Members Re-elect Murray Scott as Speaker
House of Assembly
September 4, 2003 3:29 PM
Members of the Legislative Assembly today, Sept. 4, re-elected
Murray Scott as Speaker of the House.
The MLA for Cumberland South, was first elected to the
legislature in March 1998. A former police officer in Moncton and
Springhill, he also served as Speaker from August 1999 to July
The Speaker of the House presides over the proceedings of the
assembly, maintaining order and regulating debate in accordance
with House rules and practices. He decides questions of order,
rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard,
protects the rights of all members and casts the deciding vote in
the event of a tie.
"I am humbled by the support for my reappointment to the chair by
all three parties," said Mr. Scott. He said he wants to see all
parties work together to do the best the legislature can for all
At one time, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were elected on a
motion of the premier. Since 1998, however, any member may
nominate another member to the post as long as that member is not
a member of Cabinet, the leader of the Opposition or another
Mr. Scott was nominated by Premier John Hamm. The nomination was
seconded by Darrell Dexter. Danny Graham concurred.
Contact: Angela Campbell
Communications Nova Scotia
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