New throne speech com­ing this fall

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND -

A new ses­sion of the leg­isla­tive assem­bly will open on Nov.14 with a speech from the throne.

This means the cur­rent ses­sion, which be­gan in April 2016, will be pro­rogued and the six bills that have not yet passed will die on the or­der pa­per.

These in­clude a bill that pro­poses to cre­ate a lob­by­ist registry in P.E.I. and an­other bill that would en­shrine whistle­blower pro­tec­tion into law. How­ever, the premier’s of­fice does say those two bills will be re-tabled dur­ing the up­com­ing fall sit­ting of the leg­is­la­ture.

Other bills that will be tabled in­clude the long-awaited Wa­ter Act and amend­ments to the Main­te­nance En­force­ment Act and the Rental of Res­i­den­tial Prop­er­ties Act.

The prov­ince’s an­nual cap­i­tal bud­get will also be pre­sented this fall, which will out­line the MacLauch­lan gov­ern­ment’s spend­ing plans for roads, bridges and build­ings for the year ahead. “Work­ing to­gether with Is­lan­ders, we will con­tinue to grow our econ­omy to cre­ate jobs, sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties, and pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess to front­line ser­vices such as health care and sup­ports for fam­i­lies,” said Premier Wade MacLauch­lan.

“We will build on the pri­or­i­ties of Is­lan­ders as we work to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties now and in the fu­ture.”

Visi­tors to the pub­lic gallery can watch the pro­ceed­ings on Tues­days and Thurs­days from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Wed­nes­days from 2 to 5 p.m. and Fri­days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Full pro­ceed­ings are broad­cast live online at www.assem­bly.www.assem­bly.pe.ca and on Eastlink tele­vi­sion.

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