Nova Scotia House of Assembly fonds

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Nova Scotia House of Assembly fonds

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  • 1758-1996 (Creation)
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    Nova Scotia. House of Assembly

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128.5 m of textual records

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(1758-)

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In 1758 Governor Charles Lawrence was ordered by London to organize the election for a House of Assembly. The first in Canada, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly convened on 2 October 1758 in the law courts at Halifax. From 1758 to 1928 the assembly was the lower house of a bicameral legislature, whose position was entrenched in the Constitution Act, 1867. Since the achievement of "responsible" (party) government in 1848, the party holding the largest number of seats in the assembly forms the government of the province. It is customary that members of the Executive Council (Cabinet) be drawn from the governing party in the House of Assembly. The work of the assembly is to enact the statute law of the province, both public and private.

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Fonds consists of 17 Series: Correspondence and other material (1763-1815); Revised Statutes (1851-1864); Documents selected by the Records Commissioner (1758-1841); Select Committee on Trade Negotiations records (1987); Bills (1776-1986); Committee Lists (1866-1918); Committee on Public Accounts Proceedings (1952); Clerk of the House records (1969-1985); Journals and Proceedings of the House of Assembly (1832-1994); Minutes (1856-1986); Motions, Orders-of-the-day and House orders (1890-1995); Assembly Petitions (1816-1928); Written questions (1922-1995); Documents Tabled (1816-1995); Election records (1759-1989); Unpassed Bills (1762-1917); and Statutes (1758-1989).

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