House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador



1st Session – 47th General Assembly



Wednesday, March 20, 2013



(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. − Address in Reply


2. − Committee of Supply


(a) Resolution and Bill No. 62 Respecting the Granting of Interim Supply to Her Majesty.



 Second Reading Bills


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

(Bill No. 1)                                                                              (Service NL)


4. − Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Public Service Commission Act”. (Bill No. 32)                                                                                (Finance and President of Treasury Board)


5. − Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Teachers’ Pensions Act”.

(Bill No. 52)                                                                                     (Finance and President of Treasury Board)


6. − Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Services Charges Act”. (Bill No. 58)

                                                                    (Finance and President of Treasury Board)


7. − Second Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Highway Traffic Act No. 2”.

(Bill No. 59)                                                                                     (Service NL)




1. − THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF FINANCE AND PRESIDENT OF TREASURY BOARD − To Move that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to Consider a Resolution Relating to the Advancing or Guaranteeing of Certain Loans made under the Loan and Guarantee Act, 1957. (Bill No. 39)                  (Progress)


2. − MR. CHRISTOPHER MITCHELMORE (The Straits – White Bay North) − To Move:


WHEREAS Newfoundland and Labrador has more than 160 communities affected by Boil Water Advisories (BWAs);


WHEREAS more than 150 communities are currently dealing with potentially harmful levels of trihalomethanes (THMs), a possible human carcinogen;


WHEREAS covering the cost of supplying basic services like safe drinking water is challenging for most municipalities due to limited resources from taxpayers and the Provincial Government;


WHEREAS municipalities are forced to make unreasonable choices such as turning off their chlorination systems because they do not have the revenue to maintain trained staff to properly run their drinking water systems;


WHEREAS reduced confidence in public drinking water can lead to people choosing alternative water supplies like untreated ponds and roadside springs;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Assembly urge Government to address the issue of safe drinking water in the Province by developing a new Newfoundland and Labrador Safe Drinking Water Strategy that will include, but not be limited to:


A comprehensive, ongoing public education program in plain language to inform the public about:


The risks of using roadside springs and ponds, and the need for regular testing of private wells;


The distinctions between safety and aesthetics of drinking water, and how to reduce exposure to THMs;


Detailed information to accompany each BWA, including reasons for the Advisory, safe uses of water and proper boiling procedures.


A review of capital and operating grants to enable communities to obtain the trained staff and equipment to build, operate and maintain drinking water facilities;


Research and development of water treatment systems appropriate to the Newfoundland and Labrador environment.”


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