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Nova Scotia Speaker's Office embraces iPad

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald's David Jackson reports that Canada's oldest provincial legislature (dating back to 1758) is also apparently the first in which the House of Assembly speaker and his deputies have adopted iPads for use in the chamber.

It appears that Nova Scotian Speaker Charlie 'Not Bird' Parker had previously ruled that Members House of Assembly (MLAs) should turn off electronic devices during Question Period.

But now he's made an exception fro himself, commenting: "This particular iPad, I feel, is not in that requirement." He claims the iPad can give MLAs quick, easy access to scripts and information on procedures.

This, he reckons can help the legislative process run more smoothly. Perhaps by keep ing MLAs from nodding off.