House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador



1st Session – 47th General Assembly



Wednesday, May 23, 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


3. C Concurrence Motions  C

        (a)  Government Services Committee

        (b)  Social Services Committee

        (c)  Resource Committee

Second Reading Bills


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

(Bill No. 1)                                                                                          (Service NL)


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

                                                                                                    (Service NL)


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

                                                                           (Advanced Education and Skills)


7. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Ensure Access For Service Animals Used By Persons With Disabilities”. (Bill No. 17)                                                                                    (Justice and Attorney General)


8. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Legal Aid Act”. (Bill No. 18)

                                                                                        (Justice and Attorney General)


9. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Highway Traffic Act”. (Bill No. 19)

                                                                                       (Service NL)


10. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Works, Services And Transportation Act”. (Bill No. 20)

                                       (Transportation & Works)


11. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Rail Service Act, 2009”. (Bill No. 21)

                                                                           (Transportation & Works)


12. C Second Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Aquaculture Act”. (Bill No. 22)

                                                                                       (Fisheries & Aquaculture)




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 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.”


4. C MR. STEVE KENT (Mount Pearl North) C To Move:


         WHEREAS  the current Government, in its 2007 Blueprint, committed to enhance and support foster parents, and followed through in 2009/10 with increased rates to foster parents;


         AND WHEREAS Government committed in its 2012 Speech from the Throne to fundamental changes to our foster care system, providing greater support for foster parents, in recognition of the vital role they play;


         AND WHEREAS Government worked with the Foster Families Association, and undertook a survey of every foster family, as well as a thorough review of the needs of children and youth coming into care to develop a comprehensive strategy;


         AND WHEREAS Government announced the implementation of a new long term continuum of care strategy with a budget of $4.1 million in 2012/13 increasing to $14.3 million next year, to enhance the care options for children and youth in need of out of home placement;


         AND WHEREAS the primary focus of these enhancements is a four level care system which is linked to the skill level required to support the needs of children and youth, and has accompanying monetary increases for foster parents which recognize their professionalism;


         AND WHEREAS the components of this strategy provide enhanced supports to foster parents, including increases in funding, additional training and block funding to streamline administrative processes, ensuring children and youth are the sole focus;


         AND WHEREAS this comprehensive strategy also includes increasing financial support to kinship homes, and eliminating the need for the current alternate living arrangements by implementing a quality framework for staffed residential facilities for children and youth who need this level of support;


         AND WHEREAS through these efforts the Government is working to ensure children and youth in need of out of home placement receive the best options available and the highest quality of service from their social workers and foster parents;


         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House praise foster parents of Newfoundland and Labrador, and commend the initiative the Provincial Government is taking to provide greater supports for foster parents in this Province, in recognition of the vital role they play in caring for the children and youth most at risk.”



Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

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