939, Bowser, Carol: Cdn. Cancer Soc. - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7005
Res. 6940, McIntyre, Diane: Bedford Minor Baseball -
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher 7006
Res. 6941, Winters, Cherie: Fort Sackville Fdn. - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7006
Res. 6942, Sangster, Dan: Rocky Lake Dev. Assoc. -
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher 7007
Res. 6943, Stilwell, David: Commun. Contribution - Congrats.,
Hon. L. Goucher 7007
Res. 6944, Taylor, Debra: Bedford Days - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7008
Res. 6945, MacVicar, Ann: Bedford United Church -
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher 7008
Contribution, Hon. L. Goucher
Res. 6946, DeLory, Emma: Bedford Skating Club - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7009
Res. 6947, Blair, Lorraine: Bedford Acad. - Congrats,
Hon. L. Goucher 7009^
Res. 6948, Song Lee: Scouts Can. - Congrats., Hon. L. Goucher 7010
Res. 6949, Loney, Robert: Scouts Can. - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7010
Res. 6950, Lee, Christopher: Scouts Can. - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7011
Res. 6951, Havill, Allan: Scouts Can. - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7011
Res. 6952, Sephton, Dawn: Girl Guides (Can.) - Contribution,
Hon. L. Goucher 7012
Res. 6953, Justice: Our House Youth Wellness Ctr. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7012
Res. 6954, Justice: Shelburne Dist. Parks & Rec. Dept. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7013
Res. 6955, Justice: Chester Dist. Mun. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7013
Res. 6956, Justice: Second Story Women's Ctr. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7014
Res. 6957, Justice: Big Brothers Big Sisters (Bridgewater) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7014
Res. 6958, Justice: Friday Night Rocks - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7015
Res. 6959, Justice: New Germany Area Promotional Soc. -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7015
Res. 6960, Justice: Chester Mun. Crime Prevention Assoc. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7016
Res. 6961, Justice: Chester Dist. Mun. Mobile Radar - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7016
Res. 6962, Justice: East. Communities Youth Assoc. (Canso) -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7017
Res. 6963, Justice: High Rock Youth Ministries (Truro) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7017
Res. 6964, Justice: Truro True Sport League - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7018
Res. 6965, Justice: Cumberland African N.S. Assoc. (Amherst) -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7018
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke
Res. 6966, Justice: Cumberland Kids Comm. (Amherst) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7019
Res. 6967, Justice: Antigonish Women's Resource Ctr. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7019
Res. 6968, Justice: Antigonish Mun. Physical/Educational
Programming - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7020
Res. 6969, Justice: East. N.S. Fam. Serv. (Antigonish) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7020
Res. 6970, Justice: Adopt-a-Library (New Glasgow) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7021
Res. 6971, Justice: Big Brothers Big Sisters (Pictou Co.) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7021
Res. 6972, Justice: New Glasgow Police Serv. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7022
Res. 6973, Justice: Millbrook Youth Group - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7022
Res. 6974, Justice: MADD Tatamagouche - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7023
Res. 6975, Justice: Col. Sexual Assault Ctr. (Stewiacke) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7023
Res. 6976, Justice: Alice Housing - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7024
Res. 6977, Justice: We Will Win Youth Assoc. (HRM) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7024
Res. 6978, Justice: Oxford Sch. Consolidated Resolution Prog. -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7025
Res. 6979, Justice: African Diaspora Assoc. (HRM) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7025
Res. 6980, Justice: YouthScape (HRM) - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7026
Res. 6981, Justice: Big Brothers Big Sisters (HRM) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7026
Res. 6982, Justice: Elizabeth Fry Soc. (HRM) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7027
Res. 6983, Justice: Hfx. Reg. Pol. - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7027
Res. 6984, Justice: YMCA (HRM) - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7028
Res. 6985, Justice: Frontier College (HRM) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7028
Res. 6986, Justice: Marine Drive Pentecostal Church (HRM) -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7029
Res. 6987, Justice: Coverdale (HRM) - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7029
Res. 6988, Justice, Leave out ViolencE (HRM) - Grant,
Hon. C. Clarke 7030
Res. 6989, Justice: Navigation Proj. (HRM) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7030
Hon. C. Clarke
Hon. C. Clarke
Res. 6990, Justice: Arts Express - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7031
Res. 6991, Justice: Fall River Crime Prevention Assoc. -
Hon. C. Clarke 7031
Res. 6992, Justice: EPIC (N. Sydney) - Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7032
Res. 6993, Justice: Whitney Pier Youth Club - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7032
Res. 6994, Justice: Membertou Boys & Girls Youth Group -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7033
Res. 6995, Justice: Big Brothers Big Sisters (Sydney) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7033
Res. 6996, Justice: Bay St. Lawrence Commun. Ctr. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7034
Res. 6997, Justice: Chapel Island Band Council - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7034
Res. 6998, Justice: Whycocomagh Dev. Comm. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7035
Res. 6999, Justice: Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network (Eskasoni) -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7035
Res. 7000, Justice: Wagmatcook Band Coun. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7036
Res. 7001, Justice: Valley Learning Assoc. (Kentville) -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7036
Res. 7002, Justice: Ring 73 Boxing Club (Glace Bay) - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7037
Res. 7003, Justice: Enfield Earth Keepers Assoc. - Grants,
Hon. C. Clarke 7037
Res. 7004, Justice: Annapolis Valley Reg. Library (Bridgetown) -
Grants, Hon. C. Clarke 7038
Res. 7005, Justice: La Caisse Populaire de Clare - Grants,
Mr. W. Gaudet 7038
Res. 7006, Amirault, Clifford & Ada - Anniv. (50th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7039
Res. 7007, Jacquard, Gene & Gert - Anniv. (50th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7039
Res. 7008, Pottier, James & Barbara - Anniv. (50th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7040
Res. 7009, Deviller, Francis & Isabelle - Anniv. (67th)
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7040
Res. 7010, Surette, Anna - Birthday (90th), Hon. C. d'Entremont 7041
Res. 7011, Muise, John "Dude" - Birthday (100th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7041
Res. 7012, Bourque, Therese - Birthday (95th), Hon. C. d'Entremont 7042
Res. 7013, Surette, Julie - Birthday (80th), Hon. C. d'Entremont 7042
Res. 7014, Cottreau, Martin - Birthday (80th), Hon. C. d'Entremont 7043
Res. 7015, Surette, Therese - Birthday (100th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7043
Res. 7016, Landry, Florence - Birthday (90th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7044
Res. 7017, Bourque, Bruno - Birthday (80th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7044
Res. 7018, Saulnier, Marie - Birthday (90th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7045
Res. 7019, Muise, Delmer - Birthday (90th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7045
Res. 7020, LeBlanc, Angele - Birthday (95th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7046
Res. 7021, Muise, Joe - Birthday (65th), Hon. C. d'Entremont 7046
Res. 7022, Landry, Albert - Birthday (80th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7047
Res. 7023, LeBlanc, Alcide J. - Birthday (89th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7047
Res. 7024, Saulnier, Georgette - Birthday (70th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7048
Res. 7025, Boudreau, Susan Marie - Birthday (90th),
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7048
Res. 7026, Evans, Danielle: Son - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7049
Res. 7027, Adams, Tricia & Chris: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7049
Res. 7028, Amiro, Katy & Randy: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7050
Res. 7029, Clairmont, Jessica & David: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7050
Res. 7030, Foster, Lynette & Jason: Daughter - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7051
Res. 7031, Prime, Krystel & Christopher: Daughter - Birth
Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont 7051
Res. 7032, Nickerson, Denise & Brent: Daughter- Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7052
Res. 7033, D'Eon, Cammy/MacAlpine, Byron: Son - Birth
Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont 7052
Res. 7034, Hubbard, Lynn & Gerald: Son - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7053
Res. 7035, Doucette, Mireille & Todd: Son - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7053
Res. 7036, Gates, Jeff & Jennifer: Son - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7054
Res. 7037, Spinney, Jennifer & Jerry: Son - Birth Congrats.,
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7054
Res. 7038, Hubbard, Denise & Kevin: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7055
Res. 7039, Dulong, Courtney/Deveau, Scott: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7055
Res. 7040, Saulnier, Jody/Corporong, Scott: Son - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7056
Res. 7041, d'Entremont, Laura & Jules: Son - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7056
Res. 7042, Moulaison, Andress/MacIntosh, Christopher; Son - Birth Congrats.
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7057
Res. 7043, Hubbard, Sarah & Jamie: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7057
Res. 7044, Jacquard, Natalie & Stephane: Son - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7058
Res. 7045, Belliveau, Dana & Randy: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7058
Res. 7046, Frotten, Georgette & Jamie: Son - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7059
Res. 7047, McCleave, Michelle & Ray: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7059
Res. 7048, d'Entremont, Dianne & Jamie: Son - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7060
Res. 7049, Groves, Jody & Jason: Twin Sons - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7060
Res. 7050, Fougere, Yolande & George: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7061
Res. 7051, LeBlanc, Tracey/ d'Entremont, Nehemia: Son - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7061
Res. 7052, Doucette, Lisa & Brian: Daughter - Birth Congrats
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7062
Res. 7053, d'Entremont, Aldric: Argyle Coun. - Re-election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7062
Res. 7054, d'Entremont, Calvin: Argyle Coun. - Re-election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7063
Res. 7055, Donaldson, Richard: Argyle Coun. - Election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7063
Res. 7056, Hubbard, Bruce: Argyle Coun. - Election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7064
Res. 7057, LeBlanc, Charles: Argyle Coun. - Re-election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7064
Res. 7058, Murphy, Roderick Jr.: Argyle Coun. - Election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7065
Res. 7059, Bourque, Kathy: Argyle Coun. - Election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7065
Res. 7060, Madden, Malcolm: Argyle Coun. - Election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7066
Res. 7061, Surette, Guy: Argyle Coun. - Election
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7066
Res. 7062, Amirault, Robert: Argyle - Serv. Thank
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7067
Res. 7063, Foster, Greg: Argyle - Serv. Thank
Hon. C. d'Entremont 7067
Res. 7064, LeBlanc, Jean/Chez Jean-Dairy Twirl: Serv. Thank
Mr. W. Gaudet 7068
Res. 7065, Comeau, Tina - Journalism Award, Mr. W. Gaudet 7068
Res. 7066, Nikki, Agiki - Wrestling Medal, Mr. W. Gaudet 7069
Res. 7067, Clare Search & Rescue Assoc: Efforts - Recognize,
Mr. W. Gaudet 7069
Res. 7068, Gaudet, Edgar - Fire Serv. Award (25 yrs),
Mr. W. Gaudet 7070
Res. 7069, Comeau, Gilbert - Fire Serv. Award (20 yrs.),
Mr. W. Gaudet 7070
Res. 7070, Comeau, Gerald - Fire Serv. Award (50 yrs),
Mr. W. Gaudet 7071
Res. 7071, Nikki, Agiki - Wrestling Achievement,
Mr. H. Theriault 7071
Res. 7072, Digby Courier - Newspaper Award, Mr. H. Theriault 7072
Res. 7073, Haley, Faye - Educ. Wk. Award, Mr. H. Theriault 7072
Res. 7074, Robertson, Nathan - Weightlifting Performance,
Mr. H. Theriault 7073
Res. 7075, St. Mary's Bay Acad. Stingrays - Basketball
Championship, Mr. H. Theriault 7073
Res. 7076, Yorke, Martina - Parrsboro Youth Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Hon. M. Scott 7074
Res. 7077, Wortman, Dan - Norton Mem. Award, Hon. M. Scott 7074
Res. 7078, Winters, Ava - Fundraising, Hon. M. Scott 7075
Res. 7079, White, Eunice - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7075
Res. 7080, Torries, Carolyn - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7076
Res. 7081, Springhill All Saints Dialysis Unit - Serv. (10 yrs.),
Hon. M. Scott 7076
Res. 7082, Swan Fam. - Oxford Vol. Fam. of Yr. (2009),
Hon. M. Scott 7077
Res. 7083, Springhill Pharmacy - Springhill Bus. of Yr. (2009),
Hon. M. Scott 7077
Res. 7084, Springhill Lady Golden Eagles - Division 3
Championship, Hon. M. Scott 7078
Res. 7085, Springhill HS Golden Eagles - NSSAF Championship,
Hon. M. Scott 7078
Res. 7086, Snowdon, Ken - Parrsboro Vol. of Yr. (2009),
Hon. M. Scott 7079
Res. 7087, Smith's Funeral Home - Parrsboro Bus. of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7079
Res. 7088 Ryan, Theresa: Publishing Accomplishment,
Hon. M. Scott 7080
Res. 7089, Ryan, Audrey - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7080
Res. 7090, Richard, Gerry: Oxford Vol. Firefighter of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7081
Res. 7091, Perry/McAully Fam. - Parrsboro Vol. Fam. of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7081
Res. 7092, Cloney, Deidre - Oxford Vol. Youth Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7082
Res. 7093, Oxford Frozen Foods - Building Healthy Futures
Award, Hon. M. Scott 7083
Res. 7094, Thompson, Murray - Oxford Vol. of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7083
Res. 7095, Oxford Vol. FD Ladies Aux. - Oxford Vol. Org. of
Yr. (2009), Hon. M. Scott 7084
Res. 7096, Oxford & Area Skating Club - Performance Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 7084
Res. 7097, NSCC Cumberland Campus Carpentry Students -
Commun. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7085
Res. 7098, Murray, Helen - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7085
Res. 7099, McIntyre, Mel - Book Publication, Hon. M. Scott 7086
Res. 7100, Joggins Fossil Cliffs - Attraction of Yr. Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7086
Res. 7101, McCulloch, Terri - Tourism Ambassador Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7087
Res. 7102, Oxford Jr. Girls Golden Bears - Basketball
Championship, Hon. M. Scott 7088
Res. 7103, Zollner, Corey - Basketball MVP Award
Hon. M. Scott 7088
Res. 7104, White, Brendon - Basketball Student Athlete of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7089
Res. 7105, Thompson, Patricia - Most Dedicated Player Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7089
Res. 7106, Sears, Justin - Most Dedicated Player Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7090
Res. 7107, Ryan, Shauna - Basketball Assoc. Student Athlete of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7090
Res. 7108, Moore, Emily - Basketball Student Athlete of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7091
Res. 7109, MacDonald, Kyle - Basketball Rookie of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7091
Res. 7110, Maddigan, Louise - Springhill Vol. of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7092
Res. 7111, Margeson, Bryan - Basketball Accomplishment,
Hon. M. Scott 7092
Res. 7112, McCormick, Stephanie - Most Dedicated Player Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7093
Res. 7113, MacDonald, Alexa - Youth Vol. of Yr., Hon. M. Scott 7093
Res. 7114, Oxford Jr. Girls Golden Bears - Basketball
Championship, Hon. M. Scott 7094
Res. 7115, Herrett, Wes - QMJHL Draft Pick, Hon. M. Scott 7094
Res. 7116, Hatfield, Lynn: Bus. Opening - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 7095
Res. 7117, George, Peter - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7095
Res. 7118, Fletcher, Jeanna Lynn - M & A Award, Hon. M. Scott 7096
Res. 7119, Cumb. Co. Springhill - Oxford Pharmasave Thrashers -
Hockey Medal, Hon. M. Scott 7096
Res. 7120, Adshade, Bill - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7097
Res. 7121, Alderson, Valarie - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7097
Res. 7122, Piece by Piece - Autism Awareness, Hon. M. Scott 7098
Res. 7123, Beaton, Charlotte - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7098
Res. 7124, Big Deal Band - Record Deal, Hon. M. Scott 7099
Res. 7125, Bragg Group - Fam. Enterprise of Yr., Hon. M. Scott 7099
Res. 7126, Burke, Dave - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7100
Res. 7127, Cortes, Justin - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7101
Res. 7128, Court, Andrew - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7101
Res. 7129, Smith, Ryan - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7102
Res. 7130, Shaw, Jordie - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7102
Res. 7131, Roach, Cody - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7103
Res. 7132, Morrison, Aaron - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7104
Res. 7133, Cumb. Co. Cool Blues: Hockey Season - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Scott 7104
Res. 7134, Crowe, Seth - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7105
Res. 7135, Kelly, Ryan - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7105
Res. 7136, Lavigne, Nathan - Hockey Award, Hon. M. Scott 7106
Res. 7137, MacDonald, Krista - Vol. Efforts, Hon. M. Scott 7106
Res. 7138, Byers, Conrad - Parrsboro Bd. of Trade Citizen of Yr.,
Hon. M. Scott 7107
Res. 7139, Hunter, Cody - Basketball Award, Hon. M. Scott 7107
Res. 7140, Hawker, Jay - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7108
Res. 7141, Ellis, Patrick - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7108
Res. 7142, Douthwright, Katelyn - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7109
Res. 7143, Crowe, Leah - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7109
Res. 7144, Clarke, Brandon - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7110
Res. 7145, Casey, Jon - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7110
Res. 7146, Casey, Jill - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7111
Res. 7147, Casey, Brenna - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7111
Res. 7148, Bowers, Meagan - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7112
Res. 7149, Barton, Brittany - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7112
Res. 7150, Balser, Sydnee - Basketball Award,
Hon. M. Scott 7113
Res. 7151, Landry, Harold - River Bourgeois Mariner Soc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7113
Res. 7152, Wedge, Cletus - River Bourgeois Dev. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7114
Res. 7153, MacDonald, Kathleen - St. Hyacinth CWL Vol.
of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7114
Res. 7154, MacLeod, Annabelle - Fourchu Dev. Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7115
Res. 7155, MacInnis, Art - KOC Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7115
Res. 7156, Doary, Arthur - St. John the Baptist Parish Coun.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7116
Res. 7157, Gallant, Arthur, Richmond Co. Early Childhood Educ.
Assoc. (Isle Madame) Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7116
Res. 7158, Samson, Arthur - Cdn. Red Cross (Isle Madame) Vol.
of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7117
Res. 7159, Gillian, Betty - Kingston Health Ctr. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7117
Res. 7160, Gwynn, Blair - Framboise/Fourchu Vol. FD Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7118
Res. 7161, MacPhee, Brenda- Village on the Canal Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7118
Res. 7162, Cogswell, Brett - Riverdale Computer Ctr. Soc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7119
Res. 7163, Martell, Carla - Richmond Acad. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7119
Res. 7164, Urquhart, Catherine - West Bay Pastoral Charge Vol.
of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7120
Res. 7165, Rafuse, Cathy, Head of the Bay Seniors Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7120
Res. 7166, King, Charles - West Bay Commun. Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7121
Res. 7167, Rankin, Clair - St. Peter's/Sampsonville Terry Fox Run
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7121
Res. 7168, Landry, Claude - Isle Madame Commun. Venture Ctr. Assoc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7122
Res. 7169, Boudreau, Connie - Richmond Arena Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7122
Res. 7170, Forgeron, David C. - Telile Commun. TV Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7123
Res. 7171, Haloun-Touesnard, Dawn - S. Mountain Arm of Gold
Assoc. Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7123
Res. 7172, Barrett, Deborah - W. Bay United Church Vol of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7124
Res. 7173, Keating, Dee - Rocky Bay Irish Club Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7124
Res. 7174, MacQueen, Delores - Fourchu UCW Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7125
Res. 7175, Larade, Diane - Lakeside Commun. Assoc., Sampsonville
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7125
Res. 7176, Cornell, Don - Louisdale Lions Club Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7126
Res. 7177, Boudreau, Donna - Immaculate Conception CWL,
W. Arichat Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7126
Res. 7178, Gallant, Donna - La Picasse, Centre Communautaire Culturel
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7127
Res. 7179, Pottie, Donnie - River Bourgeois Commun. Serv. Soc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7128
Res. 7180, Samson-Boudreau, Dora - Comité des Femmes en marche de
Richmond Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7128
Res. 7181, Boudreau, Doreen - Our Lady of Assumption CWL,
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7129
Res. 7182, MacNeil, Elaine - Immaculate Conception Parish,
Barra Head Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7129
Res. 7183, Boudreau, St. Joseph's CWL Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7130
Res. 7184, Yorke, Elva - Black River UCW Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7130
Res. 7185, Samson, Felix - Louisdale Commun. - Serv. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7131
Res. 7186, Proctor, Florence - Island View Health Serv. Aux.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7131
Res. 7187, Gallant, Gail - Janvrins Island Commun. Ctr.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7132
Res. 7188, Cloud, Gina - Janvrins Fest Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7132
Res. 7189, Stone, Glenda - Acadianville Commun. Ctr. Soc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7133
Res. 7190, Hill, Gloria - W. Arichat & Dist. Village Circle Soc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7133
Res. 7191, Rowe, Gordon - North Side Commun. Improvement
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7134
Res. 7192, Sampson, Greg - L'Ardoise Men's Club Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7134
Res. 7193, LeBlanc, Gregory - St. Peter's & Area Vol. FD -
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7135
Res. 7194, Martell, Harold - RCL Br. 150 Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7135
Res. 7195, Samson, Helen - St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dog Prog.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7136
Res. 7196, Lacroix, Janine - Isle Madame Tourism & Trade Assoc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7136
Res. 7197, Meagher, Jean - Fleur de Lis Seniors Club Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7137
Res. 7198, Arsenault, Jeanette - Richmond Co. Home Support Serv.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7137
Res. 7199, George, Jeanette - Strait Richmond Hosp. Seniors Advisory
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7138
Res. 7200, Jeffrey, Jeanette - St. Anne's Commun. & Nursing Care Ctr.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7138
Res. 7201, Strachan, Jeanette - Framboise Commun. Assoc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7139
Res. 7202, Burke, Jenny - Lakeside 4-H Club Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7139
Res. 7203, MacQueen, Jimmy - Fourchu United Church Vol. of Yr.
Mr. M. Samson 7140
Res. 7204, Clannon, Joan - Isle Madame Hist. Soc. Vol. of Yr.
Mr. M. Samson 7140
Res. 7205, Sampson, Joe - River Bourgeois 50+ Club Vol. of Yr.
Mr. M. Samson 7141
Res. 7206, Marchand, John - Richmond Minor Hockey
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7141
Res. 7207, Clorey, Joseph Peter - Strait Area Ground Search & Rescue
Assoc. Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7142
Res. 7208, Scanlon, Joseph - St. Francis De Sales Parish Coun.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7142
Res. 7209, Boudreau, Kathleen - 1st St. Peter's Brownie Unit
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7143
Res. 7210, Cameron, Ken F. - Grand River Seniors Club,
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7143
Res. 7211, Leachman, Ken - Bonnie Brae Seniors Club,
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7144
Res. 7212, Boudreau, Lauren - Immaculate Conception Parish Coun.,
W. Arichat, Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7144
Res. 7213, Marchand, LeeAnne - Commun. Achievers United to Serve
Everyone (CAUSE) Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7145
Res. 7214, LeBlanc, Leon - Isle Madam Vol. FD Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7145
Res. 7215, Middleton, Leona - Holy Guardian Angel Parish Coun.,
LArdoise Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7146
Res. 7216, Peeples, Lillian - RCL Br. 47 Ladies Aux. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7146
Res. 7217, Burke, Linda - St. John the Baptist CWL Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7147
Res. 7218, Boudreau, Loralie - Le Site P@C de La Picasse
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7147
Res. 7219, MacKenzie, Lorna - Bras D'Or Lakes Seniors Club
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7148
Res. 7220, Mombourquette, Lorraine - Strait Richmond Palliative
Care Soc. Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7148
Res. 7221, Boudreau, Marcel - Conseil Pastoral St. Joseph
Petit-de-Grat Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7149
Res. 7222, Kemp, Marie - L'Ardoise & Dist. Vol. FD Ladies Aux.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7150
Res. 7223, Samson, Mark, École Beau-Port Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7150
Res. 7224, Covin, Mary - W. Richmond Educ. Ctr. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7151
Res. 7225, David, Mitch - Isle Madame Small Options Home
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7151
Res. 7226, MacNeil, Norma - RCL Br. 47 Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7152
Res. 7227, Landry, Patty - N. Isle Madame Seniors Club
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7152
Res. 7228, Lafantaisie, Paula - River Bourgeois Tech. & Training Soc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7153
Res. 7229, David, Pauline - Janvrins Island Sport & Rec. Vol. of Yr.
Mr. M. Samson 7153
Res. 7230, Richard, Peter - Riverdale Commun. Club 55+
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7154
Res. 7231, Gagnon, Philippe - La Cooperative Radio Richmond Ltée
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7154
Res. 7232, Gracie, Raymond - RCL Br. 110 Vol. of Yr.
Mr. M. Samson 7155
Res. 7233, Landry, Richard - St. Peter's/Sampsonville & Area
Water Utility Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7155
Res. 7234, Fancey, Rodger - Riverdale Commun. Serv. Soc.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7156
Res. 7235, LeBlanc, Rodney Leon - Ryl. Cdn. Sea Cadets 225 Arrow
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7156
Res. 7236, Goyetche, Rose Marie - St. Anne's & Nursing Ctr.
Ladies Aux. Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7157
Res. 7237, Groom, Sheldon - St. Peter's Commun. Club
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7157
Res. 7238, Samson, Rose - RCL Br. 150 Ladies Aux. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7158
Res. 7239, Burton, Ruby - Stirling/Framboise/Fourchu Senior
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7158
Res. 7240, MacNeil, Russell - Pt. Tupper Heritage Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7159
Res. 7241, MacDonald, S. Patricia - L'Ardoise Seniors Jolly Club
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7159
Res. 7242, Marchand, Sara - Louisdale Girl Guides Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7160
Res. 7243, Frost, Scott - Louisdale & Dist. Vol. FD Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7160
Res. 7244, Mombourquette, Scott - L'Ardoise Acadian Fest.,
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7161
Res. 7245, Jeffrey, Sharlene - Felix Marchand Educ. Ctr. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7161
Res. 7246, Marchand, Sharon - St. Louis CWL Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7162
Res. 7247, Anderson, Shelley - Louisdale & Dist. Vol. FD Ladies Aux.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7162
Res. 7248, Boudreau, Shelley - Richmond Skating Club - Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7163
Res. 7249, Young, Shelley - Richmond C. Early Childhood Educ. Assoc.,
St. Peter's Br. Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7163
Res. 7250, Landry, Shirley - St. Peter's Scottish Country Dance Group
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7164
Res. 7251, Landry, Sr. Annette - St. Hyacinth Pastoral Coun. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7164
Res. 7252, MacDonald, Stewart - Block River United Church,
Mr. M. Samson 7165
Res. 7253, Carter, Stewart - Oceanview Wildlife Museum Soc. Vol of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7165
Res. 7254, McGrath, Susan - Richmond Co. Literacy Network Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7166
Res. 7255, Terrio, Terrence - St. Peter's Village Commn. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7166
Res. 7256, Bond, Thomas P. - L'Ardoise Friends of Palliative Care Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7167
Res. 7257, Boudreau, Valerie - Our Lady of Assumption Parish Coun.
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7167
Res. 7258, Samson, Vernon - Les Amis de La Picasse Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7168
Res. 7259, Shannon, Victor George - St. John's Anglican Church
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7168
Res. 7260, Samson, Warren - St. Louis Parish Coun. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7169
Res. 7261, Collet, Wayne - Red Islands Vol. FD Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7169
Res. 7262, Coleman, William - KOC Coun. 14280 Vol. of Yrs.,
Mr. M. Samson 7170
Res. 7263, Bungay, Winnie - EnRoute Isle Madame Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7170
Res. 7264, Samson, Alexander J. - Little Anse/Sampson's Cove Social
Action Ctr. Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7171
Res. 7265, MacCormack, Alice - St. Francis De. Sales CWL Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7171
Res. 7266, Mombourquette, Alice - L'Ardoise Ladies Social Club
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7172
Res. 7267, Jollymore, Allister - Isle Madame New Horizon Seniors Club
Vol. of Yr., Mr. M. Samson 7172
Res. 7268, Mombourquette, Amanda - EREC Home & Sch. Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7173
Res. 7269, Samson, Amédée - Dev. Isle Madame Assoc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7173
Res. 7270, Carter, Ann L. - E. Richmond ATV Riders Soc. Vol. of Yr.,
Mr. M. Samson 7174

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009

Sixtieth General Assembly

Second Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Alfie MacLeod

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Wayne Gaudet

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of the residents of my constituency. The operative clause:

"Due to the deplorable, dangerous condition of Route 215, and in light of the volume of traffic, consisting of local, tourist and business traffic year round, we the undersigned do request that the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal rebuild Route 215 from Exit 10 on Highway 102 through to Noel and along the Fundy Shore, commencing in the Spring of 2009. This would provide a safer route for the residents of East Hants, support and sustain the Tourist Industry and provide an acceptable route for business."

Mr. Speaker, there are a little over 1,000 signatures and I have affixed my signature in support.

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MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled. (Interruptions)

Order, please.

The honourable Minister of Education.

HON. JUDY STREATCH: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of the Chebucto Wilderness Coalition, the operative clause being:

"We the undersigned call upon the Nova Scotia Government to designate, as a protected wilderness area, the continuous block of approximately 9,800 hectares of public lands on the Chebucto Peninsula within the boundaries of Highways 103 and 333, in the County of Halifax, Province of Nova Scotia, under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act. S.N.S.,C. 27 as amended;".

Mr. Speaker, it has been signed by 564 individuals and I have also affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Queens.

MS. VICKI CONRAD: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table the following petition, the operative clause reading:

"WHEREAS our roads have the right to be properly maintained,

WE, the undersigned, petition the Government of Nova Scotia to properly fix the Green Bay Road, the Petite Riviere Road and the Italy Cross Road. For years occasional patching on these roads has been done with the ruts and bumps reappearing each year. The current road conditions are unacceptable. The areas of Crescent Beach, Green Bay and Petite Riviere are so important to the tourism business of our province and with the deplorable condition of the roads, people are staying away. Also, the condition of the roads creates a major expense to the automobiles of Nova Scotia taxpaying residents of these areas."

Mr. Speaker, there are 250 names on the petition and I have affixed my signature.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings West.

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MR. LEO GLAVINE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to enter a petition on behalf of the residents of McNally, Nollett Beckwood, Armstrong and Shore Roads, who request an upgrade to their roads, and guardrails.

There are 57 names assigned to this petition and I have affixed my name.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

Are there further petitions?

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Immigration.

HON. LEONARD GOUCHER: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to introduce a letter on the Reporting Requirement under Subsection 43(2) Civil Service Act, and accompanying the letter will be the Order in Council #2009-103 and the regulation cited as Politically Limited Employee Position Exclusion Regulations.

I also circulated the letter to all members of the House prior to the sitting this morning. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a report entitled Evaluation of the Nova Scotia Small Claims Court: Final Report of the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission, by Saint Mary's University.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 6827

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

Whereas yesterday, hundreds of residents of the Purcells Cove and Herring Cove areas were forced from their homes as fire - fanned by strong winds - whipped through the HRM communities; and

Whereas the Canadian Red Cross is assisting those individuals and families evacuated from their homes at the William Spry Community Centre; and

Whereas hopefully rain today will provide a needed break for personnel from the HRM fire service, DNR fire service, police forces, and all who are doing their part to protect the community and help extinguish the blaze;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank all these individuals for their heroic efforts to deal with this tragic wildfire and wish our firefighters well as they work to extinguish the fire and avoid any further destruction of homes and the natural areas of the community.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Premier.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I will be visiting the site later on today. If I might be allowed an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

THE PREMIER: Mr. Speaker, I would like all members to extend a very warm welcome to a very special visitor in your gallery today. We have with us Commander Josée Kurtz. On April 6th, Commander Kurtz became the 11th commanding officer of Her Majesty's Canadian ship Halifax. She is the first female to command a major Canadian Navy warship. She is a native of Joliette, Québec. She joined the Canadian Forces in 1988, received her Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1991, and specialized in Maritime Navigation. She

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subsequently navigated HMC ships Nipigon, Ville de Québec, and the Protector. She served as executive officer of HMCS Ville de Québec from 2007-09 and during this time the ship participated in an anti-piracy escort mission in support of the World Food Programme in Somalia.

Please join me, Mr. Speaker, and all members of the House in welcoming the commander here today. (Standing Ovation)

I neglected in my introduction to also welcome Tim Dunne, who is our Military Adviser. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 6828

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

Whereas just weeks ago, Canada celebrated another proud first; and

Whereas in April, in our own port, Commander Josée Kurtz took the helm of the warship HMCS Halifax - the first time a Canadian woman has assumed such a position; and

Whereas the Québec native and now Halifax resident balances this significant promotion within our military with another important duty - being a parent;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House salute Commander Kurtz for this honour and for her 19 years of military service which led her to the position she holds today - all guided by the mission of our service personnel: to serve and protect her fellow Canadians here and overseas.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6829

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

Whereas Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Craig Smith has been a lifelong advocate for African Nova Scotian communities; and

Whereas Mr. Smith is a dedicated public servant whose passion for his own heritage inspired him to write numerous publications outlining the hardships and accomplishments of African Nova Scotians; and

Whereas in February of 2009, he released The Ultimate African Heritage Quiz (Maritime Edition) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of African Heritage Month and to promote the important and widely under-recognized Nova Scotia milestones made by those of African descent;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Corporal Craig Smith on the release of his book and commend him for his dedication to preserving and promoting African Nova Scotian history.

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 Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 6830

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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 the first floor of The News building in New Glasgow became the new location of the Mental Health Services Community Supports for Adults Program; and

Whereas the new brightly lit, roomy location for treating clients with mental illnesses provides room for use of computers, crafts, and other activities; and

Whereas the new space allows for much more flexibility for the program's 120 clients, half of whom regularly take part in the programming offered at the site;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly join me in congratulating Pictou County Health Authority on this beneficial development, and on their dedication to adults who need mental health services.

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. 6831

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

Whereas the Eastern Fishermen's Federation is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2009; and

Whereas the Eastern Fishermen's Federation has provided 30 years of providing leadership through information sharing, networking and governance; and

Whereas the federation has been a positive influence serving a diverse industry in factors such as geography, species and history;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Eastern Fishermen's Federation and all of its members on celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

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. 6832

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

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so at-risk youth and citizens have access to recreational programs; and

Whereas the Department of Justice has funded 52 community organizations across the province since December 2008; and

Whereas those community organizations deliver recreation and programs so youth and other citizens are engaged in productive activities;

Therefore be it resolved that the representatives of these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 6833

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

Whereas the week of April 19-25, 2009 is designated National Volunteer Week to recognize, celebrate and thank Canadians who volunteer for various community initiatives and charitable organizations; and

Whereas the success of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia would not be possible were it not for the 4,000 Nova Scotians whose volunteering efforts allow the foundation to undertake meaningful work in advocacy, health promotion and research; and

Whereas 30 exceptional Nova Scotians have recently been awarded the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia's volunteer honour, the Outstanding Volunteer Award, by the foundation's honorary patron, the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the significant contribution that Nova Scotia's volunteers make to their community, and congratulate the 30 volunteers who have received the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia's Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Gaelic Affairs.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6834

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

Whereas May 1st marks the first day of Gaelic Awareness Month, celebrated throughout the province every May month since 1996; and

Whereas Gaelic language and culture represents one of the province's early languages and cultures contributing to the rich fabric of the province through its language, music, storytelling, song, dance, place names, foods and customs; and

Whereas the Gaelic community and Gaelic's presence contribute culturally, educationally, socially and economically to that which constitutes the broader Nova Scotia experience;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize May 1st as Gaelic Awareness Month in the province and participate in opportunities throughout the month to learn more about Gaelic in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister responsible for Military Relations.

RESOLUTION NO. 6835

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

Whereas the Royal Canadian Navy's principal responsibility during the Second World War was to escort the merchant ship convoys from Halifax to Europe beginning September 16, 1939; and

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Whereas Canada's Navy had neutralized the German U-boat threat by 1943; and

Whereas 24 Canadian naval ships were sunk during the war and approximately 2,000 members of the Royal Canadian Navy died, whose sacrifices will be recognized on Sunday morning during the annual Battle of Atlantic Sunday service at Point Pleasant Park's Sailors Memorial;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House acknowledge the sacrifices, the achievements and the victory by the proud members of the Canadian Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic.

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. 6836

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Agricultural College will hold convocation ceremonies today in Truro; and

Whereas Jeff and Debra Moore are the founders of Just Us Coffee; and

Whereas Jeff and Debra Moore will be honoured with Honorary Doctorates of Law for their commitment to fair trade business practices, sustainable agriculture and rural development;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jeff and Debra Moore for receiving honorary doctorates.

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. 6837

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

Whereas Bridgewater Elementary School principal Mark MacLeod was named Outstanding Administrator by the Nova Scotia School Administrators' Association; and

Whereas Mr. MacLeod has been called a teacher's principal and a player's coach for the high level of support he offers his staff and students; and

Whereas he works with the utmost professionalism, even during the most difficult of circumstances, to ensure that his school is filled with an atmosphere of trust and comfort;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate Mark MacLeod on winning this prestigious award and for being an outstanding community and school leader.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6838

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

Whereas the trucking industry plays a major role in keeping Nova Scotia's economy on the move - if you got it, a truck brought it; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association is committed to improving truck safety in the province; and

Whereas the association recently presented its annual Safety Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding safety performance within the trucking industry;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the following major award winners: Hillman's Transfer Limited of Sydney, Donald Whynot Trucking Limited of Danesville, Premiere Van Lines of Dartmouth, Atlantic Tiltload of Dartmouth, and CBI-Health of Bedford, for their efforts and achievements during the last year - keep on trucking.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 6839

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

Whereas hepatitis B and C can lead to serious liver damage, liver cancer, and the need for liver transplantation; and

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Whereas in Canada about 500,000 people are living with either hepatitis B or C; and

Whereas early diagnosis may allow infected individuals to benefit from treatment which may clear the virus, help lessen damage to the liver, and prevent the virus from spreading to others;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing May as Hepatitis Awareness Month in Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 6840

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

Whereas the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition was held in March of this year in Yarmouth; and

Whereas the first Biennial Industry Achievement Awards were presented during the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition; and

Whereas the awards recognized individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the industry, through volunteering or other outstanding contributions to their community and the fishing industry;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ashton Spinney, Henry Surrette, and Denny Morrow, all from Yarmouth County, for winning the Biennial Industry Achievement Award.

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 African Nova Scotian Affairs.

RESOLUTION NO. 6841

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

Whereas on January 16th Jean Whalen was appointed judge of the Family and Provincial Courts of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Ms. Whalen, who will be based in Sydney, was a college instructor and most recently a senior Crown Attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service for close to 20 years; and

Whereas she is also a founding member of the Black Lawyers' Association of Nova Scotia, was vice-chair of the Race Relations Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, and is described as a compassionate, wise woman whose diverse experience will serve her well in her deliberations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Judge Jean Whalen on her appointment, and wish her luck in contributing to the fair and effective administration of justice in the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Agriculture.

RESOLUTION NO. 6842

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

Whereas April 19th to April 25th was the 24th year that National Soil Conservation Week has been recognized in Canada; and

Whereas soil conservation supports and sustains crop, rangeland, and woodlot production and is also important to maintaining other resources such as water, air, and wildlife habitat; and

Whereas the value of these soils to the Canadian economy can be equalled to roughly $36.3 billion to the country each year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize National Soil Conservation 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.

The honourable Minister of Health Promotion and Protection.

RESOLUTION NO. 6843

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

Whereas the disappearance and control of many infectious diseases can be attributed to immunization programs; and

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Whereas immunization is a cornerstone of public health and a priority for the Department of Health Promotion and Protection; and

Whereas many lives have been saved, numerous illnesses have been prevented, and the benefits of immunization clearly outweigh the risks;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly endorse National Immunization Week, which runs until May 2nd, encourage all Nova Scotians to ensure their vaccinations are up to date, and recognize physicians and other medical professionals for their diligence in promoting immunization programs.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto on an introduction.

MR. HOWARD EPSTEIN: Mr. Speaker, with the establishment of Citadel High School on the Halifax peninsula, the two previous high schools were closed, one of them being St. Pat's High School located in my constituency. The school board chose to continue to use that building, and one of the purposes for which it uses it is to offer classes to adults in English as a Second Language. I am happy to report that today we have a group of the adult students who are taking courses in English as a Second Language visiting us today to observe the proceedings in this House. We have five of the students, accompanied by their group leader, Daniel MacIntyre, and they're in the west gallery. I would ask the members of the House to give them a warm welcome as they observe our proceedings. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 6844

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

Whereas on February 28th, Morgan Colp of Brookside Junior High School, in Hatchet Lake, was named Chronicle Herald Halifax Regional Spelling Bee champion; and

Whereas Mr. Colp waited a mere half- second before assuredly delivering the correct spelling of the winning word "discriminate"; and

Whereas he travelled to Ottawa in April for the Canada bee and is off to Washington, D.C. in May for the U.S. national spelling contest;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House sincerely congratulate Morgan Colp on being named Halifax regional spelling bee champion and wish him good luck at the U.S. national championships in May.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Environment.

RESOLUTION NO. 6845

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

Whereas the Grade 4 students and staff at Brookland Elementary School, in Sydney, participated in activities to recognize Earth Day; and

Whereas their knowledge and understanding of environmental issues is helping to create a clean and green Nova Scotia; and

Whereas they do their part through recycling, composting, and picking up litter to keep their communities clean;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join the people of Nova Scotia in congratulating Grade 4 students and staff at Brookland Elementary for their good work to protect the environment.

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. 6846

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

Whereas Small Claims Court plays a vital role in Nova Scotia's justice system; and

Whereas an independent study recently conducted by Saint Mary's University concluded that Nova Scotia's Small Claims Court is doing an excellent job of meeting its core objective of providing affordable, informal, and speedy access to justice; and

Whereas this report, which is supported by the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission, marks the completion of a project that started more than two and a half years ago;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize this excellent result and congratulate those involved who work in Small Claims Court.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 6847

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

Whereas May is Caregiver Awareness Month, and more than a third of us provide care to another person; and

Whereas Caregivers Nova Scotia is holding the Halifax Caregiver Luncheon and the first Caregiver Expo next week; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Partnership on Respite, Family Health and Well-being, with co-chairs from the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Disabled Persons Commission, have developed excellent resources and outreach for families;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their appreciation to all caregivers across the 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.

The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

RESOLUTION NO. 6848

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

Whereas three of the province's parks are celebrating anniversaries this year, including Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Inverness County, on 50 years; Ellenwood Provincial Park, Yarmouth County, on 40 years; and Valleyview Provincial Park, Annapolis County, on 40 years; and

Whereas these provincial parks have provided an opportunity for residents and visitors to Nova Scotia to explore and discover our nature; and

Whereas the contributions of generations of men and women who have helped with the development, management, and operation of our province's parks over the years is greatly appreciated;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the importance of our provincial parks, especially Whycocomagh, Ellenwood, and Valleyview as they celebrate such significant anniversaries.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 253 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Motor Vehicle Act. (Hon. Richard Hurlburt)

Bill No. 254 - Entitled an Act to Provide Dignity for Seniors and Establish Options to Allow Them to Remain in Their Own Homes. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

Bill No. 255 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 345 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Pipeline Act. (Hon. Barry Barnet)

Bill No. 256 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 92 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Consumer Protection Act. (Mr. Keith Colwell)

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Bill No. 257 - Entitled an Act to Create Thousands of Secure Jobs in the Manufacturing and Processing Sectors in Nova Scotia. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: May I beg your indulgence and do an introduction?

MR. SPEAKER: Please do.

MR. DEXTER: I would like to introduce to the House, in the west gallery, Mr. Melvin Harris. Mr. Harris is a constituent of mine, I consider him a friend of mine. Sometimes I describe him as the last farmer in Cole Harbour, a guy who has been involved very much with the British Home Children society, and is joining us here today first for this resolution, but also to observe some of what's going on in the House. Mr. Harris, welcome, and I ask the House to welcome you. (Applause)

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

RESOLUTION NO. 6849

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

Whereas between 1879 and 1948 approximately 100,000 British Home Children, aged 4 to 15, arrived in Canada to work as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants until they were 18 years old; and

Whereas today it is estimated there are four to five million descendants of the British Home Children living throughout Canada and the United States; and

Whereas in 2009, the millions of descendants of the British Home Children and those who are survivors will commemorate the 140th Anniversary of the arrival of the first British Home Children in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly recognize a month in the year of 2009 as the Month of the British Home Child.

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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 6850

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

Whereas despite his repeated claims that he would never run a deficit, the Premier plans to do just that; and

Whereas the Premier figures that as long as this year's books are balanced, no one would care about the deficit which his government ran last year; and

Whereas by attempting to change legislation to cover up his mismanagement, the Premier has shown that he does not have the skills necessary to lead this province;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier apologize to Nova Scotians for his poor management of the finances of this province and his subsequent attempt to cover up his shortcomings.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6851

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 sport of volleyball is the number two participation sport in the world, with more than one billion players worldwide; and

Whereas the Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament held April 25th to April 26th, with the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team now moving ahead to play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8th to May 10th; and

Whereas Olivia Parker of Newport, in playing with the Wizards, is just one of more than half a billion females playing the game on a worldwide basis;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly congratulate Olivia Parker on an outstanding session of volleyball.

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 East.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6852

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: 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 birds are our companions in this world, both in the backyard and in the wild; and

Whereas serious birdwatching has assisted science with a high level of observation, recording, and cataloguing of various species by its enthusiasts; and

Whereas Ms. Roslyn MacPhee of Shubenacadie was recently presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Nova Scotia Bird Society for her outstanding volunteer efforts in a wide variety of aspects relating to birding;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Roslyn MacPhee on her recognition from the Nova Scotia Bird Society and thank her for her contributions to this important field of natural outdoor activity.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

RESOLUTION NO. 6853

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

Whereas in this province, ER closures are a problem that just keeps getting worse; and

Whereas year-to-date, emergency rooms have been closed in excess of 3,200 hours, double the number of hours closed last year; and

Whereas in a pre-election bid to earn support, the Minister of Health says that she is looking for solutions to the ER crisis, which would have been helpful months ago when she took over the portfolio;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health work diligently to find meaningful solutions to the closure of emergency rooms in this province, and not just election-style rhetoric.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 6854

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

Whereas Cape Breton Island is a place of many firsts where ideas take flight; and

Whereas Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell's contributions to Cape Breton include the flight of the Silver Dart as well as the formation of the first Home and School Association in Canada; and

Whereas the Trans-Canada Highway No. 105, which stretches from the Canso Causeway to North Sydney, the gateway to Newfoundland and Labrador, passes the beautiful Village of Baddeck, which is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the flight of the Silver Dart;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House approve the renaming of the Trans-Canada Highway No. 105 as the Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Way in recognition of their tremendous contributions to Cape Breton, Canada and the world.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried. (Applause)

Order, please. The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 6855

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

Whereas the staff and customers of the TD Canada Trust branch in the Bayers Road Centre, Halifax, have for the past 17 years donated teddy bears to the local cancer treatment centre; and

Whereas the teddy bears are comfort bears that go to adults who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment; and

Whereas as one of the volunteers said, everyone needs a bear, even if they don't realize it at first;

Therefore be it resolved that this House thank the staff and customers of the TD Canada branch in the Bayers Road Centre, Halifax, for their kind actions in providing support and comfort to cancer patients.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6856

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

Whereas in anticipation of a general election, the Premier and his Minister of Natural Resources announced that they had bid on 21,000 acres of Irving-owned land; and

Whereas while the Premier and his Cabinet are withholding details of their bid, it seems strange that we now have the money to afford such a purchase; and

Whereas in the past, the Minister of Community Services, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Minister of Environment, and the Premier himself have said that the funds were simply not available at this time;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier tell Nova Scotians whether or not this bid on the Irving lands is just another case of playing pre-election politics.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Hants West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6857

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

Whereas Hantsport's Kira Pederson has been named to the Nova Scotia Under-17 Women's Basketball Team which will play in the Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown in August; and

Whereas Kira's physical education teacher from Primary through to Grade 9, Renda Vandertoorn, describes Kira as an incredible athlete; and

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Whereas Nova Scotia's head coach, Scott Munro, describes Pederson as a versatile player and hopes Kira will be a team leader when play gets underway on August 15th;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly compliment Kira Pederson of Hantsport on her development as a "hoops star" and wish her and Team Nova Scotia outstanding success this summer on Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6858

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

Whereas Bill Henderson has recently been recognized as Pictou's Volunteer of the Year for 2009; and

Whereas Bill has been involved with many community organizations over the years such as the Red Cross, the Food Bank, the Northumberland Fisheries Museum, the Pictou County Military Heritage Museum and many others; and

Whereas Mr. Henderson's most recent undertaking is in acquiring a scale model of a Parks ship to be on display in Pictou in 2010 commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Bill Henderson on being recognized as Pictou's Volunteer of the Year for 2009 and thank him for the fine work he does for both the town and the County of Pictou.

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 Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 6859

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

Whereas in the Fall of 2008, the Premier of Nova Scotia had a choice to make - would he act immediately or would he play a game of wait and see - he chose to wait; and

Whereas while this government waited, jobs were lost and businesses filed for bankruptcy from one end of this province to the other; and

Whereas with each passing day it became abundantly clear that the Premier and his Cabinet have failed Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier explain to Nova Scotians why his government decided to wait six months before finally showing an interest in the state of the economy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Victoria-The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 6860

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

Whereas in 1969, Dr. Carlyle Chow began his medical practice in Baddeck; and

Whereas Dr. Chow still continues his practice today, serving the medical needs of the people in Baddeck and surrounding areas as well as contributing greatly to his community beyond his medical profession; and

Whereas although he is not yet ready to retire, a special evening honouring Dr. Chow will be held on Thursday, May 7th, in Baddeck;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate and thank Dr. Carlyle Chow for his 40 years of dedicated medical service to the area and wish him many more years of good health and happiness.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 6861

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

Whereas fire broke out on Wednesday in the woods behind J.L. Ilsley School in Spryfield and was assumed extinguished on Wednesday night; and

Whereas fire reappeared on Thursday and has been burning out of control since then, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and destroying an unknown number of homes in the capital city of Nova Scotia and attracting international attention; and

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Whereas the Minister of Natural Resources believed, as of 6:45 p.m. last night, that three borrowed water bombers had arrived from New Brunswick although as of 7:30 this morning, Mayor Peter Kelly stated that these water bombers were on their way;

Therefore be it resolved that this government, even at this late date, begin to take seriously its responsibilities as elected representatives and stop taking risks with the health and safety of its citizens. (Interruption)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. (Interruption) Order, please.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 6862

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

Whereas Colleen Pinkney, skip, and her teammates Wendy Currie, third; Karen Hennigar, second; Susan Creelman, lead; and Judy Burgess, coach from the Truro Curling Club won the 2009 Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship; and

Whereas the Colleen Pinkney rink went 10-1 in round-robin play and earned the championship with a 6 to 4 victory over British Columbia's Kathy Smiley; and

Whereas the Pinkney rink is the first from Truro to win a national senior curling title and it is only the third for the province, the last being in 1987;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Colleen Pinkney, Wendy Currie, Karen Hennigar, Susan Creelman and coach Judy Burgess on winning the 2009 Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship, congratulate Colleen and Wendy for being first team all-stars, and wish the team every success in the upcoming world championship to be held in Russia.

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 Shelburne.

RESOLUTION NO. 6863

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

Whereas the Inverness South Fishermen's Association, the ISFA, has requested a meeting with the federal and provincial Ministers of Fisheries in regard to quota allocations; and

Whereas the Area 12 Nova Scotia crab fishers requested a meeting with the federal minister, Gail Shea, supported by a letter from the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Defence, and Minister Shea has opted to not meet with the ISFA; and

Whereas the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has also blocked the ISFA from making a presentation in Moncton, New Brunswick on March 11, 2009 and has not yet met with the Inverness South Fishermen's Association;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly encourage our provincial Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture to convene a meeting inviting the federal counterpart and the Inverness South Fishermen's Association.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Health.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6864

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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 the North Colchester Mustangs, a senior boys basketball team from Tatamagouche, recently captured their first Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Provincial Championship; and

Whereas the team's success was credited to a basketball program that continuously develops the players and their strong commitment in the off-season; and

Whereas after capturing their fourth consecutive regional banner, the Mustangs have established themselves as one of the top small school programs in this province.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the North Colchester Mustangs for this monumental accomplishment.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 6865

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

Whereas St. Mary's Church in Lismore, Pictou County was established in 1834 by Highland Scots who had settled the area in significant numbers after several waves of immigration, the largest being in 1802; and

Whereas St. Mary's Church obtained its own charge as a parish in 1869 and was responsible for the creation of Lismore as the name of the community; and

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Whereas St. Mary's Scottish Highland Church has continued to be the very heart of the community for many generations over its 175 years and maintains this role in the 21st Century;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate the people of Lismore and surrounding area, and the many parishioners both past and present who have contributed to parish life and the preservation of one of the most historic Roman Catholic Churches in Atlantic Canada.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 6866

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

Whereas to pull off many successful school events, teachers, administration and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers and on April 21, 2009, volunteer Amy Covey assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem-solving and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the red planet, designed a mission patch, researched and built model life-support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Amy Covey for all her help with Marsville.

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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. 6867

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

Whereas Devil's Island, located at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour near Eastern Passage has a lighthouse that has been guiding local fishermen and other mariners for over 131 years and has played a significant role in the history of Eastern Passage; and

Whereas the Devil's Island Lighthouse Society was formed by Eastern Passage residents who are working to ensure that the lighthouse is retained and maintained as an operational navigational light; and

Whereas the society has collected over 3,200 names on a petition that will be presented in the House of Commons in Ottawa asking for the lighthouse to be protected under Bill S-215, the Federal Lighthouse Protection Act;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly support and encourage the Devil's Island Lighthouse Society in their efforts to retain and maintain the lighthouse as an operational navigational aid to mariners.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Kings West.

RESOLUTION NO. 6868

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 Premier's likely slogan for the upcoming election, which he may or may not want, is "Proven Record. Economy First"; and

Whereas throughout his three years in office, the Premier and his government have proven that they cannot manage the government's finances, they have proven they cannot keep ERs open, they have proven they are not capable of running Nova Scotia's corrections program; and

Whereas it is very surprising that the Premier is willing to run a campaign on this "Proven Record" of failure;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and his campaign team tell Nova Scotians why they should support a poor "Proven Record" such as theirs.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

RESOLUTION NO. 6869

HON. JAMES MUIR: A decent resolution now, Mr. Speaker. (Interruption)

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 Truro Branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women will hold its 45th Book Fair on May 29-30, 2009; and

Whereas the book fairs of the Truro Branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women have been very successful over the years, raising over $265,000; and

Whereas the funds raised from the book fairs have been used to provide awards to graduating high school and mature students, as well as assisting the Truro Music Festival, Truro Head Start, Third Place Transition House, Maggie's Place, Colchester Historical Society, and the Colchester-East Hants Public Library;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Truro Branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women on their 45th Book Fair and for the generous support they have provided to students and the community over these 45 years.

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

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. Last night in the emergency debate that we had in this House in regard to the economy of Nova Scotia, there was a lot of criticism toward the program that has been used by this province for decades. In fact, the honourable member for Pictou East made mention of pork-barrelling, and I think it was a great disrespect to the staff in my office. It's a program that's used widely by business, and business people have told me how much it has meant to them, the jobs we've saved and created over the last number of years in regard to the IEF. (Interruptions) Mr. Speaker will decide that, he'll decide if it's a point of order or not.

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Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that if the honourable member felt that strongly against this program, maybe he could explain why his constituency office called me on behalf of a constituent to ask how they could access funds for the IEF. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, again, I think it's more of a speech by the minister than a point of order, but clearly when he tried to put a fine point on it, the reality is I suspect most members of this House would like to know how that secretive fund works. So I suppose that's more in trying to enlighten Nova Scotians than to do anything else. So it was just a matter of a partisan speech rather than a point of order.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Economic and Rural Development.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: They do not have a clue in regard to the IEF - like anything else in this province - not a clue of how that program works, not a clue. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I do not believe it is a point of order. I do believe it is a disagreement between two members. Actually, it's a disagreement among a number of members, but we'll leave it alone.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I'm not sure - there was another member on their feet - if they were speaking to that point of order? I had a new point of order. I would yield the floor to my honourable colleague if it's on the same point of order.

MR. SPEAKER: Well, I already made my ruling on that last point of order, so it's over.

HON. KAREN CASEY: Mr. Speaker, I rise today on a new point of order. Yesterday in Question Period, in his supplementary question to me as Minister of Health, the member for Pictou East implied that our government had been dismissing the importance of the BTO Program.

In correspondence received at the Premier's Office later that day from the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer Society, they provided "clarification and apology re the question to Minister Casey." That included:

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"I didn't say anything about having tried to meet with Minister Casey, nor about anyone in the government not having been willing to meet with us. An NDP staffer called me yesterday evening to advise of today's question, invite me to the Legislature to view Question Period, and to check some facts and wording with me. The wording she ran by me did not include the little dig at the minister about meeting with us, and I was completely taken off guard when I heard the supplementary question from the gallery this afternoon."

I wish to table a copy of the entire correspondence.

MR. SPEAKER: Is there any response?

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, we will take the correspondence under advisement and respond to it (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: It does not seem to me that this is a point of order, but it is a point of information, and the information has been shared and obviously we are tabling the issue.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, earlier on during the agenda item, Resolutions, the NDP member for Halifax Atlantic submitted a resolution. I have the "Therefore be it resolved" here - it speaks to the health of all citizens and it's alleging that the actions of the government are reprehensible and are taking risks with people's health. Mr. Speaker, I'd ask if you would review that resolution and advise the House as to whether or not that resolution is in order. I would simply make that request and thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: We will review that and we will get back to the House at the earliest convenience.

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. 240. (Applause)

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Bill No. 240 - Offshore Offset Revenues Expenditure Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance. (Interruptions)

Order. I would request that the members of the House be reminded we are all honourable members - people are going to get the opportunity to speak on this item - and to give some respect to whichever individual is on the floor and has the floor. Everyone will have an opportunity in given time to respond. Please show the respect that you would like to be shown to yourself.

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The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. To be quite candid, it is with mixed emotions that I'm on my feet to speak to second reading of the Offshore Offset Revenues Expenditure Act, Bill No. 240. It is a bill of some consequence for two reasons: first, if this bill is not passed by this House then, unless the Leaders of the other two Parties and their colleagues agree, the budget will not be tabled; and secondly, it is a bill which kind of illustrates the serious financial difficulty that the province finds itself in in the year 2009-10.

Most of us in the government caucus were here in 2005 when the Offshore Offset Revenues Expenditure Act was put into force - indeed it was supported by all members of the House - and in 2005 it was clearly the right thing to do. And getting the financial affairs of the province in the shape that we can perhaps withstand the economic downturn as well as we are, is something of which not only the MacDonald Government, but the Hamm Government members are very proud and, Mr. Speaker, it's something that we have talked about very actively around the province.

What I'm trying to tell the members of this House and the people in Nova Scotia is that for government to go off that course, that was in some ways a killer of the Progressive Conservative Government. Something very, very dramatic had to change in the finances of this province.

What it means if this change is not accepted, there are going to be programs and services that are dear to all Nova Scotians, there are going to be numerous people laid off in the civil service, the Public Service . . .

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: You're making that up.

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MR. MUIR: Well, Mr. Speaker, the honourable Leader of the Opposition says I'm making that up, but what I'd like to know is where he is going to get that revenue to make it up - we haven't heard that yet.(Interruptions)

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

The honourable Minister of Finance has the floor.

MR. MUIR: I don't know, one of the other things I suppose that could have been done - the honourable member for Halifax Atlantic read a resolution which probably shouldn't have been read in this House, but you know there are five helicopters out there fighting that fire at the present time and I suppose we could have taken two of those and put them on the ground. That's the type of thing that is going to have to happen. That is the type of thing, Mr. Speaker (Interruption)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order, please. Everybody will get an opportunity to speak.

The honourable Minister of Finance has the floor.

MR. MUIR: Mr. Speaker, getting back to the bill - I was using a couple of examples that obviously people didn't want to hear but I said simply to illustrate the types of things that might have to happen. What I was trying to illustrate is that the government has some severe choices to make.

I want to go back through a little bit of history of debt reduction and what has happened the past number of years in our province. First of all, I don't think most people understand that in Nova Scotia we're a little bit unique - we're actually different from any other province in Canada in our definition of deficit and surplus.

When we're talking about using the offshore offset monies and bringing them into the revenues so we can fund operations it does not mean that the province would not end the year in a surplus situation - it would still be in a surplus situation, just that the surplus is smaller. We're arguing about the size of a surplus, not whether we're going to be in surplus, whether the books are going to be balanced or not. According to GAAP, we will have more revenue than we are expending.

For nine other provinces and three territories - that's balanced books. It just happens that our situation, because of the conditions that were in effect because of the good government in 2005, we were able not only to negotiate that money, but we were in a position at that time to legislate that it go to the surplus and then flow to the debt, and that was a remarkable accomplishment - but 2005 and 2009 are two different years. Now, I see

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the honourable member for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island over there, he's saying, you know, he has got four universities in his constituency, yet he does not want money to flow to those universities for capital improvement.

Mr. Speaker, I did start some time ago to talk about the debt reduction we have here in Nova Scotia, and for the members of the House, because you probably don't know that, Nova Scotia has implemented a number of measures in the past eight years - first to slow the growth of the debt and then to produce surplus in each year to reduce it. Reducing the net direct debt requires end of the year in a surplus position with revenues higher than expenditures and not having the change in the net book value of tangible capital assets exceed the surplus.

The 2005 debt reduction plan was a major step in debt reduction in that year, and Nova Scotia put $830 million from the federal offshore offset payment onto the debt. A portion of this offset is recognized as revenue for accounting purposes for a total of eight years. The debt reduction plan included a policy commitment to have the debt decline beginning in 2007-08. In 2007-08 the debt declined by $242-plus million. The net direct debt stood at $12.15 billion as of March 31, 2008. Debt servicing costs have dropped relative to revenues from 19.9 per cent in 2001-02 to 10.9 per cent in 2007-08. (Applause)

That's about a 50 per cent decline. Now, I know that the people on the other side of the House aren't very good with numbers, but if you take 20 and you subtract 10 from it, you get 10 and that's about half. The provincial debt as a percentage of gross domestic product has dropped from 48.7 per cent in 1999-2000 to 36.7 per cent for 2007-08. The stimulus plan which we are proposing will indeed result in an increase in the net direct debt. However, the increase will be manageable within a net direct debt-to-GDP ratio framework.

Mr. Speaker, yesterday afternoon I talked about the stimulus package and the fact that the government is going to borrow money to put into that stimulus package. I gave some figures yesterday afternoon, and just for clarity, because we do have some slow learners on the other side of the House, I want to go through this again. (Interruption) I have rounded these numbers off, Mr. Speaker, to make them even a little bit easier. The provincial debt right now is around $12 billion. We have about $8 billion in deferred maintenance.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, you know it's one thing for the minister to have his point of view on this particular piece of legislation, but I don't think hurling insults enhances this debate. I also think that some of the insults he's hurling are very offensive to certain groups of people in our community who have had to deal with the stigma of those kinds of slurs, and the minister as a former educator should be very well aware of that. So I would ask you to find as unparliamentary the latest slur from the minister.

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MR. SPEAKER: I don't believe that that is a point of order; it's more like a point of information.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

MR. MUIR: Mr. Speaker, it was not my intent to offend the honourable member or any other, and rather than using that word, perhaps I would say they're slow to uptake when it comes to numbers.

The provincial debt of $12 billion and outstanding deferred maintenance of about $8 billion - it gives roughly a total of about $20 billion. The stimulus package, which we are proposing and by the way, just for the information of members on the other side of the House - until the budget is passed, TCA spending in this province is now - we're out of room, so you can mull that one over too.

We have about $1.4 billion in the stimulus package and that would increase the debt to about $13.4 billion (Interruption) $1.9 in the stimulus package and $1.4 is coming from the provincial government. That's going to increase it to about $13.4.

We have outstanding deferred maintenance of about $8 billion. The deferred maintenance is going to be reduced by the amount of the stimulus package roughly, so effectively if we're putting $1.9 billion into stimulus, which is basically capital projects, then we can subtract that deficit; that should come off the infrastructure deficit. That would mean that at the end of that three-year stimulus period that the infrastructure deficit would be reduced from $8 billion to a little over $6 billion. If you add it up, the 2009-10 - because if you add together the infrastructure deficit in the net direct debt, we're up to about $20 billion. At the end of that three-year period, if we use that stimulus money and add both the net direct debt and the infrastructure debt together, the actual debt has been reduced by a half a billion dollars. It will come out to about $19.5 billion dollars.

Using that money for stimulus is not only going to keep about 20,000 people working or giving a better part of 20,000 people jobs, it is - in real terms - going to help the financial situation of the province.

Although this piece of legislation is very small, it does have significant implication for the people of Nova Scotia for two reasons. First of all, in how much money will be available for programs and services and secondly, the time it's going to take if we don't get a stimulus package out the door. It is going to have a whole lot of things.

What we would really like to do is to have the Opposition Parties pass this piece of legislation and pass the budget, or pass this piece of legislation so that the budget can be tabled and you can vote on the budget - you can see the plan we are proposing. If it's not up to your standards or something that you would like, then go ahead and vote against it. That's

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what this House is all about, you know, Parties, and people make up their mind whether they're going to support legislation or they're not going to support legislation.

To make these statements in advance like the Leader of the Liberal Party has, and the Leader of the New Democratic Party and basically both turned thumbs down before - although I must say, the Leader of the New Democratic Party said he wanted to enter debate on this particular matter. Really what we have to look at is what is in the best interests of the people of Nova Scotia. It's not what's in the best interests of the member for Richmond nor the member for Glace Bay or the member for Halifax Needham or Halifax Fairview, or even Pictou West.

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Right now, in this time - I'm talking this time, I'm talking in these next two or three weeks - what is best for the people of Nova Scotia? We want to forget about whether I'm a Progressive Conservative, whether I am a Liberal or a member of the New Democratic Party. What we remember is, we are all Nova Scotians, and right now we have to be interested in the welfare of our province as opposed to the welfare of our Party.

This is the time to put partisan politics aside. This is the time to look at the issue. It's a time to say, listen, folks, we have 20,000 jobs more or less on the line, we've got an infrastructure package out there for universities, an infrastructure package out there for municipalities, we have an infrastructure package out there for roads which we are not going to be able to fully access. All of this has a considerable portion of money which is coming from the federal government and we aren't going to be able to make full use of that if this piece of legislation is not passed and we get at that budget.

Mr. Speaker, we have to get at the business and work in the best interest of our province. Unfortunately, for one reason or another - maybe we're all responsible for it in this House - we've allowed the economic situation in Nova Scotia, which means that we have to change the way we do business to become a political thing rather than a thing in the interests of Nova Scotia. We've got none of that.

I'm going to challenge people on the opposite side of the House: pass this legislation. Pass this legislation. Let a budget be tabled so the honourable member for Richmond can go back home and tell the people in his constituency, you know something, I protected, I helped protect your jobs, or I helped create some jobs in my constituency. Go home and tell your folks that. But you could go home and say, hey, I just voted against jobs in my constituency.

Or we could go to the member for Hants East. He can go out and tell the people he had a petition for roads, but yet, if he votes against this legislation, votes against the budget, he's voting against roads in his constituency. Delaying the construction season and all of these things, Mr. Speaker. This is a small piece of legislation; it is extremely important.

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The dramatic downturn in the economy right across this country and across North America - indeed, across the world - has made everybody do things differently. Our good friends to the south of us in the United States, they virtually own several banks now, and they own, I think, half the automobile industry now. They had to do things differently. I don't know why the people in this House, at least on the other side of the House, don't understand that we have to do things differently in our province.

The offshore offset money last year was $105 million, more or less. Why do you think the government, in light of our track record, would take the position that we have to bring that money into ordinary revenue? The question is, would we have had a tougher decision to make politically? I don't think the people on the other side of the House understand the challenges we have. The member for Richmond ought to, because he was in government for a while, stumbling along with a $600 million surplus when they lost office.

AN HON. MEMBER: June budget.

MR. MUIR: A June budget, I forgot about that. (Interruptions) Yes, I know what it was, yes, health investment fund. (Interruptions)

Mr. Speaker, I think it's a good thing that I am hearing impaired because I didn't hear what he said, but anyway, what I'm trying to point out is that, you know, this piece of legislation did not come easily. The debate that took place within our caucus to come to this conclusion was hours and hours and hours. Now, I have not heard the other two Parties, except making these fleeting statements, say, oh, no, we don't need that offshore offset money, a drop in the bucket. It's a drop in the bucket. (Interruptions)

To understand, you know, if this piece of legislation is not passed, do you know where the next government - which will be us again - it will be starting from scratch, where we will be? We are going to be starting, and I want to tell you this, I want one of you to stand up and tell me how you are going to deal with it. You'll be starting, and I'm going to use rough numbers, you've got $105 million from last year. Now, that will be reduced because when we table the budget on Monday or Tuesday, whenever you will allow us to do it, we will show a surplus, and the $105 million from the offshore offset that was required to go to the offshore offset will be diminished or at least, you know, different but, you know, that if you have a deficit budget, it's carried over first charge in the next budget. You understand that, okay.

Now, right now that offshore offset cannot be counted. It has got to flow directly to the debt, Mr. Speaker. So what it means is that the next budget that will be presented in this House, whether it be by the - and likely will be - by the Progressive Conservative Government, whether it would be a Liberal Government, or whether it would be a New Democratic Government. (Interruptions) Heaven forbid.

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Mr. Speaker, that government is starting $200 million in the hole - $200 million in the hole. I want to know what programs you are going to reduce, how many civil servants or public servants will be laid off, or how big a deficit you'll be running to make up that $200 million, and that's just a start. That's a start. Now, I know that's next year, we'll worry abut that next year. Well, I want to tell you we've been worrying about this since this year began. We've been working on this for months. We started last September to try to literally map out a plan that would be the best thing in the interest of all Nova Scotians. Will you allow us to table the budget on Monday? (Interruptions) We will table it. We make that offer.

Mr. Speaker, you know, we have a good plan. We were able in our budget to protect the essential programs and services Nova Scotians want. Nobody got what they wanted, nobody got what they wanted, and I want to tell you that if this bill is not passed, people are going to get a lot less than they wanted, a lot less than they wanted. We were able to come up with a plan which protected the essential services of Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, in 2005 it was good. We had three or four real good years financially in this province, you know, the offshore royalties were great. The federal revenues were great. We got Crown share. We had the Atlantic Accord. We still have it, but the question to you is, do you want to borrow money to put on the debt? He understands this, he understands this, certainly he does. I mean he's, unfortunately, a member of a team and, you know - well, most of the time.

People get up and they wax eloquently about all of these great things they're going to do. I'm looking at the New Democratic Party because they've been the ones that have been making most of the promises, and I think our people say you've got about $2 billion in promises out there. Somebody said it went up $150 million yesterday. You can either raise taxes dramatically, you can run a deficit, or you can cut programs and services and lay people off. You cannot, and I'm telling you this, there is no way, unless - you better go down and buy a Powerball lottery ticket and hope it runs for half a billion dollars and you've got the winning number. There is no way those promises that have been made by the New Democratic Party can be met within the financial means of this province.

We talk about la-la land from time to time, and I can tell you financially it just - I look at the member for Halifax Fairview, he knows it's true. The member for Halifax Chebucto knows it's true. They know, they know. What I'm saying is, we've got to separate politics from policy which is good for Nova Scotia. We did not want to introduce this legislation, heaven knows. I was beside - as was Minister MacIsaac and Minister Parent and everybody, we were all there - we were beside the former Premier, and how proud we were to make that decision in 2005; 2005 and 2009, unfortunately, are different times.

I say that again, and I repeat it just so that people will understand the magnitude of the decision that you are making today, or will make on Monday, or will make on Tuesday. It is not - if you don't support this legislation, as I said, you've got choice, you can raise

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taxes, you can cut programs and services, you can lay off 4,000 people - that'll give you $200 million. You can raise taxes for $200 million, you're going to reduce taxes.

The Leader of the New Democratic Party went so far - and I think it was the March 28th edition of the Halifax Herald where he said that he was not only going to balance the budget, he was going to reduce the net direct debt; I think he was going to have a stimulus package and add $2 billion worth of promises.

I know sometimes when you speak politically - people in this House, we all make mistakes with things we say. We make statements, we get caught up in rally talk or political talk or something like that, but I think the problem with it is that - I think they believe that. Some of them believe it - now I know there are some that don't, because they know better.

Those things just aren't realistic, and they're going to be even more unrealistic for all of us if we don't pass this piece of legislation. I'm not going to characterize this as good legislation; I don't want to do that. For me, it's necessary legislation, it's something that has to be done given the situation that we're in. Heaven knows - certainly nobody on these benches - we would really like the conditions to be such that this province could protect programs and services and still make that debt payment from the offshore.

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I used an example when I spoke up at the Halifax Board of Trade the other day. I talked about a personal example and I'll put it on the table here again. When I was in the education business, I don't know, it must have been for 10 or 15 years I taught summer school every summer and I used to teach night school classes during the winter. I taught all across Canada and I did five or six terms at the University of Cape Breton, and there were hardly any of the Maritime universities I didn't work for at one time or another.

What I used to do with that summer school money was, I had a mortgage on my house and I used to make an extra payment on my mortgage with that summer school money. Good thing to do. I had that money coming in every year, so for a number of years I made that extra payment on the mortgage. (Interruption) I did, absolutely. You know what happened, though? One of my children needed orthodontic work. I didn't have orthodontics in my budget, so you know what I did with that summer school cheque? I gave it to the orthodontist because I had ongoing expenses, and I think for my family that was a better investment than putting it on my mortgage, than borrowing money to pay for the orthodontist.

I had two children go to the orthodontist, so I not only missed one payment, I missed a number of payments. I was able at the same time to make my regular mortgage payments. That's the situation the province finds itself in today. Do you borrow money to meet your operating expenses or do you make the extra mortgage payment? What do you want to do? You have that money sitting there - our debt costs right now are manageable.

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In the past 10 years that we've been in government, the gross revenues of this province have increased roughly by about 100 per cent. Our debt has not kept pace, we have those numbers - that's why I read those numbers to you at the beginning, is that our debt servicing costs as a proportion of our economy have gone down in those 10 years. We want to keep the province on a sound financial footing. We can manage those debt costs right now.

But the other thing about running a deficit - I guess you have your choice, run a deficit or you pay your bills. We haven't run a deficit for seven years and if you allow us to table a budget, you will see we're not going to do it for an eighth year. (Interruptions) You'll really debate it on Monday? Not that I dispute the member for Halifax Fairview and the member for Pictou West, but we would be happy to have a consultation with your House Leader and your Party Leader to allow that very thing to occur.

Anyway, getting back to the issue here. Once you start to run a deficit - this was one of the things we literally considered, should we run a deficit? Should we use this kind of savings money that we have, that extra mortgage payment, so that we don't have to run a deficit?

If you run a deficit - I can tell you how it works - you people, with the exception of the member for Richmond, have never had the opportunity to go through this experience. And he probably never will again. (Interruptions) That is a certainty, yes, thank you. Anyway, for those who are listening, I'm not running again, no.

You sit around the caucus and the Cabinet Table and you have to make decisions. You know one of the conversations - and I know I'm kind of breaking Cabinet solidarity by saying this - one of the suggestions that came out said let's run a deficit and say we're going to attribute the deficit to Health, or we're going to attribute the deficit to Education, or we're going to attribute it to Economic Development, or Community Services, pick one of the departments.

My good friend, the member for Kings North, who has a justice centre, he needs a justice centre rebuilt down there in Kentville. I see the member for Kings West nodding his head - you agree to that, right? Okay. Now all I'm saying is what they're saying is that okay, if you run a big deficit for Natural Resources, why don't you add another $20 million on it so I can do the project in Health - or then the person from Health Promotion and Protection comes along and says we got a great big public relations program we want to do about healthy living, why don't you add $10 million on for that? We got down into Education, she said, look, you know there are a whole lot of things that need to be done in Education - just give me $15 million and we can fix that.

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All of a sudden that $20 million or $30 million deficit becomes a $100 million or a $200 million deficit. When you have a deficit, where do you stop? That's what got this province into the difficulty it is in now.

AN HON. MEMBER: Which Party was that?

MR. MUIR: New Democratic, I think.

Anyway, Mr. Speaker, I've gone on long enough, just about, but I just want to remind the members of the opposite Party that your Leader is on record as saying he is committed to balancing the budget and not increasing the debt - which kills the stimulus plan, by the way - also, you know, as a Party the promises you have out there and you know how much those things are going to cost.

Folks, I'm just telling you that you've got to pull back because what you've proposed is simply not within the financial means of this province. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. (Applause)

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

MR. LEONARD PREYRA: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If I may be permitted an introduction, in your gallery today is Mr. Ryan Watson, who is the Leader of the Nova Scotia Green Party and also a candidate in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island. I want to welcome him to the House.(Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MR. GRAHAM STEELE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. On a day when we are debating an important Finance bill I have to say that I, like all members of the House, am acutely conscious of the person who is not here.

I would like to start my remarks with my own tribute to the late Michael Baker. I had hoped to do this as part of my reply to the Budget Speech but as things are unfolding, it appears that I may not have the opportunity to do that.

I have been the Opposition Finance Critic for over seven years now and over that time, Mr. Speaker, I have dealt with a number of very fine people who have held the position of Minister of Finance: the Honourable Neil LeBlanc, the Honourable Peter Christie, and the late Honourable Michael Baker, and now the Honourable Jamie Muir - I'm sorry, he's a current member of the House - the honourable current Minister of Finance who has announced that he is not re-offering in the next election, and so I thank him for his service as well.

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Michael Baker, as we all know, was a particularly fine gentleman, a vigorous advocate for his own point of view, the point of view of the government. His contributions inside the House were always incisive and important and worth listening to and dealing with him outside the House, whether it was in his role as the Government House Leader or otherwise, was always a pleasure because you couldn't always get your way with Michael but you knew that you were being listened to and you knew that whatever position he was putting forward was well thought out and well grounded.

As his illness took hold, I think we all saw in him a certain, what you might call a serenity that came very much to the fore as he dealt with his challenges and his family and continued, as was said in the House by the Party Leaders yesterday, to be completely devoted to his work as a public servant. I know that we do all miss the late Honourable Michael Baker very much and we think of him particularly because this bill which we are debating this morning and which may trigger an election is a Finance bill.

In a way, Mr. Speaker, it's a bit of an oddity because if I read the bill, or read the operative clause of the bill, there is not one single Nova Scotian who will understand what this means and yet this clause may trigger an election. I'm just going to read the operative clause of the bill. It reads: "Clauses 76A(1)(d), (e) and (f) and subsection 76A(2) of Chapter 365 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Provincial Finance Act, are repealed." That's what it says.

Now, I don't think that the Progressive Conservative Party is going to put this bill in its campaign literature and say, look what the Opposition couldn't accept because it's very difficult for most people to understand and yet this bill, the government says, must pass before the annual budget is even introduced. This is unprecedented, in my view, in Nova Scotia, certainly unprecedented in the time that I have closely followed Nova Scotia politics which is now 11 years and I've been in the House for eight. For two and a half years before that I was director of research for the NDP caucus so I followed things closely, certainly unprecedented in my 11 years around politics.

As far as I know from all I have heard and read about the history of Nova Scotia politics, it is unprecedented that a government should come to this House and set a condition for the introduction of its budget and to say to the Opposition Parties, you must agree to this condition or we will not even introduce our budget. That resolution that the Minister of Finance introduced yesterday, the budget resolution, I am willing to bet, for the first time in Nova Scotia's history does not set a budget date. That resolution which is required by the Rules and has a set form always stipulates the date on which the budget will be presented and yesterday it did not.

Why not, Mr. Speaker? Because the government says that the Opposition must pass this bill first before the budget is introduced. That is unprecedented in Nova Scotia. I

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challenge the government to find any precedent for that anywhere in Canada or even in the British Commonwealth. The government has complete control over the date on which the budget is introduced.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, just in response to the Finance Critic for the New Democratic Party, I would very much have liked to put a date on that but the Rules of Procedure in this House say that we can't introduce a budget where that offshore offset is included as ordinary revenue. So we have to change the legislation to permit that before the budget can be introduced.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Opposition House.

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MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, with all due respect, the Minister of Finance can introduce his bill whenever he wants, no matter what is in other legislation.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Yes, thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I know lots of people have been bantering back and forth, but we want to get into the actual procedural requirements that are there. It is very clear, following our practices and procedures for the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, that indeed, in the efforts of transparency, that's why the minister brought this stand-alone bill as enabling legislation.

The members of this House also understand by virtue of the practices and procedures of presenting a budget, with legislation that requires a balanced budget - otherwise, Mr. Speaker, as you would know, being in that Chair many times and being a member of government, that indeed you have to follow those practices and procedures and indeed, to be transparent the Minister of Finance has laid out a practice.

That is a matter that will come forward with regard to the steps that are taken. As the Minister of Finance has indicated - and again, we can come before the House, and indeed, seek the consent of this House for following procedure. The member for Halifax Fairview is citing procedures. He knows those prescribed procedures and we're happy to follow them and to be transparent for all Nova Scotians.

MR. SPEAKER: First of all, this is not a point of order. It may be considered as a point of information to the question that was raised.

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The honourable member for Halifax Fairview has the floor.

MR. STEELE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I mean, the ministers on the government side know very well that's not a point of order, but I look forward to the Government House Leader's contribution to the debate when it is his turn to get up and speak. In fact, the Minister of Finance is misinterpreting the Provincial Finance Act, and if he likes, I can send him over a copy of the Provincial Finance Act so he can read it for himself.

There is nothing, nothing stopping that minister from tabling his budget any day from Monday forward, because the House has gotten its two days' notice. There is nothing stopping that minister from tabling his budget, and we ask him to do so and not to lay down conditions.

It is without precedent in this province, in this country, in the Commonwealth of Nations, for any government to lay down a precondition to the tabling of the budget. The control to the tabling of the budget is entirely in that minister's and this government's hands.

Now, the only conclusion that we in the Opposition can come to is that this government . . .

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

HON. JAMES MUIR: Mr. Speaker, I do appreciate and I know that the Finance Critic for the NDP is learned and interested in . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Are we rising on a point of order?

MR. MUIR: I am, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Please go ahead.

MR. MUIR: He has implied that we can table that budget any time, Mr. Speaker. I just want people in the House to know that, if you will remember, back when I introduced the information about the money flowing to the universities through the MLU, I said that we were going to do it concurrently - that was my initial thing. The advice that we have received from constitutional experts is that in this particular House we cannot do it.

MR. SPEAKER: It is not a point of order, honourable minister. It's a good point, yes.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview has the floor.

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MR. STEELE: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. There is no precedent anywhere in this province - at any time in this province - for a government laying down a precondition to the introduction of a budget. There is nothing in the law, there is nothing in the rules that prevents this government from tabling - there is nothing that prevents that minister from tabling his budget on Monday or any day after Monday.

If the members on that side of the House dispute that, then let them point to the provision of the rules or the law. The Provincial Finance Act does not prevent the introduction of a budget, as long as it does not have a deficit.

Now, is that government saying that the budget that has been drafted has a deficit in it? The minister has said the opposite. He said the opposite today in this House. He said that budget, that will never be introduced, he claims it's balanced. So where in the Provincial Finance Act is the provision that says it can't be tabled? It's not there. It's nonsense, of course, Mr. Speaker, it's pure nonsense. The only conclusion the people of the province can come to is that this government is seeking to avoid the introduction of a budget. It is very difficult for us on this side of the House to understand how the government believes it can run an election campaign without a budget, and blaming the Opposition for something that is entirely within the hands of that government.

Introducing a budget requires a certain amount of discipline, discipline which this government has lost. It requires, for example, that the estimates of revenue be audited and certified by the Auditor General. The Auditor General has to review the projections of revenue and say that the assumptions on which they are based are reasonable and that the estimates are based on those assumptions. That is a certain amount of discipline and if this government triggers an election without introducing a budget, then they don't have to go through the discipline provided by that audit.

That provision requiring an audit of the revenue projections by the Auditor General, it's in the Provincial Finance Act for a reason. It is because governments in the past have presented numbers to the House that turned out to be wildly optimistic. I'm talking about governments particularly in the 1980s, and that's why the provision is there - it is designed to provide some discipline.

It is designed to provide disciplines in other ways because the budget documents require the government to lay out the assumptions on which the budget is based - all of the assumptions having to do with things like revenue growth, income growth, retail sales, and the like. The government has to defend those projections, and if this government triggers an election without introducing a budget, it means they don't have to go through the discipline of putting those numbers on paper and then defending them. They can make whatever claims they want as part of their campaign platform.

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

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HON. JAMES MUIR: For the information of the House, that information has been submitted to the Auditor General.

MR. SPEAKER: Is that a point of order? I didn't hear.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, this government has lost its discipline and that is why the government doesn't want to introduce the budget. There is no rule, there is no law, there is no precedent allowing any government to set a pre-condition to the introduction of a budget. They know it, and we know it, so the only reason that makes sense is that they don't want to introduce a budget because it would require the discipline that they have now lost. They would not require an audit by the Auditor General, they would not be required to state their assumptions in writing. If they don't introduce a budget, the numbers don't even have to add up, they can make whatever claims they want.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. The honourable member for Halifax Fairview is misleading the House and there are two aspects he has there. He's talking about the Provincial Finance Act, but he would know full well, or would claim to know full well, the practices and procedures of this House. So what in law and following our practices and procedures are something that I would ask him to look. If he would like to have the consult of the House Leaders to go through the practice and procedures to provide him with enlightenment - through you, Mr. Speaker, I would welcome that opportunity.

MR. SPEAKER: Certainly, it's not a point of order.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview has the floor.

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, if the members on that side have something to say - that is why we have debates in the House. This is now the fourth or fifth interruption in 15 minutes with points of order that they know are not points of order. Perhaps I could respectfully request that the ministers on that side be reined in a little bit so as not to interrupt my time. I'm here as an elected representative of the people, and if those members have something to say, let them stand up and say it on the record, in Hansard, and the people of the province will judge them. The people of the province will judge them and they'll judge me. I would never say that I know or presume to know what the result of the election is. I know that it is up to the people to decide, and we will present to them a positive alternative to a government without direction and without discipline. (Applause)

I, and my colleagues, know that if we are judged on that basis and found wanting, we will accept that verdict but, Mr. Speaker, the people will be the final arbiters of whether this government will be allowed to engage in this scheme, this charade of pretending that it's the Opposition's fault that a budget is not being introduced. This government in 2006 presented a budget and then before it could be debated, before it came to a vote, they called an election

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- that didn't go over very well with the voters in my district, and I think the voters more than in my district, and now the government has just gone the next step.

Last time they introduced a budget and didn't allow it to be debated; this time they're just not going to introduce a budget at all. They are going to trigger an election without the discipline required of introducing a budget and letting Nova Scotians see the plan, in complete and in full.

Because, Mr. Speaker, any other government in any other year, this bill that is in front of us now, Bill No. 240, would be part of the Financial Measures Act. The Financial Measures Act, which is a standard bill that is introduced in this House every year contains all the legislative provisions that are required to implement the budget. Since the beginning of parliamentary procedure in this province that's the way things have been done. This year the government has said, no, things are going to be different, we are going to take this provision out of the Financial Measures Act, lay it in front of the Legislature and say you must pass this first before we do anything else, because they lack the discipline to lead. They lack genuine leadership because they don't want the people to know the full story about what this government has in store.

In order to understand this bill that's in front of us we have to know something about the background - where did it come from? - because when I read it earlier it was obvious that there's no Nova Scotian who can read the bill and know within the four corners of the bill what it is that's going on here. We have to remember the context of the Atlantic Accord, and John Hamm, the former Premier, started what he called a Campaign for Fairness back in the period 2000-01. He wanted to relay to the federal government the idea that Nova Scotians were not the main beneficiaries or the full beneficiaries of the offshore oil and gas that was already being pumped out of the ground, and the historical record will show that campaign did not go very well at first.

I remember, for example, a postcard campaign where postcards were to be sent to Ottawa - and I don't think that went particularly well; in fact, the Campaign for Fairness was essentially moribund for a couple of years, it had essentially died out. And then every provincial Premier's best friend, Prime Minister Paul Martin, came to town - now, Prime Minister Paul Martin was in the midst of an election campaign and Prime Minister Paul Martin was ready to promise anything to anybody.

I think we'll recall, for Prime Minister Paul Martin everything was a priority, everything was a top priority - no matter what it was, it was the top priority of his government. And I compliment the Government of John Hamm for recognizing an opportunity when they saw one and so they took the Campaign for Fairness, which up to that point had been fairly ineffective, and they used the Prime Minister, who was willing to promise anything at the beginning of an election campaign, and they essentially cornered him into promising that he would indeed make things more fair for the people of this province - and once that promise was made, there was no going back.

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We will recall that Prime Minister Paul Martin did actually win that election with a minority Liberal Government and the Atlantic Accords were signed. As part of that, a cheque was presented to the Province of Nova Scotia.

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

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, would the honourable member permit a question?

MR. SPEAKER: Will the honourable member permit a question?

MR. STEELE: No, Mr. Speaker.

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

MR. STEELE: Mr. Speaker, I entertain doubts about the competence of this government and I entertain hope for a better future, but I do not entertain questions.

Mr. Speaker, $830 million was paid in a lump sum cheque to the Province of Nova Scotia, and a decision had to be made at that point about what to do with that money. As always, there were many challenges facing the government and there were many people who said it should be spent on programs. There were many people who said it should be used to cut taxes. There were many people who said it should go on the debt and, of course, there were people who said it should be a little bit of each of those things.

We said, and the government of the day said, that money should go on the debt. It represented a payment to Nova Scotia for revenue that should have been received in the past, in respect of non-renewable natural resources, resources that can never be replaced once they are taken out of the ground. We said, and the government said, all of that $830 million should go on the debts.

Indeed, at the time John Hamm said the following, "The most prudent thing we can do is putting the money on the debt. That will give us a limitless revenue stream of almost $50 million a year that will last well beyond the life of this administration."

Mr. Speaker, that is worth repeating - it will last well beyond the life of this administration. As we know, the John Hamm Administration came to an end in 2006 and

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here we are, only three years later, with a government proposing to undo that legacy that John Hamm himself said would last well beyond the life of his administration.

Another quotation, this time from the then Finance Minister, the Honourable Peter Christie. I'd like to read to the House to remind the House what was said at the time that this provision, which is now going to be repealed, was put into the Provincial Finance Act. The Finance Minister of the day said the following, "The province will be committed legally to balance its budget without relying on the year's portion of the $830 million related to the offshore agreement brought into revenue this year. The province will be required to maintain that balance throughout the year. As and when we reduce the debt, annual interest charges will be lowered, making the province more attractive to financial markets and providing us with greater flexibility to respond to the issues facing Nova Scotians."

Mr. Speaker, that is from Hansard on May 3, 2005, the then Finance Minister, the Honourable Peter Christie. The implication of that is if we undo what was done in 2005, then it will make us less attractive to financial markets and provide us with less flexibility to deal with the challenges facing Nova Scotians. Yet that is precisely what this government is proposing to do.

Now, let me put this bill in front of us in further context since, as we know, it is impossible to understand the implications of it just from reading it. What it does is delete a certain section of the Provincial Finance Act that was added to that Act in May 2005. I find it somewhat ironic that the section of the Provincial Finance Act in which this clause is found is headed Government Accountability. Now, these provisions are designed to ensure that our government is fully accountable with the way it spends the people's money and it includes, Mr. Speaker, the balanced budget requirements. It includes a requirement that these funds from the Offshore Accords be applied to the debt, and it does other things as well. It is ironic that on the eve, apparently, of a provincial election this government is going to delete clauses from a section entitled Government Accountability.

Mr. Speaker, there could not be a clearer sign that we are, with this government, moving backwards and not forwards because let's be clear about what's happening here. When that $830 million was delivered to Nova Scotia, it was on a cash basis applied directly to the debt - directly and immediately - but the government had an accounting problem because we don't do the books of the province on a cash basis any more.

That practice, which didn't reveal the true state of the province's finances, thankfully died out in the 1990s and, Mr. Speaker, I'm not usually free with my compliments to the Liberal Party, but I've said it before and I'll say it again, it was the Liberal Party under the former Finance Minister, the Honourable Don Downe, who began the move towards accounting on the basis of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles because the Liberals inherited a financial mess from the Progressive Conservative Government in 1993 and they struggled for the next six years to try to come terms with that. I will compliment the Liberal

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Party that they finally started coming to grips with the fact that the books of the province did not reveal the true state of the province's finances and they started the move to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, a move which was finished under the Honourable Neil LeBlanc and former Premier John Hamm.

Mr. Speaker, we don't account for things on a cash basis and that meant that when the $830 million was received, the government had an accounting problem because the way it works is that money is attributed to the year that is deemed to have been compensation for and the amounts of money I think will be of interest to the House. For 2005-06, the sum of money was $57,100,000. For 2006-07, it was $93 million. For 2007-08, it was $189 million. Now we get to the bit that the government wants to delete - for the fiscal year 2008-09, $207 million; for the fiscal year 2009-10, the fiscal year in which we are currently, $151 million; and for the fiscal year 2010-11, $92 million.

Now, Mr. Speaker, portions of this Act that this government is asking us to delete adds up to $450 million. This government, without presenting a budget to explain what they're going to do with the money, without presenting any rationale for why this now today is the right thing to do, without any plan and without any budget, wants us to essentially approve a blank cheque for $450 million. That is our children's money, that is our grandchildren's money and I don't think anybody in this House needs to be told that lesson because today in 2009 we are paying and paying and paying for mistakes made by the Progressive Conservative Government 20 and 30 years ago, and mistakes that are made today will not be paid by us, they will be paid by the people who are sitting in this House 20 and 30 years from now who are making decisions about themselves and their families and their children.

Mr. Speaker, we know in Nova Scotia all too well the burden of excessive debt. We have suffered under it long enough and nobody should lecture a New Democrat about debt and deficit. Tommy Douglas - the Greatest Canadian - was the Premier of Saskatchewan for 17 years and balanced the books every single year. Tommy Douglas used to say to people - if you get into debt, you're handing your future over to bankers and bond holders. He knew that, and we know that, and this government is expecting us to sign a blank cheque to them for $450 million.

Now, essentially what they're doing again, Mr. Speaker, if I could speak on a cash basis - that $830 already went on the debt, so we're talking about accounting. The government wants to re-borrow $450 million so they can use it on day-to-day spending.

Now those non-renewable resources are a legacy for us and for our children and for our grandchildren. That money must go on the debt; it must stay on the debt. It is the only responsible thing to do.

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In the 2005 debate, Mr. Speaker, the 2005 reply to the budget, April 28th in Hansard, I said, as the Opposition Finance Critic, "We support the fact that the offshore accord payment is going to pay down the debt. That is the only responsible thing to do." It was the only responsible thing to do then; it is the only responsible thing to do today. That is what we mean by a principle - something that you keep even when times are tough.

This government, since being elected in 1999, has surfed the wave of ever-increasing revenues, and despite their rhetoric, has never had to make truly difficult decisions. This year, for the first time, they've had to make difficult decisions because of the state of the economy, and what have they done? They've tried to change the rules.

Now I am mindful of the fact, Mr. Speaker, that it is Stanley Cup Playoff time, so I'll use a hockey analogy. What the government is trying to do because they can't get the puck in the net according to the existing rules, is get the net moved closer to their own end and, by saying to the Opposition that you have to pass this or there will be no budget, they're trying to say to the Opposition, not only have we moved the net closer to our end of the ice, but we're telling you that you've got to pull the goalie. Then maybe they'll get the puck in the net. It's wrong in hockey and it's wrong in government. (Applause)

What we need right now is genuine leadership, not a government that's trying to change the rules. This government, if it were showing genuine leadership on this issue, would have worked closely with the Opposition Parties to deal with the economic crisis that is facing this economy and all economies in Canada and around the world. Instead, they have resolutely resisted releasing or sharing any information about the state of the province's finances, about the state of the economy. I'll add this: the Provincial Finance Act requires a quarterly update. The last one was delivered at the end of December. When is the next one due? What does the Provincial Finance Act say? When is it is due? It's due at the same day the budget is tabled, but if there's no budget, there's no economic update.

So this government is going to allow itself to go into an election, which they're triggering, with no budget and no formal economic update to let the people of the province know what the state of the finances is. One can only conclude that that is a deliberate choice of the government so that on the campaign trail they can make whatever claims they want because there is no government document available to contradict them.

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Mr. Speaker, let me give another example of information they should have released and have not. That is when the Minister of Finance talks about the lowering debt-to-GDP ratio. Here's the problem with the lowering debt-to-GDP ratio: it is a claim backed up by no government document. As we saw in the Economic Development Committee, it depends on a number of wild assumptions, which no serious economist believes are going to happen. Rates of growth in the economy in future years that nobody expects will happen, rates of

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growth two years from now that have to hit 9 per cent in order for their debt-to-GDP ratio claims to be met.

At that Economic Development Committee meeting, I asked the Deputy Minister of Finance to submit to the committee the document of the government's analysis that justified those wild claims. She said she would check with the minister, and we got a letter the other day from the deputy minister who said that she had passed the request on to the minister. So here on the floor of this House, let me repeat the request. If that minister is going to stand up and make claims about the debt-to-GDP ratio, let's see the documents that back it up; let's see the assumptions, let's see what they are, let's see where they came from, let's see how it is that the government can claim that two years from the economy will grow by 9 per cent per year, because if it doesn't, then the debt-to-GDP ratio claimed by the government will not be met.

It is just another example of how this government makes claims, but will not present the documents to back them up. That minister over there claims that his budget is balanced. Well then bring in the budget, let's see the budget. There is nothing stopping that minister from bringing in the budget on Monday or any day after Monday. If the budget is balanced, as he says, there is no restriction in the Provincial Finance Act to its being tabled. There is no restriction at all. The minister makes the claim but then won't bring in the document to substantiate it. Whether it's on debt-to-GDP ratio or whether the budget is balanced or not, he makes claims and won't back them up.

It appears that the government is going to trigger an election without bringing forward any documents to substantiate its claim. It appears, if the government is to be believed, that there will be no budget, there will be no fiscal update. None of the documents backing up the government's claims in the infrastructure plan have been tabled despite the request having gone in and it's a request that I am repeating today. Instead, we have a government that is appealing to fear and division.

There is no government in Canada that has run out of money, ever, because every single Provincial Finance Act has provisions to prevent that from happening and the Minister of Finance and the Premier know that very well. There is no government in Canada that needs to run out of money unless it is pure incompetence because the Provincial Finance Act has provisions that allows the government to govern, that allows the government to do what it needs to do to manage the economy, to run the government, to do what needs to be done. What we say to the government is, you're the government, govern - that's your job, that's the job that the people of Nova Scotia have entrusted you with. Instead we get the minister saying, we've run out of money. It's not the case. The minister is misinformed, at best.

To say that projects will be lost, as the Government House leader says, municipal infrastructure projects will be gone if the budget doesn't pass is simply misinformation. There are two possibilities here, neither of them very appealing. The first possibility is that

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the government doesn't understand provincial finances. The other possibility is that they do understand provincial finances and are misleading the public about the true state of affairs. Neither of those is a very appealing prospect. There is no reason in the world, no reason in the world why any government needs to run out of money. That is why the special warrants procedure is in the Provincial Finance Act, has been in the Provincial Finance Act for decades, is in every single Provincial Finance Act across the country. Who was the last government to use a special warrant? The Government House Leader said they can't be used when they're in session - that's because the expectation is is that when the House is in session, a budget will be brought in.

On this side of the House, we say to you, bring in the budget. Bring in the budget. We are ready. If this government brings in the budget on Monday, we will be here, we will be in our seats, we will be ready to debate it. (Applause) We reject any attempt by the government to set false pre-conditions, to set conditions that any other government would have handled in a different way, in a better way by including this provision in a Financial Measures Act. Instead, they are looking for a blank cheque for $450 million and all they're doing is appealing to fear and division, setting one group of Nova Scotians against another, setting one-half of a county against another, setting rural people against people in the metro area. Setting people against each other.

We are less than one million people on the edge of a continent. We must work together. We must work together. We must work as a province, we must work as a region. We are a small region in a small country beside the largest economy in the world. If we do not work together, things fall apart. Yet, we have a government that will not introduce a budget, will not introduce a plan, will not release information that will allow Nova Scotians to judge them on their record. Instead we have a government that is appealing to fear.

Although there are many instances of that over the last few weeks, the worst one was this morning in the House. That minister, and that minister knows what he said - to try and draw a link between this bill and that forest fire is shameful. That minister this morning said that the government could save money by keeping the helicopters on the ground. I think that minister is going to be held accountable for that statement this morning. That is an example of the kind of fear and division that this Premier and this minister and this government are resorting to because they have nothing left. They have nothing left.

We are ready, if it comes to it, to go to the people and let the people decide. We do not believe that an election has to happen. We do not say, we will not say, that we cannot accept a budget that we haven't seen. Nor will we give in to a government that sets down false preconditions, a precondition that's seems designed to permit them to hit the campaign trail without a budget, without a plan, without a forecast update, without any information on which the people can judge them and decide what they're going to do.

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Mr. Speaker, we will not allow the government to change the rules under these circumstances. We will not allow the government to move the nets. We are going to meet, as a caucus, on Monday afternoon to make our final decision. We know this is a weighty decision, but if the government is determined to fall on this bill, we will make our decision. We will make our decision according to what's in the best interest of all the people of the province.

It is not necessary that should happen. What should happen is that this government should bring in its budget. What should happen is that Bill No. 240 should form part of the Financial Measures Act. That is what should happen. But, if they're not willing to do that, we're ready. We offer genuine leadership. We offer a better deal and we will let the people decide. (Applause)

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

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to join the debate on Bill No. 240. It's amazing when you look back at 2005 and the work that took place by Dr. Hamm and Prime Minister Martin and the celebration that we had as a province. Do you remember the picture of Dr. Hamm? I think he was leaving the Red Room carrying the cheque and making sure that no one else was going to get their hands on it, and I would daresay he probably still has that cheque somewhere. It was a great day for Nova Scotia. I remember the Leader of our Party acknowledged that and acknowledged the contribution and the path that Dr. Hamm was moving forward with in terms of putting that offset payment on the debt.

On October 31st last year, Mr. Speaker, I asked this government to come together and work with us as a Party to try to help to build a plan for it, to help move a plan so that we could help mitigate the economic challenges that not only Nova Scotia is facing but provinces across our country - indeed, countries globally - and they refused to accept that invitation. I was very clear in the following months that I believed that the offset payment for last year was to be paid directly on the debt of the Province of Nova Scotia, and that I was not willing to participate in changing legislation that would retroactively change the law. I had clearly said to Nova Scotians that I would be more than willing to entertain the idea of changing that legislation as we go forward to allow that offset payment to be used in these tough economic times.

Nova Scotians themselves have been faced with difficult times. In changing the law, even in these difficult times, to go retroactive doesn't make sense to them. They have a hard time understanding when a government, at the end of the fiscal year, takes $256 million and offloads it onto this year's budget for post-secondary education costs - and it's not new money, it's to cover this fiscal year's operating costs - they have a hard time understanding why we need to change the law to bring about $105 million back in to allow them to balance the books. The Minister of Finance rose and said without this change, we would have a

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deficit budget - any Party, whoever is leading this province would have to provide a deficit budget.

I contend we already have a deficit budget and it's the one that was last year, because the legislation that they're looking to change is retroactive. Without that $105 million, your budget will not be balanced. That's coming from your own government. That's the rationale for this. When we participated in the budget process last year, we worked with this government to try to provide what was a balanced approach in a minority government. Lo and behold, during these tough economic times, instead of reining in the expenditures that are going on, they decide to change the legislation, the law. How many Nova Scotians, if they found themselves in a tough situation, would like to change the law retroactively? Probably all of us.

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Let me be clear. Our caucus was more than prepared to go from this date forward in changing that offset payment, but we said then and I'll say it again - we are not willing to participate in going retroactively. If this continues and the government wants to bring this to a vote, our caucus will not be supporting that legislation. We have said for a very long time that we would not be supporting that legislation. I told Nova Scotians. I told the Premier and I told Nova Scotians on many occasions that I am not, will not, now or ever, participate in changing the law retroactively. I was more than willing to participate on going forward. Last October, I was more than willing to sit down with this government and help to try to build a plan on how we went forward.

THE PREMIER: You want to raise taxes over there.

MR. MCNEIL: I hear the Premier wanting to yell across now. He should have had a conversation in October; if he wanted to have the conversation, we should have had it in October. I will not, and our caucus will not (Interruption) as a matter of fact, Mr. Premier, we're going to cut the small business tax from 5 to 1 per cent. We're going to engage the men and women in this province who are growing the economy, and we're going to engage them in a way that will allow them to create sustainable jobs all across this province.

I listened to the Minister of Finance speak today about the federal dollars are on the table. The great news yesterday was that the federal minister for Atlantic Canada said his dollars will be available whenever, and I don't believe the cheque is made out to the Progressive Conservative Government - I believe it's made out to the people of Nova Scotia. (Applause). As I said yesterday, Mr. Speaker, it's time to make a decision.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The Chairman recognizes the honourable Minister of Finance - on a point of order?

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HON. JAMES MUIR: Yes, a point of order. The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party implied that the federal money would flow forever, Mr. Speaker. It's well-known that there's a 24-month time limit on that.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you for the point of information, not a point of order.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

AN HON. MEMBER: A 24-hour time limit on you, too. (Interruption)

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Oh, oh.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader has the floor and I certainly would encourage all members to . . .

MR. MCNEIL: I want to tell the Minister of Finance that I agree with his analogy about the 24 months; I saw that as well. An election will take 30 days - that will leave another 23 months for whomever the people of Nova Scotia decide should govern the province, to work and form a . . .

SOME HON MEMBERS: Hear, hear. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, we as a Party have always been, and will always be, willing to look and entertain their budget if they're willing to bring it to the House. I don't know if it's possible. I've heard two different sides of this argument, quite frankly - one says this bill has to pass in order for the next one to come forward. I don't know if that's necessary or that's how it works. I'll tell you what I do know - our caucus will not be supporting this legislation. So if this is the piece of legislation that they want to use as a confidence vote, then I don't think we should waste the time of the people of Nova Scotia any longer.

If the New Democrats need to wait until Monday to decide what they're going to do, then perhaps we should give them until Monday. But we decided many months ago that we will not participate in changing the laws of our province to retroactively bail out the mismanagement of this province. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. I now recognize the honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

I want to speak to the bill at this particular point in time. I want to point out that all members on all sides of the House are extremely eager and interested to see roads and bridges across Nova Scotia improved and, in many cases, replaced. This budget, as perhaps you would know - in terms of the capital program for highway projects - is the biggest in this

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province's history and we have had, of course, good co-operation from the federal government on many, many initiatives and on many fronts, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Honorable Peter MacKay, yes, have worked tirelessly on behalf of the federal stimulus package.

Now, I do want to point out that when we came to government in 1999 the capital budget for the Department of Transportation was $44 million. This government recognized a huge infrastructure deficit and over the last little more than 10 years we've increased that budget significantly, to nearly six times what it was back in 1999. We do have, in fact, a very ambitious road-building program plan for the upcoming construction season.

A few short months ago, I had the privilege of attending the Nova Scotia Road Builders' annual general meeting. I do know that some members opposite were at that meeting as well, and the road builders pointed out that during this time of a weakened economy it's very important to make investments in our infrastructure because those are long-term investments, and they will put people to work as well. In my constituency, like constituencies right across Nova Scotia, there are people looking for job opportunities, and Mr. [Deputy] Speaker, as you would know, as you represent the Riding of Clare, that job opportunities also mean economic benefits to the communities, to the province, and of course that's extremely important.

The honourable member and my colleague, the Minister of Finance referenced that we did work extremely tirelessly on budget preparation. We examined revenues and expenditures ad nauseum and it was a challenge, there's absolutely no doubt about that. With this piece of legislation we made a very difficult decision, and that decision was to basically defer the offshore offset. In doing that we believe that we were able to sustain and protect many programs that are essential to Nova Scotians, and I would challenge members opposite to rise in their feet and tell us how they would make up that difference, how they would find that money to provide the programs that Nova Scotians have come to accept, expect, and deserve. It's extremely important.

It's fine to stand in the Legislature, and I don't claim to be different than anybody else in this House - sometimes we stand in our place and do make statements that are deemed to be quite political - but today in front of Nova Scotia we are discussing very serious business. We're talking about the Nova Scotia economy, we're talking about people, we're talking about families, we're talking about people waiting to get to work. That's what we're talking about here today, but members opposite choose to play politics. (Applause)

I think Nova Scotia deserves better than that. In fact, just a short while ago I overheard a media scrum where in fact the Leader of the NDP stood in his place and said he'd never heard such hyperbole in all his life, he'd never seen the like, the rhetoric that's going on, and here we are talking about a very serious, significant piece of legislation, and Nova Scotians out there are taking this very seriously. I would say to members opposite that

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you will rue the day that you stopped Nova Scotians in their tracks from the recovery that they find so fundamentally necessary to move forward on - it is extremely important.

MR. STEPHEN MCNEIL: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. It is a very serious problem. It's why we shouldn't be the last Legislature in Canada to be sitting - we should have been the first.

MR. SPEAKER: Certainly not a point of order. The chair recognizes the honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

MR. TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, my honorable colleague yesterday referenced that, in fact, the Liberals in the past have brought forward budgets that were in fact dated later than we plan on bringing our budget forward. I guess it's okay for the pot to call the kettle black here today. The point of the matter is that it's Nova Scotians that we're talking about, it's the Nova Scotia economy that is weakened. We're not immune from the difficulties that New Brunswick, Québec, Newfoundland, Ontario, Manitoba, that Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the territories, all the states - we're not immune from the difficulties that those jurisdictions are facing. In fact, we did work with our federal colleagues to come up with some much-needed relief, programs and a budget to help Nova Scotia through these very difficult times.

Mr. Speaker, the bill - An Act to Permit the Expenditure of Surpluses Generated by Offshore Offset Revenues - again was brought forward after a lot of deliberation, after hours and hours and hours and days and days and weeks and weeks and, yes, a few months did go by but we believe that we have it right for Nova Scotia. We believe that this piece of legislation that is fundamental to the budget going forward is the right thing to do at this particular point in time. The Minister of Finance pointed out how difficult a decision it was. So I would say to members opposite, and ask them to stand in their place and tell Nova Scotians how they plan to provide those programs that Nova Scotians deserve?

How do you plan to do it, Mr. Speaker? I ask the people opposite, how do you plan to do it? What hospital are you going to close? What school are you not going to build? What road are you not going to pave? What bridge are you not going to build? Stand up and tell Nova Scotians. (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. Order, please. (Interruptions)

I don't know about the honourable members, but I can tell all of you it's extremely hard for the Speaker up here to listen to the member who has the floor. So maybe I could suggest that we try to tone it down and hear what the honourable member has to say. So instead of having to shout across the floor, maybe we could allow the honourable member the courtesy to be heard. Thank you very much.

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The honourable Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has the floor.

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I was saying, when we came to office, I can speak from experience in my riding, the beautiful Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, by coincidence or more likely by political design, we couldn't get a teaspoon of asphalt. We couldn't get a teaspoon of asphalt from the members opposite when they were the government of the day but, today, we can stand in our place and say that every riding across Nova Scotia where the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has responsibility has received new asphalt, has received gravel, has received guardrails and has received brush cutting, every riding that we are responsible for, that's how fair this government is.

Mr. Speaker, sometimes you have to kind of quietly laugh to yourself or perhaps not so quietly when you hear, especially the members of the Opposition stand in their place and try to make all these grandiose promises. They make all these promises to Nova Scotia and then when the government holds them accountable for those promises, when the government accuses of them of being what they are - risky - Mr. Speaker, then they seem to get quite excited and say, oh, my gosh, they're attacking us, they're pounding us. But what we're asking members opposite, all members opposite, stand in your place and please tell Nova Scotians what programs are you going to cut? If not, how high are you going to raise the taxes? Tell Nova Scotia.

We've told Nova Scotia where we're going. We've been clear. We've been up-front. We've been sincere. The Minister of Finance brought forward a very reasonable piece of legislation for these very extraordinary times. Mr. [Deputy] Speaker, you know that these are extraordinary times. You've been around the House longer than most, if I might say with all respect, and we wish you well in whatever future endeavours that you may take but the fact of the matter is you know yourself that these are challenging times. The economy is weakened there's no doubt about that and, again, if you look at our neighbours to the north, in New Brunswick, they had to take some extremely unpopular measures, and we commend Premier Shawn Graham and his government. They looked at things in a way they believed was in the best interests of New Brunswickers. We, in turn, have looked at things in a way we believe is in the best interests of Nova Scotia.

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I'm proud of the record this government has established. In 10 short years, we came forward with seven balanced budgets and we've done that through some difficult times and we've done that through some reasonably good times when revenues, in fact, have increased. But what we've always tried to do is keep in mind the needs of Nova Scotians.

Again, that's why, more than ever, we need clarity. We need clarity as to where the Liberals stand, as to where the NDP stand on this very important issue. You can sit in your

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place and make light of it, but this is serious business, this is the people's business. This is the people's business. My concern is that they really don't have a plan as to where they're going to make up the difference that's contained in this piece of legislation. They should be honest and they should be up front and tell Nova Scotians, if they're not going to raise taxes, what programs are they going to cut? It's basically that simple. If you're not going to raise taxes, what programs are you going to cut? If you're not going to raise taxes, tell Nova Scotians. There's not one of them . . . (Interruptions)

Mr. Speaker, I'll try not to raise my voice. But you know we value the work that Nova Scotians do, we value the work that Nova Scotians do for this government in every department. We've made commitments to Nova Scotia workers and we'll continue to do that. We've been up front, we've been sincere and honest and there have been consultations, there have been discussions. But you know, I would defy one member opposite to go out and talk to the Nova Scotia road builders and tell that, in fact, you're going to put the brakes on the construction season. Go out and tell them! I'm asking you to go tell them in Cape Breton Centre. Go and tell them. Go and tell them out in Sackville-Cobequid, go out and tell them in Timberlea-Prospect, go out and tell them in Shelburne, go out and tell them in Pictou East. Go out and tell them in Dartmouth. Go out and tell them, go out and tell them.(Interruptions) Don't forget them in Halifax? No, we don't forget Halifax. (Applause) Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Why won't the NDP stand up and be honest with Nova Scotians? What are they hiding? What are the NDP hiding today? We are honest, we're sincere. We've brought out a bill, we've brought out a piece of legislation and we are sharing it with members opposite, and all they will tell us is that they won't support it. What they're not saying is how they're going to provide those programs. How are you going to pave those roads? How are you going to fix those bridges? How are you going to build those hospitals? How are you build those schools? How are you going to keep the government employees working? What's your plan? You simply have none.

Stand up in your place if you do, stand in your place and tell Nova Scotians. We've seen the assumptions, we've done the due diligence. We've looked hard and we've looked long and we've brought forward what I think the Minister of Finance has described as a difficult and challenging piece of legislation. We acknowledge that.

If the economy wasn't weakened, we probably wouldn't have to do this. But you know one thing - we do have a plan, we have a go-forward plan. Here we are at the start of the construction season, and members opposite are willing - it seems from the articulation opposite - they're willing to put Nova Scotians in jeopardy. They're willing to play politics at this time.

The member opposite for Halifax Atlantic got on her pins today and brought forward a resolution where she accused the government on this side of the House of risking public safety. You have a look and I think the other Speaker is going to review that piece of hen

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scratching. That was written on the fly, but I can tell you this - that piece of legislation is apparently supported by the Opposition. Unbelievable that the Leader of the Opposition would support something like that. When you talk about rhetoric and garbage, I've never seen anything like that in nearly 16 years. Mr. Speaker, when you have a look at it, I'm sure you will concur. It's absolutely disgraceful that something like that would come forward from the member for Halifax Atlantic and be supported - Mr. Speaker, we're not talking about Glace Bay.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member from Glace Bay, on a point of order?

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I know the minister wasn't talking about Glace Bay, we don't have any provincial roads there, so thanks for nothing . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Mr. Speaker, on a point of order.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you, please do.

MR. DAVID WILSON (Glace Bay): Every member of this House deserves the respect that they should be shown. Whether or not a member from the NDP caucus today got up and stood, I don't think they should be referred to as standing up on their "pins", nor do I think that their writing should be referred to as "hen scratching." I think that shows a level of disrespect that we should not accept in this House, and I would ask the minister to apologize to the member.

MR. [DEPUTY] SPEAKER: Thank you for raising that point. I understand that the resolution is being looked at. It was noted earlier, I believe, by a government member asking the Speaker to take a look at the resolution that was tabled, so thank you for bringing that back to our attention.

MR. TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, this resolution, as I indicated earlier, appears that it was written very hastily and I don't mean any disrespect to hens or, in fact, I don't mean any disrespect to the honourable member opposite. (Interruption) That expression has been used, home on the farm; it has been used. But let me say this - I'll rephrase it this way - when the honourable member took her place in the Legislature and presented this barely legible piece, a resolution, I did ask through the Speaker to have it examined, so if, in fact, I did offend anybody or any farm animal, I apologize for that.(Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The Opposition House Leader.

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MR. FRANK CORBETT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wonder if the minister in his bluster really meant to describe a female member of our caucus as a hen? (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: I didn't hear that. Before I recognize the honourable minister, I will point out to the Opposition House Leader that I will check Hansard and I will report back to the House on a future day. Thank you.

MR. TAYLOR: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do want to move forward. The Department of Agriculture, the farmers in the Province of Nova Scotia, some of us would maintain, are the backbone of many, many communities. This government has invested more in agriculture, on a per capita basis, than any province right across Canada, and those programs that were crafted and put together were done in consultation with the agricultural community. Would we like to do more? Of course we would like to do more. Do we have the capacity to do more? It is difficult from time to time to find the necessary funding to help our friends and our neighbors in the agricultural community.

It shouldn't be lost on anybody opposite that this government has invested more in agriculture than any province right across Canada on a per capita basis - and we've done that in co-operation with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. I know that it has been a difficult time for the hog producers - there's no doubting that, there's no disputing that - but there comes a time when in fact you have to take the difficult decisions. On this side of the Chamber, we're not afraid to make the difficult decisions - and this is a very difficult decision.

I know that the Agricultural Critic for the NDP has said from time to time that his Party would do this and do that. I've been in the same audience, I've witnessed some of the boasts and some of the promises that have been made, and that's fine. In fact I can understand that we all would like to do that stuff, but if you don't have the funding it's extremely difficult to keep those promises, so perhaps he would like to have a look at some of the difficulties and some of the challenges that members opposite are facing when they bring forward pieces of legislation like this Act to permit the expenditure of surpluses generated by offshore, offset revenues.

So I do again call on members opposite to stand up in their place and again, Mr. Speaker, I think it is incumbent upon the leaders of both Parties opposite to tell Nova Scotians what programs would they, in fact, cut if they are not going to raise taxes? We've done the work, we've done the due diligence, we've looked again tirelessly at this, and you have to be honest, you have to be upfront, and you have to be sincere.

We've brought forward, we believe, a piece of legislation that has been a challenge for us to put together, but we've brought it forward and we would like to ask members opposite to give it every consideration so we can move forward with a budget - a budget that is so important to Nova Scotians. It is important to the agriculture community, it is important

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to the fishery, it is important to the forestry, it is important to the truckers, it is important to the road builders, it is important to Nova Scotia.

There are social programs contained in the budget through Community Services, through Health, through Education - many, many social programs. Mr. Speaker, they are your neighbour, they are my neighbour, they are everybody's neighbour. People are counting on this place to provide leadership. We've brought forward, we believe, a piece of legislation that is very, very necessary to assist Nova Scotians as they move forward.

AN HON. MEMBER: To maintain social programs.

MR. TAYLOR: Yes, absolutely, to maintain those programs that are so essential to Nova Scotians. But again, we haven't seen any member opposite stand in their place and tell Nova Scotians how they are going to provide those programs without raising taxes.

You have to be accountable, so we're asking you. Mr. Speaker, you know I've had the opportunity to serve in Opposition for - I believe it was six or seven years, and in Opposition we made the government accountable. We held their feet to the fire on many, many issues.

We stand up for our constituents, we always have, but you know members opposite - they try to divert attention, they try to make rabbit tracks, but the fact of the matter is, we're asking the members opposite to stand up and be accountable. You know in Richmond County they have to be accountable, they have to be accountable in the Valley, they have to be accountable in Glace Bay. We have people struggling out there, we have in our resource-based sector - people are struggling in those resource-based sectors and we have a piece of legislation here that we believe is most, most supportable and it is understandable in these challenging times.

Our economy is weak and I'm asking members opposite to please tell Nova Scotia how you plan on providing those programs that Nova Scotians expect and deserve. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your indulgence. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The Chair will recognize the honourable member for Cape Breton Nova on an introduction.

MR. GORDON GOSSE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to bring attention to your gallery today. As you well know, the community of Whitney Pier has produced many distinguished citizens, like Clotilda Yakimchuk in the Order of Canada. In your gallery today we have her son, Kenny Douglas, a young lawyer here in Halifax, from my community of Whitney Pier, who has been living here for many years now. I'd like Kenny to rise and get a warm welcome from the House. Thank you. (Applause)

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MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. The Chair recognizes the honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

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MR. FRANK CORBETT: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Well, like my colleague from Halifax Fairview, before I get into the real text of my debate on Bill No. 240, I also want to put on the record the high esteem and regard I had for the late Honourable Michael Baker. Michael and I came into this House together in 1998 and had worked on WCB Select Committee, and that's where I got to know him personally. I can really say that when you got to know Michael Baker, you knew somebody who was beyond reproach, who was solid, that you could have a very, very feisty argument with but at the end of the day the sword was laid down and this House and this province is much better that we were served by him and certainly in my estimation his presence will be greatly missed and for Cindy and the boys, I would take this opportunity in a public way to give my condolences.

Mr. Speaker, on that line, you know, I also have a great deal of respect for the Minister of Finance. He and I, again we're the infamous class of 1998 I guess, and we understand these things. I've got to say, in the same line of respect, that we have got really loud with one another from time to time over these many years - and we can probably tell stories about Bill No. 68 - but the fact of it was at the end of the day when we took that breath, you understood that it wasn't personal. We may have been looking at a situation maybe through a different end of the lens if you will but we still, I think, really did it because our vision of Nova Scotia happened to be different but that was it.

But on Bill No. 240 - I won't be as vitriolic about this bill as probably I was about Bill No. 68 - what I really am amazed at with Bill No. 240 is all this talk about consultation, you know, about working together and that this Party is looking to run out for an election and these folks are, you know, just lathering to do this and to do that but the government really didn't show true leadership. When last we met five months ago and we were talking about the economic perils that were coming toward us, there was really no reaction and as the House recessed and the economic situation got worse and worse, there was at no point that the sitting government in a minority House took the time and said, do you know what, we need many, many heads and many points of view to help us get out of here.

So what they do now, instead of doing that and doing the responsible thing at that time, and to say put partisanship, as they said earlier, let's put partisanship aside, but what they do is they bring us to the brink of this abyss and then say, oh, but you folks, you don't want to work with us. Well, Mr. Speaker, we don't know what we've got to work with. We do not have a budget. Now, the same government that told us, told the public, that these measures that are in Bill No. 240 would be in the Financial Measures Act, they were telling

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the public and telling other political Parties that's where it's at but all of a sudden - and one could only think it's done as a political manoeuvre as opposed to any real policy or legislative need - they go and they say, look, here, we dare you, here's the line in the sand, we dare you to cross it.

We offered today, show us this infamous budget. I mean there has been much rhetoric hurled across the floor from the government today about, you know, what are you going to do for this, what are you going to do for that, how are you going to get the money for that? Well, really in a lot of ways nobody kind of knows because the government has really - not just shuffled the cards, it has basically sealed the deck and hid it. What we want and what Nova Scotians want is a budget to see if you can be trusted but we don't know what's in there. They're saying we're voting against a budget.

Well, you know, Mr. Speaker, we're not. We're voting against the idea that they will not show Nova Scotians a budget. They do not trust Nova Scotians enough to have a budget in this House to be consultative about. There is much talk that they're saying that the Provincial Finance Act wouldn't allow them to bring a budget in because of the situation as it relates to the accord money. Well, it allows them, and they know this very well, through disasters - and one could say the greatest disaster is that government over there - but, in real terms, we're looking at a financial disaster (Interruption) well you know, truth hurts.

The fact of the matter is that truly there is a financial disaster. That's what we'd be looking at, but the government could have been consultative, but no, for reasons only known to them, and for reasons that most Nova Scotians understand is that this is about forcing an election and trying to blame it on some other Party. This is not about fixing roads, it's not about getting money to farmers, it's not about helping the manufacturing sector because nobody knows. Nobody knows.

The Premier is saying it's all about that. Then, why doesn't he give us a budget so we can decide what's in there? But he prefers not to do that. He prefers to think that he's coy, Mr. Speaker. Nova Scotians, I think, are on to him. They realize the gamesmanship he's up to and he wants to tell everybody that Nova Scotians don't want an election. Maybe they do, maybe they don't, but the fact of the matter is, I don't know where he gets his information from, maybe he doesn't hear completely what Nova Scotians are saying.

Bill No. 240 really is just a wedge bill that allows this group to go out and try to hoodwink Nova Scotians to allow them to get out past the gate, run the election on a no-plan situation. We heard it here yesterday, we hear the Premier telling people that if this House falls, there's no federal money. Well, that's not what Minister MacKay said. Minister MacKay said these are rock solid, these are going forward. We want to see timelines. That's fine, but to go around and to give the illusion that these things will not happen if they're not at the throne of power, it's just not right to tell Nova Scotians that.

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We know that through Bill No. 240, it allows them to retroactively claw back money that they kind of spread around. They were so financially irresponsible that now they're trying to hide what they did. That's not right. We want to debate that. We want Nova Scotians to know where your money's going. We want to know that when there's a budget drawn up that we debate on and there's a line item and this is the amount, that that's stuck to.

And, if there's a situation, if you will, an extraordinary situation, or one of this financial disaster that says to us, look, there's something peculiar, we have to look into it. Well, why not do the statesman thing like the Minister of Finance said and include the Leader of the Third Party and the Leader of the Official Opposition and try to really move Nova Scotia forward. Tell it in an open way. Let everybody know.

Springtime is here, it's for airing of stuff and it's great when we do this. After just coming through the Lenten season, it's still Easter, I don't know if the Premier is really worried about the Paschal Mysteries, I don't know. But I have to tell you, this is really worrisome. Why doesn't he show Nova Scotians what he has, as opposed to this kind of Muhammad Ali rope-a-dope feature of going to different places and telling little bits of what's in the budget or what could be in the budget, and those bad guys over them won't support it.

Well, the reality is, this is the House of the people of Nova Scotia. This is where the budget should be laid and debated. Now, all of a sudden, the Minister of Finance is saying, he's prohibited by this. He has talked to constitutional experts. Didn't name the constitutional expert, but he talked to one. Did he talk to him walking down Hollis Street? Was it over at the office? Maybe he's at the gym one morning - we don't know.

But, all of a sudden, they're going to this refuge of, we've talked to these people and this is what they've told us. That's being really consultative, that's bringing the leadership of Nova Scotia involved in saying we've got to work to go forward.

So when they say those words over there about working together and putting partisanship aside, Mr. Speaker, it rings very hollow to me - very, very hollow. It certainly sounds as the previous speaker - large on rhetoric and little, little on fact. There's not one person, I would hope, who takes a seat in this House - that their one objective in sitting in this House isn't moving Nova Scotia forward. I believe that and I believe we have differences around it. But when it's said that we are standing in the way of some great government plan, but it's a secret plan - you know this type of talk is best kept in tin pot dictatorships almost, where we're told well you just vote for this, everything will be all right.

You know after just coming out of celebrating 250 years of democratic representative government in this province, it seems really strange that government didn't buy into some of their own ideas, that why Nova Scotians and people who make up the majority amount of

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seats in this House, why this government that's on life support wouldn't come to them and say look, we know that you represent more people in Nova Scotia than we do so look, will you work with me? There was never a call to us and there has never been in past governments, I may say, Mr. [Deputy] Speaker, since my time in the House, not as long as yours, that when we were called upon, when Nova Scotia needed one voice, whether it was looking after the moving Halifax forward as the port for post-Panamax ships, we put that aside. We said no, no, this isn't a job for partisanship. We went in one voice speaking for Nova Scotia because we knew what those jobs meant to this province.

When things come to these things (Interruption) Now the Premier is always saying, we're preventing jobs. You know that whining rhetoric is not going to get Nova Scotians any jobs. You know, Mr. Speaker, it's too bad that he wouldn't be the type of leader who would do what we've been asking for. To do exactly what his Finance Minister just said should have been done, it's consultation.

Don't blame our Party, and I really can't speak for the Liberal Party, but don't blame us for not voting for something we haven't seen. (Interruption) Well, the member for Glace Bay said I can speak for them, too, But you know what, don't blame our Parties and say you're holding things back and there are all these things that are out there that are not going to get done and all this. Show us. If he wants to show us this great balanced budget because that's the other side here, that they're saying the - that's the only thing in the Provincial Finance Act really says that the budget has to be balanced and they're telling us it's balanced, so the idea of Bill No. 240 really is a non sequitur. The reality is that they know it's not balanced and that they don't want the dirty little secret out there.

Mr. Speaker, we want a Nova Scotia that is going to grow. We want a Nova Scotia that we know that the roads will get paved, we want people having meaningful work. We want ER doors open 24/7. We want doctors in underserved areas. We want all of those things and for anybody to get on their feet in this House and say that one Party is against that - again the argument is, how you get there. The fact of the matter is that this government is sitting there with a minority House and saying no, I'm running this shop like we're a majority. We're not consulting with you folks, we're not consulting with anybody. We're not going to consult with the Liberal Party, we're not going to consult with the NDP, the Official Opposition here. No, what we're going to do is we're going to tell Nova Scotians that look, they are bad, they are really bad because they're not going to vote for the Premier's unforseen budget.

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You know, Mr. Speaker, I would like to see if that budget has even gone over to the Queen's Printer yet. I wonder if he could tell us that, if it's even there. One has to wonder if it's not just on the back of a napkin somewhere waiting to go over. How much of it is signed

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off by the Attorney General? We don't know but yet (Interruption) the Auditor General, excuse me.

The idea that Bill No. 240 is the bridge to financial security for this province, Mr. Speaker, is almost laughable because we don't know where we're going with it. It's a piece of legislation that says, pass it, we've got this plan. Now, five months ago the government didn't have a plan. It didn't have a plan, you know, like to get people out of a snowstorm on the Cobequid Pass and they didn't have a plan to get them out of this economic crisis. So why should we believe them? Why, when we've got a Premier who sits in his seat and refuses to substantively confer with Leaders of other Parties in a minority House, why should we do that? Why should we allow them any kind of support when they won't even tell the people of Nova Scotia what's in here, and the place you tell the people of Nova Scotia is in this House.

The Minister of Finance has set forth his resolution that he can bring his budget forward and we would be happy to see that budget. We would be happy to debate that budget. We would like to see what the estimates are. We would like to see real, meaningful dollars and where they're going but yet he doesn't want to do that; he talked about the 24- month window. Well, you know, Mr. Speaker, he knew about some of those windows and when they were closing last Fall and their cousins in Ottawa were letting the Department of Finance know but yet, again, the Premier kind of did his Alfred E. Neuman, "what, me worry?" that there was no problem here. There was no financial problem in this province. It was business as usual.

Well, Mr. Speaker, as we know, and the Minister of Justice will tell you in his riding where there has been major layoffs in the manufacturing section, that these are well-paid meaningful jobs that have been hit by this financial crisis. Yet it almost seems like to the Premier's delight that that's not a problem, that's not a problem. Well, that is a problem. It's a problem for those people in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton who are losing good-paying jobs and need reassurance that their government is going to look after them.

We had a debate here last night on the economy and I've got to tell you, Mr. Speaker, and I'll talk about in support of my colleague, the member for Cape Breton Nova, and my friend, the member for Glace Bay, because I know the three of us spend a lot of time in Cape Breton representing our constituents at EI claims and I've got to tell you, the list for EI claims and problems aren't getting any shorter, certainly they're getting longer and the problem is, even if you win now, if you win, the commission will automatically appeal; nine times out of 10 they will appeal and all you're looking for many, many times is general wages that they would have lost, they're getting two-thirds and it would last most of them less than 40 weeks and yet what happens is the commission will appeal it and what will happen then is you sit and wait six, eight, 10 - sometimes as long as a year - for a new hearing in front of an umpire who is usually a retired justice.

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Can you imagine, you're asking a family to go without any of that support for over a year. Yet I don't see anywhere - that doesn't seem to bother this government. I don't see them calling their federal counterparts and saying, you know, we've got a problem here because when people will lose their jobs here, how are we going to support them? The fact is it's access to training, we would like to see something there, Mr. Speaker. A lot of people, it's really catch as catch can when you are trying to . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable Minister of Economic and Rural Development.

HON. MURRAY SCOTT: Mr. Speaker, just to clarify a point, the honourable member mentioned that he doesn't see any one of us, his colleagues across the aisle, contacting the federal government. I want him to know that I have contacted the federal government and shared our disagreement with the long process that many people in this province are seeing with regard to applications for EI and encouraged them to speed up that process, for all the reasons the honourable members are seeing here today.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you for that point of information. The honourable member from Cape Breton Centre.

MR. CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, I respect them for doing that but it's something that government, the federal government, isn't listening to him on because it's happening and the fact is that they haven't expedited a lot of these claims. I heard some of my colleagues yesterday saying that you get rid of the waiting times. I would be just as happy right now if they would stay to the waiting times, that when people apply for this money, these premiums, that they have to wait. It's not uncommon to wait six and eight weeks just to get it okayed. Then you may have another two or three weeks, if you're refused, before you get a hearing in front of the board of referees, and then like I said, if you go to the umpire it's usually somewhere six months to a year and that's a tough road to hoe and that's part of this political disaster we live in.

Yet, in Bill No. 240, we're asked to do this without seeing a budget saying what we're going to do through skills development and help a lot of these people that find themselves in this very hard situation.

We really have taken a lot of heat the last day or so with the rhetoric flying around about election readiness. Well, you know, I will stand up here today and say absolutely that there are people - it stands to reason that you have to get ready. If you keep hearing people saying that an election's coming, you'd be - as a candidate, you'd be foolhardy not to get ready. Then for people to say, well, you're thirsting for this because you're getting ready, it's foolish. You have to be ready to fight an election that the Premier is so wanting to get involved with.

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So it's not about us being ready in an electoral cycle, it's about going back to what the Minister of Finance said about Bill No. 240 and talking about his idea that we and the other Opposition Party are playing politics, and it's simply not true.

The reality of this is, it's a government, a minority government that, you know, as we used to describe it, is one of the laziest governments in Canada that did not sit very often, we've gone five months without sitting and we've been going through this . . .

HON. BROOKE TAYLOR: Well, you agreed to it, you're the House Leader.

MR. CORBETT: I hear the minister responsible for free fishing licences for seniors going over that we agreed to it.

AN HON. MEMBER: That didn't happen, did it?

MR. CORBETT: No, but he's talking about agreeing about it, and then you guys, it's at your will to come in. So it swings both ways. I suppose you shouldn't talk too much to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal because you may get an infamous call late at night so I'll leave that alone.

Back to Bill 240, Mr. Speaker. Talk about living in the past, I did live in the past, because I lived the John Buchanan Government and I saw how people suffered. So sometimes it would be good for all of us to realize about the past and all their friends and how the deficits that were run up during that regime, so we know these things. I think it's valuable when you kind of - if you're riding a car or a semi-truck or whatever, you should look in the rearview mirror every once in a while to see what's behind you, because that was not a particularly good time for Nova Scotia financially. It was really tough on a lot of families and we don't want that. We don't want that level of indebtedness back on any of our children. We want a province that will move forward and what we want - we want to see a budget. We want to see a budget that the government is saying is being stopped by the lack of support for Bill No. 240.

What we want to know is - bring the budget forward and then we can deal with it, but yet they want to, you know - can you understand why just a few weeks ago they were going to put this type of legislation in the Financial Measures Act, and then totally reverted and put it as a stand-alone bill in front of the budget instead of behind the budget? Well, you know, I'm only left with one conclusion, and that conclusion, simply put, is that it's political gamesmanship. It's not about the financial responsibilities. It's not about what's best for Nova Scotians. It's what they perceive is best for the life of their government in trying to force an election and then, in typical manner, trying to blame it on somebody else.

So, you know, Mr. Speaker, I find that offensive and I find that there are many of us in this House - I know our Party are saying, show us the budget. Let's debate the budget. I

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mean, the Premier was out at various places in his off-season and telling them that he was going to present the budget and he was going to take it through to a vote, and I lauded him for that, that's good, but all of a sudden he spins. What's that term - flip-flops. He flip-flops on it, and all of a sudden, no, I don't want to do that. When being told of the details, and I would say some unwise spending, he realized that he's in trouble trying to balance the books, so they're trying to claw back and do something.

I would like to say this bill was good for 2005 but it's not good for 2009. So what else is not good for 2009, if you let these folks back at the public purse? What else? You know when a previous Premier basically - I may be overstating a little bit - but staked his political career, if not his career, a great deal of his political capital on this bill and so, as opposed to being prudent with the dollars outside the accord fund, they spent less than judiciously, Mr. Speaker, and now we have this bill, who's saying this was good for 2005, just four short years ago, but it's no good for 2009. It's no good, but with the promise - once we clean up this mess, we're going to go back on fixing the debt. Yet there's no date for when they would go back. It's pretty much an open-ended bill here in Bill No. 240. I don't see them saying, this is the day we're going to go back and decide that we're going to be out of debt.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Environment on an introduction.

HON. DAVID MORSE: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the honourable member for affording me this opportunity. It's always great to see Nova Scotians come in to view the operations of the House, and this afternoon I'm very pleased that we have a gentleman here from the Dartmouth area - Greg Beck - here to join us, and I was wondering whether Greg would like to stand up and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

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MR. CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, I will be wrapping up shortly, but I think it's important, though, that I say this once again - that we would have been much more willing to get involved with meaningful consultation around this bill. You know as I often draw experience on my time working in the labour movement, what I often do is say the worst thing you can do is put together an agreement at the 11th hour - what you want is to give yourself as much room as possible and to be able to look at all scenarios and allow everybody to see the fullness, and have many eyes look at the situation and say that this is the result over here or this is the result over there and you come together after that and then what you do have, as a true leader, you have two options.

You either say look, I've garnered the input from all of these folks and I've listened to you all, and I realize that's the information my staff gave me and that's the road that I wanted to take originally and that's the one I'm going to stay on. Well that's fine because it has been fully vetted and fully consulted and at some point you are the leader. The other

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option would have been to take an amalgam of everybody else's ideas and move it forward. But what we find, as I mentioned quite often in this speech on Bill No. 240, is that there has been no genuine consultation with other political Parties, with people who represent Nova Scotians from one end of this province to the other. They've been truly ignored and it's all been done about political rhetoric in saying if you don't support this, this is not going to happen, that's not going to happen.

You know what? If you're serious and if you're sincere about doing what's best for Nova Scotians in a minority House, you work with the number of seats the people of Nova Scotia have given you, as opposed to ignoring them.

This Premier, this Party has chosen to ignore the wishes of Nova Scotia and I will tell you this, Mr. Speaker, before I sit down, that the people of Nova Scotia know this and he will pay the price for that. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I rise to make a few brief comments on Bill No. 240. It affords me an opportunity as well, as the member for Richmond, to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of the late Honourable Mike Baker. I had the opportunity to attend the funeral service in Lunenburg, along with many colleagues from the House of Assembly. It was a very moving service and certainly a great testament to the commitment that Mike Baker had shown to his community, both as a lawyer and as a member of the House of Assembly and member of Cabinet.

Mr. Speaker, making a minority government work is never an easy task and following the 2006 election, when I became interim Leader of the Liberal Party, we had some very difficult decisions to make and it took a significant amount of discussions in order to be able to move forward. In all of the discussions that I had with Mike Baker, as the Government House Leader, I can tell you that they were very fruitful and they were honest and frank discussions. As elected officials, I think that one of the best compliments that can ever be paid to us is that we are able to keep our word. The one thing I can say is that in all of our discussions, Mike Baker was always able to keep his word and I believe that's why this government has been able to survive in difficult times as a result of that. So certainly to his wife, Cindy, to his parents, to his two boys and his extended family, my deepest sympathies in regard to his untimely passing.

Mr. Speaker, I will not speak very long on Bill No. 240. I believe that last night I gave a clear indication of what my position was and the frustrations that both I had and the residents of Richmond County had. I believe that our Leader, earlier in the debate, set out quite clearly what the position of our caucus was, in light of Bill No. 240, and I don't believe that it bears repeating, but allow me just to say this again. The situation we find ourselves in economically is not unique to Nova Scotia, but the reaction that our province has had to this

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economic crisis is unique in the fact that we are the last Legislature to sit, we are the last province to see an economic stimulus package, we are the last province to see a budget presented here in Canada. There is no one who bears responsibility for that any more than the Premier of this province and he is the one who will have to respond to the people of Nova Scotia for those decisions.

Our Leader has made it clear that we will not be supporting Bill No. 240 and, as a result, I see no need to continue debate on this bill.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Premier.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, and I'm very pleased today to have an opportunity to speak to Bill No. 240. Essentially, the question that is before the House is a question that deals with the issue of how do you spend a surplus, because the revenue that's generated from the offshore through the previous legislation - there was a requirement that that revenue be applied to the debt.

In the time frame in which that legislation was passed in 2005, we, in Canada, throughout the world, were experiencing a very robust economy. The economic circumstances have changed drastically since 2005. The situation that government finds itself in is a situation of whether or not to continue applying the offshore revenue to debt and then to deal with all of the other circumstances that go with that.

What has been very interesting to date in this debate, in listening to the members of the Opposition, is that they have focused entirely on process. They have focused on the process of when a budget can or cannot be presented. They have argued that this legislation is not necessary in order to present the budget. The legal opinion that the Minister of Finance has is an opinion that says we must have this legislation passed before a budget can be presented to the House, unless, of course, the House is prepared to go ahead and provide otherwise through unanimous consent, but the law is clear with respect to what you can or cannot do.

They have chosen to speak to process rather than deal with the issues that were very clearly articulated by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and that is, if this money is not used as revenue to fund programs, if the $200 million-plus that would be freed up is not used for that purpose, how then would they fund the programs? How then would they fund the stimulus package? How then would they allow Nova Scotia to take advantage of the federal government's stimulus package, so that we can increase our capital spending in this province in order to be able to take advantage of that? They have not addressed that question.

I see your concern with the hour approaching and I want to - having put that question and that fact out there, that we have received nothing from the Opposition Parties with

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respect to how they would deal with the current situation, then Nova Scotians should understand that.

Considering the hour, I would move adjournment of this debate and look forward to continuing it again.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I would like to rise today on a point of order. The member for Halifax Atlantic earlier today tabled a resolution in this House. I can assure the House that a team of three water bombers from New Brunswick were on the scene for the Halifax fire and were able to make a significant impact. I can also assure this House that that member deliberately misled this group. I spoke with that member twice yesterday and brought that member up to speed on what was en route and what was happening as late as six o'clock last night. In fact, the New Brunswick crew was here within one hour and 15 minutes after being called. That just re-emphasizes the professionalism of our fire fighters in our region and the good partnership we have with our neighbours.

Natural Resources continues to fight the fire on the ground and in the air this morning with five DNR helicopters and several crew members. The New Brunswick fixed wing team is on standby if required.

For the members' information, the safety of any personnel involved in such an incident is always of paramount importance. Currently the ability of the weather conditions and the water bombers are important that our crew stay safe.

For the member for Halifax Atlantic to suggest that any member of this government, elected or otherwise, would do anything but put the lives of the residents of our emergency personnel at risk is unacceptable, and she was contacted.

I would like to table a piece of The Chronicle Herald that shows the fixed air wing flying over that area.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. First of all, the member for Halifax Atlantic acted on information that she had at the time, and I must also include that she is one of the people who have been evacuated and it has been a very stressful time, but she was acting on information that was supplied to her this morning by another party.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. We are reviewing the resolution that was done earlier. We will take this information into account and we will move forward from that point.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, further to the discussions before the House today, I am rising to seek the indulgence of the House to consider a matter with regard to the budgetary process as it relates to Bill No. 240, and indeed the budget. As the members of the

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House would know, within the Provincial Finance Act, Section 76, the law states, " . . . the Minister shall not table a budget in the House of Assembly that estimates a deficit . . .", therefore the process.

I can assure the House, Mr. Speaker, that as Attorney General I have consulted with our Constitutional advice, and as the Government House Leader I have sought the Chief Legislative Counsel's advice. As you know, through your office, Mr. Speaker, and through your Chief Clerk, we've sought procedural advice with regard to the processes. For the purpose of transparency we wanted to follow both the legal and the legislative processes. However, it is the prerogative of this House, if it so chooses and it is the desire of this government, that the Minister of Finance be enabled and provided the opportunity to present his budget in its full form before the House, as prescribed in our Rules and Forms of Procedures, Pages 64 and 65, pursuant to the resolution the minister presented yesterday.

Mr. Speaker, with that point I would ask for the unanimous consent of the House to allow the Minister of Finance to present his budget in its full form to this House on Monday of next week, and that following that debate and the responses we would come back to the debate on Bill No. 240 - to maintain the integrity of the law, but also respect the ability of this House to know the context of what the budget that the minister is presenting - and it has created much debate - would allow it to proceed. To do that, we were originally looking, prior to this, at hours next week of 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; I would therefore ask, because of the budget if it is so approved, that we then seek to have the hours of the House on Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I would seek the unanimous consent of the House to consider what I have proposed.

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MR. SPEAKER: The question is, do we have unanimous consent of the House to present the budget on Monday? Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, with the indulgence of the House, could I request that we revert back to the order of business, Tabling Reports, Regulations and Other Papers?

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Richmond.

MR. MICHEL SAMSON: Mr. Speaker, it gives me pleasure, as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process, to table a draft report.

MR. SPEAKER: The report is tabled.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. CECIL CLARKE: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise, to meet again on Monday, May 4th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., following which the consideration of the budget will be heard.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House adjourn until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4th.

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

The motion is carried.

The House is adjourned.

[The House rose at 1:01 p.m.]

NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32 (3)

RESOLUTION NO. 6870

By: Mr. Clarrie MacKinnon (Pictou East)

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

Whereas the principal at Thorburn Consolidated School has made a measurable difference in the lives of students and our community; and

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Whereas Lily DeYoung served as vice-principal of East Pictou Middle School in Sutherland's River and Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary School in Riverton before assuming the role of principal at Thorburn Consolidated six years ago; and

Whereas Lily DeYoung was honoured in February of this year as one of the top school principals in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Thorburn Consolidated School Principal Lily DeYoung for showing strong leadership, a commitment to the children of Pictou East and being a role model for educators across the region.

RESOLUTION NO. 6871

By: Mr. Clarrie MacKinnon (Pictou East)

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

Whereas Beth Purvis had a dream of owning her own restaurant after 27 years working at the Aberdeen Hospital; and

Whereas Beth followed through on her vision to establish a diner in downtown Westville named after her mother, Barbara Barkhouse; and

Whereas Barb's Family Diner officially opened the week of January 19, 2009, to sellout crowds and with all breakfast proceeds being donated to the Westville Fire Department;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate Beth Purvis and her mother Barb Barkhouse on the establishment of Barb's Family Diner and creating a stronger sense of community in downtown Westville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6872

By: Mr. Clarrie MacKinnon (Pictou East)

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

Whereas Phil Docker, as a young boy, helped his grandfather and parents in harvesting and seeding oysters along the pristine waters of Merigomish Harbour prior to becoming a marine biologist; and

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Whereas Mr. Docker has worked to ensure green techniques are used in all aspects of his business, from solar and tidal energy to using local wood products to crate his oysters for market; and

Whereas his organic aquaculture business is now branching out into quahogs and scallops with products available at the Halifax Farmer's Market and many finer restaurants throughout the region;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly congratulate ShanDaph Oyster Farm and its owner Phil Docker for creating an economically and environmentally sustainable aquaculture business on Pictou County's Merigomish Harbour 10 years ago and wish him every success over the next decade.

RESOLUTION NO. 6873

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life and all ages with a common desire to make a difference in their community and in their own life by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Kaitlin Whitehouse was recognized as Bedford's Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Committee, for her selfless act of giving to 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 Kaitlyn Whitehouse for her contribution to the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 6874

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas the province, in partnership with the NSGEU were awarded a trophy for best float in the 2008 Pride Parade; and

Whereas taking part in Pride 2008 shows the province's commitment to supporting diversity in our communities; and

Whereas this award would not have been possible without the support of provincial employees that volunteered their time for Pride 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly recognize the province's commitment to supporting diversity in our communities and the contribution of all the volunteers involved.

RESOLUTION NO. 6875

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

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

Whereas distinguished boxer Gary Simon was born in Stuttgart, Germany and moved to New Glasgow in 1953; and

Whereas the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame member turned pro at the age of 23 and became well known as a slugger and Maritime favourite; and

Whereas Simon held the Maritime Middleweight title and fought the best Canada had to offer during his 80 bouts;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House remember the late popular boxer that drew fans from the Maritime Provinces when he was scheduled to fight.

RESOLUTION NO. 6876

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas the Town of Berwick held their Volunteer Awards April 30, 2009; and

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Whereas each year the town recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community; and

Whereas in recognition of her contributions to the St. Eudora Rebekah Lodge #43, Gloria Cunningham is one of the 2009 Berwick Volunteer Awards recipients;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Gloria Cunningham and wish her continued success in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6877

By: Mr. Ernest Fage (Cumberland North)

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

Whereas in February, a gambling product called Multi Draw Electronic Keno was introduced to Nova Scotia, since then many questions have been raised as to the negative effect on the health of our citizens; and

Whereas the World Health Organization describes health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; and

Whereas on behalf of the Parish Council of the Anglican Parish of Pugwash and area, who are strongly opposed to this gambling format, as it is a waste of tax dollars, contributing significantly to a drain on our social and health support networks, not to mention impacting the social fabric of this province far more negatively than the possible financial gain could correct, encouraging individuals to spend more and more on such an activity is indeed irresponsible;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in asking this present government to lead by setting standards that do not rely on human weakness and minimal effort for instant gratification and false hope and do not allow the continued use of Multi Draw Electronic Keno in this Province of Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 6878

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

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Whereas Greg Johnston and Paul Clark, owners of Inglis Jewellers, in Truro and New Glasgow, received the 2008 Business Achievement Award from the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce; and

Whereas Greg Johnston and Paul Clark, the "Bald Boys", were selected as the recipient of the Business Achievement Award because of their support for the community and its organizations as well as their business accomplishments; and

Whereas among the organizations supported by Inglis Jewellers are the Colchester Community Workshop, Summer Street Industries, Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation, Colchester Hospice Society, Maggie's Place, Third Place Transition House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the United Way;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Greg Johnston and Paul Clark, owners of Inglis Jewellers, on receiving the 2008 Business Achievement Award from the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce and thank them for their continuing support of community organizations.

RESOLUTION NO. 6879

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Club received a Merit Award from the Truro Sport Heritage Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sport in their community; and

Whereas the Cobequid Spartans has produced many successful gymnasts since its inception 30 years ago; and

Whereas Coach Kim Bernard and Manager Tanya MacKenzie have both been with the Spartans since the club began and have worked with many athletes who have competed at the national and international level;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate the Cobequid Spartans on receiving a Merit Award from the Truro Sport Heritage Society and thank it for its commitment to sport in Colchester County and to the all around development of young gymnasts.

RESOLUTION NO. 6880

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By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas Herb Peppard of Truro, a decorated Second World War veteran, will be inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment in a ceremony to be held in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and

Whereas Herb Peppard served with the First Special Service Force, which was an elite combat unit made up of Canadian and United States soldiers; and

Whereas this is an exclusive award that is only bestowed on very select individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the special forces;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Herb Peppard on being inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment by the United States Army and wish him continued health and happiness.

RESOLUTION NO. 6881

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas Kelly Jacobs, Graham Jacobs and Brenda Payne received the Tim Hortons' Merit Award from the Truro Sport Heritage Society; and

Whereas the Tim Hortons' Merit Award of the Truro Sport Heritage Society is presented to community individuals who have made outstanding contributions to a sport; and

Whereas since 2003 Kelly Jacobs, Graham Jacobs and Brenda Payne have been instrumental in developing the sport of lacrosse in the Truro area and in 2007 the Truro Lacrosse Association was recognized as Association of the Year by Lacrosse Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Kelly Jacobs, Graham Jacobs and Brenda Payne on receiving the Tim Hortons' Merit Award from the Truro Sport Heritage Society and wish them success as they continue to develop the sport of lacrosse in the Truro area.

RESOLUTION NO. 6882

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By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas the Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame in Truro sponsored a Tribute to Excellence in a sports ceremony in March to honour the Clyke families of Truro for their contribution to sport; and

Whereas members of the Clyke families are well-known for their athletic achievements and have excelled in baseball, hockey, golf, fastball, basketball and bowling; and

Whereas sportswriter Lyle Carter, a former professional athlete and member of the Hall of Fame, researched the Clyke families' sports achievements and created a souvenir program that was available at the Hall of Fame event;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Clyke families for their remarkable athletic achievements and for being inducted into the Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame.

RESOLUTION NO. 6883

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas Phil Pinkney of Central Onslow won the O'Brien Award of Horsemanship as Standardbred Canada's Outstanding All Around Horseman for 2008; and

Whereas Phil Pinkney, owner of Pinkney Stables Inc., was chosen to receive the prestigious award because he is recognized as one of Atlantic Canada's best developers of young horses; and

Whereas in 2008 Mr. Pinkney, age 71, had a successful year as a driver winning 26 races and earning $138,000 in prize money and also as a trainer as his horses won 26 races and earned $135,000;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Phil Pinkney on receiving the 2008 O'Brien Award of Horsemanship from Standardbred Canada and wish him continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6884

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas the Truro Sport Heritage Society have presented Sharon and Robert Lemon with a Merit Award in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics in Colchester County; and

Whereas Sharon and Robert Lemon have been heavily involved with Special Olympics Cobequid for over 10 years; and

Whereas last year the bowling team led by the Lemons took first place at the Ryan Anthony Memorial Bowling Tournament in Yarmouth as well as winning several medals at the 2008 Summer Games in Halifax;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of the House of Assembly congratulate Sharon and Robert Lemon on receiving a merit award from the Truro Sport Heritage Society and thank them for the commitment they have made to the Special Olympics in Colchester County.

RESOLUTION NO. 6885

By: Hon. James Muir (Finance)

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

Whereas Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Schooner Stables of Truro and trained by Brent McGrath of Bible Hill, won Standardbred Canada's Horse of the Year Award for the second year in a row; and

Whereas Somebeachsomewhere also won the Cam Fella Award, which recognizes great service to the Canadian harness racing industry; and

Whereas Somebeachsomewhere was the recipient of the Dan Patch Award as United States Pacer of the Year and was also named United States Horse of the Year;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate Schooner Stables on Somebeachsomewhere being honoured as Canada's Horse of the Year,

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for receiving the Cam Fella Award, winning the Dan Patch Award and being named United States Horse of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 6886

By: Hon. Karen Casey (Health)

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

Whereas Jim Goit, a resident from Valley, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Truro since 2005; and

Whereas Jim recognized the need to enhance the club's capacity through improvements in technology, the way the club communicated in the annual Rotary auction; and

Whereas for his efforts, Jim Goit was named as Rotarian of the Year at the recent club's annual charter night;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jim Goit for this honour.

RESOLUTION NO. 6887

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas since its inception in 2003, the United Way of Lunenburg County has invested over $300,000 in over 60 Lunenburg County-based organizations and projects; and

Whereas Mark Winfield, Chair of the Board of United Way of Lunenburg County, is the recipient of the prestigious Chair's Award of Distinction; the award recognizes the critical role that volunteers play with their sustained dedication to their communities and the United Way Movement; and

Whereas Mr. Winfield is proud of the success of the United Way and the impact that it has had on Lunenburg County residents;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mark Winfield on receiving the Chair's Award of Distinction and wish him and the United Way of Lunenburg County much success in all their efforts.

RESOLUTION NO. 6888

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas 16 years ago the Municipality of the District of Chester hired Trudy Payne as their Community School Coordinator at Forest Heights Community School; and

Whereas highly regarded by her recreational peers, Trudy has worked her way through the ranks at the Municipality of the District of Chester to become their Recreation Director; and

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Trudy Payne on her new job and wish her much success in the coming years.

RESOLUTION NO. 6889

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas paid in full are three words that anyone with a loan loves to hear; and

Whereas the commissioners at the Chester Fire Department were not supposed to hear those three words until 2012 with their recent purchase of a new fire truck; and

Whereas the commissioners announced at the Chester Fire Department's Annual General Meeting that they have recently heard the words paid in full and that their new fire truck has been completely paid off;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the commissioners at the Chester Fire Department and wish them much success in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6890

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of local businesses in the Municipality of Chester; and

Whereas on April 20, 2009, the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce hosted a very successful Mardi Gras at Oak Island Resort which drew businesses from all around the Municipality of Chester; and

Whereas Mardi Gras attendees were treated to a fabulous dinner, a reserve draw and an opportunity for some great conversation;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce on hosting a successful Mardi Gras and wish them much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6891

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas The Island View Family Restaurant and Bakery has been operating for many years providing employment opportunities and high quality food for the quaint seaside community of Western Shore; and

Whereas providing high quality food is only one aspect that makes The Island View Restaurant, their community fundraising is certainly appreciated by those who have been the recipient of their generosity; and

Whereas owner Leonore Cleveland proudly states that she follows her mother's advice and will not serve food that she, herself would not eat;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Leonore Cleveland on operating a popular business in Western Shore and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6892

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas recognizing that the Chester Volunteer Fire Department is an important part of her community, Marriott's Cove resident Joan Bent took it upon herself to conduct a walk-a-thon in support of the fire department;

Whereas eager to uphold her end of the bargain, on April 24, 2009, Ms. Bent and her sister walked five kilometres along the Chester Connection Trail; and

Whereas after much time canvassing the community, Ms. Bent was proud to present the Chester Volunteer Fire Department with a cheque for over $2,000 at their annual general meeting on April 25, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Joan Bent on her very successful fundraising campaign and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6893

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas business people across Nova Scotia have been hesitant to take on added risk during the current economic climate; and

Whereas Kim Geldart, the new sole proprietor of the Chester, Hubbards and MacDougall's Pharmasave has decided to buy out her business partner; and

Whereas Kim has always been a huge supporter of the local community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Kim Geldart for investing in our communities and wish her much success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6894

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By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Sarah Wile's Grade 6 class was one of three Grade 6 classes that participated in the National Research Council's project Marsville from the Tantallon Elementary School; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, researched and built model life-support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ms. Wile's Grade 6 class on a job well done and wish them much success in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6895

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers; on April 21, 2009, volunteer Steve Thurbide assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Steve Thurbide for all his help with Marsville.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6896

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Tantallon Elementary School was the only school in Atlantic Canada to participate in the National Research Council's project Marsville; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate the Tantallon Elementary School on participating in this amazing project and wish them all the success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 6897

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas on April 21, 2009, I had the privilege of being accompanied by Tantallon Elementary School student Tristen Haley as she demonstrated her involvement in the National Research Council's project, Marsville; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Tristen Haley on her participation in the Marsville program and allow me to formally extend my most sincere thanks for her great hospitality.

RESOLUTION NO. 6898

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas on April 21, 2009, I had the privilege of being accompanied by Tantallon Elementary School student Rachael Davidson as she demonstrated her involvement in the National Research Council's project Marsville; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Rachael Davidson on her participation in the Marsville program and allow me to formally extend my most sincere thanks for her great hospitality.

RESOLUTION NO. 6899

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers; on April 21, 2009, volunteer Mark Chiasson assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

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Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mark Chiasson for all his help with Marsville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6900

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Tantallon Elementary School Educational Program Assistant, Nancy MacClellan, participated in the National Research Council's program Marsville; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ms. MacClellan on her participation in the Marsville program.

RESOLUTION NO. 6901

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers; on April 21, 2009, volunteer Louis Lebel assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

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Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Louis Lebel for all his help with Marsville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6902

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas on April 21, 2009, I had the privilege of being accompanied by Tantallon Elementary School student Jordan Davidson as he demonstrated his involvement in the National Research Council's project Marsville; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Jordan Davidson on his participation in the Marsville program and allow me to formally extend my most sincere thanks for his great hospitality.

RESOLUTION NO. 6903

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers; on April 21, 2009, volunteer Joanne Conrad assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

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Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Joanne Conrad for all her help with Marsville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6904

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas Debby Cross' Grade 6 class was one of three Grade 6 classes that participated in the National Research Council's project Marsville from the Tantallon Elementary School; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Ms. Cross' Grade 6 class on a job well done and wish them much success in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6905

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers; on April 21, 2009, volunteer Dan Power assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

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Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Dan Power for all his help with Marsville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6906

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers on April 21, 2009, volunteer Darren Moulstone assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Darren Moulstone for all his help with Marsville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6907

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

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Whereas David O'Brien's Grade 6 class was one of three Grade 6 classes that participated in the National Research Council's project Marsville from the Tantallon Elementary School; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Mr. O'Brien's Grade 6 class on a job well done and wish them much success in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6908

By: Hon. Judy Streatch (Education)

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

Whereas to pull off any successful school event, teachers, administration, and students rely on the assistance of dedicated volunteers; on April 21, 2009, volunteer Donna Sutherland assisted the Tantallon Elementary School in their Marsville program; and

Whereas Marsville was an exciting hands-on, minds-on, cross-curricular program promoting student inquiry, risk-taking, problem solving, and team skills; student teams simulated habitation of the Red Planet, designed a mission patch, and researched and built model life support systems; and

Whereas after months of hard work, the students and staff hosted a Link-Up Day on April 21, 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House thank Donna Sutherland for all her help with Marsville.

RESOLUTION NO. 6909

By: Mr. Leo Glavine (Kings West)

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

Whereas John E. Palmer of Morristown started Palmer Building Supplies with humble beginnings under the Home Hardware banner; and

Whereas John Palmer built his business with fair prices and customer loyalty, his highly regarded reputation led to store locations in Berwick and Wolfville; and

Whereas Home Hardware recognized John on April 20, 2009, presenting him the Golden Hammer and Wrench Awards recognizing his 50 years of service in the hardware industry;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate John E. Palmer for receiving this recognition and wish him and his wife Winnie many years of good health and happiness.

RESOLUTION NO. 6910

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Amanda MacAvoy of Ellershouse plays a key role in the Wizards' winning ways;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly compliment Amanda MacAvoy of Ellershouse, Hants County, on her volleyball enthusiasm and wish her continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6911

By: Mr. Chuck Porter (Hants West)

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

Whereas the Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Hannah Northup from Newport plays an integral role in the Wizards' team development and success;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly congratulate Hannah on her volleyball pursuits and wish her continued enjoyment in the sport and game of volleyball.

RESOLUTION NO. 6912

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Rachel Burgess of Ardoise plays a strong, vital role in her team's accomplishments;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly compliment Rachel on an outstanding season and wish her continued success with all future plans.

RESOLUTION NO. 6913

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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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Amber Harvey from Newport plays the game with enthusiasm and looks forward to assisting her teammates in whatever way she can;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly compliment Amber Harvey on her great season of volleyball.

RESOLUTION NO. 6914

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Jaylene Fraser from Ellershouse plays an inspirational role amongst her Wizards teammates;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly commend Jaylene Fraser on her athletic pursuits and wish her every future success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 6915

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Avondale's Maude Greer, who suffered a wrist injury earlier this season while playing basketball, came back to inspire and assist her Wizard teammates with their third place finish;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly applaud Maude Greer on an outstanding volleyball season and wish her continued success with all of her future athletic endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 6916

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 sport of volleyball is the number two participation sport in the world with more than one billion players worldwide; and

Whereas the Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th with the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team, now moving ahead to play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Cassandra Shanks of Newport in playing with the Wizards is just one of more than half a billion females playing the game on a worldwide basis;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly applaud the efforts of Newport's Cassandra Shanks on an outstanding season of volleyball.

RESOLUTION NO. 6917

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Danielle Pepperdene of Ellershouse plays a strong vital role in her team's accomplishments;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly compliment Danielle on an outstanding season and wish her continued success with all future plans.

RESOLUTION NO. 6918

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 sport of volleyball is the number two participation sport in the world with more than one billion players worldwide; and

Whereas the Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and with the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team now moving ahead to play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton, May 8-10; and

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Whereas Newport's Vanessa Stephens in playing with the Wizards is just one of more than half a billion females playing the game on a worldwide basis;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly congratulate Newport's Vanessa Stephens on an outstanding season of volleyball with the West Hants Wizards.

RESOLUTION NO. 6919

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

Whereas Kendra Trimper from Ellershouse plays an integral role in the Wizards' team development and success;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly congratulate Kendra on her volleyball pursuits and wish her continued enjoyment in the sport and game of volleyball.

RESOLUTION NO. 6920

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 Under 14 Tier 1 Girls West Hants Wizards volleyball team placed third out of 22 teams in the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship Tournament April 25th and 26th; and

Whereas the Wizards Under 14 Tier 1 team will now play in the Canadian East Open Tournament in Moncton May 8-10; and

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Whereas Newport's Jayne Huntley plays an inspirational role amongst her Wizards teammates;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly commend Jayne Huntley on her athletic pursuits and wish her every future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 6921

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

Whereas Pat Atwell from Ellershouse, Hants County, is such a volunteer, being actively involved in her community for 20 years, with her current activities including work with the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation and serving as a trustee of the Ellershouse Community Hall; and

Whereas Pat is more commonly known in her home community as the pie lady because of her efforts on an almost monthly basis when she and her husband, Alvin, make the necessary phone calls for pie orders, then organize volunteers to make and bake and deliver upwards of 100 home-made pies;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Nova Scotia Legislature applaud the superlative volunteer work ethic of Pat Atwell for her recognition by the Municipality of West Hants as their 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 6922

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

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

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Whereas one of these 377,000 volunteers is Mr. Rae Winkelaar, President of the Windsor Curling Club, who did an absolutely outstanding job in getting the curling club rebuilt following a critical and destructive fire in 2007, while also being involved in Meals on Wheels, the Mission and Service Committee of the Windsor United Church and the Feed the Lambs Program;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Nova Scotia Legislature applaud the hard-working efforts of Mr. Rae Winkelaar for his recognition by the Town of Windsor as their 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

RESOLUTION NO. 6923

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Sylvia Millett from the Catholic Women's League was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Sylvia and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Sylvia for her contribution to the Catholic Women's League and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6924

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Tibby Burgess from the Bedford Lionettes was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Tibby and by all volunteers in their communities, and congratulate Tibby for her contribution to the Bedford Lionettes and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6925

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Valerie Drysdale from the Multiple Sclerosis Society was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Valerie and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Valerie for her contribution to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6926

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Stephen Johnson from Bedford Minor Basketball was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Stephen and by all volunteers in their communities, and congratulate Stephen for his contribution to Bedford Minor Basketball and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6927

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Peter McCormick from Bedford Soccer Association was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Peter and by all volunteers in their communities, and congratulate Peter for his contribution to the Bedford Soccer Association and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6928

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Penny St. Amand from St. Ignatius Parish was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Penny and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Penny for her contribution to St. Ignatius Parish and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6929

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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

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Whereas Lynn Jesty from the Terry Fox Run was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Lynn and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Lynn for her contribution to the Terry Fox Run and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6930

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Greg Bayne from Bedford Minor Football was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Greg and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Greg for his contribution to Bedford Minor Football and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6931

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Harvey Hustins from the Brookside Cemetery was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Harvey and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Harvey for his contribution to the Brookside Cemetery and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6932

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Joan Levy from the Bedford Horticultural Society was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Joan and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Joan for her contribution to the Bedford Horticultural Society and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6933

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Joan Maywood from the Bedford Leisure Club was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Joan, and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Joan for her contribution to the Bedford Leisure Club and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6934

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Katherine Maher was recognized as Bedford's Volunteer of the Year by the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Committee 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 Katherine Maher for her contribution to the people of Bedford.

RESOLUTION NO. 6935

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Kathy O'Brien from the Bedford Players was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Kathy, and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Kathy for her contribution to the Bedford Players and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6936

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Kent Nickerson from the Bedford Lions Club was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Kent, and by all volunteers in their communities, and congratulate Kent for his contribution to the Bedford Lions Club and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6937

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Logan MacGillivary from Basinview Community School was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Logan, and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Logan for his contribution to Basinview Community School and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6938

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Elaine Loney from Charles P. Allen High School was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Elaine, and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Elaine for her contribution to Charles P. Allen High School and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6939

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By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Carol Bowser from the Canadian Cancer Society was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Carol, and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Carol for her contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6940

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Diane McIntyre from Bedford Minor Baseball was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Diane, and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Diane for her contribution to Bedford Minor Baseball and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6941

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Cherie Winters from the Fort Sackville Foundation was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Cherie and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Cherie for her contribution to the Fort Sackville Foundation and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6942

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

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Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Dan Sangster from the Rocky Lake Development Association was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Dan and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank Dan for his contribution to Rocky Lake Development Association and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6943

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 David Stilwell from Bedford Repair and Restoration was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by David and by all volunteers in their communities, and thank David for his contribution to Bedford Minor Basketball and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6944

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Debra Taylor from Bedford Days was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Debra and by all volunteers in their communities and thank Debra for her contribution to Bedford Days and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6945

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Ann MacVicar from Bedford United Church was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Ann and by all volunteers in their communities and thank Ann for her contribution to Bedford United Church and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6946

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Emma DeLory from Bedford Skating Club was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Emma and by all volunteers in their communities and thank Emma for her contribution to the Bedford Skating Club and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6947

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Lorraine Blair from Bedford Academy was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Lorraine and by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Lorraine for her contribution to Bedford Academy and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6948

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By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Song Lee from Scouts Canada was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Song and by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Song for his contribution to Scouts Canada and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6949

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Robert Loney from Scouts Canada was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Robert and by all volunteers in their communities and congratulate Robert for his contribution to Scouts Canada and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6950

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By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Christopher Lee from Scouts Canada was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Christopher and by all volunteers in their communities and thank Christopher for his contribution to Scouts Canada and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6951

By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Allan Havill from Scouts Canada was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for his selfless act of giving to his community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Allan and by all volunteers in their communities and thank Allan for his contribution to Scouts Canada and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6952

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By: Hon. Leonard Goucher (Immigration)

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

Whereas volunteers are people from all walks of life, and all ages, with a common desire to make a difference in their community - and in their own life - by giving of their time and expertise; and

Whereas volunteers in Bedford are the lifeblood of our 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 Dawn Sephton from Girl Guides of Canada was recognized on April 5, 2009, at the Bedford Volunteer Recognition Reception, for her selfless act of giving to her community;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the invaluable efforts made by Dawn and by all volunteers in their communities and thank Dawn for her contribution to Girl Guides of Canada and the community.

RESOLUTION NO. 6953

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Our House Youth Wellness Centre in Shelburne is helping to reduce crime through its teen-centred recreation program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational and skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6954

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By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the District of Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department in Shelburne is helping to reduce crime through its sport and recreation programing for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6955

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the District of the Municipality of Chester in Chester is helping to reduce crime through its sport and recreation programing for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6956

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Second Story Women's Centre in Lunenburg is helping to reduce crime through its bullying prevention program for elementary school-aged youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to intervention programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6957

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association in Bridgewater is helping to reduce crime through its Kids n' Kopz and In-School Mentorship Programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to positive role models; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6958

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the YMCA in Yarmouth is helping to reduce crime through its evening youth drop-in program, Friday Night Rocks; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to after-school recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6959

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the New Germany Area Promotional Society in New Germany is helping to reduce crime through its drop-in programs for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation, education, and skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6960

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Chester Municipal Crime Prevention Association is helping to reduce crime through its youth, senior, and cultural programs; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so individuals have access to recreation, education, and skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6961

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Municipality of the District of Chester is helping to reduce crime through the acquisition of a mobile speed radar sign; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants that increase the community's law enforcement capacity; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6962

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Eastern Communities Youth Association in Canso is helping to reduce crime through its physical fitness, education, and cultural programs for youth; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6963

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the High Rock Youth Ministries in Truro is helping to reduce crime through its recreational and educational youth programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational and life skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6964

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Truro True Sport League in Truro is helping to reduce crime through its after-school sports program for youth; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6965

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association in Amherst is helping to reduce crime through its art-based skill development programs for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6966

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Cumberland Kids Committee in Amherst is helping to reduce crime through its youth-led workshops and community events; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to asset-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6967

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre in Antigonish is helping to reduce crime through its community resource directory for girls and young women; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants that make youth aware of the resources available to them; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6968

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Municipality of Antigonish in Antigonish is helping to reduce crime through its physical and educational programming for youth; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6969

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia in Antigonish is helping to reduce crime through its outdoor recreation programming for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6970

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library in New Glasgow is helping to reduce crime through its Adopt-a-Library program; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to education and literacy programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6971

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County in New Glasgow is helping to reduce crime through its peer-mentoring program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to positive role models in their community; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6972

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the New Glasgow Police Service in New Glasgow is helping to reduce crime through its cultural and outdoor recreational programming for youth; and

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Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6973

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Millbrook Youth Group in Millbrook is helping to reduce crime through its youth-oriented recreation centre; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to education and recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6974

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Mothers Against Drunk and Driving in Tatamagouche is helping to reduce crime through its education and awareness campaigns and programs targeted at youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6975

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre in Stewiacke is helping to reduce crime through its bullying prevention program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to empowering educational and awareness programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6976

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas Alice Housing in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its recreational-therapy programs for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6977

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the We Will Win Youth Association in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its education and sports academy program for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation/education programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6978

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Oxford School in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its Conflict Resolution Revolution Program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to empowering educational programing; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6979

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its programing for youth of African descent; and;

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6980

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas YouthScape in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its youth-led community development projects; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to empowering educational and recreational programing; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6981

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas Big Brothers Big Sisters in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its high school mentorship program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to positive role models; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6982

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Elizabeth Fry Society in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its personal development workshops for female youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6983

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Halifax Regional Police in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its youth program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational and educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6984

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the YMCA in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its Community YMCA cultural programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to cultural, recreational, and educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6985

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Frontier College in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its youth literacy development programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6986

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Marine Drive Pentecostal Church in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its youth drop-in centre; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational and educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6987

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas Coverdale in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its empowerment programs for girls; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to asset-building and recreational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6988

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas Leave Out ViolencE in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its anti-violence programming for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6989

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Navigator Project in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its advocation and programs for homeless and street youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6990

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Attorney General)

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

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Whereas the Arts Express in Halifax Regional Municipality is helping to reduce crime through its arts and culture-based programming for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6991

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Fall River Crime Prevention Association in HRM is helping to reduce crime through its LIFE LINKS and Adopt-a-Library programs for youth; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6992

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas EPIC in North Sydney is helping to reduce crime through its Youth Peer and Parents PEACE programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational, educational, and skill-development programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6993

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Whitney Pier Youth Club in Sydney is helping to reduce crime through its various youth-oriented cultural, employment, and independent living programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational, educational, and skill-development programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6994

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Membertou Boys and Girls Youth group in Membertou is helping to reduce crime through its various youth-oriented cultural, employment, and recreational programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational/educational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6995

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Big Brothers Big Sisters in Sydney is helping to reduce crime through its Right for Me/Life Choices program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational, educational, and skill-development programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6996

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre in Bay St. Lawrence is helping to reduce crime through its Time Bank program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational, educational, and inter-generational programming; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6997

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Chapel Island Band Council in Chapel Island is helping to reduce crime through the development of a youth-oriented drop-in centre; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreation/education programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6998

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Whycocomaugh Development Commission in Whycocomagh is helping to reduce crime through the acquisition and installation of a speed radar sign; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants that increase law enforcement capacity; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 6999

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Mi'kmaq Legal Support Network in Eskasoni is helping to reduce crime through its Project Eagle Wings program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to empowering skill-development, educational, and recreational programming; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 7000

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Wagmatcook Band Council in Wagmatcook is helping to reduce crime through its To Heal From Within (Nepisult'ik) program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to empowering cultural, educational, and recreational programming; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 7001

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Valley Community Learning Association in Kentville is helping to reduce crime through its learning/literacy programs; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so individuals have access to educational opportunities; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 7002

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Ring 73 Boxing Club in Glace Bay is helping to reduce crime through its boxing programs, physical fitness, and leadership; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 7003

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

Whereas the Enfield Earth Keepers Association in Enfield is helping to reduce crime through its after-school youth volunteer program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational and skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 7004

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Justice)

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

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Whereas the Annapolis Valley Regional Library in Bridgetown is helping to reduce crime through its teen-centered recreation program; and

Whereas our Crime Prevention Strategy supports government making investments in programs through community grants so youth have access to recreational and skill-building programs; and

Whereas it is one of 61 grants the Department of Justice has funded for similar programs across the province since December 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that these 52 organizations be congratulated on their continued success in making their communities safer for everyone.

RESOLUTION NO. 7005

By: Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas many businesses throughout our communities provide financial support to community development projects; and

Whereas La Caisse Populaire de Clare has donated $50,000 to the Rendez-vous de la Baie cultural project; and

Whereas this financial institution's generosity will help promote our Acadian heritage and culture at home and within the local tourism industry;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate and thank La Caisse Populaire de Clare for this generous donation and wish them continued success.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que de nombreuses entreprises dans nos communautés offrent du soutien financier aux projets de développement communautaire;

Attendu que la Caisse populaire de Clare a fait un don de 50 000 $ au projet culturel du Rendez-vous de la Baie;

Attendu que la générosité de cette institution financière contribuera à la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine acadien ici chez nous et au sein de l'industrie touristique locale;

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Par conséquent, qu'il soit résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée félicitent et remercient la Caisse populaire de Clare pour son généreux don et lui souhaitent un succès continu.

RESOLUTION NO. 7006

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas anniversaries are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of two individuals united as one; and

Whereas an American author once wrote, "a successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person"; and

Whereas on March 30, 2009 a very special occasion took place when Clifford and Ada Amirault celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Clifford and Ada on this remarkable milestone in their life together and in wishing them many more happy years.

RESOLUTION NO. 7007

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas anniversaries are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of two individuals united as one; and

Whereas an American author once wrote, "a successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person"; and

Whereas on April 12, 2009 a very special occasion took place when Gene and Gert Jacquard celebrated their 50th Anniversary;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Gene and Gert on this remarkable milestone in their life together and in wishing them many more happy years.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7008

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas anniversaries are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of two individuals united as one; and

Whereas an American author once wrote, "a successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person"; and

Whereas on April 15, 2009 a very special occasion took place when James and Barbara Pottier celebrated their 50th Anniversary;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating James and Barbara on this remarkable milestone in their life together and in wishing them many more happy years.

RESOLUTION NO. 7009

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas anniversaries are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of two individuals united as one; and

Whereas an American author once wrote, "a successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person"; and

Whereas a very special occasion took place when Francis and Isabelle DeViller celebrated their 67th Anniversary;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Francis and Isabelle on this remarkable milestone in their life together and in wishing them many more happy years.

RESOLUTION NO. 7010

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Anna Surette celebrated her 90th birthday; and

Whereas to be 90 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7011

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas a very special occasion took place when Mr. John "Dude" Muise celebrated his 100th birthday; and

Whereas to be 100 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Muise on this remarkable milestone in his very long life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7012

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

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Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on October 17, 2008 a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Therese Bourque celebrated her 95th birthday; and

Whereas to be 95 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7013

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on October 25, 2008 a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Julie Surette celebrated her 80th birthday; and

Whereas to be 80 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7014

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

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Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on November 4, 2008 a very special occasion took place when Mr. Martin Cottreau of Wedgeport celebrated his 80th birthday; and

Whereas to be 80 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Cottreau on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7015

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on November 14, 2008 a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Therese Surette of Nakile Home for Special Care celebrated her 100th birthday; and

Whereas to be 100 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7016

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

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Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on November 22, 2008 a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Florence Landry of Amirault's Hill celebrated her 90th birthday; and

Whereas to be 90 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7017

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on November 25, 2008 a very special occasion took place when Mr. Bruno Bourque of Sluice Point celebrated his 85th birthday; and

Whereas to be 85 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Bourque on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7018

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

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Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on November 30, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Marie Saulnier of Nakile Home for Special Care celebrated her 90th birthday; and

Whereas to be 90 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7019

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on December 6, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Mr. Delmer Muise celebrated his 90th birthday; and

Whereas to be 90 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Muise on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7020

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on February 4, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Angele LeBlanc of Nakile Home for Special Care celebrated her 95th birthday; and

Whereas to be 95 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7021

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on March 4, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Mr. Joe Muise celebrated his 65th birthday; and

Whereas to be 65 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Muise on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7022

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on March 6, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Mr. Albert Landry celebrated his 80th birthday; and

Whereas to be 80 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. Landry on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7023

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on March 21, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Mr. Alcide J. LeBlanc celebrated his 89th birthday; and

Whereas to be 89 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mr. LeBlanc on this remarkable milestone in his life and in wishing him many more happy birthdays.

RESOLUTION NO. 7024

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on March 29, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Georgette Saulnier celebrated her 70th birthday at an open house; and

Whereas to be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7025

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the life of an individual; and

Whereas on April 6, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Mrs. Susan Marie Boudreau celebrated her 90th birthday; and

Whereas to be 90 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old;

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7026

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By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 9, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Danielle Evans of Wedgeport welcomed her son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Danielle on this remarkable milestone in her life and in wishing her many more happy years as a parent.

RESOLUTION NO. 7027

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on October 16, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Trina and Chris Adams of Pubnico welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Trina and Chris on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7028

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on October 21, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Katy and Randy Amiro of Lower East Pubnico welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Katy and Randy on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7029

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on October 25, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Jessica and David Clairmont of Upper Wedgeport welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Jessica and David on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7030

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 2, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Lynette and Jason Foster of Wedgeport welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Lynette and Jason on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7031

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 4, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Krystel and Christopher Prime of Tusket welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Krystel and Christopher on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7032

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on November 9, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Denise and Brent Nickerson of Pubnico welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Denise and Brent on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7033

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on December 4, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Cammy d'Eon and Byron MacAlpine welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Cammy and Byron on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7034

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on December 8, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Lynn and Gerald Hubbard of Sluice Point welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Lynn and Gerald on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7035

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on December 13, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Mireille and Todd Doucette of Wedgeport welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Mireille and Todd on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7036

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on December 26, 2008, a very special occasion took place when Jennifer and Jeff Gates of Kemptville welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Jennifer and Jeff on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7037

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on January 12, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Jennifer and Jerry Spinney of Middle West Pubnico welcomed their son into the world;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Jennifer and Jerry on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7038

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on January 13, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Denise and Kevin Hubbard of Tusket welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Denise and Kevin on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7039

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on January 16, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Courtney Dulong and Scott Deveau of Hubbards Point welcomed their daughter into the world;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Courtney and Scott on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7040

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on January 26, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Jody Saulnier and Scott Corporong of Raynardton welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Jody and Scott on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7041

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

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Whereas on January 29, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Laura and Jules d'Entremont of Glenwood welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Laura and Jules on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7042

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on February 2, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Andress Moulaison and Christopher MacIntosh of Argyle Sound welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Andress and Christopher on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7043

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

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Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on February 3, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Sarah and Jamie Hubbard of Plymouth welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Sarah and Jamie on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7044

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on February 7, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Natalie and Stephane Jacquard of Lower Wedgeport welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Natalie and Stephane on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7045

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

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Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in."; and

Whereas on February 14, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Dana and Randy Belliveau of Lower East Pubnico welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Dana and Randy on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7046

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 2, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Georgette and Jamie Frotten of Lower Wedgeport welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Georgette and Jamie on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7047

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

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Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 6, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Michelle and Ray McCleave of Hubbards Point welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Michelle and Ray on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7048

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 8, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Dianne and Jamie d'Entremont of Lower West Pubnico welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Dianne and Jamie on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7049

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 10, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Jody and Jason Groves of Tusket welcomed their twin sons into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Jody and Jason on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7050

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 11, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Yolande and George Fougere of Tusket welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Yolande and George on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7051

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By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on March 22, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Tracey LeBlanc and Nehemia d'Entremont of Lower West Pubnico welcomed their son into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Tracey and Nehemia on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7052

By: Hon. Christophertopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas the birth of a child is a momentous event and marks the beginning of a very satisfying journey down a long road, where the rewards far outnumber the challenges; and

Whereas Bill Cosby once said "the hardest truth for a father to learn: that his children are continuously growing up and moving away from him . . . until, of course, they move back in"; and

Whereas on April 9, 2009, a very special occasion took place when Lisa Surette and Brian Doucette of Belleville welcomed their daughter into the world;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Lisa and Brian on this remarkable milestone in their lives and in wishing them many more happy years as parents.

RESOLUTION NO. 7053

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By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008 Mr. Aldric d'Entremont was re-elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in congratulating Aldric on his re-election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7054

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Calvin d'Entremont was re-elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Calvin on his re-election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7055

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008 Mr. Richard Donaldson was re-elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Richard on his re-election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7056

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Bruce Hubbard was re-elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Bruce on his re-election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7057

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Charles LeBlanc was re-elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Charles on his re-election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7058

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

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Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Roderick Murphy Jr. was re-elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Junior on his re- election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7059

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Ms. Kathy Bourque was elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Kathy on her election to Argyle Council and in wishing her continued success during her term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7060

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

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Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Malcolm Madden was elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Malcolm on his election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7061

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Guy Surette was elected to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in congratulating Guy on his election to Argyle Council and in wishing him continued success during his term of office.

RESOLUTION NO. 7062

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

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Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Robert Amirault was not returned to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in thanking Robert for his years of dedicated service to the people of the Municipality of the District of Argyle..

RESOLUTION NO. 7063

By: Hon. Christopher d'Entremont (Community Services)

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

Whereas municipal governments are a vital component of our democratic process; and

Whereas individuals who serve on municipal council go above and beyond to serve their communities; and

Whereas during the municipal elections of 2008, Mr. Greg Foster was not returned to the Municipality of Argyle Council;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House join me in thanking Greg for his years of dedicated service to the people of the Municipality of the District of Argyle.

RESOLUTION NO. 7064

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas Chez Jean - Dairy Twirl located in Belliveau Cove is celebrating 20 years in business this year; and

Whereas Jean LeBlanc and his staff, with their warm welcome have provided the people of Clare and area with outstanding service throughout the years; and

Whereas Chez Jean - Dairy Twirl has made a significant contribution to the economy of Clare;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate owner Jean LeBlanc and his staff for the exemplary service they provide to their customers.

RESOLUTION NO. 7065

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas the Canadian Community Newspapers' Association is an organization comprised of 774 community newspapers which presents national awards annually recognizing the outstanding work published by its members; and

Whereas Yarmouth Vanguard reporter Tina Comeau was recognized by the Canadian Community Newspapers Association for her work; and

Whereas Tina's story about Howard Newell, a young boy who went missing in the 1950s, took top prize in the feature story category and placed second in the best spot news photography category;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature congratulate Tina Comeau on her accomplishments and wish her all the best in the future in her chosen career of journalism.

RESOLUTION NO. 7066

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By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas Agiki Nikki is a third year wrestler and Grade 10 student at St. Mary's Bay Academy; and

Whereas Agiki captured a silver medal at the NSSAF Wrestling Provincials March 6th and 7th, which took place in Monastery at the East Antigonish Education Centre; and

Whereas Agiki competed in the 63 Kilogram Intermediate Class;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Agiki Nikki on his silver medal victory at the NSSAF Wrestling Provincials and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7067

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas the Clare Search and Rescue Association started in 1983; and

Whereas the Association recently held their first awards banquet on April 19, 2009; and

Whereas this year marks the 40th Anniversary of Ground Search and Rescue in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly recognize the valuable efforts of all those involved with the Clare Search and Rescue Association and thank them for their dedication to helping others throughout the years.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7068

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas many local volunteer firefighters provide a vital and outstanding service throughout rural Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Edgar Gaudet has been recognized for his dedication and service beyond the call of duty in helping preserve the security of our community; and

Whereas Edgar Gaudet was recognized on November 29, 2008, by the Little Brook Volunteer Fire Department for his 25 years of dedicated service;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate firefighter Edgar Gaudet for receiving his Fire Service Long Service Award for his 25 years of service to his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 7069

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas many local volunteer firefighters provide a vital and outstanding service throughout rural Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Gilbert Comeau has been recognized for his dedication and service beyond the call of duty in helping preserve the security of our community; and

Whereas Gilbert Comeau was recognized on November 29, 2008, by the Little Brook Volunteer Fire Department for his 20 years of dedicated service;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate firefighter Gilbert Comeau for receiving his Fire Service Long Service Award for his 20 years of service to his community.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7070

By: Mr. Wayne Gaudet (Clare)

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

Whereas many local volunteer firefighters provide a vital and outstanding service throughout rural Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Gerald Comeau has been recognized for his dedication and service beyond the call of duty in helping preserve the security of our community; and

Whereas Edgar Gaudet was recognized on November 29, 2008, by the Little Brook Volunteer Fire Department for his 50 years of dedicated service as member of the fire department, as a firefighter and director;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate firefighter and director, Gerald Comeau, for receiving his Fire Service Long Service Award for his 50 years of service to his community.

RESOLUTION NO. 7071

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby -Annapolis)

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

Whereas Aqiki Nikki, a third year wrestler and Grade 10 student at St. Mary's Bay Academy participated at the NSSAF wrestling provincials in March of this year; and

Whereas at the competition, Aqiki captured the silver medal in the 63-kilogram intermediate class; and

Whereas this was the first time a student at St. Mary's Bay Academy had won a provincial wrestling medal;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate Aqiki Nikki on his recent wrestling achievement.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7072

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby -Annapolis)

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

Whereas once again the Digby Courier has been recognized as one of the leading newspapers in Canada; and

Whereas for the second year in a row, the Courier has claimed second place in its class in the Best All Around Newspaper division of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Competition; and

Whereas in addition to their standing in the Best All Around Newspaper division, the Courier also received runner-up status in the best editorial and best front page categories;

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly congratulate the Digby Courier on its national recognition, and wish the paper many years of future success.

RESOLUTION NO. 7073

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby -Annapolis)

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

Whereas Faye Haley, chairperson of the Tri-County Regional School Board has been named the recipient of the 2009 Nova Scotia School Boards Association Education Week Partner Award; and

Whereas Ms. Haley, a drama teacher for over 25 years and a strong advocate for the arts, has played an instrumental role in the development of drama courses throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas in addition to her many professional accomplishments, Ms. Haley also dedicates her time as a volunteer in variety shows and local productions;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House of Assembly congratulate Faye Haley on receiving the 2009 Education Week Partner Award, and thank her for her many contributions to the arts in Nova Scotia.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7074

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby -Annapolis)

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

Whereas Nathan Robertson of Amherst put forward a personal best in The Battle of Montreal weightlifting competition; and

Whereas the weightlifter, who is a native of Digby, bench-pressed an impressive 501.5 lbs, dead-lifted 531.5 lbs and squatted 650 lbs; and

Whereas Nathan's efforts were enough to secure a strong second place finish;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly commend Nathan Robertson on his impressive weightlifting performance at The Battle of Montreal.

RESOLUTION NO. 7075

By: Mr. Harold Theriault (Digby -Annapolis)

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

Whereas the St. Mary's Bay Academy Stingrays have once again had an impressive season; and

Whereas under the direction of coach Craig Glavin, the team was able to finish their season by winning the Division 3 provincial basketball championship; and

Whereas the team was praised by their vice-principal, saying that sportsmanship was evident throughout the season;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House of Assembly congratulate the St. Mary's Bay Academy Stingrays on their recent championship win, and wish them every success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7076

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Martina Yorke has been recognized by Parrsboro Town Council as Parrsboro's Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2009; and

Whereas Martina is a very active volunteer in her community, coaching young children at the local skating club and spending time with the residents at South Cumberland Community Care Centre; and

Whereas Martina has also joined the local community health board and most recently has been involved with its Walk Around the World initiative to get people of all ages in the community more physically active;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Martina Yorke on being named Parrsboro's Youth Volunteer of the Year and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7077

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Dan Wortman, a native of Oxford, Cumberland County, has been honoured by Mount Allison University as the recipient of the Don Norton Memorial Award; and

Whereas Dan, who will graduate this year with a degree in economics, is known across campus for his friendly smile and winning attitude and is currently Vice-President, Finance and Operations for Mount Allison's Student Administrative Council; and

Whereas Dan is also a tutor and recruiter for the Meighen Centre for Learning Assistance and Research, a campus ambassador, a participant in both intramural and club sports and a member of several university committees;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Dan Wortman on receiving the Don Norton Memorial Award and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7078

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Ava Winters, a 15-year -old Parrsboro native, is an exceptional young lady who, after travelling to various rinks during hockey season and noticing many had automated external defibrillators, she saw the need for the Parrsboro Lions Arena to have such a device on hand; and

Whereas Ava Winters, realizing that cardiac arrest can happen to people of all ages, as young as a novice hockey player to one of the old-timers players, adding that once the heart stops pumping, seconds count, for every minute that passes without help a person's chance of surviving decreases by 10 per cent; and

Whereas Ava Winters recently began a fundraising campaign to provide an automated external defibrillator for the arena in her area and has written letters to the executive in PMHA along with additional teams that use the rink, asking for their support in the purchase of the AED;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Ava Winters on this extremely important fundraising effort and wish her success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7079

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Eunice White has been recognized for her volunteer efforts for the Junction Road Elementary School and was named their Volunteer of the Year in the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas even though Eunice's grandchildren haven't been in the elementary school for the past 11 years, she is still always willing to donate her time whenever needed; and

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Whereas Eunice White is a dedicated volunteer and she truly makes a difference for the youth of her community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Eunice White on being recognized for her volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7080

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Carolyn Torrie has been recognized for her volunteer efforts for the Springhill & Area Chamber of Commerce and was named their Volunteer of the Year in the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Carolyn Torrie operates her own business and although it is difficult to find time for family and home, let alone the struggle to commit to voluntary efforts within one's community, she has consistently headed up any coordination efforts asked of her for various events and programs; and

Whereas Carolyn participates in the Mayor's Forum, Annual General Meetings, Communities in Bloom and Small Business Week Wine & Cheese and serves as the chamber's liaison for the doctor recruitment program and much more;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Carolyn Torrie on her outstanding volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7081

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas 10 years have passed since the QEII opened the doors of its satellite dialysis unit in Springhill, Cumberland County, where the area's ongoing fundraising is carried out by volunteers of the local chapter of the Kidney Foundation; and

Whereas this unit has made a huge difference in the lives of patients that once had to travel to Halifax or Moncton up to three times a week for treatment; and

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Whereas the unit has room for as many as eight patients at a time and is capable of handling three shifts three times a week;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the staff of the Springhill All Saints Dialysis Unit on 10 years of service and give special recognition to the volunteers of the Springhill/Oxford Chapter of the Kidney Foundation and wish them all the best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7082

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Swan family of Oxford has been recognized by the Town of Oxford for their volunteer efforts and they were honoured by being named Volunteer Family of the Year for 2009 for the Town of Oxford; and

Whereas Peter Swan coaches mini girls basketball, junior girls basketball, senior girls basketball, bantam and juvenile basketball teams and is also a councillor for the Town of Oxford, a member of the Masons, past member of the Oxford Area Lions, assisted with organizing the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program, is a participant in the Terry Fox Run, and a member of the Maple Players; Tracy Swan is a Girl Guide Leader and District Commissionaire, canvasses for various foundations, assists with various school fund-raisers, helps with various sports teams, is a member of several committees, home and school, helps and participates in the Terry Fox Run, and is a member of the Maple Players; and

Whereas Maddison Swan assists with various fundraising efforts, is a previous member of the ORHS cross-country running team, plays and serves as manager for the junior girls soccer team, coaches the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program, Fun Summer Soccer Program and much more; Regan Swan participates in the Terry Fox Run, is a member of various school committees, is a member of the Junior Girls Basketball Team, and is a participant in several basketball clinics, track and field, fundraising, and soccer programs;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Swan family on their outstanding volunteer efforts and on being named Volunteer Family of the Year for the Town of Oxford and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7083

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas with its 5th Anniversary in sight, the Springhill Pharmacy was awarded the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year during the chamber's annual general meeting; and

Whereas Murray Fraser and Ian Taylor opened the doors of the Springhill Pharmacy in 2004 and since then they have been involved with the community and make a huge difference in the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas since opening the business expanded to include a community doctor's office and additional office space was created last year to introduce a dentist's office;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Murray Fraser and Ian Taylor and the staff of Springhill Pharmacy on being named Business of the Year and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7084

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Springhill Lady Golden Eagles recorded a 64 to 49 decision over the Halifax Grammar Gryphons to win their fourth Division 3 girls' title in seven years; and

Whereas team leading scorers were Shauna Ryan with 19 points, Brittany Barton adding 17, and Meaghan Moore contributing with 10 more points; and

Whereas Springhill edged Shelburne 63 to 61 in the semifinal with Leah Crowe and Jill Casey pacing the winners with 13 points apiece, Barton adding 11 points, and Emily Moore 10;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill Lady Golden Eagles on their win at the Division 3 girls' championships and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7085

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Springhill High Golden Eagles held off the determined Musquodoboit Rural High School Mustangs by a score of 67 to 55 to capture the NSAAF Northumberland Regional Basketball Championship; and

Whereas in the championship Shauna Ryan dropped in 19 points, Brittany Barton hooped 15, and Leah Crowe hooped 10 to spark Springhill who advanced to the final with earlier wins over the host Pictou Academy and Hants North; and

Whereas Kirsten Gogan scored nine and Meaghan Moore bucketed eight for the Eagles with Megan Bowers adding a basket and Emily Moore, Danika Beaton, and Taylor MacDonald contributing foul shots;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Springhill High Golden Eagles on capturing the NSAAF Northumberland Regional Championship title and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7086

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Ken Snowdon was honored by his community of Parrsboro when they recognized his devotion to his community by naming him Parrsboro's Volunteer of the Year for 2009; and

Whereas Ken is a very community-minded citizen who since his retirement from military service has helped many local residents and is a very eager and helpful volunteer to many organizations and groups; and

Whereas Ken plays an active role in the Parrsboro Masonic Lodge, a lifetime member of the Parrsboro Legion, Branch 45, active member of St. George's Anglican Church, and he is tirelessly committed to the restoration of the Ottawa House Museum as well as an active member of the Parrsboro Shore Historical Society Board of Directors;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of his House congratulate Ken Snowdon on his outstanding award and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7087

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas for over a century, Ross Smith's family has been in the funeral business and during the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade's annual general meeting in March 2009, Smith's Funeral Home was named the Business of the Year; and

Whereas it was Ross' great grandfather who began the business in the 1800's and with his children involved it has been five generations that have kept the business in Parrsboro and has made the business the oldest continuous family-owned funeral business in Canada; and

Whereas Ross Smith has been involved with the community as a town councilor, the Lion's Club, economic development and up to twelve years ago had provided Parrsboro with an ambulance service as well;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ross and Lois Smith on Smith's Funeral Home being named Business of the Year in Parrsboro and wish them continued success for many years to come.

RESOLUTION NO. 7088

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Theresa Ryan of Oxford is a prolific writer of songs and poetry and several of her songs have been recorded by well-known artists, now she can add a poem to her list of published works; and

Whereas Theresa was encouraged by friends to enter a national poetry contest through Polar Expressions Publishing in British Columbia and her poem, Our God is an Awesome God, was chosen for inclusion in the anthology; and

Whereas Theresa has been writing poems for many years and those who have read her work hope she will continue for many years to come;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Theresa Ryan on her outstanding work and wish her continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7089

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Audrey Ryan was recognized for her volunteer efforts and the Springhill Heritage Group have chosen her to be named their Volunteer of the Year for the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Audrey has been the secretary of the Springhill Heritage Group since its inception 22 years ago and she is responsible for looking after all the Heritage Group's correspondence and arranges the annual dinners; and

Whereas Audrey also does genealogical work for the group and has worked on some of the books that have been published and distributes the publications to the different businesses and sends these books to places all over Canada and United States;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Audrey Ryan on her outstanding volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7090

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Gerry Richard was recognized for his volunteer efforts as he was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year; and

Whereas Gerry Richard has been a member of the Oxford Fire Department for a little over two years and is willing to sit on any committee and help out wherever possible; and

Whereas Gerry has taken time for some extra training in the last two years and has taken over as chairperson for the bingo committee;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Gerry Richard on being chosen by the Town of Oxford as their Volunteer Firefighter of the Year, and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7091

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Perry/McCully Family of Parrsboro was honoured by their community for their volunteer efforts in the Town of Parrsboro by being named Volunteer Family of the Year for 2009; and

Whereas Alfreda Perry is very active in St. Bridgit's Catholic Church with parish functions and social activities and is a dedicated member of the Catholic Women's League for over 40 years, while Anne McCully is also very active in the Roman Catholic Church, helping at all functions and also helps with the local Girl Guide program, also donating her time to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Kidney Foundation, and Alzheimer's Society; and

Whereas Margo McCully is very active in her church and also teaches and is head of the Sunday School program and is also involved in the Girl Guide program, and still finds time to volunteer at the Parrsboro Library and other functions involving children;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Perry/McCully family on being named Parrsboro's Volunteer Family of the Year and wish them all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7092

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Deidre Cloney goes above and beyond the call of duty to volunteer her time and energy to the Town of Oxford, and the town has recognized her by presenting to her the Volunteer Youth Award for the Town of Oxford; and

Whereas Deidre has dedicated many hours to the Oxford Theatre by working at the door and organizing and helping operate the canteen facility; and

Whereas Deidre has also spent many evenings as a coach to the five year-old children enrolled in the summer fun soccer program, participates in the Get Up and Go program at the elementary school, and is always on hand to assist when needed in any town activities;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Deidre on her volunteer efforts and being named Youth Volunteer for the Town of Oxford and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7093

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Oxford Frozen Foods is a business that gives back to the community in many ways, one being their volunteer efforts, and they were recognized this year by the Town of Oxford when they received the Building Healthier Futures Corporate Award; and

Whereas Oxford Frozen Foods staff fundraise for the IWK through their payroll program, creating and selling a cook book, Christmas Donations, they support the Terry Fox Run, food banks, Relay for Life, the Trans Canada Trail, disaster relief, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, just to name a few; and

Whereas Oxford Frozen Food is a huge contributor to their community and many outstanding projects throughout the province;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this house congratulate Oxford Frozen Foods on receiving this outstanding award, and wish them all the best in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7094

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

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Whereas when Murray Thompson sees a need in the community he goes quietly ahead and does what he can to address that need and this is why the Town of Oxford has named him their Volunteer of the Year; and

Whereas Murray organizes and coaches basketball, ringette and soccer teams for local youth in the area as well as being a hockey player in the gentlemen's league, he also organizes and plays baseball; and

Whereas Murray is the team captain of the Relay for Life in support of cancer research and is involved in coordinating the emergency response activities with the town and especially the Oxford Elementary School, he is a member of the local drama club, the Maple Players and an active member of the church;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Murray Thompson on being named Volunteer of the Year for the Town of Oxford and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7095

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary was honoured by its community when they were named Oxford's Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2009; and

Whereas the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary volunteer countless hours and performs so many important volunteer efforts to the community such as providing refreshments and meals during fires, roast beef take-out suppers, providing mini-proms every June, pre-Christmas craft sales, run the canteen for tournaments and much more; and

Whereas the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary is a force to be dealt with for fund raising for the department in general and have been able to contribute greatly in a financial aspect to the department's needs;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary on being named Oxford's Volunteer Organization of the Year for 2009 and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7096

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Oxford and Area Skating Club held its annual ice show at the Oxford Arena in March, 2009 with this year's theme being Famous Movie Soundtracks On Ice; and

Whereas some of the members of the Oxford Area Skating Club competed in the Amherst Skatefest and for the third year in a row brought home gold, silver and bronze medals for their elements and interpretive dances; and

Whereas participating members are Kendra Mattinson, Jillian Gordon, Megan Purdy, Sasha Baldwin, Emily Rushton, Mikhayla Sweet, Claire Moore, Courtney Patriquin, Ashley Wheaton, Makayla Rushton and Kelsey Rideout;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the members of the Oxford and Area Skating Club on their outstanding performance and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7097

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas carpentry students from NSCC, Cumberland Campus in Springhill are always ready to lend a helping hand in their community; and

Whereas when Anne Murray Centre Executive Director, Anne Newman, wanted to renovate the basement of the centre to create archival storage space, she found a helping hand from the local community college; and

Whereas the students, under the direction of their program facilitator, built the walls and door jamb to create the secure archive room and also constructed a further wall and door jamb to create a stock room adjacent to the new archive and put a third wall and door jamb to close off this area from the rest of the basement, showing an example of how community can work together for the benefit of all those involved;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the carpentry students at NSCC, Cumberland Campus on their efforts to help when their community has a need and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7098

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Helen Murray was recognized for her volunteer efforts at the All Saints Springhill Hospital Auxiliary and she was named their Volunteer of the Year by the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Helen has been a conscientious worker in the Auxiliary for sixteen years and has quietly given her support to every endeavour, always ready to cook, bake, wait tables, wash dishes, et cetera; and

Whereas Helen adds dignity to whatever she is involved in, whether it be the Auxiliary, the I.O.D.E. or her church and she has been an asset to any meeting or project;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Helen Murray on her volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7099

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Mel McIntyre, a resident of River Hebert has had his first children's book, Flutter Bunnies, published by Guardian Angel Publishing; and

Whereas the publishing company was so impressed with Mr. McIntyre's work that they have already agreed to publish four more of his books as well as any sequels to Flutter Bunnies that he may publish in the future; and

Whereas Mel McIntyre was raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and spent years in the United Kingdom where he began his writing career as a ghostwriter and also wrote biographical articles for a newspaper before he moved back to River Hebert, Nova Scotia in 2008;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Mel McIntyre on having his book published and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7100

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas after gaining international recognition in 2008, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs have launched into 2009 with some recognition from their peers at the Central Nova Scotia Tourist Association; and

Whereas the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Centre received the 2008 Attraction of the Year Award at the CNTA's annual awards banquet held in Truro, adding another feather to the cap of Cumberland County's World Heritage Site; and

Whereas on July 17, 2008, the fossil cliffs became the second Nova Scotian and fifteenth Canadian UNESCO World Heritage Site and in less than a year of operation, the attraction has certainly turned heads also receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Architecture and the TIANS Innovator of the Year Award, short-listed for Progress Magazine's Marketer of the Year Award, short-listed for the U.K.- based Virgin Holidays Sustainable Tourism Award and was rated No. four on the Top 29 Destinations to Visit list in the L.A. Times, and proudly featured on the cover of the provincial Doers and Dreamers Guide this year;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Centre on these outstanding achievements and wish them much success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7101

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Terri McCulloch, the senior tourism project manager of Tourism in Parrsboro has been promoting the Bay of Fundy and her region of the province for most of her life and the Central Nova Tourist Association recognized her for her efforts by presenting her with its Ambassador Award at the annual awards banquet; and

Whereas the award citation described her as a hospitality professional with a comprehensive background in service, quality evaluation, event planning and market readiness mentoring for a variety of tourism sectors; and

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Whereas Terri McCulloch manages the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership, a non-profit association of the two provincial tourism departments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick set up to raise the profile of the Bay of Fundy as a national nature tourism site and McCulloch also serves as a business mentor for clients throughout Atlantic Canada and Alberta, and owns her own motivational customer service training company, Wow Factor!

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Terri McCulloch on receiving this outstanding award and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7102

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Oxford Junior Girls Basketball team, the Golden Bears captured the title of Regional Champions in the tournament held in New Glasgow; and

Whereas Emily Davis was the leading scorer for the Golden Bears with 18 points, Shannalee Smith dropped in 10 points, Savannah David and Heidi Dormiedy each netted 6 points and Cassie Newell added 4 points for the win that led them to the championship game; and

Whereas East Pictou Blue Eagles were beaten by the Golden Bears in the final game with the game ending with a win for Oxford 62-47;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Junior Girls Golden Bears on this championship win and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7103

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Corey Zollner was recognized by Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Jr. Boys basketball team; and

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Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Corey Zollner was chosen by the Association as the Most Valuable Player on the Jr. Boys basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Corey Zollner on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7104

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Brendon White was recognized by Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Sr. Boys basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Brendon White was chosen by the Association as Student Athlete of the Year on the Sr. Boys basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brendon White on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7105

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Patricia Thompson was recognized by Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Jr. Girls basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

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Whereas Patricia Thompson was chosen by the Association as their Most Dedicated Player on the Jr. Girls basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Patricia Thompson on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7106

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Justin Sears was recognized by Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Jr. Boys basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Justin Sears was chosen by the Association as the Most Dedicated Player on the Jr. Boys basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Justin Sears on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7107

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Shauna Ryan was recognized by Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Sr. Girls basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

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Whereas Shauna Ryan was chosen by the Association as their Student Athlete of the Year on the Sr. Girls basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shauna Ryan on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7108

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Emily Moore was recognized by Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Sr. Girls basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Emily Moore was recognized with the Student Athlete Award of the Year on the Sr. Girls basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Emily Moore on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7109

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Kyle MacDonald was recognized by Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Sr. Boys basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

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Whereas Kyle MacDonald was chosen by the Association as their Rookie of the Year on the Sr. Boys basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kyle MacDonald on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7110

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Louise Maddigan has been recognized for her volunteer efforts for The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and was named their Volunteer of the Year in the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Louise Maddigan has been active at all levels of this organization for well over ten years and she is the representative on the St. John the Baptist Parish Council; and

Whereas Louise frequently makes appeals to various bodies for donations of food and other assistance and helps prepare Christmas boxes and responds to calls for emergency help or any other needs of her community;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Louise Maddigan on her outstanding volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7111

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Bryan Margeson, a student at Oxford Regional High School, hit a milestone in his basketball career this year; and

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Whereas during the provincial action at North Queens, Bryan scored his 3,000th point with the ORHS Senior Golden Bears; and

Whereas Brian Margeson was honoured by his coach and team members which include Ryan Wilson, Dylan Ellis, Milton King, Josh Dorn, Mackenzie Stewart, Cody Black, Casey Visser, Mike Reid, Andrew Bragg, managers Cory Moore and Carol Ann King, and Coaches Mike Rushton and Andy Moore;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Bryan Margeson on reaching this outstanding milestone and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7112

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Stephanie McCormick was recognized by Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Jr. Girls basketball team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Stephanie McCormick was chosen by the Association as their Most Dedicated Player on the Jr. Girls basketball team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stephanie McCormick on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7113

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Alexa MacDonald was recognized by the Town of Springhill for her outstanding volunteer efforts within her community by being named Youth Volunteer of the Year; and

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Whereas Alexa is a Grade 12 student at Springhill Jr./Sr. High School and has been an active volunteer during her young life, giving both her time and energies to numerous school, community, and charitable endeavours; and

Whereas Alexa is involved with the SHS Yearbook, Chairperson of the SHS Youth Advisory Committee, Student Council, volunteers at All Saints Hospital, organized art auctions, member of the SADD Committee, tutor, participates in the AIDS walk, volunteers at elementary school field days and help build a library for an orphanage in Mexico during an educational trip;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alexa MacDonald on her outstanding volunteer achievements and wish her all the best in future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7114

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Oxford Junior Girls Basketball Team, the Golden Bears, captured the title of Champions in the New Year's Classic basketball tournament; and

Whereas the championship game saw Oxford facing Bible Hill, the two unbeaten teams, leaving the court with a 57 to 47 win with Oxford leaving the floor as the New Year's Classic Champions; and

Whereas scoring for Oxford was led by Emily Davis with 15 points, while every Oxford player scored in this game: Shannalee Smith added six; Chantaya Bragg, Nikkie Wood and Cassie Newell five each; Heidi Dormiedy, Jenna Rushton, and Hannah Newell four each; Morgan Rushton, Regan Swan, Sidney Johnson and Andrea Dorn two apiece; and Savannah David with one.

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Junior Girls Golden Bears on this Championship win and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 7115

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

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Whereas Springhill's Wes Herrett is being touted as a potential middle-round pick at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's entry draft in June 2009; and

Whereas Herrett, who recently completed his second season with the Pictou County Major Midget AAA Weeks Crushers, is projected to be drafted between the ninth and 12th rounds of the draft; and

Whereas the 16-year-old defenceman was one of the Amherst Ramblers' top picks in last year's MJAHL draft;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Wes Herrett on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7116

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Lynn Hatfield from Springhill has a passion for drawing detailed portraits and she receives many requests for her beautiful work; and

Whereas Lynn took the leap and started her own business, White Portraits, specializing in pencil-art portraits; Lynn tries to connect with her work, learning something about the subject before putting pencil to paper; and

Whereas Lynn Hatfield is a talented artist who brings life to her portraits which can be seen on http://www.intowhiteportraits.webs.com;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lynn Hatfield on starting her own business using her outstanding talents and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7117

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Peter George has been recognized for his volunteer efforts for Springhill Minor Baseball and was named their Volunteer of the Year in the Town of Springhill; and

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Whereas Peter George has been a volunteer for Springhill Minor Baseball for the past three years and last year took an umpiring course for the association; and

Whereas without individuals such as Peter George, progress in communities would come to a standstill and Peter is always there at any event to lend a helping hand;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Peter George on his volunteer efforts and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7118

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Jeanna Lynn Fletcher of Advocate Harbour was honoured by the Mount Allison University Students Administrative Council by being presented with the Gil Latter Memorial Award; and

Whereas the Gil Latter Memorial Award is presented to the student who has volunteered their time and demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Sackville community; and

Whereas Jeanna Lynn Fletcher has spent endless hours volunteering at Blood Donor Clinics, Canadian Cancer Society, UNICEF, Free the Children and Shinerama, and has also raised awareness about Sackville and Mount Allison;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jeanna Lynn Fletcher on receiving this outstanding award and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7119

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

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Whereas the Cumberland County Springhill-Oxford Pharmasave Thrashers defeated East Hants 4-0 to claim the peewee-A gold medal at the New Page Invitational Minor Hockey Tournament; and

Whereas Emmitt Smith and Brady Davis scored single goals for the Thrashers while Mathieu McCormick had two assists, Cody Rector and Jesse Gouchie had single helpers; and

Whereas members of the gold medal team are goalies, Carly Jackson and Connor Hoeg; other players include Brandon Stone, Ryan Smith, Jesse Gouchie, Brady Davis, Kailey Kane, Emmitt Smith, Ryan Hunter, Kyle MacDonald, Mathieu McCormick, Joel St. Peters, Cody Rector, Anna Moore, Mitchell Speight, Peter Kane, MacKenzie Colford; and coaches, Rob Jackson, Ray Gouchie, Greg Smith and Matt Hoeg;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Cumberland County Springhill-Oxford Pharmasave Thrashers on bringing home the gold medal in the New Page Invitational Minor Hockey Tournament and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7120

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Bill Adshade was recognized for his volunteer efforts to the Springhill Baptist Church Youth Group and was named their Volunteer of the Year by the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Bill has always had a heart for the young people of his community and for years Bill taught the junior/senior high school Sunday School class and reached out to help others in his community and beyond; and

Whereas every year since he and his family moved to Springhill, he has gone with students to the all-night Super Bowl which takes place each Fall with this year Bill and his wife volunteering to direct the SBC Youth Group;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Bill Adshade on being recognized for his volunteer efforts and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7121

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By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Valarie Alderson was recognized by the Town of Springhill for her outstanding volunteer efforts for her community by being named Volunteer fo the Year; and

Whereas Valarie has a passion for the community of Springhill and offers her time and efforts to many groups and events in the community such as Anne Murray Days, school reunions, her church, while she is also an active board member of Springhouse, helps out at the local community centre kitchen, and is a regular blood donor with the Canadian Blood Service; and

Whereas Valarie spends countless hours volunteering at the Miners Museum which is near and dear to her heart since she lost her father in the 1958 Bump mining disaster and she chaired the Remembering 58 Committee marking the 50th Anniversary of the Bump and Valarie is also involved with the mining heritage as an active member of the committee to restore the former Miners Lamp Cabin Building;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Valarie Alderson on her outstanding volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7122

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Tammy Burton, Elaine Mazur and Tammy Chapman are the faces behind Piece by Piece Autism Cumberland, a chapter with the Nova Scotia Autism Society; and

Whereas these three women have joined forces to make sure families don't have to go through what they did, alone - having a child diagnosed with autism; and

Whereas Piece by Piece will be an avenue for awareness that autism is becoming an epidemic and a place for families with autistic children and those who will be diagnosed to turn to for support;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Tammy Burton, Elaine Mazur and Tammy Chapman on starting up this very important and worthwhile organization and wish them continued success.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7123

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Charlotte Beaton was recognized for her volunteer efforts, and the Springhill Baptist Church Willing Workers have chosen her to be named their Volunteer of the Year for the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Charlotte has been a valued member of the Springhill Baptist Church Willing Workers for over nine years, serving as president and on various committees; and

Whereas Charlotte is also a member of the Wellspring Choir and has been the convener for the past three years for funeral receptions both within her own church and others, and she has always given freely of her time to ensure that all of the functions are successful;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Charlotte Beaton on her outstanding volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7124

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Cumberland County rock band Big Deal have officially become a bigger deal since they signed a record deal with Attack Record of Toronto, as well as a distribution deal with EMI, less than two years after the independent release of their debut CD , Non Sufficient Funds, in July, 2007; and

Whereas another run on their first CD is now being made to be circulated to radio stations worldwide, with Diamond Girl as the first single; and

Whereas members of the band include Justin Siddall, Bruce Fisher, Cory Gautreau, and Adam Siddall;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Big Deal on their record deal and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7125

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise named the Bragg Group of Companies the 2008 Nova Scotia Family Enterprise of the Year at its award luncheon held in Dartmouth with Lee Bragg, Co-CEO of Eastlink, the fifth largest cable television provider in Canada, on hand to accept the award; and

Whereas the award, sponsored by KPMG and RBC Royal Bank, recognizes significant achievement made within a Nova Scotia family enterprise, with the Bragg family business story being outstanding; and

Whereas John Bragg is the fifth generation of family entrepreneurs based in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, with John representing the first generation in Oxford Frozen Foods and the related businesses he founded in 1968, along with his wife, Judy, their four children, Lee, Matthew, Carolyn and Trish, who are also involved in the family business with the Bragg Group, which is comprised of Bragg Communications (Eastlink, Amtelecom, Bluewater TV Cable, Coast Cable, Delta Cable, Persona), the food group (Oxford Frozen Foods, Bragg Lumber Co., Cherryfield Foods/Maine Wild Blueberry Co., Penninsula Foods), Piercey's Inland Technologies, and other Bragg-owned business interests;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate John Bragg and the Bragg Group on receiving this outstanding award, and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7126

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Dave Burke, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was honoured as he was chosen as the Fans' Choice Player of the Year for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April, which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the

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atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Dave Burke on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7127

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Justin Cortes, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was honoured as he was chosen as Best Defenceman for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Justin Cortes on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7128

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By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Andrew Court, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was honoured as he was chosen as Top Goalie of the Year for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Andrew Court on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7129

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Ryan Smith, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was honoured for most goals for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments

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this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ryan Smith on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7130

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Jordie Shaw, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was honoured as he was chosen as Rookie of the Year for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jordie Shaw on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7131

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Cody Roach, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was named MVP and Top Scorer for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

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Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cody Roach on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7132

By: Hon Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Aaron Morrison, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues, was honoured as he was chosen as Most Improved Player of the Year for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the team's outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year, but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice, such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution, and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues are a magnificent team who had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Aaron Morrison on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7133

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues may not have won the Atlantic title in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, but it was quite clear that, to their fans, they are the best Junior B hockey team in the Maritimes; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland County Cool Blues is a magnificent team that had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members, coaching staff, management, volunteers and the best fans in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Cumberland County Cool Blues on their outstanding season and wish them continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7134

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Seth Crowe, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues was honoured as he was chosen as Most Sportsmanlike of the Year for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the teams outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland Cool Blues is a magnificent team that had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season

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and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members, coaching staff, management, volunteers and the best fans in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Seth Crowe on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7135

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Ryan Kelly, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues was honoured as he was chosen as Player's Choice Team Member of the Year for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the teams outstanding season; and

Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland Cool Blues is a magnificent team that had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members, coaching staff, management, volunteers and the best fans in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ryan Kelly on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7136

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Nathan Lavigne, a team member of the Cumberland County Cool Blues was honoured as he was chosen as Best Defenceman for the season at a banquet held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in April which was held in honour of the teams outstanding season; and

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Whereas the Cool Blues won their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title this year but just as important were their accomplishments off the ice such as practising with the atom and peewee teams through the season, playing ball hockey with inmates at the Springhill Institution and reading to kids at both Springhill elementary schools; and

Whereas the Cumberland Cool Blues is a magnificent team that had an outstanding season and their community is extremely proud of their great accomplishments this season and honoured the team at a banquet in April to show their appreciation for all team members, coaching staff, management, volunteers and the best fans in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nathan Lavigne on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7137

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Krista MacDonald has been recognized for her volunteer efforts for the Cumberland Cool Blues Hockey Team and was named its Volunteer of the Year in the Town of Springhill; and

Whereas Krista donates endless hours to the Blues organization - assisting in all their financial matters, volunteering for all fundraising functions and having the patience to work in a male-dominated program; and

Whereas Krista is a unique individual excelling not only in leadership but, more importantly, giving of herself to a winning organization, a winning team with a winning support - NSJHL Team 2009;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Krista MacDonald on being recognized for her outstanding volunteer efforts and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7138

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

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Whereas Conrad Byers was named the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade's Citizen of the Year at a banquet held in his honour at the Royal Canadian Legion in Parrsboro; and

Whereas over the years Conrad Byers has worn many hats as a sea cadet, teacher, historian, sea captain, author, volunteer, where he is vital to the community with his thirst for knowledge of Parrsboro's history; and

Whereas Conrad Byers has gathered photographs and documented events that involve decades upon decades of Parrsboro's colourful and once vital seafaring community and the residents of the community are thankful for having Conrad Byers in their midst;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Conrad Byers on receiving this outstanding award and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7139

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Cody Hunter was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Sr. Boys Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Cody Hunter was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player on the Sr. Boys Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cody Hunter on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7140

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Jay Hawker was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Sr. Boys Basketball Team; and

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Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Jay Hawker was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player on the Sr. Boys Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jay Hawker on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7141

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Patrick Ellis was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Jr. Boys Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Patrick Ellis was chosen by the association as their Student Athlete on the Jr. Boys Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Patrick Ellis on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7142

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Katelyn Douthwright was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Jr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Katelyn Douthwright was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player on the Jr. Girls Basketball Team;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Katelyn Douthwright on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7143

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Leah Crowe was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Sr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Leah Crowe was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player of the Year on the Sr. Girls Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Leah Crowe on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7144

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Brandon Clarke was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Jr. Boys Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Brandon Clarke was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player on the Jr. Boys Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brandon Clarke on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7145

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Jon Casey was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Sr. Boys Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Jon Casey was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player on the Sr. Boys Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jon Casey on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7146

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Jill Casey was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Sr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Jill Casey was chosen by the association as their Most Improved Player on the Sr. Girls Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jill Casey on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7147

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Brenna Casey was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for his performance with the Jr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Brenna Casey was chosen by the association as their Most Valuable Player on the Jr. Girls Basketball Team.

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brenna Casey on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7148

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Megan Bowers was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Sr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Megan Bowers was recognized with the Drive-Desire-Determination award for the Year on the Sr. Girls Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Megan Bowers on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7149

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Brittany Barton was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Sr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Brittany Barton was chosen by the association as Most Valuable Player of the Year on the Sr. Girls Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brittany Barton on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 7150

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Economic and Rural Development)

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

Whereas Sydnee Balser was recognized by the Springhill High School in April for her performance with the Jr. Girls Basketball Team; and

Whereas as the basketball season wrapped up, the Springhill Basketball Association was singling out its star players of the 2008-09 season; and

Whereas Sydnee Balser was chosen by the association as their Student Athlete on the Jr. Girls Basketball Team;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sydnee Balser on this outstanding achievement and wish her continued success in all future endeavours.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7151

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank River Bourgeois Mariner Society Volunteer of the Year, Harold Landry, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7152

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank River Bourgeois Economic Development Volunteer of the Year, Cletus Wedge, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7153

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Hyacinth CWL Volunteer of the Year, Kathleen MacDonald, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7154

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Fourchu Development Association Volunteer of the Year, Annabelle MacLeod, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7155

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lawrence Kavanaugh Council 4607, K of C Volunteer of the Year, Art MacInnis, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7156

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. John the Baptist Parish Council Volunteer of the Year, Arthur Doary, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7157

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond County Early Childhood Education Association, Isle Madame Branch Volunteer of the Year, Arthur Gallant, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7158

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Canadian Red Cross, Isle Madame Branch Volunteer of the Year, Arthur Samson, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7159

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Dr. W. B. Kingston Health Centre Volunteer of the Year, Betty Gillan, for her hard work and commitment

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RESOLUTION NO. 7160

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Framboise/Fourchu Volunteer Fire Department Volunteer of the Year, Blair Gwynn, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7161

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Village Canal Association Volunteer of the Year, Brenda MacPhee, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7162

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Riverdale Computer Centre Society Volunteer of the Year, Brett Cogswell, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7163

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond Academy Volunteer of the Year, Carla Martell, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7164

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank West Bay Pastoral Charge Volunteer of the Year, Catherine Urquhart, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7165

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Head of the Bay Seniors Volunteer of the Year, Cathy Rafuse, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7166

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank West Bay Community Association Volunteer of the Year, Charles King, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7167

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Peter's-Sampsonville Terry Fox Run Volunteer of the Year, Clair Rankin, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7168

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Isle Madame Community Venture Centre Association Volunteer of the Year, Claude Landry, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7169

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond Arena Association Volunteer of the Year, Connie Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7170

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Telile Community TV Volunteer of the Year, David C. Forgeron, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7171

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank South Mountain Arm of Gold Volunteer of the Year, Dawn Haloun-Touesnard, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7172

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By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank West Bay United Church Volunteer of the Year, Deborah Barrett, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7173

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Rocky Bay Irish Club Volunteer of the Year, Dee Keating, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7174

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Fourchu United Church Women Volunteer of the Year, Delores MacQueen, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7175

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lakeside Community Association Sampsonville Volunteer of the Year, Diane Larade, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7176

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Louisdale Lions Club Volunteer of the Year, Don Cornell, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7177

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Immaculate Conception CWL West Arichat Volunteer of the Year, Donna Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7178

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank La Picasse Centre Communautaire Culturel Volunteer of the Year, Donna Gallant, for her hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel, lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année de La Picasse Centre Communautaire Culturel, Donna Gallant, pour son travail et son dévouement.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7179

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank River Bourgeois Community Services Society Volunteer of the Year, Donnie Pottie, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7180

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Comité des Femmes en marche de Richmond Volunteer of the Year, Dora Samson-Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

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Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel, lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année du Comité des Femmes en marche de Richmond, Dora Samson-Boudreau, pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7181

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Our Lady of Assumption CWL Volunteer of the Year, Doreen Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7182

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Immaculate Conception Parish, Barra Head Volunteer of the Year, Elaine MacNeil, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7183

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Joseph's CWLVolunteer of the Year, Eleanor Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7184

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Black River United Church Woman Volunteer of the Year, Elva Yorke, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7185

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Louisdale Community Services Volunteer of the Year, Felix Samson, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7186

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Island View Health Services Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year, Florence Proctor, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7187

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Janvrin's Island Community Centre Volunteer of the Year, Gail Gallant, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7188

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Janvrin's Fest Volunteer of the Year, Gina Cloud, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7189

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Acadiaville Community Centre Society Volunteer of the Year, Glenda Stone, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7190

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank West Arichat & District Volunteer of the Year, Gloria Hill, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7191

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank North Side Community Improvement Volunteer of the Year, Gordon Rowe, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7192

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank L'Ardoise Men's Club Volunteer of the Year, Greg Sampson, for his hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7193

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Peter's and Area Fire Department Volunteer of the Year, Gregory LeBlanc, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7194

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Royal Canadian Legion Branch 150 Volunteer of the Year, Harold Martell, for his hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7195

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dog Program Volunteer of the Year, Helen Samson, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7196

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Isle Madame Tourism and Trade Association Volunteer of the Year, Janine Lacroix, for her hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

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Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux et au personnel lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent, il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année de l'Association Touristique et Commercial de l'Isle Madame, Janine Lacroix, pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7197

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Fleur de Lis Seniors Club Volunteer of the Year, Jean Meagher, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7198

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond County Home Support Services Volunteer of the Year, Jeanette Arsenault, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7199

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Strait Richmond Hospital Seniors Advisory Volunteer of the Year, Jeanette George, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7200

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Anne's Community and Nursing Care Centre Volunteer of the Year, Jeanette Jeffrey, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7201

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Framboise Community Association Volunteer of the Year, Jeanette Strachan, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7202

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Lakeside 4-H Club Volunteer of the Year, Jenny Burke, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7203

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Fourchu United Church Volunteer of the Year, Jimmy MacQueen, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7204

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Isle Madame Historical Society Volunteer of the Year, Joan Clannon, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7205

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank River Bourgeois 50+ Club Volunteer of the Year, Joe Sampson, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7206

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond Minor Hockey Volunteer of the Year, John Marchand, for his hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7207

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue Association Volunteer of the Year, Joseph Peter Clorey, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7208

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Francis De Sales Parish Council Volunteer of the Year, Joseph Scanlon, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7209

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank 1st St. Peter's Brownie Unit Volunteer of the Year, Kathleen Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7210

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff, at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Grand River Seniors Club Volunteer of the Year, Ken F. Cameron, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7211

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Bonnie Brae Seniors Club Volunteer of the Year, Ken Leachman, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7212

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Immaculate Conception, Parish Council, West Arichat Volunteer of the Year, Lauren Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7213

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank C.A.U.S.E. Community Achievers United to Serve Everyone Volunteer of the Year, LeeAnne Marchand, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7214

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Isle Madame Volunteer Fire Department Volunteer of the Year, Leon LeBlanc, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7215

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Holy Guardian Angel Parish Council, L'Ardoise Volunteer of the Year, Leona Middleton, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7216

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Royal Canadian Legion Branch 47, Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year, Lillian Peeples, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7217

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. John the Baptist CWL Volunteer of the Year, Linda Burke, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7218

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Le Site P@C de La Picasse Volunteer of the Year, Loralie Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux, et au personnel lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année du Site P@C de La Picasse, Loralie Boudreau, pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7219

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Bras D'Or Lakers Senior's Club Volunteer of the Year, Lorna MacKenzie, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7220

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society Volunteer of the Year, Lorraine Mombourquette, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7221

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Conseil Pastoral St. Joseph, Petit de Grat Volunteer of the Year, Marcel Boudreau, for his hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

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Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux, et au personnel lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année du Conseil Pastoral St. Joseph, Petit de Grat, Marcel Boudreau, pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7222

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank L'Ardoise & District Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year, Marie Kemp, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7223

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank École Beau-Port Volunteer of the Year, Mark Samson, for his hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux, et au personnel lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année de l'École Beau-Port, Mark Samson, pour son travail et son dévouement., pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7224

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank West Richmond Education Centre Volunteer of the Year, Mary Covin, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7225

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Isle Madame Small Options Home Volunteer of the Year, Mitch David, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7226

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Royal Canadian Legion Branch 47 Volunteer of the Year, Norma MacNeil, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7227

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By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank North Isle Madame Seniors Club Volunteer of the Year, Patty Landry, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7228

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank River Bourgeois Technology & Training Society Volunteer of the Year, Paula Lafantaisie, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7229

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Janvrin's Island Sport & Recreation Volunteer of the Year, Pauline David, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7230

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Riverdale Community Club 55+ Volunteer of the Year, Peter Richard, for his hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7231

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank La Cooperative Radio Richmond Ltée Volunteer of the Year, Philippe Gagnon, for his hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux, et au personnel lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévoles de l'année de La Coopérative Radio Richmond Ltée, Philippe Gagnon, pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7232

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Royal Canadian Legion Branch #110 Volunteer of the Year, Raymond Gracie, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7233

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Peter's/Sampsonville & Area Water Utility Volunteer of the Year, Richard Landry, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7234

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Riverdale Community Services Society Volunteer of the Year, Rodger Fancey, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7235

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Royal Canadian Sea Cadets 235 Arrow Volunteer of the Year, Rodney Leon LeBlanc, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7236

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Anne's & Nursing Centre Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year, Rose Marie Goyetche, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7237

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Peter's Community Club Volunteer of the Year, Sheldon Groom, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7238

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Royal Canadian Legion Branch #150 Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year, Rose Samson, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7239

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Stirling/Framboise/Fourchu Seniors Volunteer of the Year, Ruby Burton, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7240

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Point Tupper Heritage Association Volunteer of the Year, Russell MacNeil, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7241

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank L'Ardoise Seniors Jolly ClubVolunteer of the Year, S. Patricia MacDonald, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7242

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Louisdale Girl Guides Volunteer of the Year, Sara Marchand, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7243

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Louisdale and District Volunteer Fire Department Volunteer of the Year, Scott Frost, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7244

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By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank L'Ardoise Acadian Festival Volunteer of the Year, Scott Mombourquette, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7245

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Felix Marchand Education Centre Volunteer of the Year, Sharlene Jeffrey, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7246

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Louis CWLVolunteer of the Year, Sharon Marchand, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7247

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Louisdale and District Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year, Shelley Anderson, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7248

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond Skating Club Volunteer of the Year, Shelley Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7249

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond County Early Childhood Education Association, St. Peter's Branch, Volunteer of the Year, Shelley Young, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7250

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Peter's Scottish Country Dance Group Volunteer of the Year, Shirley Landry, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7251

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Hyacinth Pastoral Council Volunteer of the Year, Sister Annette Landry, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7252

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Black River United Church Volunteer of the Year, Stewart MacDonald, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7253

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Oceanview Wildlife Museum Society Volunteer of the Year, Stuwart Carter, for his hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7254

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Richmond County Literacy Network Volunteer of the Year, Susan McGrath, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7255

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Peter's Village Commission Volunteer of the Year, Terrence Terrio, for his hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7256

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank L'Ardoise Friends of Palliative Care Volunteer of the Year, Thomas P. Bona, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7257

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Our Lady of Assumption Parish Council Volunteer of the Year, Valerie Boudreau, for her hard work and commitment.

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RESOLUTION NO. 7258

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Les Amis de La Picasse Volunteer of the Year, Vernon Samson, for his hard work and commitment.

À une date ultérieure, je demanderai l'adoption de la résolution suivante:

Attendu que les bénévoles sont vraiment au coeur de notre communauté; et

Attendu que les bénévoles donnent librement de leur temps pour aider les organismes à l'échelle de notre pays; et

Attendu que le vendredi 24 avril 2009, je me suis joint au préfet John Boudreau, aux conseillers municipaux, et au personnel lors d'un souper de reconnaissance des 120 bénévoles du comté de Richmond;

Par conséquent il est résolu que les membres de cette Assemblée remercient le bénévole de l'année de Les Amis de La Picasse, Vernon Samson, pour son travail et son dévouement.

RESOLUTION NO. 7259

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Johns' Anglican Church Volunteer of the Year, Victor George Shannon, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7260

By: Mr. Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009, I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Louis Parish Council Volunteer of the Year, Warren Sampson, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7261

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Red Islands Volunteer Fire Department Volunteer of the Year, Wayne Collet, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7262

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Knights of Columbus Council 14280 Volunteer of the Year, William Coleman, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7263

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

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Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank EnRoute Isle Madame Volunteer of the Year, Winnie Bungay, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7264

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Little Anse/Sampson's Cove Social Action Centre Volunteer of the Year, Alexander J. Samson, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7265

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

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Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank St. Francis De Sales CWL Volunteer of the Year, Alice MacCormack, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7266

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank L'Ardoise Ladies Social Club Volunteer of the Year, Alice Mombourquette, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7267

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

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Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Isle Madame New Horizon Seniors Club Volunteer of the Year, Allister Jollymore, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7268

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank EREC Home & School Association Volunteer of the Year, Amanda Mombourquette, for her hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7269

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank Development Isle Madame Association Volunteer of the Year, Amédée Samson, for his hard work and commitment.

RESOLUTION NO. 7270

By: Michel Samson (Richmond)

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

Whereas volunteers truly are the heart of our community; and

Whereas volunteers give freely of their time to help organizations throughout our county; and

Whereas on Friday, April 24, 2009 I joined Warden John Boudreau, municipal councillors, and staff at a supper to recognize the 120 volunteers from throughout Richmond County;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House thank East Richmond ATV Riders Society Volunteer of the Year, Ann L. Carter, for her hard work and commitment.