House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador




4th Session – 46th General Assembly



Wednesday, May 25, 2011



(a)    Statements by Members

(b)    Statements by Ministers

(c)    Oral Questions

(d)    Presenting Reports by Standing and Select Committees

(e)    Tabling of Documents

(f)    Notices of Motion

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

(h)    Petitions




1. C Committee of Supply


                                                        Second Reading Bills


2. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Judicature Act”. (Bill No. 24)

                                                                                     (Justice and Attorney General)       





1. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD C To Move AThat This House Approves in General the Budgetary Policy of the Government.@ (Budget Speech)


2. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD C To Move that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole on Supply to Consider Certain Resolutions Relating to the Granting of  Supply to Her Majesty.

(Bill No. 30)


3. C THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Tax Agreement Act, 2010”. (Bill No. 32)




        “WHEREAS subsection 4(1) of the Elections Act, 1991 provides that the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer be filled by resolution of the House of Assembly;


        AND WHEREAS subsection 34(2) of the House of Assembly Act provides that a Commissioner for Legislative Standards be appointed by the House of Assembly on motion of the Premier following consultation with the Leader of the Official Opposition and representatives of other registered political parties having representation in the House of Assembly;


        THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Mr. Victor Powers be appointed Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner for Legislative Standards.”


5. C MR. KELVIN PARSONS (Burgeo – La Poile) C To Move:


        WHEREAS the Speaker of the House of Assembly has appeared, and has admitted appearing, at a public event of a partisan nature intended to support and promote the candidacy of a particular party and/or candidate;


        BE IT RESOLVED that this matter be referred to the House Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections.”


6. C MR. KEVIN POLLARD (Baie Verte-Springdale) C To Move:


        WHEREAS the provincial government in October 2005 published “A Provincial Policy Framework for Mental Health & Addictions Services in Newfoundland and Labrador” entitled “Working Together for Mental Health” – an approach reflecting the input of mental health professionals and public consultations involving mental health consumers and advocacy and support organizations;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2004 Budget, the province committed $1 million to take immediate action on identified long-standing gaps within our mental health system, create more access to mental health services and treatment, and work to reduce the stigma that individuals suffering with mental illness face;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2005 Budget, the province committed


$1 million to implement the findings of the OxyContin Task Force;


$740,000 to upgrade facilities;


$1 million for enhanced mental health home and community supports and,


$740,000 for enhanced services for gambling addictions;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2006 Budget, the province committed


$1 million to enhance primary mental health services in the province;


$1 million to add nine new addictions counsellors in the province for primary prevention and treatment, and to respond to needs identified in the Gambling Prevalence Study;


$1.1 million to construct a new provincial addictions treatment centre in Corner Brook as part of a $3 million project to provide enhanced treatment for persons with addictions, including non-medical detox services enabling a seamless transfer from detox to treatment;


and it also that year brought forward a new Mental Health Care and Treatment Act;


         AND WHEREAS in the 2007 Budget, the province committed


$800,000 to implement the framework for the new Act;


$800,000 to continue with implementation of the Policy Framework;


$575,000 to address problem gambling, particularly through the enhancement of prevention and treatment services, creation of a public awareness campaign and funding for research and,


$228,800 to establish a new Provincial Eating Disorders Program;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2008 Budget, the province committed $1.7 million for further enhancements to services and programs for persons with mental health and addictions;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2009 Budget, the province committed


$775,800 for the prevention and treatment of substance use by addressing service gaps, increasing service accessibility and involving communities in preventing addictions problems in youth;


and also invested $500,000 for the planning of a residential treatment centre for youth with addictions and $500,000 for the planning of a residential treatment centre for youth with complex mental health needs;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2010 Budget, the province committed


$2 million for the planning and development of an adult residential addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace;


$482,900 to enhance child psychiatry services at the Janeway Hospital;


additional funding for a new psychologist to enhance the eating disorders treatment program at Eastern Health;


$2.4 million for continued planning and construction of a new residential treatment centre for children and youth with complex mental health needs and behavioural issues in St. John’s;


$2 million to further the new residential treatment centre in Grand Falls-Windsor for children and youth with addictions;


$300,000 to support new community-based projects primarily focused on mental health and addictions issues;


$3.2 million to increase the rural capacity to address mental health and addictions issues;


        AND WHEREAS in the 2011 Budget, the province committed


$4.5 million to begin the replacement of the Waterford Hospital with a new, specialized mental health facility;


$1 million to develop an interactive e-mental health service, to enhance tele-mental health services for people in rural and remote regions, and to launch a provincial public awareness campaign to decrease the stigma and discrimination while increasing understanding of how and when to seek help;


$402,900 for enhanced programming and the addition of two rural case managers for adults in Placentia and Bonne Bay and two rural case managers for youth in Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor;


$195,300 for two intake workers to oversee and manage mental health and addictions referrals in Labrador West and Happy Valley-Goose Bay;


$180,000 to enable the Canadian Mental Health Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Division to establish and staff regional offices in Stephenville and Grand Falls-Windsor;


$140,000 to enable Consumer Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (CHANNAL) to hire four peer support positions for the community mental health system in the central and western regions;


$76,000 to enable Choices for Youth to operate its “Moving Forward” program;


$2.2 million to place five, full-time mental health and addictions counsellors in Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, and Natuashish and provide the necessary accommodations and supports;


        BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that this Honourable House supports the significant actions this government has taken and is continuing to take to advance mental health and addictions services throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”



Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

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