POLITICS

Nova Scotia legislature to have brief fall session beginning Nov. 28

10/28/2013 03:13 EDT | Updated 12/28/2013 05:12 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's new Liberal government is announcing the fall sitting of the legislature will begin on Nov. 28.

That will also be the date the lieutenant-governor reads the speech from the throne.

The Liberals won a majority government in the Oct. 8 election, taking 33 seats, while the Tories won 11 and the NDP took seven.

Premier Stephen McNeil has said he believes his government is coming into power facing the task of dealing with a deficit, despite a previous NDP government forecast of a slim surplus.

During the campaign, McNeil questioned the surplus and ruled out reducing the harmonized sales tax unless Nova Scotia can register surpluses that offset revenue declines that result from such a tax cut.

The Liberals have also promised to cut the number of health boards from 10 to two.