House members swoarn in, speaker elected
Premier Stephen McNeil signs an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen today at a special sitting of the Nova Scotia Legislature.
Annapolis MLA and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil signs an oath of office today as witnessed by chief clerk of the House of Assembly, Neil Ferguson.
All 51 MLA were sworn in today at a special one-day sitting of the Nova Scotia Legislature.
The MLAs elected Kevin Murphy as Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Before being elected to the legislature, Mr. Murphy was a business owner and operator for three decades on the Eastern Shore.
The members also elected Margaret Miller, MLA for Hants East, to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. Ms. Miller was a business owner and national president of MADD Canada before being elected to the legislature.
The Speaker of the House presides over the Legislative Assembly, maintaining order, and regulating debate in accordance with the House rules and practices. The Speaker decides questions of order, rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard, protects the rights of all members, and casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie.