Stephen McNeil

Premier Stephen McNeil promised to cut the number of health boards from 10 to two. (CBC)

Nova Scotia's new Liberal government has announced it will deliver its first throne speech in the legislature on Nov. 28 and effectively begin the fall sitting of the legislature on that date.

Premier Stephen McNeil said Monday that will also be the date Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will read the speech from the throne.

The Liberals won a majority government in the Oct. 8 election, taking 33 seats, while the Progressiev Conservatives won 11 and the New Democrats took seven.

McNeil has said he believes his government is coming into power facing the task of dealing with a deficit, despite a previous NDP government forecast of a slim surplus.

During the campaign, McNeil questioned the surplus and ruled out reducing the harmonized sales tax unless Nova Scotia can register surpluses that offset revenue declines that result from such a tax cut.

The Liberals have also promised to cut the number of health boards from 10 to two.