Debates of

House of Assembly Hansard 17-28 of the 62nd General Assembly, 3rd Session. (The is on the legislature's site.)

Mr. Speaker


Order, please.

We'll now begin the daily routine.

Mr. Speaker


The honourable member for Lunenburg West.

Mark Furey  Liberal MLA for Lunenburg West 


I beg leave to table a petition on behalf of the residents of Lunenburg County. The operative clause is:

"Therefore we, the undersigned concerned citizens, demand that the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal change the dust control policy to ensure that there will be dust control every time the roads are graded - Summer, Spring, and Fall!!!! - not just for the summer grading."

Consistent with the Rules of the House, I have affixed my name to that petition.

Mr. Speaker


The petition is tabled.

Mr. Speaker


The honourable Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Tony Ince  Liberal MLA for Cole Harbour-Portland Valley 


Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a document entitled Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community, in both French and English versions. As well, the plan's executive summary is in English, French, Mi'kmaq, Gaelic, Arabic, and Mandarin.

Mr. Speaker


The report is tabled.

Mr. Speaker


The honourable Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.

Kelly Regan  Liberal MLA for Bedford 


I would like to point out that today marks a very important day for a number of us in this House. It happens to be the 10th Anniversary of the member for Annapolis taking on the leadership of this Party. I want to thank him for his service over the last 10 years.

Some of us have walked that walk with him. Some of us came along later. We always knew that it was a privilege to serve with this man as Leader. We've laughed together. Sometimes we've cried together, some of us crying more than others. But what always shone through was how much this member cared for the less fortunate, how much he thought about that.

There were so many times when I thought I had a handle on a file, and then he would say, but what about this? He would give me a new way of looking at things, and it always brought more clarity to the situation. I want to thank him for that.

As caucus members, we always knew that we could reach out to him, that he was at the other end of the line if we needed to talk to him. He has never forgotten where he comes from.

I don't know what we're supposed to get someone for a 10th Anniversary - I can't remember if it's wood or paper or whatever (Interruption). Apparently, it's Scotch. I do want to thank the honourable member for Annapolis for his service over the last 10 years and for the privilege of serving alongside him. (Applause)

Mr. Speaker


The honourable Premier.

Stephen McNeil  Liberal MLA for Annapolis 


Before I do my resolution, can I do an introduction?

Mr. Speaker


Permission granted.

The Premier


Mr. Speaker, I'd like to draw the attention of the House to the east gallery, where we have with us some very special Nova Scotians who have been a tremendous example for all of us.

I'd like them to stand as I introduce their names: Daniel Martin, he's a snowshoer; Robert Fougere in figure skating; Kailey Stewart in figure skating; and Brianna Harris in snowshoeing. And Mary Ann Crowley is there, who is a coach of an extraordinary time - she doesn't want me to say how long she has been coaching but she has given a tremendous amount of her adult life to coaching Special Olympics. We are so grateful for you, and the athletes are so much better for it.

I also want to acknowledge two people who couldn't be here, Aimee Gordon and another coach, Cyril MacDonald, who couldn't join us today. I want the House to give these special Nova Scotians a warm welcome. (Standing Ovation)

Mr. Speaker


The honourable Premier.

The Premier


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

Whereas today we celebrate Nova Scotia's Special Olympic athletes and their success at the 2017 World Games in Austria; and

Whereas through the hard work and dedication of Aimee, Daniel, Robert, Kailey, Brianna, and their coaches, Mary Ann and Cyril, they brought home 11 medals to Nova Scotia; and

Whereas these athletes have accomplished extraordinary personal goals, setting a great example for all Nova Scotians by demonstrating the Special Olympic motto - "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.";

Therefore be it resolved that members of the House of Assembly and all Nova Scotians join me in congratulating the athletes, their coaches, and their families for an outstanding effort for their achievement and for the love of sport and, quite frankly, Mr. Speaker, for being great role models for all Nova Scotians.

Mr. Speaker, I request waiver of notice and passage without debate.