House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador



1st Session – 47th General Assembly



Wednesday, May 9, 2012



(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 Address in Reply


2. C Committee of Supply


Second Reading Bills


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

(Bill No. 1)                                                                                                    (Service NL)


4. C Second Reading of a Bill CAn Act To Amend The Registration Of Deeds Act, 2009". (Bill No. 14)

                                                                                                    (Service NL)


5. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Student Financial Assistance Act”. (Bill No. 15)

                                                                           (Advanced Education and Skills)




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. 16)


3. C  THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL  C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Ensure Access For Service Animals Used By Persons With Disabilities”. (Bill No. 17)


4. C  THE HONOURABLE THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL  C To ask leave to introduce a Bill entitled, “An Act To Amend The Legal Aid Act”. (Bill No. 18)


5. C MS. YVONNE JONES (Cartwright - L’Anse au Clair) C To Move:


         “WHEREAS we have seen many tragedies and many lives lost due to distress on land and at sea, most recently the death of 14 year old Burton Winters of Makkovik, Labrador;


         AND WHEREAS ground search and rescue is a Provincial responsibility and was the first point of contact in the Burton Winters Tragedy;


         AND WHEREAS the Federal Government has announced that the Maritime Sub-Centre for Search and Rescue Services in Newfoundland and Labrador will close on April 25 of this year;


         AND WHEREAS many questions have been raised about procedures and practices of the Provincial Government and DND in relation to the Burton Winters tragedy;


         AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has indicated that they are ready to participate in, and cooperate with, a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Burton Winters;


         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House urges the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to conduct a full investigation into the Burton Winters Tragedy and search and rescue services in Newfoundland and Labrador using a public enquiry under Section 3.(1) of the Public Inquiries Act which states:


                  3.(1)  The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may by order establish a commission of inquiry to inquire and report on a matter that the Lieutenant-Governor in Council considers to be of public concern.”



6. C MR. PAUL LANE (Mount Pearl South) C To Move:


         “WHEREAS over the course of the next 10 years, Newfoundland and Labrador is projected to see some 70,000 job openings;


         AND WHEREAS our Government since 2003 has laid the foundation for this growth by commissioning and delivering on both the White Paper on Public Post-secondary Education and the Skills Task Force to prepare our people;


         AND WHEREAS our Government, since the release of the Skills Task Force Report in 2007, has invested approximately $95 million in the areas of apprenticeship, science and technology, training and infrastructure;


         AND WHEREAS Budget 2012 invests $4.1 million in new funding to support the following initiatives to advance apprenticeship opportunities and support women and other under-represented groups in skilled trades in Newfoundland and Labrador, including, 1) a Journeyperson Mentorship Program to help increase the number of certified journeypersons available to provide required workplace training for apprentices; 2)  expansion of the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Program that helps provide work experience to apprentices, with a focus on first and second-year apprentices including those from under-represented groups such as women and persons with disabilities;  and 3)  registration of pre-apprentices in an Apprentice Tracking System to assist students completing entry-level skilled trades programs to secure employment and progress to journeyperson status;


         AND WHEREAS Budget 2012 also invests $200,000 to establish the Workforce Development Secretariat, which will focus on ensuring that labour market policies and programs are strategically aligned to develop and deploy a highly trained and skilled workforce that can meet evolving labour market demands;


         AND WHEREAS a further $10.8 million in federal funding administered by our Government through the Labour Market Development Agreement and Labour Market Agreement will support training and programs such as the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy and the Office to Advance Women Apprentices;


         AND WHEREAS our Government has extended the public post-secondary tuition fee freeze in 2012-13, expanded the Student Financial Assistance Program to increase the study period exemption from $50 per week to $100 per week, and continued the up-front needs-based grants and the interest-free student loans as part of its progressive commitment to provide students in this Province with the best student aid program in the country;


         AND WHEREAS our Government is also investing to expand programs such as Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the oceans sector of the Marine Institute, while also investing in new and improved infrastructure at our public post-secondary institutions;


         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House supports the initiatives the Provincial Government is taking to prepare Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for career opportunities in the skilled trades in our Province.”



Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

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