Nova Scotia House of Assembly

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Nova Scotia House of Assembly
63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia
Coat of arms or logo
Kevin Murphy, Liberal
Since October 24, 2013
House Leader
Geoff MacLellan, Liberal
Since June 15, 2017
Opposition House Leader
Chris d'Entremont, PC
Since September 9, 2010
Seats 51
Nova Scotia Legislature Layout 2017.svg
Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition Parties

  •   PC (17)
  •   NDP (7)
Last election
May 30, 2017
Next election
Meeting place
Nova Scotia House of Assembly Chamber.jpg
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 the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and the House of Assembly,[1] is the legislative branch of the provincial government of Nova Scotia, Canada. The assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758,[2] 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.

Party standings[edit]

Affiliation Members
  Liberal 27
  Progressive Conservative 17
  New Democratic 7
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]

Johns Adams Masland Halman Harrison
Lohr Bain Orrell Houston Paon Smith-McCrossin Chender Martin Leblanc
MacMaster MacLeod Dunn MacFarlane BAILLIE d'Entremont Wilson BURRILL Zann Roberts
Churchill Furey Regan MacLellan MCNEIL Casey Glavine Delorey Colwell Miller
Horne Arab Mombourquette Rankin Ince Diab Hines Wilson Porter Kousoulis
Maguire MacKay Jessome Lohnes-Croft DiCostanzo Irving

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Constitution Act, 1867, ss. 69, 71 & 88; Nova Scotia House of Assembly
  2. ^ How Canadians Govern Themselves

External links[edit]