House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador



1st Session – 48th General Assembly



Wednesday, March 15th, 2017



(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. 71 Respecting the Granting of Interim Supply to Her Majesty.



Third Reading Bills


         3. – Third Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Financial Administration Act No. 2”. (Bill No. 65)                                                                                                           (Finance and President of Treasury Board)


         4. – Third Reading of a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Health Professions Act”. (Bill No. 69)                                                                                                                               (Health and Community Services)


Bills Referred to Committee of the Whole


         5. – Committee of the Whole on a Bill − “An Act To Amend The Financial Administration Act No. 3”. (Bill 66)                                                      (Finance and President of Treasury Board)




         1. – MR. JOHN FINN (Stephenville – Port au Port) − To Move:


         WHEREAS Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with a dream of creating awareness of cancer and raising $1,000,000 to find a cure;


         AND WHEREAS Terry Fox, at the age of 21 and having had a leg amputated due to bone cancer, endeavored to run across Canada, covering 5,373 kilometers over 143 days, the equivalent to a 42-kilometre marathon each day until he was forced to stop due to a recurrence of cancer;


         AND WHEREAS after the first 25 days, and with growing encouragement from residents along the way, Terry Fox stopped in Channel-Port aux Basques where that town alone raised $10,000;


         AND WHEREAS the generous response from people in Port aux Basques fired his imagination and a new fundraising goal of one dollar for every Canadian was set;


         AND WHEREAS in the past 36 years, more than $650 million has been raised in Terry Fox’s name to support cancer research;


         AND WHEREAS Terry Fox and his family continue to be an inspiration to school children and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and around the world;


         AND WHEREAS Terry Fox’s courageous journey began in Newfoundland and Labrador and gave his dream a momentum that endures;


         BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that this Honourable House supports the second Sunday after Labour Day in each year throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to be proclaimed as Terry Fox Day.”


         2. – MR. MARK BROWNE (Placentia West - Bellevue) − To Move:


         WHEREAS impaired driving continues to be the leading criminal cause of death in Canada;


         AND WHEREAS according to a 2013 Statistics Canada study, since 2001 the largest increases in impaired driving in Canada have been in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador;


         AND WHEREAS according to MADD Canada, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 to 25 year olds, and alcohol and/or drug impairment is a factor in 55% of those crashes;


         THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House urge the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to consider taking further measures to curb impaired driving, such as:


        implementing mandatory interlock systems;

        impounding of vehicles at the warning stage;

        zero tolerance for blood alcohol content above 0% for drivers with less than three years of driving experience; and

        zero tolerance for impairment by illicit drugs for drivers with less than three years of driving experience.”


         3. – MR. GRAHAM LETTO (Labrador West) − To Move:


         WHEREAS Crown lands make up 89 percent of the land mass of the Province and this land is a significant economic and social resource for Newfoundland and Labrador;


         AND WHEREAS Government has recently announced increased access to Crown lands available for agricultural production;


         AND WHEREAS the announcement to increase access to Crown lands delivers on a commitment in The Way Forward to increase food self-sufficiency and supports government’s goal to foster economic growth throughout the Province;


         AND WHEREAS increasing access to Crown lands benefits residents, municipalities and businesses throughout our Province;


         BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House recognizes the importance of increasing access to Crown lands in increasing agricultural production and commends the Provincial Government for doubling the amount of land available to farmers and agricultural producers.”




4.− MR. KEITH HUTCHINGS (Ferryland)   To ask the Honourable the Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board to lay on the Table of the House the following information:

(a)                The total amount of provincial revenue generated in this fiscal year (to date) from Gasoline Tax. If up to date data is not available, please provide the most recent total possible.

(b)                The total amount of provincial revenue generated from Gasoline Tax in the 2015-2016 fiscal  year for the same time period as found in (a). 



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