No.9/2012

House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador

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1st Session – 47th General Assembly

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Wednesday, March 21, 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 Address in Reply

 

Bill Referred to Committee of the Whole

 

2. C Committee of the Whole on a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Enduring Powers Of Attorney Act".  (Bill No. 3)                                               (Justice and Attorney General)

 

Second Reading Bills

 

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

(Bill No. 1)                                                                                          (Service NL)

 

4. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Income Tax Act, 2000".  (Bill No. 4)

                           (Debate adjourned)                                                 (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

5. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Revenue Administration Act".

(Bill No. 5)                                                                                               (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

6. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Consumer Protection And Business Practices Act".

(Bill No. 6)                                                                                               (Service NL)

 

7. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Provincial Court Act, 1991".

(Bill No. 7)                                                                                               (Justice and Attorney General)

 

8. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Family Violence Protection Act". (Bill No. 8)

                                                                                                          (Justice and Attorney General)

 

9. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Municipalities Act, 1999 and The Urban And Rural Planning Act, 2000". (Bill No. 9)                (Municipal Affairs)

 

10. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act". (Bill No. 10)

                                                                                                          (Justice and Attorney General)

 

11. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Liquor Control Act ". (Bill No. 11)

                                                                                                                    (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

12. C Second Reading of a Bill C An Act To Amend The Pharmaceutical Services Act".      (Bill No. 12)

                                                                                (Health & Community Services)

 

MOTIONS

 

1. C  THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Schools Act, 1997".  (Bill No. 13)

 

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

 

“WHEREAS the House of Assembly is the cornerstone 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;

 

(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;

 

(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.

 

(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”.”

 

3. C MR. GEORGE MURPHY (St. John’s East) C To Move:

 

        “WHEREAS small businesses are the backbone of this Province’s economy;

 

        AND WHEREAS about 2,000 small businesses operate in the Province today, employing over 40 percent of all paid workers;

 

        AND WHEREAS small business revenues and profits stay in the communities where they are generated;

 

        AND WHEREAS the present level of taxation can be a barrier to anyone starting a small business today;

 

        AND WHEREAS small businesses in the Province need as much support as possible;

 

        THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Assembly urge Government to immediately help stimulate the economy in a manner that helps every part of the Province by reducing the Province’s small business tax by 25 percent, dropping it from 4 percent to 3 percent.”

 

4. C  THE HONOURABLE THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER C To Move pursuant to Standing Order 11 that the House not adjourn at 5:30 o=clock p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

 

        5. C  THE HONOURABLE THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER C To Move pursuant to Standing Order 11 that the House not adjourn at 10:00 o=clock p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

 

QUESTIONS

 

        1. C MR. JIM BENNETT (St. Barbe) - To ask the Honourable the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture  to lay on the Table of the House any correspondence, reports or other representation which the Provincial Government has made to the Federal Government in the last two years in relation to policies on owner-operators and fleet separation.

 

        2. C MR. ANDREW PARSONS (Burgeo - LaPoile) - To ask the Honourable the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills to lay on the Table of the House a list of community organizations and other groups that are contracted to do various services under the Labour Market Development Fund, and that the Minister also provide the amount of each contract and a brief description of the services provided.

 

        3. C MR. ANDREW PARSONS (Burgeo - LaPoile) - To ask the Honourable the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills to lay on the Table of the House the contract between Mr. John Noseworthy and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

        4. C MR. ANDREW PARSONS (Burgeo - LaPoile) - To ask the Honourable the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills to lay on the Table of the House any documents which outline the “Business Transformation Project” mentioned in OC2012-049.

 

        5. C MR. ANDREW PARSONS (Burgeo - LaPoile) - To ask the Honourable the Minister of Justice and Attorney General to lay on the Table of the House any analysis, reports or projections which the Provincial Government has compiled in relation to the costs and impacts for this Province of the recently passed Federal Government Bill – 10 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code.

 

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Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

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