UPDATED TO MARCH 15, 2017

Financial Support
Notice: March 8, 2016
Debate: March 9, 2016

In the House on March 8, 2016, Opposition Leader Paul Davis gave notice of a Private Member’s Resolution, which was debated and passed on March 9 during Orders of the Day (shortly after Oral Questions). It read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that this hon. House urges the Government of Canada to recognize the impact of the steep fall in oil revenues on our province and that it consider financial support to our province in order to prevent deep cuts in services to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this hon. House urges the Government of Canada to modernize the federal-provincial arrangements, including the Equalization Program and the Fiscal Stabilization Program to more fairly and promptly reflect our province’s needs, and to more fairly account for natural resource revenue.

 

Repatriation of Beothuk Remains
Notice: March 21, 2016
Debate: April 13, 2016

In the House on June 11, 2015 and again on March 21, 2016, Fortune Bay – Cape La Hune MHA Tracey Perry gave notice of a Private Member’s Resolution, which was debated and passed on April 13 during Orders of the Day (shortly after Oral Questions). It read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that this hon. House call upon the Government of the United Kingdom to facilitate the repatriation of the remains of Demasduit and Nonosbawsut to Canada so that they may be laid to rest with dignity.

 

Recall Legislation
Notice: May 2, 2016
Debate: May 4, 2016

In the House on May 2, 2016, Mount Pearl North MHA Steve Kent gave notice of a Private Member’s Resolution, which was debated and defeated on May 4 during Orders of the Day (shortly after Oral Questions). It read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House supports the introduction of legislation for the recall of elected Members of the House of Assembly, similar in principle to the legislation in effect in British Columbia, where a registered voter can petition to remove from office the Member of the Assembly for that voter’s district provided the voter collects signatures from more than an established percentage of voters eligible to sign the petition in that electoral district.

 

Education
Notice: May 30, 2016
Debate: June 1, 2016

In the House on May 30, 2016, Conception Bay East-Bell Island MHA David Brazil gave notice of a Private Member’s Resolution, which was debated and defeated on June 1 during Orders of the Day (shortly after Oral Questions). It read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that this hon. House urge the government to postpone the commencement of full-day kindergarten to avoid other decisions that will negatively impact students.

 

Hydro
Notice: November 21, 2016
Debate: November 23, 2016

In the House on November 21, 2016, Topsail – Paradise MHA Paul Davis gave notice of a Private Member’s Resolution, which was debated on November 23 during Orders of the Day (shortly after Oral Questions). It read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that any and all agreements respecting Churchill River hydro power shall be brought to the House of Assembly for public debate and a Members’ vote prior to ratification.

The Natural Resources Minister moved that the resolution be amended by deleting the words “any and all agreements respecting Churchill River hydro power” and by substituting the words “all future agreements respecting Churchill River Hydro Power developments and renegotiation of the Upper Churchill Power contract.” The amendment was carried, and the resolution as amended was carried.

 

Nalcor CEO Conflict
Notice: December 5, 2016
Debate: December 7, 2016

In the House on December 5, 2016, Ferryland MHA Keith Hutchings gave notice of a Private Member’s Resolution, which was debated and defeated on December 7 during Orders of the Day (shortly after Oral Questions). It read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Assembly urges government to request a conflict of interest advisory committee, pursuant to section 14 of the Conflict of Interest Act, 1995 to review the terms of employment contract to the Chief Executive Officer of Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and determine the appropriateness of the employment contract; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this House urges the Lieutenant Governor in Council to ensure the conflict of interest advisory committee’s report on this review is made public.

 

Summary of 2016-17 Private Members’ Resolutions

___ March 9, 2016 – Paul Davis: financial support (Equalization)

___ March 16, 2016 – St. George’s – Humber (L): legacy fund

___ April 13, 2016 – Tracey Perry: repatriation of Beothuk remains

___ April 27, 2016 – Bonavista (L): Honour 100

___ May 4, 2016 – Steve Kent: recall legislation

___ May 11, 2016 – Labrador West (L): pensioners and bankruptcy protection

___ May 18, 2016 – St. John’s East – Quidi Vidi (NDP): levy

___ May 25, 2016 – Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair (L): NL Seniors’ Benefit

___ June 1, 2016 – David Brazil: education (Kindergarten)

___ November 16, 2016 – Virginia Waters – Pleasantville (L): nighttime paving

___ November 23, 2016 – Paul Davis: hydro

___ November 30, 2016 – Terra Nova (L): social enterprise action plan

___ December 7, 2016 – Keith Hutchings: Nalcor CEO conflict

___ March 1, 2017 – Cartwright – L’Anse au Clair (L): women in leadership and political roles

___ March 8, 2017 – St. John’s Centre (NDP): pay equity legislation

___ March 15, 2017 – Labrador West (L): Crown lands and agriculture

 

The Official Opposition leads the Private Member’s Resolution (PMR) debate on the first Wednesday following the Speech from the Throne. The Standing Orders of the House of Assembly, 63(2) state: At the beginning of a new session the Speaker shall follow the custom of recognizing a Private Member’s motion from the Opposition side of the House on the first Private Member’s Day. The 2017 Throne Speech will be read on Tuesday, March 28. Therefore, the next PMR from the PC Official Opposition is expected to be debated on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

 

Summary of 2017-18 Private Members’ Resolutions

___ March 29, 2017 –

___ April 5, 2017 –

___ April 12, 2017 –

___ May 3, 2017 –

___ May 10, 2017 –

___ May 17, 2017 –

___ May 31, 2017 –

 

Rules on Private Members’ Resolutions are defined in the Standing Orders here: http://www.assembly.nl.ca/business/standingorders/standing_orders63-64.pdf