General Assembly of Nova Scotia

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General Assembly of Nova Scotia
63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia
Type
Type
Bicameral (1758–1928)
Unicameral (1928–)
Houses Council (1758-1838)
Legislative Council (1838-1928)
House of Assembly (1758-)
History
Founded 1758 (1758)
Meeting place
Province House (Nova Scotia).jpg
Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Each General Assembly of the legislature of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, consists of one or more sessions and comes to an end upon dissolution (or constitutionally by the effluxion of time — approximately five years) and an ensuing general election. Today, the unicameral legislature is made up of two elements: the Lieutenant Governor[1] and a legislative assembly called the House of Assembly. The legislature was first established in 1758.

Like at the Canadian federal level, Nova Scotia uses a Westminster-style parliamentary government, in which members are elected to the House of Assembly in general elections and the leader of the party with the confidence of the Assembly (normally the party with the most seats) becomes the Premier of Nova Scotia and chooses the Executive Council from amongst the party's members of the Assembly. Government is carried out in the name of the Queen in Right of Nova Scotia, represented by the Lieutenant Governor, acting on the advice of the Executive Council (the Governor in Council).

The legislature was originally bicameral. From 1758 to 1838, it had an upper house called the Council, which also held executive functions. When executive functions were given to an Executive Council, the upper house was renamed the Legislative Council. That house was abolished in 1928.

List of Assemblies[edit]

Post-Confederation[edit]

Assembly Period Election Dissolution
63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 2017-Present May 30, 2017
62nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 2013–2017 October 8, 2013 April 30, 2017
61st General Assembly of Nova Scotia 2009–2013 June 9, 2009 September 7, 2013
60th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 2006–2009 June 13, 2006 May 5, 2009
59th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 2003–2006 August 5, 2003 May 13, 2006
58th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1999–2003 July 27, 1999 July 5, 2003
57th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1998–1999 March 24, 1998 June 18, 1999
56th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1993–1998 May 25, 1993 February 12, 1998
55th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1988–1993 September 6, 1988 April 16, 1993
54th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1984–1988 November 6, 1984 July 30, 1988
53rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1981–1984 October 6, 1981 September 28, 1984
52nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1978–1981 September 19, 1978 August 28, 1981
51st General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1974–1978 April 2, 1974 August 12, 1978
50th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1970–1974 October 13, 1970 February 23, 1974
49th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1967–1970 May 30, 1967 September 5, 1970
48th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1963–1967 October 8, 1963 April 20, 1967
47th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1960–1963 June 7, 1960 August 29, 1963
46th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1956–1960 October 30, 1956 April 16, 1960
45th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1953–1956 May 26, 1953 September 10, 1956
44th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1949–1953 June 9, 1949 April 14, 1953
43rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1945–1949 October 23, 1945 April 27, 1949
42nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1941–1945 October 28, 1941 September 12, 1945
41st General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1937–1941 June 29, 1937 September 19, 1941
40th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1933–1937 August 22, 1933 May 20, 1937
39th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1928–1933 October 1, 1928 July 13, 1933
38th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1925–1928 June 25, 1925 September 5, 1928
37th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1920–1925 July 27, 1920 June 2, 1925
36th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1916–1920 June 20, 1916 June 28, 1920
35th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1911–1916 June 14, 1911 May 22, 1916
34th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1906–1911 June 20, 1906 May 15, 1911
33rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1901–1906 October 2, 1901 May 22, 1906
32nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1897–1901 April 20, 1897 September 3, 1901
31st General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1894–1897 March 15, 1894 March 20, 1897
30th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1890–1894 May 21, 1890 February 14, 1894
29th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1886–1890 June 15, 1886 April 21, 1890
28th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1882–1886 June 20, 1882 May 20, 1886
27th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1878–1882 September 17, 1878 May 23, 1882
26th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1874–1878 December 17, 1874 September 21, 1878
25th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1871–1874 May 16, 1871 November 23, 1874
24th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1867–1871 September 18, 1867 April 17, 1871

Pre-Confederation[edit]

Assembly Period Election Dissolution
23rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1863–1867 May 28, 1863 June 10, 1867
22nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia[2] 1859–1863 May 12, 1859 May 1, 1863
20th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1855–1859 April 15, 1859
19th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1851–1855 April 25, 1855
18th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1847–1851 August 5, 1847 July 26, 1851
17th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1843–1847
16th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1840–1843 October 26, 1843
15th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1836–1840 October 21, 1840
14th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1830–1836
13th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1826–1830 August 18, 1830
12th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1820–1826
11th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1818–1820
10th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1811–1818
9th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1806–1811
8th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1799–1806
7th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1793–1799
6th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1785–1793
5th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1770–1785
4th General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1765–1770 April 2, 1770
3rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1761–1765 January 31, 1765
2nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1759–1760
1st General Assembly of Nova Scotia 1758–1759 August 13, 1759

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An Act Abolishing the Legislative Council and Amending the Constitution of the Province, SNS 1928, c. 1, s. 2 .
  2. ^ There was no 21st General Assembly. According to the 1983 revised edition of The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia 1758 -1983 : a biographical directory:

    "It should be pointed out, however, that an error in numbering the Journals [of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly] occurred in 1860, when the 21st Assembly was mistakenly referred to as the 22nd Assembly. Although the error was corrected in 1864, it reappeared the following year and has since been perpetuated. Consequently, to be strictly accurate, the present Assembly [convened in 1982] should be regarded as the 52nd, rather than the 53rd Assembly of the Province."