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DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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First Session

FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1485, NSAC: Class of 2004 - Congrats., Hon. C. d'Entremont 3343
Vote - Affirmative 3344
Res. 1486, Int'l. Youth Wk. - Youth: Contributions
- Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 3344
Vote - Affirmative 3345
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 72, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,
Hon. J. Baker 3345
No. 73, Justice Administration Amendment (2004) Act, Hon. M. Baker 3345
No. 74, Oil Refineries and L.N.G. Plants Municipal Taxation Act,
Hon. B. Barnet 3345
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1487, OH&S: Safety - Priority, Mr. C. Parker 3345
Vote - Affirmative 3346
Res. 1488, Aliant - Workers: Gov't. (N.S.) - Protect, Mr. R. MacKinnon 3346
Res. 1489, Mother's Day: MLA's Mothers - Best Wishes, Mr. B. Taylor 3347
Vote - Affirmative 3347
Res. 1490, Mother's Day: Mothers/Grandmothers - Best Wishes,
Mr. G. Gosse 3347
Vote - Affirmative 3348
Res. 1491, Agric. & Fish.: Aquaculture - Support, Mr. H. Theriault 3348
Res. 1492, Goodick, Armand: E. Hants Mun. Award - Congrats.,
Mr. J. MacDonell 3349
Vote - Affirmative 3350
Res. 1493, Dugas, Jeffrey: Bowling Medal - Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 3350
Vote - Affirmative 3350
Res. 1494, 4-H Prog.: Contribution - Recognize, Hon. C. d'Entremont 3351
Vote - Affirmative 3351
Res. 1495, Parker, Grace: Happy Mother's Day - Wish, Mr. C. Parker 3351
Vote - Affirmative 3352
Res. 1496, OH&S: Injury Prevention - Importance Emphasize,
Mr. G. Gosse 3352
Vote - Affirmative 3353
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON SUPPLY AT 9:19 A.M. 3353
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 1:19 P.M. 3353
PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 69, United Way of Halifax Region Act 3354
Mr. B. Taylor 3354
Ms. M. More 3354
Mr. R. MacKinnon 3354
Mr. B. Taylor 3355
Vote - Affirmative 3355
No. 71, Theatre Nova Scotia Insorporation Act 3355
Hon. R. Russell 3355
Mr. D. Wilson (Sackville-Cobequid) 3355
Mr. R. MacKinnon 3355
Hon. R. Russell 3356
Vote - Affirmative 3356
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Review of Events, Terms of Ref., Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 3356
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 1:26 P.M. 3357
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 1:28 P.M. 3357
CWH REPORTS 3357
PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING:
No. 17, Youth Secretariat Act 3358
PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING:
No. 68, International Interest in Mobile Aircraft Equipment Act 3358
Hon. R. Russell 3358
Mr. K. Deveaux 3359
Mr. R. MacKinnon 3360
Hon. R. Russell 3360
Vote - Affirmative 3360
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again Mon., May 10th at 2:00 p.m. 3361
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 1497, Sports: Kings-Edgehill - Hockey Title, Hon. R,. Russell 3362
Res. 1498, Three Mile Plains Elem. Sch.: Gr. 1 (Mrs. Pemberton) -
RRFB Award, Hon. R. Russell 3362
Res. 1499, Sports: Windsor's Birthplace of Hockey Tournament -
Best Wishes, Hon. R. Russell 3363
Res. 1500, Hantsport FD: Scott, Phillip/Exec./Firefighters - Commend,
Hon. R. Russell 3363
Res. 1501, Project Love: Parrsboro Elem. Sch. (Gr. 2) - Donations,
The Speaker 3364
Res. 1502, Sports: Oxford Lady Golden Bears - Championship,
The Speaker 3364
Res. 1503, Osler, Stephen: Merritt Award - Congrats., The Speaker 3365
Res. 1504, Sports: Oxford Reg. HS Students - NSSAF Ski Race,
The Speaker 3365
Res. 1505, Oxford: World Vision - Participation, The Speaker 3366
Res. 1506, Oxford Reg. Elem. - Helping Hands Prog., The Speaker 3366
Res. 1507, Sports: Oxford Lady Golden Bears - Basketball Medal,
The Speaker 3367
Res. 1508, Sports: Parrsboro Novice Hockey Team - Congrats.,
The Speaker 3367
Res. 1509, Parrsboro RCMP/Advocate Dist. Sch. -
Drug/Alcohol Awareness Prog., The Speaker 3368
Res. 1510, Parrsboro Reg. HS: Web Site - Gr. 8 & 9 - Congrats.,
The Speaker 3368
Res. 1511, Acadia Univ.: Hon. Deg. - Recipients Congrats.,
Mr. M. Parent 3369
Res. 1512, Power Accounting Serv. Ltd.: Contributions - Recognize,
Mr. W. Dooks 3369
Res. 1513, Rolling Stone Const. Carpentry: Contributions - Recognize,
Mr. W. Dooks 3370
Res. 1514, Shop the Shore: Contributions - Recognize, Mr. W. Dooks 3370
Res. 1515, Taylor Tim-Br Mart: Contributions - Recognize,
Mr. W. Dooks 3371
Res. 1516, Tradewinds Realty Inc. (Head of Jeddore): Contributions -
Recognize, Mr. W. Dooks 3371

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004

Fifty-ninth General Assembly

First Session

9:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. James DeWolfe, Ms. Joan Massey, Mr. Russell MacKinnon

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

RESOLUTION NO. 1485

HON. CHRISTOPHER D'ENTREMONT: 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 Nova Scotia Agricultural College has played a long-term role that has positively impacted Nova Scotia's agriculture and fishing industries for almost 100 years; and

Whereas to ensure the future sustainability of these industries it is important to continue to train students in these sectors; and

Whereas today we celebrate the goals that NSAC students have set for themselves, and the work it has taken to achieve them, as today marks NSAC's 99th convocation ceremony;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate NSAC's class of 2004 for their accomplishments and hard work, and wish them luck with all their future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Education.

RESOLUTION NO. 1486

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

Whereas International Youth Week is a celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May; and

Whereas Youth Week is a week of fun, interaction, and celebration intending to build a stronger connection between young people and their communities; and

Whereas this government supports Nova Scotia youth through organizations such as the Provincial Student Education Council, the Youth Advisory Council and the Centre for Community Youth Development;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate our youth for the contributions they are already making to their communities, and encourage all Nova Scotians to ensure our communities benefit from the full potential of our young people.

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. 72 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1993. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 73 - Entitled an Act Respecting the Administration of Justice. (Hon. Michael Baker)

Bill No. 74 -Entitled An Act Respecting Municipal Taxation of Oil Refineries and Liquified Natural Gas Plants. (Hon. Barry Barnet)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1487

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

Whereas Sunday, May 9th will mark the 12th Anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster in which 26 miners perished in Plymouth, Pictou County; and

Whereas while the pain and hurt felt by the survivors is less immediate, the protection of workers' health and safety is just as urgent today as it was on May 9, 1992; and

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Whereas approval of the Westray amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada was one of the last acts of the Chretien Administration;

Therefore be it resolved that this House affirm the urgent priority of ensuring occupational health and safety, on the anniversary of the tragic Westray Mine explosion which killed 26 miners as a consequence of deliberate decisions and human negligence.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1488

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

Whereas some 4,300 Aliant employees provide an invaluable service to the citizens of Atlantic Canada; and

Whereas these employees have been forced to strike over key issues, including pension benefits and job transfers out-of-province; and

Whereas we, as legislators, have an obligation to do everything we can to protect jobs in Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the provincial government use its influence with the corporate interests at Aliant to protect and enhance the overall well-being of Nova Scotian workers at Aliant.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

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Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 1489

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

Whereas Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 9th; and

Whereas we are forever indebted to our mothers, creation's most unique and precious pearl; and

Whereas every mother is a very special, loving and kind person;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature's MLAs extend congratulations and best wishes to our mothers as we celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 1490

MR. GORDON GOSSE: 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 on Sunday, May 9th, Mother's Day will be celebrated across this fine nation of ours; and

Whereas the carnation, being the official Mother's Day flower, a pink one being worn for living mothers and a white one for those deceased; and

Whereas mothers are always there for us, through thick and thin, through good times and bad times;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislative Assembly wish all mothers and grandmothers a Happy Mother's Day; we thank them for their love and friendship, and most of all for just being a wonderful mother.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 1491

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 the early 1970s, Nova Scotia was the leader in the development of marine aquaculture in North America; and

Whereas since this time aquaculture has become a significant contributor to Nova Scotia's economy, with an export value that has reached as high as $50 million in 2001; and

Whereas it has had a very slow growth in Nova Scotia as compared to many other provinces and countries around the world that have capitalized on the innovation and experience of our Nova Scotia aquaculture pioneers;

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Therefore be it resolved that this government take a more active role in supporting the aquaculture industry by giving a helping hand to grow an industry instead of letting it falter.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 1492

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

Whereas volunteerism is a platform by which anyone can get involved and make a difference; and

Whereas the East Hants Community Health Board is an important decision-making body providing advice to the district health authority; and

Whereas on Volunteer Awards Night on April 21, 2004, Mr. Armand Goodick was honoured by the Municipality of East Hants for his work with the East Hants Community Health Board;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate Mr. Armand Goodick for his generous giving of his talents and time to such an important and needed body.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Human Resources on an introduction.

HON. CAROLYN BOLIVAR-GETSON: Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce in the east gallery two students from Hebbville Academy and also my two children, Ryan and Kelsey Getson, if they would stand please. (Applause)

[9:15 a.m.]

MR. SPEAKER: I certainly welcome our two special guests to the gallery today and we hope they enjoy seeing their Mom in action just before Mother's Day.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 1493

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

Whereas Geoffrey Dugas won the silver medal at the national 5-pin YBC Championship on May 3, 2004 in St. John's, Newfoundland; and

Whereas Geoffrey is a young bowler who excels in this sport; and

Whereas national sports competitions bring together the best bowlers in Canada;

Therefore be it resolved that this Assembly express congratulations and best wishes to Geoffrey Dugas for winning the silver medal at the national 5-pin YBC Championship 2004.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

RESOLUTION NO. 1494

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

Whereas the 4-H program was established more than 80 years ago to give Nova Scotia's youth the opportunity to develop teamwork and other essential skills that they will use to become responsible members of society; and

Whereas the 4-H program is the largest youth organization in the world with clubs in over 80 countries and 7 million 4-H members worldwide; and

Whereas this weekend 4-H members from across Nova Scotia will compete in provincial speaking and demonstration competitions at the annual 4-H weekend at the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in Truro;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize the valuable contributions the 4-H program makes to Nova Scotia youth and wish participants in this year's 4-H weekend much success.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 1495

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

Whereas this Sunday, May 9, 2004 is Mother's Day; and

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Whereas my mom, Grace Parker, of Central West River, Pictou County is the proud mother of eight sons; and

Whereas she is one of the best door-to-door canvassers found anywhere;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature wish Grace Parker a very happy Mother's Day 2004 and many more in the future.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

RESOLUTION NO. 1496

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

Whereas May 2, 2004 to May 8, 2004 is North America Occupational Safety and Health Week; and

Whereas this special week was launched in June 1997 as a result of NAFTA talks between the Mexican, American and Canadian Governments; and

Whereas the theme for this year's week is, "Build A Safe Beginning";

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislative Assembly continue their efforts in emphasizing the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, while reinforcing the need for ongoing training and increased awareness of health and safety issues.

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.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

GOVERNMENT MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is carried.

[9:19 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Supply with Acting Deputy Speaker Mr. William Dooks in the Chair]

[1:19 p.m. CWH on Supply rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Murray Scott, resumed the Chair.]

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

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order of business, Private and Local Bills for Second Reading.

PRIVATE AND LOCAL BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 69.

Bill No. 69 - United Way of Halifax Region Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

MR. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I move Bill No. 69, the United Way of Halifax Region Act for second reading.

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

MS. MARILYN MORE: Mr. Speaker, I just want to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of the United Way of Metro Halifax to this community, specifically, but also their leadership role to the voluntary sector both here in the province and across Canada. I want to congratulate the board, the staff, the volunteers and the member organizations at this significant time in their development, and I'm pleased to say they are resident, their offices are located within Dartmouth South-Portland Valley, and we're very pleased to have them there. Thank you.

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

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I, too, would like to speak in favour of this particular piece of legislation. It is a good-news piece of legislation by a very prominent member of the Progressive Conservative caucus. The issue of the United Way, obviously is one that plays a very significant role on the Island of Cape Breton. I know just this year they have embarked on another very ambitious campaign for fundraising, an umbrella group speaking to, I believe, 23 or 24 different charitable organizations throughout Cape Breton Island. They have helped many individuals and families who have come to require support from the United Way. It is a very worthy organization and as has been noted, not only within our region but provincially, nationally and, indeed, internationally. On behalf of our caucus, we will certainly be supporting that piece of legislation, in the spirit of the usual co-operative mode that minority government operates.

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MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley it will be to close the debate.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

MR. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, I want to thank honourable members opposite, especially the honourable members for Dartmouth South and Cape Breton West. I know the United Way is a fine organization, and all members in the House feel that way. We just appreciate the support. I would move this bill for second reading.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 69. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Private and Local Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 71.

Bill No. 71 - Theatre Nova Scotia Incorporation Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the member for Chester-St. Margaret's, I'm happy to move second reading of Bill No. 71.

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

MR. DAVID WILSON (Sackville-Cobequid): Mr. Speaker, just a brief comment on it. I just want to encourage the government to continue their support and ensure that support is given to our theatres throughout our province, especially now, leading into this Summer and tourism season. Many festivals and activities will happen throughout the Summer. I encourage them to continue their support and the means to continue these festivals on to next year and for future years.

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

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I would certainly like to speak in favour of this, but also to remind the government, on the very principle of what this bill speaks to and that is the support for live theatre throughout Nova Scotia and how it promotes our history, our culture and many of the historical features that Nova Scotia is noted for. But

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it's very unfortunate that when it came to the Eastern Front Live Theatre in Dartmouth, what did they do, they cut funding. (Interruptions) I just wanted to put that on the record. I support the principle of the bill, we'll support it going to second reading. With that, on behalf of our caucus, and again in the spirit of co-operation in a minority government, we will support this initiative.

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

The honourable Deputy Premier.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move second reading of Bill No. 71.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 71. Is the House ready for the question? Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee on Private and Local Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, so everybody doesn't get lost along the way, we're going to revert back to Tabling Reports, Regulations and Other Papers, then we're going to into a Committee of the Whole House on Bills and go on to Bill No. 17.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

HON. ANGUS MACISAAC: Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the terms of reference of a review of events around the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in Nova Scotia in May 2004.

MR. SPEAKER: The document is tabled.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that you do now leave the Chair and the House resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

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MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[1:26 p.m. The House resolved into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. James DeWolfe in the Chair.]

[1:28 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Murray Scott, resumed the Chair.]

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

THE CLERK: That the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 71 - Theatre Nova Scotia Incorporation Act.

and the chairman has been instructed to recommend this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, without amendment.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

[Ordered that this bill be read for a third time on a future day.]

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, with the consent of the House, could we have unanimous agreement to move Bill No. 17 into third reading.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call the order business, Public Bills for Third Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR THIRD READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 17.

Bill No. 17 - Youth Secretariat Act.

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

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, I so move.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for third reading of Bill No. 17. Would all those in favour of the motion please say Aye. Contrary minded, Nay.

The motion is carried.

Ordered that this bill do pass. Ordered that the title be as read by the Clerk. Ordered that the bill be engrossed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, we have five minutes remaining, so I wonder if we could go back to Public Bills for Second Reading.

PUBLIC BILLS FOR SECOND READING

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I'm just looking through the order paper, and with the agreement of the House, I could call Bill No. 68, if anyone wishes to speak on that bill. (Interruptions)

Mr. Speaker, would you please call Bill No. 68.

Bill No. 68 - International Interest in Mobile Aircraft Equipment Act.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

[1:30 p.m.]

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice, I move second reading of Bill No. 68.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

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MR. KEVIN DEVEAUX: Mr. Speaker, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to talk about Bill No. 68. If anyone has actually noticed, and someone was making this juxtaposition to me the other day, Bill No. 68, under a minority government, is an Act to Allow International Interests in Mobile Aircraft Equipment. Bill No. 68, when the Tories were a majority, was quite a different bill. (Interruptions)

I find it interesting, and I think in the spirit of the last 15 minutes, to just make that point, that in this minority government, the type of legislation we're seeing coming forward by the government, by the Opposition Parties - just recognizing Bill No. 68 then, Bill No. 68 now, we begin to see the difference. What a difference it can make when we know that we have a government that's, for lack of a better term, having its feet held to the fire through a minority government. We see legislation that is one that's ensuring we're going to have solid legislation, one that involves consultation, one that involves discussions with stakeholders, in most cases. In the spirit of a Friday afternoon, I will leave workers' compensation to another day.

But for today, I can say that I just think it's interesting that Bill No. 68 under a minority government is a very different piece of legislation than Bill No. 68 was in 2002, when we had to deal with the nurses' strike and we had to deal with lab technologists and health care workers, and what they were dealing with, and sitting in this House. I'm sure the members across remember having to hold quorum at 2:00 o'clock in the morning and having to sit through those long hours, there might have been two people on this side and there had to be 15 on that side. I guess we all recall that.

I particularly remember, probably you, Mr. Speaker, and the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit-Valley, would particularly recall having to sit in that Chair hour after hour during Bill No. 68. I think it's interesting to see the difference that can be made when you have a minority government and all Parties are willing to recognize that when a mandate is provided for a minority government, it forces us to have to sit down and talk and to talk to other people as well. I think that that's what's important. I think those are the types of things that we're glad to see.

With regard to this particular piece of legislation, I believe this is related to a particular treaty, I think, or some form of agreement that has been made and we're just ratifying it here in this province. Anything that will allow for our aeronautic industry, as budding as it is, I think it's a good opportunity for us to ensure that we actually are able to be part of international agreements on this, or able to bring forward and allow for the movement of parts and aircraft. Whether it's a budding industry or whether it's industries that are already here like Pratt & Whitney and others at the airport, it's a good opportunity to allow that.

Having an airport in my riding at Shearwater, there is a lot of debate right now about what will be happening with that, whether it is in the repair of aircraft, whether it's in the

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dealing of aircraft for purposes of private use. A lot of people talk about the potential of Shearwater as a second airbase that could be used for very specific means, for specific issues, whether it is some sort of aeronautic industry or whether it's just servicing private aircraft. Hopefully, this legislation is one component that will help ensure that that kind of thing can go forward and won't be stalled.

Mr. Speaker, I'm glad I had the chance to speak on this and our caucus will be supporting it in second reading.

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

MR. RUSSELL MACKINNON: Mr. Speaker, very quickly because we don't have a tremendous amount of detail at this point, we will support it going on to the Law Amendments Committee, to allow our critic the appropriate time - either at the Law Amendments Committee or the Committee of the House on Bills - to deal with any proposed amendments or issues.

With that, we will certainly support this bill going to the Law Amendments Committee.

MR. SPEAKER: If I recognize the Deputy Premier it will be to close debate of Bill No. 68.

The honourable Deputy Premier.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, in three words, this is an ICAO bill, the International Convention of Aviation Organizations and it is a bill under the Uniform Law Act. I would move second reading of Bill No. 68

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for second reading of Bill No. 68.

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

The motion is carried.

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

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move the House do now rise to meet again on Monday at the hour of 2:00 p.m. The House will sit from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and the order of business following four hours of Supply will be Public Bills for Second Reading.

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I move that the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is that the House adjourn until 2:00 p.m. Monday.

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 House is adjourned until 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

[The House rose at 1:35 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 1497

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas Head Coach Chris Strickey and his Kings-Edgehill High School Division I hockey team, won the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation Championship this spring in dramatic fashion; and

Whereas Kings went up against a very tough Auburn Drive High School hockey team that won 56 of 60 games which they played this season; and

Whereas Kings scored with 11 seconds left in regulation time and again 2.24 into sudden-death overtime before 1,100 screaming fans at Hants Exhibition Arena to win the 2003-04 NSSAF title;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House applaud Coach Strickey, Captain Ryan Reynolds and teammates on their win, and to the organizers of the provincial championship tournament hosted in Windsor for the first time in a number of years.

RESOLUTION NO. 1498

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas students at Three Mile Plains Elementary School celebrated Earth Day in significant fashion on April 22nd; and

Whereas Earth Day was an extra special one for Mrs. Pemberton's Grade 1 class, which was named first-place winner of the Nova Scotia Recycling Contest for Region 6; and

Whereas the Grade 1 class was presented with $500 in cash along with t-shirts and a pizza party for their hard work, while also being entertained by Moby S. Loop, the RRFB's recycling robot;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs recognize the great work put forth by the Grade 1 class of Mrs. Pemberton and wish them every good fortune now and into the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1499

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas Windsor's annual Birthplace of Hockey Tournament held every March break in Windsor, Brooklyn and Kentville attracts a large contingent of teams; and

Whereas the tournament has grown in leaps and bounds and attracts hundreds, if not thousands of people to the Windsor-West Hants area annually; and

Whereas the teams consist of players from the novice through to the midget divisions;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly recognize the popularity of this hockey event and wish organizers continued success now and in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1500

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas firefighters are the lifeblood of rural Nova Scotia communities, who are called out at any given time of the day or night; and

Whereas the Hantsport Fire Department answers a number of local alarms annually while always being ready to assist fellow fire departments with mutual aid assistance, and in recent months added to their complement of apparatus by purchasing a new tanker, enabling the department to better combat blazes in areas without hydrants; and

Whereas a community without the devotion of volunteer firefighters would be a community living on the edge, not knowing who they could call at a time of peril or distress;

Therefore be it resolved that all MLAs compliment Hantsport Fire Chief Phillip Scott, the executive and firefighters from the Hantsport Fire Department for their passion and zeal in responding to alarms when required.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1501

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Grade 2 class at the Parrsboro Regional Elementary School sent school supply kits and their Valentine wishes to fellow students in Mozambique in February 2004; and

Whereas Project Love is an activity sponsored by CODE (an international education and literacy organization) which sends school supplies and books to developing countries; and

Whereas Ms. Kernohan's Grade 2 students each contributed $2.50, which bought the 23 supply kits as well as a donation of $17.25;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Grade 2 class of Parrsboro Elementary School on this wonderful project and commend them on such a worthwhile cause.

RESOLUTION NO. 1502

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Oxford Lady Golden Bears captured the title of Girls Division IV Northumberland Regional Champions; and

Whereas Katie Wortman led the Golden Bears' charge and led the team with 19 points, Toni Read and Michelle Miers each added 10 points, while Megan Rector, Megan Wood and Erin Reade all contributed two points; and

Whereas the Golden Bears' head coach, Doug Hart, said his team showed how much they wanted the win by how hard they played throughout the whole game, and are now working hard to prepare for the provincials;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Golden Bears on winning the championship and wish them all the best of luck in the provincials.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1503

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Stephen Osler was honoured and recognized with an award for best set designer at the fifth annual Merritt Awards for the sombre tale of Jacob's Wake; and

Whereas Stephen's award was one of five won by the Ship's Company Theatre for said production; and

Whereas Stephen's award was one of the Merritt Awards which celebrates excellence in Nova Scotia theatre;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stephen Osler on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in all of his future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1504

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Oxford Regional High School girls and boys teams skied to gold on February 4, 2004 in the NSSAF Northumberland Regional Ski Race at Ski Wentworth; and

Whereas the racers braved the weather and did extremely well; and

Whereas individual Oxford students who placed in this event were: in the girls' division, Megan Rector, placing fifth; Tessa McWaters, sixth; Courtney Swan, eighth; Anna Reitmaier, ninth; and in the boys division, Jason Rushton placing second; Cheney McWaters, fourth; and Kyle Palmer finishing fifth;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate these Oxford students on this outstanding job and wish them all the best in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1505

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Oxford area youth took time out of their busy lives last week to raise money for World Vision's overseas poverty and hunger projects; and

Whereas the youth went without food for 30 hours, giving them a better understanding of what it must be like for thousands of children worldwide to be hungry; and

Whereas this year, Canadian youth plan to raise over $4.7 million to support programs targeted at fighting disease, helping children get education, helping break the cycle of violence, building peace and many other important projects;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford area youth for taking part in such a worthwhile cause and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

RESOLUTION NO. 1506

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Oxford Regional Elementary School has started a unique program called Helping Hands, for students who help out around the school or help fellow students or staff; and

Whereas the names of "Helping Hands" are put into a box and every two weeks one is drawn to receive a prize; and

Whereas the Helping Hands program was started by Wendy Chapman, who is now the program coordinator, and Kevin Palmer, Principal of Oxford Regional Elementary School;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the students and staff of Oxford Regional Elementary School for participating in such a worthy program that teaches the importance of helping others.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1507

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Oxford Lady Golden Bears basketball team came home with a bronze medal from the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship; and

Whereas after a convincing opening round, the Golden Bears were dealt a huge blow in the opening game when their leading scorer, Kate Wortman, went down with a twisted ankle; and

Whereas the Oxford Lady Golden Bears, including Michelle Miers, Megan Wood, Erin Read, Megan Rector, Toni Read, Heather MacDonald and Holly Oderkirk all pulled together and played the rest of the tournament down one player and still managed to go home with the bronze medal;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Oxford Lady Golden Bears on earning the bronze medal in the basketball provincials and wish them continued success in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 1508

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Parrsboro Novice hockey team went undefeated at last weekend's house league tournament in Oxford; and

Whereas the Parrsboro team defeated Ford Equipment, Carline and Amherst Margolian's teams; and

Whereas the Parrsboro Novice team worked together and ended the tournament as the champions;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Parrsboro Novice team and wish them continued success in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1509

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas the Parrsboro RCMP and the Advocate District School have teamed up to provide students with a drug and alcohol awareness program; and

Whereas Jennifer Clarke, resident policing officer in Advocate, is teaching students the importance of making smart decisions about drugs, in a program funded by the Municipality of the County of Cumberland; and

Whereas the Parrsboro RCMP and the Advocate District School are providing this very important program that gives many positive reinforcements for students to make proper choices about drugs and alcohol;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Parrsboro RCMP and the Advocate District School on providing this awareness program to the students and for showing such care and dedication to youth.

RESOLUTION NO. 1510

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas Grades 8 and 9 students at Parrsboro Regional High School are creating a Web site for their school; and

Whereas the idea behind the creation of the Web site is to help students and teachers learn and use new software by integrating it with the school curriculum; and

Whereas upon completion of the Web site, if the requirements set out in the proposal are met, the school will receive grassroots funding;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the Grades 8 and 9 students and their instructors on participating in the creation of a Web site for their school, and wish them all the luck in the future.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1511

By: Mr. Mark Parent (Kings North)

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

Whereas this weekend Acadia University will recognize three outstanding Nova Scotians with honorary doctorates; and

Whereas Rev. Andrew MacRae will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity for his dedication to teaching and passion for evangelism; and

Whereas Nova Scotia's former top RCMP officer and current Ombudsman, Dwight Bishop, and award-winning children's author Sheree Fitch will also receive honorary degrees;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in congratulating Rev. Andrew MacRae, Dwight Bishop and Sheree Fitch on their recognition from Acadia University and thank them for the many contributions they have made to Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 1512

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Power Accounting Services Ltd. in Musquodoboit Harbour is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Power Accounting Services Ltd. in Musquodoboit Harbour for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1513

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Rolling Stone Construction Carpentry in Musquodoboit Harbour is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Rolling Stone Construction Carpentry in Musquodoboit Harbour for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1514

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Shop the Shore in Musquodoboit Harbour is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Shop the Shore in Musquodoboit Harbour for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1515

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Taylor Tim-Br Mart in Musquodoboit Harbour is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Taylor Tim-Br Mart in Musquodoboit Harbour for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.

RESOLUTION NO. 1516

By: Mr. William Dooks (Eastern Shore)

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

Whereas small businesses account for more than 70 per cent of jobs in this province; and

Whereas small businesses are the lifeblood of our rural communities and play a significant role in growing the economy here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Tradewinds Realty Inc. in Head of Jeddore is one such company that is making a positive contribution to the economy on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing Tradewinds Realty Inc. in Head of Jeddore for all the contributions it makes to Nova Scotia, particularly the Eastern Shore.