Fall sitting of NS legislature to open Thursday

The Nova Scotia legislature opens for its fall sitting Thursday with a speech from the throne.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the speech will highlight the province's ``success'' in growing its population and economy, and will set the tone for provincial budgets to be tabled in 2019 and 2020.

He says his Liberal government will continue its mantra of fiscal responsibility in order to spend in priority areas, such as education and health care.

Both opposition leaders say their parties will focus attention on problems dogging health care, such as doctor shortages and emergency room closures.

Interim Tory leader Karla MacFarlane says she will also introduce a bill to ban conversion therapy - a practice that attempts to change people's sexual orientation.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill says his party will continue to push for improvements and supports for nursing homes, especially when it comes to staffing and budget cuts.