3rd Session, 61st General Assembly
60 Elizabeth II, 2011
The Honourable Jamie Baillie
First Reading: April 1, 2011
(a) requires the Governor in Council to appoint a person with a disability to the Election Commission;
(b) requires all polling stations in a provincial election to be accessible;
(c) provides for fixed provincial election dates;
(d) permits a person to vote in a provincial election at any polling station in Nova Scotia on ordinary polling day;
(e) limits third-party advertising during a provincial election;
(f) requires provincial by-elections to be called within 3 months of a vacancy and to be held within 6 months of a vacancy;
(g) requires the House of Assembly to debate petitions presented to it with at least 10,000 signatures if the subject-matter of the petition is within provincial jurisdiction;
(h) requires the panel reviewing MLAs indemnities, allowances and salaries to be independent; and
(i) prohibits former MLA from being a lobbyist for three years following ceasing to be an MLA.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Modernizing Government Act.
2 Subsection 8(2) of Chapter 140 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Elections Act, as amended by Chapter 13 of the Acts of 2008, is further amended by
(a) striking out "and" at the end of clause (a); and
(b) adding immediately after clause (a) the following clause:
(2) Nothing in this Section affects the powers of the Lieutenant Governor, including the power of the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the House of Assembly at the discretion of the Lieutenant Governor.
is entitled, on ordinary polling day, to vote at any polling station in the Province, whether or not in the constituency in which the person is entitled to vote, and Section 122 applies mutatis mutandis.
(b) "third party" means a person or group other than a registered political party, a registered district association or a candidate and includes, but is not limited to, trade unions, business and professional associations, charitable associations, social clubs, community action groups and individuals.
36A Where a petition, respecting a matter within the jurisdiction of the Province and signed by ten thousand or more individuals, is presented to the House by a member, the Chief Clerk shall cause the matter to be placed upon the order paper and the Government House Leader, or the member acting in the place of the Government House Leader, shall call the matter for debate within ten sitting days of it being presented.
11 Section 45A of Chapter 1, as enacted by Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2006 and amended by Chapter 40 of the Acts of 2007 and Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2009, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following subsection: