Nova Scotia House of Assembly

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Nova Scotia Legislature
62nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia[1]
Coat of arms or logo
Kevin MurphyLiberal
since October 24, 2013
House Leader
Michel SamsonLiberal
since January 31, 2012
Opposition House Leader
Chris d'EntremontPC
since September 9, 2010
Seats 51
Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition Parties

Meeting place
Nova Scotia House of Assembly Chamber.jpg
Legislative Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Nova Scotia Legislature, consisting of the lieutenant governor (sometimes referred to as the governor) and the House of Assembly,[2] is the legislative branch of the provincial government of Nova Scotia, Canada. The assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758,[3] and in 1848 was the site of the first responsible government in a colony of the British Empire.

Originally (in 1758), the legislature consisted of the governor (later a lieutenant governor), the appointed Nova Scotia Council (upper chamber) (which met in the Red Chamber, 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 51 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) representing 51 electoral districts. Members nearly always represent one of the three main political parties of the province, the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Liberal Party, 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.

Party standings[edit]

A map showing how Nova Scotia's 52 electoral districts voted in 2009
Affiliation Members
     Liberal Party 33
     Progressive Conservative Party 10
     New Democratic Party 7
     Independents 1
     Vacant 0
Government majority


Standing Committees[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Bills
  • Supply
    • Supply Subcommittee

Select Committee[edit]

  • Participation in the Democratic Process

recent former Select Committees[edit]

(final reports filed)

  • Electoral Boundaries
  • Fire Safety
  • National Unity
  • Petroleum Product Pricing
  • Workers' Compensation Act

Special Committee[edit]

  • to Review the Estimates of the Auditor General

Seating plan[edit]

Harrison Lohr
MacLeod Houston MacFarlane Orrell Belliveau Peterson-Rafuse Zann
MacMaster Porter Dunn BAILLIE d'Entremont Corbett MACDONALD Wilson Gosse
Colwell Churchill Bernard Regan Samson McNeil Whalen Glavine Casey MacLellan Diab Younger
Rankin Wilson Farrell Furey Kousoulis Ince Delorey Arab Stroink Hines Horne
Miller Rowe Maguire Eyking Lohnes-Croft Treen Gough Jessome Irving

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Nova Scotia Legislature". General Assembly of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ Constitution Act, 1867, ss. 69, 71 & 88; Nova Scotia Legislature
  3. ^ How Canadians Govern Themselves

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