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HANSARD 03-2

DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS

Speaker: Honourable Murray Scott

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Third Session

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2003

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 1, Estimates: CWH on Supply - Referred, Hon. N. LeBlanc 33
Res. 2, NSCC: Workforce Training - Role, by Hon. M. Baker,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 33
Vote - Affirmative 34
Res. 3, HMCS Iroquois & Fredericton: Crews - Thank, Hon. R. Russell 34
Vote - Affirmative 35
Res. 4, Jones, Colleen: Scott Tournament of Hearts - Victory Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 35
Vote - Affirmative 35
Res. 5, Social Workers: Efforts - Applaud, Hon. D. Morse 36
Vote - Affirmative 36
Res. 6, Can. Winter Games (2003): N.S. Contingent - Congrats.,
(by Hon. R. Russell) The Premier 36
Vote - Affirmative 37
Res. 7, Dacey, Mark/Team: Nokia Brier - Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 37
Vote - Affirmative 38
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 1, Firefighters' Compensation Act, Hon. R. Russell 38
No. 2, Workers' Compensation Act, Mr. F. Corbett 38
No. 3, Personal Property Security Act, Hon. P. Christie 38
No. 4, Homes for Special Care Act, Mr. D. Dexter 38
No. 5, Universities Assistance Act, Mr. D. Dexter 38
No. 6, Smoke-free Public Places Act, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 38
No. 7, Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act, Mr. K. Deveaux 39
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 8, Insurance: Gov't. (N.S.) - Options Explore, Mr. D. Dexter 39
Res. 9, Health: Spending - Underestimation Explain,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 40
Res. 10, Truelove, Commander Bill/HMCS Regina: Godspeed - Wish,
Mr. K. Morash 40
Vote - Affirmative 41
Res. 11, Avalon Ctr.: Funding - Commit, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 41
Res. 12, Kendrick Report: Blue Ribbon Comm. - Appoint, Mr. W. Gaudet 42
Res. 13, Keating, Charles: Order of Can. - Congrats., (by Mr. B. Taylor)
Hon. T. Olive 43
Vote - Affirmative 43
Res. 14, White, Ryan: Gold Medal - Congrats., Mr. J. MacDonell 44
Vote - Affirmative 44
Res. 15, Gov't. (N.S.): Health Plan - Lack, Dr. J. Smith 45
Res. 16, Elliott Clark, Melodie: Death of - Tribute, Mr. J. Chataway 45
Vote - Affirmative 46
Res. 17, Educ.: Dominion Crisis - Tories (N.S.)/Liberals (Can.) Condemn,
Mr. F. Corbett 46
Res. 18, Swissair Flight 111: Victims - Remember, Mr. K. MacAskill 47
Vote - Affirmative 47
Res. 19, Sports: Mooseheads - Congrats., Mr. D. Hendsbee 48
Res. 20, Polio Eradication: Rotary Atl. Can./Health Min. - Commend,
Mr. J. Pye 48
Vote - Affirmative 49
Res. 21, Donovan, Michael/Bishop, Charles: Oscar - Congrats.,
(by Ms. M. McGrath) Hon. J. Purves 50
Vote - Affirmative 51
Res. 22, DeYoung, Ed & Pat: Vol. Spirit - Recognize, Mr. K. Deveaux 51
Vote - Affirmative 51
Res. 23, Educ.: Schools - Promises, Mr. D. Wilson 52
Res. 24, Sports: New Germany RHS Girls Basketball Team - Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 52
Vote - Affirmative 53
Res. 25, McMullin, Rev. Greg: Commun. Serv. - Thank,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 53
Vote - Affirmative 54
Res. 26, Fin.: Debt - Prem. Promises, Mr. M. Samson 54
Res. 27, Detienne, Robert: Death of - Tribute, Mr. F. Corbett 55
Vote - Affirmative 56
Res. 28, Sparling, Donna: James Reid Award - Congrats.,
Mr. Manning MacDonald 56
Vote - Affirmative 57
Res. 29, Social Workers: Efforts - Recognize, Mr. J. Pye 57
Vote - Affirmative 58
Res. 30, Commun. Serv.: Transition Houses/Women's Ctrs. -
Value Recognize, Mr. W. Gaudet 58
Res. 31, Soward, Paul and Hilde: Anniv. (70th) - Congrats., Mr. K. Deveaux 59
Vote - Affirmative 59
Res. 32, Kidney Fdn.: Canvassers - Best Wishes Extend, Dr. J. Smith 59
Vote - Affirmative 60
Res. 33, Nat. Res.: Parks - Restore/Open, Mr. K. MacAskill 60
Res. 34, Blue Book: Borrowing Level - Election Promises, Mr. M. Samson 61
Res. 35, Gosse Campaign: United Steel Workers of Etobicoke -
Donation Consent, Mr. P. MacEwan 62
STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS:
Nat. Res. - Moose Hunt: Season - Changes, Hon. T. Olive 62
GOVERNMENT BUSINESS:
GOVERNMENT MOTIONS:
ADDRESS IN REPLY:
Mr. D. Dexter 65
Amendment moved 73
Mr. Manning MacDonald 74
Mr. B. Taylor 86
Adjourned debate 86
TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS:
Anl. Rept. of the N.S. Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Review Office, The Speaker 87
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., Mar. 31st at 7:00 p.m. 87
NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3):
Res. 36, Gov't. (N.S.): Toll Hwy. Plan - Details, Mr. D. Dexter 88
Res. 37, Sports: West Hants Triple "A" Bantam Hockey Team -
Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 88
Res. 38, Haliburton, Judge Thomas Chandler: Accomplishments -
Impact, Hon. R. Russell 89
Res. 39, Sports: West Hants PeeWee Double "A" Team - Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 89
Res. 40, NSCC: Pres./Staff - Efforts Congrats., Mr. J. Holm 90
Res. 41, Environ. & Lbr.: Job Creation - Status, Mr. R. MacKinnon 90^^
Wish Fdn.: Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbers - Congrats.,
Mr. R. MacKinnon 91
Res. 43, Stewart, Craig: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. F. Chipman 91
Res. 44, Chipman, Emma: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. F. Chipman 92
Res. 45, Scott, Joey: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. F. Chipman 92
Res. 46, Sampson, Hali: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 93
Res. 47, Vanderlinden, Scott: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 93
Res. 48, DeCoste, Lindy: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 94
Res. 49, MacIsaac, Amanda: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 94
Res. 50, Mattie, Paige: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. A. MacIsaac 95
Res. 51, White, Curtis: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 95
Res. 52, MacDonald, Angela: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 96
Res. 53, Sheppard, Kenzie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 96
Res. 54, Crane, Brandon: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 97
Res. 55, MacBurnie, David: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 97
Res. 56, Oake, Christopher: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 98
Res. 57, Grant, Colin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 98
Res. 58, MacPherson, Joseph: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 99
Res. 59, Nathanson, Robin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 99
Res. 60, Barry, D.J.: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 100
Res. 61, Squarey, Hollie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 100
Res. 62, Guy, Jenna: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 101
Res. 63, Chiasson, Ashley: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 101
Res. 64, Bonnar, Paul: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. C. Clarke 102
Res. 65, Wirtanen, Jenna: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor 102
Res. 66, Read, Meghan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor 103
Res. 67, Roy, Lilla: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor 103
Res. 68, Nolan, Shane: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 104
Res. 69, Weatherby, Chester: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 104
Res. 70, Hollett, Daniel: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 105
Res. 71, Brine, Jennifer: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 105
Res. 72, Cook, Jessica: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 106
Res. 73, Goguen, Nicole: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 106
Res. 74, French, Tara: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 107
Res. 75, Conroy, Trevor: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Muir 107
Res. 76, Scallion, Kate: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Speaker 108
Res. 77, Scallion, Magi: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Speaker 108
Res. 78, Dugas, Paul: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. G. Balser 109
Res. 79, Empson, Justin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. G. Balser 109
Res. 80, Boudreau, Matthieu: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. G. Balser 110
Res. 81, Saulnier, Daniel: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. G. Balser 110
Res. 82, Comeau, Amy: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. G. Balser 111
Res. 83, Quinlan, Kyla: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. G. Balser 111
Res. 84, Foy, Liette: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. G. Balser 112
Res. 85, Deagle, Jillian: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. Ronald Chisholm 112
Res. 86, Mills, Amber: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. Ronald Chisholm 113
Res. 87, Ackerman, Sarah: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. Ronald Chisholm 113
Res. 88, Gallant, Luke: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. P. Christie 114
Res. 89, Doucet, Nicole: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. P. Christie 114
Res. 90, Whitehead, Tyler: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. P. Christie 115
Res. 91, Vanhelvoort, Zachary: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. P. Christie 115
Res. 92, Hubbard, Angela: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. P. Christie 116
Res. 93, Fredericks, Alicia: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 116
Res. 94, Munden, Justin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 117
Res. 95, Zinck, Alana: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 117
Res. 96, Hynes, Amanda: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 118
Res. 97, Sabourin, Jaclyn: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 118
Res. 98, Markusson, Katherine: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. D. Hendsbee 119
Res. 99, Trueman, Shelby: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 119
Res. 100, Fenerty, Suzanne: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 120
Res. 101, Sehatzadeh, Alexander: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. T. Olive 120
Res. 102, Johnson, Alonzo: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 121
Res. 103, Gennette, Britney: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 121
Res. 104, Anderson, Chad: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 122
Res. 105, Gilbert, Chad: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 122
Res. 106, Angelidis, Christine: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. T. Olive 123
Res. 107, Latremouille, Claire: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. T. Olive 123
Res. 108, Kelly, Colin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 124
Res. 109, Daigle, Danielle: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 124
Res. 110, Mitchell, Devin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 125
Res. 111, Radcliffe, Devin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 125
Res. 112, Gallant, Erica: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 126
Res. 113, Saulnier, Erica: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 126
Res. 114, Gilbert, Evan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 127
Res. 115, Ripley, Ian: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 127
Res. 116, Latimer, Jason: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 128
Res. 117, Leadbetter, Jason: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 128
Res. 118, White, Katherine Bea: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. T. Olive 129
Res. 119, Bruce, Katie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 129
Res. 120, Murray, Kristen: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 130
Res. 121, Welton, Nathan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 130
Res. 122, Bohemier, Nicole: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 131
Res. 123, Corney, Patrick: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 131
Res. 124, Strachan, Patrick: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 132
Res. 125, Murray, Ryan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 132
Res. 126, Crosby, Sidney: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 133
Res. 127, Salkus, Tammy: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. T. Olive 133
Res. 128, Isenor, Chad: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor 134
Res. 129, Moulton, William: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor 134
Res. 130, Hawkins, Liam: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. P. Christie 135
Res. 131, Herrington, Lindy: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. P. Christie 135
Res. 132, Ingersoll, Aaron: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 136
Res. 133, Ngan, Adrienne: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 136
Res. 134, Walker, Andrew: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 137
Res. 135, Laurence, Anna: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 137
Res. 136, Hines, Ashley: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 138
Res. 137, Anthony, Caitlan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 138
Res. 138, Wall, Chris: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 139
Res. 139, Morley, Claire: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 139
Res. 140, Aird, Colleen: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 140
Res. 141, McInnes, Constance: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 140
Res. 142, Tweed, Dominic: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 141
Res. 143, Wesley, Gillian: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 141
Res. 144, O'Brien, Jaren: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 142
Res. 145, Tallman, Jessica: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 142
Res. 146, Topping, Kaila: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 143
Res. 147, Bureau, Jordan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 143
Res. 148, Cordes, Jamie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 144
Res. 149, Newton, Kaleigh: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Ms. M. McGrath 144
Res. 150, Caiger, Kathryn: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 145
Res. 151, Seale, Keegan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 145
Res. 152, Ament, Kevin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 146
Res. 153, Anderson, Lars: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 146
Res. 154, Casey, Laura: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 147
Res. 155, Mannell, Lucas: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 147
Res. 156, Vaughan, Matthew: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 148
Res. 157, O'Connor, Monique: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 148
Res. 158, Campbell, Peter: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 149
Res. 159, Swetnam, Rachael: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 149
Res. 160, DuBreuil, Sara: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 150
Res. 161, Holesworth, Sarah: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 150
Res. 162, Maguire, Sarah: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 151
Res. 163, McInnes, Sarah: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 151
Res. 164, Selig, Stan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 152
Res. 165, Arthur, Vaughn: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 152
Res. 166, Saunders, Zach: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 153
Res. 167, Dewar, Zachary: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 153
Res. 168, Launcelott, Zodd: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 154
Res. 169, Schriver, Courtney: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. J. Chataway 154
Res. 170, Sabean, Samantha: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. J. Chataway 155
Res. 171, Filbee Dexter, David: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. J. Chataway 155
Res. 172, Filbee Dexter, Karen: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. J. Chataway 156
Res. 173, Hopkins, Brock: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 156
Res. 174, Anning, Laura: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 157
Res. 175, Schmidt, Alix: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 157
Res. 176, Table, Sara Ede: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 158
Res. 177, Saulnier, Stephan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Ms. M. McGrath 158
Res. 178, Jobb, Matthew: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 159
Res. 179, Fowler, Lauren: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. J. Purves 159
Res. 180, Easton, Adrian: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 160
Res. 181, Clarke, Amanda: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 160
Res. 182, Mury, Carolynn: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 161
Res. 183, Caldwell, Kris: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 161
Res. 184, van Eden, Kristina: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 162
Res. 185, Roddick, Kyle: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 162
Res. 186, Gallagher, Laura: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 163
Res. 187, Dunn, Matthew: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 163
Res. 188, Beaton, Meagan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 164
Res. 189, Brooksbank, Samantha: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. B. Barnet 164
Res. 190, MacKenzie, Trevor: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. B. Barnet 165
Res. 191, O'Neill, Brett: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Barnet 165
Res. 192, Cook, Katie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 166
Res. 193, Mitchell, Krystal: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. D. Hendsbee 166
Res. 194, Fawcett, Katie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 167
Res. 195, Gorman, Alexa: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 167
Res. 196, Dube, Danielle: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 168
Res. 197, Ivory, Kelsey: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 168
Res. 198, Henley, Lori: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. B. Taylor 169
Res. 199, Scott, Joseph: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. W. Dooks 169
Res. 200, Payne, Jodi: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Chataway 170
Res. 201, Knowles, Jayne: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 170
Res. 202, Villermet, Leandra: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 171
Res. 203, Villermet, Timothy: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 171
Res. 204, Reynolds, Ryan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 172
Res. 205, White, Robin: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 172
Res. 206, White, Ryan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 173
Res. 207, Payne, Margaret Meg: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. R. Russell 173
Res. 208, Blood, James: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 174
Res. 209, Lewis, Stefanie: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. R. Russell 174
Res. 210, Hawley, Cassaundra: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 175
Res. 211, MacEachern, Jarrod: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 175
Res. 212, MacLennan, Amy: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. Rodney MacDonald 176
Res. 213, Gillis, Meghan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 176
Res. 214, Easson, Gina: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Carey 177
Res. 215, Fairfax, Andrea: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Carey 177
Res. 216, Morse, Jane: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. Carey 178
Res. 217, Boudreau, Corey: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 178
Res. 218, Seymour, Andrew: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. D. Morse 179
Res. 219, MacLean, Cameron: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. M. Parent 179
Res. 220, Dugas, Ian: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. M. Parent 180
Res. 221, Morris, Fiona: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. D. Morse 180
Res. 222, McGill, Wendy: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. D. Morse 181
Res. 223, Harding, Andrew: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 181
Res. 224, Aliphat, Elise: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 182
Res. 225, Wong, Jessica: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 182
Res. 226, Belliveau, Michael: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 183
Res. 227, Smith, Mike: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 183
Res. 228, Hayward, Nicole: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 184
Res. 229, Garber, Kayla: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 184
Res. 230, Heide, Kaleigh: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 185
Res. 231, Hofrichter, Kyle: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. M. Baker 185
Res. 232, Broughm, Candace: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Hon. M. Baker 186
Res. 233, MacNeil, William: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. K. Morash 186
Res. 234, Hachey, Matthew: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. K. Morash 187
Res. 235, Turnbull, Candice: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., Mr. J. DeWolfe 187
Res. 236, MacDonald, Brenden: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., The Premier 188
Res. 237, Fequet, Shawn: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Premier 188
Res. 238, Nugent, Jillian: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Premier 189
Res. 239, Boudreau, Kelly: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Premier 189
Res. 240, Cheverie, Kori: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Premier 190
Res. 241, MacKenzie, Norrie: Can. Winter Games - Participation
Congrats., The Premier 190
Res. 242, Bates, Ryan: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
The Premier 191
Res. 243, Hayward, Amy: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 191
Res. 244, DiPersio, Cara: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 192
Res. 245, Bannier, Heather: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 192
Res. 246, Snow, Brandon: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Mrs. M. Baillie 193
Res. 247, Soares, Heidi: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 193
Res. 248, Belliveau, Sarah: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 194
Res. 249, Chiasson, Emily: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 194
Res. 250, Murray, Stephen: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 195
Res. 251, McNeil, Joshua: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 195
Res. 252, Collins, Lindsay: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 196
Res. 253, MacIntyre, Grace: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 196
Res. 254, Germani, Tyler: Can. Winter Games - Participation Congrats.,
Hon. Rodney MacDonald 197

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2003

Fifty-eighth General Assembly

Third Session

10:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Murray Scott

DEPUTY SPEAKERS

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

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton South on a point of privilege.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning on a point of personal privilege. The government again is demonstrating on a daily basis that it has no shame. They are spending thousands of dollars on political advertising despite a very clear promise to stop using taxpayers' dollars for politically-motivated advertising. Government has also done what it can to stifle democratic discourse as demonstrated when dealing with the infamous Bill No. 68. After riding roughshod over nurses, they are now infringing upon the rights and privileges of members of this Legislature.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table an advertisement from a local newspaper which clearly shows that the government is presenting government policy as if it were implemented, rather than policy that has yet to be considered by this House. In 1997, a government minister in Ontario was forced to resign over a similar matter. I wish to table the ruling of the Ontario Speaker in which he found, "In my opinion, they . . ." the government ". . . convey the impression that the passage of the requisite legislation was not necessary or was a foregone conclusion, or that the assembly and the Legislature had a pro forma, tangential, even inferior role in the legislative and lawmaking process, and in doing so, they appear to diminish the respect that is due to this House."

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Mr. Speaker, another breach of privilege has occurred with respect to the budget. On March 26, 2003, the Premier announced that Budget Day is April 3, 2003. That information should have been conveyed first in this Chamber before any pronouncements are made outside of this Chamber. Once again, the Premier has demonstrated a lack of respect for the rights and privileges of the members of this House, as indicated in the ruling by the Speaker in Ontario and I would also like to table the ruling by the Honourable Speaker of the Province of Ontario.

We are a parliamentary democracy, not a so-called executive democracy nor a so-called administrative democracy. Our government should act accordingly and respect our privileges as members and I would ask you to rule on that, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: I will certainly take the matter under advisement.

We will begin the daily routine.

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre on an introduction.

MR. FRANK CORBETT: Mr. Speaker, in our gallery today we have some very fine women and men who serve this province with a great deal of respect and gratitude. I would like to introduce them, if I could, to the Assembly: Nadia Pane, Chris Johnson, Brad Connors, Matt Parker Chris Camp, Phil McNulty, Derek Harvey, Mark Bettens, Gilbert McIntyre, and Willy Mulvihillen. I would like them to rise and receive the greeting from the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you and we certainly welcome our special guests to the gallery today.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Finance.

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RESOLUTION NO. 1

HON. NEIL LEBLANC: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on Thursday, April 3rd, I shall:

(1) read and table the message from Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor transmitting the Estimates of Sums required for the service of the province for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004, for the consideration of this House;

(2) table the Estimate Books;

(3) table the Crown Corporation business plans;

(4) table the Estimate and Crown Corporation business plan resolutions;

(5) deliver my Budget Speech; and

(6) move that the Estimates of Sums required for the service of the Province, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2004, being Supply to be granted to Her Majesty, and the Crown Corporation business plans be referred to the Committee of the Whole House on Supply.

Mr. Speaker, for the information of the House the budget will be brought forth on April 3rd, Thursday of this week.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 2

HON. MICHAEL BAKER: 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 the Premier and Education Minister joined the Nova Scotia Community College students today to announce a $123 million expansion plan for the college representing government's single largest investment; and

Whereas the development of the Nova Scotia Community College will bring an additional 2,500 students into Nova Scotia Community College classrooms, enable us to better serve our labour market with a skilled labour force, enable more students to pursue programs in their chosen fields, and enable adults to upgrade their education and training; and

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Whereas this investment is part of the province's Skills Nova Scotia initiative which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to the use of the most sophisticated technologies;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize that training and educating skilled workers is key to Nova Scotia's prosperity and the critical role the Nova Scotia Community College has in preparing a job-ready workforce.

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 Government House Leader.

RESOLUTION NO. 3

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

Whereas on March 5, 2003, the HMCS Fredericton and the HMCS Iroquois set sail to the Arabian Sea as part of Operation Apollo, Canada's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism; and

Whereas the brave men and women of the HMCS Iroquois and the HMCS Fredericton will continue to work with the efforts of Operation Apollo to help protect the people of our country in the fight against terrorism; and

Whereas Canadians are grateful for the work of all our service personnel in what are very uncertain times;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House thank the crews of the HMCS Iroquois and the HMCS Fredericton for their heroic roles in Operation Apollo, and send each and every one best wishes for their safe return home.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Tourism and Culture.

RESOLUTION NO. 4

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

Whereas on February 23, 2003, Colleen Jones led Nova Scotia's Team Canada to its three-peat win at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in Waterloo, Ontario; and

Whereas Colleen Jones has more Canadian titles than any other female skip, with wins at the 1982, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Scott Tournament of Hearts; and

Whereas her skills and determination have earned Ms. Jones and Team Canada the 2001 World Curling Championships;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Colleen Jones on her recent win at the Scott Tournament of Hearts and wish her and Team Canada all the best at the World Curling Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 5th to April 13th.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 5

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

Whereas I have had the pleasure, on behalf of the Premier, of proclaiming this week, March 23rd to March 29th, as Social Work Week in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas staff of the Department of Community Services and the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers are working together in the supervision of students in the bachelor and/or masters of social work program at the Maritime School of Social Work, ensuring a strong and dedicated social work profession for the future; and

Whereas a highlight of the week was the awarding of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service Award to Ms. Elaine Campbell, a clinical social worker in the Mental Health Department of the Colchester Regional Hospital for the last 20 years, for displaying dedication and leadership in her field;

Therefore be it resolved that MLAs applaud the tremendous efforts of our social workers this week and year-round for the challenging work for which they are responsible in this vital field.

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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 Deputy Premier.

RESOLUTION NO. 6

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

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Whereas Nova Scotia was well represented by a very talented group of athletes at the 2003 Canada Winter Games, a sporting tradition which dates back to our Centennial Year of 1967; and

Whereas the Claude Hardy Award, honouring a long-serving chef de mission for Team Quebec, was presented at the games for the second year in a row to Team Nova Scotia's mission staff - the only in Canada that is fully volunteer - as they displayed leadership, integrity and co-operation; and

Whereas our athletes, with the support of their mission staff, not only honoured this province with a very respectable medal total, but also honoured this province with a degree of dignity and sportsmanship second to none;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate our medal winners, all participants for their tremendous efforts and exemplary showing and congratulate, once again, our Nova Scotia mission staff for the tremendous honour bestowed upon them.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Minister of Health Promotion.

RESOLUTION NO. 7

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

Whereas on March 9, 2003, Mark Dacey led Team Nova Scotia, consisting of Robert Harris, Bruce Lohnes and Andrew Gibson, to the championship final at the Nokia Brier here in Halifax; and

Whereas Mark Dacey has proven to be a Nova Scotian curling leader as he skipped for Team Nova Scotia at the 2001 and 2003 Nokia Brier; and

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Whereas Mark Dacey skipped at the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships and won the mixed championships in 2002;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House join me in congratulating Mark Dacey and his talented team on their outstanding performance at the 2003 Nokia Brier, an event which made Halifax and Nova Scotia proud, and wish Mark and his teammates the best of luck with future opportunities now before them as a result of their 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.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 1 - Entitled an Act to Provided Compensation for Full-time and Volunteer Firefighters Who Suffer from an Occupational Disease. (Hon. Ronald Russell)

Bill No. 2 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 10 of the Acts of 1994-95. The Workers' Compensation Act. (Mr. Frank Corbett)

Bill No. 3 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 13 of the Acts of 1995-96. The Personal Property Security Act. (Hon. Peter Christie)

Bill No. 4 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 203 of the Revised Statutes of 1989. The Homes for Special Care Act, to Ensure the Fair Treatment of Residents of a Nursing Home or Home for the Aged or Disabled. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

Bill No. 5 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 13 of the Acts of 1994. The Universities Assistance Act, to Freeze University Tuition Fees and to Require an Action Plan to be Developed for Sustainable University Funding. (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

Bill No. 6 - Entitled an Act to Prohibit Smoking in Public Places. (Ms. Maureen MacDonald)

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Bill No. 7 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1991. The Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act. (Mr. Kevin Deveaux)

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

NOTICES OF MOTION

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

RESOLUTION NO. 8

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

Whereas last year Nova Scotians faced a 65 per cent increase in the cost of auto insurance, the second highest increase in Canada; and

Whereas no one is certain where the insurance industry points the finger of blame for the huge increases - whether it's the lawyers, the claimants, poor investment markets - other than they aren't pointing the finger at themselves; and

Whereas it is certain, however, that the current private auto insurance system in Nova Scotia is not the best way to protect consumers against arbitrary and unfair prices for mandatory coverage;

Therefore be it resolved that this government join the NDP in exploring all options available in delivering insurance coverage, including public auto insurance, so that Nova Scotians can have the full range of choices before them.

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 South.

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RESOLUTION NO. 9

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

Whereas on June 3, 1999, the Tory Finance Critic and now Finance Minister boldly proclaimed, ". . . let me make something perfectly clear, health care does need more money."; and

Whereas in March 2001, the Premier stated, "In good conscience I could not support more debt"; and

Whereas it seems that the Premier is not disturbed at all that he is adding $100 million a year to the debt without a plan to pay it back;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House demand that the Premier and the Finance Minister explain why they grossly underestimated health spending and that they continue to add to the debt despite the promises they personally made to Nova Scotians.

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 Queens.

RESOLUTION NO. 10

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

Whereas Liverpool native Commander Bill Truelove is in the Persian Gulf with Operation Apollo, aboard HMCS Regina, serving as the flagship for the mission as well as the home to the Canadian task force while deployed; and

Whereas Commander Truelove enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 22 and has had a successful military career, serving on a number of ships and working his way up through the ranks of the Navy; and

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Whereas in 1998, Commander Truelove was selected to attend the prestigious Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and upon completion was promoted to his current rank and appointed Executive Officer of HMCS Preserver, assuming command of HMCS Regina in 2001;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature thank Commander Bill Truelove for his willingness to serve his country, and wish he and the crew of HMCS Regina Godspeed and a safe return from its tour of duty with Operation Apollo.

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 Needham.

MS. MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, before I do my resolution, I would like to do an introduction. I would like to draw the attention of members of the House to a visitor today from the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Irene Smith, who is in our gallery. Please stand and receive the warm welcome of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: We certainly welcome our special guest to the gallery today.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 11

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

Whereas Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is a support group that provides a much-needed service, particularly for victims throughout the metro area; and

Whereas this centre, which offers individual counselling, therapy and professional training for its clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week is trying desperately to cope with an ever-growing waiting list; and

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Whereas this centre has been the only support group in the province to offer these services and has not received an increase in provincial funding for 10 years;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier commit to providing additional funding in order to keep the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre operating and providing an important service to the community.

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 Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 12

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

Whereas if nothing else, the last four years have proved to Nova Scotians that this government did not have a plan for improving the well-being of all of our citizens; and

Whereas this is clearly evident when you look at the record of this government when it comes to supporting and enhancing community-based options in this province; and

Whereas one of the recommendations of the Kendrick Report, appointing a blue ribbon committee to begin developing a five-year plan for community-based options, would have cost this government absolutely nothing;

Therefore be it resolved that this government immediately appoint a blue ribbon committee, as recommended two years ago in the Kendrick Report, so that policy changes can be developed for community-based options in this province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

[10:30 a.m.]

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

RESOLUTION NO. 13

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

Whereas the Order of Canada recognizes Canadians who have made a positive impact on the lives of others and is our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement, and Charles Keating of Dartmouth, as one of Canada's exemplary citizens, is being honoured through membership in the Order of Canada; and

Whereas Mr. Keating has been successful in the communications field as an entrepreneur and contributed to the growth of Dartmouth and its community through numerous volunteer and financial support for the St. F.X. University Millennium Centre, named in his honour; and

Whereas Mr. Keating was instrumental over the past few years in the improvements and delivery of health care in Nova Scotia through his chairmanship board of the QE II hospital;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House congratulate Charles Keating on the receipt of the prestigious Order of Canada and thank him for his many contributions to his beloved community of Dartmouth and to the province as a whole.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable Minister of Tourism and Culture on an introduction.

HON. RODNEY MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, in the west gallery we have a guest here from Inverness County, one of our municipal councillors from the Margaree-Belle Côte area, and I would ask Gloria LeBlanc to stand and receive the warm welcome of the House.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. We welcome all guests to the gallery today.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 14

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

Whereas the Canada Winter Games is the premier venue for showcasing up-and- coming athletic talent in Canada; and

Whereas boxing was a hotly-contested and much-watched event in the 2003 games held in New Brunswick this winter past; and

Whereas Mr. Ryan White of Kennetcook brought home the second of Nova Scotia's two gold medals with a gutsy win in the 71-kilogram weight class;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly congratulate Ryan White of Kennetcook for achieving gold in boxing at the Canada Winter Games.

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.

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RESOLUTION NO. 15

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

Whereas in July 1999, then Third Party Leader John Hamm stated that we have a plan for health care and it will only cost $46 million; and

Whereas last week the government finally brought forward that so-called plan for health care; and

Whereas four years and an extra half a billion dollars later, the Tory legacy to health care is fewer nurses, closed emergency rooms, longer wait times and poorer health outcomes;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House recognize that the Tories never had a plan in 1999 and that all of the band-aid actions that this government has taken to date have been cobbled together, called a plan and have been nothing but health hazards for all Nova Scotians.

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 Chester-St. Margaret's.

RESOLUTION NO. 16

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

Whereas in February 2003, Nova Scotia lost one of its greatest artists with the passing of Melodie Elliott Clark; and

Whereas Ms. Elliott Clark specialized in combining art and psychiatric nursing skills as a form of art therapy that helped many of her patients recover; and

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Whereas her talents earned her the Vanier Award and the Governor General's Canada 125 medal and the tribute from our Premier on the occasion of her passing;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House join me in recognizing the special talents of Ms. Elliott Clark and her outstanding contribution to our community, as well as send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.

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 Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 17

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

Whereas damage from subsidence to the MacDonald Complex in Dominion has created an urgent need on Dominion families for a new facility to be constructed immediately; and

Whereas the federal government has shirked all responsibility for this damage even though it ran the subterranean coal mines whose collapse caused the subsidence; and

Whereas the Minister of Education made it very clear when he met with the Dominion families that his government would accept no responsibility for building a new school;

Therefore be it resolved that this House condemn the provincial Tories and the federal Liberals for the crisis in education now faced by the Town of Dominion.

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 member for Victoria.

RESOLUTION NO. 18

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

Whereas on September 2, 1998, Nova Scotians awoke to a tragedy which became known as the Swissair disaster; and

Whereas Nova Scotians opened their hearts and their homes to the families of the 229 souls who perished on Swissair Flight 111; and

Whereas investigators and rescue crews worked tirelessly to try to save the people and ultimately to find out what went wrong;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House remember those who died on Swissair Flight 111, and honour those Nova Scotians who have dedicated their work to finding out the cause of this tragedy.

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 Preston.

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RESOLUTION NO. 19

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

Whereas on Wednesday night past in Sydney, the Halifax Mooseheads topped the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, 3-2, in Game 4, of their best-of-seven Frank-Dilio Conference quarter final playoff series; and

Whereas the Halifax Mooseheads' goaltender, Guillaume Lavallée, kept the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles without a goal for 211 minutes, 36 seconds, a new Quebec Major Junior Hockey League record for consecutive shutout minutes in the playoffs and the Mooseheads finished the series with just two goals against, setting another new league record; and

Whereas Halifax bested Cape Breton with 169 to 83 shots on goal, over the four-game sweep, despite the great defence by the Screaming Eagles' goaltender and the 2002-03 World Junior Hockey Championship Silver Medallist and tournament MVP, Marc-Andre Fleury;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate Coach Shawn MacKenzie of the Halifax Mooseheads and wish him success as they face Acadie-Bathurst next week in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semi-finals.

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 Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 20

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 in 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, a long-term $500 million commitment that today, coupled with the Rotarians' ability to inspire volunteers, has the world on the edge of eradicating the polio virus; and

Whereas today Canada is polio-free and, since 1985, the number of cases worldwide has decreased 99 per cent and only 10 countries are still afflicted by new polio cases; and

Whereas Rotary Atlantic Canada has joined in Rotary International's new Polio Eradication Fundraising Campaign to raise funds so that polio can be universally eliminated by 2005, and the Minister of Health has pledged $10,000 on behalf of Nova Scotians;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commend Rotary Atlantic Canada and the Minister of Health for their efforts to eradicate polio in those countries still plagued by the disease.

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.

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 United Steelworkers of Etobicoke, Ontario, were so upset with the poor quality of representation in Cape Breton Nova, Nova Scotia, that they sent $6,333.50 to the NDP campaign of unsuccessful candidate, Gordie Gosse; and

Whereas another union identified only as the UFCW of Mississauga, Ontario, feeling the same way, sent $4,737.78 to the Cape Breton Nova NDP, these two totaling $11,071.28; and

Whereas other unions of like mind sent a further $5,345.20 to the Gosse NDP effort, the total all together being $16,416.48, which is almost equal to the $20,000 spent all together by the Liberal Party in the same riding;

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Therefore be it resolved that these statistics available in the Chief Electoral Officer's 1999 Annual Statement of Political Contributions, show that the NDP has much to answer for prior to them pointing the accusing fingers at any others.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. That resolution was too long.

The honourable member for Halifax Bedford Basin.

RESOLUTION NO. 21

MS. MARY ANN MCGRATH: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Health, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the most exciting night of the year for those involved in the movie business is the Oscar Awards ceremony, whereas the industry hands out its most prestigious honours; and

Whereas this year, the Oscar for the Best Feature Documentary has gone to Bowling for Columbine, a provocative film on the culture of fear and violence that we live in today; and

Whereas Bowling for Columbine was produced by Halifax's own Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop of Salter Street Films, and both say that the documentary exceeded all their expectations;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House congratulate this talented team on their well-deserved Oscar victory, and wish them success in all their future productions.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

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The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 22

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

Whereas Eastern Passage, with its strong and vibrant community spirit, would not be the community it is today without its service clubs, churches, and various community activities; and

Whereas Ed DeYoung has been an integral part of almost all institutions in Eastern Passage, including Eastern Lodge 8686, the Athletic Association, the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Summer Carnival, the Beacon and many others; and

Whereas Pat DeYoung has provided invaluable service and volunteer support to St. Andrews Church, the Lionettes, Ocean View Manor, Canadian Blood Services donor clinics, the Talahassee Seniors Club, the Eastern Passage Community School, and many other organizations;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the incredible volunteer spirit of Ed and Pat DeYoung of Eastern Passage and thank them for their ongoing efforts to make Eastern Passage the unique community it is today.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Glace Bay.

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RESOLUTION NO. 23

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

Whereas yesterday's Throne Speech implied that the government was building more schools than ever before; and

Whereas the government's school construction record pales in comparison to the 39 schools built under a Liberal Government; and

Whereas the best this government can do is promise schools that won't be built until 2005, which is similar to what one might call a no-money miracle or don't-pay-a-cent-event;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House recognize that the promise of a school is not the same as the actual construction of a school and that projects slated for completion in 2005 are just promises, not a policy.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

RESOLUTION NO. 24

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

Whereas participating in high school sports is an important part of many students' high school experience; and

Whereas the New Germany Rural High School Girls Basketball Team attended the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 3 Championship held in Springhill earlier this month; and

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Whereas the New Germany Rural High School girls were successful in this tournament and won the NSSAF Division 3 Championship by defeating the Springhill contingent in the finals;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature join me in congratulating the New Germany Rural High School Girls Basketball Team on winning the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 3 Championship.

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.

Springhill were such gracious hosts.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 25

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

Whereas Reverend Greg McMullin, a native of Nova Scotia, has been the minister at Trinity Anglican Church on Cogswell Street in Halifax for the past 12 and a half years; and

Whereas during this time Reverend McMullin has been an inspirational leader both inside his church and in the broader social justice community; and

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Whereas Reverend McMullin's involvement and support within the North End Council of Churches, particularly as sponsor of the Halifax Inner City Initiative, has been invaluable;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Legislature thanks Reverend McMullin for his years of dedicated service to this community and extend to him and his wive, Vanessa, and their three children best wishes as they leave to minister in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 26

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

Whereas during the last election the Premier told a local newspaper, "A Progressive Conservative government is committed to reducing the provincial debt. Over our first four-year mandate we will ensure the debt, that being the true debt that includes all on-book and off-book borrowing, will not increase"; and

Whereas on April 17, 2001, the Premier stated in this House, "what I will confirm is that a year from now this government will introduce a balanced budget, and from that day onward the debt of this province will no longer grow."; and

Whereas despite the Premier's sacred word the debt continues to grow at a rate of $100 million per year;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier reflect on what he has said and tell the people of Nova Scotia why he has failed so miserably to live up to his word.

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 member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

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

Whereas today's cartoon in The Chronicle-Herald by Bruce MacKinnon clearly illustrates just how asinine the Liberal gun registry is by saying, ". . . REST ASSURED WHEN WE FINALLY DO GET YOU SOME GUNS, THEY WILL BE PROPERLY REGISTERED . . ."; and

Whereas the Prime Minister resorted to intimidation tactics to get his government to support yet another increase, this time an unbelievable $59 million for the federal Liberal gun registry; and

Whereas absolutely shocking is that the federal government thinks it can justify spending such excessive amounts on this questionable venture while other areas of public concern, such as the vital need for the replacement of our military Sea Kings, our Sea King helicopters are left neglected;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature join me in condemning the federal Liberal Government's continued and unlimited flow of millions of taxpayers' dollars toward what is an out-of-control registration scheme.

Mr. Speaker, when I seek waiver of notice, I want to point out that I was very pleased that the federal Tory caucus and the federal NDP . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The resolution was too long.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 27

MR. FRANK CORBETT: 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 volunteer fire departments have a long history of providing protection to families in many Nova Scotia communities; and

Whereas the Scotchtown Volunteer Fire Department has given stellar service and protection to the Scotchtown area; and

Whereas the Scotchtown Volunteer Fire Department lost one of its finest with the recent sudden passing of Deputy Fire Chief Robert Detienne;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize the fine efforts of former Deputy Fire Chief Robert Detienne of the Scotchtown Volunteer Fire Department and offer its condolences to his family, many friends and colleagues.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South.

RESOLUTION NO. 28

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

Whereas Donna Sparling of Westmount suffered a devastating spinal cord injury in a car accident on Boxing Day 1992; and

Whereas despite the devastation, Donna demonstrated great courage which has meant a new beginning instead of a tragic end; and

Whereas she recently received the Canadian Paraplegic Association's James Reid Award given to a Nova Scotian who overcomes personal and physical barriers;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House of Assembly of the Province of Nova Scotia congratulate Donna Sparling for receiving the James Reid Award, and honour her as a role model for those who face what first appear to be insurmountable challenges in their lives.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Dartmouth North.

RESOLUTION NO. 29

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

Whereas March 23rd to March 29th marks Social Work Week in Nova Scotia, a time to praise social workers for their professionalism in dealing with social justice issues such as poverty, unemployment, racism and abuse; and

Whereas social workers help people with a wide variety of personal problems in a variety of settings and in many program areas; and

Whereas social workers are employed not only in Community Services, but also in hospitals, correctional facilities, young offenders facilities, senior citizens' homes and many community-based programs;

Therefore be it resolved that this House recognize social workers in Nova Scotia for their dedicated efforts in helping individuals, families, groups and communities find solutions to the issues that affect their well-being.

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 Leader in the House of the Liberal Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 30

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

Whereas almost one year ago today, budget documents released indicated that transition houses, women's centres and men's intervention programs could do without funding until such time as they could redesign their programs; and

Whereas this redesign process is still very much a work in progress; and

Whereas attacking the most vulnerable has been a hallmark of this Tory Government;

Therefore be it resolved that this government recognize the valuable role women's centres, transition houses and men's intervention programs play in many communities throughout this province, and ensure that in the future these groups are treated with the respect that they deserve.

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 Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

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RESOLUTION NO. 31

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

Whereas Paul and Hilde Soward were married on March 28, 1933 at St. Andrews Church in Eastern Passage; and

Whereas Paul and Hilde Soward have lived in Eastern Passage all of their lives, contributing greatly to the community it is today; and

Whereas Paul and Hilde Soward raised one daughter and now have three grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate Paul and Hilde Soward of Eastern Passage on their 70th wedding anniversary and wish them many more years of happiness together.

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. 32

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

Whereas March is Kidney Health Month in Canada; and

Whereas Kidney Foundation volunteers have been going door to door in communities throughout Nova Scotia to raise money to improve the quality of life for people living with kidney disease; and

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Whereas throughout the year, staff continually make a difference to those with kidney disease through their expert hard work in four central dialysis units and nine satellite units throughout our province;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the Legislature extend their best wishes to the door-to-door canvassers for a successful fundraising campaign and extend their appreciation to the staff who make such a difference in the lives of those suffering from kidney disease through their caring support in all of the dialysis units.

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.

RESOLUTION NO. 33

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

Whereas since coming to office this government has limited the opening season for provincial parks; and

Whereas they have removed trash receptacles in many parks across the province; and

Whereas this government has neglected the upkeep of several parks across the province;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House urge the government to restore our parks to their former pristine condition and ensure that they are open so that Nova Scotians and tourists alike are allowed to enjoy them today and in the future.

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 a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Richmond.

RESOLUTION NO. 34

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

Whereas in his last Budget Address the Finance Minister said, "The ramifications of 40 years of borrowing are clear. The debt is not only robbing all Nova Scotians of opportunities today; if left unchecked, it will rob our children of the kind of hope, opportunity, choice, and prosperity we all want for them tomorrow"; and

Whereas during the last election the Premier said, "Any Nova Scotian can read my platform to find out what we will do, when we will do it and how much it will cost"; and

Whereas this year alone the Tories are borrowing more than twice as much as promised in their $46 million platform;

Therefore be it resolved that the government realize that Nova Scotians did read their blue book, they found out what was promised, and they know that the $46 million price tag bears no resemblance to reality.

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 Nova.

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RESOLUTION NO. 35

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 NDP has yet to explain how the United Steel Workers of Etobicoke, Ontario volunteered to be dinged $6,333 for NDP-ing on behalf of Gordie Gosse; and

Whereas the Chief Electoral Officer's Report of the 1999 election goes on page after page to report similar donations by out-of-province labour organizations to NDP candidates running all across Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the NDP engineered these donations so that they would be made to local candidates rather than through the central Party organization so as to bypass attention on them being made in the first place;

Therefore be it resolved that the NDP should be required to demonstrate that the United Steel Workers of Etobicoke actually consented to this large donation before it was made on their behalf, before they start accusing others of financial malfeasance at election time.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, before we get into government business, I would ask for the agreement of the House to revert to the order of business, Statements By Ministers.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Minister of Natural Resources.

HON. TIMOTHY OLIVE: Mr. Speaker, I thank the members opposite for reverting back to the business of the House.

Mr. Speaker, today I have the pleasure of announcing to you and my colleagues changes to the moose hunting season that will be implemented this year. The moose hunt in

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Nova Scotia is extremely popular among residents, as evidenced by the more than 11,000 applications we received last year for the opportunity to receive one of 200 licences.

This year the Department of Natural Resources has made some changes to the Fall moose hunt, including the introduction of moose management zones. The department has introduced four zones in Victoria and Inverness Counties, the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. Mr. Speaker, in addition to that, we are initiating two one-week seasons instead of a single two-week season. I am pleased to announce that as a result of these changes, we are able to offer an additional 110 licenses to hunters. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, these changes to the moose hunt mean less crowding for hunters and a more even distribution of pressure on the moose population. Ultimately, this new system will allow more people to hunt moose and will result in safer, better quality hunting experience. Thank you.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Hants East.

MR. JOHN MACDONELL: Mr. Speaker, I am quite pleased to have been in the House when a statement like this was read. I would appreciate, although as much as I thank the minister for giving me the statement ahead of time, it would really be nice to have one that had some facts in it.

It is true that the moose hunt is very popular among Nova Scotia residents, not that popular among moose. I want him to know that certainly I would expect there would be some uptake by Nova Scotia residents for this. I think presently it's a five-year lapse; if you attain a moose licence, you can't apply again for five years. I think practically all of the 200 licence holders every year bag moose so the population decreases by about 200 animals a year and I would feel quite sure that the extra 110, bringing that to 310, they will probably fill those as well.

I would like to know what the conservation information is saying about population dynamics in regard to the moose there. The statement around a more even distribution of pressure on the moose population, I'm curious as to what focus group you approached on this, whether that was with Bullwinkle. There is no information here in this statement around these four zones and I'm not sure if the minister, when he makes a comment around even distribution of pressure, if he thinks that the moose know where the zones are. It would be my impression that they are probably travelling throughout those counties, so therefore putting people in particular areas, and I'm assuming that's what this means, that you get a licence for a particular zone but that wasn't made clear in the minister's statement.

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So, anyway, what I say to the minister is thank you for the statement. I think that Nova Scotians will be pleased to have a greater opportunity to engage in the moose hunt, certainly as long as the work is done on the moose population dynamics to ensure that the population is safe. I would also like to know from the minister about what the department is doing in regard to other small moose population pockets, like there is one in the Annapolis Valley, I understand, and what's being done around habitat and trying to ensure that that population is secure because I think that's one that is definitely in danger.

So with those comments, I thank the minister and I hope this works out to be a good promotion by the province and good for the residents, as well as the moose population. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Victoria.

MR. KENNETH MACASKILL: Mr. Speaker, I, too, want to congratulate the minister for the statement and also for sending me a copy of his statement prior to coming to the House.

Mr. Speaker, as I read through the minister's statement, there are some good things we see in it, both for the moose population, I believe, and for the local residents who live and who are affected by the nuisance moose, we call them. I'm sure that they will be happy with the 110, two-week period, of hunting. I guess that translates into 220 moose. I'm sure the residents, particularly of northern Victoria, will be happy with that.

Mr. Speaker, the problem that seems to surface for the most part in both Victoria County and Inverness County is the lack of local participation in the draw. There are between 11,000 and 12,000 applications but very few of these go to the local area. They feel in the area that there should be a special draw for the two counties affected where the moose hunt takes place. It's something that we've been looking for and maybe sometime in the future the minister may look at this as a serious option with regard to the hunt that is fair to the residents where the hunting takes place.

Mr. Speaker, I'm sure research has been done on the health of the moose herd, at least it would appear that the moose are plentiful in the area. That's what the residents tell us but I believe we have some concerns about the health of the deer population, as my information tells me we only had 16 deer killed in the County of Victoria last hunting season. So that herd is low and I think while we are looking at the overall hunting season, I would hope that the minister would look at what the problem is or why the deer herd is declining.

So with these few comments, Mr. Speaker, again I want to thank the minister. I think it's a good statement and I think it satisfies a lot of people, both the hunters and the residents.

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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 the adjourned debate on the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne be now resumed.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Leader of the Opposition. You have 48 minutes left.

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: Mr. Speaker, I'm sure that will be enough time to have a look at the government's Speech from the Throne. I was reminded, not only as I was reading the paper today, but as I was reading through the document yesterday, that it reminded me of something borrowed, something blue, I think is the expression. They went through (Interruption) What's that? (Interruption) No, I don't know what kind of a statement they were trying to make with that respect but that's essentially what it was.

AN HON. MEMBER: Something old.

MR. DEXTER: Yes. Mr. Speaker, yesterday when I began my Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne, I said that this is a document that essentially fails to meet the challenges that are faced by today's families. The Throne Speech in its most basic form was simply a collection of promises that were made four years ago. When they were made at that point in time, the assumption is they were made in order to meet certain challenges that the government saw that existed. Unfortunately, these were all promises that simply were not kept, after they achieved their goal of becoming the government. The reality is the Speech from the Throne looks a heck of a lot like the 1999 blue book from this government. (Interruption) The member for Preston says it's the blue book II, well, it may be a sequel but it has gotten pretty stale for most people.

I would say that the Speech from the Throne is essentially a collection of carefully-worded and vague promises about what this government might do in the future if only the people of Nova Scotia would give them another mandate. Nova Scotians are being asked to believe promises that were essentially broken this time around, with the government saying

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well, we'll keep them next time if we get around to it. My question is really simply, why should Nova Scotians believe that they will do what they did not do over the last four years? They had four years to accomplish it and I think many Nova Scotians will say we're sorry, time's up.

Mr. Speaker, I don't believe that the people of the province are prepared to give this government another opportunity to say one thing and to do something so profoundly different than what was promised. The reality for this government is that over the last four years, we have seen an agenda of inaction, mean-spiritedness and underachievement in almost every sector. They simply have failed to do what they ought to have done, which is to make life better for the families of today in this province.

I don't believe and I don't think, the people, if you talk to them where they work or where they live, I don't believe that they are going to be very impressed by this Throne Speech, because essentially they recognize it as a trust that has already been broken. Why should they trust the government to do something that they failed to do when they had the opportunity to do it? The record simply tells people that they had no intention, I believe, of keeping the promises they made in 1999, it was simply an attempt to convince people to turn the reins of government over to them. Although they were successful in that endeavor, it remains to be seen whether or not they will be as successful, once they have to actually run on that record.

I know that one of the things about Nova Scotians is that we, as a people, tend to assume the best in people. In fact, I would say that is one of our finest traits, to assume that people mean what they say, assume that they will do what they say they will do. Unfortunately, when it comes to politics, we have seen too many governments - both Liberal and Conservative - who have simply done the same thing that the Hamm Government is doing today, which is saying one thing, promising to create a better environment for the people of Nova Scotia, but once they get elected they serve any interest, except those that are in the interest of Nova Scotia families.

I would say - and I believe that people right across this province will confirm - that this is a government that has essentially spent four years in government, actively creating roadblocks for people who are striving to improve their situation, striving to improve their lives, they are people who are striving to live up to their own potential and to care for their loved ones. It is almost like the government is hoping that a sort of collective amnesia has taken hold in Nova Scotia.

How else can you explain a Premier this week who is quoted as saying that he doesn't recall saying in the 1999 election that he would fix health care? That was the whole campaign that they ran and there in blue and white in the Progressive Conservative platform are these words, "As your premier, my first priority will be to fix the health care system. We will make sure that when individual Nova Scotians need health care it will be there for

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them." Well, Nova Scotians know better, they know that based on reality and based on what they have experienced.

I want you to remember, Mr. Speaker, that this is a government that tried to cut the feeding program for sick children. As one reporter said to the Minister of Health at the time, you just don't get it, do you? Well, the minister finally got it, but only after the immense pressure that was put on by the Opposition and by people who were simply outraged by the position of a minister who couldn't seem to understand that there was something wrong with cutting off a feeding program for sick children.

Let's not forget, Mr. Speaker, that this is a government that set up an ambulance fee structure so unfair that when one of our MLAs challenged it on behalf of a group of Nova Scotians, the government backed down instead of going to court. Under this government, emergency rooms have been repeatedly cut and closed in communities like New Waterford and hospitals in Pictou County lost vital services - that means families must travel even further to obtain necessary tests. We have seen services stripped out of rural hospitals like the one in Queens County.

The Throne Speech speaks proudly of our two fine tertiary hospitals in metro - the IWK and the QE II. I agree these are excellent facilities with excellent staff of which we should all be proud, but they also face daunting tasks thanks to this government's health care budgeting and approach. The fact is that in the 2002 budget the QE II said that the funds that are provided by the government to run its facilities would result in a cut-back on the number of patients it accepts, the number of operating rooms, in-patient beds and in ambulatory care. In its 2002 budget documents the IWK expressed concerns that there continues to be many gaps in the needed services for children and youth in those facilities. Chronic health problems create huge burdens for children, youth, their families, their communities. Wait lists for services have continued to grow, as well staff turnover continues to increase.

Under this government's watch, cardiac waiting lists have grown longer and yet at the same time we have sent cardiac surgeons out of this province to reduce waiting lists elsewhere - in a province where operating rooms have been opened rather than shut down. This is a government that despite promising in 1999 to improve the working situation for nurses went so far out of their way to poison the working environment for nurses and other health care workers with Bill No. 68, a bill which will not be soon forgotten by health care workers in this province.

I'm sure you can remember it, Mr. Speaker. I don't know who could forget. I know that health care workers certainly don't forget. It's the government that used back-to-work legislation twice in the first three years of its mandate and who did they use it with? With health care workers, nurses and paramedics, people who are dedicated to saving the lives of the people of this province. So little respect for the work that they do that the government was not only inclined, but put into action some of the most regressive legislation that we

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have ever seen in this province and, in fact, have ever seen in this country, legislation that would limit some basic freedoms like freedom of association. It was a sad day in the history of this government.

So there is a pattern emerging here, Mr. Speaker, a pattern of health care promises made and health care promises broken. This same Premier we see here today promising to do better by today's families tomorrow said he would fix health care by drastically reducing administration and putting that money into eyeball-to-eyeball health care.

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Instead, Mr. Speaker, what have we experienced? We have seen layer upon layer of new paid communications staff for the Health Department to the tune of $2 million. Increasing administration, the administration in health care is a flourishing business in this province. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats are not providing service to the people of the province, they are, instead, being used to shield the minister from having to answer questions, some of the most profound questions that people in this province have.

This government has said in the past, and repeats in this Throne Speech, that it's committed to reducing wait times. What we've seen so far, Mr. Speaker, is a hands-off policy, a hands-off attitude that has allowed the development of private for-profit interests in this province, an introduction into the health care system while wait lists grow longer and longer because this government has limited access to hospital services.

The Tory Party, in the last election, insisted that it would not get hooked on gambling revenue if it formed the government, and yet just a few months ago we learned that the former Health Minister ignored his own in-house gambling addictions experts and went ahead with new video lottery terminals that he knew were more, not less, addictive, as he claimed when machines were first introduced. Yet another example of how this government has simply lost its compass and put budgets ahead of people.

Let's not forget this government's miserly approach to nursing home residents and their families. Despite the obvious unfair treatment of seniors and other nursing home residents, this government has been pulled kicking and screaming into doing the right thing inch by inch. Regardless of the incremental changes that this government has made, the fact remains that these families still struggle with a harsh assessment system that sees them having to give up much of what they have worked a lifetime for in order to pay for health care. These are people who worked a lifetime to improve this province, who ran the economy, who raised their families here and who paid taxes all their lives, and just when they need the government's help the most, it is denied.

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Mr. Speaker, I'm interested to see that the Throne Speech offers some hope on this issue, but once again it will be a little and it will be too late in coming, if ever. It is not what the public demands for its seniors. They demand that the cost of health care and nursing homes be covered, nothing less. The Premier knows that he can do that now, he knows that he could show the seniors of this province that he is at least willing to be pushed, if he won't lead, but for what I can only assume are political reasons, he keeps seniors and their families waiting. I would like to challenge the Premier today to simply make the necessary changes. The federal government is sending additional health care funding, and fairness and equity for seniors of this province should be at the top of the list. So just do it is what I say to the Premier, get this issue off the table for the sake of the families struggling across the province.

This Throne Speech also talks glowingly about the government's future plans for improving the education our children receive, something they failed to adequately address during their first mandate. It was this government that so badly underestimated the amount of money needed for education in its first budget that Nova Scotian teachers, parents and students filled the streets around Province House, forcing the government to back off and to at least make an attempt at properly funding our schools.

Mr. Speaker, like Bill No. 68, I don't believe the teachers and the students and their families will forget. This government wants us to forget about it, but I can tell you that nobody does. This is a government that tried to claw back federal money from French immersion until they were caught at it, and it is a government that despite the massive community support for École Beaufort let that school close and its French Immersion Program start to slip away. As in so many areas, this government used education to set one community against another.

Some get new schools or get their schools repaired with little or no effort while others like Barrington Passage can't even get a meeting with the Minister of Education to discuss their concerns about environmental conditions in their local schools and their fears for their children's health.

The health of our schools is vitally important. That is why we have insisted that there should be an annual public audit of the air and water quality in our schools - an audit that would ensure parents, teachers and students know what kind of environment our children are learning in.

This government has most spectacularly failed with special needs children in our schools - this was a promise made and then a promise forgotten - schools that lack proper resources to assess children at an early age; assessments that will provide those children with the necessary treatment that they require.

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The Special Education Implementation Review Committee report made 34 recommendations aimed at improving access to services for children with special needs and thereby improving the school system for all students. The government said that it would respond to that report and has yet failed to do so.

The Liberals have not said what they would do with this report. I believe that if they are serious about education they must make this commitment and they must agree to fund the recommendations. We're the only ones who have committed to working with parents, educators, and health professionals to implement the SEIRC recommendations, because that is an investment in ensuring that Nova Scotia children and their families across the province receive the assistance they need when they need it most. It's an investment that means significant new learning opportunities in every school and almost every classroom.

The government will, of course, require a new common report card for students, but it will not provide the support required in order to ensure that what is on that report card is success for our children.

And speaking of the Liberals, thanks to their introduction of the wrong-headed P3 school construction scheme we are haunted by developers taking a cut from children's fundraising activities, and communities being virtually locked out of schools in their communities by sky high rental fees. Mr. Speaker, that's P to 12.

What about the Conservatives' commitment to post-secondary education? Well, it comes to this government's commitment to ensuring access to higher education so that young people can realize their potential, it is a record that is nothing short of neglectful. Following the lead of the Liberal Government before them, this government has increasingly shifted the burden of who pays for university education onto the shoulders of students and their families. The results are alarming: more students unable to achieve their potential, more students facing unmanageable debts at the end of their education, debts that drive . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition has the floor.

MR. DEXTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. These are debts that drive more and more students to other provinces or out of the country where the higher salaries are. It's why we have committed ourselves to a course of action to help students and their families that includes increases in operating grants to universities to cover the increases in their operating expenses. The result of this policy would be to stop tuition from rising - a policy commonly referred to as a tuition freeze. The immediate reinstatement of a loan remission program that actually achieves what it should, as opposed to the pale imitation that was introduced by the Minister of Education just a short time ago.

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Mr. Speaker, we are committed to working with all concerned parties to develop a plan for predictable, stable funding for universities - a plan that takes the unfair and unmanageable financial burdens off of students and their families.

The speech was shockingly disrespectful when the government suggested that only two of this province's universities were among the best in the country. We are, of course, proud of Acadia and St. F.X. but make no mistake, Mr. Speaker, we are also proud of the students who attend Dalhousie, Saint Mary's, the University College of Cape Breton, Université Sainte-Anne, King's College, Mount Saint Vincent, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Atlantic School of Theology and the Agricultural College, serving these students, these institutions all provide high quality, world class education.

It has been said that the road to any election in Nova Scotia is paved with - well, Mr. Speaker, it's paved with pavement. Despite the promises to take the politics out of pavement, this government has done just the opposite. It promised Nova Scotians that they would see a paving priority list so that those who most needed new or improved roads would get them rather than paving being done based on who you voted for. What happened to this commitment? Did they just forget about it? Did they put it through the shredder? I must assume that they just were not serious about it when they made the promise.

This is a government that has made it's most senior member declare in no uncertain terms that the most dangerous highway in this province, Highway No. 101, would be twinned and now we have the spectre of a Tory provincial government fighting with a federal Liberal Cabinet Minister over who gets the most paving in areas where they have political interests. Mr. Speaker, it's a shameful disservice to the people of this province.

The Throne Speech, Mr. Speaker, talks about the potential that this province holds and I agree that so much is so close at hand and that we can realize that potential. Perhaps one of the greatest opportunities rests with the offshore, something barely mentioned in the Throne Speech by this government. During the last election, the Tories promised to get a better deal from our offshore resources than the Liberal Government had achieved before. Has it happened? No, not at all. That's why we raised the question about what happened to the Alma platform jobs, jobs that should have come here but instead went to Louisiana. Understandably, Nova Scotians asked the question, why are we not getting what we ought to from our own resources? Poor deals have been signed and opportunities thrown away, poor deals that have not been improved on by successive governments despite the promise to do so.

We should not be locked into the offshore royalty regime that exists, Mr. Speaker. The return on the present offshore royalty regime is so poor that the net royalties to Nova Scotia in 2001 from $1 billion of natural gas production was 0.53 per cent of the money that came from our natural gas. What about the benefits? Well, improvements there would mean that more Nova Scotian companies should get work, more individual Nova Scotians should

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get jobs, but we can only achieve a better deal if we negotiate it. It's something that I learned a long time ago in business, in politics, representing the people of my constituency is that if you are going to wait around until you get what it is you deserve, you are going to wait a long time because what you get is what you negotiate, not what you deserve. The problem has been that this government, like the government before it, have been poor negotiators.

Mr. Speaker, I was interested to read in the Throne Speech something called Just Imagine. In that section, the government imagines a day when homes here in Nova Scotia burn Nova Scotia gas. The one thing that the government should know is that what guarantees a poor tomorrow is poor planning of today. Deeds are important, not words. I suggest it will take more than imagining, it will take more than wishing; wishing will not make it so.

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Standing here today in metro, the economic engine of this province, it would be easy to forget that so many regions do not fare as well. As we all understand, a strong metro region benefits other areas of the province but the opposite is also true: stronger communities across this province will strengthen metro. We can't create a strong viable province without paying attention to economic development in the whole of the province. Metro should be absolutely concerned about what is good for metro, but metro should also be concerned when Cape Breton struggles to maintain a rail link. Metro should be equally concerned about the economic development opportunities going unrealized in the Strait. We must concern ourselves with the economic development of areas like Queens County, so that the constant draining away of people there is halted and reversed. The loss there is profound, Mr. Speaker, but it is also being felt here, because a loss of tax base there increases the burden here.

We have to ask ourselves why a centre like Sydney shouldn't have an economic model like metro has to bring its people new economic development. Residents all over the province have the right . . .

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. I would ask the members to take their conversations outside, please. It's very difficult to hear the speaker.

The honourable Leader of the Official Opposition has the floor.

MR. DEXTER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Residents all over this province have the right to development tools to develop their strengths, economic development that allows them to succeed. We must not throw up new roadblocks in the way of economic development in other areas of the province, like introducing more toll roads. We must not - as this government has done in its mandate - set one municipality against another for political gain; that is a recipe for a weaker Nova Scotia. It is also beyond my comprehension why a government that virtually assured its victory in the last election by appealing to rural voters

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has turned around and broken the promise to look after rural interests. There is no more blatant example of that, than this government's gutting of the agricultural production branch that has been replaced by a privatized system that charges hard-pressed farmers for necessary services.

Mr. Speaker, I think we can all agree that we can forge a better deal for the people and for the families of Nova Scotia. One of the things, as I mentioned, was the number of borrowed things that existed in the Throne Speech - and I couldn't help but be struck as the Premier said to reporters yesterday that, if he hears a good idea, he doesn't care where it came from. Well I appreciate that, but it's one thing to follow the lead in identifying the challenges that face Nova Scotia's families today, but you must also go the next step and borrow the practical solutions that we have also brought forward.

In this session and into the next election we will also ask Nova Scotian families some basic questions: What has four years of Tory Government that ignored your basic needs done for you? Are you better off than you were four years ago in the things that matter to you, your family, and your community? Is it easier for you to make ends meet now than it was in 1999?

We will ask questions and we will continue to develop solutions for families who live in this province with the second-lowest minimum wage in the country - something that could be rectified by ensuring that minimum wage increases come on a regular basis, like other wages, so that people can make ends meet - families who look at bills that come in every month for heating oil, gasoline, auto insurance, and are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet. It is time for solutions and that's why today we introduced five pieces of legislation aimed at cleaning up political practices that should have been cleaned up decades ago: legislation that recognizes the hard work, danger and sacrifices of the province's firefighters; legislation providing meaningful financial assistance to students in a way that will help them afford an education now; legislation putting an immediate end to the unfair practice of charging seniors for health-related costs of nursing homes; and legislation providing smoke-free places to ensure the health of all Nova Scotians and providing a healthier workplace for employees.

Over the next weeks of this legislative session we will continue to bring solutions forward to create a better deal for today's families but, today, facing a Premier and government who say they want to run on an imagined record, I move this amendment. I move

the resolution before the House be amended by adding the following words, that this House declares that the government has failed to keep the 243 promises it made in the 1999 Progressive Conservative platform and has failed to give today's families a real break and that this House further declares that, in particular, the government has failed to increase the number of hospital beds, failed to ease the cost of higher education, failed to treat seniors with respect, failed to regard education as an investment, failed to listen to communities, failed to replace jobs in Cape Breton and failed to provide new incentives for rural economic growth. I move that amendment.

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

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, I'm pleased to rise in my place here today in reply to the Speech from the Throne. At the outset, I want to congratulate you on returning to the Chair for this session which undoubtedly will be the last session before the next election. Again, my congratulations to you and as an observer of the Speaker's role here for some time now, I think I can say with confidence that you have fulfilled your duties admirably in the Chair. You have always, certainly in this member's opinion, demonstrated fairness in the House to all members of the House and I certainly want to again congratulate you and wish you well.

I would also like to thank the members of the House who will be leaving this year and not coming back, for their public service. I can't think of any higher calling than public service and as a person who is celebrating a 10th Anniversary in this place this year, I can tell you it has been more than interesting. It has been challenging at times, but I know that each and every member has the best interests of his or her constituents when they enter this place and also in the interests of providing good service to the people they represent and to the Province of Nova Scotia. Those who are leaving, each and every one of them, leave a legacy behind and I know that the people of Nova Scotia would agree with me that they have served their constituents well.

I would like to thank the citizens of Cape Breton South, my own constituency and part of the former City of Sydney, for the overwhelming mandates they've given me in the last four decades. I starting out as Mayor of Sydney in 1978, being re-elected in 1982, 1985, and receiving an acclamation in 1988, re-elected again in 1991, and in 1993, provincially, 1998, provincially and 1999, provincially. I want to thank the people of my area for giving me those overwhelming mandates during the past 25 years. It has been a pleasure and still is a pleasure to serve the people of my area.

I want to say, Mr. Speaker, that my area is changing somewhat with redistribution. I'm losing some of what was called the Ashby area of Sydney, which is going to that other great constituency of Cape Breton Nova, adjacent to me. I can tell my good friend, the member for Cape Breton Nova, that the part of Cape Breton South that I'm giving to Cape Breton Nova has rewarded me with those 20 polls with great majorities in the last couple of elections. So I would say to the member for Cape Breton Nova that certainly whoever receives the nomination for that seat can take comfort in that fact that there are a number of good people in that particular section of the city who have supported me in the past and I refer, of course, to places like Ashby Road and Herbert Street, Cornwallis Street, St. Peters Road, Whitney Avenue, Park Street, and the list goes on and on. Those particular areas, I'm certainly sorry to lose them, but they're going, as I said, to another good constituency. I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, that 25 years in this business and I'm still energized to move ahead.

I've already been nominated and will fight in the next election on behalf of my Party.

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Mr. Speaker, the new area that I'm getting is an area that comprises Sydney River, Coxheath, Westmount, Point Edward, Rudderham Road, around to Balls Creek, and all of those areas. It has now become a rural/urban mix and a challenge. I'm looking forward to that challenge. I inherited that area from both Cape Breton West and Cape Breton The Lakes, and it represents about 20 per cent of my constituency. I'm looking forward to meeting and greeting new people from that particular area who will now be members of the Cape Breton South constituency.

Mr. Speaker, as I stated, I'm just getting started in this business. I don't feel that four decades is a long time, since 1978, to be in public office, because I want to be in public office. I'm here because I feel that there's no higher calling than to be able to serve the people of your area, to serve your fellow citizens. I respect that privilege and will, in the next election, I hope, again earn the respect and the trust of the people I serve. I believe this election is going to be a pivotal one for Nova Scotia. Nova Scotians are going to have a clear choice in this election, whether or not they want to stay with a government that has broken many promises in the past four years, that has not lived up to its responsibilities, or to turn to a new Liberal Government in this province with its dynamic young Leader who has a forward vision for this province and its people. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker, I believe that the current government, the Hamm Government, has taken a number of the ideas from our Leader and our Party, and is trying to implement those ideas, ideas that were not born by the Tory Government but borrowed from Liberal initiatives. Some of those I will outline to this House. In December, our Leader announced a plan to keep more young graduates in Nova Scotia and aggressively attract expatriates back home. Yesterday, the government belatedly promised a plan to attract Nova Scotians home, following our lead in that regard.

Our Leader has met with students and university administrators, and our Leader's plan, Danny Graham's plan, will reinstate the loan remission program that this government killed and did not replace. They could have replaced it, Mr. Speaker, with funds from the Millennium Project but they did not. This week, lo and behold, the current government announced a loan remission program. Again, an idea borrowed from Danny Graham and the Liberal Party. They announced a loan remission program that is a little more than half as large as the one they cancelled. They have broken faith with the students of this province.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please.

The honourable member for Cape Breton South has the floor.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: I believe they have broken faith with the students of this province. They've taken 100 per cent of the financing away and tried to appease the students by giving 50 per cent of it back. It's only for those who need the assistance in the future. That is only a pale comparison of what the Danny Graham plan was for student loan

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remission in this province. But, again, the government said this is a good program, we should borrow that idea from the Liberals as well and try to fool Nova Scotians into thinking that they're going to actually do something for the students when in fact they're not.

Mr. Speaker, even before he became Leader, Danny Graham was talking about wellness and improving the health of Nova Scotians as part of the comprehensive approach to health care. The Office of Health Promotion was set up. The office was set up, but they forgot something. They forgot to put any money in the office. They set up the Office of Health Promotion to con Nova Scotians into thinking that they were actually going to do something about wellness in this province. But, lo and behold, we can't find any money. We have a minister that's now responsible - I call him Health Minister No. 2 - that minister is now responsible for a department that has no money. It's almost like the Minister of Economic Development has very little in the way of budget and his ministry has been reduced to an office. They don't even call it the ministry, they call it the Office of the Minister of Economic Development. Any wonder, because they stripped his ability to do anything by taking the funds out of that particular office as well.

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That Health Promotion Office is nothing but a "me too" initiative, that's all. Stealing the ideas from the Liberal Leader.

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please. The honourable member knows that to use the word stealing in the House is unparliamentary and I would ask him to retract that please.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: I will retract that. Borrowing, that sounds better - borrowing.

The promise to take another step towards full payment of health care costs for seniors in nursing homes is late. Cynically, time for pre-election announcements while seniors suffer the financial and emotional distress of having their hard-earned assets assessed. Simply not appropriate.

The Nova Scotia Community College announcement. In 1999, the Liberal Government recognized the importance of community colleges in our education system and to our economic growth. Four years later, Tories are ready to promise to invest in community college systems. Four years later. Is there an accident in time that would suggest that maybe there's an election coming and maybe we should trot that out now? We will trot that promise out to the community colleges now and if we get elected, we'll have to fulfill the promise and if we don't, somebody else will have to deal with it. That's what you're going to see in the next few weeks and months.

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Thirteen months ago the Liberal caucus suggested an all-Party committee to study the options to control insurance rates in this province. Six months ago, our leader, Danny Graham, suggested a consumer advocate. This month, six months later, in preparation for an election, the Tories notice that Nova Scotians are suffering from insurance costs. Suddenly the light went on. They noticed. So, what are they going to do? They're going to consult with Nova Scotians.

We don't need any consultation on insurance rates in this province, we need action on insurance rates in this province. That's another projection. They're going to consult and hopefully it will get them through the election. Another exercise in political mischief. That's all that is, a response to initiatives by the Liberal Party over a year ago - trying to get an all- Party committee and trying to get a consumer advocate in place. Another cynical election promise by this government.

The Premier also stated, and publicly, that he was not disposed to increasing the debt in Nova Scotia during his term as Premier. It was not something that he could foresee nor wanted to do. Well, four years later, the debt has gone up by over $500 million and it's still growing in this province. This government has not done one thing to stop the growth of the long-term debt in this province. In fact, it's growing as I speak. So, what happened to the Premier's promise of no debt increases?

This government is giving the people of Nova Scotia the opinion that they're giving them something back this year in the way of a tax cut. When you consider that user fees on virtually every good and service that this province makes available to Nova Scotians, has been increased. When you look at another promise that the Premier broke - 2 cents a litre on gasoline at the pump - a broken promise. The Premier said, when he took over government in this province, that he would not increase taxes in this province, in his first mandate, other than taxes on tobacco. He broke that promise too when he increased gasoline tax by 2 cents a litre. That is a bogus tax, Mr. Speaker, and should be returned to consumers in this province, because it was a broken promise.

Mr. Speaker, the Tories are also taking credit for creating 26,000 new jobs in four years. Well, I want to remind you that the previous Liberal Government created as many jobs in two years. They laugh at that suggestion, but those figures come from their own Web site, their Finance Department Web site. That's where I'm getting those figures. They didn't get to the Web site to change those figures in time, before we found out what they were. Also, the Tories claim that 80 per cent are full-time, of that 26,000. Well, 98 per cent of jobs created under Liberal Governments were full-time.

Much economic growth has been driven by offshore activity, but the last program to come into production was the Sable project. Mr. Speaker, there hasn't been one offshore project come into production since this government took over power. This government chastised the previous Liberal Government on its handling of the Sable development, but it

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was the Sable development in this province that created all the jobs that are now in place in Nova Scotia because of offshore activity, and the construction activity that took place in this province was from the Sable project. Can this government point to one initiative in the offshore that has come into production? No, they can't. (Interruption) As a matter of fact, no mention of it to any extent in the Throne Speech.

Also, it took us a year of hammering away in this place to get the government to set up a full-time Energy Department in this province with a minister. And then what did they do? The former minister of the Department of Energy or the Petroleum Directorate, as it was called, saw that he was actually going to have to do some work in an Energy Department, so he bailed out of there. Then they put another minister in there, who has not sent any signals to the industry, the gas and oil industry in this province, that they're willing to sit down at the table and give that industry some sort of certainty as to where they can go in the future in terms of their association with Nova Scotia and what they might expect to receive from the government. (Interruptions) That's right.

All they're doing is leaving and the government is saying so long. That's just about the size of it. In other words, the Premier has said, also, publicly, that offshore gas and oil and the offshore industry is not really important to Nova Scotia's economy in the future. It doesn't make any difference. Well, will the Premier tell me how the economy is going to grow in Nova Scotia? What is going to replace projects like Sable? Is it going to be more user fees on people who can't afford user fees? Is it going to be taxing people out of their homes? Is it going to give Nova Scotians the opportunity in the wintertime to either starve or freeze with the government's inaction? Where is the economy going to grow if the Premier states that we don't need the oil and gas industry in this province? Let them move on.

Well, Mr. Speaker, they are moving on, with great regularity lately. That's a shame, because Nova Scotia's prosperity is tied to the activity in that sector of the economy in the future. The government seems to be content on letting that industry slip into oblivion, and that's really as a result of inactivity or no plan on behalf of that crowd over there. It appears to me that the only plan the Tories have is the plan to try to get re-elected by fooling Nova Scotians into thinking they're actually doing something.

Mr. Speaker, now, earlier today I rose on a point of privilege regarding political advertising, and it's a cynical exercise on behalf of this government and, I would say, a sleight of hand on behalf of this government to try to use taxpayers' money for political advertising purposes on a regular basis. This government has certainly written a new chapter on that. When you see, Mr. Speaker, announcements being made in the newspaper about tax cuts before they're even approved in this place, where they should be, when you see announcements of government programs before they even hit the floor of this Legislature, that tells me that the Hamm Government has nothing but contempt for the Legislature. Any government that would use taxpayers' money for political purposes, I believe, has to be

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called into account. By the way, it is not the first time that governments in this country have been called into account for using taxpayers' dollars for political advertising. The case I outlined earlier was a case in Ontario that was proven.

Mr. Speaker, this government, led by Dr. Hamm, said that $1.5 billion was enough to deliver high-quality health care in Nova Scotia. Today the Health budget stands at $2 billion, even though they said $1.5 billion was enough. That's all we need, $1.5 billion. Well, how did it get up to $2 billion? How did it get up to $2 billion? Now, as a result of it going up to $2 billion, Nova Scotians wait longer for diagnostic services and for surgeries. Nova Scotians lie on stretchers outside crowded emergency rooms. In New Waterford, Nova Scotians worry that they might lose their emergency room altogether. That's even after there's another $0.5 billion gone into the system. All of those things are happening.

Many Nova Scotians can't find family doctors, particularly in rural Nova Scotia. Graduating medical students are facing debt loads of up to $100,000. Now, we see the government preparing to spend $71 million that is being sent from Ottawa under the 2003 Federal-Provincial Health Accord. In other words, another $70 million is going to be spent, with new money coming from Ottawa.

The Minister of Health went to Ottawa with a mandate from Nova Scotians to fight for more money, but she didn't speak up at the table with the Premiers because she felt intimidated. That's the representation that Nova Scotia sent to Ottawa to sit at a First Ministers Conference to discuss health care. She didn't want to say anything because she felt it wasn't her place to say anything. That was the sole result of what happened to the visit to Ottawa. Nothing. Nothing happened.

Mr. Speaker, we talk about political spin in the so-called Rumsfeld document, the Rumsfeld plan that we outlined in this House, which was the secret document that became public by some intrepid people who were involved with planning that document, who decided that Nova Scotians should know about it. We found out in that document that it was a feel-good document. The message was, no matter if you're doing anything for Nova Scotians, it doesn't matter, just make them think you're doing something for them. Make them feel good. So if they feel good, they will think something's happening. If they think something's happening, they will vote for us in the next election. Be happy. Don't worry about anything. That's what the Rumsfeld plan said. Propaganda. Get us through the next election.

Mr. Speaker, in the past year the government has increased tobacco taxes by $50 million a year, and they put back $1 million to support Nova Scotians who want to quit smoking - $1 million out of the $50 million. They increased the taxes $50 million and put $1 million back. That's a real commitment to stop people from smoking. Nova Scotians have the highest rate of death from respiratory disease and there's been no real action on

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establishing community health centres which would help Nova Scotians manage their own health better.

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I want to leave health care for a moment because everybody in Nova Scotia knows that the government has been throwing more money at the health care system but the system is still broke . . .

AN HON. MEMBER: No plan.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: There's no plan. The people who are working in the system are overworked and frustrated; frustrated with the lack of attention to their needs by this government. It's not the people working in the health care system in this province who are at fault, it is the administration of that health care system that's at fault. It's the lack of a plan by this government, a long-term plan that Nova Scotians can finally see that there's something happening incrementally in our health care system in the future and that's not happening.

Let me turn to some matters about education for a moment. You know, I know, and all Nova Scotians know that our education system is failing our students. Students are failing in math and English. The government has announced plans for new schools, but children in Dominion are watching their school sink, children in Barrington Passage are coming home sick and on the Eastern Shore the high school doesn't meet the fire code - doesn't meet the fire code, in the year 2003.

Overall, this province's schools have a maintenance requirement of $500 million. In HRM, students are facing problems unique to this particular area as well. I believe that the same thing goes for education that I outlined in health. There is no plan for education in this province in the future except to get from one day to the next.

Post-secondary education - they outlined briefly earlier - Nova Scotian students have the highest tuition in the country. The present Tory Government used the millennium money, they stated the scholarship fund in a way that said to the students that you don't matter here. You don't matter, students, we're going to use this money for other purposes. We don't think it should go to you, the students in this province, who need it. In other words, the government ripped that money right out of the pockets of the students who need it in this province and thought nothing of it.

Now, the new loan remission program that I mentioned earlier offers only $5.1 million compared with the $10 million they took from the students. So, again, it's a shell game this government is playing with Nova Scotians. We take 100 per cent from you, give

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you 50 per cent back and hope you think we're wonderful as we head into an election - the illusion that you're actually doing something for Nova Scotians.

Well I give the people of Nova Scotia more credit than that - they can see through this cynical, political game that's going on here. They can see through the fact that this government is about to announce a 10 per cent income tax decrease in this province . . .

AN HON. MEMBER: Maybe.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Maybe - when in fact the increases announced federally two years ago were not allowed to flow through here; the province kept that as well. So people in Nova Scotia did not get the benefit of that and you're using borrowed money to give a tax break back to Nova Scotians this year - I see I've struck a chord with those opposite when you start talking taxes.

Who's going to benefit from this tax decrease - low-income people in this province? Remember it's only on the provincial income tax, so low-income people - how much are they going to benefit? Four or five dollars a month maybe? Something like that - $50 a year? When in fact you've charged them more for license plates, you've charged them more for licenses of all kinds . . .

AN HON. MEMBER: Gas.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Gas has gone up at the pump; the government has done nothing about the increase in home heating oil; the increase in insurance. Yet the government is going to give a 10 per cent tax break when, in fact, not only are they charging the user fees they are, but they're borrowing the money to give the tax break back in an election year.

This government has borrowed another $100 million this year to get them through and $500 million in borrowed money since the Premier said he would not borrow any money in his first term of office in this province. Yet consistently this government has borrowed to operate each and every year and the Finance Minister has the gall to stand in this House and say that he has got a truly balanced budget. It's not difficult to achieve a balanced budget when you're out borrowing money. It's called chequebook politics, post-dated chequebook politics. The whole exercise here with this Speech from the Throne is to get this government through the next election no matter what. Tell Nova Scotians what the Rumsfeld plan stated . . .

AN HON. MEMBER: Don't worry, be happy.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Don't worry, be happy, that's right.

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Mr. Speaker, I believe that as we move steadily towards the election you're going to see more political advertising paid for by the taxpayers. You're going to see more announcements made on policy decisions of this government before they're even debated on the floor of this place where they should be debated. You have the spectacle of the Premier standing in another place telling Nova Scotians there's going to be a tax decrease before we even see the budget here, before we even vote on a budget for a tax decrease or any other part of that budget. They're already out buying ads saying this is a done deal, and paid for by the taxpayers of Nova Scotia, paying for an ad to tell them they're going to get a tax decrease before this House even approves it. That's the contempt that this government has for this parliamentary system but I believe that Nova Scotians are not going to be fooled by that.

Now, Mr. Speaker, let me turn for a moment to the other part of the Speech from the Throne that I thought was peculiar - very little mention of the offshore industry, a passing glance at it, but worse than that, my own area, eight lines in the total document devoted to Cape Breton, eight lines, one reminding Nova Scotians that the stacks are gone at Sysco again, I mean they're gone, they made sure of that. But they want to remind Nova Scotians again in their speech to curry favour with whomever by reminding them that we knocked the stacks down a few years ago and reminding Nova Scotians again in those eight lines devoted to Cape Breton that they're going to be involved in the tar ponds cleanup. They're going to be involved in the tar ponds cleanup whenever they can figure out what percentage of the money they're going to have to come to the table with and that project is federally driven. It has been for a long time and it's through the efforts of local groups that have ensured that that program remains very much doable.

I believe, Mr. Speaker, as I stand in my place here, that this government has forgotten about Cape Breton and has written it off. When you have a document that has eight lines dedicated to Cape Breton, it speaks volumes about not an economic or a social agenda for this government but a political agenda. This government knows that politically Cape Breton is a wasteland for them. They know that because of past decisions made by ministers either current or in the past respecting Cape Breton. So what have they done? It's called political retribution. (Interruption) They're saying, yes, Sysco closed, hospital beds open. Sysco is gone, we know that, but there are no more hospital beds. They're closing them too.

So, Mr. Speaker, I'm disappointed about the lack of any kind of statement in the document that we heard yesterday respecting a long-term strategy to solve the economic problems of rural Nova Scotia and Cape Breton and when I talk about rural Nova Scotia, the tremendous problems that are inherent in a lot of areas in this province, including areas from Yarmouth to Glace Bay that are in rural Nova Scotia.

I believe this government has decided where they can score political points and are turning their attention to those areas only. Just look at what's happening in the paving industry, I guess the transportation industry but as we move closer to the election I would refer to it as the paving industry in Nova Scotia, Tory ridings are getting the majority of the

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work, but that's understandable. They're going to zero in on what seats they can win and they're going to spend money in those particular seats, another political exercise, but again they're trying to get elected with public dollars. It's not what all Nova Scotians want and need, it's what they feel Nova Scotians that are supportive of them should get. That's exactly what kind of an exercise is going on there.

Some of the agreements that have been negotiated across this country are much better than the one that was negotiated from Nova Scotia with Ottawa in terms of transportation monies and we wonder why the ball was dropped here, and I see the Government House Leader smiling about that. (Interruption) Well, the Government House Leader has been pretty quick on his feet today regarding that and he will have an opportunity to discuss that and maybe at some point debate in this House exactly what he means by that, but I can tell you this government did not do a very good job of negotiating monies for Nova Scotia in regard to transportation in my opinion. By the way we had the spectacle of government getting mixed up one minister to another of what the priorities were. Suddenly the one highway was a priority one day and another one the next day and then they had to backtrack on that and then they weren't sure which one was going to be the priority.

AN HON. MEMBER: Highway No. 104, Highway No. 103, Highway No. 101.

MR. MANNING MACDONALD: Yes, take your pick. They're all priorities I guess. (Interruptions) Highway No. 101 is the priority now.

Mr. Speaker, I want to conclude my remarks in a few moments by talking about the lack of a vision of this government, a lack of a plan of this government. The only plan that seems to be evident is the government's plan to get re-elected at any cost. That particular plan is something that we have to challenge. Every government wants to get re-elected, there's no question about that, but it's how a government gets re-elected. It's how a government will try to convince Nova Scotians they're actually giving them something back when in fact they've taken it from them in the first place and that in regard to tax decreases is the same with plans to help senior citizens, or plans to help those less fortunate.

Mr. Speaker, we have a situation here as well where people in this government are trying their best to put a good face on what the government is not doing in this province. There was very little mention in the Speech from the Throne yesterday as well of the people who are less fortunate in this province, very little reference made to whether or not this government is going to increase assistance to those in need in this province. People out there are hurting. People in Nova Scotia from one end of this province to another are hurting. They're hurting in high oil costs in their homes. They're hurting in trying to heat their houses, but they're also hurting when they go to the pumps for gasoline. They're hurting when they can't pay house insurance and that house insurance is cancelled on them.

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All of these things are having an impact on all Nova Scotians, but imagine what kind of an impact they're having on low income Nova Scotians. I think it's tragic that the government has not turned its attention to doing something about people in this province who do not have adequate income to face these rising costs and the government pays very little attention to it, if any, in the document.

The government states that the economy is good, that we don't need the offshore in the future. If they want to leave the province, that's fine with this government, no plan to do anything other than say goodbye to them. There's no plan to help people with insurance costs except to put a consultative process out there that will take months and perhaps a year to get done, at that time the election will have come and gone, when people need assistance now. They need it today, in rising insurance costs. They need it today, in assistance with high gasoline costs. They need it today, with a reduction in home heating oil costs and other sources of power costs in the homes here in Nova Scotia.

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There has to be something done about the injustice when people are arbitrarily cut off insurance because insurers simply don't want to insure them any more or they can't afford to pay the insurance. There's something wrong in our province when that's allowed to happen in the year 2003, that people literally have to live in a house they can't insure or can't afford home heating oil and have to go without in the dead of winter. Consultation is not what's needed to solve those problems, action by this government is what's needed to solve those problems.

Mr. Speaker, I think I would be remiss if I didn't mention this again, the tax cut that's taking place this year, if it does, is only money that had been stripped from the pockets of Nova Scotians already. Number one, with user fees; number two, increased gas taxes, when this Premier assured Nova Scotians he would not increase taxes and he broke that promise to Nova Scotians, another broken promise; and number three, the Finance Minister stands in his place and the Premier proudly proclaims that he's having a balanced budget when in fact he's borrowing $100 million a year. Chequebook politics. How do you explain that to people? How can you say there is a tax cut or you've balanced a budget when the long-term debt is growing in this province to $0.5 billion? (Interruptions)

If the member for Preston wants to get involved in this debate, Mr. Speaker, he should get on his feet and reply to the Speech from the Throne. The only thing he's contributed here in four years is walking around the floor of this place looking like he's important. But I digress. (Interruptions) There's an interesting analogy, better to run a chequebook than a credit card, the member for Preston states. Well, there you go, $0.5 billion later, that would sound like a previous Tory Government's analogy of that, wouldn't it? A $0.5 billion that has been borrowed in this province since the Tory Government took over,

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a long-term debt, when the Premier said there wouldn't be a cent on the long-term debt in this province.

How can any Finance Minister stand in his place and say we've balanced the budget when the third-largest item of expenditure in this province is the repayment of debt, and growing? It wasn't the Premier of Nova Scotia who said there would be no increase in the long-term debt in this province, it was the Finance Minister who said that. It wasn't the member for Preston, he doesn't understand it anyway.

Mr. Speaker, before I take my place I just want to remind Nova Scotians again that any tax decrease in the amount of 10 per cent to Nova Scotians this year is not going to benefit low-income people in this province or even, I would suggest, middle-income people in this province. It's not going to benefit them because they've already been stripped, they've already been charged too much increase on gasoline, they've already paid that out in user fees. They, as custodians of the public purse of Nova Scotia, have said we are going to give you a 10 per cent tax decrease but we're going to borrow the money to do it. We're going to borrow the money to get us through this election, and if we don't get re-elected it will be somebody else's problem after the election is over. If we get re-elected, we will deal with it then. That's the modus operandi of this government, and anybody can see that.

Mr. Speaker, I take exception as a Nova Scotian, to this government using my tax dollars for political purposes in terms of advertising to get this crowd re-elected. I think Nova Scotians, over the next days and weeks, should pay close attention to what this budget comes in with this year and the exercise that's going to be put in place by this government to bridge them to election.

That's why you have committees that will consult on insurance rates - not do anything about it, just consult on them. What a piercing glance at the obvious - we're going to consult on why insurance rates are so high in this province; we're going to consult on it instead of doing something about it. Where were they a year ago when we suggested an all-Party committee? They, a year ago, didn't agree, and neither did the NDP. It's only lately that the lights have gone on in that Party as to the fact that they need to get on the bandwagon about insurance rates, when we were doing that on that and on home heating oil and gasoline a year ago.

Mr. Speaker, I'm sure that as the days and weeks evolve over the next little while, you're going to hear from this side of the House - our Party's going to come forward with some progressive ideas for the future of the Province of Nova Scotia and we are going to hold this government accountable over the course of this session. Thank you. (Applause)

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

MR. BROOKE TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, at this time of great uncertainty and unrest in the world, I am absolutely honoured to rise in my place in this home of the first responsible government in the British Empire. I was extremely pleased yesterday that members agreed to observe a moment of prayer and reflection, and it was important that we recognize from time to time, especially in this time of uncertainty and unrest and unease in the world, how fortunate we are to live in a democracy where freedom and peace have been achieved through a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifices. It's a tribute to the military people in this country and I was delighted that all people agreed to observe that moment of silence, all members who were present.

Mr. Speaker, earlier on I indicated how pleased I was to rise in my place in response to the Throne Speech and, everything being equal, very shortly I will have 10 years in as a provincial MLA and I'm very pleased to be able to say that. (Applause) I enjoy immensely the job, I enjoy working with my constituents, and it really is a privilege. As the member for Cape Breton South alluded to earlier, it's a privilege and an honour to represent your constituents.

I want to speak about some concerns that I have, and some comments, about the Halifax International Airport, about sawmills in the beautiful Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, about farms and, of course, about the much-hated federal Liberal gun registry. Again I want to point out how proud I was that the federal Tories, the Canadian Alliance, and the NDP, voted against that extra appropriation of some $59 million to add to the $1 billion boondoggle that they have created.

So I know the clock is ticking away here today and it is Friday, and with your approbation I would like to just adjourn my response to the Throne Speech at this time and perhaps be able to carry on another day. I would ask if I could do that, Mr. Speaker?

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is to adjourn debate.

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 Government House Leader.

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HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, I would ask for concurrence of the House to revert to the order of business, Tabling Reports, Regulations and Other Papers.

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

MR. SPEAKER: At this time, on behalf of the Review Officer, Mr. Darce Fardy, I would like to table the annual report for the period October 1, 2001 to December 31, 2002, the Nova Scotia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office Annual Report.

The report is tabled.

Copies will be dispersed to all members now.

The honourable Government House Leader.

HON. RONALD RUSSELL: Mr. Speaker, that concludes the government business for today. I move that the House do now rise to meet again on Monday at the hour of 7:00 p.m. We will sit from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and the order of business will be resumption of the adjourned debate on the Speech from the Throne.

Mr. Speaker, I wish everybody a happy weekend.

MR. SPEAKER: The motion is to adjourn until 7:00 p.m. on 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.

We are adjourned until 7:00 p.m. on Monday.

[The House rose at 12:25 p.m.]

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NOTICES OF MOTION UNDER RULE 32(3)

RESOLUTION NO. 36

By: Mr. Darrell Dexter (Leader of the Official Opposition)

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

Whereas the imposition of tolls on a Nova Scotia highway was so ill-advised that former Premier Russell MacLellan tried to remove them from Highway No. 104 in Cumberland County, before his Liberal Party was wiped out in both Cumberland County seats it had held; and

Whereas in February 1998, the now-Premier and the member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley appeared with a tractor-trailer at the Cobequid Pass toll booth to demonstrate their opposition to toll highways; and

Whereas Conservatives could not hide their glee over another mistake when Danny Graham suggested tolls as an answer to the failure of Conservative and Liberal Governments to twin the deadly stretches of Highway No. 101;

Therefore be it resolved that the Conservatives who rode to victory on public opposition to toll highways should now explain why they hid their own toll highway plan behind a Throne Speech promise to create another layer of government to deal with metro area transportation.

RESOLUTION NO. 37

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas the West Hants Triple "A" Bantam hockey team won the provincial championship tournament in Trenton the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd; and

Whereas the West Hants Triple "A" Bantam team finished with a 5-0-1 record with their fifth win coming in the championship game against the Timberlea Amateur Sports Association hockey club; and

Whereas head coach Glenn Mosher and his assistants, Garnet "Gun" Smith and Jason Archibald, capped a successful 2002-03 hockey season with this championship win;

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Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this Legislature acknowledge the time and dedication put forth by Glenn, Garnet (Gun), Jason and all players in their championship season and wish them continued success.

RESOLUTION NO. 38

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas Sunday will mark the 162nd Anniversary of Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton's appointment to the bench here in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton is known for his creative writings, for being the father of American humour, the creator of Sam Slick and for bringing forward his writings on the beginning of the game of organized hockey in the Town of Windsor; and

Whereas Judge Haliburton left a rich cultural heritage to not only the Windsor-West Hants area with the Haliburton Museum now in place in the town, but for the Province of Nova Scotia in general;

Therefore be it resolved that this Legislature take a moment and reflect upon Nova Scotia's rich history and upon people such as Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton for what his work accomplished and means to Nova Scotia today.

RESOLUTION NO. 39

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas the West Hants Pee Wee Double "A" hockey team returned from Pictou County with provincial championship honours the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd; and

Whereas the Pee Wee Double "A" team from Hants West blanked Cole Harbour in the provincial championship game by a score of 3-0; and

Whereas head coach Tony Ross, along with dedicated assistance from Danny Walker, Bruce Gillis, Kevin Newcombe and Pat Whynot, spent many hours of their time at the rink this winter encouraging the team of 9- and 10-year olds to strive for the best;

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Therefore be it resolved that MLAs in this House of Assembly commend the West Hants Pee Wee Double "A" team for winning the provincial championship and to coach Tony Ross and his assistants for making the 2002-03 hockey season so memorable for these young boys.

RESOLUTION NO. 40

By: Mr. John Holm (Sackville-Cobequid)

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

Whereas today this government has announced a capital contribution to the Nova Scotia Community College worth $120 million; and

Whereas the residents of Shelburne County and Dominion have been told by the Hamm Government there is no capital money to address their urgent educational needs; and

Whereas this government has a good record, a record of making and breaking promises, that is;

Therefore be it resolved that Ray Ivany, President of the Nova Scotia Community College, and the hard-working staff be congratulated for their hard work and commitment to students, and are to be congratulated for their consistent advocacy for infrastructure and post-secondary educational renewal in Nova Scotia.

RESOLUTION NO. 41

By: Mr. Russell MacKinnon (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas this government has indicated that it has created 26,000 jobs since coming to office almost four years ago and that 80 per cent of them were full-time; and

Whereas the reality is 24,000 jobs were created since August 1999, and that this job creation record pales in comparison to the 25,000 jobs created in the last 24 months of a Liberal Government; and

Whereas 97 per cent of the jobs created under the Liberal Government were full-time;

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Therefore be it resolved that despite the glowing pronouncements of this government the reality is that job creation has slowed under the Hamm Government and that it is Nova Scotians who created jobs in spite of this government not because of it.

RESOLUTION NO. 42

By: Mr. Russell MacKinnon (Cape Breton West)

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

Whereas the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, chose to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as a way of raising much-needed funds; and

Whereas six Nova Scotians joined a group of 28 investors from across Canada at a cost of $5,000 to climb to the summit in an effort to raise over $150,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and

Whereas Jamie Williams, Rod Buckland, Beth MacKenzie, Cheryl Vardon, Henrey Hicks and Nancy Spencer all trained and worked extremely hard to raise money for such a worthy cause;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this Legislature congratulate these participants and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for their commitment and contributions they have made.

RESOLUTION NO. 43

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Craig Stewart of Bridgetown competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

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Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Craig Stewart and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 44

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Emma Chipman of Bridgetown competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Emma Chipman and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 45

By: Mr. Frank Chipman (Annapolis)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Joey Scott of Granville Ferry competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joey Scott and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 46

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Education)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Hali Sampson of Antigonish competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Hali Sampson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 47

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Education)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Scott Vanderlinden of Antigonish competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Scott Vanderlinden and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 48

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Education)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lindy DeCoste of Monastery competed in the table tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lindy DeCoste and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 49

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Education)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amanda MacIsaac of Ohio competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amanda MacIsaac and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 50

By: Hon. Angus MacIsaac (Education)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Paige Mattie of Tracadie competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Paige Mattie and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 51

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Curtis White of Georges River competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Curtis White and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 52

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Angela MacDonald of Glace Bay competed in the national artists program event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Angela MacDonald and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 53

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kenzie Sheppard of Howie Centre competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kenzie Sheppard and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 54

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Brandon Crane of North Sydney competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brandon Crane and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 55

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's David MacBurnie of North Sydney competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate David MacBurnie and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 56

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Christopher Oake of Sydney competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Christopher Oake and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 57

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Colin Grant of Sydney competed in the national artists program event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Colin Grant and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 58

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Joseph MacPherson of Sydney competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joseph MacPherson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 59

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Robin Nathanson of Sydney competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Robin Nathanson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 60

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's D.J. Barry of Sydney Mines competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate D. J. Barry and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 61

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Hollie Squarey of Sydney Mines competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Hollie Squarey and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 62

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jenna Guy of Sydney Mines competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jenna Guy and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 63

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ashley Chiasson of Sydney River competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ashley Chiasson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 64

By: Hon. Cecil Clarke (Economic Development)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Paul Bonnar of Sydney River competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Paul Bonnar and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 65

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jenna Wirtanen of Brookfield competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jenna Wirtanen and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 66

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Meghan Read of Brookfield competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Meghan Read and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 67

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lilla Roy of Fort Ellis competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lilla Roy and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 68

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Shane Nolan of Shubenacadie competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shane Nolan and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 69

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Chester Weatherby of Truro competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chester Weatherby and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 70

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Daniel Hollett of Truro competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Daniel Hollett and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 71

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jennifer Brine of Truro competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jennifer Brine and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 72

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jessica Cook of Truro competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jessica Cook and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 73

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Nicole Goguen of Truro competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nicole Goguen and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 74

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Tara French of Truro competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Tara French and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 75

By: Hon. James Muir (Justice)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Trevor Conroy of Truro competed in the alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Trevor Conroy and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 76

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kate Scallion of Wentworth competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kate Scallion and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 77

By: Hon. Murray Scott (Speaker)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Magi Scallion of Wentworth competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Magi Scallion and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 78

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Paul Dugas of Belliveau Cove competed in the archery event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Paul Dugas and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 79

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Justin Empson of Church Point competed in the archery event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Justin Empson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 80

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Matthieu Boudreau of Concession competed in the archery event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Matthieu Boudreau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 81

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Daniel Saulnier of Mayflower competed in the archery event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Daniel Saulnier and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 82

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amy Comeau of Meteghan competed in the archery event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amy Comeau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 83

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kyla Quinlan of Petit Ruisseau competed in the archery event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kyla Quinlan and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 84

By: Hon. Gordon Balser (Agriculture and Fisheries)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Liette Foy of Petit Ruisseau competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Liette Foy and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 85

By: Mr. Ronald Chisholm (Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jillian Deagle of Guysborough competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jillian Deagle and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 86

By: Mr. Ronald Chisholm (Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amber Mills of Sherbrooke competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amber Mills and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 87

By: Mr. Ronald Chisholm (Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sarah Ackerman of Sherbrooke competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sarah Ackerman and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 88

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Luke Gallant of Bedford competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Luke Gallant and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 89

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Nicole Doucet of Bedford competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nicole Doucet and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 90

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Tyler Whitehead of Bedford competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Tyler Whitehead and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 91

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Zachary Vanhelvoort of Bedford competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Zachary Vanhelvoort and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 92

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Angela Hubbard of Bedford competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Angela Hubbard and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 93

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Alicia Fredericks of Boutiliers Point competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alicia Fredericks and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 94

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Justin Munden of Brookside competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Justin Munden and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 95

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Alana Zinck of Cole Harbour competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alana Zinck and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 96

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amanda Hynes of Cole Harbour competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amanda Hynes and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 97

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jaclyn Sabourin of Cole Harbour competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jaclyn Sabourin and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 98

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Katherine Markusson of Cole Harbour competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Katherine Markusson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 99

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Shelby Trueman of Cole Harbour competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shelby Trueman and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 100

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Suzanne Fenerty of Cole Harbour competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Suzanne Fenerty and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 101

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Alexander Sehatzadeh of Dartmouth competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alexander Sehatzadeh and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 102

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Alonzo Johnson of Dartmouth competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alonzo Johnson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 103

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Britney Gennette of Dartmouth competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Britney Gennette and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 104

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Chad Anderson of Dartmouth competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chad Anderson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 105

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Chad Gilbert of Dartmouth competed in the squash event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chad Gilbert and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 106

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Christine Angelidis of Dartmouth competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Christine Angelidis and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 107

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Claire Latremouille of Dartmouth competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Claire Latremouille and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 108

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Colin Kelly of Dartmouth competed in the table tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Colin Kelly and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 109

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Danielle Daigle of Dartmouth competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Danielle Daigle and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 110

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Devin Mitchell of Dartmouth competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Devin Mitchell and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 111

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Devin Radcliffe of Dartmouth competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Devin Radcliffe and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 112

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Erica Gallant of Dartmouth competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Erica Gallant and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 113

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Erica Saulnier of Dartmouth competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Erica Saulnier and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 114

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Evan Gilbert of Dartmouth competed in the squash event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Evan Gilbert and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 115

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ian Ripley of Dartmouth competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ian Ripley and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 116

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jason Latimer of Dartmouth competed in the squash event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jason Latimer and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 117

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jason Leadbetter of Dartmouth competed in the squash event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jason Leadbetter and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 118

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Katherine Bea White of Dartmouth competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Katherine Bea White and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 119

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Katie Bruce of Dartmouth competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Katie Bruce and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 120

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kristen Murray of Dartmouth competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kristen Murray and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 121

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Nathan Welton of Dartmouth competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nathan Welton and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 122

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Nicole Bohemier of Dartmouth competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nicole Bohemier and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 123

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Patrick Corney of Dartmouth competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Patrick Corney and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 124

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Patrick Strachan of Dartmouth competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Patrick Strachan and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 125

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ryan Murray of Dartmouth competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ryan Murray and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 126

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sidney Crosby of Dartmouth competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sidney Crosby and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 127

By: Hon. Timothy Olive (Natural Resources)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Tammy Salkus of Dartmouth competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Tammy Salkus and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 128

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Chad Isenor of Dutch Settlement competed in the table tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chad Isenor and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 129

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's William Moulton of Elderbank competed in the table tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate William Moulton and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 130

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Liam Hawkins of Fall River competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Liam Hawkins and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 131

By: Hon. Peter Christie (Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lindy Herrington of Fall River competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lindy Herrington and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 132

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Aaron Ingersoll of Halifax competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Aaron Ingersoll and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 133

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Adrienne Ngan of Halifax competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Adrienne Ngan and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 134

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Andrew Walker of Halifax competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Andrew Walker and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 135

By: Hon. Jane Purves (Health)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Anna Laurence of Halifax competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Anna Laurence and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 136

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ashley Hines of Halifax competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ashley Hines and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 137

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Caitlan Anthony of Halifax competed in the rhythmic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Caitlan Anthony and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 138

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Chris Wall of Halifax competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Chris Wall and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 139

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Claire Morley of Halifax competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Claire Morley and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 140

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Colleen Aird of Halifax competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Colleen Aird and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 141

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Constance McInnes of Halifax competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Constance McInnes and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 142

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Dominic Tweed of Halifax competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Dominic Tweed and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 143

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Gillian Wesley of Halifax competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Gillian Wesley and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 144

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jaren O'Brien of Halifax competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jaren O'Brien and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 145

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jessica Tallman of Halifax competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jessica Tallman and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 146

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kaila Topping of Halifax competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kaila Topping and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 147

By: Hon. Jane Purves (Health)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jordan Bureau of Halifax competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jordan Bureau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 148

By: Hon. Jane Purves (Health)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jamie Cordes of Halifax competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jamie Cordes and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 149

By: Ms. Mary Ann McGrath (Halifax Bedford Basin)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kaleigh Newton of Halifax competed in the rhythmic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kaleigh Newton and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 150

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kathryn Caiger of Halifax competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kathryn Caiger and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 151

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Keegan Seale of Halifax competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Keegan Seale and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 152

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kevin Ament of Halifax competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kevin Ament and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 153

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lars Anderson of Halifax competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lars Anderson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 154

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Laura Casey of Halifax competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Laura Casey and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 155

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lucas Mannell of Halifax competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lucas Mannell and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 156

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Matthew Vaughan of Halifax competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Matthew Vaughan and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 157

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Monique O'Connor of Halifax competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Monique O'Connor and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 158

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Peter Campbell of Halifax competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Peter Campbell and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 159

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Rachael Swetnam of Halifax competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Rachael Swetnam and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 160

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sara DuBreuil of Halifax competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sara DuBreuil and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 161

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sarah Holesworth of Halifax competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sarah Holesworth and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 162

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sarah Maguire of Halifax competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sarah Maguire and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 163

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sarah McInnes of Halifax competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sarah McInnes and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 164

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Stan Selig of Halifax competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stan Selig and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 165

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Vaughn Arthur of Halifax competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Vaughn Arthur and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 166

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Zach Saunders of Halifax competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Zach Saunders and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 167

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Zachary Dewar of Halifax competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Zachary Dewar and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 168

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Zodd Launcelott of Halifax competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Zodd Launcelott and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 169

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Courtney Schriver of Hammonds Plains competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Courtney Schriver and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 170

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Samantha Sabean of Hammonds Plains competed in the rhythmic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Samantha Sabean and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 171

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's David Filbee Dexter of Head of St. Margarets Bay competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate David Filbee Dexter and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 172

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Karen Filbee Dexter of Head of St. Margarets Bay competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Karen Filbee Dexter and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 173

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Brock Hopkins of Hubley competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brock Hopkins and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 174

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Laura Anning of Ingramport competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Laura Anning and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 175

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Alix Schmidt of Lawrencetown competed in the table tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alix Schmidt and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 176

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sara Ede Table of Lawrencetown competed in the tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sara Ede Table and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 177

By: Ms. Mary Ann McGrath (Halifax Bedford Basin)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Stephan Saulnier of Halifax Bedford Basin competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stephan Saulnier and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 178

By: Hon. Jane Purves (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Matthew Jobb of Halifax competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Matthew Jobb and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 179

By: Hon. Jane Purves (Halifax Citadel)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lauren Fowler of Halifax competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lauren Fowler and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 180

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Adrian Easton of Lower Sackville competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Adrian Easton and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 181

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amanda Clarke of Lower Sackville competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amanda Clarke and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 182

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Carolynn Mury of Lower Sackville competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Carolynn Mury and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 183

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kris Caldwell of Lower Sackville competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kris Caldwell and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 184

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kristina van Eden of Lower Sackville competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kristina van Eden and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 185

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kyle Roddick of Lower Sackville competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kyle Roddick and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 186

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Laura Gallagher of Lower Sackville competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Laura Gallagher and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 187

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Matthew Dunn of Lower Sackville competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Matthew Dunn and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 188

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Meagan Beaton of Lower Sackville competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Meagan Beaton and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 189

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Samantha Brooksbank of Lower Sackville competed in the national artists program event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Samantha Brooksbank and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 190

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Trevor MacKenzie of Lower Sackville competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Trevor MacKenzie and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 191

By: Mr. Barry Barnet (Sackville-Beaver Bank)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Brett O'Neill of Lucasville competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brett O'Neill and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 192

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Katie Cook of Porters Lake competed in the table tennis event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Katie Cook and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 193

By: Mr. David Hendsbee (Preston)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Krystal Mitchell of Porters Lake competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Krystal Mitchell and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 194

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Katie Fawcett of Seabright competed in the rhythmic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Katie Fawcett and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 195

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Alexa Gorman of St. Margarets Bay competed in the artistic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Alexa Gorman and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 196

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Danielle Dube of Tantallon competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Danielle Dube and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 197

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kelsey Ivory of Upper Tantallon competed in the rhythmic gymnastics event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kelsey Ivory and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 198

By: Mr. Brooke Taylor (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lori Henley of Upper Musquodoboit competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lori Henley and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 199

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 an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Joseph Scott of West Porters Lake competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joseph Scott and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 200

By: Mr. John Chataway (Chester-St. Margaret's)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jodi Payne of Williamswood competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jodi Payne and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 201

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jayne Knowles of Avondale competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jayne Knowles and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 202

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Leandra Villermet of Centre Burlington competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Leandra Villermet and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 203

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Timothy Villermet of Centre Burlington competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Timothy Villermet and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 204

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ryan Reynolds of Falmouth competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ryan Reynolds and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 205

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Robin White of Kennetcook competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Robin White and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 206

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ryan White of Kennetcook competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ryan White and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 207

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Margaret Meg Payne of Windsor competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Margaret Meg Payne and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 208

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's James Blood of St. Croix competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate James Blood and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 209

By: Hon. Ronald Russell (Environment and Labour)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Stefanie Lewis of Windsor competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stefanie Lewis and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 210

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Cassaundra Hawley of Port Hood competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cassaundra Hawley and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 211

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jarrod MacEachern of Port Hood competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jarrod MacEachern and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 212

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amy MacLennan of Whycocomagh competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amy MacLennan and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 213

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Meghan Gillis of Whycocomagh competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Meghan Gillis and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 214

By: Mr. Jon Carey (Kings West)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Gina Easson of Aylesford competed in the synchronized swimming event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Gina Easson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 215

By: Mr. Jon Carey (Kings West)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Andrea Fairfax of Berwick competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Andrea Fairfax and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 216

By: Mr. Jon Carey (Kings West)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jane Morse of Berwick competed in the ringette event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jane Morse and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 217

By: Hon. David Morse (Community Services)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Corey Boudreau of Coldbrook competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Corey Boudreau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 218

By: Hon. David Morse (Community Services)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Andrew Seymour of Kentville competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Andrew Seymour and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 219

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 an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Cameron MacLean of Kentville competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cameron MacLean and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 220

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 an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ian Dugas of Port Williams competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ian Dugas and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 221

By: Hon. David Morse (Community Services)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Fiona Morris of Wolfville competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Fiona Morris and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 222

By: Hon. David Morse (Community Services)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Wendy McGill of Wolfville competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Wendy McGill and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 223

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Andrew Harding of Bridgewater competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Andrew Harding and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 224

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Elise Aliphat of Bridgewater competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Elise Aliphat and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 225

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jessica Wong of Bridgewater competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jessica Wong and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 226

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Michael Belliveau of Bridgewater competed in the men's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Michael Belliveau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 227

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Mike Smith of Bridgewater competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Mike Smith and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 228

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Nicole Hayward of Bridgewater competed in the badminton event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Nicole Hayward and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 229

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kayla Garber of Lunenburg competed in the fencing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kayla Garber and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 230

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kaleigh Heide of Mahone Bay competed in the national artists program event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kaleigh Heide and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 231

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kyle Hofrichter of Rose Bay competed in the Alpine skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kyle Hofrichter and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 232

By: Hon. Michael Baker (Transportation and Public Works)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Candace Broughm of West Northfield competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Candace Broughm and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 233

By: Mr. Kerry Morash (Queens)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's William MacNeil of Conquerall Bank competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate William MacNeil and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 234

By: Mr. Kerry Morash (Queens)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Matthew Hachey of West LaHave competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Matthew Hachey and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 235

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Candice Turnbull of Hopewell competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Candice Turnbull and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 236

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Brenden MacDonald of New Glasgow competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brenden MacDonald and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 237

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Shawn Fequet of New Glasgow competed in the figure skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Shawn Fequet and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 238

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Jillian Nugent of New Glasgow competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Jillian Nugent and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 239

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kelly Boudreau of New Glasgow competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kelly Boudreau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 240

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Kori Cheverie of New Glasgow competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Kori Cheverie and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 241

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Norrie MacKenzie of Trenton competed in the shooting event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Norrie MacKenzie and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 242

By: Hon. John Hamm (Premier)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first- ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 4,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Ryan Bates of Trenton competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Ryan Bates and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 243

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Amy Hayward of Westville competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Amy Hayward and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 244

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Cara DiPersio of Westville competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Cara DiPersio and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 245

By: Mr. James DeWolfe (Pictou East)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Heather Bannier of Westville competed in the curling event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Heather Bannier and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 246

By: Mrs. Muriel Baillie (Pictou West)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Brandon Snow of Pictou competed in the boxing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Brandon Snow and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 247

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Heidi Soares of Rocky Bay competed in the judo event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Heidi Soares and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 248

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Sarah Belliveau of Woods Harbour competed in the women's hockey event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Sarah Belliveau and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 249

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Emily Chiasson of Baddeck competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Emily Chiasson and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 250

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Stephen Murray of Dingwall competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Stephen Murray and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 251

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Joshua McNeil of Iona competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Joshua McNeil and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 252

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Lindsay Collins of Little Bras d'Or competed in the speed skating event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Lindsay Collins and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

RESOLUTION NO. 253

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Grace MacIntyre of Baddeck competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Grace MacIntyre and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.

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RESOLUTION NO. 254

By: Hon. Rodney MacDonald (Tourism and Culture)

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

Whereas an idea in 1924, the Canada Games became reality in 1967 with the first-ever Canada Winter Games held in Quebec; and

Whereas since that first event in 1967, more than 40,000 young Canadians have participated in the games with over 40 different sports being represented; and

Whereas Team Nova Scotia's Tyler Germani of Baddeck competed in the cross-country skiing event at the 2003 Canada Winter Games;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Tyler Germani and thank all of those who participated in the 2003 Canada Winter Games.