This is page numbers 367 - 397 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 5th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was education.

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Mr. Chairman, if there are no further comments from other Members, I would suggest we move into consideration of the departmental budget and Committee Report 2-12(5).

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Does the committee agree that we are concluded with Tabled Document 3-12(5)? Agreed?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

---Agreed

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Some Hon. Members

Department Of Education, Culture And Employment

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Mr. Minister, perhaps you want to retain the witnesses who were available for this discussion or exchange them for other witnesses. Mr. Minister.

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I wish to ask Mrs. Balanoff to leave and replace her with Mr. Paul Devitt, the finance administrator for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Thank you.

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Minister. Mrs. Balanoff, on behalf of the committee, we wish to thank you for your participation and very thorough presentation. Thank you.

---Applause

The Sergeant-at-Arms will escort you out and escort the new witness to the table. Mr. Minister, for the benefit of the committee, would you introduce your new witness, please.

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you. For this presentation, on my left again is Mr. Hal Gerein, the deputy minister. On my right is Mr. Paul Devitt who is in charge of finances.

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you. I believe when we concluded, the opening remarks had already been concluded. We're on the main estimates for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, beginning on page 18-12. Does the committee agree that we're into general comments now? Or detail? What is the wish of the committee? Mr. Dent.

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Mr. Chairman, before we get into detail, I know I have some questions about the definitive objectives of the department. So, I would hope that we can agree that we weren't quite as far ahead yet as page 18-12 or page 18-13 and that we can continue with general comments, at your discretion.

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Dent. If you wish to comment on the definitive objectives, I believe they are on page 18-8. Mr. Dent.

General Comments

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Actually, Mr. Chairman, I have some questions under the directorate and administration definitive objectives. One of the definitive objectives is to provide drafting instructions to the Department of Justice to enable a new Education Act to be tabled in the fall of 1994. That being this fall, I would like some understanding from the Minister as to how the strategy paper that we have just been discussing, fits into the drafting of the new Education Act? I would suspect that the strategy would have some impact on what might turn up in the draft of an Education Act. So I am wondering what the time frame is for consideration of that strategy in order that you can have results back in time to have instructions from the

Department of Justice so that we can see this act in the fall? It sounds impossibly tight to me.

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The Chair Silas Arngna'naaq

Thank you, honourable Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake. Minister Nerysoo.

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. One might say it's ambitious but I think it's necessary. The comments that have been received in this whole process indicate that there is a need for a new Education Act. The new Education Act should be responsive to this strategy in terms of the direction we receive so we can implement the strategy. There are also changes that are of immediate concern that have to be included in the new legislation. From the timetable perspective, in our view, it was best to do both at the same time. In other words, deal with the strategy and the Education Act so that the legislative proposal would be reflective of any new initiatives or any new changes that were necessary to ensure we're carrying out both aspects. In that sense, we are preparing to respond. If there are any obvious changes, we would have to come back and account for those changes but I think it is necessary to proceed with the legislative change.

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Minister Nerysoo. Mr. Dent.