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This week in committees

Legislative committees allow for detailed examination of matters in a way that would not be possible in the larger House of Assembly. They are composed of Members of the Legislative Assembly from all parties, who are appointed by the House to examine and report on specific areas. Members of the public may observe the proceedings during public meetings. There are three kinds of legislative committees:

Standing Committees

Permanent committees established under the Rules and Forms of Procedure of the House of Assembly. They may study matters within specific areas of responsibility as outlined in the Rules, or matters referred to them by the House. They may also undertake studies on their own initiative.

View standing committees.

Committees of the Whole House

These include all MLAs and they meet in the legislative chamber. If the House recesses to sit as one of these committees, the Mace is placed under the table, the Speaker leaves the chamber, and the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, the Deputy Speaker, takes his place at the head of the table. The Rules of the House apply, but there is no limit on the number of times a member may speak.

View committees of the whole house.

Select or Special Committees

These ad hoc committees are created by an order or resolution of the House of Assembly to investigate a particular issue. In Nova Scotia, there is no difference between a select and a special committee.

View select or special committees.

This week in committees

February 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Via Video Conference
Safe Return to Class Fund & Agency, Board and Commission Appointments
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Cathy Montreuil, Deputy Minister
David Potter, Director, Financial Services
Andrew Coates, Executive Advisor to the Deputy

February 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Via Video Conference
Housing, Housing Affordability & Economic Development
Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Catherine Berliner, Deputy Minister
Christine Gibbons, Executive Director of Corporate Policy & Innovation
Martin Laycock, A/Chief Operating Officer, Housing and Municipal Sustainability
Stephan Richard, Director, Community Relations & Public Affairs
Dalhousie University, School of Planning
Ren Thomas, Assistant Professor
Welcome Housing and Support Services
South Shore Housing Action Coalition