Nova Scotia House of Assembly
|Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
Opposition House Leader
|October 8, 2013|
|May 30, 2017|
|Legislative Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
The Nova Scotia Legislature, formally, known as the General Assembly, consists of the Queen of Canada in Right of Nova Scotia represented by a Lieutenant 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, and in 1848 was the site of the first responsible government in the British Empire.
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.
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 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.
- Assembly Matters
- Community Services
- 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
Capitals indicate party leaders; New Democratic Party leader Gary Burrill did not hold a seat at the time of the dissolution of the Assembly, but is a registered candidate in the electoral district of Halifax Chebucto for the 2017 general election.
- 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
- Constitution Act, 1867, ss. 69, 71 & 88; Nova Scotia House of Assembly
- How Canadians Govern Themselves