The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Hansard -- Mon., Nov. 20, 2000

First Session

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2000

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3395, Educ. - N.S. Commun. Colleges: Mandate -
Fulfilment Recognize, (by Hon. J. Muir), Hon. J. Purves 8975
Vote - Affirmative 8976
Res. 3396, Commun. Serv. - National Child Day (20/11/00):
Importance - Recognize, Hon. P. Christie 8976
Vote - Affirmative 8977
Res. 3397, Educ. - East. Consolidated Sch. (Moser River):
Poverty Reduction Prog. - Model Recognize,
(by Hon. J. Muir), Hon. J. Purves 8977
Vote - Affirmative 8978
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 81, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Mr. R. MacKinnon 8978
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 3398, Kings South MLA: Actions - Apologize, Mr. R. MacKinnon 8978
Res. 3399, EMO - Emergency Services 911: Tax - Income Amount,
Mr. John MacDonell 8978
Res. 3400, Sports - Cobequid Educ. Ctr. Cougars: NSSAF Division I
Championship - Congrats., Hon. J. Muir 8979
Vote - Affirmative 8980
Res. 3401, EMO - Emergency Services 911: Tax - Acknowledge,
Mr. K. MacAskill 8980
Res. 3402, Little, Kevin - Liberal Majority: Comments - Recognize,
Mr. J. Holm 8980
Res. 3043, Nelson, Bruce: AUFC Rookie of the Year - Congrats.,
Mr. W. Langille 8981
Vote - Affirmative 8982
Res. 3404, PC Party (Cdn./N.S.): Disarray - Recognize,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 8982
Res. 3405, Educ. - Portland Estates Elem. Sch.: Mock Election -
Organizers Congrats., Mr. K. Deveaux 8983
Vote - Affirmative 8983
Res. 3406, Young Neptune Theatre Co. - Bowater Mersey:
Performances (S Queens Area) - Efforts Commend, Mr. K. Morash 8983
Vote - Affirmative 8984
Res. 3407, Commun. Serv. - Child Care: Workers - Respect, Dr. J. Smith 8984
Res. 3408, Commun. Serv. - Premier/Min.: Cuts - Explain, Mr. D. Dexter 8985
Res. 3409, Sports - Saint Mary's Huskies: Appreciation - Extend,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 8986
Vote - Affirmative 8986
Res. 3410, Gov't. (N.S.) - Premier: Leadership - Lack, Mr. D. Downe 8986
Res. 3411, Boudreau, Bernard - Campaign: Literature - Explain,
Mr. Robert Chisholm 8987
Res. 3412, Lebanese Commun. (N.S.) - Independence: Celebration -
Congrats., Mr. W. Gaudet 8988
Vote - Affirmative 8988
Res. 3413, Nicholson, Amanda Elizabeth - Death of: Family -
Sympathy Express, Mr. W. Estabrooks 8989
Vote - Affirmative 8989
Res. 3414, Francis, Mr. Blair - Eskasoni Reserve: Chief -
Election Congrats., Mr. B. Boudreau 8989
Vote - Affirmative 8990
Res. 3415, Liberal Party - Candidate Attraction: Inability -
Sympathies Express, Mr. H. Epstein 8990
Res. 3416, Commun. Serv. - Sisters of Charity: Cuts -
Reaction Commend, Mr. P. MacEwan 8991
Res. 3417, Commun. Serv. - Nat. Children's Agenda: Funding -
Premier Inform, Mr. J. Pye 8991
Res. 3418, Sydney Acad. - Public Speaking League: Championships -
Partnerships Recognize, Mr. Manning MacDonald 8992
Vote - Affirmative 8993
Res. 3419, Gov't. (N.S.) - Children: Importance - Recognize,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 8993
Res. 3420, Educ.: College Week 2000 (20-24/11/00) - Recognize,
Mr. W. Gaudet 8994
Vote - Affirmative 8994
Res. 3421, Commun. Serv. - Child Care: Workers - Contributions
Recognize, Mr. K. Deveaux 8994
Vote - Affirmative 8995
Res. 3422, Health - Concerns: Pictou Residents - Efforts Congrats.,
Dr. J. Smith 8995
Res. 3423, Elmsdale - Field of Hope: Participants - Congrats.,
Mr. John MacDonell 8996
Vote - Affirmative 8996
Res. 3424, Culture - Gaelic College: Funding - Restore,
Mr. K. MacAskill 8997
Res. 3425, Educ. - Sir John A. Macdonald HS: Principal
(Martha Norris) - Approach Congrats., Mr. W. Estabrooks 8997
Res. 3426, Gov't. (N.S.) - Economy: 21st Century - Plan Formulate,
Mr. B. Boudreau 8998
Res. 3427, Gov't. (N.S.): Blue Book - Rename, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 8999
Res. 3428, Boudreau, Bernard: Constituency - Identify, Mr. D. Dexter 8999
Res. 3429, Francis, Mr. Blair - Eskasoni Band: Chief -
Election Congrats., Mr. Robert Chisholm 9000
Vote - Affirmative 9001
Res. 3430, Liberal Party - Leader: Election - Outcome, Mr. H. Epstein 9001
Res. 3431, Commun. Serv. - Child Poverty (17/08/99 on): Deficit -
Recognize, (by Mr. J. Pye) Mr. F. Corbett 9001
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 4:44 P.M. 9002
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 9:52 9002
CWH REPORTS 9003
PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. R. Russell 9003
Law Amendments Committee, Hon. R. Russell 9003
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Tue., Nov. 21st at 12:00 p.m. 9004
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 3432, Stevens, Mora - Gov't. (N.S.): Efforts - Thank,
Mr. M. Parent 9005
Res. 3433, Alderson, John - CSC: Kosovo - Participants Congrats.,
The Speaker 9005
Res. 3434, Patriquin, Barry - Paralympic Games (Sydney): Showing -
Congrats., The Speaker 9006

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HALIFAX, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2000

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

First Session

4:00 P.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

Mr. Brooke Taylor, Mr. Kevin Deveaux, Mr. David Wilson

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTIONS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 3395

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

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Whereas the week of November 20th has been proclaimed as College Week in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Community College, Collège de l'Acadie and Nova Scotia's private career colleges are producing highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals ready for the labour market; and

Whereas access to relevant, accessible and affordable post-secondary education is necessary to meet the training needs of students and employers in the knowledge economy;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature recognize that Nova Scotia's community colleges are fulfilling their mandates to meet the diverse needs of the community, businesses and industry.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Community Services.

RESOLUTION NO. 3396

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

Whereas children are important and valued members of society; and

Whereas children need love and respect to grow to their full potential; and

Whereas all Nova Scotians are reminded that children thrive in an atmosphere of love, care and understanding;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in recognizing the importance of National Child Day on November 20th.

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Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 3397

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

Whereas Eastern Consolidated Elementary School in Moser River is part of a national campaign to reduce family poverty; and

Whereas Eastern Consolidated Elementary School is 1 of only 10 schools across the country involved in a pilot project sponsored by the Canadian School Boards Association; and

Whereas this two room school with 40 students is receiving a $6,000 grant this year to develop literacy programs for children and adults;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature recognize that Eastern Consolidated will become a model for other schools wanting to offer programs for children and their families.

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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 81 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 7 of the Acts of 1996. The Occupational Health and Safety Act. (Mr. Russell MacKinnon)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 3398

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

Whereas in a recent Annapolis Valley radio interview, the woman who spoke with the member for Kings South recounted on how she was told by that member to shut up; and

Whereas it is certainly unbecoming of a member of the Legislature to tell his or her constituents to shut up; and

Whereas the member for Kings South obviously has a problem with receiving criticism, so amply demonstrated when he believed he had to tell someone to shut up;

Therefore be it resolved that the member for Kings South should immediately apologize for his acts, attend an anger management session and most of all, he must think twice, pause and count to 10 before telling anyone else to shut up.

[4:15 p.m.]

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader in the House of the New Democratic Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3399

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 in the spring sitting of this Legislature the Minister of Health indicated there was no plan to tax 911 services; and

Whereas the Minister of Health has now changed his mind in proposing a tax on all phones, Internet lines and cell phones, all which will amount to a large revenue generator; and

Whereas the Minister of Health would have us all believe that this tax will only generate enough revenue to cover 911 services;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health come clean with Nova Scotians and tell the truth, that this tax will generate more than $2.5 million for his government.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Health.

RESOLUTION NO. 3400

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

Whereas the Cobequid Educational Centre Cougars won the 2000 Nova Scotia Athletic Federation Division 1 Football Championship on November 19th; and

Whereas this was the second straight football championship for the Cougars, their fourth in the past five years and the twelfth in the school's 31 year history; and

Whereas the Cobequid Educational Centre, in addition to having an excellent academic program, places a high priority on having an outstanding extra-curricular program;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the CEC Football Cougars on winning the 2000 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 championship and recognize CEC for the excellent quality of both its academic and extra-curricular programs.

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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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria.

RESOLUTION NO. 3401

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

Whereas any new charge for government services, that is not strictly a cost-recovery fee, is called a tax; and

Whereas despite a blue book promise to reduce taxes, this Tory Government has imposed a tax on 911 services; and

Whereas this new tax will gouge Nova Scotians by over $3 million a year, which is far in excess of the $745,000 the Tories predicted when they first introduced the idea last fall;

Therefore be it resolved that this government should be ashamed for trying to pass off this 911 cash grab as anything but a tax.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for 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 Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 3402

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

Whereas one Nova Scotia voter has written, "I closed my eyes and prayed that this time, the Liberals meant everything they said,"; and

Whereas that voter described Liberal majority governments by saying, "they campaigned as a centre-left alternative, but govern as a centre-right governing party"; and

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Whereas prayers and Liberal votes have proven equally ineffective to curb that Liberal arrogance and to end Liberal betrayals;

Therefore be it resolved that Nova Scotians hit with the hard sell by Liberals who are afraid they may have to listen to Nova Scotians should remember Kevin Little and recognize that "a Liberal majority is good for Liberals but it's not good for you and your family".

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Colchester North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3403

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

Whereas Onslow, Colchester County native and Saint Mary's Huskie Bruce Nelson in his first year of university football was named the 2000 Conference Rookie of the Year at the Atlantic Universities Football Conference awards dinner late last week; and

Whereas Nelson remains in contention for the Peter Gorman Trophy, symbolizing Canada's most outstanding university rookie football player, an award which will be presented on November 30th in Toronto; and

Whereas Nelson recorded a number of impressive statistics this year, including 13 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 5 sacks and a fumble recovery;

Therefore be it resolved that Bruce Nelson be congratulated by all members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for his tremendous athletic prowess, for winning the AUFC Rookie of the Year and wish him the very best at the upcoming CIAU awards dinner in Toronto.

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 Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 3404

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

Whereas while the Hamm-handed cutbacks of the current government continue to hurt the electoral prospects of the federal Tories; and

Whereas in electoral desperation, provincial employee, present Sydney-Victoria Tory candidate and twice past provincial Tory candidate in Victoria and Cape Breton South, Anna Curtis-Steele is attacking the Hamm Government for its work-to-welfare proposals; and

Whereas with friends like Anna Curtis-Steel, the Premier would be well advised to plan for his retirement after being a one-term wonder;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize that the Progressive Conservative Party is in disarray both federally and provincially, and that John Hamm may not survive internal attacks long enough to make it to the next election.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3405

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

Whereas Portland Estates Elementary School has promoted democratic rights and citizenship participation through a mock election at the school; and

Whereas Grade 6 students have chosen to work on campaigns representing all federal Parties; and

Whereas this important educational opportunity would not happen without help from parents and teachers;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Kathy Sullivan and Carol Ann Belisle, the Grade 6 teachers organizing the election, and Juliene Summerfield of the school PTA on their efforts to promote citizenship in our schools.

Mr. Speaker, I 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.

The honourable member for Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 3406

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

Whereas elementary students in the South Queens area had the opportunity today to experience live theatre in their own backyard; and

Whereas over 750 children in Grades P to 6 from Mill Village, Gorham and Milton Centennial Schools joined students at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy today to enjoy the performances of the Young Neptune Theatre Company; and

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Whereas these performances were made possible due to the generous corporate sponsorship of Bowater Mersey Paper Company Ltd.;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House thank both Bowater for its generosity and commend the players of the Young Neptune Theatre Company who, through their combined efforts, have helped to open the eyes of our young people to the fascinating world of live theatre.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3407

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

Whereas today is Universal Children's Day, which has been designated by the United Nations to recognize the needs of children around the globe; and

Whereas the issue of child care has been practically ignored by this Tory Government in its plan to force social assistance recipients into the workforce; and

Whereas this issue is made more critical by the difficulty in attracting and retaining trained and dedicated child care professionals to work in day-care centres across Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this government make a commitment to treating child care workers with respect while recognizing their valuable contribution to the development of our most precious resource, our children.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 3408

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

Whereas in the latest poverty report card it is reported that the rate of poverty in Nova Scotia is up by 18.6 per cent; and

Whereas the total number of children living in poverty in Nova Scotia has risen from 36,000 to 40,000; and

Whereas almost 1 in 5 children, or 19.1 per cent of children in Nova Scotia now experience poverty compared with 1 in 6 in 1989, making Nova Scotia the fourth highest poverty rate;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier and the Minister of Community Services explain to this House, and to all Nova Scotians, how cutting rates to the poor will help these children born into poverty.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Preston.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3409

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

Whereas the 39th annual Atlantic Bowl was played this past weekend in the cool autumn air and sunny skies at Huskies Stadium in Halifax; and

Whereas the hometown Saint Mary's Huskies, ranked number one in Canada throughout most of the season, battled a spirited Regina Rams team, coming up just short of advancing to the Vanier Cup; and

Whereas Saint Mary's marched to this year's Atlantic Bowl after dominating the Atlantic Conference, compiling a perfect 8 and 0 record in the regular season, before defeating the Acadia Axemen in the conference final;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend their appreciation and congratulations to the players, coaches, trainers and all involved with the Saint Mary's Huskies football team for another exciting season of university football and wish the Regina Rams all the best at the Vanier Cup.

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 Lunenburg West.

RESOLUTION NO. 3410

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

Whereas to date the record of this Tory Government is one of broken promises, failed commitments, blunders, scandals and mismanagement; and

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Whereas the red tape task force is just the latest in a long line of reports, studies and commissions that cost plenty but say nothing; and

Whereas this Premier has tried to blame everyone else for his failures including school boards, health boards, the Civil Service, the federal government and the media;

Therefore be it resolved that this Premier and his Progressive Conservative Government have shown no leadership in this province and have driven Nova Scotia off course.

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 Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 3411

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

Whereas the person who is featured most prominently in Senator Bernie Boudreau's campaign literature is Finance Minister Paul Martin; and

Whereas Liberal candidate Kevin Little has written that the Liberals, "pledged to work at creating jobs . . . Instead, Paul Martin has done precisely the opposite"; and

Whereas, "it was all a complete farce" is how candidate Little describes the difference between Liberal promises and Liberal performance;

Therefore be it resolved that Senator Boudreau should tell Nova Scotians why his literature features a Liberal Finance Minister who did the precise opposite of what the Liberals promised.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3412

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

Whereas Lebanon gained its independence from the League of Nations on November 22, 1943; and

Whereas the Lebanese community has added much to the culture and heritage of Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Lebanese community in Nova Scotia is celebrating Lebanon's independence with a reception at the Diman Centre in Halifax on Sunday, November 19th;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend congratulations and best wishes to all Nova Scotians of Lebanese descent as they celebrate their homeland's independence.

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 Timberlea-Prospect.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3413

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

Whereas Amanda Elizabeth Nicholson was and will always be remembered as an exceptional young person in our community; and

Whereas Amanda passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2000; and

Whereas Amanda will be missed and remembered by all for her wonderful personality;

Therefore be it resolved that this House express its sympathy to the Nicholson family and Amanda's many friends while rejoicing in the accomplishments of this young woman's life.

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 The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3414

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

Whereas Mr. Blair Francis was elected Chief of the Eskasoni Mi'kmaq Reserve on Friday, November 17th; and

Whereas Chief Francis has been a leader in the Eskasoni business community; and

Whereas the people of the Eskasoni Reserve make up a valuable Nova Scotia community;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chief Francis on his election and wish him and the people of the Eskasoni Reserve all the best 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 Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 3415

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

Whereas in order to field candidates in Nova Scotia, the Liberal Party has been forced to draft retreads like Bernie Boudreau, Geoff Regan and Derek Wells, and fair-weather Liberals like Diane Brushett and Kevin Little who referred to his new Party as a complete farce; and

Whereas this is not a team that would say much more than yes, sir, if they returned to the backbenches;

Therefore be it resolved that this House express its sympathies to the Liberal Party for its clear inability to attract candidates who could be strong voices for Nova Scotia.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

[4:30 p.m.]

RESOLUTION NO. 3416

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

Whereas the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, have expressed their deep concern over the cutbacks which are part of the restructuring of the Nova Scotia Assistance Program; and

Whereas the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, finds plans to reduce benefits to persons with disabilities and single persons, mostly women with children, as totally unacceptable; and

Whereas the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, questions how the Nova Scotia Government can continue to cut social assistance benefits, which are among the lowest in Canada at 30 per cent below the poverty level;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commends the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, for displaying true leadership in addressing these concerns.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3417

MR. JERRY PYE: 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 provincial and federal governments have expressed a commitment to early childhood development by signing the Communique on Early Childhood Development, the first agreement related to the National Children's Agenda; and

Whereas the communique's objective is to promote early childhood development so that, to their fullest potential, children will be physically and emotionally healthy, safe and secure, ready to learn, and socially engaged and responsible; and

Whereas from the years 2001 to 2006, the federal government has committed $66 million;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier rise today in this House and inform the people of Nova Scotia how much his government will be committing to the National Children's Agenda here in Nova Scotia.

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 Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 3418

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

Whereas debaters from Sydney Academy participated at the International Independent Schools Public Speaking League Championships in Toronto; and

Whereas Rory Gillis, Emilie Pottle and Suzanne MacNeil participated in the various events with high levels of success; and

Whereas Rory Gillis and Emilie Pottle captured the Cross-examination Championship by defeating the Roxbury Latin School team from Boston;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Rory Gillis, Emilie Pottle and Suzanne MacNeil for their excellent showing at this year's championships and wish them much success in all future endeavours.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for 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 Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 3419

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

Whereas on November 20, 1993, the Government of Canada designated November 20th as National Child Day; and

Whereas the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of the Child took place on November 20, 1989; and

Whereas this is the 11th Anniversary of Parliament's promise to eliminate child poverty in Canada by the year 2000;

Therefore be it resolved that this government recognize the need to put people first and to invest in our children.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3420

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

Whereas November 20th to November 24th has been designated College Week 2000; and

Whereas College Week 2000 is an opportunity for everyone to experience the dramatic changes occurring within college education throughout Nova Scotia; and

Whereas all Nova Scotia community colleges play a vital role in today's education system through the preparation of qualified post-secondary graduates for Nova Scotia's workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize this week as College Week 2000 and take advantage of one of the many special events scheduled at campuses throughout the province.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for 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. 3421

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

Whereas November 13th to November 25th are the Days of Action for Child Care; and

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Whereas child care workers in this province are paid the same as a parking lot attendant for the job of nurturing, teaching and caring for our children; and

Whereas child care workers need affordable and accessible professional development opportunities, more resources and services to support child care practitioners and higher wages to reflect the importance of their job;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the hard work of child care workers in this province and the contributions they make to raising our children.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth East.

RESOLUTION NO. 3422

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

Whereas the Health Minister told this House that cuts to outpatient nurses at Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital would be studied over three months; and

Whereas this evidence-based plan has been thrown out the window since the MLA for Pictou West told the media the minister would comment on the matter today; and

Whereas this is another example of how the Health Minister makes policy decisions based on public pressure, not evidence;

Therefore be it resolved that the residents of Pictou be congratulated for making their health care concerns heard, and the Health Minister should be encouraged to make a positive statement today about the fate of Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital's outpatient department.

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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 Leader in the House of the New Democratic Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 3423

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

Whereas cancer is an intractable disease which afflicts all ages; and

Whereas cancer research is the only hope to beat this killer; and

Whereas the Canadian Cancer Society, led by Shirley McCloud and assisted by Father Arthur Guthro of St. Bridget's Church and Holy Cross Church, as well as brain cancer survivor Guy LeBlanc of Shubenacadie, and many others, planted daffodils in Elmsdale Park on October 28th to raise money for cancer research, awareness on the part of the general public and hope for sufferers of cancer;

Therefore be it resolved that this House of Assembly congratulate the participants and organizers of Elmsdale's Field of Hope.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Victoria.

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RESOLUTION NO. 3424

MR. KENNETH MACASKILL: [Gaelic spoken.] Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Gaelic language is the cornerstone of preserving the Gaelic culture in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas last week the Minister of Tourism and Culture said that the state of the Gaelic language and cultural expressions was critical; and

Whereas this is the same minister who cut $50,000 in funding from the Gaelic College this year and will probably cut another $50,000 next year;

Therefore be it resolved that this minister put his money where his mouth is and restore all funding to the Gaelic College before he begins his study of the state of the Gaelic language.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 3425

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

Whereas Sir John A. Macdonald High School Principal Martha Norris served as a speaker at the poverty and education conference held this weekend at Mount St. Vincent University; and

Whereas this respected educator addressed the topic of safe schools by saying that it does not help that Sir John A. Macdonald High School is overcrowded; and

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Whereas Sir John A. Macdonald High School has 1,100 students enrolled in a 35 year old building designed for between 800 to 900 students;

Therefore be it resolved that this House offer its thanks and congratulations to Martha Norris for her typical, forthright approach to this important educational topic.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cape Breton The Lakes.

RESOLUTION NO. 3426

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

Whereas on Page 27 of their report, the Red Tape Reduction Task Force predicts Sunday shopping will result in a seven day work week for manufacturers; and

Whereas the next thing you know, the Tory task force will suggest the idea of making children work in mines and factories; and

Whereas another modest proposal may be to bring back poor houses and poor farms to Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that this Tory Government stop living in the past with backward ideas and start working on a new plan for the economy of the 21st Century.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 3427

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

Whereas we all know that children born into poor families have a higher likelihood of having a low birth weight and will go on to have more health problems throughout their lives; and

Whereas the North End Community Health Centre has been addressing low birth weights by providing milk tickets to pregnant women attending prenatal programs; and

Whereas among the many casualties of this heartless Tory Government's cuts is this milk ticket program at the North End Community Health Centre;

Therefore be it resolved that the John Hamm blue book, Strong Leadership . . . . a clear course, should more properly be called, women and children last.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 3428

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

Whereas on Remembrance Day past, a Korean War veteran was forced to wrestle the wreath he was laying on behalf of Wendy Lill away from Senator Bernie Boudreau; and

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Whereas it would appear that just because Bernie Boudreau is a Senator, he and his Liberal flacks think he can do anything; and

Whereas David Harrigan, the Liberal mouthpiece for the Senator, felt there was something wrong in a long-haired guy laying a wreath on behalf of his MP;

Therefore be it resolved that the Senator and his Liberal flack should recognize that he does not now represent Dartmouth and that Senators only enjoy special privileges on Parliament Hill.

MR. SPEAKER: Was there a request for waiver. (Interruptions) Order, order.

There has been a request for waiver.

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Atlantic.

RESOLUTION NO. 3429

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

Whereas Eskasoni is the largest Aboriginal community in Atlantic Canada; and

Whereas the residents of Eskasoni are proud of their community and their people; and

Whereas the people of Eskasoni look to their future with renewed hope;

Therefore be it resolved that this House extend congratulations to Mr. Blair Francis on his election as Chief of the Eskasoni Band, and wish him and the Eskasoni Band Council and community progress and prosperity.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 3430

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Liberal Party has been without a Leader since June 30, 1999; and

Whereas there is still no convention to elect a new Liberal Leader in sight; and

Whereas it is clear that one of the reasons for this unusually long delay is a lack of credible candidates, particularly from within the current Liberal caucus;

Therefore be it resolved that this House wish the Liberal Party luck in scraping up someone who is willing to seek the thankless job of Liberal Leader, and once they do elect a Leader from outside caucus, let it be known that we will have kept the Legislative Library warm for that individual.

Mr. Speaker, I seek 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 Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 3431

MR. JERRY PYE: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the honourable member for Cape Breton Centre, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

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Whereas every day in the Province of Nova Scotia five more children are born into poverty; and

Whereas since August 17, 1999, this Tory Government's first full day in office, 2,766 children have been born into poverty; and

Whereas this heartless Tory Government would prefer to talk about only one kind of deficit, a budget deficit;

Therefore be it resolved that this Tory Government start waking up to the health, education and social deficits faced by the 2,766 children born into poverty under this Tory Regime.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: 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.

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

The motion is carried.

[4:44 p.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Brooke Taylor in the Chair.]

[9:52 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Murray Scott, resumed the Chair.]

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

THE CLERK: That the committee has met and made progress and begs leave to sit again.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, could I have the consent of the House, please, to revert to the order of business, Presenting Reports of Committees.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

Bill No. 70 - Sydney Steel Corporation Sale Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration of the House, with certain amendments.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee on Law Amendments, I am directed to report that the committee has met and considered the following bill:

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Bill No. 67 - Crane Operators and Power Engineers Act.

and the committee recommends this bill to the favourable consideration to the House, without amendment.

MR. SPEAKER: Ordered that this bill be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise to meet again tomorrow at 12:00 noon to sit until 8:00 p.m. The order of business will be continuation of debate in Committee of the Whole House on Bills, on Bill No. 62 and on the conclusion of that debate, we will continue on with bills in Committee of the Whole House and bills for third reading.

I move that the House do now rise.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is for the House to adjourn until tomorrow at 12:00 noon.

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 now adjourned until noon tomorrow.

[The House rose at 9:53 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 3432

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 the recent ad seeking applications to various agencies, boards and commissions is now available on the government website; and

Whereas this will allow more people access to this information and encourage applications to the advertised positions; and

Whereas this was made possible through the hard work of committee clerk, Ms. Mora Stevens;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in thanking civil servants such as Ms. Mora Stevens and others who work long and hard to make sure that government works as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

RESOLUTION NO. 3433

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas John Alderson, an employee of Corrections Services Canada in Springhill, just recently returned from participating in a program with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Kosovo; and

Whereas Mr. Alderson was in Kosovo representing the Corrections Services of Canada in the reconstruction of the corrections system there; and

Whereas Mr. Alderson was chosen as the team leader of four CSC staff members with a deployment of three months, mandated working within the areas of policy development, planning recruitment and training within the Kosovo corrections service;

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Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate Mr. Alderson and the other members of the Corrections Services Canada team who worked with international corrections experts from the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Holland, France, Finland, Italy and New Zealand, and wish them all the very best in the future.

RESOLUTION NO. 3434

By: Hon. Murray Scott (The Speaker)

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

Whereas Barry Patriquin of Oxford, Nova Scotia, has recently taken part in the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia; and

Whereas Barry and his team-mates won the bronze in the 4 x 100 relay at the 2000 Paralympic Games; and

Whereas Barry himself placed sixth in the 100 metre sprint against 16 other international athletes;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate Barry Patriquin on his fine showing at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and wish him all the very best in the future.