No.2/2012

House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador

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1st Session – 47th General Assembly

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

(a)    Statements by Members

(b)    Statements by Ministers

(c)    Oral Questions

(d)    Presenting Reports by Standing and Select Committees

(e)    Tabling of Documents

(f)    Notices of Motion

(g)    Answers to questions for which notice has been given

(h)    Petitions

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

1. C Committee of Supply

 

(a) Resolution and Bill No. 2 Respecting the Granting of Interim Supply to Her Majesty.

 

2. C Address in Reply

 

Second Reading Bills

                                                               

3. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act Respecting Procurement By Public Bodies”.

(Bill No. 1)                                                                                                    (Service NL)

 

MOTIONS

 

        1. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Enduring Powers Of Attorney Act".  (Bill No. 3)

 

        2. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Income Tax Act, 2000".  (Bill No. 4)

 

        3. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Revenue Administration Act".  (Bill No. 5)

 

        4. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF SERVICE NL C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Consumer Protection And Business Practices Act". (Bill No. 6)

 

        5. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Provincial Court Act, 1991".

(Bill No. 7)

 

        6. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Family Violence Protection Act". (Bill No. 8)

 

7. C THE HONOURABLE THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER C To Move:

 

        WHEREAS section 7 of the House of Assembly Accountability, Integrity and Administration Act provides that the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Assembly is to be appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council on a nomination by the House of Assembly;

 

        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Mr. William J. Brown be nominated for appointment as the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Assembly.”

 

8. C MR. RANDY EDMUNDS (Torngat Mountains) C To Move:

 

WHEREAS Newfoundland and Labrador is a vast land mass with a long coastline and huge areas of open ocean.  Labrador alone has approximately 300,000 square kilometers with a coastline of almost 8,000 km and many isolated communities, while the island portion has nearly 10,000 km of coastline and a surface area of over 110,000 square kilometers;

 

AND WHEREAS the lifestyle of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for work and for recreation is connected to the land and the sea;

 

AND WHEREAS we have seen many tragedies and many lives lost due to distress at sea and on land, most recently the death of 14-year old Burton Winters of Makkovik Labrador;

 

AND WHEREAS search and rescue assets were not adequately deployed during the search for Burton Winters;

 

AND WHEREAS ground search and rescue is a provincial responsibility and was the first point of contact in the Burton Winters Tragedy;

 

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has announced the closure of the Maritime Search and Rescue Sub Centre located in St. John’s thus impairing efficient and timely coordination of search and rescue services within the Province;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House calls upon the Provincial Government to consider conducting a full investigation into the Burton Winters tragedy, examining the actions of both federal and provincial agencies and their coordination and communications;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls upon the Provincial Government to evaluate the search and rescue infrastructure within and available to the Province in a case of emergency in order to determine if there is sufficient and stable service;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls upon the Provincial Government, and our federal representatives in the House of Commons and Senate, to consider establishing a permanent search and rescue capability at 5 Wing Goose Bay; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House calls on this House of Assembly to establish an all-party committee of this House to make representations to the Government of Canada to rescind the closure of Maritime Search and Rescue Sub Centre located in St. John’s, Newfoundland.”

 

9. C MR. ANDREW PARSONS (Burgeo - LaPoile) C To Move:

 

“WHEREAS the House of Assembly is the corner stone of responsible government in Newfoundland and Labrador;

 

AND WHEREAS the effective and proper functioning of the House of Assembly is essential to good government, effective legislative process and an open and democratic society;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House of Assembly calls upon Government to provide for a fixed House of Assembly sitting schedule by introducing amendments to the House of Assembly Act as follows:

 

“Section 3 of the House of Assembly Act is amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following:

 

(3)  In 2012 and every following year, except years in which there is a general election under subsection (2), there shall be a sitting of the House of Assembly

 

      (a) commencing on the second Monday in March and adjourning on the Wednesday before Easter Sunday; and

 

(b) commencing on the third Monday after Easter Sunday and adjourning on the Thursday before the Victoria Day holiday; and

 

(c) commencing on the third Monday in October and adjourning not later than one week before Christmas Day.

 

(4) In years in which there is a general election under subsection (2), there shall be a sitting of the House of Assembly

 

(a) commencing on the second Monday in March and adjourning on the Wednesday before Easter Sunday; and

 

(b) commencing on the third Monday after Easter Sunday and adjourning on the Thursday before the Victoria Day holiday; and

 

(c) commencing no later than 30 days after the general election day and adjourning not later than one week before Christmas Day.

 

(5) Nothing in subsection (3) prohibits the House of Assembly from sitting at times other than those referred to in that subsection.

 

(6) Where the Lieutenant-Governor in Council intends to adjourn the House of Assembly earlier than the sitting dates referred to in subsection (3) or to cancel a sitting referred to in subsection (3), the Government House Leader shall

(a) table a report in the House of Assembly stating the reasons for the early adjournment or cancellation; and

 

(b) on the first day of the next sitting of the House of Assembly, give notice of a motion to debate the report referred to in paragraph (a) and this motion shall have precedence over all other substantive motions on the Order Paper.”

 

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Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

House of Assembly by William E. Parsons, Queen's Printer