Today (April 5th) the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kevin Murphy and Gaelic Affairs Minister, Randy Delorey unveiled the Nova Scotia House of Assembly Tartan, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of Province House. Mr. Delorey also introduced the House of Assembly Tartan Act, which designated the official tartan for the House of Assembly.
The tartan was designed by Nova Scotia native Veronica MacIsaac. Ms. MacIsaac is a young local fashion designer, whose parents own MacIsaac Kiltmakers in St. Peter’s in Richmond County. Her collections have been widely recognized at several fashion events and publications across the world.
Mr. Murphy says it’s fitting that we celebrate our Scottish heritage with a commemorative tartan, as it reflects the past and future of the House of Assembly while paying tribute to Nova Scotia’s roots. The colours of the tartan incorporate some of the important emblems that embody the assembly, including the Legislative Chamber (green), the Red Chamber (red), the speaker’s and clerks’ robes (black), the mace (yellow/gold), the laws passed by the House of Assembly (white), and the sandstone exterior of Province House (tan).
The Nova Scotia Tartan Act recognizes April 6th as Tartan Day, in appreciation of the Scottish clans in Canada. For more information about the Nova Scotia House of Assembly tartan visit the Scottish Register of Tartan’s website.