Sept. 26, 2019 – House of Assembly Proceedings


>>ORDER, PLEASE. I RECOGNIZE
THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, WHO WILL PRESENT THE
HOUSE TO THE NEWLY ELECTED MUST BE FOR SACKVILLE, ARGYLE,
BARRINGTON, NORTH SIDE, WESTMOUNT AND SYDNEY RIVER, MIRA
LOUISBOURG. Hon. Tim Houston:
MR. SPEAKE R, I HAVE THE HONOUR TO PRESENT TO YOU MR. STEVE
CRAIG, THE MEMBER FOR THE DISTRICT OF SACKVILLE. HE HAS
TAKEN ME OUT, SIGNED THE ROLLS AND HAS THE RIGHT TO CLAIM HIS
SEAT. LET THE>>LET THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
TAKE HIS SEAT. [APPLAUSE]>>CONGRATULATIONS.
[APPLAUSE] Hon. Tim Houston:
MR. SPEAKE R, I PRESENT MR. LeBLANC, MEMBER FOR THE
DISTRICT OF ARGYLE BARRINGTON. HE HAS TAKEN THE OATH. SIGNED
THE ROLLS AND CLAIMED THE RIGHT TO CLAIM HIS SEAT.
>>LET THE HONOURABLE MEMBER TAKE HIS SEAT.>>CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] Hon. Tim Houston:
MR. SPEAKE R, I PRESENT MR. MURRAY RYAN, THE MEMBER FOR
THE ELECTORAL OF NORTHSIDE
WESTMOUNT. HE HAS SIGNED THE ROLLS AND HAS EARNED THE RIGHT
TO TAKE HIS SEAT. Speaker: LET THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER TAKE HIS SEAT.>>CONGRATULATIONS.
[APPLAUSE] Hon. Tim Houston:
MR. SPEAKE R, I PRESENTS TO YOU MR. BRIAN COMER. THE MEMBER FOR
THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF SYDNEY RIVER. HE HAS TAKEN ME OUT,
SIGNED THE ROLLS AND CLAIMS THE RIGHT TO TAKE HIS SEAT.
Speaker: LET THE HONOURABLE MEMBER TAKE HIS SEAT.
[APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: CONGRATULATIONS.
WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY. THE DAILY ROUTINE WITH PRESENTING
AND READING OF PETITIONS. PRESENTING REPORTS OF
COMMITTEES. TABLING REPORTS, REGULATIONS AND OTHER PAPERS.
AS SPEAKER OF THE NOVA SCOTIA HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 163 OF THE
ELECTIONS ACT, I TABLE THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CHIEF
ELECTORAL OFFICER FOR 2018-19. REPORT IS TABLED. STATEMENTS BY
MINISTERS. THAT’S NOT A NEW
MEMBER, IS IT? [LAUGHTER]
GLMPLEGHTS GOVERNMENTDISCOMFORTS HONOURABLE PREMIER,.
Premier: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHOULD MOVE THE
ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION, WHEREAS ON SEPTEMBER
7th , HURRICANE DORIAN MADE LANDFALL
IN NOVA SCOTIA THREATENING MANY WITH HIGH WIND AND LEADING TO
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND INFRASTRUCTURE. LEAVING MANY
WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, AND OTHER SERVICES. IN SOME CASES FOR
DAYS. AND WHEREAS DESPITE THE HARSH CONDITIONS BROUGHT ON BY
THE STORM, NOVA SCOTIANS WERE ABLE TO COUNTS ON THE DEDICATED
SERVICE OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, EMERGENCY SERVICE AGENCIES AND
VOLUNTEERS WHO WORKED TO MITIGATE THE DAMAGE AND PROVIDE
HELP TO THOSE IN NEED. AND WHEREAS THIS RESPONSE CAME FROM
ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND BEYOND, OUR OWN EMERGENCY SERVICE
PROVIDERS, EMO AND GOVERNMENT STAFF, TO MEMBERS OF THE
CANADIAN RED CROSS, THE SALVATION ARMY, HALL HACKS
HALIFAX REGIONAL POLICE, R.C.M.P., NOVA SCOTIA POWER AND
MANY OTHER NOVA SCOTIANS WHO PROVIDED WHATEVER HELP THEY
COULD TO THEIR NEIGHBOURS IN THE TIME OF NEED. BE IT RESOLVED
MEMBERS OF THE HOST HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY EXPRESS OUR SINCERE
GRATITUDE AND THANK ALL THOSE IN THE DAYS PRIOR, DURING AND AFTER
THE STORM’S END EXHIBITED A PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED
SPIRIT OF SERVICE, COMMUNITIES AND CHARITY TOWARDS THEIR FELLOW
NOVA SCOTIANS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE.
Speaker: IT IS AGREED. ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE
SAY AYE. CONTRARY MINDED NAY. THE MOTION IS CARRIED.
[APPLAUSE] Hon. Tim Houston:
>>MR. SPEAKER, I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE ON A FUTURE DAY MOVE THE
ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. WHEREAS THIS WEEK
IS GENDER EQUALITY WEEK, THE TIME TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ALL
MAKE PROGRESS WHEN WE MAKE PROGRESS TOWARDS GENDER
EQUALITY, EVERYONE BENEFITS. AND WHEREAS WOMEN, GIRLS AND
GENDER DIVERSE NOVA SCOTIANS DON’T ALWAYS HAVE THE SAME
ACCESS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, AND PERSONAL SAFETY. THIS NEEDS
TO CHANGE. WHEREAS WE AUGHT TO FOCUS ON GENDER EQUALITY, NOT
JUST THIS WEEK, BUT ALL THE TIME. SO WE CAN STRENGTHEN
COMMUNITY FOR ALL NOVA SCOTIANS. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY RECOGNIZE THAT GENDER
EQUALITY BENEFITS EVERYONE. WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN
ENSURING NOVA SCOTIA IS AN INCLUSIVE AND SAFE PLACE TO LIVE
FOR WOMEN, GIRLS, MEN, BOYS, AND PEOPLE OF ALL GENDER IDENTITIES.
MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE.
>>AGREED. ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION PLEASE SAY AYE. CONTRARY
MINDED NAY. MOTION IS CARRIED. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF SERVICE NOVA SCOTIA
AND INTERNAL SERVICES.>>MR. SPEAKER, I HEREBY BIF
NOTICE THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. WHEREAS SEPTEMBER 23rd TO 29th
IS CANADA’S RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK, CELEBRATION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF
ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, TRANSPARENCY. NOVA
SCOTIA ENACTED THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT IN 1977.
WHEREAS GOVERNMENT HAS MADE A BROAD RANGE OF DATA SETS ON THE
OPEN DATA PORTAL AVAILABLE AND INFORMATION ACCESS AND PRIVACY
TRAINING MANDATORY FOR ALL PROVINCIAL EMPLOYEES. THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY JOIN ME
IN CELEBRATING RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK AND IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC
CONFIDENT. I ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE.
Speaker: AGREED. ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION. PLEASE
SAY AYE.>>AYE.
Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED. NAY. THE MOTION IS CARRIED.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF LANDS AND FORESTRY.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I
HEREBY GIVE NOTICE FUTURE DAY I SHALL MOVE THE ADOPTION OF THE
FOLLOWING RESOLUTION. NATIONAL FOREST WEEK INSPIRES CANADIANS
TO LEARN ABOUT OUR FOREST HERITAGE AND RAISE AWARENESS
ABOUT THE RENEWABLE RESOURCE AND WHEREAS HEALTHY FORESTS ARE
FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR CULTURE AND HISTORY. MANAGED FOREST WAS
NAMED NOVA SCOTIA’S TOP WOODLAND OWNER IN RECOGNITION OF FOREST
AND RESOURCE STEWARDSHIP, PRACTICES AND WELCOME VISITOR TO
SEE THEIR WOODLAND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
. THEREAFTER BE IT RESOLVED ALL MEMBERS OF THE NOVA SCOTIA HOUSE
OF ASSEMBLY CELEBRATE NATIONAL FOREST WEEK AND WOODLANDS
STEWARDS, SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE
IMPORTANCE OF PRIVATE WOODLANDS. MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST WAIVER
OF NOTICE. Speaker: REQUEST FOR
WAIVERS, AGREED. ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE SAY AYE.
>>AYE. Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED.
NAY. MOTION IS CARRIED. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE
COMMISSION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE ON A FUTURE DAY I SHOULD
MOVE THE ADOPTION OF THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS. WHEREAS
THE BAPTIST, UNITED BAPTIST CHURCH IN DARTMOUTH SELLED 175
AN VERSE — CELEBRATED THE 175 ANNIVERSARY. BAPTIST CHURCH
FOUNDED IN 1884 BY REVEREND PRESTON IS A MEMBER OF THE
UNITED BAPTIST ASSOCIATION AND IS ONE OF CANADA’S HISTORIC
PLACES THAT WELCOMES ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE BOTH GOD
AND THEIR COMMUNITY. AND WHEREAS EARLY CONGREGATION WAS
COMPRISED OF THE DESCENDANTS OF BLACK LOYALISTS, JAMAICAN AND
BLACK REFUGEES WHO SETTLED IN NOVA SCOTIA IN THE 1700s.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ASSEMBLY
PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THE VICTORIA ROAD UNITED BAPTIST
CHURCH ON THEIR 175 ANNIVERSARY AND RECOGNIZING LONG-STANDING
CONTRIBUTIONS OF THIS CHURCH HAS MADE TO OUR PROVINCE.
MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR WAIVER OF NOTICE AND PASSAGE WITHOUT
DEBATE. Speaker: REQUEST FOR WAIVER.
AGREED?>>AGREED. DISCOMFORTS
Speaker: PLEASE SAY AYE.>>AYE.
Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED. NAY. MOTION IS CARRIED.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE, MOVE ON
TO INTRODUCTION OF BILLS. MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I
INTRODUCE A BILL TO REDUCE THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF THE ENVIRONMENT BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENACT TO REDUCE
THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS AND OTHER SINGLE USE PRODUCTS.
>>BILL IN 151. ACT TO REDUCE THE USE OF PLASTIC BAGS AND
OTHER SINGLE USE PRODUCTS. Announcer: BE READ A SECOND
TIME ON A FUTURE DAY. HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU
WEST.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE AN ACT ENTITLED ACT
RESPECTING CLEAN AIR. [APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU WEST BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT
RESPECTING CLEAN AIR.
>>BILL 152 ENTITLED ACT RESPECTING CLEAN AIR.
Speaker: ORDER THE BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE
DAY. HONOURABLE MEMBER OF DARTMOUTH SOUTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE AN ACT
RESPECTING ACT FREE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS.
Announcer: HOUSE LEADER FOR THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEGS
LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED ACT RESPECTING FREE
MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS.>>BILL 153 ENTITLED AN ACT
RESPECTING FREE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS.
Speaker: BE READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE DAY.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU WEST.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT
TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF THE HEALTH-CARE OMBUDSMAN.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICK PICTOU WEST, ESTABLISH
THE HOUSE OF THE HEALTH-CARE OMBUDSMAN.
>>BILL NUMBER 154 ENTITLED ACT TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF THE
HEALTH-CARE OMBUDSMAN. GLMPLEGHTS Speaker: MEMBER FOR CAPE
BRETON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKING, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT
RESPECTING THE VIABILITY OF CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL
ENTITLED AN ACT RESPECTING THE VIABILITY OF THE CAPE BRETON
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY.>>BILL 155, ENTITLED ACT
RESPECTING THE VIABILITY OF CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY.
GLMPLEGHTS THE Speaker: ORDER THE BILL BE
READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE DAY. HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
SACKVILLE BEAVER BANK.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL CALLED AN ACT
TO AMEND CHAPTER 114 OF THE REVISED STATUS OF 1989, THE
CROWN LANDS ACT AND CHAPTER 297 OF THE REVISED STATUTES, THE
MOTOR VEHICLE ACT. [APPLAUSE] Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE BEAVER BANK BEGS LEAVE TO INTRODUCE AN ACT
TO AMEND CHAPTER 114 OF THE REVISED STATUTES 1999. CROWNS
LANDS ACT AND CHAPTER 297, OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE ACT.
>>BILL NUMBER 156, TO AMEND CHAPTER 114 OF THE 1989, CROWNS
LANDS ACT CHAPTER 297. Speaker: ORDER THE BILL BE
READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE DAY. HONOURABLE HOUSE LEADER
FOR THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY.>>I BEG LEAVE TO INTRODUCE AN
ACT ENTITLED TO AMEND CHAPTER 31 OF THE ACTS OF 2004, THE POLICE
ACT. Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
HOUSE LEADER FOR THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEGS LEAVE TO
INTRODUCE A BILL, ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 31 OF THE ACTS OF 2004,
THE POLICE ACT.>>BILL 157, ACT TO AMEND
CHAPTER 31 OF THE ACTS OF 2004, THE POLICE ACT. DISCOMFORTS
ORDER THE BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME ON A —
Speaker: ORDER THE BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME. CAPE BRETON
CENTRE.>>MR. SPEAKER, I BEG LEAVE TO
INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 31 OF THE ACTS
OF 2001, THE FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS ACT.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE BEGS
LEAVE TO INTRODUCE A BILL ENTITLED ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 31
OF THE ACTS OF 2001, THE FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS ACT.
>>BILL NUMBER 158, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 31 OF THE
ACTS OF 2001, FATALITY INVESTIGATIONS ACT.
Speaker: ORDER THE BILL BE READ A SECOND TIME ON A FUTURE
DAY. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: NOW MOVE ON TO NOTICES OF MOTION. STATEMENT BY
MEMBERS. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FROM ANNAPOLIS.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, REMIND ALL THE MEMBERS, THE LAST
TIME WE SAT, WE HAD FOUR BYELECTIONS, WE LOST FOUR LONG
SERVING MEMBERS OF OUR HOUSE. I WANT TO EXTEND MY THANKS TO ALL
THOSE WHO REPRESENTED EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE IN THESE
BYELECTIONS AND ALL THOSE WHO WORKED ON THEIR BEHALF. EXTEND
MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOUR MEMBERS THAT WE INTRODUCED
EARLIER IN THE SESSION. THE MEMBER FROM SYDNEY RIVER,
LOUISBOURG, ARGYLE BARRING TON, NORTHSIDE, WESTMOUNT.
MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER FROM SACKVILLE. EACH OF YOU HAVE
BEEN GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE THAT IS BESTOWED UPON THE REST OF US TO
REPRESENT YOUR CONSTITUENTS. I KNOW YOU ARE READY TO MAKE, HAVE
THEIR VOICES HEARD IN THIS PLACE. I LOOK FORWARD AS THE
PREMIER OF THE PROVINCE WORKING WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE THEIR
REPRESENTATION IS DONE IN THE FULSOME OF THEIR SPIRIT. THANK
YOU, ALL. [APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU EAST.>>THANK YOU, PERMISSION TO MAKE
AN INTRODUCTION. Speaker: GRANTED.
>>MR. DAVE RITZY. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION. MR. SPEAKER, YOU
MAY RECOGNIZE DAVE, LONG-STANDING INVOLVEMENT WITH
MINOR HOCKEY, JUNIOR HOCKEY, COACH OF THE EAGLES AT ONE
POINT. CHAIRPERSON OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRURO IN
2017. LOVING HUSBAND, TO AMBER, FATHER TO TWO GIRLS, HIS
GRANDFATHER WAS A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, MR. GERRY RITZY FOR
COLCHESTER FROM 68 TO 74. WE’RE OPTIMISTIC DAVE HIMSELF MIGHT BE
THE NEXT MLA ELECTED TO THIS HOUSE, THANK YOU, DAVE, FOR
JOINING US. PLEASE STAND AND JOIN THE WARM WELCOME OF THE
HOUSE. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX CHEBUCTO.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, JUST LIKE TO ADD TO THE PREMIER’S
REMARKS, WARM WELCOME ON BEHALF OF THE N.D.P. CAUCUS TO THE NEW
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, MEMBER FROM ARGYLE BARRINGTON AND
SACKVILLE AND NORTHSIDE WESTMOUNT AND SYDNEY RIVER MIRA
LOUISBOURG. I WANT TO SAY WE SHARE THE SENSE, JUST BEEN WELL
EXPRESSED BY THE PREMIER OF THE PRIVILEGE THAT IT IS THAT HAS
BEEN EXTENDED TO YOU, EXTENDING THIS SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE WHO
HAVE ELECTED YOU. AND WE WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN
CARRYING OUT THAT PRIVILEGE. [APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR YARMOUTH.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER. AFTER 44 YEARS AS A COMMISSIONED OFFICER, CAPTAIN
PERRY OF YARMOUTH IS RETIRING FROM UNIFORM DUTY WITH A 299
YARMOUTH CADETS. JOINED THE RESERVES FOR FOUR YEARS IN HIGH
SCHOOL AND DURING THAT TIME HE SPENT TWO MONTHS ON THE NORTH
POLE, HE SAYS WAS A HIGHLIGHT IN THE RESERVES. BECAME A FULL
LIEUTENANT IN THE MID 1980s AFTER GRADUATING FROM COURSES,
MUCH TIME VOLUNTEERING WITH THE AIR CADET. COMMANDING OFFICER
AND RETURNED TO THAT POSITION IN 2011 UNTIL LATE 2018. CHIEF OF
COMPETITION TO THE PROVINCIAL MARKSMANSHIP COMPETITION FOR
THREE YEARS. CAPTAIN HAS INSTRUCTED HUNDREDS OF CADETS
OVER THE LAST FOUR DECADES AND CONTINUE TO VOLUNTEER AS A COACH
FOR THE SHOOTING TEAM. ASK THIS HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING THE CAPTAIN AND THANKING HIM FOR OVER FOUR
DECADES OF SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, PROVINCE AND
COUNTRY. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE FOR EASTERN PASSAGE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, BIG LEAVE TO MAKE AN INTRODUCTION.
Speaker: GRANTED.>>I WOULD LIKE TO DRAW
EVERYONE’S ATTENTION TO THE WEST GALLERY. WE HAVE RHONDA VICKERS
FROM EASTERN PASSAGE, MY CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT, LISA AND
DR. BONING. WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I
WOULD LIKE ALL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE TO WELCOME THEM TO
THE LEGISLATURE. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR.
>>I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SEPTEMBER AS DIGNIFIED LIVING
MONTHS IN THE HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY. A SPECIAL FLAG
RAISING AT GRANDE PRAIRIE SQUARE WILL BE AWARENESS TO DIGNIFIED
LIVING. NORTHWOOD FOUNDATION FUND RAISES FOR THE DIGNIFIED
LIVING FUND WHICH IS THERE TO PURCHASE ITEMS AND DEVICES THAT
RANGE FROM KOBO FOR AUDITORY BOOKS, CHAIR LIFTS AND VISION
AIDS FOR THOSE IN NEED. ALL THESE ITEMS ARE AIMED AT
MAINTAINING A PERSON’S INDEPENDENCE AND DIGNITY.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING WALK FOR DIGNIFIED LIVING IS SCHEDULED
THIS YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 28th, 2019. I ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THE
NOVA SCOTIA LEGISLATURE TO JOIN ME IN ACKNOWLEDGING SEPTEMBER AS
DIGNIFIED LIVING MONTH AND ALL OF THE HARD WORK, NORTHWOOD PUTS
IN TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR DARTMOUTH SOUTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I BEG
LEAVE TO MAKE AN INTRODUCTION. Speaker: PERMISSION
GRANTED.>>WE’RE JOINED BY SUZANNE
LIVELY, FOUNDER OF FRIENDLY DIVAS, ADVOCATE FOR THE
RECOGNITION OF PERIOD POVERTY AND THE VARIOUS EFFORTS BEING
MADE IN THAT REGARD. AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND HER THE
WARM WELCOME OF THE HOUSE. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH SOUTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO TAKE NOTICE OF EQUALITY
ISSUE COME TO THE FOREFRONT IN NOVA SCOTIA. NAMELY THE
DIFFICULTY AND EXPENSE OF ACQUIRING MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS.
MANY ACTIVISTS ADVOCATING ON THIS FRONT COINED THE TERM
PERIOD POVERTY. THAT TERM IS TELLING. I RECENTLY READ A BOOK
BY A STAFFER IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN THE UNITED
STATES SAID THE SINGLE ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS GETTING
MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS PLACED IN WHITE HOUSE BATHROOMS. SPEAKING
AS A PRIVILEGE PROFESSIONAL WOMAN FOR WHOM LACK OF THESE
SUPPLIES IN AN EMERGENCY HAD BEEN AN ONGOING IRRITATION. FOR
PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY, MR. SPEAKER, IT’S MUCH WORSE.
AND CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL PARTICIPATION IN
COMMUNITIES OR NOT. MR. SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO SEE
STEPS BEING TAKEN IN THIS HOUSE AND ELSEWHERE TO ADDRESS THIS
ISSUE AND ALONG WITH THE COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO
ADVOCATE FOR BROAD ACCESS TO THIS NECESSARY TOILETRY.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR CLAYTON PARK WEST ON AN INTRODUCTION.
>>I BEG LEAVE TO MAKE AN INTRODUCTION. WE HAVE WITH US
TODAY EAST GALLERY A STAFF MEMBER OF THE NEW JERSEY
LEGISLATURE, ANDREW WARD AND HIS PARTNER. THEY ARE VISITING AND
TOURING NOVA SCOTIA, P.E.I., AND I BELIEVE THE ISLANDS, AS WELL.
MY COLLEAGUE THE MEMBER FROM CUMBERLAND AND I HAD THE
PLEASURE OF MEETING ANDREW AT THE EASTERN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
IN AUGUST. ANDREW WORKS IN THE LEGISLATIVE SERVICES AT THE NEW
JERSEY LEGISLATURE OFFICE. ONE OF HIS RESPONSIBILITIES WAS
STAFFING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, NEW COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE,
INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY. THE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY WAS A REALLY
VALUABLE TIME FOR BOTH OF US AND IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO MEET OUR
AMERICAN COUNTERPART FROM STATE, SORRY, STATE SENATOR AND
REPRESENTATIVE. IT WAS A VERY GOOD TIME FOR US, PLEASE WELCOME
THEM TO HALIFAX. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR PICTOU, PARDON ME, FOR LUNENBURG WEST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE BRIDGEWATER
BARRACUDA SWIM TEAM CAPTURED THE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A WIN THIS
AUGUST AT THE SUBARU OUTDOOR POOL IN BRIDGEWATER. DEFEATED
THE BEDFORD BEAVERS BY 23.5 POINTS. CLOSEST IN THE RECORDED
HISTORY OF THE NOVA SCOTIA SUMMER SWIM PROVINCIAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS. THE TOTAL OF 504 SWIMMERS COMPETED IN THE EVENT.
CHERYL, THE PRESIDENT OF THE BAUER BARRACUDAS FELT IT WAS
NAIL BITTING AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL SWIMMERS AND
FAMILIES. JONAS AND NICOLA WHITE WERE NAMED TO THE AGE 13,
14 PROVINCIAL ALL-STAR TEAM. JONATHAN HAPP AND LUKE WERE NAME
TO THE 17, 18 ALL STARS. ADAM RECEIVED THE GALLANT MacINTYRE
ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
2019 SUMMER SWIMMING PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS. SPIRITED TEAM WITH A
FOCUS ON FUN, SPORTSMANSHIP AND FAIR PLAY. THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
BRING AWARENESS TO THE AMAZING WORK BEING DONE BY LESLIE MORIN
AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN INVOLVED IN STARTING THE JUST
ASK PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED INTO PHARMACIES
AND BUSINESSES TO OFFER FREE FEMININE PRODUCTS. GIVE WOMEN A
CHANCE TO SAVE MONEY ON ITEMS THAT ARE NOT A LUXURY BUT A
NECESSITY AS THE NEED FOR FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS CAN
BECOME A FINANCIAL BURDEN FOR MANY WOMEN. IT OFFERS YOUNG
GIRLS A SAFE PLACE TO ASK FOR THE PRODUCTS THEY NEED IN A
DISCREET MANNER. I COMMEND LESLIE AND LOOK FORWARD TO
SEEING IT GROW IN YEARS TO COME. IT IS WOMEN LIKE LESLIE THAT
EMPOWER YOUNG GIRLS AND GIVE THEM SELF CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVE
THEIR GOALS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I BEG
LEAVE TO MAKE AN INTRODUCTION. Speaker: PERMISSION
GRANTED.>>DRAW THE MEMBER’S ATTENTION
TO THE GALLERY WHERE WE HAVE MEMBERS OF OUR LABOUR OUR LABOUR
LEADERS FROM THE UNION WORLD. PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATION OF
LABOUR, DANNY KAVANAUGH, TAMMY GILLETTES. PRESIDENT OF CUPE
NOVA SCOTIA WHO WAS THERE. I WOULD ASK THAT YOU RISE AND
RECEIVE THE WARM WELCOME OF THE HOUSE.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.>>MR. SPEAKER, CBRM IS
IMPORTANT, ONE OF TWO CITIES IN NOVA SCOTIA. CBRM MAKES
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ECONOMY AND CULTURE OF NOVA SCOTIA. IT
SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DROWN. SOME PEOPLE SAID THEY THINK CBRM
IS NOT DESERVING OF ADDITIONAL SUPPORT. I DISAGREE. I BELIEVE
THAT CBRM NEEDS AN INJECTION OF SUPPORT AND MR. SPEAKER
IMMIGRATION PILOT, FOR EXAMPLE, COULD HELP HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
DISCOVER EVERYTHING THAT CAPE BRETON HAS TO OFFER. SHORT TERM
FISCAL RELIEF AND STIMULUS COULD HELP THIS WONDERFUL PLACE GET
BACK ON TRACK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PROVINCE HAS A DUTY.
Speaker: ORDER, PLEASE. REMIND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER
MEMBER STATEMENTS ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATING
BILLS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON THE ORDER PAPER. THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR BEDFORD.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK ALL OF THE PEOPLE AND
ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO BUILD A NEW CENOTAPH IN
BEDFORD. THE PROJECT WAS THE DREAM OF BEDFORD RESIDENT KENT
NICKERSON. THERE WAS STRUCTURAL ISSUES WITH THE OLD CENOTAPH.
IN THE END, MULTIPLE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, BEDFORD LIONS,
LEGION WERE INVOLVED. IT WAS A TEAM EFFORT. LAST SATURDAY, ON
A BEAUTIFUL WARM DAY, KENT’S DREAM OF A NEW CENOTAPH BECAME
REALITY, A NEW AND IMPROVED REALITY. THE CENOTAPH WILL BE
LIT AT NIGHT. THERE IS SEATING FOR FOLKS WHO NEED IT. THERE
ARE NEW WALLS ADDED BEHIND THE CENOTAPH WITH IN SERVICE TO
CANADA INSCRIBED IN ENGLISH, FRENCH AND MI’KMAW. THE AFGHAN
WAR HAS BEEN ADDED. THE LION ON TOP FACES THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
SAD L KENT PASSED AWAY BEFORE THE PROJECT WAS FINISHED. HIS
FAMILY WAS THERE AND HIS WIDOW DIANE PLACED THE FIRST WREATH ON
THE CENOTAPH. SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER ACT ACKNOWLEDGED KENT’S
LEADERSHIP. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR VICTORIA THE LAKES.>>MR. SPEAKER, ON SEPTEMBER 4
SEPTEMBER 4th , VICTORIA COUNTY HELD 4H DAYS
COUNTY DAYS. THE EVENTS FEATURED EXHIBITS AND DISPLAYS,
LIFE SKILL PROJECTS AND COMPETITIONS. AS WELL AS
LIVESTOCK PROJECTS. IN ALL, RECOGNITION WAS GIVEN TO
INDIVIDUALS IN 28 CATEGORIES. MANY OF THE 4H MEMBERS THE
OPPORTUNITY TO THE REPRESENT THE COUNTY AT THE 4H NOVA SCOTIA
PROVINCIAL SHOW IN TRURO BEING HELD SEPTEMBER 27th. THIS
WILL BE THE 42nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE 4H NOVA SCOTIA PROVINCIAL
SHOW. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING ALL MEMBERS OF THE 4H CLUB AND WISHING THEM
WELL IN THE PROVINCIAL SHOW IN TRURO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] GLLTS HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
HALIFAX NEEDHAM.>>MR. SPEAKER, AS A ALUMNI OF
DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY, RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF A PANEL CHAIRED BY
HISTORIAN DR. COOPER THAT PRODUCED THE REPORT ON
DALHOUSIE’S HISTORY ON SAVE SLAVERY AND RACE. IT WAS
RELEASED AS HURRICANE DORIAN BORE DOWN ON NOVA SCOTIA. THE
REPORT DETAILS HOW A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE REVENUES OF THE
COLONIAL GOVERNMENT IN NOVA SCOTIA AND SIGNIFICANT PART OF
THE WEALTH ACCOMMODATE –
ACCUMULATED. HOW ANTIBLACK RACISM THAT CONTINUES IN THIS
PROVINCE TO THIS DAY CAN BE TRACED TO OUR HISTORY. I HOPE
MANY MORE NOVA SCOTIANS WILL READ AND REFLECT ON THE LORD DAL
DALHOUSIE REPORT FOR HISTORY THAT BEARS ON OUR PRESENT DAY.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLCHESTER NORTH.
>>FOOD NETWORK CANADA JOINED TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA. A VISIT
INVOLVED TASTE OF THE TRUE CANADIAN CULTURE WHEN THE FOOD
NETWORK CANADA VISITED SUGAR MOON FARM. THE FOODS CHOSEN BY
THE TV STATION TO USE WERE THE MAPLE MAC AND CHEESE, SOUR DOUGH
FRENCH TOAST AND PANCAKES WITH LOCAL BLUEBERRIES, RED FLOUR AND
ALL SERVED WITH OWN MAPLE SYRUP.
30,000 VISITORS COME TO THE FARM, MAINLY OUTSIDE THE
PROVINCE AND CANADA. THEY ARE HOPING THE NATIONAL AND
INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE WILL HELP INCREASE THAT NUMBER AND MAKE
PEOPLE AWARE THEY ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND. BE SURE TO STOP AT SUGAR
MOON FARM IF YOU’RE NEAR, OFF THE 311. NEEDING SOMETHING TO
EAT. YOU WILL BE IN FOR A TREAT.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR SYDNEY RIVER, MIRI LOUISBOURG.
[APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT’S
A GREAT HONOUR FOR ME TO SIT IN THIS HOUSE. I CANNOT HELP BUT
THINK OF THE GREAT PEOPLE WHO SAT IN THIS CHAMBER BEFORE ME.
ONE MAN IN PARTICULAR COMES TO MIND. MAN OF VERY FEW WORDS. A
MAN WHO TRANSCENDS POLITICS, FRIEND, MENTOR AND COMMUNITY
LEADER. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, MR. SPEAKER,
TO RECOGNIZE ALFIE McLEOD FOR MANY YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE
FOR THE CONSTITUENTS. FOR HIS PASSIONATE VOICE, COMPASSION AND
DEDICATION TO CONSTITUENTS. ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE ACKNOWLEDGE
SUPPORT. JOIN ME IN WISHING ALFIE ALL THE BEST AS HE PURSUES
THE NEXT STEPS OF HIS POLITICAL JOURNEY REPRESENTING THOSE HE
SERVED FAITHFULLY. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH NORTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A QUICK INSTRUCTION.
Speaker: PERMISSION GRANTED.
>>THE NEW CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT REBECCA ROSE JOINED US
TODAY. REBECCA WAS BORN IN CAPE BRETON. RAISED IN DARTMOUTH.
SHE’S A QU E E R. ABOUT TO LAUNCH HER FIRST NOVEMBER.
TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY. WELCOME, REBECCA ROSE.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR DARTMOUTH NORTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER,
MR. SPEAKER, FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITH LOW INCOMES OR LIMITED
INCOMES, EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE, INCLUDING GETTING
THEIR PERIOD. WE TALKED ABOUT PERIOD POVERTY BEFORE IN THIS
HOUSE. WE HAVE ECHOED MANY CALLS FROM MANY ACTIVISTS WHO
HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY ON THIS ISSUE.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, I ASKED THE MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
ADVISORY COUNCIL AND STATUS OF WOMEN IF SHE WOULD INCLUDE
FUNDING IN THE BUDGET TO PROVIDE FREE PADS AND TAMPONS IN
UNIVERSITIES, SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, LIBRARIES
AND ALL PUBLIC BUILDINGS. WHILE I WAS PLEASED TO HEAR THE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT WILL
REQUIRE ALL SCHOOLS TO SAY PROVIDE FREE PRODUCTS, I WAS
DISAPPOINTED TO KNOW NO NEW FUNDING TO PURCHASE THESE
PRODUCTS. THIS MEANS FUNDS FOR NECESSARY SUPPLIES HAVE TO COME
OUT OF TIGHT SCHOOL BUDGETS OR THE POCKETS OF TEACHERS. IF WE
ARE GOING TO GET SERIOUS ENDING PERIOD POVERTY, WE HAVE TO
INVEST AND PROVIDE FREE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS IN THE
PROVINCE AND REQUIRE PRIVATE BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE PRODUCTS
IN ALL WORKPLACE WASHROOMS. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: PREVIOUS MEMBER
STATEMENT ALSO IS ON THE TOPIC OF A BILL THAT THE MEMBER HAD
JUST INTRODUCED EARLIER ON THE ORDER PAPERS. JUST LIKE TO
REMIND ALL MEMBERS WE’RE GOING TO DISALLOW THAT MEMBER
STATEMENT AND MEMBER STATEMENTS IS NOT TO BE USED AS A TOOL FOR
DEBATE FOR BILLS THAT ARE ON THE ORDER PAPER. REMIND EVERYBODY
OF THAT ON OUR FIRST DAY BACK. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
YARMOUTH ON AN INTRODUCTION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, BRING
ATTENTION TO THE EAST GALLERY. SPECIAL INTRODUCTION TO MAKE.
MY FAMILY IS HERE FOR ME, MY WONDERFUL WIFE, DR. CHURCH HILL.
MY FIRST BORN. NEWEST ADDITION BORN THE LAST SESSION THAT WE
HAD EVA IRENE CHURCHILL. IT IS HER FIRST VISIT TO THE
LEGISLATURE. [APPLAUSE]
>>WELCOME MY FAMILY. THANK YOU.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR KINGS WEST.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND TODAY TO
RECOGNIZE THE COMMUNITY AND EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWN OF FOR
OPENING A NEW PLACE. NEW JUNE 29th
, I WAS AMONG PEOPLE PRESENT FOR THE GRAND OPENING WHICH WAS IN
CANADA DAY EVENTS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH
CAROL, SHE WAS INVOLVED IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
ACTIVITY GOING AND HAS LEFT BEHIND AN INCREDIBLE LEGACY.
FROM WORKING IN THE TOWN’S RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO
VOLUNTEERING TO ATTENDING AND ORGANIZING ANNUAL COMMUNITY
EVENTS, CAROL TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MANY. THIS GESTURE IS A
FITTING WAY TO HONOUR CAROL IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY
CONTINUES TO BE FELT AND WILL BE EVERLASTING. MR. SPEAKER, I
WOULD ASK THE HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN SAYING THANK YOU TO THE TOWN
AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE FOR ENSURING CAROL’S MEMORY LIVES ON
AND LEGACY CONTINUES TO BE FELT. CAROL’S PLACE IS A VERY SPECIAL
PLACE, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: BEFORE WE PROCEED TO THE NEXT MEMBER STATEMENT,
ADMINISTRATORRIVE NOTE. I HAVE BEEN ADVISED EARLIER THE NUMBER
FOR THE FIRST BILL AS WE STARTED INSTRUCTION, BILL 151,
APPROPRIATIONS ACT 2019. AND JUST ADVISORY ACCORDINGLY ALL
BILLS NUMBERS ASSIGNED TODAY WILL INCREASE BY ONE NUMBER.
MAKE A METAL NOTE METAL NOTE OF THAT. HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
SACKVILLE. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS
IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AMONG ALL MEMBERS WHO ARE SERVING OUR
CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN MY PLACE TO RECOGNIZE THE
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION. BRANCH 162 IN LOWER SACKVILLE, ON THE
OCCASION OF THEIR 40 ANNIVERSARY THEY CELEBRATED AUGUST 4th,
2019. MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH 162
INVESTED SELFLESS HOURS OF OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE
OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS SERVING OUR VETERANS AND COMMUNITY.
INCLUDING THE CREATION OF THE SACKVILLE HERITAGE CENOTAPH THAT
DRAWS HUNDREDS OF CITIZENS FOR THE COMMEMORATION ON REMEMBRANCE
DAY AND BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC SUNDAY. I WOULD LIKE TO
CONGRATULATE THE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH
162 OF LOWER SACKVILLE NOVA SCOTIA. ON THE OCCASION OF
THEIR 40th ANNIVERSARY AND THANK THEM FOR ALL THEY HAVE
DONE IN THE PAST AND FOR THEIR CONTINUED SERVICE TO OUR
COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.>>MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE NEW
PUBLIC BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN WHERE YOU WON’T FIND A STACK OF
HALIFAX’S FREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER. BUT I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS AND
ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THE GOVERNMENT SIDE TO PICK IT UP
THIS WEEK AND READ THE VOICE OF THE CITY COLUMN. MR. SPIEDLE
DEMONSTRATED BRAVERY IN SPEAKING ABOUT HIS LIFE ON INCOME
ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING IN THE DOCUMENTARY “MY WEEK ON
WELFARE.” NOW HE’S WRITTEN ABOUT HIS
HOUSING PREDICAMENT. HE COULD AFFORD TO STAY IN HIS HOUSE IN
FAIRVIEW. THAT BUILDING CHANGED HANDS RECENTLY. THE RENTS ARE
GOING UP. AND AS IS THE CASE IN MANY PREVIOUSLY AFFORDABLE
RENTALS, MR. SPIEDLE IS LEFT TO LOOK FOR A NEW HOME IN A MARKET
WHERE WE KNOW THERE IS A SMALL VACANCY RATE. THE GOVERNMENT
MUST TAKE URGENT ACTION TO IMMEDIATELY REGULATE SHORT TERM
RENTALS REMOVING STOCK FROM THE HOUSING MARKET AND IMPOSE RENT
CONTROL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR HANTS EAST.>>IT’S MY HONOUR TO RISE TO
SPEAK ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN IN OUR COMMUNITY. PAM McNEIL
IS THE OWNER OF CUP OF SOUL SERVING UP GREAT FOOD AND
KINDNESS TO LOCALS AND TOURISTS IN THE HEART OF ED HE ELMS DALE.
SHE IS ON THE BOARD OF THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE, THE EAST
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. CHAIRS 100 WOMEN WHO CARE, AND LOCAL FIRST
INITIATIVE TO NAME A FEW. PAM ALSO SHARES HER CAFE AND
CONTRIBUTES FINANCIALLY WITH WORTHY CAUSES. SHE WILL RARELY
ACCEPT AWARDS FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS. SHE BELIEVES
THIS IS WHAT’S OF COMMUNITY IS ALL ABOUT. SHE’S JUST DOING HER
PART. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO JOIN ME
IN THANKING PAM FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS AND DEDICATION TO
OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU CENTRE.>>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO
RECOGNIZE UNIQUE GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS. HOSPITAL STAFF
ARE DEFINITELY SOME OF THE HARDEST WORKING PEOPLE TAKING
CARE OF OUR LOVED ONES DURING VERY DIFFICULT TIMES. THE
PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT IN NEW GLASGOW IS EXCEPTIONAL. DISPLAY
OF COMPASSION, DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM PROVIDED BY
DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF IS OVERWHELMING. THEY
CONTINUE TO MAKE AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF
FAMILIES THROUGH THEIR THOUGHTFULNESS, KINDNESS AND
EXPERTISE. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE OFTEN FACED WITH A PHYSICAL AND
EMOTIONAL DIFFICULT JOB, DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
ON OUR CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES. LIKE ALL MEMBERS
OF THIS LEGISLATURE TO JOIN ME AND THANK THE PALLIATIVE CARE
STAFF FOR MOST PLEASANT AND CARING ATTITUDE. THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON JULY 13th OUR
MVP FAMILY WELCOMED A BEAUTIFUL, BABY GIRL RORY CHRISTINE BROWN.
IN THIS WORLD, WITH SO MUCH SADNESS AND TRAGEDY, IT IS
WONDERFUL STAFF APPRECIATE A NEW LIFE. ONE OF WHICH I’M SURE SHE
WILL FOLLOW IN HER MOTHER’S FOOTSTEPS AND GET READY, ANOTHER
STRONG, INDEPENDENT, WONDERFUL, YOUNG WOMAN IS COMING FOR YOU.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR HALIFAX ARMDALE.>>MR. SPEAKER, SUMMER IN
HALIFAX WOULD NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT THE NUMEROUS FESTIVALS
INCLUDING THE LEBANESE FESTIVALS. IN JULY, I WAS
DELIGHTED TO BRING GREETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE PROVINCE AT THE 18
18th SAN SAN ANTONIO FESTIVAL.
SCORES OF NOVA SCOTIANS STOPPED BY TO EXPERIENCE THE LEBANESE
CULTURE, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT AND FOOD. LIVE MUSIC AND
DANCING TO A DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND ZUMBA INSTRUCTION.
THE FESTIVAL RAN A CHARITY DUNK TANK WHICH RAISED $2500 FOR THE
IWK FOUNDATION. I WANT TO EXTEND MY THANKS AND
CONGRATULATIONS TO FESTIVAL CO-CHAIR PERSONS AND MY
CONSTITUENTS, GISELLE AND MICHAEL McDONALD, THE FESTIVAL
COMMITTEE AND VOLUNTEERS. I KNOW HOW MUCH WORK THOSE GOOD
ORGANIZING THE FESTIVAL. I’M PLEASED TO SEE EVERYTHING CAME
TOGETHER SO WELL AGAIN THIS YEAR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR DARTMOUTH EAST.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS
I’M SURE WE’RE ALL AWARE, HURRICANE DORIAN HAD A MAJOR
IMPACT ON NOVA SCOTIANS. DARTMOUTH EAST, INCLUDED.
SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS WHO STEPPED UP IN AID OF THEIR COMMUNITY.
GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP THEIR NEIGHBOURS. ONE SUCH
INDIVIDUAL IS CONSTABLE JEFF BROWN. IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING
DORIAN, I JOINED CONSTABLE BROWN ON THE DOORSTEP CHECKING IN ON
DARTMOUTH EAST RESIDENTS. CONSTABLE BROWN WAS CALM AND
UNDERSTANDING. WHILE LISTENING TO PEOPLE’S CONCERNS, AND WAS
SURE TO ARRANGE WELLNESS CHECKS ON FAMILY MEMBERS THEY COULDN’T
GET IN TOUCH WITH. MR. SPEAKER, CONSTABLE BROWN WORKED HARD TO
ENSURE DARTMOUTH EAST RESIDENTS FEEL SAFE AND SECURE. I WOULD
LIKE TO THANK HIM ON BEHALF OF OUR COMMUNITY FOR HIS EFFORTS.
THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR TIMBERLEA PROSPECT.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PASSIONING OF ROBERT FRANK. ON
BEHALF OF THE LEGISLATURE EXTEND CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE. HE WAS
ICONIC. SOMEONE WHO CHALLENGED. AS AN IMMIGRANT FROM
SWITZERLAND, HE HELPED DEFINE THE UNITED STATES WITH 83
PHOTOGRAPHS IN HIS BOOK THE AMERICANS. PUBLISHED IN 1958.
HE WAS DESCRIBED AS REVOLUTIONARY WITH AN ABILITY TO
CAPTURE THE SNAPSHOT. AND GRAPHICALLY PORTRAYING ALL WALKS
OF LIFE AS THEY ARE, MANY PICTURES OF THOSE WHO STRUGGLED
OR EXPERIENCED RACISM. WITH THE OCEAN BESIDE HIM, EVERY YEAR
SINCE 1969, WITH DESCRIBING
ROBERT AS THE GOOD MAN AMONG US. ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL
PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE CENTURY. HE WAS A FRIENDS OF NOVA SCOTIA
TO MY FAMILY AND THOSE LUCKY TO HAVE SPENT TIME WITH HIM, THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLCHESTER.
>>THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO WELCOME
EVERYONE BACK TO THIS SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE. AND CERTAINLY
WELCOME THE FOUR NEW MEMBERS TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY. MANY
ISSUES ARE GOING TO COME BEFORE US IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS. WE
MAY EVEN DIFFER ON A FEW. I’M NOT SURE. I AM HOPEFUL WE WILL
COME TO THE SPECIAL PLACE TO TACKLE THE ISSUES IN A MANNER
THAT’S RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER AND ALL NOVA SCOTIANS WHOM WE
SERVE. MAY GOD BLESS US IN THE TASKS THAT LIE BEFORE US. THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH NORTH.
>>MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE SUMMER MY CONSTITUENCY OFFICE HAS BEEN
FLOODED WITH CONSTITUENTS BEING EVICTED OR ON THE VERGE OF
EVICTION. MANY PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE EARNING MINIMUM
WAGE CAN NO LONG AFFORD TO RENT IN DARTMOUTH NORTH. THIS HAS
ALWAYS HADN’T A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND AN AFFORDABLE
PLACE TO LIVE. MOSTLY AFFORDABLE. SOME PEOPLE ARE
EXPERIENCING RENT EVICTION, HOUSING SUPPORT WORKERS ARE SO
BUSY THEY CANNOT TAKE ON NEW CLIENTS AND PRIORITIZE WORK TO
HELP HOMELESS PEOPLE FIRST. PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN UNHEALTHY
AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS BECAUSE THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.
PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING OUTSIDE. IN THEIR CARS, OR JOSTLING FOR ONE
OF THE 11 SHELTER BEDS AVAILABLE. I AM TRULY FEARFUL
OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE WEATHER TURNS COLD. WE HAVE A
FULL BLOWN POORDABLE – AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS. IT’S
GOING TO GET WORSE. THE GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE
ACTION TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: MEMBER FOR SYDNEY WHITNEY.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN MY PLACE
TO CONGRATULATE CHESTER BORDEN AND ALL THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
WITH THE WHITNEY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. THEY HAVE HAD MAJOR
EXPANSIONS WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO TAKE ON MORE CHILDREN TO PROVIDE
MORE ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITIES OF WHITNEY PIER AND
BEYOND. LAST NUMBER OF WEEKS, THEY HAD A GRAND OPENING OF NEW
SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE BACK. NEW HOCKEY RINK AND OUTDOOR
VOLLEYBALL COURT FOR THE KIDS. THIS IS ON TOP OF THE HUNDREDS
OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THAT THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN ABLE TO
RAISE THROUGH VARIOUS LEVELS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY
LEADER TO SUPPORT NOT ONLY ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMING FOR
KIDS, BUT PROVIDING THOUSANDS OF MEALS EACH YEAR. I RISE IN MY
PLACE AND ASK EVERYONE TO CONGRATULATE CHESTER BORDEN.
THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]
DISPLMPLETS Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR SACKVILLE BEAVER BANK.>>MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW,
SEPTEMBER 27th , HUNDREDS OF NOVA SCOTIA
STUDENTS TAKE TO THE STREETS OF HALIFAX TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
YOUTH-LED GENERAL STRIKE MARCH AND RALLY IN SUPPORT OF CLIMATE
CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, STUDENTS WILL BE JOINING THEIR PEERS, THE
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND NEEDS TO ADDRESS IT. I’M SURE
THERE WILL BE MANY STUDENTS FROM THE HALIFAX REGIONAL EDUCATION
CENTRE, AS WELL AS MANY POST SECONDARY STUDENTS WHO WILL BE
MEETING AT 11:00 A.M. AT VICTORIA PARK, MARCHING DOWN TO
PROVINCE HOUSE AND THEN TO CITY HALL WHERE THEY WILL BE HOLDING
A CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY AND GRAND PARADE AT NOON. MR. SPEAKER, I
WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE YOUTH WHO WILL BE PARTICIPATING
IN THIS EVENT AND I’M SURE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WILL HEAR
THEM AS THEY GO BY CHANTING, HO, HO, CLIMATE CHANGE HAS GOT TO
GO. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR FAIRVIEW CLAYTON PARK.
>>MR. SPEAKER, AS WE DISCUSSED AND ARE – AWARE, ACCESS TO
MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS ARE IMPORTANT. I WOULD LIKE TO GO
THANK FOR THE SUPPLY IN OUR LEGISLATURE. THEY ARE SETTING
THE EXAMPLE HOW WE CAN ALL MOVE FORWARD. I THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR KINGS NORTH.>>MR. SPEAKER, ED COLMAN IS A
WRITER AND BAGPIPER OF THE ANNAPOLIS COMMUNITY. “GONE
FISHING” IS THE LATEST BOOK. THESE ARE ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN
NEWSPAPERS. FIRST TWO BOOKS WERE COLLECTIONS OF HIS
HISTORICAL COLUMNS. ON LOCAL HISTORY AND NATURE HAVE BEEN
APPRECIATED BY VALLEY READERS. BAGPIPER AND OFFERSES HIS
SERVICES TO LOCAL EVENTS. HE HAS PIPED IN THE RELAY FOR LIFE
FOR MANY YEARS. I WISH TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO ED
COLMAN FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITIES WRITTEN
HISTORY. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CHESTER ST. MARGARET’S.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE HUBBARDS
WATERFRONT PARK ASSOCIATION FOR HOLDING THE 37th WORLD TUNA
FLAT RACES. THIS EVENT HELPS TO PRESERVE AN IMPORTANT PART OF
NOVA SCOTIA’S FISHING AND BOAT BUILDING HISTORY. BOATS ARE A
WOODEN BOAT UNIQUE TO THE CORNER OF ST. MARGARET’S BAY USED IN
OUR FISHING INDUSTRY FOR OVER 100 YEARS. THE BOATS ARE NO
LONGER USED COMMERCIALLY. BUT THE VOLUNTEER ROWERS IN THE TUNA
FLAT RACES SHOW OFF THE SURVIVING BOATS TO ENTHUSIASTIC
AUDIENCES. TO WIN THE COVETED TITLE, PARTICIPANTS MUST ROW THE
BOATS FOR A QUARTER MILE AROUND HUBBARD’S COVE. MR. SPEAKER, I
INVITE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING THE WATERFRONT PARK ASSOCIATION FOR THE SUCCESS
2019 WORLD TUNA FLAT RACES. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON RICHMOND.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 2019 MARKS THE
2NONILLION ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY. A SYMBOL
OF OUR DEMOCRATIC HISTORY. 200 YEARS AGO, WOMEN WERE NOT GIVEN
THE PRIVILEGE OF MEMBERSHIP. THEY WERE NOT PERMITTED TO VOTE
OR SEEN AS A PERSON. TODAY WE HAVE 17 FEMALE MEMBERS IN THIS
HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER, I’M PROUD OF THAT. AND I HAVE ALWAYS STOOD
IN THIS HOUSE AS AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN. TODAY I STAND IN THIS
HOUSE AS AN INDEPENDENT MEMBER. AND I WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT
MY CONSTITUENTS IN CAPE BRETON RICHMOND KNOW I WILL CONTINUE TO
REPRESENT THEIR VOICE IN THIS LEGISLATURE IN THE WAY I ALWAYS
HAVE. AND THAT I TRULY BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT EVERY VOICE
SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY AND HEARD EQUALLY AND RESPECTED IN
THIS HOUSE, ESPECIALLY MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS HOUSE OF
ASSEMBLY. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR INVERNESS.
>>CONGRATULATIONS TO MIDWAY MOTORS FOR OVER 90 YEARS OF
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. SINCE 1926, THE FAMILY HAS BEEN
HELPING PEOPLE ENJOY THEIR EXPERIENCE OF FINDING AN
AUTOMOBILE SOLUTION FOR THEIR NEEDS. THEY RECEIVED A LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT AND BUSINESS AWARD BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
STARTING IN MIDDLE RIVER AND LATER EXPANDING TO PORT
HASTINGS, THE STAFF HAS GONE ALL WAIT FOR CUSTOMERS. BUILT A
LOYAL FOLLOWING FOR CHRYSLER, DODGE AND JEEP BRANDS. MAY WE
ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR SUCCESS AND CONTRIBUTION TO GO OUR NOVA
SCOTIAN ECONOMY. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX ATLANTIC.
>>MR. SPEAKER, SEPTEMBER 7th, HURRICANE DORIAN MADE LANDFALL.
DORIAN LEFT A PATH OF DESTRUCTION LEAVING PEOPLE
WITHOUT POWER AND WATER FOR DAYS. MR. SPEAKER, DURING THIS
TIME, THERE WERE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO STEPPED UP,
INCLUDING NOVA SCOTIA POWER EMPLOYEES, FIRST RESPONDERS,
MILITARY, LOCAL POLICE AND EMOTION, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD
LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE A SPROTTVILLE BUSINESS
WHO SET UP SHOP THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY PROVIDING FREE PIZZA
AND WATER TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILY IN NEED. A HUGE SHOUTOUT
TO THE STAFF OF JESSIE’S PIZZA, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: TIME ALLOTTED FOR
MEMBER STATEMENT HAS EXPIRE THE. BEFORE WE MOVE ON, THE ON AND
SHE WILL PREMIER. Premier: I AM MAKE A MOTION
FOR ENGINE DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. THIS IS AN ISSUE
IMPORTANT TO ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. ALL NOVA SCOTIANS. WE
SEE THIS ISSUE TAKE THE FOREFRONT OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
IT’S IMPORTANT FOR NOVA SCOTIANS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR
THE WORK THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE, BUT ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, ALL TO
RECOGNIZE THERE IS WAY MORE WORK FOR US AS A PROVINCE TO DO SO I
ASK, MR. SPEAKER, THE BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE BE SET ASIDE TO
DEAL WITH THIS URGENT MATTER. Speaker: I RECEIVED MORE
THAN TWO HOURS NOTICE REQUIRED UNDER RULE 43-2. NOTICE
RECEIVED YESTERDAY AT MY OFFICE SHORTLY AFTER 5:00 P.M. UNDER
RULE 43-4, I AM REQUIRED TO DECIDE WHETHER THE MATTER IS
PROPER TO BE DISCUSSED. I HAVE CONSIDERED THE FACTORS SET OUT
IN RULE 43-4A. THIS IS A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN TO NOVA
SCOTIANS WHICH CONCERNS THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
OF THE GOVERNMENT AND COULD COME WITHIN THE SCOPE OF MINISTERIAL
ACTION. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS STATED, QUOTE, CLIMATE CHANGE IS
THE DEFINING ISSUE OF OUR TIME AND WE ARE AT A DEFINING MOMENT.
ALL MEMBERS WILL BE AWARE THE UNITED NATIONS HELD ITS CLIMATE
ACTION SUMMIT THIS PAST MONDAY AND THAT THERE IS A WORLDWIDE
DEMONSTRATION TAKING PLACE TOMORROW, INCLUDING HERE IN
HALIFAX. WHILE THERE IS A BILL ON THE ORDER PAPER RESTRICTED TO
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FUND FOR MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE ON CLIMATE
CHANGE PROJECTS, THE ISSUE OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS ITSELF
IS NOT ON THE ORDER PAPER FOR DISCUSSION. AND I HAVE NO
INDICATION THAT IT IS LIKELY TO BE DEBATED WITHIN A REASONABLE
PERIOD OF TIME BY OTHER MEANS. SO I WILL READ THE MOTION AND
ASK WHETHER THE MEMBER FOR ANNAPOLIS HAS LEAVE OF THE HOUSE
FOR THE DEBATE TO TAKE PLACE. MOTION IS THAT THE BUSINESS OF
THE HOUSE BE SET ASIDE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEALING WITH AN ISSUE
OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE. THE SUBJECT OF THE ISSUE HAS
BEEN DESCRIBED PREVIOUSLY BY THE MEMBER FOR ANNAPOLIS AS THE
ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. DOES THE HOUSE AGREE TO GIVE LEAVE
FOR THE MOTION TO BE DEBATED?
LEAVE HAS BEEN GIVEN. THIS DEBATE WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY AT
THE TIME OF ADJOURNMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER RULE 43-11. BEAR
WITH ME. I WILL ALSO ADVISE AT
THIS TIME THAT FOR THE HOUSE THAT I DID RECEIVE A REQUEST FOR
AN EMERGENCY DEBATE FROM ANOTHER MEMBER THIS MORNING AT 9:58 A.M.
WHICH WAS SUBSEQUENT TO THE REQUEST THE HOUSE JUST DEALT
WITH. RULE 43-10B PROVIDES THAT THE RIGHT TO MAKE A NOTION FOR
DEBATE ON A MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE IS SUBJECT TO
THE RESTRICTION THAT QUOTE NOT MORE THAN ONE SUCH MOTION CAN BE
MADE AT THE SAME AT THIS SITTING. END QUOTE. BY
SITTING, THE RULE CONTEMPLATES A DAY ON WHICH THE HOUSE SITS.
ACCORDINGLY, I AM NOT ABLE TO ENTERTAIN ANOTHER MOTION FOR AN
EMERGENCY DEBATE TODAY. WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO QUESTION PERIOD
AND I’LL ADD FOUR MINUTES TO THE END OF QUESTION PERIOD. THE
HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
[APPLAUSE] Hon. Tim Houston: THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PREMIER
PROMISED NOVA SCOTIANS, WE WOULD HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR. IT’S
CHARITABLE TO SAY THE GOVERNMENT HAS FALLEN SHORTS ON THAT
COMMITMENT, MR. SPEAKER. BILL NUMBER 1 INTRODUCED ALMOST FIVE
YEARS AGO TO THIS DAY CREATED NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY.
BUT FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH JANET KNOX, WE LEARNED THE PREMIER
WAITED ALMOST TWO YEARS TO GIVE THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY
RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOCTOR RECRUITMENT. A QUESTION FOR THE
PREMIER. IF DOCTORS FOR THE CENTREPIECE PROMISE AND NOVA
SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY WAS THE FIRST ACT OF BUSINESS FOR THIS
GOVERNMENT, WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO GET TO NOVA SCOTIA
HEALTH AUTHORITY WORKING ON DR. RECRUITMENT.
Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
Premier: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU THE
MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. THANK JANET KNOX FOR HER SERVICE. TO
HELP US TRANSITION INTO A SINGLE HEALTH AUTHORITY. THE
HONOURABLE MEMBER IS CORRECT. AS WE TRANSITION FROM THE NINE
DISTRICT HEALTH AUTHORITIES CREATED ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, IT
TOOK A PERIOD OF TIME TO UNITE ALL THE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS
TO ENSURE WE STREAMLINE THE PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HANDED OVER TO THE HEALTH AUTHORITY THAT WAS
ONGOING THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAPPENING, SUCCESSIVE
GOVERNMENTS, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN IT CAME TIME THE HEALTH
AUTHORITY IS READY TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE, WE TRANSFERRED THAT
RESPONSIBILITY TO THE DISTRICT HEALTH AUTHORITY.
Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
Hon. Tim Houston: MR. SPEAKE R, THE FORMER
DISTRICT HEALTH AUTHORITY HAMMED THE RECRUITMENT. TO SUGGEST HE
HAD TO WAIT FOR TWO YEARS UNTIL HE WAS READY FOCUS ON DOCTOR
RECRUITMENT IS WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. WHEN THE PREMIER
GAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY, IT CAME
WITH ALL OF ONE FULL TIME EQUIVALENT. ONE PERSON. WE
STILL DON’T KNOW HOW MANY NOVA SCOTIANS ARE WITHOUT A DOCTOR.
THIS GOVERNMENT HAD MISSED OUT ON MANY RECRUITING OPPORTUNITIES
LIKE LAST YEAR’S MEETING IN NEWFOUNDLAND. THE HEALTH-CARE
ISSUE, CRISIS IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE ON THE MINDS OF NOVA
SCOTIANS. CAN THE PREMIER TELLS US HOW MANY NOVA SCOTIANS ARE
WITHOUT A FAMILY DOCTOR. HOW MANY DOCTORS ARE NEEDED TO CLOSE
THE GAP? Speaker: ON HONOURABLE
PREMIER. Premier: WE CONTINUE TO
CUTE. ALSO KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, — WE CONTINUE TO RECRUIT.
THERE ARE ONLY THREE CANADIANS PROVINCES THAT DO BETTER THAN WE
ARE. ALSO KNOW PHENOMENA HIT STARTED MR. SPEAKER DISTRICT
HEALTH AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE PROVINCE. WE CONTINUE TO WORK
IN A WAY TO LOOK HOLISTICALLY. TOMORROW WE HAVE A SECOND WORK
INTO THE U.K. WE ADAPTED A NEW IMMIGRATION STREAM AFTER WORKING
WITH THE 41 PHYSICIANS ALREADY PRACTISING, MR. SPEAKER, OR ARE
ABOUT TO STARTS PRACTISING IN THIS PROVINCE. THIS WILL ALLOW
US TO WELCOME MORE NEW NOVA SCOTIANS CONTINUE TO ENSURE WE
PROVIDE PRIMARY CARE FROM ONE END OF NOVA SCOTIA TO THE
OTHER. Speaker: >>WE’RE PROMISED A ROSIER
TOMORROW. TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER. THE REALITY IS
HEALTH-CARE CONTINUES TO GET WORSE AND WORSE. PEOPLE ARE
CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO ACCESS HEALTH-CARE. DESPITE THE
PREMIER’S PROMISES, THE PROBLEM REMAINS. DESPITE THE CREATION
OF A GIANT HEALTH HORTICULTURE IN HALIFAX, THAT HEALTH
AUTHORITY NEVER MADE RECRUITMENT A PRIORITY FOR OVER TWO YEARS
FROM THE FIRST DAY THE PREMIER MADE PROMISES ON HEALTH-CARE.
THE PROBLEMS CONTINUE TO GET WORSE. I WONDER IF THE PREMIER
WOULD BE WILLING TODAY TO RESTATE HIS PROMISE TO FIND A
DOCTOR FOR EVERY NOVA SCOTIAN. Speaker: HONOURABLE
PREMIER. Premier: THIS SESSION
STARTED, THE MEMBER WAS CHOSEN TO BE THE LEADER OF THE PARTY.
HE SAID THERE WERE 100,000 NOVA SCOTIANS WITHOUT A FAMILY
DOCTOR. NEXT SESSION AND DESCRIBED ONLY 50,000,
MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT A FAMILY DOCTOR. BY HIS OWN MATH, WE’RE
MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE ARE JOINING THE LEADERS IN
THE COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING FOR A GLOBAL SHORTAGE
OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS AND WE ARE WINNING.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER
OF THE NEW DEM DURING THAT DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
>>I WANT TO ASK THE PREMIER ABOUT AREAS OF REAL STRUGGLE IN
THE PROVINCE. ONE OF THESE IS RENTAL HOUSING. 20% OF RENTERS
IN THE PROVINCE ARE PAYING OUT MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR INCOME
IN THE RENT. PEOPLE ARE REGULARLY REPORTING, HAVING TO
LEAVE THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF SUDDEN RENT INCREASES THAT ARE
IN THE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. THERE IS A SOLUTION TO THIS
PROBLEM. RENT CONTROL. OTHER JURISDICTIONS HAVE ADOPTED THIS
SOLUTION AS WE IN NOVA SCOTIA OURSELVES HAD IT UNTIL IT WAS
DONE AWAY ABOUT THE LIBERAL PARTY IN THE 1990s. WILL THE
PREMIER ACKNOWLEDGE AS HIS GOVERNMENT COMES TOWARDS ITS
SIXTH YEAR IN OFFICE, THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HAVING A VERY HARD
TIME BECAUSE OF THIS GOVERNMENT’S TEPID AND
INADEQUATE APPROACH TO RENTAL HOUSE.
Speaker: HONOURABLE PREMIER.
Premier: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR RAISING THIS IMPORTANT
ISSUE. HE’S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSING CAN BE A CHALLENGE FOR
MANY NOVA SCOTIANS. EATING UP MUCH OF DISPOSABLE INCOME,
MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IT COMES TO TRYING TO MAKE SURE THEY PUT A
MOVE OVER THEIR FAMILY, MR. SPEAKER. IT’S WHY WE
BROUGHT IN RENT SUPPLEMENTS. CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PEOPLE
ACROSS OUR PROVINCE TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A SAFE HOME. VERY
PLEASED WITH THE HOUSING ANNOUNCEMENT WE MADE WITH THE
NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER, SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS
ABOUT IMPROVING OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE WHEN IT COMES TO
OUR OWN HOUSING ACROSS THE PROVINCE TO ENSURE WE HAVE MORE
AFFORDABLE UNITS IN COMMUNITIES FROM ONE END OF NOVA SCOTIA TO
THE OTHER. AND THEN CONTINUING TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PROVIDING
AFFORDABLE HOUSING, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS CITY
GROW. GLMPLEGHTS Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER
OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.>>GETTING ACCESS TO MENTAL
HEALTH SUPPORT. WAIT TIMES THAT ARE MEASURED IN MONTHS TO SEE A
MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN ARE A SCANDAL IN OUR PROVINCE. THIS
TOO IS A PROBLEM THAT HAS SOLUTIONS. IN P.E.I., AND
ONTARIO, AND NEWFOUNDLAND, LABRADOR AND B.C. THEY DEVELOPED
SYSTEMS OF SAME DAY, NEXT DAY COUNSELLING APPOINTMENTS FOR
PEOPLE NEEDING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS, BUT HERE IN NOVA
SCOTIA, NOTHING OF THE SORT HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD. AS WE
STAND ALMOST SIX YEAR MARK OF HIS PERIOD IN OFFICE WILL THE
PREMIER, THE PREMIER REALIZE HOW DISAPPOINTING THIS LACK OF REAL
IMPROVEMENT ON THIS FRONT SO TO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR PROVINCE.
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PREMIER.
Premier: I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR
OF THE LEGISLATURE. HE WOULD KNOW. WE CONTINUE TO INVEST.
WE’RE PROVIDING MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN SCHOOLS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE FOR EARLY IDENTIFICATION. DETECTION OF
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THAT’S WHAT OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS
IDENTIFIED. HE WOULD KNOW WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND, A PROGRAM
STARTED IN CAPE BRETON, WE’RE USING ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. WE INCREASED THE
FUNDING TO PROVIDE SUPPORTS. ALWAYS MORE WORK FOR US TO DO,
MR. SPEAKER. WE CONTINUE TO REACH OUT TO THE EXPERTS TO GET
EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR PROVINCE
TO ENSURE WE CAN PROVIDE THE ENTIRE SUPPORTS, NOT ONLY AROUND
THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING MENTAL HEALTH, BUT AROUND THOSE WHO
LOVE HIM. Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER F
DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
>>THERE’S NO GREATER AREA OF STRUGGLE THAN THE CLIMATE
EMERGENCY. THIS AS THE SPEAKER RIGHTLY SAID, DEFINING CHALLENGE
OF THE ERA. HERE AGAIN, THERE IS IN OUR PROVINCE A PATH IN THE
DIRECTION OF SOLUTIONS. ALL OVER THE WORLD, SCIENTISTS,
NGOs ARE PUTTING FORWARD PLANS, GOALS FOR EMISSIONS
REDUCTION TARGET THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH CONTAINING
GLOBAL HEATING WITHIN 1.5 S. HERE IN NOVA SCOTIA, ALMOST
SIXEER MARK IN OFFICE, THIS GOVERNMENT FAILED TO PUT FORWARD
ANY KIND OF SOLUTIONS TOWARDS SUCH A FRAMEWORK. DOES THE
PREMIER RECOGNIZE HERE ON THE EVE OF THE CLIMATE STRIKE
ACTIONER THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S RECORD ON CLIMATE CHANGE IS FOR
SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR PROVINCE AN OBJECT OF DISMAY.
Speaker: THE PREMIER. Premier: THANK YOU. THANK
YOU THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. I LOOK FORWARD TO
HEARING ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. I’M PROUD OF THE WORK
NOT ONLY WE HAVE BEEN DOING AS A GOVERNMENT, BUT SUCCESS OF
GOVERNMENTS IN THE PROVINCE DOING TO LEAD TOWARDS A NATIONAL
LEADER IN REDUCTION. WE CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARDS
ENSURING REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO
MAKE SURE, WE’RE LEADING THE COUNTRY. THERE WILL BE TARGETS
SET. MR. SPEAKER, FOR US TO ACHIEVE AND WE’LL EXCEED THE
LIMITS OR THE TARGETS SET OUT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,
MR. SPEAKER, NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE BEEN DOING THAT WORK REALLY
SINCE THE MID 2000s AND WE AS A GOVERNMENT LOOK FORWARD TO
CONTINUING THE EFFORT SO MANY NOVA SCOTIANS PUT IN.
Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER.
>>A TRAGIC INCIDENTS. A PATIENT WAS WAITING AT THAT
HOSPITAL TO BE TRANSFERRED. HE AND HIS WIFE WAITED. AND WAITED
AND WAITED. LOST CONSCIOUSNESS DUE TO A BRAIN BLEED AND PASSED.
THAT AMBULANCE STILL DIDN’T ARRIVE, MR. SPEAKER, THIS
SHOULDN’T BE HAPPENING IN THIS PROVINCE. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK
THE PREMIER, DOES THIS CAUSE THIS GOVERNMENT TO WORK THIS IS
A SYSTEM THAT’S IN CRISIS? Speaker: HONOURABLE
PREMIER. Premier: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THAT COMMUNITY,
THAT HOSPITAL, IT’S ONE OF THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF PROVIDING
CARE TO MY FAMILY, TO PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT. INCIDENTS
HONOURABLE MEMBER REFERS TO IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. AND WE
WILL ENSURE THAT THAT INFORMATION WILL BE TURNED OVER
FOR THE FAMILY AS SOON AS THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE.
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL
OPPOSITION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
APPRECIATE THE PREMIER’S RESPONSE. THE ISSUE IS THERE’S
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO ACCESS
CARE. WE HAVE SAID IN THIS HOUSE IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO
RECOGNIZE THERE’S A CRISIS, YOU WILL BE UNWILLING TO SOLVE IT.
THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT NEEDS TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT SERVICE
DELIVERY. THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT NEEDS TO START LISTENING TO
FRONTLINE HEALTH-CARE WORKERS. THAT NEEDS TO REALLY ACKNOWLEDGE
THE ISSUES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW. IF THESE
TYPES OF INCIDENTS ARE ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO FRONTLINE HEALTH-CARE
WORKERS, WE HAVE TO WONDER WHAT WILL BE ENOUGH.
>>THE HONOURABLE PREMIER. Premier: I THANK THE MEMBER
FOR HIS QUESTION, ALL THOSE FRONTLINE WORKERS, I THANK. WE
WORK WITH NOVA SCOTIA NURSES UNION TO DEAL WITH VIOLENCE. I
WANT TO THANK THAT ORGANIZATION FOR TREMENDOUS HELP. WE
CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS WHO ARE
PROVIDING PRIMARY CARE TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF
TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE BEEN FOUGHT EVERY STEP OF THE
WAY WHEN WE WANT TO MAKE INVESTMENTS TO IMPROVE
HEALTH-CARE PRACTITIONER IN COMMUNITIES TO HELP US ATTRACT,
RETAIN MORE HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS. PROVIDE THE SERVICES
NOVA SCOTIA WANTS CLOSE TO HOME AS POSSIBLE. AS WE CONTINUE TO
BUILD A MODERN HEALTH-CARE FACILITY, MR. SPEAKER. THE
REALTITY IS, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BE CLEAR. I GET STOPPED ON MANY
STREETS, MR. SPEAKER, THOSE ASK ME ABOUT FINDING A DOCTOR.
MANY, MANY MORE TELL ME THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE HEALTH-CARE
SYSTEM IN THIS PROVINCE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT FIRST RATE AND FIRST
CLASS. Speaker: THE ON AND SHE WILL HONOURABLE HOUSE LEADER OF THE
NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY.>>AFTER HURRICANE DORIAN MADE
LANDFALL, MANY HAD LOSSES. A PRIVATE COMPANY, LEFT A LARGE
CRANE, NOW A TOURIST ATTRACT SHUN COLLAPSED UNDER A BUILDING
UNDER CONSTRUCTION, CLOSING LOCAL BUSINESSES AND FORCING
PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES. DUE TO THIS INACTION, THE GOVERNMENT
TOOK OVER FINANCING OF THAT CRANE WHICH IS STILL LYING
CRUMPLED. NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL
IMPACT OF THE GOVERNMENT STEP IN TO HELP ONE LARGE PRIVATE
COMPANY. MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER ASSURE NOVA SCOTIANS
HOW SHE PLANS TO RECOVER THE UNCERTAIN COSTS RELATED TO THIS
GOVERNMENT DECISION? Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF FINANCE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. I THINK IT’S
IMPORTANT FOR ALL NOVA SCOTIANS TO UNDERSTAND AND I BELIEVE ALL
NOVA SCOTIANS ESPECIALLY THOSE IMPACTED APPRECIATE THE FACT
THAT THE DECISION MADE WAS TO FIRST OF ALL PROVIDE PROTECTION
FOR PEOPLE AND PROPERTY. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, THE AREA HAS
BEEN OUT OF BOUNDS AND HAS BEEN DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AREA.
THAT’S THE FIRST STEP. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT. THEY WANT TO
KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE, THEIR PROPERTY WILL BE
PROTECTED. AND WE TOOK THE FIRST STEP TO DO THAT.
Speaker: HONOURABLE HOUSE LEADER FOR THE NEW DEMOCRATIC
PARTY.>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION WAS
HOW THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RECOVER THE COST OF THAT ACTION.
ESPECIALLY SINCE GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY, ANOTHER CONCERN
THAT NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE IS ABOUT THE PERCEIVED CONFLICT OF
INTEREST IN THIS PARTICULAR DECISION. DIRECTORS OF THE WM
GROUP ARE MARRIAGE MAJOR DONORS
– MAJOR DONORS TO THE LIBERAL PARTY. MR. SPEAKER, DID THE
MINISTER OR HER GOVERNMENT CONSULT WITH THE CONFLICT OF
INTEREST COMMISSIONER BEFORE MAKING THE DECISION TO ASSUME
ALL LIABILITY FOR THE CRANE BELONGING TO THE WM FARIS
GROUP. Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
PREMIER. Premier: SHE WOULD KNOW.
THE CRANE IS AN INDEPENDENT FIRM, MR. SPEAKER. THE CRANE
DID NOT COLLAPSE ON THE FARIS FACILITY. IT COLLAPSED ON AN
ADJACENT BUILDING. THIS IS ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY. TO IMPUGN
FOR POLITICAL GAIN IS EARLY IN THIS SESSION TO TAKE THAT STEP.
THE REALITY, THIS IS ABOUT SECURING NOVA SCOTIANS WILL HAVE
A SAFE COMMUNITY TO LIVE IN. WE WILL REMOVE THAT CRANE. AND WE
WILL TAKE EVERY STEP TO RECOUP THE LOSS TO THE PEOPLE OF NOVA
SCOTIA. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS FOR
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS. NOVA SCOTIANS ARE
INCREASINGLY WORRIED ABOUT GETTING AN AMBULANCE WHEN THEY
NEED ONE. WE HEAR IT EVERY DAY. NEARLY A YEAR AGO, THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS SPENT 145,000 ON A
REPORT ON RECOMMENDATIONS TO CREATE AND I QUOTE AN EFFICIENT,
EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE EMS SYSTEM. I WILL TABLE THAT.
THAT REPORT, MR. SPEAKER, WAS DUE DECEMBER, 2018. THAT
DEADLINE, HOWEVER, HAS COME AND GONE WITHOUT ANY CLARITY ON THE
STATUS OF THE REPORT. MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER, HAS HE
RECEIVED THE REPORT ON THE EMS SYSTEM? GLMPLEGHTS THE
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. I APPRECIATE AS SHE
DOES, THE CONCERNS THAT NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE WITH AND ALSO THE
CONFIDENCE WE HAVE IN THE EHS SYSTEM TO BE THERE FOR US WHEN
WE DIAL 9-1-1. THE MEMBER IS CORRECT. THERE’S A REPORTS
THAT’S BEEN WORKED ON. THAT WORK IS CONTINUING. I HAD AN
UPDATE JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO THAT INDICATED THE REPORT IS
ESSENTIALLY FINISHED. THEY’RE GOING THROUGH LAST MINUTE DATA,
VALIDATION VERIFIATION IN THE REPORT BEFORE IT IS SUBMITTED TO
ME. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU WEST.>>11 MONTHS. I DO HAVE
CONFIDENCE IN OUR PARAMEDICS, NOT CONFIDENCE IN THIS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT. [APPLAUSE]
>>I HAVE TO WONDER THOUGH, WHY THIS GOVERNMENT IS SO EAGER,
MR. SPEAKER, TO PAY FOR A REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION UNCLEAR ON
THE STATUS OF THOSE REPORTS AND CONCLUSIONS MADE IN THOSE
RECOMMENDATIONS, REPORT COULD HAVE A CRITICAL, MR. SPEAKER,
CRITICAL IMPACT ON THE EMERGENCY CARE FOR NOVA SCOTIANS. THEY’RE
MORE CONCERNED FOR WHATEVER REASON WHY THIS GOVERNMENT WILL
NOT BE FORTHCOMING. THE MINISTER HAS BEEN QUOTED. I
WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE MINISTER CAN HE CONFIRM IF THIS REPORT
WILL EVER BE MADE PUBLIC OR ONLY KEPT WITHIN HIS OFFICE OR WILL
NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THIS REPORT? PERHAPS WE’LL
I’LL HAVE TO FILE A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST IN ORDER TO
SEE IT. Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I
GUESS FIRST AND FOREMOST TO ADDRESS THE MEMBER’S CONFIDENCE
IN MYSELF AND THE THE GOVERNMENT. OUR PARTNERS AT EHS
AND THE HEALTH AUTHORITY. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN QUOTED
AND SPOKEN PUBLICLY, MR. SPEAKER ON THE FACT THAT, TO IMPROVE
ASPECTS OF OUR HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM AND EMERGENCY SYSTEM.
WITH THE DIRECTIVE I PROVIDED, MR. SPEAKER, BACK IN THE SPRING,
WE HAVE SEEN THE HEALTH AUTHORITY AND THE EHS RESPOND BY
TAKING STEPS, MR. SPEAKER, UPON THE REVIEW. WE HAVE SEEN
IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AMBULANCE OFF-LOAD TIMES, MR. SPEAKER.
DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS THAT HADN’T BEEN SEEN FOR MANY YEARS.
THE PROBLEM WAS GETTING WORSE UNDER SUCK SPACE SUCCESSIVE
GOVERNMENTS. – SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS. WE IMPLEMENTED THE
ADVICE. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU WEST.>>THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH
AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED NEW OFF-LOAD TIMES FOR AMBULANCES AT THE FIVE
BUSINESSIEST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS. MINISTER OF HEALTH
EXPRESSED THIS WOULD EASE THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY PATIENTS
WAITING IN HALLWAYS. THE NUMBER OF AMBULANCES DELAYED FROM
RESPONDING TO CALLS. BUT WE HAVE HEARD FROM CRITICS AND
HEARD FROM NOVA SCOTIANS SETTING NEW STANDARDS WITHOUT THE
RESOURCES WOULDN’T DO MUCH. I WILL TABLE THIS DOCUMENT. CAN
THE MINISTER CONFIRM WHAT PERCENTAGE ACTUALLY OF OFFLOADS
AT THE FIVE PILOT EMERGENCY HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED
WITHIN THE 30 MINUTES. Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
DIRECTIVE WAS MADE THIS YEAR AS THE MEMBER NOTED TO HAVE THE
HEALTH AUTHORITY AND EHS WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE
TRANSFER. THE OFF-LOAD IS THE TRANSFER FROM AN AMBULANCE THAT
ARRIVES AT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT INTO THE HOSPITAL
ENVIRONMENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SEEN IMPROVEMENTS FOR, FOR
EXAMPLE, COMPETENT HALIFAX INFIRMARY, ONE OF THE BUSIEST
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS. 180
MINUTES, IT’S DOWN TO SOMEWHERE IN THE AREA OF 60 MINUTES.
THAT’S A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT. THERE’S STILL MORE
WORK TO DO. BUT WE’RE SEEING PROGRESS ON THAT WORK.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR PICTOU WEST.>>THE PROBLEM IS THERE’S NO
CONSISTENCY ACROSS THIS PROVINCE. NOT EVERYONE IS BEING
TREATED EQUAL. THESE GUIDELINES ARE TO BALANCE INTENSE PRESSURES
PARAMEDICS ARE UNDER. AS WELL, ENSURE AN AMBULANCE IS AVAILABLE
WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS ONE. WE KNOW FROM CASES REPORTED OVER THE
SUMMER THAT IS NOT THE CASE. AND THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE,
MR. SPEAKER, IN CRITICAL CASES THAT CONSTITUTE A LIFE OR DEATH
SCENARIO. ONCE AGAIN, THE PREMIER HAS A MINUTE. THERE’S A
CASE BEING INVESTIGATED RIGHT NOW. PARAMEDICS AND PATIENTS
ARE DESPERATE TO KNOW IF THE NEW MEASURES ARE WORKING. IF SO,
WHEN WILL THEY BE ROLLED OUT TO OTHER HOSPITALS. MY QUESTION IS
WHEN WILL THESE NEW STANDARDS BE INTRODUCED AT ADDITIONAL
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND IF SO PLEASE NAME THE ONES. GLLTS THE
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HEALTH AUTHORITY DID TAKE THE
DIRECTION TO HEART. THEY WORK TOGETHER. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE
AND ACKNOWLEDGE, MR. SPEAKER, THE STAFF AND THE FRONTLINE
HEALTH-CARE PERSONNEL WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THAT. MR. SPEAKER,
WE HOSTED THIS YEAR IN HOLY FAX THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT PHYSICIAN. MR. SPEAKER, HALF A DOZEN NOVA
SCOTIA EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS I BUMPED INTO DURING THAT TIME WHO
LAUDED ME, MR. SPEAKER, FOR TAKING THE STEPS WE D. THEY SAY
THEY RECOGNIZE IT WAS THE DIRECTION THAT I GAVE TO THE
HEALTH AUTHORITY THAT ALLOWED THE SYSTEM TO START MAKING
POSITIVE CHANGES SO MR. SPEAKER, THE FRONTLINE HEALTH-CARE
FROASTLES. WE’RE OWE HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONALS.
WE’RE RECEIVING THE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE FRONTLINE.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR ARGYLE BARRINGTON. [APPLAUSE]
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I AM ONE OF THOSE
FRONTLINE CARE WORKERS. WORKED IN HEALTH-CARE AS A PARAMEDIC.
I HAVE HEARD FROM PARAMEDICS EVERYTHING TO WORK OVERTIME.
ABOUT HAVING TROUBLE GETTING A BATH ROOM BREAK. I ACKNOWLEDGE
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS MET WITH SOME PARAMEDICS AND DOING
HIS BEST TO LISTEN TO THEIR CONCERNS. BUT THE STATE OF
CHAOS IN THE SYSTEM, THE PROVINCE THEY’RE DEALING WITH
DAY AFTER DAY, MONTH AFTER MONTH SUGGESTS NOT ENOUGH ACTION OR
NOT ENOUGH OF THE RIGHT ACTION IS BEING DONE. IT’S GREAT FOR
THE MINISTER TO STAND HERE AND SAY WE’RE LISTENING. WE’RE
WORKING TOGETHER. BUT PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED. AND PEOPLE WANT
TO SEE DATA SUPPORTING THOSE CLAIMS. WHAT ANALYSIS HAS THE
DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE IF THE NEW EMERGENCY
STANDARDS HAVE IMPROVED OR WORSEN BURNOUT RATES FOR
PARAMEDICS? [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I’LL TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO
ACKNOWLEDGE MEMBER IN MISS FIRST QUESTION IN THE LEGISLATURE.
WELCOME HERE. AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST
QUESTION. [APPLAUSE]
>>MR. SPEAKER, AS I PREVIOUSLY NOTED, WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR
THE OFF-LOAD TIMES AND THE PERFORMANCE, MR. SPEAKER, FOR
PARAMEDICS TRANSFERRING PATIENTS INTO EMERGENCY EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENTS AT THOSE HOSPITALS. THE ONE I RECALL STANDS OUT, THE
MOST SIGNIFICANT THE LOCATION THAT HAD THE LONGEST AVERAGE
TIMES FOR TRANSFER. AND ONE THAT IMPACTED PARAMEDICS ACROSS
THE PROVINCE, BECAUSE IT WAS HERE AT THE HI WHERE PATIENTS
COULD BE TRANSFERRED IN FROM ANYWHERE IN THE PROVINCE TO
RECEIVE THAT ADVANCE LEVEL OF CARE AT THAT SITE. WE HAVE SEEN
A REDUCTION FROM 180 MINUTES TO 60 MINUTES. WE’RE CONTINUING
THAT EFFORT TO IMPROVE, CONTINUE THOSE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS, PARAMEDIC OFFLOADS, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT
THE HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR ARGYLE BARRINGTON.>>THIS CAUCUS STOOD IN THIS
HOUSE LAST YEAR AND DISCUSSED THE VERY ISSUE ABOUT PARAMEDIC
BETTER BETTER THAN – BURNOUT. SPEND A 12 HOUR TO EXPERIENCE
WHAT THE SHIFT IS LIKE ON THE GROUND. UNCERTAINTY WHETHER
THAT HAPPENED. IT’S BEEN A YEAR. HAS THE MINISTER FOUND
TIME TO TAKE PART IN FULL 12 HOUR SHIFT WITH PARAMEDICS AS
PREVIOUSLY PROMISED IN THIS HOUSE?
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS PREVIOUSLY ACKNOWLEDGED, I DID
ATTEND A RIDE ALONG, MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE EHS. IT
WAS PROBABLY ABOUT A YEAR AGO. I DON’T REMEMBER THE EXACT DATE,
MR. SPEAKER. THAT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO SEE, WE
STOPPED, MR. SPEAKER, AT VARIOUS HOSPITALS, BASES TO TALK TO THE
PARAMEDICS IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE THEY WERE WAITING IN THE
HALLWAY, FOR EXAMPLE, AT THE QE2. MR. SPEAKER, TALKING THEM
AT DARTMOUTH GENERAL WHERE THEY SPOKE HIGHLY OF THE OFF-LOAD
PROGRAM AT THAT TRANSITION UNITS. THAT WAS VERY
INFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR ME HEARING FROM THEM. MR. SPEAKER,
I ALSO ENGAGED WITH THE UNION REPRESENTATIVES AND HEAR FROM
THEM. THE FEEDBACK ON BURNOUT, ADDRESSING THE OFF-LOAD TIME WAS
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS TO ADDRESS THAT BURNOUT
CONCERNS. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR ARGYLE BARRINGTON.
>>NINE CODE CRITICAL WARNINGS ABOUT AMBULANCE AVAILABLE IN A
SEVEN DAY SPAN. THE WEEK PRIOR SEVEN INSTANCES OF CODE CRITICAL
ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA. AUGUST, PARAMEDICS REPORTED 41 CODE
CRITICAL WARNINGS. THIS IS WORRISOME, THESE NEW AMBULANCE
OFF-LOAD GUIDELINES WERE INTENDED TO REDUCE THE
INCIDENCES OF CODE CRITICAL. IT DOESN’T LIKE THEY HAVE.
MR. SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN WHY CODE CRITICAL
INSTANCES CONTINUED ACROSS THE PROVINCE EVEN WITH THE NEW
OFFLED GUIDELINES? Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS
WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING, AS THE ONE OF THE REALLY THE PRIMARY
CONCERN. IT WAS THE PRIMARY CONCERN WHEN ASKED IN TERMS OF
PRIORITIZING OF PARAMEDICS I HEARD FROM FRONTLINE AND FROM
UNION REPRESENTATIVES. WAS ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF OFF-LOAD
TIMES. THAT IS THE TRANSFER TIME IT TAKES WHEN AN AMBULANCE
SHOWS UP AT A HOSPITAL TO TRANSFER THEM INTO THE CARE OF
THE HOSPITAL FACILITY THAT THEY’RE VISITING. WE KNOW, WE
SAW THE REPORTS, MR. SPEAKER, WE SAW THE NEWS. PATIENTS WOULD
SEE AND PEOPLE WOULD SEE AMBULANCES BACKS UP OUTSIDE THE
HALIFAX INFIRMARY. THAT WAS A FOCUS POINTS, MR. SPEAKER. THE
ACTION WE TOOK. WE’RE SEEING IMPROVEMENTS. THE WORK IS NOT
DONE. WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE EHS AND OTHER
HEALTH-CARE PARTNERS TO SEEK MORE IMPROVEMENTS.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR ARGYLE BARRINGTON.
>>I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER’S ASSURANCE THERE’S PROGRESS AND
HARD WORK. WE’RE INTERESTED IN THE DATA AND, THE DATA THE
MINISTER ARE RELYING ON. PARAMEDICS HAVE BEEN PUBLICIZING
CODE CRITICAL CALLS FOR YEARS. THIS CONCERN SPEAKS TO THE HEART
OF THE HEALTH-CARE CRISIS HERE IN NOVA SCOTIA. NOVA SCOTIANS
WANT TO KNOW WILL THE SYSTEM BE THERE WHEN THEY NEED IT? WILL
AN AMBULANCE ARRIVE IN AN AN ACCEPTABLE TIMEFRAME. DATA CAN
EASE THEIR FEARS. DOES THE DEPARTMENT COLLECT ITS OWN DATA
OF CODE CRITICAL THROUGH THE PROVINCE AND WILL IT COMMIT TO
MAKING IT PUBLIC? Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
BELIEVE FIRST I WANT TO CLARIFY FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE
LEGISLATURE THE PREFERENCE CODE CRITICAL IS NOT A CODE OR A
REFERENCE TO PROGRAM OR IDENTIFIED TERM WITHIN THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OR THE HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER.
I BELIEVE THAT’S PART OF WORK WITHIN THE UNION ENVIRONMENT TO
DRAW ATTENTION TO CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE
TERMINOLOGY THERE, TO ANSWER THE MEMBER’S QUESTION, THAT’S NOT A
PARTICULAR ITEM. BUT I ASSURE THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WE DO
MONITOR AND TRACK INFORMATION AROUND OUR EHS AND OTHER ASPECTS
OF THE HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR COLE HARBOUR.>>EVEN IF PEOPLE GET OFF-LOADED
IN EMERGENCY, THERE IS NOWHERE TO GO. WE HAVE 700 FRAIL
SENIORS SITTING IN ACUTE CARE BEDS WAITING FOR LONG-TERM CARE.
LAST SPRING, A VICE-PRESIDENT OF NOVA SCOTIA HE’LL AUTHORITY
NOTED THE — HEALTHY AUTHORITY NOTED THE PROBLEM IS COMPOUNDED
BY THE LACK OF BEDS. INCREASING NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED
HOUSING OR ACCOMMODATION OR LONG-TERM CARE, BUT NEEDS ARE
BECOMING COMPLICATED. IT’S CHALLENGING FOR US TO FIND
LOCATIONS TO GO. I TABLE THAT. THIS SOUNDED LIKE AN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT CHANGES TO AMBULANCE OFFLOAD DIRECTIVES
WITHOUT FUNDING FOR PERSONNEL IS WINDOW DRESSING UNTIL THE
SERIOUS SHORTAGE OF LONG-TERM CARE BEDS CAN BE ADDRESS
ADDRESSED. WILL THE MINISTER ACKNOWLEDGE THERE’S A CONNECTION
BETWEEN THE SHORTAGE OF LONG-TERM CARE BEDS AND
WORSENING SITUATION AND BACKLOG IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS IN
NOVA SCOTIA. Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. THE MEMBER RAISES A
CONCERN THAT WE’RE AWARE OF FOR NOVA SCOTIANS. EVERYONE IN THIS
LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THE
APPROPRIATE CARE WHETHER IT’S IN OUR PRIMARY, ACUTE CARE SYSTEM
OR OUR LONG-TERM CONTINUING CARE ENVIRONMENT TO SEVER THE
SUPPORTS NOVA SCOTIANS REQUIRE. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, WHY WE
CONTINUE, MEMBER MADE REFERENCE TO THE OFFLOADS AND BEING ONE
PART OF THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. THAT’S TRUE,
MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S WHY THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY IS
CONTINUING WORK, PATIENT FLOW THROUGHOUT THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM
TO IMPROVE THOSE PROCESSES. IT’S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE
ANNOUNCED OVER 120 SOME NEW LONG-TERM CARE BEDS,
MR. SPEAKER. WE CONTINUE TO WORK AND INVEST IN HOME CARE
PROGRAMS AND OTHER PROGRAMS, MR. SPEAKER, TO ALLOW NOVA
SCOTIANS TO STAY WHERE THEY WANT TO AND CONTINUE CARE SPACE.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN
PASSAGE.>>ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE
GOTTEN USED TO, ANNOUNCING 120 NEW BEDS WHEN YOU NEED AT LEAST
2,000 DOESN’T REASSURE VERY MANY NOVA SCOTIANS. MR. SPEAKER, THE
SIMPLE FACT. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS SIX YEARS. ISSUES AROUND
LONG-TERM CARE BEDS AND AMBULANCE AVAILABILITY HAVE
PERSISTED. THEY HAVE GOTTEN WORSE UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT.
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO FRAME IT. THIS IS A CRISIS THIS
GOVERNMENT HAS DENIED. IT’S A CRISIS THIS GOVERNMENT HAS PAID
LIP SERVICE TO. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE MINISTER, CONSIDERING A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I WAS IN THE EMERGENCY WITH TWO PEOPLE WHO
ATTEMPTED SUICIDENED SUICIDE AND SENT HOME WITHIN 24 HOURS, WHY
IS THE MINISTER TAKING MINOR STEPS TO IMPROVE LONG-TERM BEDS
AND DOES HE AGREE THIS IS HAVING A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON THE HEALTH
AND HOME CARE FOR SENIORS IN THIS PROVINCE?
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU WOULD RULE PERHAPS THAT THERE’S
A DISAGREEMENT OF FACT BETWEEN MYSELF AND THE MEMBER OPPOSITE
WHERE SHE HAD SUGGESTED OR STATED THAT THE WAIT TIMES ONLY
GOTTEN WORSE UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT. IN FACT,
MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMBER COMPARE THE WAIT LIST FOR CONTINUING
CARE, LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES, WHEN WE CAME INTO GOVERNMENT IN
2013 AND WHAT THEY ARE TODAY, WE HAVE SEEN A REDUCTION IN THE
WAIT LIST OF 50%, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE]
>>MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SEEN A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF
PEOPLE WAITING BOTH IN HOSPITAL, WAITING TO BE DISCHARGED TO A
LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY AND WAITING IN THEIR HOME OR
COMMUNITY FOR ACCOMMODATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, NOT JUST THE NUMBER
OF PEOPLE, HOW LONG THEY WAIT HAS BEEN REDUCED.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.
>>MR. SPEAKER, MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND
WELLNESS. WE KNOW FROM THE MINISTER’S EXPERT PANEL ON
LONG-TERM CARE THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN NURSING HOMES NEED
MORE HELP THAN THEY DID 20 YEARS AGO. RESIDENTS ARE OLDER WHEN
THEY MOVE INTO NURSING HOMES THAN A GENERATION GO. RESIDENTS
ENTERING NURSING HOMES ARE MORE FRAIL THAN THEY USED TO BE.
MANY USE MOBILITY DEVICES THAN RESIDENTS HAVE IN THE PAST.
MANY NURSING HOMES WERE BUILT FOR A MORE MOBILE POPULATION.
MR. SPEAKER, IN THE EVENT OF THE NEED FOR AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION
IN THE CASE OF A FIRE OR NATURAL DISASTER LIKE HURRICANE DORIAN,
HOW CONFIDENT IS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
WOULD GET OUT SAFELY? Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE
MEMBER IS CORRECT, ABOUT A YEAR AGO AS OF NOW ABOUT A YEAR AGO
WHEN WE IMPLEMENTED OR ESTABLISHED THE EXPERT PANEL.
THEY DID THEIR WORK, PROVIDED ME AND THE GOVERNMENT WITH A NUMBER
OF RECOMMENDATIONS, 22 SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THE
QUALITY OF CARE WITHIN OUR LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR, PROVIDED
AN UPDATE TO NOVA SCOTIAENS YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER. AND I’M
HAPPY TO TABLE THAT REPORT CARD WHICH IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE FOR
ALL NOVA NOVA SCOTIANS. AS TO THE PROGRESS, WE’RE MAKING. THE
WORK THAT REMAINS TO BE DONE TO CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT WORK AND
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR FOR NOVA
SCOTIANS THAT NEED THAT CARE. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR CAPE BRETON CENTRE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE
REPORT CARD WON’T HELP SENIORS GET OUT IN CASE OF A DISASTER.
YESTERDAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALLOW RETIRED
RN’S TO WORK AS CARE ASSISTANTS IN NURSING HOMES DOES NOTHING TO
SOLVE THE PROBLEM OUR CONTINUING CARE FACILITIES ARE FACING. IT
IS THE STAFFING RATIOS THAT NEED TO BE IMPROVED. CURRENT
WORKLOAD OF CCA MAKES PROVIDING ADEQUATE CARE TO SENIORS
IMPOSSIBLE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS SO HARD FOR THIS GOVERNMENT
TO UNDERSTAND. MR. SPEAKER, IF THE STAFFING LEVELS IN OUR
NURSING HOME ARE NOT ADEQUATE TO ENSURE RESIDENTS GET TO GO TO
THE BATH ROOM WHEN THEY NEED TO PEE, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WOULD
HAPPEN IN THE RESIDENTS IN THE CASE OF AN EVACUATION?
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO ASSURE THE
MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT IN FACT WE HAVE VARIOUS REVIEWS AND
INSPECTIONS THAT TAKE PLACE IN THE EMERGENCY PROCESS,
MR. SPEAKER. AND INDEED REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE FIRE
MARSHAL RULES AND ASSESSMENTS TAKE PLACE, MR. SPEAKER TO
ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR RESIDENTS. IN TERMS OF THE
STAFFING ASPECT, THE MEMBER IS CORRECT. STAFFING IS AN
IMPORTANT PART. MANY RECOMMENDATIONS, EXPERT PANEL
FOCUS ON THAT. THE ANNOUNCEMENTS I MADE YESTERDAY
WERE TWO INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS WHAT WE RECOGNIZE A CONCERN
REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE RATIOS ARE. THERE ARE MANY SITES THAT
ARE UNDERSTAFFED BECAUSING THEY DON’T HAVE THE WORK FORCE
AVAILABLE TO FILL THE POSITIONS. THE ANNOUNCEMENTS WE DID
YESTERDAY FOLLOW THE DIRECTION AND ADVICE OF THE EXPERT PANEL
TO MAKE CHANGES TO HELP DRESS THAT IMMEDIATE CONCERN AND GET
SUPPORT IN SITES FOR CHRONIC VACANCIES.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VICTORIA THE LAKE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION IS TO THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH AND WELLNESS. THIS SUMMER RESIDENTS OF SURROUNDING
AREA WERE TROUBLED BY A SHARP INCREASE IN VISITS TO THE
EMERGENCY ROOM OF THE VICTORIA COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. A
FAMILY DOCTOR AT THE HOSPITAL SAID OVERCROWDING AT CAPE BRETON
REGIONAL, FORCED PATIENTS TO DRIVER FAR AWAY. THAT INFLUX OF
UNEXPECTED PATIENTS FELL TO THE FOUR FAMILY DOCTORS THAT
STRUGGLED TO TREAT THE HOSPITAL’S EMERGENCY PATIENTS.
I’LL TABLE THAT, MR. SPEAKER. MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER.
CAN THE MINISTER CONFIRM THE PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN EMERGENCY
ROOM VISITS TO THE VICTORIA COUNTY MEMORIAL OVER THE
SUMMER? Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER
OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION. OBVIOUSLY
MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT HEALTH-CARE BROADLY AND
EMERGENCY CARE ACCESS IS IMPORTANT TO NOVA SCOTIANS.
MR. SPEAKER, THAT’S WHY WE HAVE BEEN TAKING STEPS TO HELP
IMPROVE THE ACCESS TO CARE AND MAINTAIN EMERGENCY COVERAGE.
MR. SPEAKER, SOME OF THE STEPS WE HAVE BEEN TAKING INCLUDE
ESTABLISHING AN ENHANCING LOCAL INCENTIVE PROGRAMS TO COVER
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SHIFTS. WE HAVE SEEN ALMOST 600 DAYS OF
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT COVERAGE. BECAUSE OF THOSE CHANGES WE MADE
IN THE LAST YEAR. THE WORK IS NOT DONE. THESE ARE SOME OF THE
PARTS WE’RE TAKING TO HELP ADDRESS THOSE PRESSURES AND
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VICTORIA THE LAKES.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACTION OR INACTION HAS
CONSEQUENCES. DR. DR. DAVID HUEN SAYS THIS INCLUDES TIMES
WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF STRETCHERS. CORNER OF THE HALLWAY NORMALLY
USED FOR LINENS IS NOW A PATIENT AREA. THEY INCLUDE DAYS WHERE
NO AMBULANCES CAN BE OFF-LOADED AT ALL. THEY INCLUDE INSTANCES
OF TRIPLE CLOSURES AT NORTH SYDNEY, NEW WATERFORD AND GLACE
BAY GOING FROM RARE TO ROUTINE. ACCORDING TO THE VICTORIA MEMORY
PHYSICIANS. I’LL TABLE THAT, AS WELL, MR. SPEAKER. THE DOCTORS
SAID THEY HAVE RECEIVED ONLY LIP SERVICE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND THE HEALTH AUTHORITY. MY QUESTION WILL THE MINISTER
ADMIT THAT THESE ARE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS
GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO PLAN FOR APPROPRIATE RESOURCES IN
HEALTH-CARE? Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
HIGHLIGHT THROUGH HIS QUESTION THE INTEGRATED NATURE OF OUR
HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM RECOGNIZING THE INTERDEPENDENCY OF RESOURCES
AND FACILITIES. THAT’S WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WE RECOGNIZE IN
CAPE BRETON ISLAND, AS THE IMPORTANCE OF EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT AND STRONG EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, PARTICULARLY THE
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL FACILITY. 2017, WHEN I WAS FIRST APPOINTED
MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS, ONE OF THE FIRST HOSPITAL SITES
WAS THE CAPE BRETON REGIONAL. MOST SIGNIFICANT PARTS WAS THE
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS WHERE THEY STRESSED HOW THAT EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT WAS NOT ADEQUATE. WAS NOT LARGE ENOUGH TO PROVIDE
THE CARE POUR THE PEOPLE IN THAT REGION, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S WHY
WE HAVE A CAPITAL INITIATIVE UNDERWAY WE ANNOUNCED IN THE
REDEVELOPMENT OF CAPE BRETON HOSPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE. MORE
THAN DOUBLING THE SIZE OF THAT EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS
THE CONCERNS THE MEMBER HAS RAISED.
Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
Hon. Tim Houston: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GROUNDS OF THE
ATHLETICS CLUB HAVE BEEN A POPULAR FOR SPORT AND OUTDOOR
ACTIVITY OVER A CENTURY. OVER TIME THE GROUNDS HAVE FALLEN
INTO A STATE OF DISREPAIR. PROVINCIAL AND REGIONAL TRACK
EVENTS WERE HOSTED. A FUNDS RAISING DRIVE — A FUNDS RAISING
HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. THE REVITAL
REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE NEEDS PROVINCIAL SUPPORT. HAS THE
PROVINCE CONSIDERED ANY LEVEL OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE
REVITALIZATION PROJECT IN TRURO?
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK
THE MEMBER FOR IMPORTANT QUESTION AS SPORT AND RECREATION
INFRASTRUCTURE IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. IN THIS YEAR WE
HAVE INVESTED HEAVILY IN A NUMBER OF MAJOR PROJECTS. I’M
CERTAINLY PLEASED WITH THE MILLION DOLLARS WE PUT INTO 29
TRAIL PROJECTS. THE PROJECT THE
MEMBER REFERENCES, I MET IN JUNE WITH BRIAN WOOD TO TAKE A LOOK
AT THE EXISTING FACILITY. AND TO HEAR FROM THE TRURO AMATEUR
ATHLETIC CLUB REVITALIZATION SOCIETY AS TO THEIR PLANS. OUR
DEPARTMENT NOW IS ENGAGED IN THOSE DISCUSSIONS.
[APPLAUSE] Speaker: HONOURABLE LEADER
OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. Hon. Tim Houston: THANK YOU,
MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE MINISTER’S RESPONSE. IT’S AN
PROJECT. THE COMMITTEE HAS SOUGHT AND RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM
THE COUNTY AND FROM THE TOWN. WE KNOW THE COMMUNITY IS
SUPPORTING IT AND WILLING TO PUSH FORWARD. IN OTHER CASES,
THE PROVINCE PICKED UP THE SHARE. THE MUNICIPALITY SHARE
FOR A TAB OF A TRACK FACILITY. THAT FACILITY HAPPENED TO BE IN
THE PREMIER’S CONSTITUENCY, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO – WE
NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROVINCE IS TREATING COMMUNITIES
FAIRLY AND IS NOT WILLING TO PICK UP THE TAB, NO QUESTIONS
ASKED FOR A COMMUNITY PROJECT JUST BECAUSE IT’S IN THE
PREMIER’S CONSTITUENCY. WHILE OTHER COMMUNITIES LIKE TRURO ARE
FORCED TO SCRAPE BY. CAN THE MINISTER INFORM THE HOUSE AS TO
WHEN HIS DEPARTMENT INTENDS TO RESPONDS TO THE COMMITTEE, AS TO
WHETHER THEY’LL BE ABLE TO PROCEED WITH THEIR PROJECT JUST
LIKE THE PREMIER’S COMMUNITY WAS.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF COMMUNITY CULTURE AND
HERITAGE.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I
WANT TO POINTS OUT THAT TRURO AND THAT AREA IS A SIGNIFICANT
TRACK AND FIELD COMMUNITY. A REMARKABLE HISTORY IN TERMS OF
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND TRACK AND FIELD ACHIEVEMENTS. CERTAINLY
OUR DEPARTMENT WILL WORK VERY CLOSELY AND WE HAVE ALREADY HAD
A CONVERSATION WITH THE M.P. PRIOR TO THE FEDERAL ELECTION.
AND IT’S MY BELIEF THAT THE TOWN, COUNTY OF COLCHESTER,
PROVINCE, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE’LL ALL FOUR
LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WILL WORK FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT IN
TRURO. GLMPLEGHTS Speaker: COLE HARBOUR,
EASTERN PASSAGE.>>THE CONTINUING CARE CENTRE
SENT A LETTER IN THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY ADVISING THEM
AND THEIR ONLY OTHER PART-TIME DOCTOR THAT BOTH DOCTORS WERE
LEAVING EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 19 SEPTEMBER 19th
. I WAS ADVISED DURING OUR HEALTH COMMITTEE MEETING A
NORMAL RESPONSE FROM THESE TWO DEPARTMENTS TO A LETTER LIKE
THIS WOULD BE ONE TO THREE DAYS. MR. SPEAKER, IT TOOK SIX WEEKS
BEFORE THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR HAD A RESPONSE. IT WAS AN
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THEY SENT OUT AN EMAIL TO DOCTORS TO EXPRESS OR
REQUEST FOR INTEREST. IT TOOK THE HALTING OF ADMISSIONS TO
THIS FACILITY BEFORE A MEETING WAS HELD TWO-AND-A-HALF MONTHS
LATER. CAN THE MINISTER OF HEALTH TELL ME IF HALTING
ADMISSIONS TO THE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY IS THE ONLY THING THAT
WOULD GET THE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
WELLNESS AND THE NOVA SCOTIA HEALTH AUTHORITY THESE DAYS.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING QUITE AT
LENGTH TODAY, INDEED, THE CARE THAT’S PROVIDED AND THE
IMPORTANCE TO ENSURE THAT CARE IS AVAILABLE TO OUR LOVED ONES
REQUIRING LONG-TERM CARE IN THE COMMUNITY IN THEIR HOME CARE
SETTINGS IS IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER. THAT’S WHY WE
CONTINUE AS A GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE NEEDS TO INVEST
HEAVILY IN HOME CARE SUPPORTS TO ALLOW NOVA SCOTIANS TO STAY
HOME. RECOGNIZING THE CAREGIVERS THAT SUPPORT THEM.
LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR, WE HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE WITH GUIDANCE FROM
THE EXPERT PANEL. AND MR. SPEAKER, I ASSURE THE MEMBER
OPPOSITE THAT WHEN FACILITIES HAVE NEEDS, WHEN THEY REACH OUT
TO THE DEPARTMENT, INDEED I WOULD EXPECT A QUICKER TURN
AROUND THAN SIX WEEKS. Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR COLE HARBOUR EASTERN PASSAGE.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
SIX WEEKS IS TOO LONG. MY COUSIN LIVES IN THAT FACILITY.
I HOPE THEY FIND PHYSICIANS SOON. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT
THE ONLY ISSUE. THE VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HAS BEDS FOR
OUR VETERANS. THE FACILITY IS OWNS AND FUNDED BY THE PROVINCE.
VETERANS GROUPS HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING TO LIVE AT THE
VETERANS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR DECADES. THIS REQUIRES THE
PROVINCE TO CERTIFY THE HOSPITAL AS A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY
WHICH THEY STILL HAVE NOT DONE. AND THIS DESPITE THE FACT EMPTY
BEDS WITHIN THE HOSPITAL. MY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER OF
HEALTH. CAN HE TELL THIS — CAN HE TELL US WHY THIS GOVERNMENT
CONTINUES TO DRAG ITS FEET IN SUPPORTING VETERANS IN CARE AND
THEIR FAMILIES WHO WANT TO BE REUNITED?
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE MEMBER NOTED, THERE ARE
SPACES AVAILABLE THAT ARE UNDER THE PURVIEW AND MANAGEMENT PAID
FOR BY VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA, MR. SPEAKER. THE ELIGIBILITY
FOR UTILIZING THOSE SPACES DOES FALL TO THEM, MR. SPEAKER.
CERTAINLY THE PROVINCE IS READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO TO WORK WITH
OUR FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS SHOULD THEY CHANGE THE ELIGIBLE
CRITERIA FOR ACCESS BEING THOSE BEDS.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND SOUTH.
>>MR. SPEAKER, THE AREA OF OXFORD LOST A GEM WHEN THE
LION’S PARK WAS CLOSED DUE TO A SINKHOLE DEVELOPMENT ON THAT
PROPERTY. SINCE THAT TIME, THE COMMUNITY HAS WORKED WITH BOTH
PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS TO SECURE FUNDING
FOR THE GEOTECHNICAL AND PHYSICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE
LION’S PARK PROPERTY. THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY ARE NOT
GOOD NEWS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE LION’S PARK. MY QUESTION OF THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, DOES HIS DEPARTMENT HAVE AN ABATEMENT
PLAN TO ADDRESS THE EVOLVING SINKHOLE PROBLEM.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE MEMBER
FOR THE QUESTION. THE
DEPARTMENT IS ENGAGED IN DETERMINING THE EXTENT OF THE
CONCERNS THAT HAS BEEN EXPRESSED IN THE AREA WITH WITH REGARDS TO
THE HIGHWAY NEXT DOOR THERE. AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF
UNDERTAKING A DRILLING PROGRAM TO DO TESTING AT THE SITE TO
DETERMINE JUST WHAT THE THREAT IS TO THE SINKHOLE AREA.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CUMBERLAND SOUTH.
>>MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MINISTER FOR THAT INFORMATION.
THE CBC HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS ISSUE EVER SINCE IT STARTED AND
A REPORT CAME OUT IN LATE AUGUST. ABOUT THE SAFETY OF
104. VISUAL INSPECTIONS SHOW POTHOLES NEIGHBOURING LION’S
PARK AND SURROUNDING PROPERTIES OF 104 AND 321 ROUTES. AERIAL
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW A POSSIBLE SINKHOLE THE AREA AND IT IS NOW
COVERED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TWINNED HIGHWAY OF THE
TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY. I’LL TABLE THAT REPORT. MY QUESTION
TO THE MINISTER, IS HIS DEPARTMENT CONDUCTING AN ACTUAL
TEST OTHER THAN JUST DRILLING ON THIS HIGHWAY 104 AREA OR WAIT TO
GO VISUALLY SEE WHAT HAPPENS? Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER OF TRANSPORTATION.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION. SINKHOLES ARE
NATURALLY OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE. AND GEOLOGISTS
HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THEM AND MAPPING THEM FOR YEARS.
MR. SPEAKER, WE PUT THE SAFETY OF OUR TRAVELLING PUBLIC AS
NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. AND THAT’S WHY WE ARE UNDERTAKING A
DRILLING PROGRAM TO DETERMINE JUST HOW EXTENSIVE THE SITUATION
IS WITH REGARD TO EXPECTED SINKHOLES UNDER THE HIGHWAY.
THANK YOU. Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER
FOR VICTORIA LAKE.>>MY QUESTION IS TO THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWALL. WE
LEARNED THE FERRY WILL BE REPLACED. A STUDY WAS DONE TO
INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING THE BRIDGE TO JOIN THE
LITTLE NARROWS AREA WITH THE PENINSULA. WHILE THERE ARE
ADVANTAGES TO EACH, THERE SEEMS TO BE LITTLE INFORMATION ON WHY
THE DEPARTMENT MADE THE DECISION IT DID. MY QUESTION FOR THE
MINISTER, CAN HE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THIS HOUSE WHY THE DEPARTMENT
CHOSE TO BUILD A NEW FERRY RATHER THAN BUILDING A BRIDGE?
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. SPEAKER. AND IN NOVA SCOTIA, OUR FERRY SYSTEM IS
IMPORTANT TO THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC. ALL THE FERRIES,
MR. SPEAKER. THAT PARTICULAR ONE THAT IS CITED, THE MATTER
WAS, THE COMPARATIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SUPPLYING A
BRIDGE, WE ALSO LOOKED AT THE POSSIBILITY OF A BRIDGE AT A
VERY MUCH BUSIER FERRY IN THE MEMBER OPPOSITE’S RIDING, THE
ENGLISHTOWN FERRY. AND THAT ONE ALSO AT THIS POINT DOES NOT
JUSTIFY THE COST OF CONSTRUCTING A BRIDGE.
Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VICTORIA OF THE LAKES.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CAN THE MINISTER PROVIDE THE
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS TO ALLOW FOR
A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHY THIS DECISION WAS MADE AND TO
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS MATTER?
Speaker: THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR QUESTION PERIOD HAS EXPIRED.
WE’LL NOW MOVE ON TO GOVERNMENT BUSINESS. HONOURABLE DEPUTY
HOUSE LEADER.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THAT
CONCLUDES GOVERNMENT BUSINESS FOR TODAY. I REQUEST THAT THE
HOUSE RECONVENE TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 27th
, AT THE HOURS OF 9:00 A.M. AFTER DAILY ROUTINE AND QUESTION
PERIOD, WE WILL BE DEALING WITH BILL NUMBER 152. AND POSSIBLY
ADDRESS AND REPLY, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
Speaker: MOTION FOR THE HOUSE TO RISE TO MEET, FRIDAY,
SEPTEMBER 27th BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 A.M.
AND 1:00 P.M. ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE MOTION PLEASE SAY AYE?
>>AYE. Speaker: CONTRARY MINDED
NAY. THAT IS CARRIED. THE HOUSE WILL MOVE INTO THE
EMERGENCY DEBATE AS PRESENTED BY THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
ANNAPOLIS EARLIER. THEREFORE UNDER RULE 43 DEBATING CLIMATE
CHANGE AND TWO HOURS SET ASIDE FOR THIS DEBATE WITH NO SINGLE
MEMBER SPEAKING FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES. HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR
ANNAPOLIS.>>APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT OF
YOUR CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AS WE DEBATE AN ISSUE FOR
THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA, THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. WE HAVE SEEN,
MR. SPEAKER, U.N.-BACKED REPORT BY ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES. WE
HAVE HEARD FROM NOVA SCOTIANS ONE ENDS TO THE OTHER. ALL OF
US KNOW. I REMEMBER ONE OF THE MEMBERS REFER TO TOMORROW.
THERE WILL BE THE RALLYING CRIES OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENSURE
THOSE OF US WHO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO HOLD ELECTED OFFICE
DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES OF ENSURING THAT WE LEAVE THEM WITH
A PROVINCE THAT IS AND A COUNTRY AND A GLOBE SUSTAINABLE.
HEALTHIER THAN IT IS TODAY. AND IT WILL REQUIRE COURAGE ON ALL
OF OUR PARTS TO ENSURE WE DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER. IT WILL NOT
ONLY BE THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WHO WILL HELP LEAD THE
WAY. IT WILL BE, MR. SPEAKER, INCLUDE ALL NOVA SCOTIAENS,
REQUIRE THOSE IN PUBLIC SECTOR, THOSE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR,
MR. SPEAKER, AND MR. SPEAKER, IT WILL ALLOW US IF WE’RE BOLD
ENOUGH, TO CONTINUE TO LEAD THE COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES,
MR. SPEAKER, TO GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS. I WANT TO TELL YOU,
MR. SPEAKER, WE SURPASSED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S TARGET OF
30% BY 2030. WE’RE PROUD OF THAT WORK, MR. SPEAKER. BUT WE
CAN DO MUCH MORE. MR. SPEAKER, THE MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
IN THE COMING WEEKS WILL SET UP MORE AMBITIOUS TARGET FOR THE
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN AND ACHIEVE
THAT LEADERSHIP ROLE WITHIN OUR COUNTRY. I WANT TO THANK HIM
AND HIS DEPARTMENT FOR ONGOING AND CONTINUED WORK ON THE
ENVIRONMENT, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE] Premier: THE ONLY CANADIAN
JURISDICTION THAT HAS LEGISLATION SPECIFICALLY TO
PROTECT OUR COASTLINES, MR. SPEAKER, I’M PROUD OF THAT
ALL OF US REGARDLESS OF THE CONSTITUENCY THAT REPRESENTS GET
TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE COAST OF THIS PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER.
WE’LL BE REQUIRING THE SUPPORT OF OUR MUNICIPAL PARTNERS TO
ENSURE THAT LAND USE R USE IS PROPERLY DONE ALONG THE COAST,
MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE BUILDING PERMITS ARE BEING APPROVED IN
THE APPROPRIATE PLACES IN OUR PROVINCE. AND WORKING WITH THEM
TO ENSURE THAT THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT ON OUR COASTLINE DOES
LITTLE DAMAGE AS POSSIBLE, MR. SPEAKER, SO THE BEAUTY OF
OUR COAST WILL BE THERE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. WE ARE
CONSULTING WITH NOVA SCOTIANS ON A NEW GREEN ECONOMY ACT THAT
WILL HELP POSITION OUR PROVINCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROSPERITY
INTO THE FUTURE. THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES WE NEED TO PROTECT THE
ENVIRONMENT. MR. SPEAKER, AT THE SAME TIME, WE NEED TO GROW
OUR ECONOMY. ONE CAN NOT TRUMP THE OTHER. WE ARE PREPARING FOR
AN ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE WHERE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
CAN LIVE AND PROSPER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, THE MINISTER
OF ENVIRONMENT INTRODUCED A BAN ON PLASTIC BAGS THAT I KNOW
OTHER MEMBERS IN THIS – [APPLAUSE]
Premier: THAT I KNOW OTHER MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE HAVE
SPOKEN PASSIONATELY ABOUT. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DEBATE.
BUT MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS ONLY A START. LIKE MANY OF THE PEOPLE
IN THIS HOUSE WHO DON’T LIVE NEAR THEIR OWN HOME, I HAVE TO
DO THE ODD DAY OF SHOPPING FOR SUPPER. AND WHEN I ARRIVE BACK
TO THE LOCAL STORE WITH MY SUSHI AND SALAD, I NOTICE,
MR. SPEAKER, THE LEAST OF THE PLASTIC THING IS THE BAG.
WRAPPING OF THESE PRODUCTS SHOW UP IN ARE MADE OF PLASTIC. WE
NEED THE HELP OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND ALL NOVA SCOTIAENS TO
RECOGNIZE THAT THE PLASTIC BAG DAN IS THE FIRST STEP IN
ENSURING REMOVE PLASTIC OUT OF OUR ECONOMY.
[APPLAUSE] Premier: I WANT TO SAY TO
YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS BEEN A STRONG ALLY IN
SUPPORTING A GREEN ECONOMY AND A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR OUR
PROVINCE. OUR JOB IS CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CAN
THRIVE, CREATE RULES THAT PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND LOOK
TOWARDS A MORE PROSPEROUS FUTURE THAT OUR CHILDREN CAN LOOK
FORWARD TO AS IT AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR CONTINUES TO GROW. WE
CAN’T DO THIS ALONE. OUR PROVINCE NEEDS IS TO TEN –
NEEDS TO STEP UP FOR A CLEANER AND MORE PROSPEROUS FUTURE.
ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT EVEN THOUGH TODAY WE AS A PROVINCE ARE
LEADING THE COUNTRY, WE DID NOT GET THERE BY OURSELVES OR
BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNING PARTY TODAY ALONE. I WANT TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY, THE PREMIERSHIP OF
PREMIER MACDONALD AND MINISTER PARENTE WHO BROUGHT IN THE FIRST
ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND SUSTAINABILITY PROSPERITY ACT.
MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS WHAT HELPED US ON THIS PATH TO BE ABLE TO
LEAD THE COUNTRY. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE
IN ENSURING WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT.
[APPLAUSE] Premier: MR. SPEAKER, I WANT
TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY WITH US IN THE
HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONTINUED
PASSION OF PROTECTING, MR. SPEAKER, THE ENVIRONMENT. I
WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT DISMISSING THE HARD WORK
THAT THEY AS A CAUCUS CONTINUE TO DO WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE
OF THE ENVIRONMENT. [APPLAUSE]
Premier: MR. SPEAKER, WE MAY NOT ALWAYS AGREE ON THE
DIRECTION WE TAKE. WE MAY NOT ALWAYS AGREE IT’S NOT BOLD
ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH. BUT OUR
GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER, IS LEADING THE COUNTRY WITH
REDUCTIONS IN COASTAL PROTECTION, IN WASTE REDUCTION,
AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE DOING THAT
WHILE WE ARE GROWING AN ECONOMY. OUR POPULATION IS UP. OUR
POPULATION IS UP. YOUTH RETENTION IS UP, UNEMPLOYMENT IS
DOWN. WE PRODUCED FOUR CONSECUTIVE BALANCED BUDGET,
MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS PROOF, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN GROW AN
ECONOMY WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.
[APPLAUSE] Premier: THE TWO CAN
COEXIST, THEY MUST. THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE, YOU WILL HEAR FROM
THREE OF OUR MINISTERS, NATURALLY THE MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT, WELCOME TO HIS FIRST DEBATE. THE MINISTER OF
LANDS AND FORESTRY, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE
MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES. FROM HIM WE’LL HEAR SPECIFICS TO
GREEN THE ECONOMY AND CREATE THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE.
MR. SPEAKER, I’M PROUD TO STAND HERE AS THE LEADER OF THIS
PROVINCE TO DISCUSS THIS IMPORTANT GLOBAL EMERGENCY. AND
TO ASSURE NOVA SCOTIAENS THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS LISTENING,
ACTING AND PREPARING FOR A GREENER ECONOMY IN A CLEANER AND
MORE PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR NOVA SCOTIANS. I WANT TO TELL NOVA
SCOTIANS WE WILL BE LISTENING TO THE ENTIRE DEBATE LOOKING FOR
SOLUTIONS THAT ARE STRUF CONSTRUCTIVE REGARDLESS WHICH
SIDE OF THE HOUSE THEY’RE SITTING ON. NO ONE PETRO – —
[APPLAUSE] Premier: NO ONE PARTY,
MR. SPEAKER, CAN LAY CLAIM TO BEING THE ONES THE TO GREEN THE
ECONOMY OR CARE THE MOST EMPLOY THE ENVIRONMENT. I BELIEVE ALL
MEMBERS WANT TO LEAVE A BETTER PROVINCE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND
THE FUTURE. HOW WE GET THERE WILL BE DISCUSSED AND DEBATED.
I TOLD BOTH PARTIES I HAVE TO STEP OUT TO BE INTERVIEWED BUT I
WILL COME BACK IN TO BE ENGAGED. I WANT ALL MEMBERS, BUT THE
MEMBERS ON THE OPPOSITION SIDE, YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS WILL
BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF ENSURING WE OPERATE IN THE
SPIRIT THAT STARTED IN 2005-6. ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE
UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED THE FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT
OUR ENVIRONMENT AND GROW THE ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE. THANK
YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [APPLAUSE] Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR SACKVILLE BEAVER BANK.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK
THE PREMIER FOR HIS COMMENTS HERE TODAY. I AGREE WITH HIM
THAT WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGES. THE ISSUES WE’RE
FACING, NOT JUST HERE IN NOVA SCOTIA, BUT GLOBALLY ACROSS THIS
WORLD, IT ISN’T JUST A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT
TAKES ALL DIFFERENT COLOURED STRIPES AND EVERYBODY HERE TO
WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE. BEFORE I START GOING INTO A NUMBER OF
DIFFERENT ISSUES I HAVE HERE, I DO WANT TO POINT OUT, I DO
RECOGNIZE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT BROUGHT FORWARD THE COASTAL
PROTECTION ACT. I DO KNOW THAT OR I AM ANTICIPATING AS THE
CRITIC FOR ENVIRONMENT, THERE WILL ALSO BE COMING FORWARD
AMENDMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY
ACT SOON. I WOULD ASK AND REQUEST THE SAME AS I DID WHEN
THE COASTLINE PROTECTION ACT COME FORWARD, WHEN EXPA COMES
FORWARD, IT COMES FORWARD AMENDED TO THE LEGISLATION AND
THE NOT REGULATIONS, NOT APPENDIX ATTACHED, BUT I THINK
WE NEED TO HAVE CONCRETE DATE, GOALS THAT ARE SET OUT WITHIN
AMENDED LEGISLATION THAT ARE ENFORCEABLE WHERE ANY
GOVERNMENT, WHETHER IT BE THE GOVERNMENT TODAY OR THE
GOVERNMENT TOMORROW, ANY GOVERNMENT WILL BE HELD
RESPONSIBLE AND HAVE THEIR FEET HELDED TO FIRE TO MEET THOSE
GOALS. MR. SPEAKER, I DO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE IN A
CHANGING TIME. I WAS LOOKING THE OTHER DAY TO SEE HOW MANY
NEW AUTO MANUFACTURERS ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT
TRANSITIONING FLEET TOWARDS ELECTRIC VEHICLES. I WOULD NOTE
THAT VOLVO HAS STATED THAT THIS YEAR THEY WOULD BE TRANSITIONING
ALL NEW VEHICLES THAT THEY MANUFACTURE TO ELECTRONIC
VEHICLES. I BRING THAT UP BECAUSE ONE OF THE CONCERNS THAT
I HAVE RAISED HERE BEFORE AND I HAVE THE FACT THAT CURRENTLY IN
THIS PROVINCE, WE DON’T HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE. THE
PREMIER TALKS IN REGARDS TO GREEN JOBS AND TRANSITIONING TO
A GREEN ECONOMY. THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES. ONE OF
THOSE BEING ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND HYBRID VEHICLES. BUT
WITHOUT THAT PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE
THROUGHOUT THIS PROVINCE, IT REALLY MAKES IT UNACHIEVABLE TO
MEET THAT GOAL. SO ONE OF THE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE COME
– COMING FORWARD BY THE GOVERNMENT TO SEE WHERE THEIR
PLAN IS TO TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUELS AND TRADITIONAL
VEHICLES TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHERE THAT’S
COMING FORWARD. I WOULD ALSO COMMENTS IN REGARDS TO THE
INITIATIVE THIS GOVERNMENT BROUGHT FORWARD IN REGARDS TO
SOLAR. AND I THINK IF GOVERNMENT IS HONESTLY WANTING
TO MAKE A CHANGE AND ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE, I THINK IT IS
GOING TO BE A MULTI FACETTED APPROACH. ONE BEING SOLAR,
OTHER WINDS. I KNOW FROM TALKING WITH CONSTITUENTS THAT I
REPRESENT, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE PROGRAMS, BOTH MUNICIPALLY AND
THE PROGRAM THAT THIS GOVERNMENT BROUGHT FORWARD, AND IT WAS A
SIGNIFICANT INITIATIVE, I BELIEVE, 30,000. IT STILL IS
NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE IT REACHABLE FOR NORMAL NOVA SCOTIANS WHO
HAVE ALL THEIR NORMAL BILLS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THAT INITIATIVE. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE IF THIS GOVERNMENT
IS SERIOUS ABOUT THAT, MORE MONEY INVESTED INTO THAT
PROGRAM. AND A HIGHER THRESHOLD SO MORE NOVA SCOTIANS CAN TAP
INTO THAT AND LOOK AT FUELING THEIR HOMES THROUGH ALTERNATE
ENERGY THEN COAL-FIRED ELECTRIC WE HAVE NOW. I WAS FORTUNATE
ENOUGH TO ATTEND THE DAVID SUZUKI TALK THE OTHER NIGHT,
TUESDAY NIGHT, I GUESS, IT WAS, AT DAL ARTS CENTRE. I THOUGHT
IT WAS QUITE INTERESTING THAT THIS WHOLE THING, IT’S THE YOUNG
PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY PUSHING THIS. THEY SEE AND RECOGNIZE
THE NEED AND THE THREATS OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAT WE’RE
HAVING. AS MR. SPEAKER, YOU MENTIONED EARLIER TO THE
INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE. IT ALMOST AS IF
CLIMATES CRISIS SEEMS TO BE THE CATCH PHRASE OF 2018 AND 2019.
WHAT PEOPLE MISS, IT IS A CRISIS. HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS
NOT TALKED BY BIG INDUSTRY OR BY OIL AND GAS OR BY ANYTHING ELSE
ARE COMING FORWARD AND SAYING THAT WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THE
CONCERNS AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE AND WE HAVE TO TAKE THINGS
PRECAUTIONS AND START ACTING NOW. WE’RE SEEING SIGNIFICANT
IMPACTS, BERMS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, PARTICULARLY BETWEEN
US AND NEW BRUNSWICK WHERE THERE ARE CONCERNS COMING OUT IN
RISING WATER. ACROSS THIS PROVINCE, WE ARE A COASTAL
PROVINCE. AND CLIMATE CHANGE WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
ON RESIDENTS ACROSS THIS PROVINCE. SO I APPRECIATE THAT
THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT HAS CALLED THIS AS AN EMERGENCY
DEBATE TODAY. I RECOGNIZE IT IS AN EMERGENCY DEBATE. SO I HOPE
THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO, AND AS THE PREMIER SAID, IF NOT
VERBATIM, IT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME GUTS TO PUT INITIATIVES IN
PLACE. I HOPE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT AS WITH ALL OTHER
PARTIES IN THIS HOUSE, ARE WILLING TO TAKE THOSE
INITIATIVES AND FACE SOME OF THOSE HARDER DECISIONS THAT NEED
TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO REACH A ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS. SO RIGHT
NOW WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION, WE’RE HEARING A LOT OF HOW
IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENT IS AND REACHING THAT ZERO CARBON
EMISSIONS BY 2030. 2050 WHAT THEY SAID. OF COURSE WE HAVE
ONE PARTY NOW SAYING 2030. AND, YOU KNOW, I DO FEEL, I DON’T
THINK THAT’S OUT OF WHACK. I DO THINK IF WE TOOK CERTAIN
INITIATIVES, WE WILL REACH THAT. AND I DO COMMEND THE GOVERNMENT
FOR BRINGING FORWARD TODAY THEIR LEGISLATION IN REGARDS TO
BANNING PLASTIC BAGS. I DO RECOGNIZE AND HOPE THAT THAT IS
THE FIRST STEP. YOU KNOW, I OFTEN SAY TO PEOPLE I RECOGNIZE
THAT PLASTIC BAGS ARE A SINGLE USE, BUT, YOU KNOW, I CERTAINLY
USE THEM. I’M SURE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE DO MORE THAN A SINGLE
USE CARRYING GARBAGE HOME. I USE THEM FOR MY DOG DOO AND PUT
MY KIDS’ LUNCHES IN IT, WHATEVER. INDEPENDENTLY OF THE
DOG DOO, OK? [LAUGHTER]
>>THANK YOU. BUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT I DO NOTICE IS, THIS
DOESN’T ADDRESS PLASTIC BOTTLES AND SINGLE USE WATER BOTTLES
WHICH TO ME IS THAT. IT IS A SINGLE USE PRODUCT. IT’S NOT
ADDRESSING PLASTIC STRAWS OR U TEN SILLS – UTENSILS. I’M
LOOKING FORWARD WHAT COMES FORWARD AFTER THE INITIAL
LEGISLATION AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON THAT TO. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL
WRAP UP SAYING AS A PARTY, THE CONSERVATIVES RECOGNIZE, WE ARE
LUCKY ENOUGH OR WE WERE THE PARTY THAT BROUGHT FORWARD THE
INITIAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND PROSPERITY, SUSTAINABLE
PROSPERITY ACT. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT’S COMING BACK
WITH THAT. I KNOW THAT THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS
MEMBERS OF THE N.D.P. AND OUR PARTY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET
WITH THE ECOLOGY ACTION. I WOULD TO COMMENTS THEM FOR A
NONPROFIT, VOLUNTEER GROUP WHO HAVE GONE OUT AND SPENT ALMOST I
THINK IT WAS AROUND $16,000 TO ENGAGE, TO HAVE THAT REPORT
DONE. THE VALUE OF THAT REPORT IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE THAN THAT.
AND ALTHOUGH I THINK WE MAY NOT ALL AGREE ON WHAT THE TARGETS
ARE THAT ARE SET OUT THERE. I THINK EVEN ECOLOGY ACTION WILL
SAY THEY WANT TO ENSURE ANY AMENDMENTS ARE DONE THROUGH THE
LEGISLATION AND I THINK THAT IF THE PREMIER IS SERIOUS IN
REGARDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE, THEN I THINK HE NEEDS TO BE SERIOUS
IN HOLDING HIMSELF, HIS GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS ALL OTHER
MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE ACCOUNTABLE AND THAT CAN ONLY BE
DONE BY PUTTING THAT, THOSE GOALS AND THOSE DATES RIGHT IN
THE LEGISLATION. I WILL SAY, I
MENTIONED EARLIER IN REGARDS TO THE WALK, STUDENTS ACROSS THE
MUNICIPALITY AS WELL AS THE PROVINCE ARE TALKING ABOUT
TOMORROW. I DIDN’T REALLY REALIZE EXACTLY HOW ENGAGED SOME
OF THE YOUTH IN THIS PROVINCE WERE UNTIL THIS WEEK WHEN MY
11-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER CAME HOME, 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. SOME
PEOPLE MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW, MY 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HAS
DYSLEXIA. SHE HAS A HARD TIME READING. AND SO SHE’S VERY
SPORTS ORIENTED. SHE’S NOT AS INTERESTED IN ACADEMICS AND
STUFF LIKE THAT AS MY OLDER DAUGHTER. BUT SHE CAME HOME
FROM SCHOOL REALLY EXCITED EARLIER THIS WEEK AND SHE WANTED
TO TALK TO DADDY ALL ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOLD ME
ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL THE THINGS I DO AND DON’T DO. AND WE HAD A
REALLY LONG TALK. I RECOGNIZED BY TALKING TO MY 11-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER, JUST HOW SIGNIFICANT CHILDREN FEEL AND WHAT THEY’RE
BEING TAUGHT IN SCHOOL. AND IT IS THE YOUTH WHETHER IT’S OUR
YOUTH IN THIS PROVINCE OR GLOBAL YOUTH THAT ARE HIGHLIGHTING THIS
ISSUE. AND I COMMEND THOSE YOUTH AND TYPICALLY TO STAND UP
HERE AND TALK DURING A MEMBER STATEMENT ABOUT THE RALLY
TOMORROW WOULD NOT BE SOMETHING I WOULD NORMALLY DO, BUT I DO
THINK THAT THE YOUTH IN THIS PROVINCE AND ACROSS THIS GLOBE
NEED TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS, THE U.N. OF
COURSE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZING. THERE’S BEEN TWO OR THREE
SPEAKERS THERE. SO I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE YOUTH HERE IN THIS
PROVINCE, AS WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I’LL SIT DOWN AND I
LOOK FORWARD SINCERELY TO HEARING WHAT THE MINISTERS FROM
THE THREE DEPARTMENTS ARE GOING TO BRING FORWARD. HOW THEY’RE
GOING TO TELL US HOW THEY’RE GOING TO PUSH THIS, IF THIS IS
AN EMERGENCY, I WANT TO HEAR WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO. KNEW,
– THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.
>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, WE WELCOME THE
OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS DEFINING ISSUE OF OUR TIME. I
WANT TO START BY ADDRESSING A FEW OF THE REMARKS THE PREMIER
MADE. FIRST, I AGREE THAT WE DO NEED ALL PARTY PARTICIPATION ON
THIS. I THINK IT’S AN ISSUE THAT DOES TRANSCEND POLITICS,
YET MANY OF THE DECISIONS WE MAKE IN THIS HOUSE, MANY OF THE
DIRECTIONS WE TAKE IN THIS HOUSE ARE THE VERY DIRECTIONS, ARE THE
DECISIONS BENCHMARKED ALONG THE PATH AND TELL US WHETHER WE’RE
ON THE RIGHT PATH OR NOT.
THEREFORE I WAS DISMAYED WHEN THE PREMIER SAID, YOU KNOW, WE
HAVE TO CHAMPION THE ENVIRONMENT AND WE HAVE TO CHAMPION THE
ECONOMY. THAT STATEMENT IS TRUE. HOWEVER, I WOULD SUGGEST
THAT THAT GOES ONE OF TWO WAYS. EITHER WE BALANCE OUR ECONOMIC
COMMITMENTS AND OUR GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO SEE THE FUTURE OF
OUR SPECIES, OR WE TAKE A DIFFERENT AND MORE
TRANSFORMATIVE APPROACH TO LOOKING AT THE FUTURE OF OUR
ECONOMY THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CRISIS WE FIND OURSELVES IN,
MR. SPEAKER. AND THIS IS WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT
AN AMBITIOUS GREEN JOBS PLAN. WE CAN’T CONTINUE THE STATUS QUO
OF ON THE ONE HAND POLLUTING OUR ENVIRONMENT IN THE NAME OF
ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND ON THE OTHER HAND SAYING THAT WE’RE
COMMITTED TO SOLVING THE CLIMATE CRISIS, BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY,
MR. SPEAKER, THE TWO DON’T WORK TOGETHER. ACCORDING TO A RECENT
REPORT PREPARED BY THE ECOLOGY ACTION CENTRE, WE HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY AND THIS TO CREATE OVER 15,000 JOBS A YEAR BY 2030
IF WE TAKE AN AMBITIOUS APPROACH TO TRANSFORMING OUR ECONOMY IN
ORDER TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE CRISIS. IT ISN’T AN EITHER-OR,
MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN GROW OUR ECONOMY. BUT THE WAY THAT
ECONOMIC GROWTH HAPPENS WILL BE FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT THAN THE
WAY WE UNDERSTAND THAT NOW. AMBITIOUS AND ROBUST GREEN JOBS
PLAN IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP,
YOUTH RETENTION AND IMMIGRATION, ALL THINGS THAT GOVERNMENT TALKS
ABOUT ALL THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER. I KNOW HOLDS IN HIGH VALUE.
IT’S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE WE TAKE
THIS TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE. WHILE
AT THE SAME TIME MAKING A COMMITMENT TO THE WORKERS MOST
IMPACTED BY THE CHANGING ECONOMY SO IT IS NOT THE WORKERS WHO
WILL PAY THE PRICE OF THAT TRANSITION, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT
TO SAY IT WON’T BE EASY. I THINK IT’S NATURAL IN A
POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT TO LOOK FOR AN EASY SOLUTION TO A
PROBLEM. AND BY EASY, A SOLUTION THAT RUFFLES THE LEAST
AMOUNT OF FEATHERS. WHATEVER SOLUTION WE COME UP, IF WE’RE
GOING TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS, WE WILL RUFFLE FEATHERS, WE WILL
ADVANTAGE SOME INDUSTRIES OVER OTHER INDUSTRIES. WE WILL
CHANGE FUNDAMENTALLY THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT AND HOPEFULLY
MEASURE OUR ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND OUTPUT, MR. SPEAKER. AND
ALL OF THAT WILL COME WITH CRITICISM. WILL COME WITH
CHALLENGES. AND WILL COME WITH DISCOMFORT. MR. SPEAKER, IT’S
OUR CONTENTION WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. THERE IS A HUGE GREEN
INDUSTRY EMERGING ACROSS THE WORLD. IT SPANS FROM
ENGINEERING TO TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION TO THE ARTS, TO
AGRICULTURE AND SO MUCH MORE. WE ALREADY HAVE GREEN JOBS HERE
IN NOVA SCOTIA, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS,
EDUCATORS, ARTISTS, RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSULTANTS, URBAN
PLANNERS, PROJECT COORDINATORS, BUILDERS, GROWERS, FOOD SERVICE
WORKERS. WE HAVE A GREEN ECONOMY. BUT IT’S TOO SMALL.
AND WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT’S SO FAR, MR. SPEAKER, HOPEFULLY
TODAY AS THE TIPPING POINTS, HASN’T SEEN THESE SECTORS AS BIG
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT AND GROWTH AND PUTTING US ON TRACK
TO JOIN THOSE CLIMATE CHAMPIONS THAT ARE ON THE TRACK TOWARDS
CARBON NEUTRALITY. WE HAVE TO NURTURE THE INDUSTRIES. WE HAVE
TO CULTIVATE THESE LEADERS. THINK OF HOW WE COULD BE
SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS WE HAVE HERE IN NOVA
SCOTIA IF WE PUT THE RESOURCES AND ENERGY INTO MAKING A
CONSCIOUS SHIFT TOWARDS A CLEAN ECONOMY. THINK OF THE
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES. YOUNG NOVA
SCOTIANS IN SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY, FISHING, LOCAL FOOD
PRODUCTION. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF THESE THINGS HAPPEN AT A
MICRO LEVEL BUT THEY HAVE MACRO IMPLICATIONS. WE NEED TO PAY
ATTENTION TO THE SMALL COMMUNITY-LED INITIATIVES THAT
ARE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS IN THIS PROVINCE IN THESE EFFORTS.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS TODAY IN MANY AREAS THAT WE’RE FAR FROM
THIS CARBON NEUTRAL FUTURE WHICH I WOULD ARGUE WE NEED TO
ACHIEVE. WE SEE HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES ALL
AROUND US IN THIS PROVINCE, MR. SPEAKER. THE MOST COAL
DEPENDENT PROVINCE IN THE COUNTRY. WE’RE NOT TALKING
ABOUT THE COAL PRODUCTION. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE COAL WE
IMPORT, MR. SPEAKER, TO HEAT OUR HOMES. AND THAT’S A PROBLEM.
NOW THE REDUCTION THAT WE HAVE MADE THERE HAS ALLOWED US TO
AMBITIOUSLY MEET SOME OF THE TARGETS SET FORWARD, BUT IT’S
NOT ENOUGH, MR. SPEAKER. IT’S NOT AMBITIOUS ENOUGH. WE SEE
TIRE BURNING. WE SEE UNREGULATED CLEAR CUTTING.
WE’RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS IN COMMITTEES ABOUT NATURAL
RESOURCES. AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ABOUT URANIUM
EXPLORATION, MR. SPEAKER. AND FRACKING. THESE ARE NOT THE
CONVERSATIONS WE NEED TO BE HAVING. WE NEED TO BE TALKING
ABOUT CLEAN JOBS. WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT BATTERY STORAGE.
WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT CARBON NEUTRALITY. WE NEED TO
BE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO TRANSITION OUR WORK FORCE INTO
THIS NEW REALITY, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN BIG COMPANIES AND OLD
SCHOOL GOVERNMENTS ARE IN CHARGE, FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
CAN BECOME A BURDEN ON REGULAR PEOPLE. WE CAN DO THINGS
DIFFERENTLY, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND WE CAN
SET AMBITIOUS TARGETS AND WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THEM,
MR. SPEAKER. WE ENDORSE THE PLAN PUT FORWARD BY THE ECOLOGY
ACTION CENTRE. OBVIOUSLY MORE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE. BUT WE
NEED ROBUST TARGETS. AND I THINK IF WE COULD SHOW
LEADERSHIP IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT OUR TARGETS
WITH THE EXPA COMING IN. THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THAT.
THINGS LIKE A PLASTIC BAG BAN ARE ONE STEP IN THAT DIRECTION.
BUT IF WE CAN REALLY SLO TRANSFORMATIVE — SHOW
TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE HERE, I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN
LEAD THE PROVINCE IN THAT DIRECTION. WE’RE THE RIGHT
SIZE. IT’S THE RIGHT MOMENT. NOVA SCOTIA HAS THE OPPORTUNITY,
I BELIEVE, TO BECOME A LEADER IN THIS EFFORT. WE COULD BECOME A
PROVINCE THAT CAN REALLY BE A BEACON TO OTHER COMMUNITIES
AROUND THE WORLD FOR HOW TO MAKE THIS TRANSITION. I BELIEVE WE
HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY, MR. SPEAKER. I’M GLAD WE’RE
HAVING THIS DEBATE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE COMMENTS OF MY
COLLEAGUES. [APPLAUSE]
Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY.
[APPLAUSE]>>EXTREMELY PRIVILEGED TO BE
THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT TODAY. I MUST SAY THAT CLIMATE
CHANGE IS ONE OF THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES OF OUR TIME.
IT’S A GLOBAL EMERGENCY. AND IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT HERE AND
RIGHT NOW. NOVA SCOTIA IS
EXPERIENCING FLOODS, STRONGER STORMS, MILDER WINTERS AND
LONGER SUMMER HEAT WAVES. OUR OCEANS ARE CHANGING WITH RISING
SEA LEVELS. CHANGING ACIDITY. CLIMATE CHANGE DEMANDS ACTION
AND ACTION FROM ALL OF US TO AVOID THE WORST CASE SCENARIO OF
IMPACTS. DEUP AND DOWN FOR RESILIENCE — DEMANDS FOR
RESILIENCE FROM PEOPLE TO ADAPT. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE FACE OF
THIS GLOBAL EMERGENCY, WE ARE TAKING URGENT ACTION OF THE
GOVERNMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ON A PERSONAL NOTE MY
EXPERIENCE IS ONE THAT I HAVE BEEN VERY PRIVILEGED TO BE
RAISED IN A SITUATION WHERE I HAD THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE
ENVIRONMENT. AND GO TO PLACES LIKE SPORTING LIFE AND
WILDERNESS AREAS AS A YOUNG FELLOW. THAT’S WHAT WE DID. TO
GROW UP ON THE BAY OF FUNDY WHERE I STILL LIVE. TO SEE AND
EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS THIS PROVINCE HAS. THE NATURE AND
THE NATURAL THINGS. IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY AND PRIVILEGE TO
BE NOT ONLY THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, BUT PART OF A
GOVERNMENT THAT UNDERSTANDS THE ENVIRONMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUES.
I LIKE TO MENTION THE SUPPORT THAT I HAVE SINCE BEING
APPOINTED FROM THE PREMIER. THE SUPPORT THAT I HAVE HAD FROM MY
COLLEAGUES, MINISTER RANKIN WITH MINISTER OF FISHERIES – LANDS
AND FORESTRY. AND MINISTER MOMBOURQUETTE WITH HIS WORK.
THE MINISTER OF ENERGY. ALL OF THIS HELPED ME TO TRANSITION
INTO MY POSITION I HAVE HERE TODAY. I WOULD BE STANDING HERE
TODAY REMISS NOT TO MENTION ALSO THE GREAT STAFF IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT. [APPLAUSE]
>>I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY PRIVILEGED TO HAVE A GROUP OF
YOUNG, PROFESSIONAL, LEADING
TODAY. I THANK THEM ALL. I’M PROUD TO SAY NOVA SCOTIA IS A
NATIONAL LEADER IN FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HAVE MADE
TREMENDOUS PROGRESS. [APPLAUSE]
>>TO REDUCE OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. AND THAT,
MR. SPEAKER, IS THE THANKS TO ALL NOVA SCOTIANS AND THE WORK
THEY HAVE DONE. THEY’RE MAKING ENERGY EFFICIENCY UP GRADES TO
THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES. COMMUNITIES ARE BUSINESSES WITH
SOLAR POWER. PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING PUBLIC TRANSIT, ACTIVE
TRANSIT, EVEN NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES. WE’RE INVESTING IN
TRANSITION FROM COAL TO CLEANER ENERGY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT
INVESTMENT IS PAYING OFF. ELECTRICITY FROM COAL IS DOWN
76% IN 2007 TO 52% IN 2018.
CLEAN ENERGY HAS TRIPLED IN THE LAST DECADE. BY NEXT YEAR, 40%
OF THE ELECTRICITY WILL BE GENERATED FROM RENEWABLES. ALL
OF THIS WORK IS GROWING OUR GREEN ECONOMY. THERE ARE MORE
THAN 1400 JOBS IN THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY SECTOR ALONE,
MR. SPEAKER. THAT IS PROOF A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AND A THRIVING
ECONOMY CERTAINLY DO GO HAND IN HAND. SO WHEN WE SAY NOVA
SCOTIANS ARE LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE,
MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. AND BECAUSE NOVA
SCOTIANS HAVE DONE THIS HARD WORK, BECAUSE WE PUT REGULATIONS
IN PLACE TO DRIVE DOWN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WE
HAVE MET THE NATIONAL 2030 REDUCTION GOAL, 13 YEARS EARLY.
[APPLAUSE]>>13 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE
NOT STOPPING THERE. WE SET A NEW GOAL FOR 2030. IN FACT, WE
HAVE ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE GOALS IN THE COUNTRY TO REDUCE
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS EVEN FURTHER. WE WILL MEET THIS GOAL
THROUGH CONTINUED INVESTMENTS. ENERGY EFFICIENCY THAT FIGHT
CLIMATE CHANGE. WHILE HELPING NOVA SCOTIA SAVE MONEY AND BE
MORE COMFORTABLE. WE WILL MEET IT THROUGH CONTINUED INVESTMENT
IN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE. SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION AND INNOVATION. CLEANER SOURCES IN
A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE FOR NOVA SCOTIANS WITHOUT CAUSING
PRESSURE ON THEIR SKYROCKETING POWER RATES. CAP AND TRADE
PROGRAM. CAP AND TRADE COVERS MORE THAN 80% OF ALL GREENHOUSE
GAS EMISSIONS FOR THIS PROVINCE.>>WE’RE TAKING URGENT ACTION. [ Applause ]
// WE WILL BE DEVELOPING REGULATIONS TO SUPPORT THIS ACT.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONSULTATION ON WHAT NOVA SCOTIANS AND NO ONE
LEADERS FEEL IN PARTICULAR. NOVA SCOTIA IS ONE OF THE ONLY
PROVINCES THAT HAS DONE A DETAILED PROVINCE-WIDE
ASSESSMENT OF THE LIKELY IMPACTS AND SEVERITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
WE ALSO REQUIRE ALL MUNICIPALITIES TO CREATE CLIMATE
CHANGE ACTION PLANS. THESE PLANS HELP MUNICIPALITIES
EVALUATE RISK, VULNERABILITY RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE
IMPACTS AND DETERMINE HOW TO ADAPT TO THESE CHANGES. THIS
HELPS THE MUNICIPALITIES BUILD OUR CAPACITY TO TACKLE CLIMATE
CHANGE. Mr. SPEAKER, WE ARE BUILDING CAPACITY IN PROVINCIAL
DEPARTMENTS AS WELL. MY STAFF, MY GREAT STAFF, ARE WORKING WITH
OTHER DEPARTMENT IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SECTORS TO ASSESS
THEIR CLIMATE-RELATED RISKS AND IMPLEMENT ALLEGATION ACTION
PLANS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
WELLNESS IS LOOKING AT THE LEVEL OF PREPAREDNESS OF HOSPITALS,
COMMUNITY CLINICS, AND LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES TO RESPOND TO
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS. OUR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING IN
DIKES, WE’RE MAPPING FLOOD RISK AREAS, WE’RE INVESTING IN
RESEARCH TO EVALUATE CLIMATE-RELATED RISK.
Mr. SPEAKER, WE’RE ALSO TEACHING OUR CHILDREN ABOUT
CLIMATE CHANGE. AND THAT IS THE REASON FOR ALL OF THIS. AND I
WOULD CERTAINLY, CERTAINLY LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE STUDENTS
THAT HAVE RALLIED BEHIND THIS INITIATIVE AND THE AWARENESS
THAT THEY HAVE AND APPLAUD THEM FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO TO
CONTINUALLY PUSH US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
[ Applause ] AS I SAID, THIS IS A GLOBAL
EMERGENCY. OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED US TO ACT
NOW. WE OWE IT TO THEM TO BE LEADERS. WE OWE IT TO THEM TO
FIGHT. WE OWE IT TO THEM TO BUILD OUR RESILIENCE SO I THE
EFFECTS OF OUR CHANGING . BUT WE
CANNOT DO IT ALONE. THANK YOU
VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER. [ Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION.
// THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND I’M SO PLEASED THAT THE PREMIER
HAS ADVANCED THIS TOPIC TODAY FOR AN EMERGENCY DEBATE AND IT’S
GOOD TO SEE THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE COLLECTIVELY
RECOGNIZING THAT THIS IS THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME AND
THAT WE ARE AT A PIVOTAL MOMENT. THERE ARE FUTURE GENERATIONS,
YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY, AND FUTURE GENERATIONS LOOKING TO ELECTED
OFFICIALS, LOOKING TO ADULTS FOR LEADERSHIP. SO I’M HAPPY THAT
THIS IS COMING FORWARD TODAY AND I WOULD SABER LATE THAN NEVER,
Mr. SPEAKER. THIS IS CERTAINLY,CERTAINLY AN ISSUE
THAT OUR CAUCUS HAS BEEN TRYING TO ADVANCE ON THE AGENDA FOR
QUITE SOME TIME. I THINK OF THE PLASTIC BAG BAN LEGISLATION
WHICH I WAS PLEASED TO SEE COME FORWARD TODAY. WE ALSO HAD
LEGISLATION PREPARED TODAY WHICH WE WOULD HAVE SUBMITTED TODAY.
WE WITHDRAW THAT TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT IN THEIRS. BUT WHEN
JUST A FEW SHORT MONTHS AGO, NO,
NOT NECESSARY. SO IT’S GOOD TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT IS
MODERNIZING ITS VIEW OF WHAT IS NECESSARY AND WE’RE HAPPY TO
SUPPORT THEM IN ANY INITIATIVE THAT RECOGNIZES GOVERNMENT’S
RESPONSIBILITY, THAT GOVERNMENT HAS A REQUIREMENT TO LEAD ON
THIS AND I ALSO THINK OF ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WAS
INTRODUCED TODAY BUT MY COLLEAGUE FROM PICTOU WEST
INTRODUCED FOR THE FOURTH TIME, WAS INTRODUCED TODAY FOR THE
FOURTH TIME. THAT’S CALLED THE CLEAN AIR ACT. IT WAS INITIALLY
INTRODUCED IN 2014 BY MY COLLEAGUE, REINTRODUCED IN 2015.
REINTRODUCED IN 2017, AND REINTRODUCED TODAY. AND THIS
MIGHT BE THE TIME. IT MIGHT BE FOURTH TIME A CHARM THAT THIS
GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE ARE GOOD IDEAS IN THAT
PIECE OF LEGISLATION. MAYBE THIS NEW-FOUND INTEREST WILL
RESULT IN SOME INTEREST IN THAT SPECIFIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION.
I KNOW WHEN THAT BILL WAS FIRST TAKEN TO SECOND READING BACK IN
2014, A FORMER LIBERAL MEMBER FROM HALIFAX, A ONE-TERM WONDER
IN THIS HOUSE, DESCRIBED IT AS KIND OF A BILL THAT WAS JUST
KIND OF BEING PUT FORWARD FOR THE MEMBER FROM PICTOU WEST,
ONLY BECAUSE HE WAS QUITE OFFENDED THE BILL HAD ENTERED
THE LEGISLATURE AT THAT TIME BECAUSE OF THAT. AND IN
SPEAKING TO IT, THE THEN-MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT
AT THAT TIME, THE MEMBER FROM ANTIGONISH, ESSENTIALLY REFERRED
TO MOST OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT BILL AS RED TAPE. AND,
Mr. SPEAKER, I HOPE WE’VE ADVANCED OUR THINKING IN THIS
LEGISLATURE TO REALIZE WHEN YOU’RE COMING TO ISSUES OF
IMPORTANCE TO THE ENVIRONMENT, WHEN YOU’RE COMING TO ISSUES
THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO PROTECTING OUR FOOD PRODUCTION, PROTECTING
OUR FOOD SECURITY, PROTECTING OUR PROVINCE FROM RISING SEA
LEVELS, WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ISSUES TO PROTECT OUR
PROVINCE, TO PROTECT NOVA SCOTIANS, AND TO PROTECT ALL
CITIZENS, IT’S NOT MERELY RED TAPE. IT SHOULDN’T BE DISMISSED
AS RED TAPE, Mr. SPEAKER. SO WE KNOW THAT THE LEGISLATION IS
DUE FOR RENEWAL AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS READY TO
RENEW THE GOALS OF EXPA AND POSSIBLY AS EARLY AS THIS
SESSION, THOSE GOALS WILL BE REVIEWED AND I THANK THE
GOVERNMENT FOR ACTING ON THAT. THAT’S A PIECE OF LEGISLATION
THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN 2007 AND AT THE TIME IT WAS INTRODUCED
WITH A REQUIREMENT THAT IT BE UPDATED AND MODERNIZED EVERY
FIVE YEARS. AND IT WAS UPDATED AND MODERNIZED IN 2012 UNDER THE
THENNED THEN NDP GOVERNMENT AND WAS DUE
AGAIN FOR AN UPDATE IN 2017. HERE WE ARE IN 2019 AND THE
GOVERNMENT HAS SAID IT WILL TURN ITS ATTENTION TO FOCUSING ON
THAT AT THAT POINT. SO, Mr. SPEAKER, WHAT I WOULD SAY IS
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. I DO BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT IS
SINCERE IN SPEAKING TO THIS ISSUE AT THIS STAGE AND WE ARE
SINCERE IN WORKING WITH THEM TO MOVE FORWARD ON NEW GOALS AND
NEW WAYS OF PROTECTING NOVA SCOTIANS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE.
SO THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR DARTMOUTH NORTH. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND
I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNMENT FOR BRINGING THIS TOPIC TO THE
HOUSE AS AN EMERGENCY DEBATE BECAUSE IT’S ABSOLUTELY 100% IS
AN EMERGENCY. I WANT TO — THE PREMIER WAS — I DON’T KNOW IF
I’M ALLOWED TO SAY THIS BUT MY PREMIER WAS OUT OF THE ROOM
WHILE MY COLLEAGUE WAS SPEAKING EARLIER. AM I NOT ALLOWED TO
SAY THAT? OKAY. I’M SORRY. BUT I WANT TO REITERATE SOME OF
THE THING MY COLLEAGUE SAID BECAUSE THE PREMIER DID SAY IN
HIS REMARKS THAT HE WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT — HE WANTS TO HEAR
OUR THOUGHTS. I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M GOING TO CRY ALREADY. ON
THE FIRST DAY! I FIND THIS TOPIC EXTREMELY WORRYING. AND
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. I ALSO ATTENDED THE DAVID
SUZUKI/STEPHEN LEWIS EVENT THE OTHER NITE AND WAS MOVED BY
JULIA SAMSON AND ANOTHER YOUNG CLIMATE ACTIVIST WHO WAS ON THE
STAGE WITH THEM. AND I’VE ALSO BEEN VERY MOVED BY THE WORK AND
THE ACTION OF GRETA TEENBERG. SHE IS AN AMAZING PERSON AND
WHAT SHE IS TELLING US IS THAT IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS
LAWMAKERS TO LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN AND TO ACT NOW BEFORE
IT IS TOO LATE AND IT IS GOING TO BE TOO LATE. IF WE DO NOT
ELECT GOVERNMENTS AND IF WE DO NOT DO THINGS IN THE NEXT YEAR
OR TWO OR TO ACTIVELY MOVE TOWARDS A NET ZERO CARBON
EMISSIONS BY 2050, THEN WE WILL HAVE CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE
ON THIS EARTH. WE WILL HAVE MASS EXTINCTION OF SPECIES, AND
WE WILL HAVE MANY, MANY PEOPLE DYING AND SUFFERING BECAUSE OF
CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE. WE KNOW THIS. THIS IS PROVEN BY
MANY, MANY SCIENTISTS. AND SO ONE OF THE THING I HEARD THE
PREMIER SAY AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE’VE DONE
SO FAR IN NOVA SCOTIA BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I HEARD THE PREMIER
SAY WAS WE WILL GREEN OUR ECONOMY AND WE WILL GROW OUR
ENVIRONMENT. BUT THE TWO CAN’T TRUMP EACH OTHER IS ESSENTIALLY
WHAT I HEARD YOU SAY, THE PREMIER SAY. BUT THOSE THINGS
TO NOT NEED TO TRUMP EACH OTHER. THOSE THINGS NEED TO WORK
TOGETHER IN TANDEM. WHEN WE HEAR THE TERM GREENING THE
ECONOMY, WHAT I THINK OF IS WE HAVE THE ECONOMY, WE HAVE
INDUSTRY HERE ON THE LANDSCAPE AND GREENING IT, WE WAGE IT WITH
A GREEN PAINT BRUSH. BUT WHAT’S UNDERNEATH THAT WHEN THE PAGE
WEARS AWAY IS STILL GLOBAL INDUSTRY.
WHAT WE ACTUALLY NEED TO DO IS TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY AND
TRANSFORMING OUR ECONOMY WILL BE THE BEST ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT
WE’VE SEEN IN MANY, MANY YEARS IN NOVA SCOTIA. GREEN JOBS THAT
COME FROM THINGS LIKE WIND ENERGY, SOLAR ENERGY, ENERGY
EFFICIENCY, ENERGY RETROFITTING, WILL BE THE JOBS THAT ARE SO
IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY. AND BECAUSE THOSE JOBS EXIST, WE
WILL BE MEETING OR IF WE HAVE IMPORTANT OR RADICAL ENOUGH
TARGETS, WE WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THOSE TARGETS WITH THOSE TYPE OF
JOBS. THERE’S A QUOTATION FROM ALBERT
EINSTEIN WHICH SAYS NO PROBLEM CAN BE SOLVED FROM THE SAME
LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS THAT CREATED IT. I HAVE A POSTER TO
THAT EFFECT IN MY OFFICE. AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PROBLEMS
THAT NEEDS A NEW WAY OF THINKING.
SO WE ARE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. THE AVERAGE GLOBAL
TEMPERATURE FOR 2015-2019 IS ON TRACK TO BE THE WARMEST OF ANY
EQUIVALENT ON RECORD. WE’VE SEEN HURRICANES, FLOOD,
DROUGHTS. THEY’RE HAVING A MAJOR IMPACT ON OUR PROVINCE AND
OUR SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOP THE. AND THOSE IMPACTS ARE ONLY GOING
TO BECOME MORE SEVERE. OUR WORLD IS GOING TO BECOME MORE
UNPREDICTABLE IF WE DO NOT ACT NOW. WE KNOW THAT CLIMATE
SOLUTIONS NEED TO BE COMMUNITY LED AND GOVERNMENT BACKED IF
THEY’RE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND RIGHT NOW, FAIL SURE NOT AN
OPTION AS I ALREADY SAID. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THIS IS A —
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES THAT NOT TAKING ACTION ON
CLIMATE CHANGE COULD COST CANADA $43 BILLION PER YEAR BY 2050.
AND BASED ON OUR POPULATION HERE IN NOVA SCOTIA, THAT WOULD MEAN
AT LEAST $1 BILLION A YEAR, BUT THAT NUMBER COULD ACTUALLY BE
HIGHER BECAUSE OF OUR SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHY AND THE INDUSTRIES
THAT MAKE US MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY TO
TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY AND TO REDUCE OUR CARBON OUTPUT
SIGNIFICANTLY. AND WE CAN DO THIS IN THREE WAYS. REDUCING
CARBON OUTPUT AT THE SITE OF ENERGY PRODUCTION AND INCREASING
THE PROPORTION OF CLEAN ENERGY WE RELY ON, IMPROVING ENERGY
EFFICIENCY IN OUR HOMES AND WORKPLACES THROUGH RETROFITTING
BUILDINGS AND USING MORE EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES AND
INVESTING IN EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION AND
INFRASTRUCTURE. REDUCING CARBON OUTPUT AT THE SITE OF ENERGY
PRODUCTION AND INCREASING THE PROPORTION OF CLEAN ENERGY WE
RELY ON IS THE BACKBONE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND
SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY ACT. WHEN IT COMES TO THE PROPORTION
OF OUR ENERGY THAT COMES FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES, THE ECOLOGY
ACTION CENTRE SUBMITS 90% AS THE TARGET THAT WILL HELP US MEET
OUR 2030 GOAL. BUT WE HAVE HEARD THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS
NEW GOALS IN MIND BUT WE STILL HAVEN’T HEARD WHAT THEY ARE. WE
DON’T KNOW WHAT IS BEING PLANNED. WE NEED CLEAR TARGETS
AND WE NEED STRONGER TARGETS. IT IS NO LONGER ENOUGH TO SAY
30% BELOW I FORGET WHAT THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS? ANYWAY,
WHAT WE NEED IS 50% BELOW 1990 LEVELS BY 20:30. IT IS CLEAR
AND WE NEED TO ADJUST WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW TO MEET THOSE
GOALS. SO WE NEED TO KNOW, IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO KEEP
NOVA SCOTIANS IN THE DARK FOR A FEW MORE YEARS OR IS THE
GOVERNMENT GOING TO SHOW LEADERSHIP AND A PLAN, A CLEAR
PATH FORWARD TO MEET THOSE TARGETS.
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN OUR HOMES AND WORKPLACES IS A
CRUCIAL PART OF THIS WORK. WE KNOW THAT ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND
DEEP ENERGY RETROFITS IS THE CHEAPEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE WAY
TO ACHIEVE THOSE CARBON — THOSE CARBON REDUCTIONS. WE CANNOT
REDUCE OUR CARBON OUTPUT IN A MEANINGFUL WAY WITHOUT
COMMITTING TO A SERIOUS TRANSFORMATION IN OUR EFFICIENCY
STANDARDS. AS I MENTIONED, WE COULD CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS
BY PRIORITIZING MAKING 100% OF OUR SOCIAL HOUSING NET ZERO
READY BY 2030. THEY ARE 80% MORE EFFICIENT THAN CURRENT
HOMES THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING BUILT TO CURRENT CODE STANDARDS.
WHILE IT’S EASIER TO REACH THESE STANDARDS, RETROFIT CAN ALSO GET
US THERE. IMAGINE A PROVINCE WHERE EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM
ENERGY BENEFITS THROUGH LOWER HEATS AND ELECTRICITY COSTS.
NET ZERO RETROFITS COULD SAVE NOVA SCOTIAN FAMILIES THOUSANDS
OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. I’M HOPING THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE I’M
ABOUT TO INSULATE MY ENTIRE HOME WITH THE FISH SIB NOVA SCOTIA
PROGRAM. BUT MY QUOTE IS $9,000 TO DO IT, BUT I’M REALLY, I’M
REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE SAVINGS IN MY OIL COSTS. I KNOW! I
KNOW. IN 2016, HOUSING NOVA SCOTIA —
WHAT’S THAT? I KNOW, I KNOW. ON CERTAIN THINGS. ON CERTAIN
THINGS, SIR. IN 2016, HOUSING NOVA SCOTIA OWNED A BRIGHT
BUSINESS INNOVATION AWARD FOR A NEW PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN THAT
REDUCED THE BILL TO JUST $245 AND THE POWER BILL TO $585. ON
THE COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR, THE RESEES DENSE COULD BE HEATED
WITH THE DEFICIT OF ONE AND A HALF HAIR DRYERS. THESE COULD
CHANGE THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES WHO ARE STRUGGLING
TO KEEP THEIR HEAT AND LIGHTS ON. THE AMOUNT OF CONSTRUCTION,
PLAN, AND DESIGN WORK THAT BE IS REQUIRED TO CARRY OFF THIS
TORONTO TRANSFORMATION COULD BOOST OUR
ECONOMY IN A WAY WE HAVE NOT SEEN IN DECADES. FEDERAL,
PROVINCIAL, AND TERRITORIAL MINISTERS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
CALLED FOR NET ZERO BUILDING CODES ACROSS CANADA BY 2030.
NOVA SCOTIA IS A SIGNATORY ON THIS FRAMEWORK BUT WE HAVEN’T
HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT WHERE THE GOVERNMENT IS ON THESE CHANGES.
IT IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD COST US ZERO DOLLARS TO PUT THESE NEW
CODES IN PLACE. IT WORK WISE FOR THE GOVERNMENT IT MAKE SHE
IS CHANGES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GIVE NEW CONSTRUCTION FIRMS
TIME TO ADJUST BUILD THEIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN A NEW
WORLD. IN ORDER TO MAKE THESE RETROFITS
HAPPEN, AGAIN, WE NEED REAL LEADERSHIP, REAL LEADERSHIP
COULD ESTABLISH TARGETS TO KEEP US ON TRACK WITH THESE
RETROFITS. REAL LEADERSHIP COULD CREATE A THRIVING NEW
ENERGY THAT EMPLOYS PEOPLE WITH A DIVERSE RANGE OF SKILL SETS.
REAL LEADERSHIP COULD ENSURE WE ARE IN A POSITION TO MEET
AMBITIOUS TARGETS TO PREVENT CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE.
REAL LEADERSHIP MAKES COMMITMENTS AND KEEPS THEM.
FINALLY, THE LAST PIECE OF REDUCING OUR GREENHOUSE GAS
EMISSIONS INVOLVES INVESTING IN OUR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. WE
NEED TO HAVE A UNIVERSALLY ACCEPT SYSTEM OF PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION THAT GETS PEOPLE FROM PLACE TO PLACE IN AN
EFFICIENT AND COMFORTABLE MANNER. AND WE CAN DO THIS.
THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CREATION OF THOUSANDS OF
JOBS AND A NEW INDUSTRY IN OUR PROVINCE. RATHER THAN TRYING TO
RUN THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT CONNECTS US ALL IN A SHOE STRING
BUDGET, IMAGINE WHAT OUR PROVINCE COULD DO IF WE HAVE A
SUSTAINABLE, RELIABLE, ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
THAT EVERYONE WANTED TO USE? NOT ONLY WOULD IT KEEP OUR CARS
OFF THE ROAD FOR MORE TIME BUT IT WOULD MAKE LIVES MUCH EASIER
FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. WHETHER IT WOULD MEAN GETTING TO AND FROM
AN APPOINTMENT TO THE HOSPITAL MORE EASILY OR VISITING FAMILY
AND FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PROVINCE OR JUST GOING TO
AND FROM WORK EVERY DAY, AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE GREEN
TRANSPORTATION IS A HUGE PART OF ADDRESSING OUR GREENHOUSE GAS
EMISSIONS. Mr. SPEAKER, EARLIER ON, MY
COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE AND I DO HAVE DEEP
RESPECT FOR EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE. BUT I WANT TO SAY MY
COLLEAGUES EARLIER GAVE THEMSELVES A STANDING OVATION
FOR THE WORK THAT THEY’RE DOING. NO, IT HAPPENED AFTER THE
PREMIER SPOKE. I FEEL LIKE THIS IS NOT THE TIME. THIS IS NOT
THE TIME FOR STANDING OVATIONS. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO
CONGRATULATE OURSELVES IN THIS HOUSE. THE CHILDREN AND THE
YOUTH WHO ARE GOING TO BE TAKING TO THE STREETS TOMORROW, THE
PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO THE U.N. AND SAYING HOW DARE YOU TO THE
LAWMAKERS OF THE WORLD, HOW DARE YOU HOLD OUR FUTURE IN YOUR
HANDS AND NOT DO ANYTHING. WE CAN’T STAND UP AND GIVE
OURSELVES STANDING OVATIONS RIGHT NOW. WE NEED TO DO SO
MUCH MORE. WHAT WE’VE DONE IS FINE. BUT REAL LEADERSHIP
WOULD, WOULD, WOULD, WOULD BE HUMBLE AND FAST-ACTING SO THAT
THIS CLIMATE CRISIS IS GET UNDER CONTROL. I I IMPLORE NERVE THIS
HOUSE TO STAND WITH THE YOUTH OF NOVA SCOTIA AND THE YOUTH OF THE
WORLD AS THEY ARE OUTSIDE THE LEGISLATURE TOMORROW, WHO ARE
DEMANDING THAT WE TAKE ACTION TO STOP CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE
CHANGE. BY THE TIME THAT THEY GET HERE TOMORROW, MANY OF THE
MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE WILL BE GONE HOME. WE WILL — WE
WILL HAVE GONE FOR THE DAY. WE’LL BE DONE. BUT I WILL BE
HERE WITH MY COLLEAGUES STANDING WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE
FUTURE THAT THEY DESERVE AND I HOPE THAT EVERYONE CONSIDERS
STAYING TO GREET THEM AND TO STAND WITH THEM IN SOLIDARITY.
I HOPE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS HOW TO SHOW MORE
LEADERSHIP ON THIS FILE. OUR CHILDREN ARE ASKING FOR IT AND
DEMANDING IT AND THEY DESERVE IT. THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF LANDS AND FORESTRY. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
IT’S A PLEASURE TO RISE TO SPEAK FOR A FEW MINUTES ON THIS
IMPORTANT LATE DEBATE THAT WE HAVE ON THE GLOBAL EMERGENCY WE
HAVE DEALING WITH THE THREAT, THE EXIST EXTENSION THREAT OF
CLIMATE CHANGE AND I APPRECIATE IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT THAT
BROUGHT IT FORD — FORWARD AND IT’S NOT ABOUT APPLAUDING OUR
OWN SELVES, IT’S ABOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THE WORK THAT NOVA
SCOTIANS HAVE DONE COLLECTIVELY OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS THAT
PREDATES OUR GOVERNMENT. BUT AS A CURRENT MINISTER OF LANDS AND
FORESTRY, AS A PAST MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, AND AS AN MLA WHO
FRANKLY CARES VERY MUCH ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND IS ONE OF
THE REASONS WHY I PUT MY NAME FORWARD TO COME HERE IF THIS
HOUSE AND AT ONE TIME, I WAS A YOUNG MLA. I STILL CONSIDER
MYSELF TO BE SOMEWHAT YOUNG SIX YEARS LATER. I DO THINK IT’S
IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND HEAR IDEAS FROM
OPPOSITION MEMBERS, HOW WE CAN DO BETTER.
SO THE DEBATE REALLY IS ABOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE STATUS
QUO IS NOT SUFFICIENT, HOW WE MOVE FORWARD. BUT I THINK SOME
OF THE INITIATIVES THAT WERE MENTIONED FROM THE MINISTER OF
ENVIRONMENT WHICH REALLY CUT ACROSS DEPARTMENTS ARE WORTH
NOTING SO WE CAN BUILD UPON THE SUCCESS THAT’S BEEN ACHIEVED.
SO WE’RE ON PACE TO SURPASS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S TARGET OF
30% BELOW 2005 LEVELS BY 2030 AND WE’VE MET THAT TARGET 12
YEARS SORRY WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THAT AND AIM TO SURPASS THAT,
WHICH WE WILL SO WE KNOW WE’RE ON PACE TO PASS THAT AROUND THE
RANGE OF BETWEEN 45 AND 50% BELOW THAT, SO THAT WILL
CONTINUE TO LEAD THE COUNTRY AND THAT’S JUST BASED ON WHAT WE’RE
DOING WITH THE CAP AND TRADE PROGRAM WHICH COVERS 80% OF OUR
EMISSIONS BUT IT’S ALSO BECAUSE OF THE HARD CAP THAT WE HAVE IN
OUR ELECTRICITY SECTOR WHICH IS ALLOWING US TO TRANSITION TO
DIFFERENT CLEANER SOURCES OF ENERGY IN THE PROVINCE. WE
SHOULD BE PROUD THAT WE HAVE INVESTED IN WIND ENERGY AND
AGAIN THAT’S NOT JUST OUR GOVERNMENT. A LOT OF THE
INITIATIVES HAPPENED PRIOR TO US BUT A LOT OF THE INSTALLS
HAPPENED DURING OUR TIME AS GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE NOW MORE
WIND CAPACITY AS A PERCENTAGE THAN ANY OTHER PROVINCE IN THE
COUNTRY EXCEPT FOR P.E.I. SO WE CAN DO BETTER, BUT THAT IS ONE
GOAL WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT. WHAT OTHER SOURCES DO WE HAVE.
[ Some Applause ] WE CAN LOOK AT THE SOLAR ENERGY
ACHIEVEMENTS AND I RECALL WHEN I FILLED IN IN A CONFERENCE FOR
SOLAR ENERGY IN ALBERTA, AT THAT TIME, THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT
CHANGED AND LITERALLY THE WHOLE INDUSTRY WAS WATCHING THEIR
INVESTMENTS GO DOWN THE TUBE AND LOOKING AT NEW PROVINCES TO
INVEST. BECAUSE A NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLETELY GUTTED
THEIR PROGRAMS FOR SOLAR ENERGY AND THEN SUBSEQUENTLY IN
ALBERTA, GOVERNMENT CHANGED. SO NOW AFTER THOSE PROGRAMS THAT
WERE SOME EFFECTIVE THAT GREW AN INVESTMENT FOR A GREEN ECONOMY,
NOVA SCOTIA NOW HAS I UNDERSTAND ONE OF IF NOT THE BEST MOST
ATTRACTIVE PROGRAMS FOR SOLAR ENERGY. SO THAT’S SOMETHING TO
BE PROUD OF. [ Some Applause ]
WE ALSO HAVE TIDAL INITIATIVES HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. SO HE’S
THAT THE WAY WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR COMPETITIVE
NATURE, COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OF BEING NEAR AN OCEAN. THESE ARE
THINGS THAT WE CAN BUILD UPON. I’M NOT SAYING THAT THEY’RE
ENOUGH, BUT I THINK IT’S AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SOME OF THE
WORK THAT NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE DONE BECAUSE IT WASN’T ALWAYS
EASY. WE ARE ALSO A LEADER IN HOW WE DEAL WITH OUR SOLID WASTE
IN THE PROVINCE. SO 300-KILOGRAMS PER PERSON IS
ABOUT THE AVERAGE OF WHAT WE CONSUME AND WHAT GOES TO
LANDFILLS IN THE PROVINCE. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS OVER
700-KILOGRAMS A PERSON, SO THAT’S MORE THAN 50% LOWER THAN
WHAT THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS IN CANADA GOES OUR LAND FILLS, BUT
THAT’S NOT ENOUGH BECAUSE WE SHOULD AT SOME POINT START
TALKING ABOUT NO LONGER USING LAND FILLS AND TALKING ABOUT
ZERO WASTE. WE ARE GOING IN THAT DIRECTION I WOULD SUBMIT
FASTER THAN ANY OTHER PROVINCE, SAME WITH GREENHOUSE GAS
REDUCTION. THERE IS GOING TO BE A PROVINCE THAT REACHES CARBON
NEUTRAL BY 2050 WHICH MANY COUNTRIES HAVE SIGNED ON TO AND
THE GOVERNING PARTY IS COMMITTED TO IN THIS ELECTION. I SUBMIT
IT WILL BE NOVA SCOTIA LEADING THE WAY TO GET THERE.
[ Some Applause ] AND A LOT OF THIS IS ABOUT
GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION. CLIMATE CHANGE IS VERY REAL AND
IT’S HERE. THE FLOODS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN SYDNEY AND OTHER
PARTS OF THE PROVINCE, THE FLOODS THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH
AND SPEND GOVERNMENT MONEY TO HELP PEOPLE DEAL WITH. IT’S THE
DROUGHTS, DEALING WITH THAT, THE MORE RECURRING EXTREME WEATHER
EVENTS THAT ULTIMATELY GOVERNMENT HAS TO SPEND MONEY ON
AND OVER TIME, PAST GOVERNMENTS HAVEN’T REALIZED THE TRUE
IMPACTS AND FULL COST ACCOUNTING OF WHAT’S HATCHING WHEN WE’RE
RELEASING CARBON INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. BUT IT’S ALSO ABOUT
LOOKING AT HOW WE DEAL WITH EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AND MEMBERS
ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE HOUSE REFER TO HOW WE CAN DO
MORE. OF COURSE WE CAN DO MORE. BUT WE HAVE A UTILITY THAT WAS
PUT IN PLACE THAT IS AN INDEPENDENT UTILITY THAT ALLOWS
US TO ACHIEVE MORE THAN 1% EFFICIENCY PER YEAR AND WE HAVE
OTHER PROVINCES SUCH AS ALBERTA WHO HAVE EMULATED THAT MODEL AND
ARE NOW SEEING THE SUCCESS THAT WE HAVE STARTED IN THIS
PROVINCE. AND WE CAN DO MORE TO ACHIEVE MORE EFFICIENCY ON THE
DEMAND SIDE AND WE CAN GROW MORE JOBS. I KNOW THERE’S THOUSANDS
OF JOBS RELATED TO THE EFFICIENCY PART ALONE, BUT WE
ARE IN EARLY ITS IT OF WHAT MEMBERS TALK ABOUT, THE
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE, I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THAT FUNDAMENTAL
CHANGE IS ALREADY TAKING PLACE. IT MAY NOT BE TAKING PLACE FAST
ENOUGH AND I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE
TO WORK TOWARDS MOVING FASTER AND MOVING TOWARDS A LOWER
CARBON ECONOMY, BUT WE HAVE TO DO SO WITH OUR PARTNERS, WITH
COMMUNITIES, AND WITH INDUSTRIES. I AM PROUD TO BE
ABLE TO REPRESENT A FORESTRY INDUSTRY THAT IS UNDERGOING
SIGNIFICANT FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES AND IF YOU ASK THOSE OPERATORS
AND FORESTERS IN THE WOODS, I THINK YOU WOULD GET AGREEMENT
THIS IS TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IN THE WOODS. THIS IS BASED ON
AN INDEPENDENT REPORT THAT HAD AUTHORS THAT CAME FROM
UNIVERSITIES ACROSS CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES WHO COINED THE
TERM ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD
ACHIEVE. BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. WE NEED TO
MAKE SURE WE HAVE INPUT FROM OUR STAKE HOLDERS AND EVERY DAY NOVA
SCOTIANS WHO HAVE WORKED ALL THEIR LIVES IN THE FOREVERREST
AND HOW WE WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE. THAT AND OVER THE LAST
YEAR SINCE WE’VE RECEIVED THAT REPORT, BEFORE WE RECEIVED THAT
REPORT LAST YEAR LESS THAN HALF. PRESCRIPTIONS IN THE WOODS OR
THE HARVEST METHODS AS YOU WILL, ONLY RETAINED LESS THAN — ONLY
RETAINED MORE THAN 10% OF THE ACTUAL TREES IN THE WOODS. NOW
WE’RE ALMOST AT 90% OF THE PRESCRIPTIONS, RETAINING AT
LEAST 10%, AND MANY OF THEM ARE RETAINING 20, 30, AND 40%. SO
THAT’S A BIG CHANGE FORESTRY AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK
ALONGSIDE INDUSTRY TO ENSURE WE’RE RETAINING THE HIGHEST
QUALITY TREES THAT ARE NATIVE TO THE ACADIAN FOREST TO ENSURE WE
HAVE SEE QUESTRATION AND THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN WAYS WE CAN
MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF CARBON BECAUSE TREES ARE THE NATURAL
WAY OF SEQUESTERING CARBON OUT OF THE ATMOSPHERE.
[ Some Applause ] SO THIS EMERGENCY WITH CLIMATE
CHANGE IS — ALIGNS WITH THE EMERGENCY WE FACE WITH
BIODIVERSITY LOSS AND THEY’RE ALL VERY IMPORTANT TO
ACKNOWLEDGE. I SEE FOR ME IT’S ALSO A JUSTICE ISSUE. IT’S A
POVERTY ISSUE, IT’S A RECONCILIATION ISSUE. THOSE
THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED THE LEAST IN THIS WORLD ARE ACTUALLY
EXPERIENCING THE MOST DIRE IMPACTS FROM THE HEIGHTENED
CARBON EMISSIONS AND THE IMPACTS THAT THEY’RE HAVING IN THEIR
COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY THE MOST MARGINALIZED COUNTRIES IN THE
WORLD AND WE NEED TO DO BETTER AS BEING A GLOBAL CITIZEN IN
THIS WORLD TO HELP WITH OUR OTHER PROVINCES AND MOVE TOWARDS
A MORE CARBON NEUTRAL, A LOWER CARBON ECONOMY, A MORE GREEN
ECONOMY, A MORE CIRCULAR ECONOMY, WHEN IT COMES TO
HANDING OUR SOLID WASTE, WHEN IT COMES TO REDUCING OUR CARBON
FOOT PRINT AND ALL THE REST. SO I JUST WANTED TO TALK ON A FEW
TOPICS. I KNOW THE MINISTER OF ENERGY WILL GO INTO MORE DETAIL
ON THE WITHINS THAT HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR. THIS IS A
COLLECTIVE EFFORT ON THE SIDE OF THE GOVERNMENT. WE’VE BEEN
PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS IN TERMS OF CLEANING UP
HISTORIC CONTAMINATED IT SOS, BOAT HARBOUR BEING THE TOP OF
MINUTE FOR ME, NUMBER 1, THAT WAS LEFT BEHIND BY PAST
GOVERNMENTS AND I’M NOT POINTING FRINGES. INNING WE — NOT
POINTING FINGERS. WE HAVE RECENTLY PUT $48 MILLION IN THE
BUDGET TO TAKE ON THE REIMMEDIATE CRAIG OF TWO FORMER
GOLD MINE SITES. THAT’S THE START OF ADDRESSING ABOUT 60
HISTORIC MINES THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND WITHOUT DEALING WITH THE
ENVIRONMENTAL FOOT PRINT. WE HAVE HARRIET’S FIELD THAT WE’RE
SPENDING ABOUT $15 MILLION IN THAT REMEDIATION PROJECT. SO I
THINK IF YOU LOOK LONG AND HARD AT SOME OF THE RESOURCES AND
SOME OF THE COMMITMENTS THAT WE’VE MADE IN SIX YEARS, I THINK
YOU’LL SEE THAT WE CARE VERY MUCH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. WE
CARE VERY MUCH FOR GROWING THE ECONOMY. AND AS CLEAN AND AS
GREEN AS WE CAN MAKE THAT OVER TIME, I THINK WE’RE ALL FOR THE
BETTER. I THINK THE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE A HUGE PART OF
THAT. I LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING WITH THEM MORE. I REGULARLY
MEET WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE AND JUST LAST WEEK
MET WITH ROWAN, IRA AND NEIL FROM AROUND THE SOUTH SHORE
AREA. I THINK THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE IS THEIR MLA AND I THINK
THEY’RE A PART OF THIS UPRISING OF YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE
PROVINCE. THEY’LL PROBABLY BE HERE TOMORROW SO I LOOK FORWARD
TO HEARING FROM THEM MORE AND ONE OF THE THING THEY ASKED WAS
COULD YOU BE INSTRUMENTAL IN HAVING A DEBATE AND
ACKNOWLEDGING THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. SO WHEN WE’RE
CLAPPING AND WE’RE TALKING WITH ONE ANOTHER SAYING, LIKE, LET’S
THROW IDEAS OUT THERE, THAT’S WHAT IT’S ABOUT. IT’S TALKING
TO YOUNG PEOPLE, ACKNOWLEDGING THE PROBLEM RIGHT HERE IN THIS
HOUSE, IN THE LEGISLATURE. WHERE ELSE? WHAT’S THE BEST
PLACE TO DO IT? I THINK IT’S RIGHT HERE. THANK YOU, Mr.
SPEAKER. [ Some Applause ]
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER ON A VERY QUICK
INTRODUCTION. // THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr.
SPEAKER, JUST WANT TO BRING THE ATTENTION TO THE EAST GALLERY
WHERE MY LONG SUFFERING CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT IS WITH
US THIS AFTERNOON. TERRY LITTLE. AND HER DAUGHTER
TAYLOR. INTRODUCED TAYLOR A LITTLE WHILE AGO BEFORE 1,000
PEOPLE AS SHE IS ONE OF OUR SPECIAL OLYMPIANS. SO I’D LIKE
TO WELCOME THEM TO THE HOUSE. [ Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR KINGS NORTH. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER IT.
IS A PRIVILEGE TO RISE AND SAY A FEW WORDS ON THIS TOPIC WHICH I
THINK WILL BE THE SINGULAR MOST IMPORTANT ITEM THAT WE WILL
ADDRESS IN OUR GENERATION MAYBE. AND CERTAINLY I DO WANT TO ECHO
THE SENTIMENTS ALREADY SPOKEN IN THE HOUSE AND SAY HOW PROUD I AM
TO BE REPRESENTING KINGS NORTH WHERE MARK PARENT, A FORMER MLA,
FRIEND, WHO WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT IN THE EXPA ACT. BUT I
WANT TO TAKE A LITTLE DIFFERENT TACK ON WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT
AND THAT IS MANE DEALING WITH IMPACTS NOW.
WE ALL KNOW ABOUT DORIAN. IT WAS A STORM THAT HIT RIGHT
ACROSS THE WHOLE PROVINCE AND VERY WIDE SPREAD STORM. MOST OF
YOU MAYBE WON’T REALIZE THAT IN KINGS NORTH, WE HAD A VERY
LOCALIZED STORM THE WEEK BEFORE THAT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A NAME
BUT WE SAW SIX, POSSIBLY SEVEN INCHES OF RAIN. ONE FORMER SAID
WE HAD SEVEN INCHES OF RAIN IN 24 HOURS. AND I KNOW THE
MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION WOULD BE WELL AWARE OF WHAT WE FACED.
IN REALITY, WE HAD ONCE IN 200-YEAR RAINFALL EVENT THE WEEK
BEFORE DORIAN NUMBER A VERY LOCALIZED AREA OF MAYBE 10
SQUARE MILES. 10 MILES BY 10 MILES. I REALIZE THAT’S 100
SQUARE MILES. AND OTHER LITTLE POSSIBILITIES IN KINGS NORTH, IN
KEMPTVILLE, IN WOODVILLE, IN SCOTT’S BAY AND WE SAW AND I
THINK WE ATTRIBUTE THAT TO CLIMATE CHANGE. SO THERE’S A
LESSON COMING OUT OF THAT FOR US IN THAT THERE’S MANY THINGS WE
HAVE TO DO RIGHT NOW TO ADDRESS I BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE IN WHAT
I WOULD CALL THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.
AND I HAD ONE GENTLEMAN WHO HAD HIS DRIVEWAY WASHED OUT WITH —
AND THE WASH-OUT, YOU COULD HAVE PUT A CAR DOWN IN IT. WAS SO
LARGE AND HE SAID, WELL, AND BE THIS WAS A NEW CULVERT PUT IN
TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THE ROAD WAS REPAIR AD IN THAT AREA SO BRAND
NEW CULVERT AND HE SAID, WELL, WHEN THEY PUT IT IN, I TOLD THEM
THAT CULVERT WASN’T BIG ENOUGH. THE ENGINE AREA INS SAID IT WAS.
THAT’S THE SIZE CULVERT WE NEEDED. BUT WE KNOW HE WAS
RIGHT, IN FACT. THE ENGINEERS WERE WRONG AND THE VALUE OF
HAVING A MUCH LARGER CULVERT TWO YEARS AGO WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT
LESS EXPENSIVE THAN REPLACING — PUTTING IN TONS AND TONS OF ROCK
IN A DRIVEWAY NOW. AND BECAUSE OF THAT STORM, APPROXIMATELY
EIGHT DAYS BEFORE DORIAN, I’M COMPILING A CULVERT LIST WHERE
WE HAVE INADEQUATE CULVERTS WHERE PEOPLE EXPERIENCED
BASEMENT FLOODING, CULVERTS WASHED OUT, ALL SORTS OF
EFFECTS. SO OUR BUILT ENVIRONMENT, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE
TO LOOK AT WHAT DO WE CHANGE IN TERMS OF OUR BUILDING CODE, IN
TERMS OF OUR ENGINEERING EXPECTATIONS. RIGHT NOW TO DEAL
WITH THIS STORM THE WEEK BEFORE DORIAN, TO DEAL WITH DORIAN,
WHAT ARE THE LESSONS FROM HURRICANE DORIAN THAT WE
LEARNED. WE LEARN CELL PHONE TOWERS NEED MORE POWER THAN A
12-HOUR BACK-UP. WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR POWER FOR A WEEK AND YOU
WANT TO CALL 911 THE DAY AFTER, 24 HOURS AFTER THE STORM, YOU
HAVE AN INCIDENT. AND I HAD A CONSTITUENT WHO HAD AN INCIDENT
24 HOURS AFTER AND NO CELL SERVICE. BILLING BIG SHOCK.
SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE NEW
STANDARDS FOR CELL PHONE TOWERS. /// WE’VE SEEN OTHER EFFECTS
FROM DORIAN. WE, IN FACT, AND I WAS TELLING MY CAUCUS THE OTHER
DAY, WE HAD ONE CONSTITUENT WHO HAD A THOUSAND DOLLARS BILL THAT
HER SON INCURRED BECAUSE HE WAS ACCESSING A YOU TOKER FROM A
DIFFERENT COMPANY. SO WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT THAT?
ONE THING WE KNOW IN MY AREA IS THE LAND OF MANY, MANY DIFFERENT
DIKES, MOST OF THEM BUILT 100 YEARS AGO OR 200 YEARS AGO. AND
MANY OF THEM ARE INADEQUATE. AND WHEN WE LIKE AT WHAT THE
ACADIANS ACCOMPLISHED IN 1755, I’M PERSONALLY IN AWE OF WHAT
THEY DID. THEY BUILT DIKES IN PLACES THAT I CAN’T FATHOM HOW
THEY DID IT AND THEY DID IT BY HAND. BUT WE KNOW THAT ONE OF
THE THING THAT WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN — THAT THE OCEAN LEVEL
WAS A METRE LOWER IN 1755. WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE WE CAN SEE
PLACES WHERE FOUNDATIONS WERE ON THE WATER EDGE ARE NOW A METRE
UNDER WATER. FORTRESS LEWISBURG BEING ONE OF THEM. SO WE KNOW
THE OCEANS ARE RISING NOW. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 300 MILES OF
DIKES IN OUR PROVINCE. I KNOW THAT THERE IS — AND I KNOW THE
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE WHO HAS RESPONSIBILITY WOULD SAY AND I
DRIVEWAY, WE’RE STARTING TO ADDRESS THOSE. AND I APPRECIATE
WHAT IS BEING DONE. I QUESTION IF ENOUGH’S BEING DONE. AND I
WILL SAY THAT THERE ARE PLACES WHERE THIS IS GOING TO BE
DAUNTINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIX BUT THIS IS PART OF OUR BUILT
ENVIRONMENT THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS.
SO AGRICULTURE I BELIEVE IS PART OF THE SOLUTION. WE NEED TO
HAVE MORE LOCAL FOOD, MORE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND OUR
FARMERS HAVE HAD ENORMOUS CHALLENGES IN THE LAST TWO
YEARS. WE HAD TWO COLD, WET SPRINGS. AND LAST SUMMER, WE
HAD ONCE IN 200-YEAR FROST EVENT. NOBODY REMEMBERS THAT
AND PROBABLY — ACTUALLY, I CAN SAY THAT I THINK FAIRLY
CERTAINLY ONCE IN 200-YEAR OR MORE BECAUSE THERE WAS THE
SUMMER THAT THERE WAS NO — THE YEAR THERE WAS NO SUMMER WAS
WHEN KRAKATOA EXPLODED IN 1817 OR SOMEWHERE AND THERE WAS FROST
IN EVERY MONTH OF THE SUMMER. SO SINCE THAT MOMENT WHEN HAD
THE EARTH WAS BLANKETED WITH THE CLOUD OF DUST, WE HAVEN’T HAD
THOSE KIND OF TEMPERATURES BUT WE HAD LAST SUMMER A FROST IN
JUNE THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN AND IT SEVERELY IMPACTED
AGRICULTURE. BUT I BELIEVE THAT — SO THESE
ARE CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW AND I DON’T WANT IN ANY WAY TO
DIMINISH THE NEED TO REDUCE OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND I
KNOW EVERYONE IS TALKING IN THAT LIGHT SO I JUST WANT TO VERY
BRIEFLY TALK ABOUT THESE CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW. I BELIEVE
THAT THE GLOBAL NETWORK OF TRANSPORTATION AND GLOBAL
PRODUCTION OF FOOD IS SOMETHING THAT MAYBE WE NEED TO WEAN
OURSELVES OFF A LITTLE BIT. WE NEED TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE
SELF-SUFFICIENT HERE IN THIS PROVINCE. WE NEED TO BE LESS
RELIANT ON WHAT IS EFFECTIVELY A
GREENHOUSE GAS EMITTING GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORK IT.
WOULD BE GREAT IF WE INCREASE LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION. WE’RE
GOING TO NEED TO ADDRESS OUR — AND I APPRECIATE THERE’S THE
COASTLINE, THE COASTAL PROTECTION ACT WHICH IS GETTING
THERE. WE’RE THE SECOND MOST VULNERABLE AREA IN NORTH AMERICA
TO SEA LEVEL RISE AFTER THE LOUISIANA AREA. AND MAYBE
FLORIDA IS RIGHT IN THERE, TOO IT. I WOULDN’T WANT TO TAKE
THAT AWAY FROM THEM. BUT WE’RE RIGHT IN THAT MIX WITH FLORIDA
AND LOUISIANA. SO THERE’S IMMENSE CHALLENGES FOR US RIGHT
NOW IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. THERE’S IMMENSE CHALLENGES FOR
US IN PROVIDING FOOD SECURITY AND MAINTAINING AGRICULTURAL
PRODUCTION. IN MEETING THESE CHALLENGES. AND IN ALL THE
OTHER CHALLENGES WHICH HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED IN THIS HOUSE. SO I
JUST WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF WHAT WAS, YOU KNOW, GOING BACK
TO WHERE I STARTED, THE WEEK BEFORE DORIAN, AN ABSOLUTELY
STUNNING RAINFALL EVENT TO HAVE SEVEN INCHES IN 24 HOURS AND THE
IMPACT ON THAT ON HOMES AND PEOPLE IN KINGS COUNTY, KINGS
NORTH MAINLY, WAS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I KNOW THE MINISTER
OF TRANSPORTATION PROBABLY KNOWS WE NEED MORE MONEY THERE. I’M
SURE HE’S AWARE OF THAT AND I KNOW THAT THE CREWS OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ARE WORKING VERY HARD. I WILL SAY.
THAT I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS THEY’VE MADE TO FIX THE
DAMAGE FROM THE WEEK BEFORE DORIAN. WE HAVEN’T EVEN GOT
THAT ALL FIXED YET. THERE’S STILL WASH-OUTS AND AREAS THAT
NEED TO BE REPAIR’D. SO THIS IS THE KIND OF CHALLENGE THAT WE’RE
DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW. SO NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR BUILT
ENVIRONMENT RIGHT NOW AND DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES AND PREPARE
AND HAVE NEW ENGINEERING STANDARDS AND NEW BUILDING CODE
STANDARDS TO DEAL WITH THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAT
ARE HAPPENING RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT AND I DON’T BELIEVE
THAT’S BEING ADDRESSED IN THIS DEBATE BUT I WANTED TO PUT THAT
OUT THERE THAT THESE CHALLENGES ARE REAL, THEY’RE HERE NOW, AND
THE IMPACTS ARE — WHEN IT HAPPENS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, IT’S
KIND OF A STUNNING EVENT AND IT AFFECTS ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE IN
WAYS THAT THEY NEVER IMAGINED POSSIBLE. ALL OF A SUDDEN
LITERALLY ALMOST THEIR CARS FLOATING AWAY OUT OF THE
DRIVEWAY AND HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? AND THEY’VE NEVER SEEN
IT BEFORE, BUT IT’S JUST — YOU KNOW, IT’S KIND OF AN EVENT THAT
IS LIFE-ALTERING AND CHANGES PEOPLE’S PERSPECTIVE OF THE
ENVIRONMENT AROUND THEM, OF THEIR HOME, AND IT’S SOMETHING
THAT AS A PROVINCE, THE CHALLENGE IS ON US TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS PUTTING IN THE
RIGHT SIZED CULVERTS AND THE BUILDING CODE HAS THE RIGHT SIZE
THE STANDARDS AND PEOPLE HAVE BECOME FLOW PREVENTERS IN
THEIR — BACK FLOW PREVENTERS IN THEIR BASEMENT DRAINS AND ON AND
ON IT GOES. BUT ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES ARE VERY REAL AND I
JUST WANTED TO ADDRESS THAT. THANK YOU.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
LEADER OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
// THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. [ Some Applause ] LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THAT I
FIND MYSELF A LITTLE SURPRISED TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN AN
EMERGENCY DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATED BY THE PRESENT
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT OF NOVA SCOTIA. I’M NOT, OF COURSE,
SURPRISED THAT WE WOULD BE HOLDING A DEBATE ON THIS SUBJECT
BECAUSE IT IS A SUBJECT ON WHICH PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE HAVE
BEEN PRESSING THIS GOVERNMENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MY SURPRISE,
RATHER, STEMS FROM WHAT I THINK WE CAN FAIRLY CALL THE
HOLLOWNESS OF A GOVERNMENT’S INITIATING SUCH A DEBATE WHILE
CONTINUING TO FAIL TO TAKE ANY REAL, ANY TRANSFORMATIVE, ANY
SUBSTANTIAL IN A SENSE ACTION ON THIS PRESSING SUBJECT. I AM
REMINDED OF THE STUNNING SPEECH GIVEN ON MONDAY AT THE U.N.
CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT BY GRET
GRETATUNBERG WHERE SHE ADDRESSED THIS KIND OF HOLLOWNESS,
CONCLUDED HER THOUGHTS WITH THE WORDS WITH THE WORDS THAT HAVE
NOW COME TO DEFINE THAT SPEECH. HOW DARE YOU?
Mr. SPEAKER, THE ROAD FORWARD IN THIS CRISIS HAS BEEN
INCONTRAREMEMBER IS CONTRAVERTABLY SET FOR US.
LAST YEAR’S REPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE HAS MADE ENTIRELY CLEAR
WHAT’S REQUIRED. A LIMIT TO GLOBAL WARMING OF 1.5 CELSIUS
IN THE NEXT 11 YEARS. THE IPCC REPORT HAS PROVIDED THE WORLD
WITH A CLEAR GALAVANTIZATION OF WHAT FOR SOME MAY HAVE
PREVIOUSLY SEEMED TO BE AN OPAQUE QUESTION. AND IN TERMS
OF GLOBAL PUBLIC FOCUS IN THE WORDS OF NAOMI KLEIN, THIS HAS
MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IT. HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING. — IT HAS
CHANGED EVERYTHING. AS A CONSEQUENCE, THE QUESTION BEFORE
US RELATIVE TO ANY CLIMATE CHANGE APPROPRIATES OR ANY LACK
OF CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSALS, THE QUESTION BEFORE US IS VERY
SIMPLE, IS THIS PROPOSAL, IS THIS PROGRAM, IS THIS POLICY, OR
IS IT NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PATH OF RESTRICTING OUR
EMISSIONS TO WHAT IS REQUIRED TO LIMIT GLOBAL WARMING TO NO MORE
THAN 1.5 . AND IF THE ANSWER IS NO, THEN WHATEVER THAT POLICY OR
PROPOSAL IS THAT’S BEING DISCUSSED, IT REPRESENTS A CLEAR
BETRAYAL OF OUR PLANET, OF SPECIES, AND OF PEOPLE.
THE NECESSARY PATHWAY HAS BEEN PROVIDED, LIMITING GLOBAL
WARMING TO 1.5 VERY SIMPLY MEANS IN NOVA SCOTIA THAT WE
COMMIT TO REDUCING OUR EMISSIONS TO 50% BELOW 1990 LEVELS BY 2030
BEGINNING NOW, PERIOD. THIS MEANS DRAMATIC INVESTMENTS IN
RENEWABLE ENERGY. IT MEANS MOBILIZING, RETROFITTING, AND
ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS ON AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE. IT MEANS
SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN CLEAN TRANSPORTATION. AND AS THE
ENTIRE RICH DISCOURSE AROUND THE GREEN NEW DEAL HAS BEEN MAKING
CLEAR INTERNATIONALLY, WE NEED NOT THINK OF THESE REQUIREMENTS
AS SOME KIND OF A BURDENSOME, RECKLESS KIND OF GOVERNMENT
SPENDING. WE NEED, RATHER, IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT, TO THINK OF
THESE AS WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO THINK OF THEM BY A GROWING CORUS
OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMISTS, TO THINK OF THEM AS CRUCIAL
INVESTMENTS IN A NEW ECONOMY THAT WILL PROVIDE GOOD
EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE PROVINCE IN NEW SECTORS. WE CAN
USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW AND TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY TO DO
IT IN A WAY THAT IS SUSTAINABLE AND IS EQUITABLE AND JUST.
HERE IN OUR PROVINCE, WE ARE NO STRANGERS TO DRAMATIC ECONOMIC
TRANSFORMATIONS AND WE’RE NO STRANGERS TO FAILURES TO
COMPLETE THESE TRANSFORMATIONS IN SUCCESSFUL WAYS. WE KNOW
THIS FROM THE 19th CENTURY GREAT TRANSITION FROM THE
ECONOMY OF WOOD, WIND, AND WATER, TO THAT OF IRON, STEEL,
AND STEAM, WHICH WE FAILED TO MAKE SUCCESSFULLY THROUGHOUT OUR
PROVINCE AND NOWHERE WERE THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCE OF THIS
FELT ANY MORE CLEARLY THAN WHERE MY FAMILY COMES FROM IN
YARMOUTH. SOMETHING SIMILAR COULD BE SAID ABOUT THE
MID-20th CENTURY ECONOMIC TRANSITION TO AN ECONOMY OF
MODERN MANUFACTURING. THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY IN THIS
PROVINCE, THOSE IN POWER IN NOVA SCOTIA DO NOT HAVE A GOOD RECORD
ABOUT GRASPING THE OPPORTUNITY OF THESE KIND OF MOMENTS TO MOVE
US FORWARD INTO NEW ERAS. HOWEVER, THIS ERA COULD BE
DIFFERENT. IT IS TRUE THAT IN THIS MOMENT, WE CAN SEE WITH
SUCH CLARITY A BETTER WAY FORWARD. WE HAVE BEEN PRESENTED
WITH A WAY FORWARD BUT ALONG WITH IT COMES A GREAT CHALLENGE,
THAT IT REQUIRES AN ABSOLUTE UNREMITTING BOLDNESS, AN
ABSOLUTE UNREMITTING VISIONARY KIND OF LEADERSHIP AND WHAT THE
IPC REFERS TO REPEATEDLY AS AN INTENSIFICATION OF PRESENT
EFFORT ACROSS THE BOARD. NO OTHER VIABLE ROAD FORWARD IS
AVAILABLE TO US IN THIS MOMENT AND THIS IS THE POINT THAT IS
BEING MADE SO LOUDLY AND CLEARLY BY THE PERSISTENT AND DEFIANT
ACTIONS OF THE CLIMATE STRIKERS. THE CLIMATE STRIKERS ARE RIGHT
TO POINT TO THE FAILURE OF THE GOVERNING CLASS TO ITS BETRAYAL
OF THE PLANET AND PART OF HUMANITY. THE CLIMATE STRIKERS
ARE RIGHT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS MOMENT, TOO, REPRESENTS A
FAILURE OF THE MARKET ECONOMY TO RISE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS
CRISIS. THE CLIMATE STRIKERS ARE RIGHT TO IDENTIFY THE FACT
THAT CAPITALISM, THE WORLD OF THE VENERATION OF THE MARKET
DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO BRING WHAT’S REQUIRED TO WALK US
BACK FROM THE END OF THE PRESENT CLIFF. AND IN THIS WAY, IT’S
TRUE THAT IN ORDER TO BRING ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS ON
A PATH FORWARD, WE NEED CLEAR RECOGNITION THAT CLIMATE JUSTICE
AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE ARE, AS POPE FRANCIS HAS POINTED OUT,
ONE AND THE SAME, TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. WE CANNOT MOVE
FORWARD INTO A NEW ECONOMY WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE INHERENT
INEQUITIES THAT HAVE ROTTED THE COVER OF OUR CURRENT
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC MOMENT. THE SAME TIME, PEOPLE OF NOVA
SCOTIA CERTAINLY RISE THIS THERE IS AN URGENT AND DIRECT
RELEVANCE FOR ALL OF THOSE ISSUES TO OUR ECONOMIC AND
GEOGRAPHIC SITUATION….. JUST YESTERDAY, IMPORTANT NEWS
RELEASE ABOUT OUR FISHERY. A U.N.-BACKED PANEL RELEASED A NEW
STUDY ABOUT THE STATE OF THE OCEAN WHICH SOUNDED THE ALARM AT
THIS OCEAN IS NOW WARMER, MORE ACIDIC, LESS PRODUCTIVE, THERE
WAS — IT STATED IN THE STUDY THAT IF CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT
STEMMED, MARINE LIFE IS GOING TO SUFFER AND SOCIAL SPECIESES WILL
CONTINUE TO MOVE FARTHER AND FARTHER NORTH. THE SAME REPORT
NOTED THAT SEA LEVELS ARE NOW RISING MORE THAN TWICE AS FAST
AS THEY DID IN THE PREVIOUS PERIOD AND THEY ARE
ACCELERATING. I DON’T NEED TO REMIND ANYONE THAT SHOULD THESE
PATTERNS CONTINUE OR ACCELERATE, FOR US IN NOVA SCOTIA, OUR VERY
PHYSICAL CONNECTEDNESS TO THE CONTINENT IS THREATENED BY THE
VULNERABILITY OF THE ISMUS. AND
MY COLLEAGUE HAS JUST SPOKEN ABOUT HOW THE SITUATION IS
PARALLEL COMPLETELY IN THE WORLD OF AGRICULTURE WHERE WE FACE
CROP DAMAGE FROM ALL KINDS OF INCREASINGLY INTENSIFIED FORCES,
WHETHER THAT BE FROM WIND, UN7ABLE FROST, OR EXTREME
WEATHER COMING IN UNPREDICTABLE FORMS AS WE EXPERIENCED JUST
RECENTLY WITH THE HURRICANE. LET ME SAY ALSO, Mr. SPEAKER,
THAT BECAUSE OF THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM AND FOR
OTHER REASONS OF HISTORY, THERE ARE SOME IN OUR PROVINCE WHO
STAND TO BE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY THE RAVE VALUABLES
OF CLIMATE CHANGE. FOR THOSE REASONS, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN
EXCLUDED OR MARGINALIZED FROM PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN OUR
SOCIETY NEED TO BE AT THE CENTRE OF DETERMINING THE PATH FORWARD.
THE IMAGINATION, EXPERIENCE, AND EXPERTISE OF AFRICAN-NOVA
SCOTIAN COMMUNITIES AND OF MI’KMAW COMMUNITIES AND OTHERS
ARE PIVOTAL IN THIS REGARD AND THIS IS AT THE CORE OF WHAT WE
ARE GOING TO HEAR REPEATEDLY TOMORROW AT THE CLIMATE STRIKE
WHEN IT WAS BEING REFERRED TO BY THE PHRASE ENVIRONMENTAL
JUSTICE. ABSOLUTELY WE FACE A CLIMATE
CRISIS, A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. AND UNDOUBTEDLY THIS GOVERNMENT
NEEDS TO BEING A NOW TO CURB GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND
LIMIT GLOBAL WARMING TO BELOW CATASTROPHIC LEVELS. THESE ARE
PLAIN FACTS THAT EVERYONE IN OUR PROVINCE UNDERSTANDS. BUT IF
THE GOVERNMENT UNDERSTANDS THIS ALSO, WHY, THEN, HAS THE
GOVERNMENT ALLOWED OUR ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS LEGISLATION
TO EXPIRE AND LAY IDLE FOR TWO YEARS PAST ITS DEADLINE? AND
WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVE THAT QUIETLY ANNOUNCING JUST 30
DAYS IT OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION THROUGH AN ON-LINE SURVEY IS
ADEQUATE TO COLLECT THE INPUT FROM NOVA SCOTIANS THAT THIS
KEYSTONE PIECE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION CALLS FOR? WHY DOES
THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVE THAT THREE LITTLE CONSULT TARIFF
QUESTION, ONE OF WHICH ACTUALLY PROPOSES DROPPING THE WORDS
ENVIRONMENTAL GELS FROM THE LEGISLATION ALL TOGETHER, WHY
DOES THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVE THIS CONSTITUTES A SUFFICIENT FORM BY
WHICH TO GATHER THE EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE, THE EXTENSIVE
EXPERIENCE, THE EXTENSIVE PASSION, THE EXTENSIVE
EXPERTISES THAT IS REQUIRED FROM ACROSS THE PROVINCE THAT BE IS
NEEDED IN ORDER TO FOCUS OUR COLLECTIVE ATTENTION IN NOVA
SCOTIA TO THAT COLOSSAL CHALLENGE. THIS IS, Mr.
SPEAKER, THE SAME GOVERNMENT WHICH HAS APPROVED AN LNG PLANT
THAT IF BUILT WOULD IMPORT FRACKED NATURAL GAS AND EMIT
MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION-TONS OF CO2 AND WOULD BE THE SINGLE
LARGEST SOURCE OF EMISSIONS IN OUR PROVINCE. THIS IS THE SAME
GOVERNMENT WHOSE FEDERAL COUNTERPART ANNOUNCED A CLIMATE
EMERGENCY, I CANNOT HELP BUT RECALL ON ONE DAY AND THEN
TURNED AROUND AND SPENT BILLIONS OF PUBLIC DOLLARS ON A PIPELINE.
AND THIS IS THE SAME GOVERNMENT WHO HAVE REFUSED TO ADOPT THE
STRICT, THE TIGHT, THE SERIOUS, IN THE IPCC’S WORD, THE
INTENSIFIED TARGETS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY INCONTRAVERTIBLY
NECESSARY IF WE KEEP THE LIMIT OF 1.5 THIS. KIND OF
HOLLOWNESS IS IN MY VIEW PAST. THERE ISN’T ANYTHING LEFT TO
DEBATE. YOU’RE NOT IN THE TIME FOR REAL, MEANINGFUL, MATERIAL,
PRINCIPLED ACTION. AS GRETA IT. UNBERG SAID ON MONDAY IN NEW
YORK, WE DRAW THE LINE RIGHT HERE. THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MEMBER ON A QUICK INTRODUCTION? // THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr.
SPEAKER. I’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE UP IN THE WEST GALLERY SOME OF
VERY KIND PEOPLE FROM SACKVILLE. Mr. MacDONALD, Mr. MIKE
MacDONALD AND HIS WIFE LOUISE MacDONALD WERE VERY SUPPORTIVE
AND RESPONSIBLE FOR ME BEING HERE TODAY SO IF YOU LIKE WHAT
YOU SEE, THANK THEM, IF YOU DON’T, CRITICIZE THEM. BUT I DO
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AND IT
IT’S SO COOL TO SEE YOU FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE. I’VE ALWAYS
LOOKED UP TO YOU, BUT THIS IS A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION. I’D ALSO
LIKE TO INTRODUCE Mrs. KAREN SMITH. SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW HER
PREVIOUSLY AS BEING IN PREMIER HAMM’S OFFICE FOR MANY YEARS AND
ALSO LATELY UP UNTIL JULY 18th IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE WITH THEIR
HONOURS. I WAS FORTUNATE TO ASK Mrs. SMITH IF SHE WOULD BE MY
CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE OUR 10-WEEK
ANNIVERSARY. SO ALTHOUGH Mr. MacDONALD AND SO ON
INTRODUCED ME INTO THIS, POLITICS, IT IS Mrs. SMITH WHO
WILL KEEP ME HERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
[ Applause ] The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE
MINISTER OF MINES AND ENERGY. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER.
I’M HONOURED TO RISE IN MY PLACE ON THIS BE VERY IMPORTANT DEBATE
THAT NOVA SCOTIANS AND REALLY THE WORLD IS TALKING ABOUT. I
HAVE THE UNIQUE POSITION OF BEING THE MINISTER OF ENERGY AND
MINES FOR THE PROVINCE WHERE I GET TO SEE A LOT OF DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVES WHEN IT COMES TO OUR TRADITIONAL ENERGY MIX AND
SOME OF THE NEW INITIATIVES THAT GOVERNMENT HAS BROUGHT FORWARD
OVER THE YEARS. I CAN TELL THAT YOU IF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH MY
COLLEAGUES AT THE ENERGY MINISTER’S MEETINGS THIS SUMMER,
THE LARGE FOCUS OF IT WAS ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE, WHAT
THAT MEANS, WHAT NEW TECHNOLOGIES MEAN TO THOSE
TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES. SO THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT I’M
HAVING DAILY WITH MY COUNTERPARTS.
I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE STAFF AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND
MINES. WE DO — THE STAFF IS ALWAYS IN A POSITION WHERE
THEY’RE OUT ENGAGING NOVA SCOTIANS ON A DAILY BASIS TO
TALK ABOUT THE PROGRAMS THAT MATTER MOST TO THEM, THE TOPICS
THAT MATTER MOST TO THEM AND I CAN TELL THAT YOU CLIMATE CHANGE
IS THAT. SO THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE AS A DEPARTMENT ALWAYS
HAVE A LENS ON WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF
THIS PROVINCE. SO AS A DEPARTMENT, WE SPEND
APPROXIMATELY — WE SPEND OVER HALF OF OUR BUDGET ON ENERGY
EFFICIENCY AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY, CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS. SO IT
IS A BIG PART OF WHAT WE DO. AS MINISTER, I ALWAYS ASK STAFF TO
DO THAT. PUT THAT LENS ON ANY DECISION THAT YOU MAKE, WHAT
DOES THE IMPACT MEAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS SO, YOU KNOW, THE
PURPOSE OF WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT FOR THE NEXT FEW MINUTES
IS ABOUT INITIATIVES THAT WE’RE TAKING AS A GOVERNMENT, WHETHER
IT’S THIS GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENTS PREVIOUS AND WHAT
THAT’S MEANT FOR THE ECONOMY. THAT HAS BEEN A BIG CONVERSATION
THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE IS GREEN JOBS AND BUILDING A NEW ECONOMY
AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE INITIATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN
IMPLEMENTED THAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING MORE RECENTLY ARE
CREATING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS ACROSS NOVA
SCOTIA. SO I GUESS I’LL START ON THE HOME EFFICIENCY AND SOME
OF THE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE NDP THAT HAVE COME FORWARD.
THAT IS A BENCH MARK FOR US. THE WORK THAT EFFICIENCY NOVA
SCOTIA DOES TO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE
PROVINCE IS AMAZING. WE HAVE A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.
SO IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT OVER — LIKE, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF
SOME OF THE RETROFITS OVER THE YEARS, YOU’VE SEEN 16,000
LOW-INCOME NOVA SCOTIANS ACCESS THE PROGRAM.. [ Applause ]
SO THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. AND TO GIVE OVER 120,000 HOMES IN
NOVA SCOTIA HAVE INSTALLED HEAT PUMPS. SO UTILIZING THESE
PROGRAMS THROUGH EFFICIENCY NOVA SCOTIA.
ONE OF THE BIG PROJECTS THAT WE’VE ANNOUNCE AND I HAD WANT TO
RECOGNIZE THE MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING AS
WELL. THEIR STAFF — HIM AND HIS STAFF HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF WORK TO GET USES TO A POINT WHEREAS A GOVERNMENT WE’RE
GOING TO INVEST $11 MILLION TO RETROFIT PUBLIC HOUSING ACROSS
THE PROVINCE. THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT. THAT’S GOING TO HELP
US REDUCE OUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND AS WELL, IT IS GOING TO
ALLOW RESIDENTS TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR HOMES. SO
THAT IS ONE BIG INVESTMENT WHICH WILL GENERATE INTO JOBS.
THE NEXT, IN THE LAST NUMBER OF WEEKS, OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE
LED A PILOT WITH MI’KMAW
LEADERS. WE ARE GOING TO SPEND UPWARDS OF $40 MILLION
RETROFITTING ALMOST 2800 HOMES ACROSS COMMUNITIES IN NOVA
SCOTIA. [ Some Applause ]
SO THE FIRST FOUR YEARS OF THAT, WE COMMITTED $3 MILLION TO IT,
THE FIRST FOUR YEARS WILL REPRESENT A RETROFIT OF 900
HOMES. WE HAVE A VERY STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR MI’KMAW
COMMUNITIES. IT’S A FANTASTIC INITIATIVE. SO THESE ALL
GENERATE INTO JOBS SO WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT ENERGY
EFFICIENCY AND ALL OF THESE ARE BEING DRIVEN BY THE
CONVERSATIONS I’VE HAD WITH YOU. THE CONVERSATIONS YOU HAVE WITH
OUR STAFF AND NOVA SCOTIANS COMING FORWARD WITH THESE IDEAS.
IN THE PAST YEAR AS WELL ON THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PREVIOUS AND
I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE IN THE HOUSE, HOMES THAT WERE HEATED
WITH ELECTRICITY GENERALLY WERE THE HOUSES THAT QUALIFIED.
WE’VE EXPANDED THAT NOW TO HOMES THAT HAVE OTHER HEATING SOURCES
SO THAT HAS SEEN A GREAT SPIKE IN RESIDENTS HAVING THE ABILITY
TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM. SO EFFICIENCY IS VERY STRONG. BUT
THERE’S STILL LOTS OF WORK TO BE DONE.
BUT WHAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO IS TAKE ALL OF OUR ADVICE AND
OUR FEEDBACK TO ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN THE
PROGRAMS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOME OTHER
INITIATIVES THAT ARE GOING TO GENERATE BIG ECONOMIC IMPACT, WE
HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE LAST
NUMBER OF MONTHS. THEY WANT TO GREEN ALL OF THEIR
INFRASTRUCTURE. HOW WE’RE DOING THAT IS LOOKING AT RECLAIMED
MINE SITES. I USE CAPE BRETON AS AN EXAMPLE BECAUSE WE MADE
THE ANNOUNCEMENT DOWN THERE. WE HAVE FORMER MINE SITES THAT
WE’RE GOING TO USE TO LOOK AT VARIOUS TYPES OF GREEN ENERGY
SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP THEM GREEN THEIR BUILDINGS. THAT’S
MILLIONS AND MILLIONS IN CONSTRUCTION. SO WE ARE VERY
EXCITED ABOUT THAT. THAT IS GOING TO GENERATE INTO NEW
TECHNOLOGIES AND GREEN JOBS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. SO ANOTHER
VERY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE THAT WE’RE INVOLVED WITH TO SUPPORT
THE GREEN ECONOMY. AS WELL, WE LOOK AT OUR TIDAL.
SO TIDAL IS — WE’RE RECEIVING INTEREST FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
ON THE POTENTIAL — AT THE BAY OF FUNDY, WE HAVE FOUR COMPANIES
DOWN THERE NOW TESTING VARIOUS TECHNOLOGIES. WE’VE SEEN OVER
$60 MILLION INVESTED WITH OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS BECAUSE THEY
BELIEVE WHAT TIDAL HOLDS IN POTENTIAL FOR NOVA SCOTIA. SO
THAT MEANS RURAL JOBS. THAT’S CONSTRUCTION, THAT’S SUPPLY
CHAIN. THESE ARE THINGS THAT AS A GOVERNMENT, SUCCESSIVE
GOVERNMENTS, SO EVERYBODY CAN TAKE CREDIT FOR THE TIDAL PIECE
BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME. THERE IS A LOT
OF INTEREST AND I WILL CONTINUE AND OUR DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE
TO SUPPORT THE TIDAL INDUSTRY. MY COLLEAGUE, MINISTER OF LANDS
AND FORESTRY MENTIONED THE SOLAR PROGRAM. SO THIS IS AN
IMPORTANT STATISTIC. SO IN THE LAST — LAST YEAR, 500 MORE
FAMILIES HAVE ACCESSED SOLAR BECAUSE OF THE PROGRAM THAT
GOVERNMENT PROVIDES. [ Some Applause ]
WHAT THAT HAS MEANT IN TERMS OF COMPANIES, SO LAST YEAR, THERE
WAS 13 COMPANIES WHO ARE SOLAR INSTALLERS. THIS YEAR, THERE BE
ARE 57. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT PROGRAM. THAT IS A
VERY STRONG PROGRAM. WE HAVE COMMUNITY BUILDINGS
ACROSS THE PROVINCE THAT ARE ACCESSING OUR COMMUNITY SOLAR
PROGRAMS, SO WE’RE SEEING A GREAT UP TAKE IN THAT. FROM AN
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PIECE, WOULD YOU HAVE SEEN AN
ANNOUNCEMENT IN HALIFAX WHEN WE LOOKED AT CONNECT TO IT. THAT’S
A BIG PROJECT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT FUNDS. HALIFAX IS
CONNECTING ALMOST 30 KILOMETRES OF TRAIL. I WAS IN PORT
HAWKESBURY LOOKING AT CONNECTIVITY GIVEN THE
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL THROUGHOUT
TOWN. THIS IS ABOUT REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOT PRINT. THIS
ALSO RESULTS IN MORE CONSTRUCTION JOBS WHERE WE HAVE
LOCAL COMPANIES THAT ARE BUILDING THESE TRAILS, THAT ARE
KEEPING THIS INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTAINED. AND THESE ARE
PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN VERY EFFICIENT, NOT ONLY FOR THE
GREEN ECONOMY, BUT FOR BUILDING COMMUNITIES IT.
SO THAT, AGAIN, ANOTHER INITIATIVE THAT WE ARE INVOLVED
WITH. SO, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT I COULD GO
ON FOR AT LENGTH. AGAIN, THIS IS WORK THAT NOVA SCOTIANS
EXPECT THEIR GOVERNMENTS TO COMPLETE. WE’RE DOING THAT.
AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT INCENTIVES. WE’RE
LOOKING AT ELECTRIFICATION. I
HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE. YOU CAN DRIVE
A LONG DISTANCE. THEY’RE QUITE FAST. BUT, THEN, THESE ARE THE
THINGS THAT I’M HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DAILY WITH
NOVA SCOTIANS WHO ARE SAYING AS WE TRANSITION, WHAT ARE THE NEXT
STEPS, WHAT ARE THE NEXT PROGRAMS, WHAT ARE THE NEXT
INCENTIVES THAT GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO PROVIDE. SO ALL THAT
BEING SAID, THERE’S STILL LOTS OF WORK TO BE DONE. WE ARE
STILL — THERE BE ARE STILL — WE DEAL WITH COMPANIES AND
INDUSTRIES THAT ARE — HAVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES ON A DAILY
BASIS. THAT’S WHY WE’RE SEEING BIG UP TAKE IN SOLAR, WIND, THAT
HE’S WHY WE’RE SEEING INTEREST IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES. PRICE
POINTS ARE STARTING TO COME DOWN A BIT SO PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO
SHOW MORE INTEREST. WE’RE GOING TO DO TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT
WORK. ULTIMATELY, WHAT THIS HAS MEANT FOR THE PROVINCE IN
EFFICIENCY ALONE, WE USE THE NUMBER OF 1400 POSITIONS, 200
COMPANIES. THAT’S GOING TO GROW JUST BASED ON THE RECENT
ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT WE’VE MADE WITH OUR FIRST NATION PARTNERS
AND OUR PUBLIC HOUSING. SO WE’RE — WE KNOW THAT
ENTREPRENEURS ARE COMING FORWARD. WE’RE GIVING THE NEXT
GENERATION AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILT THEIR BUSINESS HERE TO
LEARN NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND WE’RE GOING TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO
SUPPORT THEM ALONG THE WAY. SO I’M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT
WE’VE ALL DONE AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THIS HOUSE
AND MY COMMITMENT TO YOU IS THAT AS MINISTER OF THAT DEPARTMENT,
THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND MINES IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE
PROSSIVE, THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT NEW WAYS
THAT WE CAN SUPPORT NEW TECHNOLOGIES, OUR GREEN ECONOMY,
AND LOOKING AT WAYS THAT OUR TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES CAN
SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER TO GREEN THEIR OPERATIONS AS WELL. SO
VERY HONOURED, Mr. SPEAKER TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A
FEW WORDS. SO THANK YOU. [ Some Applause ]
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST.
// THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER. AND I WOULD LIKE
TO THANK THE PREMIER. THIS IS EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
TO BE DISCUSSING. SHOULD BE DISCUSSING IT EVERY DAY. AND I
THINK WE MADE IT TO LOOK AT THIS ABSOLUTELY AS A NONPARTISAN
ISSUE. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ADDRESS A VERY, VERY SERIOUS
CRISIS GLOBALLY THAT AFFECTS ALL OF US. Mr. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE
THAT WE HAVE A SINGLE MISSION. ONE SINGLE MISSION AND THAT IS
TO PROTECT AND HAND ON THIS PLANET TO OUR NEXT GENERATION.
[ Some Applause ] YOU KNOW, WE OFTEN SAY, WELL,
YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENT AND
ECONOMY AND, LOOK, I’M ALL FOR THE ECONOMY. WE ARE ALL TO
BLAME FOR WHERE WE ARE AND TOGETHER, WE CAN MOVE FORWARD
POSITIVELY. I THINK THAT WE NEED TO DISCOURAGE THOSE THAT
CONTINUOUSLY, Mr. SPEAKER, FINANCE THE DENIAL OF CLIMATE
CHANGE. THERE ARE BIG COMPANIES OUT THERE THAT ARE FINANCING THE
DENIAL OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND WE NEED TO STOP. THAT .
I WAS THINKING EARLIER ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND I HONESTLY BELIEVE
WE NEED TO BE STOPPING AND LISTENING TO OUR CHILDREN. DO
NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEIR INTELLIGENCE ON THIS SUBJECT.
IT IS SIMPLE CHEMISTRY. WHAT WE DO IS WE BURN CARBON-BASED
MATERIALS AND WE CAN LIST ALL THOSE. AND BASICALLY CARBON
DIOXIDE IS NETTED. KIDS LEARN THIS BEFORE THEY EVEN GO TO
SCHOOL AND RIGHT NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO ALL
THE CHILDREN IN NOVA SCOTIA AND BEYOND WHO ARE OUT THERE
FIGHTING FOR THIS CAUSE AND TRYING TO GET US TO FIGHT FOR
THEM. YOU KNOW, IT’S — I KNOW THE SCHOOLS IF MY AREA ARE — I
COMMEND THE TEACHERS. THEY’RE CONSTANTLY TEACHING OUR CHILDREN
ABOUT LIVING — BEING VERY CAREFUL IN HOW THEY TREAT THE
ENVIRONMENT AND WE MADE IT TO DO BETTER. BUT EARLIER, I WAS
THINKING, YOU KNOW, NO ONE QUESTIONS THE LINK BETWEEN
SMOKING AND CANCER ANYMORE, DO THEY? NO ONE DENIES THAT
ANYMORE. AND IT’S BECAUSE WE HAVE 50 YEARS OF SCIENCE TO
PROVE THAT SMOKING CAUSES CANCER. THERE’S AN URGENCY.
AND WE NEED TO THINK OF THE STATE OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND
CLIMATE CHANGE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN SMOKING AND CANCER. AND
THAT’S JUST SORT OF MY ANALOGY BUT THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO.
AND THAT’S WHY THERE IS AN URGENCY TO GET THIS RIGHT. SO,
Mr. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR SPEAKING. THEY
SPOKE HE WILL CONSEQUENTLY ON MANY DIFFERENT THING THAT I WAS
GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT AS WELL. BUT IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE SAID
AGAIN. I THINK THAT EVEN IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES, Mr.
SPEAKER, FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I
BELIEVE THIS BE WAS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE TO HAVE TO START OFF THIS
SESSION. AND I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS. IT’S A COLLECTIVE
ENDEAVOR AND IT’S COLLECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY, ALL OF US. IT’S
NOT A TIME TO POINT FINGERS WHO DID THIS, WHO DIDN’T DO THIS.
WE’VE ALL DONE SOME GOOD THINGS AND WE’VE ALL DONE SOME BAD
THINGS. AND IT IS MY HOPE, THOUGH, Mr. SPEAKER, THAT IT’S
NOT TOO LATE. THANK YOU. [ Some Applause ]
The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HALIFAX NEEDHAM.
// Mr. SPEAKER, YOU MAY RECALL THAT IN THE LAST SESSION OF THE
LEGISLATURE, I SPOKE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE QUITE A FEW TIMES
AND SO IT’S REALLY NICE TO BE SITTING AND LISTENING TO SO MANY
OTHER SPEAKERS SPEAKING ABOUT IT TODAY. I’M JUST GOING TO SAY A
COUPLE OF THING. ONE IS JUST JUMPING OFF THE REMARKS OF MY
IMMEDIATE PREDECESSOR, THE MEMBER FOR PICTOU WEST. THERE
IS A SIMILARITY TO THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SMOKING AND
CANCER. AND ONE IS THAT THE LARGE TO FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES,
MUCH LIKE BIG TOBACCO, AGGRESSIVELY INVESTED IN
MISINFORMATION AND IN LOBBYING THAT PREVENTED ACTION WHEN THE
SCIENCE WAS CLEAR. BECAUSE THE SCIENCE WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY DARN
CLEAR. IN 1968. AND THEN IT WAS VERY CLEAR IN THE 1980s.
AND HERE WE ARE IN 2018 — 2019, AND THE CHILDREN WHO ARE RAISING
THEIR VOICES SO STRONGLY AND WITH SUCH ABSOLUTE INTEGRITY
WERE NOT EVEN BORN WHEN THE SCIENCE WAS CLEAR. SO, YES,
THAT’S A PRETTY STRONG LINK. // I THINK IT’S REALLY
IMPORTANT. I HEARD A GREAT INTERVIEW WITH NAOMI KLEIN ON
CBC RADIO THIS WEEK AND SHE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF
FIGURING OUT HOW WE WANT TO BE AS PEOPLE AND AS SOCIETIES AS WE
CONFRONT THIS CHALLENGE. BECAUSE WE CAN’T PREVENT THAT
THIS IS NOT AUTO HUGE CHALLENGE. AND I HAVE REAL CONCERNS BECAUSE
I SEE HOW WE ARE BEING NOW AND EARLIER IN TODAY’S DISCUSSIONS
THROUGH QUESTION PERIOD AND IN MEMBER STATEMENTS, A NUMBER OF
US RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AND I KNOW
THAT RIGHT NOW IN HALIFAX, THE SHELTERS ARE FULL AND I KNOW
THAT PEOPLE WHO EVEN, YOU KNOW, ARE WORKING, ARE CONTACTING MY
OFFICE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT ABIDE THE RENT INACCURACIES AND THEY
DON’T SEE HOW THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE HOMES
THEY HAVE LIVED IN FOR YEARS AND PEOPLE WHO, YOU KNOW, ARE LIVING
IN WHAT HAVE BEEN TRADITIONALLY AFFORDABLE RENTAL ACCOMMODATIONS
ARE BEING SERVED WITH MASSIVE RENT INCREASES AND THAT IS, YOU
KNOW, I THINK MY COLLEAGUE FOR DARTMOUTH NORTH REFERENCED HER
FEAR ABOUT WHEN THINGS GET COLDER, WHEN THE WEATHER TURNS
AND I ABSOLUTELY SHARE THOSE FEARS.
S AND IF WE ARE TOLERATEING THIS LEVEL OF ECONOMIC INEQUALITY,
THIS LEVEL OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE IN OUR ECONOMY NOW, HOW DO WE
THINK WE’RE GOING TO BE AS A SOCIETY AS WE BEYOND THESE
CHALLENGES. BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE, SOME PEOPLE HAVE THE
ABILITY TO TRY TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO SECURITY AS WE CONFRONT
THIS VERY DIFFICULT CHALLENGE AHEAD. AND SOME PEOPLE CAN EVEN
AFFORD RIGHT NOW TO, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN AFFORD TO PREVENT THAT
WE DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE. AND YET, YOU KNOW, I THINK ABOUT —
I THINK ABOUT A WOMAN WHO CLEANS THE OFFICE THAT I RENT AS A
CONSTITUENT IF MY CONSTITUENCY OFFICE AND I HAD A NICE CHAT
WITH HER AT ONE POINT THIS SUMMER. SHE HAD JUST TAKEN HER
FIRST TRIP ON A PLANE EVER. IT WAS FOR HER SON’S WEDDING. AND
SHE HAD SUCH A MARVELOUS TIME. AND THAT WAS HER FIRST AND ONLY
EXPERIENCE OF HAVING A, LIKE, A WEEK OF EASE AT A BEACH AND
ENJOYING THAT EXPERIENCE. SO MANY PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, SO MANY
PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN USED TO AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET USED
TO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET USED TO
REALLY APPRECIATING THE EXPERIENCES THAT ARE ACTUALLY
AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US AND THAT DON’T COST THE PLANET AND DON’T
COST OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE. AND MY PARTNER AND I OFTEN, YOU
KNOW, WOULD MAKE DIFFERENT CHOICES BUT I CAN USUALLY WIN
HIM OVER AND AGAIN THIS, AGAIN THIS SUMMER WE TOOK A TRIP THAT
DIDN’T INVOLVE FLYING ANYWHERE AND WE WENT TO CAPE BRETON AND
HE WASN’T SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, HE WAS GOING TO BE THAT INTO IT.
HE LOVED IT AND WE HAD AMAZING TIMES. WE HAD AMAZING TIMES AT
THE GAELIC COLLEGE AND WE HAD AMAZING TIMES AT A MUSIC
FESTIVAL, AMAZING TIMES CAMPING AND HIKING AND EVEN JUST HERE IN
HALIFAX, LIKE, WITHOUT GOING FAR AT ALL, I THINK WHAT THE CLIMATE
CHANGE CRISIS HAS BROUGHT TO ME IS JUST I SO APPRECIATE THE TIME
I HAVE WITH MY KIDS. I SO APPRECIATE TAKING THE BUS WITH
THEM AND I APPRECIATE THE LITTLE INTERACS THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE,
REALLY, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IN THIS CHAMBER IS SO — IS SO
DAMN LUCKY. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE, I THINK IT WAS IN THE
GUARDIAN THAT GOT SHARED ON A LINE AND I HAPPENED TO READ THIS
SUMMER. I THINK IT WAS IN THE GUARDIAN. AND IT TALKED ABOUT
WHAT WAS DRIVING THE HUGE MIGRATION OF PEOPLE FROM CENTRAL
AMERICA. AND I LIVED IN GUATEMALA. I LIVED IN GUATEMALA
FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS IN 1996 AND THEN I LIVED THERE FOR ABOUT
18 MONTHS BETWEEN ’97 AND ‘9’9. AND DURING THAT TIME, I HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY, THE IMMENSE PRIVILEGE, TO SPEND TIME IN
DIFFERENT INDIGENOUS MAYAN COMMUNITIES WHERE PEOPLE WERE
LIVING ALREADY VERY PRESCRIBED OR VERY PRECARIOUS LIVES WHERE
FOOD SECURITY WAS — WHERE FOOD SECURITY WAS IMPERILED AND NOW
SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND THEY’RE WALKING WITH THEIR
CHILDREN . AND THAT IS A RESULT
OF CLIMATE EXCHANGE BECAUSE PEOPLE THERE, THEY PLANT, YOU
KNOW, THEY PLANT CORN, THEY MIGHT PLANT FIVE DIFFERENT KINDS
OF CORN, SOME THAT CAN WITH STAND DROUGHTS AND SOME THAT CAN
WITH STAND WIND AND SOME THEY CAN HARVEST EARLY AND SOME THEY
CAN SAVE, YOU KNOW, THROUGH MANY MONTHS AND ALL OF THAT GETS SO
MESSED UP WHEN YOU CAN’T COUNT ON THE WEATHER. AND EVEN THEN
IN THE LATE 1990s, PEOPLE WOULD TELL ME, YOU KNOW, THAT
THE CLIMATE WAS CHANGING. THEY DIDN’T KNOW ANYMORE WHEN TO SEW
AND THEY DIDN’T, YOU KNOW, THINGS WERE NOT ACTING THE SAME
WAY. AND SO HERE NO MATTER WHAT OUR SITUATIONS ARE, CERTAINLY
EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE, WE’RE SO DAMN LUCKY. AND YET I HAVE
CONSTITUENTS WHO DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO LIVE NEXT
MONTH. AND SOME OF YOU DO, TOO IT. YOU KNOW, ALL OF US AROUND
THE PROVINCE, WE SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING WITH SUCH PRECARETY
AND SUCH STRESS AND IF WE’RE NOT TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER NOW,
IF WE’RE NOT DOING A BETTER JOB OF TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER
NOW, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ABOUT HOW WE AS A SOCIETY HERE IN NOVA
SCOTIA BUT WE AS A GLOBAL SOCIETY ARE GOING TO PROCEED
BECAUSE I THINK WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HOLE ON TO
OUR HUMANITY AND THAT WE HOLD ON TO OUR COMPASSION AND THAT WE,
YOU KNOW, STRIVE TO BE GENEROUS AND FAIR AND EQUITABLE AND JUST
RECOGNIZE THAT WHILE THIS IS AN
EXISTIAL CRISIS FOR SOME OF US, SOME ARE CURRENTLY LIVING WITH
EXISTIAL CRISIS. I HEARD A
POINT ABOUT SLAVERY WAS AN EXISTENTIAL SKIES ARE SIS FOR
THEM. AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS WAS A RESPONSE TO AN
EXISTENTIAL CRISIS. AND, REALLY, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN
CANADA, YOU KNOW, FOR THEM, COLONIALISM WAS AN EXISTENTIAL
CRISIS. WHEN YOUR CHILDREN ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY AND YOUR LAND
IS BEING TAKEN AWAY, THAT IS AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS. SO WE HAVE
TO ENTER INTO THIS WITH HUMILITY, WITH GRATITUDE FOR
WHAT WE HAVE AND WITH THE COMMITMENT THAT, YES, WE’RE
GOING TO CONFRONT THIS CRISIS AND WE MUST BEYOND THIS CRISIS
AGGRESSIVELY AND WITH ALL OF OUR ENERGY AND CREATIVITY, BUT WE
MUST DO IT IN A WAY WHERE WE ALL — WHERE WE ALL COME THROUGH
THE CRISIS TOGETHER. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER.
[ Some Applause ] The Speaker:S HONOURABLE
MEMBER FOR LUNENBURG. // THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. I
AM NOT SURPRISED THAT THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAS CALLED
FOR EMERGENCY DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I
SIT IN THE OUR CAUCUS MEETINGS WEEK AFTER WEEK AND I’LL BE
SITTING IN THEM DAY AFTER DAY NOW THAT THE HOUSE IS SITTING
AND WE TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW IT’S AFFECTING OUR
PROVINCE AND I HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH MY COLLEAGUES
ON A REGULAR BASIS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. I LISTEN TO IT ON THE
NEWS. WE ALL LISTEN TO THE NEWS. WE CANNOT AVOID IT. AND
HOW CAN ANY OF US AVOID WHAT HAPPENED JUST LAST WEEKEND AND
THE FIRST OF THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK AT THE UNITED NATIONS WHERE
OUR YOUTH CAME TOGETHER FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD BECAUSE THEY ARE
CONCERNED AND THEY ARE WORRIED. AND I THANK THE PREMIER FOR CALL
ARE FOR THIS EMERGENCY DEBATE AND FOR GIVING ME A VOICE AND
GIVING ALL OF US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR OWN CONCERNS
ON CLIMATE CHANGE. AND I COME TODAY NOT JUST AS A
MEMBER OF THIS LEGISLATURE BUT AS A MOTHER AND A GRANDMOTHER.
AND MY FIRST SPEECH IN THIS LEGISLATURE ALMOST SIX YEARS
AGO, I TOLD THE PREMIER IF HE THOUGHT THE PERSEVERANCE OF A
HOME AND SCHOOL PRESIDENT WAS CONCERNING, HE BETTER WORRY
ABOUT THE PERSEVERANCE OF A GRANDMOTHER AND I REALLY MEAN
THAT. AND I LISTENED TO A LOT OF —
ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND I DISCERN A LOT OF THE
INFORMATION. BUT THE ONE THING THAT REALLY CONCERNS ME IS THAT
CHILDREN HAVE FEAR. CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BED AT NIGHT AND
NOT SLEEPING BECAUSE THEY’RE WORRIED. CHILDHOOD IS NOT A
TIME FOR WORRY. IT’S A TIME FOR EXPLORATION. IT’S A TIME FOR
WONDER. NOT TO BE FEARFUL, NOT TO BE WORRYING ABOUT WHAT’S
GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE EARTH. LET ME WORRY ABOUT THAT. LET
ME. I DO WORRY. I HAVE TO SAY I WORRY FOR MY CHILDREN, WHAT
IT’S GOING TO BE LIKE FOR THEM, WILL THEY HAVE A HEALTHY EARTH
WHEN THEIR TIME FOR BEING A GRANDPARENT COMES? I AM REALLY
FEARFUL OF THAT. BUT I DON’T WANT THE CHILDREN OF THIS WORLD
AND MICRON IN MY LIFE TO WORRY ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.
[ Some Applause ] AND WE COME OUT TODAY, ALL OF US
AS MEMBERS OF THIS LEGISLATURE WITH URGENCY. AND TOMORROW,
WE’RE GOING TO SEE THAT URGENCY COME OUT IN OUR YOUTH. AND WE
WANT TO LISTEN. ALL OF US SHOULD BE LISTENING. AND THEY
MAY NOT HAVE A VOTE BUT THEY HAVE A VOICE AND THOSE WHO DON’T
HAVE A VOICE, WE ARE GOING TO BE THEIR VOICE. EVERY ONE OF US.
[ Some Applause ] EVERY ONE OF US WILL BE THEIR
VOICES. AND NOT JUST TOMORROW BUT THE DAY AFTER THAT AND THE
DAY AFTER THAT AND THE WEEKS AND THE MONTHS AND THE YEARS AFTER
THAT. WE NEED TO BE THEIR VOICES. AND WE MOTHERS AND
GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS AND FATHERS AUNTS AUNTS, UNCLES,
EVERYONE, WE NEED TO BE THE VOICE FOR OUR YOUTH AND OUR
CHILDREN. LET’S ALL PLEDGE TO BE THEIR VOICE.
[ Some Applause ] AND FEAR, TO ME, DOES NOT HELP
THE SITUATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. IT’S LIKE HAVING A TEACHER IN
THE CLASSROOM WHO CHILDREN ARE FEARFUL OF. THEY CANNOT LEARN
IN A FEARFUL ENVIRONMENT. SO WE DON’T WANT TO INITIATE A FEARFUL
LIFE FOR OUR CHILDREN GROWING. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BLOOM AND
GROW? BUT WE CAN GIVE THEM HOPE. WE CAN GIVE THEM HOPE BY
THE ACTIONS WE TAKE. BY THE ROLE MODELS WE ARE TO THEM. WE
NEED TO GIVE HOPE THROUGH OUR LEGISLATION, THROUGH YOU ARE
JOINT EFFORTS, TO MAKE THIS EARTH HEALTHY AGAIN. AND WE ALL
NEED TO PLAY A PART IN THAT. SO NOT ONLY DO WE HELP THEM WITH
THEIR VOICE, BUT WE ARE GOING TO HELP THEM WITH THE WAY WE MODEL
OURSELVES. AND I’LL GIVE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES HOW I HAVE.
I’VE GOT COFFEE DRINKERS IF MY HOUSE AND THEY LOVE THE KIRK.
NOW WHEN THEY COME FOR THOSE PODS, THERE’S A RECYCLABLE
PLASTIC THING THAT, OH, GOSH, THEY CAN’T THROW IT IN THE
GARBAGE, THEY HAVE TO COMPOST IT, RINSE IT OUT, AND USE IT
AGAIN IF THEY WANT A SECOND CUP OF COFFEE. WE USE REUSABLE
SHOPPING BAGS. WE’VE DONE MEATLESS MONDAY IN OUR HARM.
THEY DON’T LIKE IT. I’VE GOT MEAT EATERS. BUT I
INTRODUCED — I AT ALL THEM DINOSAURS, ACTUALLY.
TYRANNOSAURUS REXES. BUT THEY ARE WILLING TO DO IT. SO EVERY
MONDAY, WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL MEATLESS MONDAY. AND IT OPENED
MY CHILDREN’S EYES TO YOU CAN EAT PLANT-BASED FOODS. YOU
DON’T HAVE TO HAVE MEAT. IT MAY BE A FAMILY JOKE ABOUT MEATLESS
MONDAY BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? IT DOES WORK. AND IT MADE THEM ALL
AWARE OF MAKING DIFFERENT CHOICES WITH THEIR DIETS. SO MY
NONBEAN EATERS ARE NOW BEAN EATERS. SO IT’S REALLY
IMPORTANT THAT WE MODEL A WAY OF CHANGE AND EVERYTHING DOESN’T
HAVE TO BE HUGE AND BIG AND FAST. WE CAN MAKE LITTLE
CHANGES EVERY DAY IN OUR LIFE. AND THAT’S HOW YOU TEACH PEOPLE.
YOU DON’T CHANGE EVERYTHING AT ONCE AND GET PEOPLE UPSET. YOU
MAKE SMALL CHANGES AND BUILD ON THEM. AND EACH ONE OF US CAN DO
THAT. SMALL, LITTLE THINGS. WHEN I STARTED AS AN MLA, I WAS
DRIVING A BIG SUV. I LEARNED BECAUSE OF MY CONSTITUENCY I
CAN’T KEEP DRIVING THIS VEHICLE. IT’S JUST DRINKING AWAY THE GAS.
SO I HAD TO REALLY CONSIDER GOING TO A SMALLER CAR. ONE
MINUTE? OH, GOSH! ANYWAY, WHAT WE CAN DO IS GIVE HOPE TO OUR
CHILDREN. TOMORROW AT NOON MA HONE BAY, WE’LL PROBABLY STILL
BE SITTING HERE, BUT WE’RE RINGING THE BELLS OF THE THREE
CHILDRENS IN CHURCHES IN MAHONE BAY. TO ME,
THEY ARE RINGING FOR HOPE, THE HOPE THAT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO
GIVE YOUTH OF THIS CITY, THIS PROVINCE, THIS COUNTRY, AND THIS
WORLD. THANK YOU. [ Some Applause ] The Speaker: The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY
MUCH. THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR THE EMERGENCY DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.
THE HOUSE NOW STANDED ADJOURNED UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING AT 9
a.m. . [ ♪♪♪ ] (MEETING ADJOURNED UNTIL 9
a.m., SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 ♪ ♪ 2019 ( .
[ ♪♪♪ ]

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