The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Hansard -- Fri., Mar. 26, 1999

First Session

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1999

TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS:
Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Bayview Subdivision (Whites Lake): Roads -
Pave, Mr. W. Estabrooks 5137
Justice (Canada): Firearms Act - Oppose, Mr. M. Baker 5137
Educ. - Coldbrook School District: Boundary Changes - Oppose,
Hon. R. Harrison 5138
Educ. - Pictou Co.: School Closures - Oppose, Ms. E. O'Connell 5138
Nat. Res.: Coal Leases (C.B.) - Retain, Dr. J. Hamm 5138
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS:
No. 93, Economic Renewal Act, Mr. D. Dexter 5139
NOTICES OF MOTION:
Res. 2369, Educ. - MSVU: Awards Night - Students Congrats.,
Ms. E. O'Connell 5139
Vote - Affirmative 5140
Res. 2370, NDP (N.S.) - Bill No. 90 (Workers' Comp. Act): Agreement -
Broken Admit, Dr. J. Hamm 5140
Res. 2371, Nat. Res. - Nat. Gas: Delivery (Mainland N.S.) -
Delay Oppose, Mr. J. Holm 5140
Res. 2372, Devco - Premier: Light-Sabre - Illuminate, Mr. Kevin Deveaux 5141
Res. 2373, Constable John Cameron (New Glasgow Police):
Awards/Service - Congrats., Dr. J. Hamm 5142
Vote - Affirmative 5142
Res. 2374, Lake Echo Seniors Club: Contribution - Commend,
Ms. Y. Atwell 5142
Vote - Affirmative 5143
Res. 2375, Health - Pictou Co.: Ambulance Service - Improve,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 5143
Res. 2376, Devco - Transition Package: Action (Premier) - Urge,
Mr. F. Corbett 5144
Res. 2377, Carson Baxter (Sackville and Oyster Pond Vol. Firefighter):
Retirement - Service Recognize, Hon. K. Colwell 5145
Vote - Affirmative 5145
Res. 2378, Human Rights - Racial Discrimination Elimination:
Hfx. Area Elem. Students - Congrats., Mr. J. Muir 5145
Vote - Affirmative 5146
Res. 2379, RCL (Branch 61) Yarmouth: Debt Cleared - Congrats.,
Mr. John Deveau 5146
Vote - Affirmative 5147
Res. 2380, Econ. Dev. & Tourism - CENS: Dev. Plan -
Best Wishes Extend, Mr. G. Balser 5147
Vote - Affirmative 5147
Res. 2381, Educ. - Sir John A. MacDonald HS: Renovations -
HRM Support, Mr. W. Estabrooks 5148
Res. 2382, Nat. Res. - Forestry: Sustainability Plan - Develop,
Mr. J. DeWolfe 5148
Res. 2383, Health - Care: Improvement - Priorities Adopt,
Ms. Maureen MacDonald 5149
Res. 2384, Agric. - Funding: Beneficial - Secure, Mr. G. Archibald 5149
Vote - Affirmative 5150
Res. 2385, DND - Helicopters: Replacement - Accelerate, Mr. H. Epstein 5150
Res. 2386, SCS - Seniors: Attack (Gov't. [N.S.]) - Admonish,
Mr. M. Scott 5151
Res. 2387, Health - Sutherland-Harris Mem. Hosp.: Services Expansion -
Support, Mr. C. Parker 5152
Res. 2388, Transport. & Pub. Wks.: Roads - Repair, Mr. B. Taylor 5153
Res. 2389, Sports - Hockey: Pee Wee "A" Tournament (Lantz) -
Congrats., Mr. John MacDonell 5153
Vote - Affirmative 5154
Res. 2390, Commun. Serv. - Secure Treatment Centre: Dev. -
Timetable Reveal, Mr. J. Muir 5154
Res. 2391, Pub. Wks. & Gov't. Serv. (Can.) Lighthouses: Disposal -
Consult, Mr. P. Delefes 5155
Vote - Affirmative 5155
Res. 2392, Educ. - Amherst RHS: Teen Health Centre - Work Applaud,
Mr. E. Fage 5155
Res. 2393, Educ. - Youth News Network: Proposals - Oppose,
Ms. E. O'Connell 5156
Res. 2394, Sports - Baseball (World Children's Fair-Yokohama, Japan):
Julian McCulley (Parrsboro) - Role Recognize, Mr. M. Scott 5157
Vote - Affirmative 5157
Res. 2395, Premier - Funding (Gov't. [Can.]): Expectation - Cease,
Mr. J. Holm 5157
Res. 2396, Sports - Basketball (NSSAF): Parkview Educ. Centre -
Accomplishments Congrats., Mr. M. Baker 5158
Vote - Affirmative 5158
Res. 2397, DND - Helicopters: Replacement - NDP (Can.) Leader/Critic
Pressure Congrats., Mr. Kevin Deveaux 5159
Res. 2398, Educ. - Yarmouth Central School: Heroism
(Stephanie Doucette, Anne Cardoza [Teacher] & Students) -
Congrats., Mr. N. LeBlanc 5159
Vote - Affirmative 5160
Res. 2399, Health - Doctors: Recruitment Retention (Commun.-Based) -
Prioritize, Mr. John Deveau 5160
Res. 2400, Sports - Hockey (NSSAF Triple A): Championships
(Cole Hbr. Place) - Teams Commend, Mr. E. Fage 5161
Vote - Affirmative 5161
Res. 2401, Nat. Res. - Prospect High Head: Developments - Stop,
Mr. W. Estabrooks 5162
Res. 2402, DND - CFB Cornwallis Naval Museum: Chapel Windows -
Return, Mr. G. Balser 5162
Res. 2403, Sunrise Manor - Fire (31/12/98): Gordon B. Isenor Tenants
Assoc. - Response Thank, Ms. Maureen MacDonald 5163
Vote - Affirmative 5164
Res. 2404, Maurice Guitton: Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite
(France) - Congrats., Mr. M. Baker 5164
Vote - Affirmative 5164
Res. 2405, Health - Hepatitis C: Compensation - Start Urge,
Mr. D. Dexter 5164
Res. 2406, Transport. & Pub. Wks. - Rural Roads: Spending -
Re-Prioritize, Mr. C. Parker 5165
Res. 2407, Econ. Dev. & Tourism - Bluenose (26/03/21): Workmanship -
Acknowledge, Mr. P. Delefes 5166
Vote - Affirmative 5166
HOUSE RESOLVED INTO CWH ON BILLS AT 10:49 A.M. 5168
HOUSE RECONVENED AT 12:57 P.M. 5168
CWH REPORTS 5168
ADJOURNMENT, House rose to meet again on Mon., Mar. 29th at 7:00 p.m. 5169

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HALIFAX, FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1999

Fifty-seventh General Assembly

First Session

10:00 A.M.

SPEAKER

Hon. Ronald Russell

DEPUTY SPEAKER

Mr. Donald Chard

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

PRESENTING AND READING PETITIONS

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

MR. WILLIAM ESTABROOKS: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to introduce a petition of 22 names of the residents of Bayview Subdivision in Whites Lake of which the operative clause reads, Residents of Bayview Drive and Ellen Crescent request their roads to be paved as soon as possible. I have affixed my signature to this petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Lunenburg.

MR. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition entitled, "We, the undersigned, oppose Canada's new gun registration law. We petition the Government of Nova Scotia to opt out of the federal gun registry in Nova Scotia.". I have affixed my signature to this petition. It is signed by 1,512 individuals who oppose that matter.

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MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Justice.

HON. ROBERT HARRISON: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition to which I have affixed my signature and to which have been affixed the signature of some 200 citizens of Kings South. "We, the undersigned residents, who would be affected by Dr. James Gunn's December 2/98 proposal to change boundary lines for those in the Coldbrook School District, are vehemently opposed to this change, and refuse to take our children out of Coldbrook School.". I beg leave to table this petition.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

MS. EILEEN O'CONNELL: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition bearing 190 signatures from residents of Pictou County who are concerned about public-private partnering in the construction of new schools. The operative clause reads, "We, the undersigned, are opposed to the closure of Pictou County's publically owned, community high schools and the construction of two amalgamated privately leased (P3) mega high schools. (We do support quality schools built and owned, when and where needed, by the taxpayers of Nova Scotia)". I have affixed my signature to the document.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

DR. JOHN HAMM: Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a petition signed by residents of Cape Breton, the petition reading as follows, "Whereas, withholding the transfer of coal leases from private owners maintains Nova Scotia's ability to assist Cape Breton coal miners to negotiate a fair employment and retirement strategy with the Federal Government, and:

Whereas, this would allow miners to continue living in and contributing to our communities and our economy;

WE, the undersigned, request that the Provincial Government not transfer any coal leases until such time that the Federal Government negotiates a strategy for the future of employees of the Cape Breton Development Corporation that provides satisfactory benefits to said employees, their families and our communities at large.". I have signed this petition for tabling.

MR. SPEAKER: The petition is tabled.

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PRESENTING REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS

STATEMENTS BY MINISTERS

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS

Bill No. 93 - Entitled an Act to Amend Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1994, the Economic Renewal Act, to Make It an Offence to Fail to File the Annual Report of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (Mr. Darrell Dexter)

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

GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTION

NOTICES OF MOTION

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 2369

MS. EILEEN O'CONNELL: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas on Wednesday, March 24th, Mount Saint Vincent University held its awards night banquet; and

Whereas awards were presented for academic, athletic and humanitarian achievement; and

Whereas the students and staff deserve respect for their individual accomplishments and appreciation for their contributions to the Mount and to the wider community;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the students of Mount Saint Vincent for honouring their own in this the 125th year of Mount Saint Vincent University.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

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It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 2370

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

Whereas despite an agreement by all three Parties to return to the Legislature to deal with Bill No. 90 yesterday, the NDP refuse to deal with the bill; and

Whereas in a letter to the Speaker, dated March 3rd, the NDP House Leader urged the House resume on March 22nd in order to deal with Bill No. 90; and

Whereas this is just yet another indication of the kind of politics the NDP like to play at every turn;

Therefore be it resolved that the NDP admit that they have broken their agreement with the House, broken faith with injured workers and, despite their public pronouncements, have never been truly committed to making this Legislature work in the interests of Nova Scotians.

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

Order, please. Order, please.

The honourable member for Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 2371

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

Whereas Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline has filed an amendment to its application before the NEB requesting permission to delay its delivery of natural gas to the metro area by almost a full year; and

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Whereas Maritimes & Northeast blamed the delay on the lateness of the scheduled NEB hearings while the NEB says hearings couldn't be held sooner because all supporting information for the application has not been filed; and

Whereas at the same time Maritimes & Northeast say they cannot meet their commitments to Nova Scotians, they say they are on schedule insofar as exporting our natural gas to the United States and New Brunswick;

Therefore be it resolved this House formally go on record as opposing a delay in delivering natural gas to mainland Nova Scotia that would, in effect, place most Nova Scotians in a disadvantaged position compared to our American and New Brunswick competitors who will have access to our natural gas in almost another full year ahead of us.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

RESOLUTION NO. 2372

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

Whereas the Premier yesterday referred to a certain Party in this House as "the Dark Side of the Force" when asked to include all Parties in attempts to get a fair deal for Devco miners and their families; and

Whereas the spouses of Devco miners in this House yesterday made it clear they view the Premier to be hiding on the dark side of himself by playing politics with their future;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier turn on his light-sabre so that he may better see who is really wearing the black cape and mask that hides his true self-serving political intentions.

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MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

RESOLUTION NO. 2373

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

Whereas a member of New Glasgow's Town Police Department was recently honoured by the town's mayor and council; and

Whereas Constable John Cameron was presented a replica of the medal from the town's Mayor, Ann MacLean, in appreciation of dedicated service to the town and its citizens; and

Whereas Constable Cameron had previously received a Police Exemplary Service Medal from the Government of Canada for long and exemplary service in the police profession;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate Constable Cameron on his awards and for his years of dedicated service.

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

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Preston.

RESOLUTION NO. 2374

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

Whereas the Lake Echo Seniors Club, which has been established as a community group, celebrated their 10th Anniversary; and

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Whereas the Lake Echo Seniors continue to remain active within the community by hosting events for various community groups, providing relief and support to those requiring assistance; and

Whereas this energetic group is involved with community activities almost on a daily basis;

Therefore be it resolved that this House commend the Lake Echo Seniors for their significant contribution and ongoing involvement in providing support and assistance in building healthier communities.

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

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2375

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

Whereas a number of questions pertaining to the level of ambulance service presently being provided in Pictou County need answering; and

Whereas recent examples of why this Liberal Government's multimillion-dollar-enhanced ambulance performance system is not working include an ambulance having to be brought from Bedford to deliver an elderly patient to a senior citizens' complex located 10 minutes from the Aberdeen Hospital; and

Whereas the ratio of ambulances to population served in Pictou County has grown from 1 for every 10,000 people in 1993 to 1 for every 12,500 in 1999;

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Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Health take his head out of the sand and come to understand that problems exist with the level of ambulance services being delivered in Pictou County and move immediately to invoke corrective measures so Pictonians can depend on a fast and timely response from an ambulance in the event of an emergency.

[10:15 a.m.]

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 Centre.

RESOLUTION NO. 2376

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

Whereas the Premier's constant refrain is that everyone is negative and no one else has positive ideas and only the capital L brand of new life Liberals should deal with the crisis facing Devco; and

Whereas yesterday, inside this House, miners, their families, and community saw this government has no specific proposals, yet it finds fault with everyone else; and

Whereas the Premier has also demonstrated that on Devco issues he can always sink to the lowest political levels;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the Premier to worry a little less about his own political neck and start worrying about how to work with others to gain credible transition plans for the thousands of Cape Bretoners who face the loss of their jobs and businesses.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2377

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

Whereas Mr. Carson Baxter has served both in the Sackville and Oyster Pond Fire Departments for approximately 47 years as a volunteer firefighter; and

Whereas he will be recognized on April 9th for his outstanding efforts to protect the residents of Sackville and the Eastern Shore; and

Whereas he has recently retired as Deputy Fire Chief in the Oyster Pond and Area Volunteer Fire Department and will be given the title of Honorary Deputy Fire Chief;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House recognize Mr. Carson Baxter for his many years of dedicated service in his role as a volunteer firefighter and wish him well in his retirement.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Truro-Bible Hill.

RESOLUTION NO. 2378

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

Whereas Sunday, March 21st, marked the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

Whereas three young Halifax area elementary students designed bookmarks for a Make Your Mark Against Racism Campaign sponsored by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Human Resources Canada and the RCMP; and

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Whereas the three winners, who include Rosyn Atuanya, a Grade 6 student at Ross Road School; Sori Han, a Grade 4 student at Duc d'Anville Elementary School; and Stephanie Rogers, a Grade 5 student at Duc d'Anville Elementary School; were presented with awards of recognition at the fourth annual harmony brunch held Sunday at the East Preston Recreation Centre;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of the House of Assembly extend congratulations to Rosyn, Sori and Stephanie and to all who participated in this contest.

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 Yarmouth.

RESOLUTION NO. 2379

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

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion's purpose and objective in part is to encourage, promote and engage in or support all forms of national, provincial, municipal and community services as well as any charitable purpose; and

Whereas the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 61, Yarmouth, has over the years fulfilled this objective many-fold; and

Whereas on Saturday, March 20th, Branch 61 held a mortgage burning party attended by the members of the community it serves so well;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate President Freeman Deveau and members of Branch 61 on the paying out of this longstanding debt.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 2380

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

Whereas the Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia (CENS), formerly the Nova Scotia Consulting Engineers Association, is the voice for over 85 per cent of all consulting engineering activity in this province; and

Whereas the industry's annual impact on Nova Scotia's Gross Domestic Product is almost $140 million; and

Whereas the consulting engineers sector is the fastest growing segment of the business services industry;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House extend best wishes and congratulations to CENS as they announce the launch of their five year business development plan, CENS Means Business.

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2381

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

Whereas the Halifax Regional School Board at its Tuesday, February 23rd meeting decided that Sir John A. Macdonald High School was its top priority for much-needed renovations; and

Whereas this high school with its infamous air quality problems has served western Halifax County for 32 years; and

Whereas this high school now faces more and more students, the result of overcrowded elementary and junior high schools in the area;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Education immediately take the appropriate steps to ensure the necessary support for the Halifax Regional School Board's decision and the important renovations at Sir John A. Macdonald High School.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Pictou East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2382

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

Whereas this Liberal Government, as has been the case so many times over the past six years, has been advised, this time by the forest council of western Nova Scotia, that the forest industry could collapse unless a sustainable forest management plan is implemented; and

Whereas private woodlot owners simply want some input into the designing of such a forest management plan, instead of having a plan imposed upon them; and

Whereas the industry is valued at between $1.3 billion and $1.8 billion, while employing upwards of 30,000 people, both directly and indirectly, on an annual basis;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Natural Resources commit to some serious discussions with woodlot owners across Nova Scotia and develop a plan that will ensure the sustainability of Nova Scotia's forest industry well into the new century.

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MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 2383

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

Whereas the NDP caucus travelled to communities across the province to talk with Nova Scotians about our health care system; and

Whereas Nova Scotians in all communities expressed serious concerns about the current government's mismanagement of the health care system; and

Whereas it is clear to all Nova Scotians that health care reform has stalled under this government, leaving communities with virtually no control over health care decisions;

Therefore be it resolved that to start the process of healing our health care system, government adopt and publicize clear health care priorities which reflect the needs and concerns of communities.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Kings North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2384

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

Whereas Nova Scotia's agricultural industry generates more than $1 billion in economic activity on an annual basis while providing employment for over 15,000 Nova Scotians; and

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Whereas extremely dry weather and a pricing crisis has caused severe difficulties for Nova Scotia farmers over the past three years; and

Whereas Ottawa has an agricultural policy for all other provinces;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Agriculture and Marketing refuse to take no for an answer from Ottawa and continue consulting with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture so a funding package can be secured that will be beneficial to the Nova Scotia agricultural community.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Halifax Chebucto.

RESOLUTION NO. 2385

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

Whereas since cancelling the Mulroney deal at a cost of $484 million in 1993, the federal government has not yet begun the procurement process to replace Sea King helicopters; and (Interruptions)

Whereas there have been three Sea King emergency landings in the last month alone, with more than 21 special inspections in 1998; and (Interruptions)

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

MR. EPSTEIN: Whereas replacement of the Sea Kings was recognized as urgent six years ago;

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Therefore be it resolved that this House urge the federal government to accelerate the replacement of its Sea King helicopters to ensure the safety of the military members who operate them, and our friends, neighbours and family members whose lives depend on airworthy Navy helicopters.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cumberland South.

RESOLUTION NO. 2386

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

Whereas seniors from one end of Nova Scotia to the other have faced the brunt of Liberal cuts and taxes since 1993; and

Whereas this Liberal Government has attacked seniors with an endless list of items including the Seniors' Property Tax Rebate, Pharmacare and the HST; and

Whereas seniors, many on fixed incomes, have been forced to deal with this endless list of tax grabs by the Liberals to the point that it has impacted their quality of life;

Therefore be it resolved that this Liberal Government be admonished for their relentless attack on seniors and begin recognizing the contribution they are making and have made to life in this great province.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party for an introduction.

DR. JOHN HAMM: Mr. Speaker, I wish to draw the attention of the members to two guests in the west gallery. The two guests from Cape Breton are Ms. Edna Budden and Ms. Beverley Brown. You will recognize those names as being prime movers in organizing the United Families Group and the very successful rally that was held in Glace Bay. They are continually working to keep awareness up in terms of the federal government's position on the coal industry in Cape Breton. I would ask our two guests to rise and to receive the welcome of the House. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2387

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

Whereas it is well known that the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital in Pictou is widely regarded as one of the best small hospitals in Nova Scotia; and

Whereas the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital serves a large geographical area; and

Whereas having close proximity to services such as acute care beds and emergency care is vital and important for the citizens of the area;

Therefore be it resolved that this House fully supports expanding services such as emergency care and acute care beds at the Sutherland-Harris Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2388

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

Whereas most Nova Scotians, including the Nova Scotia Roadbuilders Association, are concerned that the safety of motorists is being threatened by the inadequacy of highway maintenance; and

Whereas the Roadbuilders Association's director believes regular routine maintenance is far better than allowing the roads to decay to such a point that they have to be rebuilt from scratch; and

Whereas the Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Public Works continues to blame Ottawa as the culprit for not having money to fix Nova Scotia roads;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Transportation and Public Works take a look in the mirror and understand that even if no money comes from Ottawa, he and his Liberal Government have a responsibility, on behalf of the taxpayers of Nova Scotia, to fix and repair provincial roads and keep them maintained.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Hants East.

RESOLUTION NO. 2389

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 Pee Wee "A" tournament was held last weekend in Lantz; and

Whereas no sport emphasizes community and commitment more than hockey does; and

Whereas the organization of such tournaments is a marathon event in itself;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate the organizers and participants of the Pee Wee "A" tournament held in Hants East this past weekend.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Truro-Bible Hill.

RESOLUTION NO. 2390

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

Whereas the Liberal Government promised that the closing of the Nova Scotia Residential Centre in Truro in June 1997 signalled the development of a Secure Treatment Centre on that site which would open in 1998; and

Whereas in March 1998, during the election campaign, Premier Russell MacLellan gave assurances that the Secure Treatment Centre project was still on schedule and would be firmly in place by March 31, 1998; and

Whereas more than one year later, government promises about the establishment of the Secure Treatment Centre on the campus of the former Nova Scotia Residential Centre, ring empty, hollow and broken;

Therefore be it resolved that this government honour its commitment to the young people of Nova Scotia who need to be served by a Secure Treatment Facility and immediately make public its timetable for the development of a Secure Treatment Facility on the campus of the former Nova Scotia Residential Centre.

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Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

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The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 2391

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, mariners, fishers and others have expressed alarm that the federal government plans to dispose of many lighthouses along our coast; and

Whereas an April 1999 transfer of lighthouses to Crown asset disposal will make it much more difficult for Nova Scotians to work with the Coast Guard on a plan to maximize navigational safety and to protect these symbols of our seagoing heritage;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urges the federal government not to begin divestiture, sale or destruction of these historic beacons until Nova Scotians are fully consulted about how to preserve the safety and heritage that our lighthouses offer.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

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 Cumberland North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2392

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

Whereas high school can be a trying time for many Nova Scotian teens as they are often faced with difficult issues such as drugs, alcohol and sex; and

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Whereas the Cumberland County Transition House and Amherst Regional High School Teen Health Centre have teamed up to offer students a place to sit down and talk openly on the subjects; and

Whereas Tuesday's Teen Talk has been described as confidential, non-judgemental, educative, fun and thought provoking;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this House congratulate and applaud the Cumberland County Transition House and Amherst Regional High School Teen Health Centre as well as all participants and facilitators.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Fairview.

RESOLUTION NO. 2393

MS. EILEEN O'CONNELL: Mr. Speaker, I hereby give notice that on a future day I shall move the adoption of the following resolution:

Whereas the Youth News Network is again attempting to convince Nova Scotia schools to accept its commercial news program in exchange for so-called free technology; and

Whereas YNN's incursion into schools is opposed by parents, most school boards and media literacy organizations all across the country; and

Whereas the uncritical viewing of a news source and commercial message has no place in the school curriculum;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Education show the required leadership and tell school boards to have no part of this Faustian bargain.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Cumberland South.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2394

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

Whereas 10 year old Julian McCulley of Parrsboro is going away on a trip of a lifetime and attending a week long baseball camp in the process; and

Whereas Julian is one of five Nova Scotians selected to participate in the World Children's Baseball Fair in Yokohama City, Japan, in August of this year; and

Whereas the World Children's Baseball Fair invites young baseball players annually from 27 different countries to learn more about the game from baseball stars from both Japan and the United States;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature today recognize the significant role young Julian will play as both a participant and ambassador to Canada during his one week stay in Japan.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

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 Sackville-Cobequid.

RESOLUTION NO. 2395

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

Whereas it has been revealed that the Premier is staking all his bets on his deep held personal belief that the Prime Minister of this country is Yoda; and

Whereas Nova Scotians have come to recognize that the federal Liberals are more like Jabba the Hut; and

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Whereas Ronald Reagan was the last political leader who believed in evil empires;

Therefore be it resolved that this House urges the Premier to wake up and stop expecting that Princess Leia is going to save him and this province.

MR. SPEAKER: I think that notice of motion is holding somebody up for ridicule, but we will let it go.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Lunenburg.

RESOLUTION NO. 2396

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

Whereas the Parkview Education Centre made Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation history on the weekend of March 6 to March 7, 1999, when three of its teams competed in the same sport - basketball - at the provincial level; and

Whereas the Division 1 Boys' Team captured the provincial title; and

Whereas the Division 1 Girls's Team and the Division 3 Girls' Team represented their school well;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Parkview Education Centre student athletes and coaches on their accomplishments in Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation basketball play-offs.

Mr. Speaker, I seek waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage.

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RESOLUTION NO. 2397

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

Whereas many Sea King crew members, ground crew and other colleagues live near Shearwater, where the Sea Kings are based; and

Whereas the safety of Sea King air crews and of anyone else aboard or near a Sea King is a growing concern as long-known problems multiply; and

Whereas every delay in starting the replacement of the Sea Kings endangers both military and civilian lives;

Therefore be it resolved that this House congratulate the federal NDP Leader, Alexa McDonough, and NDP Defence Critic, Gordon Earle, for pressing the federal government to finally and quickly replace the Sea Kings.

Mr. Speaker, I will ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Argyle.

RESOLUTION NO. 2398

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

Whereas nine year old Stephanie Doucette of Yarmouth recently received honours from the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal's office, the Town of Yarmouth, and the United States National Fire Prevention Association for her heroic efforts in ensuring the safety of the residents of a two-unit building which caught fire on January 8th; and

Whereas Stephanie attributes her quick thinking to what she learned during fire prevention classes at Central School in Yarmouth; and

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Whereas Central School and Grade 3 teacher, Anne Cardoza, also received certificates for their efforts in fire prevention;

Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House extend congratulations to Stephanie for her heroic actions of January 8th and applaud the efforts of the students of Central School and teacher, Anne Cardoza.

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

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Yarmouth.

RESOLUTION NO. 2399

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

Whereas Nova Scotians in communities like Yarmouth, the Strait-Richmond area, and Dartmouth are suffering from a severe shortage of family doctors; and

Whereas we have heard from communities across the province that current government recruitment efforts are haphazard and ineffective; and

Whereas this is due in large part to the failure of the government to listen and respond to concerns at the community level, such as the problem of doctor retention;

Therefore be it resolved that this government make a concerted effort to listen for a change and to make community-based doctor recruitment and retention strategies a real health care priority.

Mr. Speaker, I am requesting waiver.

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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 Cumberland North.

RESOLUTION NO. 2400

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

Whereas the Nova Scotia Athletic Federation Triple A High School Hockey Championship continues today and tomorrow in metro at Cole Harbour Place; and

Whereas two-time defending provincial champions and the 1998-99 regular season champions, Kings Edgehill School of Windsor, are back to defend their provincial championship, along with last year's runners-up, Glace Bay High School; and

Whereas Kings Central, Cobequid Education Centre, Sydney Academy, Auburn Drive, West Kings, and J.L. Ilsley are also competing for the 1998-99 provincial high school Triple A Hockey Championship;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this Legislature commend these high school hockey teams for their diligence and hard work in reaching this year's championship tournament and wish them every success as they compete at Cole Harbour Place this weekend.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

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The honourable member for Timberlea-Prospect.

RESOLUTION NO. 2401

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

Whereas residents of the Prospect Peninsula continue to express their concern about the loss of access to the Prospect High Head area; and

Whereas this unique coastal area is a popular recreational destination for many Nova Scotians; and

Whereas the Prospect High Head is threatened by future developments;

Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of Natural Resources instruct his staff to immediately stop developments on the lands adjoining the Prospect High Head until a previously announced review by a committee of senior bureaucrats is completed.

Mr. Speaker, I ask for waiver.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Digby-Annapolis.

RESOLUTION NO. 2402

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

Whereas concerned citizens from the Cornwallis area have been working for over a year to have the chapel windows from the St. George Church returned to the CFB Cornwallis Naval Museum; and

Whereas on March 13th, the Premier indicated he was willing to do whatever he could to ensure the return of those windows; and

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Whereas members of the Save the Windows committee have expressed fear that the Premier will not follow through on that promise;

Therefore be it resolved that the Premier commit today to forward a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that he order the federal Minister of Defence to return the chapel windows to their rightful place at CFB Cornwallis.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear a No.

The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Halifax Needham.

RESOLUTION NO. 2403

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

Whereas a tragic fire at Sunrise Manor on New Year's Eve claimed the lives of two residents; and

Whereas smoke and other damage resulted in the evacuation of all residents; and

Whereas seniors at Gordon B. Isenor Manor responded immediately by providing shelter, food and compassion to those displaced from their home;

Therefore be it resolved that the members of this Legislature extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to the Gordon B. Isenor Tenants Association and in particular its President, Mrs. Elsie Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

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

The motion is carried.

The honourable member for Lunenburg.

RESOLUTION NO. 2404

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

Whereas Maurice Guitton of Lunenburg recently received one of France's highest honours, the "chevalier de l'Ordre national du mérite"; and

Whereas Mr. Guitton is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Composites Atlantic, one of Nova Scotia's leading manufacturers; and

Whereas Mr. Guitton is also France's Councillor for External Trade and in that capacity encourages trade between Nova Scotia and France;

Therefore be it resolved that the House of Assembly congratulate Maurice Guitton on being awarded the chevalier de l'Ordre national du mérite and for his accomplishments in business.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

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-Cole Harbour.

RESOLUTION NO. 2405

MR. DARRELL DEXTER: 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 it has been almost a year since the federal Health Minister announced a compensation offer to the victims of hepatitis C; and

Whereas those victims have still not received compensation; and

Whereas the situation is creating and prolonging an intolerable level of stress and hardship to hepatitis C victims;

Therefore be it resolved that the Nova Scotia Government and Minister of Health in particular put pressure on the federal government to start compensation payments as soon as possible.

MR. SPEAKER: The notice is tabled.

The honourable member for Pictou West.

RESOLUTION NO. 2406

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

Whereas secondary roads in Nova Scotia, both paved and unpaved, are in terrible condition at this time; and

Whereas rural roads have been neglected without proper maintenance for far too long; and

Whereas the millions of dollars slashed from last year's transportation budget is compounding the problem;

Therefore be it resolved that this government immediately re-prioritize its spending to allow adequate maintenance of our rural roads.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

Is it agreed?

I hear several Noes.

The notice is tabled.

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The honourable member for Halifax Citadel.

RESOLUTION NO. 2407

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

Whereas on this day in 1921 the schooner Bluenose was launched in Lunenburg; and

Whereas Nova Scotians from one end of this province to the other take great pride in the memory of this exceptional vessel and her captain, Angus Walters; and

Whereas the Bluenose is an internationally known symbol for Nova Scotia;

Therefore be it resolved that members of this House acknowledge the distinctly Nova Scotian workmanship and pride that made the Bluenose a legend in its time and a lasting symbol of this province.

Mr. Speaker, I would request waiver of notice.

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

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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ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

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

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

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The motion is carried.

MR. GEORGE ARCHIBALD: Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. It has been a tradition of the House for many years, as far as I know, that the wearing of pins of any description, no matter how supportive you may be of them, is not to be displayed in the Chamber. However, I have noticed for the last couple of days the presence of a pin on somebody's lapel and I am just wondering, have the rules been changed or is that still unacceptable to be wearing pins in the House?

MR. SPEAKER: It is unacceptable to wear pins in the House if they are of a political nature. Unfortunately, what the honourable member brings forward is a very interesting point because at one time you were not permitted to wear any pins whatsoever. However, we have, as the member I am sure is well aware, a number of ribbon days and different kinds of things of that nature and it has grown into the custom that people can wear those kinds of things that demonstrate an affiliation with a certain cause. I do not know what the pin is defining that the honourable member is talking about but, however, I will ask the honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

The honourable member for Cape Breton Nova.

MR. PAUL MACEWAN: I believe that the lapel pin the honourable member refers to is the one that I have on which I received from my good friend, Stephen Drake, President of the United Mine Workers of America, earlier today. I wore it to demonstrate my support of the United Mine Workers. If that is offensive to the honourable members across the way, so be it, but I thought they were supporting that cause and so I did not think they would find any offence in my wearing a UMW pin here today.

MR. SPEAKER: The honourable member for Argyle.

MR. NEIL LEBLANC: Mr. Speaker, I in no way mean dishonour to any cause; however, the practice of the House has been not to display pins and we have always followed the protocol. I in no sense mean disrespect to any organization, but we follow the rules and we respect that and, as such, I brought it to the attention of the Speaker, that is all. I would like to have a ruling, then all members will follow the protocol as determined by the Speaker.

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

MR. JOHN HOLM: Mr. Speaker, I very much appreciate this matter being brought to the floor. I very much appreciate this. I was under the understanding that we were not permitted to do that. If the rules are that we actually can do that now, I am pleased to know that because I would be only too proud to be wearing a pin in support of the Devco miners, the families and the communities. I have not had mine on because I did not think I was permitted to. So if the understanding is that we are permitted to wear them for causes that

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we believe in, I think that that is great. Our caucus will, therefore, be able to show our support more publicly.

MR. SPEAKER: I do not think I need any more interventions. I think I have made up my mind on this because, as I said previously - and when I say previously, I mean going back a few years - it was indeed not permitted to wear pins in the House and henceforth pins will not be worn in the House.

The honourable member for Lunenburg on an introduction.

MR. MICHAEL BAKER: Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce in the west gallery the representatives of the Pictou County injured workers who are in the House today for a second time to hear the debate on Bill No. 90. I would like to encourage the members of the House to give them their warm greeting on being back here today. (Applause)

MR. SPEAKER: I would hate to rule a greeting out of order but, in point of fact, I had already agreed to leave the Chair. However, we will forego that for the moment. I am now leaving the Chair.

[10:49 a.m. The House resolved itself into a CWH on Bills with Deputy Speaker Mr. Donald Chard in the Chair.]

[12:57 p.m. CWH on Bills rose and the House reconvened. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Ronald Russell, resumed the Chair.]

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

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

MR. SPEAKER: Is it agreed?

It is agreed.

The honourable Deputy Government House Leader.

MR. PAUL MACEWAN: Mr. Speaker, on Monday, it is our intention to sit from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The business after the daily routine will be the continuation of Bill No. 90 in the Committee of the Whole House on Bills.

I might also indicate that we intend to sit on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. through to 6:00 p.m. and will continue on Bill No. 90 as well.

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Mr. Speaker, I move that the House do now rise to meet again on Monday evening at the hour of 7:00 p.m.

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

The motion is carried.

[The House rose at 12:58 p.m.]