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The Nova Scotia House of Assembly (French: Chambre d'assemblée de la Nouvelle-Écosse), or Legislative Assembly, is the deliberative assembly of the General Assembly of Nova Scotia of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758,[1] and in 1848 was the site of the first responsible government in the British Empire. Bills passed by the House of Assembly are given royal assent by the Queen of Canada in Right of Nova Scotia represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.[2]

Nova Scotia House of Assembly

Chambre d'assemblée de la Nouvelle-Écosse
63rd General Assembly of Nova Scotia
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1758 (1758)
Kevin Murphy, Liberal
since October 24, 2013
House Leader
Geoff MacLellan, Liberal
since June 15, 2017
Opposition House Leader
Allan MacMaster, PC
since February 28, 2019
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Political groups



Last election
May 30, 2017
Next election
Meeting place
Nova Scotia House of Assembly Chamber.jpg
Legislative Chamber, Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Originally (in 1758), the Legislature consisted of the Crown represented by a governor (later a lieutenant governor), the appointed Nova Scotia Council holding both executive and legislative duties and an elected House of Assembly (lower chamber). In 1838, the council was replaced by an executive council with the executive function and a legislative council with the legislative functions based on the House of Lords. In 1928, the Legislative Council was abolished and the members pensioned off.

There are 51 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) representing 51 electoral districts. Members nearly always represent one of the three main political parties of the province: the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

The assembly meets in Province House. Located in Halifax Province House is a National Historic Site and Canada's oldest and smallest legislative building. It opened on February 11, 1819. The building was also the original home to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and the location of the "Freedom of the Press" trial of Joseph Howe. Its main entrance is found on Hollis Street in Halifax.


Party standingsEdit

Affiliation Members
  Liberal 27
  Progressive Conservative 14
  New Democratic 5
  Independent 2
Vacant 3
Government majority

Current membersEdit

Riding Member Party Notes
  Annapolis Stephen McNeil Liberal Premier of Nova Scotia
  Antigonish Randy Delorey Liberal
Argyle-Barrington Vacant Chris d'Entremont resigned on July 31, 2019, after winning the Conservative nomination in West Nova for the 2019 federal election.
  Bedford Kelly Regan Liberal
  Cape Breton Centre Tammy Martin NDP
  Cape Breton-Richmond Alana Paon Progressive Conservative Progressive Conservative until June 24, 2019; removed from caucus after refusing to comply with a motion from the House of Assembly management commission to have the driveway to her constituency office paved to bring her office in line with the province’s accessibility rules.
  Chester-St. Margaret's Hugh MacKay Liberal
  Clare-Digby Gordon Wilson Liberal
  Clayton Park West Rafah DiCostanzo Liberal
  Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Larry Harrison Progressive Conservative
  Colchester North Karen Casey Liberal
  Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage Barbara Adams Progressive Conservative
  Cole Harbour-Portland Valley Tony Ince Liberal
  Cumberland North Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin Progressive Conservative
  Cumberland South Tory Rushton Progressive Conservative
  Dartmouth East Tim Halman Progressive Conservative
  Dartmouth North Susan Leblanc NDP
  Dartmouth South Claudia Chender NDP
  Eastern Shore Kevin Murphy Liberal
  Fairview-Clayton Park Patricia Arab Liberal
  Glace Bay Geoff MacLellan Liberal
  Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie Lloyd Hines Liberal
  Halifax Armdale Lena Diab Liberal
  Halifax Atlantic Brendan Maguire Liberal
  Halifax Chebucto Gary Burrill NDP Leader of the New Democratic Party
  Halifax Citadel-Sable Island Labi Kousoulis Liberal
  Halifax Needham Lisa Roberts NDP
  Hammonds Plains-Lucasville Ben Jessome Liberal
  Hants East Margaret Miller Liberal
  Hants West Chuck Porter Liberal
  Inverness Allan MacMaster Progressive Conservative
  Kings North John Lohr Progressive Conservative
  Kings South Keith Irving Liberal
  Kings West Leo Glavine Liberal
  Lunenburg Suzanne Lohnes-Croft Liberal
  Lunenburg West Mark Furey Liberal
Northside-Westmount Vacant Eddie Orrell resigned on July 31, 2019, after winning the Conservative nomination in Sydney—Victoria for the 2019 federal election.
  Pictou Centre Pat Dunn Progressive Conservative
  Pictou East Tim Houston Progressive Conservative Leader of the Opposition
  Pictou West Karla MacFarlane Progressive Conservative
  Preston-Dartmouth Keith Colwell Liberal
  Queens-Shelburne Kim Masland Progressive Conservative
  Sackville-Beaver Bank Brad Johns Progressive Conservative
  Sackville-Cobequid Steve Craig Progressive Conservative
  Sydney-Whitney Pier Derek Mombourquette Liberal
Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg Vacant Alfie MacLeod resigned on July 31, 2019, after winning the Conservative nomination in Cape Breton—Canso for the 2019 federal election.
  Timberlea-Prospect Iain Rankin Liberal
  Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River Lenore Zann Independent New Democrat until June 9, 2019; left the NDP caucus as she is planning to run for a Liberal nomination in the upcoming federal election.
  Victoria-The Lakes Keith Bain Progressive Conservative
  Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank Bill Horne Liberal
  Yarmouth Zach Churchill Liberal


Standing CommitteesEdit

  • Assembly Matters
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Human Resources
  • Internal Affairs
  • Law Amendments
  • Private & Local Bills
  • Public Accounts
  • Resources
  • Veterans Affairs

Committees of the Whole HouseEdit

  • Bills
  • Supply
    • Supply Subcommittee

Select CommitteeEdit

  • Participation in the Democratic Process

Recent Former Select CommitteesEdit

(final reports filed)

  • Electoral Boundaries
  • Fire Safety
  • National Unity
  • Petroleum Product Pricing
  • Workers' Compensation Act

Special CommitteeEdit

  • to Review the Estimates of the Auditor General

Seating planEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ How Canadians Govern Themselves
  2. ^ Constitution Act, 1867, ss. 69, 71 & 88; Nova Scotia House of Assembly

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