Transcript of meeting #1 for Midterm Review Committee in the 18th Assembly. (The original version is on the Legislative Assembly's site.) The winning word was work.

The winning word was work.

On the agenda

MLAs speaking

Mr. O'Reilly's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. During questions back on December 15, 2015, the Premier promised to "have a discussion and a public forum like this on how we would address our fiscal situation." I'm not aware of any such public forum that was held on Cabinet's fiscal strategy of $150 million in reductions and layoffs. In fact, our first two budgets created huge divisions between Regular MLAs and Cabinet and took an extraordinary amount of time to resolve. My friend on the other side, Minister Abernethy, actually raised this himself today. In my view, the time spent on the budgets could and should have been spent working on important mandate matters. How will the Premier handle the remaining two budgets with regard to public engagement and working with Regular MLAs? Mahsi, Mr. Chair.

Mr. O'Reilly's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Honourable Premier.

Mr. O'Reilly's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Chair. If I recall, both of the budgets in the past two years have been approved by this Assembly, and so we have a process that I think has been working. Business plans will be reviewed with the Members. The Minister of Finance has indicated that we have a consultation process, and we'll be looking at doing something more in depth before the last budget of this government.

We can certainly have a discussion with the Members with regards to where they want to go with this. There are some substantial new initiatives that are coming forward. A lot of it is outside of our control, but we're always ready to have a discussion on these kinds of issues. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Mr. O'Reilly's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Questions to the Premier. Member Vanthuyne.

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to just step back again and go back to some question around consensus government. We've asked a few different forms of questions along these lines today. I think that's reflective of how important our form of government is.

One of the questions that was not asked, however, and it continually gets asked during the election times leading up to elections is that our Premier is not publically elected. I want to ask the Premier today what his thoughts are on potential for publically electing a Premier. We're one of the, I think, only two jurisdictions in the country that doesn't allow the public to elect our Premier. Does he believe that that's something that we should consider, and if so, how would we go forward in doing that? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Honourable Premier.

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you. I've thought about this periodically. We could do it like you elect the President of the United States, for example, where you would have an electoral college, I think, where those running for Premier would have to campaign on a territorial basis, which would be significantly more expensive.

When you look at it, let's compare ourselves to the provinces, for example. When a Premier is elected, they're usually the leader of a party. You look at Alberta, for example. They had the NDP government and Social Credit. I think they have UCF now. With somebody runs for the leadership of a party, it's not representative of the whole province. It's just selected by the members of, if I can single out a party, the NDP or the Liberals. They select a leader, and then they go to an election. If they get 30 per cent of the vote or 50 per cent of the vote, and they get enough voters to elect them, then they become the governing party.

I don't know if that's any better of a system in terms of representation, whereas here, we represent all of the population of the Northwest Territories. This way, when the Caucus selects a Premier, I think it's a fair and representative way to do so. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Questions to the Premier. Are there any more questions? I see none at this point. I believe we have concluded with Members' questions to the Premier. We will now proceed to item 8, balloting. At this time, Members are asked to proceed to the Clerk's table to receive their ballot. Please proceed to the voting booth to mark your ballot, and then place them in a ballot box located in front of the Clerk's table or in the back. Mr. Sebert.

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

Louis Sebert Thebacha

The vote is just by a simple "X"; is that correct?

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

That's correct. Members, any other questions on the balloting? If not, the Members can proceed with their voting.

---Balloting

Mr. Vanthuyne's Question
Members’ Questions for the Premier

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Members, I declare the voting closed. The ballot box will be taken to the Clerk’s office where the ballots will be counted by the Clerks of the table. The bells will be rung for five minutes to call Members back to Chamber once the results are determined. Masi.

Announcement of Ballot Results
Announcement of Ballot Results

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Masi, Members. We’re just returning after our ballots. Members, it is my duty as chair to announce the results.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Cabinet as a whole.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Premier Robert R. McLeod.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Minister Glen Abernethy.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Minister Caroline Cochrane.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Minister Robert C. McLeod.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Minister Alfred Moses.

Members have expressed confidence in the performance and leadership of Minister Wally Schumann.

Members have expressed non-confidence in the performance and leadership of Minister Louis Sebert.

Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks

The Chair Jackson Lafferty

Members, thank you for your patience and active participation as we undertook this important mid-term review process today. As Members of this Assembly, we committed to conduct this mid-term review early in the life of this Assembly. We have upheld that commitment by conducting the first mid-term review since the 12th Assembly. This meeting of the Mid-Term Review Committee of the 18th Legislative Assembly is concluded. We are adjourned.

The third session of the 18th Legislative Assembly will resume on October 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Masi.

---ADJOURNMENT

The committee adjourned 4:45 p.m.