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Nova Scotia legislature rife with frustration over government’s move to extend debate

HALIFAX — Frustrations have boiled over at the Nova Scotia legislature, where the government has exhausted its legislative agenda and the opposition has resorted to delay tactics in order to keep the House of Assembly in session.

The past week has been marked by marathon sitting hours which have seen the Opposition Liberals and NDP often hold up bills clause by clause in order to delay passage.

The fall session opened on Oct. 12 and about a week later Premier Tim Houston told reporters that his government had likely brought forward all of its legislation for the sitting.

That has resulted in accusations from the opposition parties that the governing Progressive Conservatives are extending debate hours in order to wrap up the sitting faster and to avoid the daily question period.

But Houston says the government is trying to get its work done and is being hindered by opposition tactics he says limits actual debate on bills.

Opposition Liberal Leader Zach Churchill says he intends to keep the government in the legislature for as long as he can in order to address pressing issues such as the housing crisis and a failing health care system.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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