Academic journal article Canadian Parliamentary Review

Nova Scotia

Academic journal article Canadian Parliamentary Review

Nova Scotia

Article excerpt

The 2005 Fall sitting of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly began on October 13, 2005, adjourned on November 3, 2005, reconvened on December 8, 2005 and adjourned on December 8, 2005. Just before the House met, several events of political importance took place including:

* the announcement by Premier John Hamm that he would be resigning after the Progressive Conservative Party had chosen a new leader,

* the calling of a leadership convention by the Progressive Conservative party for February 11, 2006; and

* the resignation of the former leader of the Liberal Party, Danny Graham, as member of the House of Assembly for Halifax Citadel.

As a result, the standings in the House, when it started its Fall sitting, were as follows: Progressive Conservatives--25, New Democrats--15, Liberals--11 and Vacant--1.

Shortly after the House met, Russell MacKinnon, the MLA for Cape Breton West, left the Liberal Caucus to sit as an independent.

Twenty-eight public bills were passed at the sitting, twenty-four of which were introduced by the Government, one of which was introduced by a Government backbencher and two of which were introduced by NDP members.

There were three candidates at the Progressive Conservative leadership convention, namely, William Black, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Life, who is a newcomer to politics, Neil LeBlanc, a former Minister of Finance, who was not a candidate in the last election, and Rodney MacDonald who was Minister of Tourism in the Hamm Government. …

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