Nova Scotia’s government addressed the priorities of Nova Scotians during the fall session of the House of Assembly, which wrapped up today, Dec. 12.
Government passed 11 bills in 11 days, making good on its commitments to:
— break the power monopoly by bringing competition to the electricity market
— give hard-working Nova Scotians a February holiday
— restore balance and responsibility to first-contract arbitration
— increase transparency for economic development assistance.
“It was important for us to take immediate action to begin implementing the change Nova Scotians asked for,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time and I am excited about continuing to work with the people of our great province toward building a stronger future.”
Legislation was also introduced to improve government communications and ensure all advertising is non-partisan, ban importing hydraulic fracturing wastewater, and strengthen oversight on the Maritime Link project.
For a complete list of bills passed this session, visit: http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ .
Other highlights from the session included:
— Investing in scanning and monitoring equipment for patients in Halifax, Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley
— Announcing ticket lottery guidelines to support community groups and encourage active lifestyles
— Partnering with the Salvation Army to help low-income Nova Scotians through the Good Neighbour Energy Fund
— Awarding a tender to renovate and expand River Hebert Elementary to a P-12 school.
— Helping 51 small businesses get products or services closer to market through the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program.