Nova Scotia legislature reconvenes, protests held outside

The Nova Scotia legislature reconvened Tuesday for its earliest spring session in decades.

The Liberal government called the early session to deal with a heavy legislative agenda in addition to the provincial budget, which is typically subjected to a line-by-line examination that can take up to two weeks.

Outside, a large contingent of protestors spoke about a wide range of topics, from Northern Pulp and the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project to education reform and the fisheries industry.

Leah Parsons, the mother of Rehtaeh Parsons, also spoke about problems with the province's mental health system.

On the government's to-do list is legislation to enact major education reforms contained in a report by consultant Avis Glaze.

However, Premier Stephen McNeil has said an education bill that was expected immediately wouldn't be tabled, although the government intends to pass legislation this spring.

(With files from The Canadian Press)