Q1. When can the legislature be recalled?

The legislature can be recalled at any time

A1. The legislature can be recalled at any time.

Normally 30 days’ notice is required to recall the House, but the House rules also state that the legislature may be recalled at any time by the government, in consultation with the Speaker, when it is in the public interest to do so. That’s how the legislature was recalled on very short notice to meet on Monday, December 5, 2016, and that’s how it was recalled to meet on Monday, February 13, 2017—which was pushed to Tuesday, February 14th, because of a blizzard—to deal with Bill 75.

Normally the Nova Scotia legislature sits for two months in the spring, and one month in the fall. The spring sitting typically starts during the last week of March or the first week of April, and fall sitting typically starts around the end of October or beginning of November. But it’s really up to the government.