Nova Scotia House of Assembly
|Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Chambre d'assemblée de la Nouvelle-Écosse Taigh Seanaidh Alba Nuadh
|Type||Lower house (1758–1928) then unicameral house of the General Assembly of Nova Scotia|
|Speaker||Kevin Murphy, Liberal
since October 24, 2013
|House Leader||Geoff MacLellan, Liberal
since June 15, 2017
|Opposition House Leader||Allan MacMaster, PC
since February 28, 2019
|Premier||Stephen McNeil, Liberal|
|Last election||May 30, 2017|
The Nova Scotia House of Assembly (French: Chambre d'assemblée de la Nouvelle-Écosse; Scottish Gaelic: Taigh Seanaidh Alba Nuadh), or Legislative Assembly, is the deliberative assembly of the General Assembly of Nova Scotia of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Originally (in 1758), the Legislature consisted of the Crown represented by a governor (later a lieutenant governor), the appointed Nova Scotia Council holding both executive and legislative duties and an elected House of Assembly (lower chamber).
In 1838, the council was replaced by an executive council with the executive function and a legislative council with the legislative functions based on the House of Lords.
In 1928, the Legislative Council was abolished and the members pensioned off.
(With the next general election, there will be 55 electoral districts.)
Members nearly always represent one of the three main political parties of the province: the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.
The assembly meets in Province House.
Located in Halifax Province House is a National Historic Site and Canada's oldest and smallest legislative building.
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.
A number of officers of the house are appointed in accordance with legislation passed by the house.
These officers fulfil numerous functions as perscribed in the relevant legislation.There are two categories of officers:
Officers under the Authority of the Speaker
The Speaker of the House has authority over the following offices and officers:
- House Operations
- Legislative Committees
- Legislative Counsel
- Legislative Library
- Legislative Television Broadcasting Services
- Speaker’s Administration Office
These include the Auditor General, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner.
The Chief Electoral Officer of Nova Officer as head of Elections Nova Scotia is also appointed by a majority vote of the house and is considered an officer of the house.
- Assembly Matters
- Community Services
- Natural Resources and Economic Development
- Human Resources
- Internal Affairs
- Law Amendments
- Private & Local Bills
- Public Accounts
- Veterans Affairs
Committees of the Whole House
- Supply Subcommittee
- Participation in the Democratic Process
Recent Former Select Committees
(final reports filed)
- Electoral Boundaries
- Fire Safety
- National Unity
- Petroleum Product Pricing
- Workers' Compensation Act
- to Review the Estimates of the Auditor General
- List of Nova Scotia General Assemblies
- List of political parties in Nova Scotia
- Executive Council of Nova Scotia (Cabinet)
- Province House (Nova Scotia)
- Politics of Nova Scotia
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