News and Notices
The House will resume on Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Please be advised that the First Session of the Sixty-third General Assembly will resume on Tuesday, October 12th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m, when the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia will read the speech from the throne
As of July 14, 2021, Province House is open to the public
Effective July 14, 2021, Province House will be open to visitors on a limited basis.
Guided tours will not be provided at this time, but visitors can explore the building using our self-guided tour brochure. Read more in our visiting guidelines: https://nslegislature.ca/get-involved/visit-province-house
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY--Speaker, Deputy Speakers Chosen
Members of the legislative assembly elected Keith Bain as Speaker of the House of Assembly today, Sept. 24, during a special sitting.
Mr. Bain was first elected to the House of Assembly as MLA for Victoria-The Lakes in 2006 and re-elected in 2009, 2017 and 2021. He also served as deputy Speaker during the last general assembly.
The house also passed a motion appointing Angela Simmonds, MLA for Preston, and Lisa Lachance, MLA for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, as deputy Speakers. Both were first elected in 2021.
The Speaker presides over the legislative assembly, maintaining order and regulating debate in accordance with House rules and practices. The Speaker decides questions of order, rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard, protects the rights of all members and casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie.
Media Contact: James Charlton
MLA Swearing-In Ceremony
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY--MLA Swearing-In Ceremony to be Broadcast Live
Members of the 64th Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia will be sworn in at Province House on Monday, Aug. 30.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television and online.
Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 and HD 630, starting at 1 p.m.
In compliance with public health directives, the swearing-in will be divided into smaller ceremonies by party caucus, running consecutively: Progressive Conservative caucus, 1 p.m.; Liberal Party caucus, 3:30 p.m.; New Democratic Party caucus, 5 p.m.; Independent member, 5:30 p.m.
The ceremony will also be available live at: https://nslegislature.ca/legislative-business/legislative-tv .
Province House will be closed to the public on Aug. 30.
Media Contact: Chrissy Matheson
Nova Scotia Schools to Receive Book Highlighting Provincial History
SPEAKER'S OFFICE--Nova Scotia Schools to Receive Book Highlighting Provincial History
Students across the province will soon be able to unlock a significant piece of Nova Scotia's history through the donation of a new book on Province House in Halifax.
Nova Scotia's Province House, published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the building, is being donated by the House of Assembly to school libraries supporting grades 7 to 12. The book focuses on the building's design, including little known facts about the rooms, artifacts and historic events.
It features an illustrated tour of Province House and includes both historic and modern photos of Canada's oldest legislative building.
"This book captures many of the most significant moments in Nova Scotia's history," said Speaker of the House, Kevin Murphy. "It is a special publication and I'm pleased to see it will be available in school libraries which will allow students to explore the rich history of their province."
Nova Scotia's Province House is available at stores across the province.
"Province House is an important part of Nova Scotia and it's important for students to have access to materials that reflect the shared history of our diverse student population. This book will be a welcomed addition to our library."
- Colleen Smith, library technician, Whycocomagh Education Centre
-- the book, published in partnership with Formac Publishing Limited, is edited by Legislative Librarian David McDonald
-- a series of public events, including ceremonies, musical performances and art showcases, have been held throughout the year to mark the 200th anniversary
-- Province House was officially opened on Feb. 11, 1819, by Lord Dalhousie and at that time was home to all three levels of government: judicial, executive and legislative
-- Province House used to be the home to both the Legislative Council, Nova Scotia's upper house which was abolished in 1928, and Nova Scotia's Supreme Court
For more information about the book, visit: http://www.formac.ca/Book/3125/Nova-Scotias-Province-House.html
For more information about the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Province House, visit: https://nslegislature.ca/about/province-house-200