Government of Nova Scotia

10/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2021 10:33

Changes Support Inclusion in the People’s House

The Government is modernizing the rules of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly to better reflect the diverse views of all Nova Scotians and create a more welcoming, inclusive environment, including changing references to "prayer" in the House rules.

"The rules that govern this historic chamber must evolve to ensure Province House is truly the People's House," said Premier Tim Houston. "No matter the colour of a person's skin, their gender, who they love, the language they speak or how they pray, they should feel welcomed by their Government."

Rule 16 of the Rules and Forms of Procedure of the House of Assembly will be amended by replacing the words "read prayers" with the words "allow a moment of quiet reflection."

"As we welcome more newcomers and new residents to our province, it's important that everyone sees themselves represented in the language we use within our democratic institutions," said Premier Houston. "Our rules and the House itself will continue to evolve and change to ensure all Nova Scotians - current and future - feel included."

Quick Facts:

  • the Nova Scotia legislature, consisting of the lieutenant-governor and the House of Assembly, is the legislative branch of the Government of Nova Scotia
  • the assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758