Immigrants will be able to take time off from work to attend their citizenship ceremony, thanks to legislation introduced today, Nov. 28. “Nova Scotia’s immigrants greatly contribute to the province’s economy and its communities,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Creating a welcoming environment that encourages immigrants to move, settle, and make a life in Nova Scotia is key to the province’s immigration strategy.” The legislation will create an unpaid leave of up to one day under the Labour Standards Code that will protect a person’s employment while attending their citizenship ceremony. Between 800 and 1,000 people in Nova Scotia become Canadian citizens every year. Response to a discussion paper issued last October indicated support for a citizenship ceremony leave.
There was no change to any of the key posts in the United National Party (UNP) following the Working Committee meeting held today.The UNP Working Committee meeting took place at the party headquarters in Sirikotha today. Instead the party discussed the May Day rally of the UNP and the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette) There were reports that a new Deputy and Assistant leader will be appointed.However the UNP said that no such decision was taken at the meeting today.