Each week the Legislature is in session we’ll give out four prizes for the best and worst moments, as recorded in Hansard.
Drone of the Week
1 drone noun \drōn\
a stingless bee that does not gather nectar or pollen
2 drone intransitive verb \drōn\ to talk in a persistently dull or monotonous tone
Here are the people Liberal MLA Geoff MacLellan opposed investing in this week: DSME workers in Pictou, mill workers in the Strait, forestry workers in Queens County, shipyard workers in Shelburne and IT workers in Halifax. One reader cheekily suggested that the Liberals were exhibiting signs of being fair to all regions of the province by opposing jobs in all parts of the province. Glace Bay MLA Geoff MacLellan wins this week’s Drone of the Week prize.
Premier Darrell Dexter reminded Liberals of the two of Stephen McNeil’s biggest errors on electricity this week – on efficiency programs and power bill taxes.
Premier Dexter: The consumer groups, ecology groups right across the province said what they wanted was an independent efficiency organization that would be free of government, paid for so that they could deliver services that would benefit the entire population of Nova Scotia. Ratepayers, as a result of this, saved $100 million. In fact the savings are actually greater for the poorer Nova Scotians because it makes up a bigger part of their bill.
What they tried to do is manoeuvre around what they said. The Leader of the Official Opposition voted against the HST coming off of home electricity then he voted in favour of the Progressive Conservatives putting it back on. He campaigned against it twice. In the leadership debate – he would remember, I certainly do – he said taking the HST off was bad, bad public policy. Does he believe it or doesn’t he? (Applause)
For continuing to take the battle to the opposition benches, Darrell Dexter wins this week’s Honey Bee prize for good political work.
While the rest of the Liberals were pretending to forget their history of supporting tax credits for business development, retiring Liberal Manning MacDonald went off message.
Manning MacDonald: Stream was in Glace Bay long before this government ever came to office in Nova Scotia. It was brought to Nova Scotia – it was brought to Cape Breton – by a payroll rebate system that the previous Liberal Government of this province set up.
Manning MacDonald is correct. The Liberals have always supported big business. Unfortunately for him, the Liberals are now pretending to be against big business. He wins this week’s Bumble Bee prize, for providing another example of the Liberal’s weather vane politics.
Normally, when an MLA uses an unparliamentary phrase, they retract it and replace it with a more benign word. Not so with Pictou’s own Clarrie MacKinnon.
Clarrie MacKinnon: As I listened to families, small business owners, and young people in Pictou County and all parts of Nova Scotia, I feel their energy and I feel their enthusiasm. There is hope, there is hope coming from this side of the House, not the despair and hopelessness that exists over there. IBM could have picked any place in Canada to bring their expertise, research and jobs. I think they chose the best place to build their future.
I just want to reiterate that this side of the House has real leadership as we go into the future. We are not looking at the Headless Horsemen on the other side of the aisle, Mr. Speaker, and that just came to mind, looking at them. Thank you.
The Speaker: Excuse me. “Headless Horsemen” is probably not parliamentary language. I would ask the member for Pictou East to retract that statement.
Clarrie MacKinnon: Mr. Speaker, I would be delighted to retract the “Headless Horsemen” comment, but I do not have other adjectives.