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Nova Scotia Legislature
Type
Type Unicameral
Houses House of Assembly
Leadership
Speaker Charlie Parker, New Democratic Party
since June 25, 2009
Structure
Members 52
Meeting place
Nova Scotia House of Assembly Chamber.jpg
Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Website
www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/

The Nova Scotia Legislature, consisting of Her Majesty The Queen represented by the Lieutenant Governor (sometimes referred to as the Governor) and the House of Assembly, is the legislative branch of the provincial government of Nova Scotia, Canada. The Assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758[1], and in 1848 was the site of the first responsible government in colonies of the British Empire.

Originally (in 1758), the Legislature consisted of the Governor (later a Lieutenant Governor), the appointed Council (upper chamber) (which met in the Red Chamber shown on the right and now used for committee meetings and social functions) and the elected House of Assembly (lower chamber). The Council had both executive and legislative functions. In 1838, the Council was replaced by an Executive Council with the executive function and a Legislative Council with the upper chamber legislative function. In 1928, the Legislative Council was abolished.

There are 52 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) representing 52 electoral districts. Members nearly always represent one of the three main political parties of the province, the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, Liberal Party of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

The Assembly meets in Province House, a National Historic Site and Canada's oldest and smallest legislative building. It is located in Halifax. It opened on February 11, 1819. The building was also the original home to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and the location of the "Freedom of the Press" trial of Joseph Howe. Its main entrance is found on Hollis Street in Halifax.

The building is ornately decorated with, among other things, plaster British falcons. Several have been missing their heads since the 1840s. At that time, a Member of the House, Laurence O'Connor Doyle, went on a rampage, knocking the heads off with his cane upon hearing that a dispute between the United States and New Brunswick had been ruled in favour of the Americans. He had mistakenly assumed them to be eagles.[2]

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Party standings

A map showing how Nova Scotia's 52 electoral districts voted in 2009
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Affiliation Members
     New Democratic Party 32
     Liberal Party 10
     Progressive Conservative Party 8
     Independents 0
     Vacant 2
Total
52
Government majority
5

Committees

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Standing Committees

  • Assembly Matters
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Human Resources
  • Internal Affairs
  • Law Amendments
  • Private & Local Bills
  • Public Accounts
  • Resources
  • Veterans Affairs

Committees of the Whole House

  • Supply
    • Supply Subcommittee

Select Committees

  • Electoral Boundaries
  • Fire Safety
  • National Unity
  • Participation in the Democratic Process
  • Petroleum Product Pricing
  • Workers' Compensation Act

Seating plan

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Gaudet Samson Glavine Whalen MCNEIL M MacDonald ****** Scott CASEY Clarke d’Entremont MacLeod
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Belliveau More Landry Ma MacDonald Steele **** DEXTER Corbett Peterson-Rafuse Paris Jennex MacDonell Estabrooks
**** Landry MacKinnon Wilson Kent **** Gosse Conrad Epstein Raymond Preyra Skabar
**** Boudreau Prest Morton Burrill **** Birdsall Ramey Zann Whynott

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