New role for Porter

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COVER STORY - BY CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UN­DER­HILL WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA WIND­SOR Ca­role.Mor­ris-Un­der­hill@hantsjournal.ca

Af­ter serv­ing Hants West for more than a decade, MLA Chuck Porter is pleased to have been rec­og­nized by his peers with a new role in Hal­i­fax.

On June 15, Premier Stephen McNeil an­nounced new roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the Lib­eral Cau­cus Of­fice and MLAs were of­fi­cially sworn in on June 16. Eastern Shore MLA Kevin Mur­phy was elected as speaker, and Porter was voted in as the deputy speaker of the Leg­is­la­ture.

“It’s an honour to be nom­i­nated and voted in as deputy speaker. Chuck Porter Af­ter 11 years, it’s nice,” said Porter in an in­ter­view June 20.

Three MLAs - Porter, PC Al­fie Ma­cLeod and NDP Lenore Zann - were in the run­ning for the po­si­tion.

“I’m con­fi­dent I can do it, with­out ques­tion. I’ve been around there a long time and am more than ca­pa­ble of do­ing the job,” said Porter.

The for­mer para­medic was first elected in 2006 as a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive and was re­turned to his seat in 2009 and 2013. He left the PC Party in 2014 and sat as an in­de­pen­dent MLA un­til Fe­bru­ary 2016, when he joined the Lib­er­als. He was re-elected to rep­re­sent Hants West, this time as a Lib­eral, on May 30.

As deputy speaker, Porter will ful­fill all the roles of the speaker in his ab­sence.

“While the House is in ses­sion, even while he’s present, there’s specific jobs he can’t do that I, as deputy, have to do,” said Porter, not­ing that when com­mit­tee of the whole house on bills is in ses­sion, the meet­ing is chaired by the deputy speaker.

“That process is not able to be done by the speaker; it has to be done by the deputy,” he said.

Porter will also help host var­i­ous for­mal events at the Leg­is­la­ture through­out his term.

“For ex­am­ple, on July 2, I will be host­ing an event at the House in the red room for all of those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Nova Sco­tia In­ter­na­tional Tat­too,” he said, adding that it is a pri­vate func­tion.

Porter said while he may be busier with the new role, espe- cially when the Nova Sco­tia House of Assem­bly is sit­ting, he’ll al­ways have his con­stituency at the top of his mind.

“We will be work­ing like we al­ways did and (I will be) at­tend­ing what I can and con­tin­u­ing to meet with con­stituents,” said Porter. “It’ll be a lit­tle bit busier, for sure, but it’ll never be too busy for home.”

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