Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse
|64th General Assembly of Nova Scotia|
Opposition House Leader
| Government |
|August 17, 2021|
Province House, Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada
The Nova Scotia House of Assembly (French : Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse; Scottish Gaelic : Taigh Seanaidh Alba Nuadh), or Legislative Assembly, is the deliberative assembly of the General Assembly of Nova Scotia of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758, and in 1848 was the site of the first responsible government in the British Empire. Bills passed by the House of Assembly are given royal assent by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in the name of the King.
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 55 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) representing 55 electoral districts. (Expanded from 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 originally 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.
A number of officers of the house are appointed in accordance with legislation passed by the house. These officers fulfil numerous functions as prescribed in the relevant legislation. There are two categories of officers:
The Speaker of the House has authority over the following offices and officers:
These include the Auditor General, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner.
The Chief Electoral Officer of Nova Officer as head of Elections Nova Scotia is also appointed by a majority vote of the house and is considered an officer of the house.
|Antigonish||Michelle Thompson||Progressive Conservative|
|Argyle||Colton LeBlanc||Progressive Conservative|
|Bedford Basin||Kelly Regan||Liberal|
|Bedford South||Braedon Clark||Liberal|
|Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier||Kendra Coombes||NDP|
|Cape Breton East||Brian Comer||Progressive Conservative|
|Chester-St. Margaret's||Danielle Barkhouse||Progressive Conservative|
|Clayton Park West||Rafah DiCostanzo||Liberal|
|Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley||Larry Harrison||Progressive Conservative|
|Colchester North||Tom Taggart||Progressive Conservative|
|Cole Harbour-Dartmouth||Lorelei Nicoll||Liberal|
|Cole Harbour||Tony Ince||Liberal|
|Cumberland North||Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin||Independent|
|Cumberland South||Tory Rushton||Progressive Conservative|
|Dartmouth East||Tim Halman||Progressive Conservative|
|Dartmouth North||Susan Leblanc||NDP|
|Dartmouth South||Claudia Chender||NDP||Leader of the New Democratic Party|
|Digby-Annapolis||Jill Balser||Progressive Conservative|
|Eastern Passage||Barbara Adams||Progressive Conservative|
|Eastern Shore||Kent Smith||Progressive Conservative|
|Fairview-Clayton Park||Patricia Arab||Liberal|
|Glace Bay-Dominion||John White||Progressive Conservative|
|Guysborough-Tracadie||Greg Morrow||Progressive Conservative|
|Halifax Armdale||Ali Duale||Liberal|
|Halifax Atlantic||Brendan Maguire||Liberal|
|Halifax Chebucto||Gary Burrill||NDP|
|Halifax Citadel-Sable Island||Lisa Lachance||NDP|
|Halifax Needham||Suzy Hansen||NDP|
|Hammonds Plains-Lucasville||Ben Jessome||Liberal|
|Hants East||John A. MacDonald||Progressive Conservative|
|Hants West||Melissa Sheehy-Richard||Progressive Conservative|
|Inverness||Allan MacMaster||Progressive Conservative|
|Kings North||John Lohr||Progressive Conservative|
|Kings South||Keith Irving||Liberal|
|Kings West||Chris Palmer||Progressive Conservative|
|Lunenburg||Susan Corkum-Greek||Progressive Conservative|
|Lunenburg West||Becky Druhan||Progressive Conservative|
|Pictou Centre||Pat Dunn||Progressive Conservative|
|Pictou East||Tim Houston||Progressive Conservative||Premier of Nova Scotia|
|Pictou West||Karla MacFarlane||Progressive Conservative|
|Queens||Kim Masland||Progressive Conservative|
|Richmond||Trevor Boudreau||Progressive Conservative|
|Sackville-Cobequid||Steve Craig||Progressive Conservative|
|Sackville-Uniacke||Brad Johns||Progressive Conservative|
|Shelburne||Nolan Young||Progressive Conservative|
|Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River||Dave Ritcey||Progressive Conservative|
|Victoria-The Lakes||Keith Bain||Progressive Conservative|
|Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank||Brian Wong||Progressive Conservative|
|Yarmouth||Zach Churchill||Liberal||Leader of the Opposition|
(final reports filed)
Current as of October 2022
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Leonard Lawson Pace, was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Halifax St. Margarets in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1970 to 1978. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
Malcolm A. MacKay is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Sackville in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1978 to 1984. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party.
George Stuart Riley was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Halifax Cobequid in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1970 to 1974. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
Ronald Manning Fielding was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Halifax West and Halifax Northwest in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1941 to 1960. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
Geoffrey W. Stevens was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Halifax East and Halifax County Dartmouth in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1933 to 1960. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
George E. Hagen was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Halifax West in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1933 to 1940. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
Gordon Stewart Cowan was a Canadian politician and judge. He represented the electoral district of Halifax Centre in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1956 to 1960. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
Arthur Louis Thurlow was a Canadian politician and judge. He represented the electoral district of Lunenburg County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1949 to 1953. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.