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Question 85-12(7): Authority For Holding Plebiscite Re Liquor Restrictions
Revert To Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Mr. Ng.

Return To Question 85-12(7): Authority For Holding Plebiscite Re Liquor Restrictions
Question 85-12(7): Authority For Holding Plebiscite Re Liquor Restrictions
Revert To Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's my understanding, Mr. Speaker, that that jurisdiction falls under the Department of Safety and Public Services. However, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs would assist any municipality in carrying out any plebiscite question that would come about as a result of that legislation. Thank you.

Return To Question 85-12(7): Authority For Holding Plebiscite Re Liquor Restrictions
Question 85-12(7): Authority For Holding Plebiscite Re Liquor Restrictions
Revert To Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Okay. Item 7, written questions. Item 8, returns to written questions. Item 9, replies to opening address. Item 10, petitions. Mr. Ningark.

Item 10: Petitions
Item 10: Petitions

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John Ningark Natilikmiot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I have Petition No. 2-12(7), from Taloyoak with regard to the concern that they have with the power rate increases in this jurisdiction. There are over 150 signatures. Thank you.

Item 10: Petitions
Item 10: Petitions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 10, petitions. Item 11, reports of standing and special committees. Mr. Whitford.

Committee Report 2-12(7): Report On The Legislative Action Paper On The Office Of The Ombudsman For The Northwest Territories
Item 11: Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the Standing Committee on Legislation has completed its review of Tabled Document 3-12(6) entitled, "Legislative Action Paper on the Office of the Ombudsman."

The standing committee held public hearings in Yellowknife during the week of December 12, 1994. The standing committee extends its appreciation to the organizations and individuals who made presentations to the committee. The comments and suggestions were thoughtful and have been carefully studied by the committee during its deliberations.

In its review of the legislative action paper, the standing committee carefully considered the history, principles, and finances involved in creating the office of an ombudsman. Further, the committee questioned the desirability of an ombudsman office in the Northwest Territories and whether the office is the most appropriate structure to meet the requirements of northern people.

The main review of Tabled Document 3-12(6) brought forth five main areas of consideration. These are:

a) The role of the ombudsman;

b) The ombudsman's jurisdiction;

c) The influence of an ombudsman;

d) Community access to the ombudsman office; and,

e) Financial implications.

Each of these areas were discussed in detail in our report.

During the public review of this legislative action paper, the standing committee consistently heard that the public is receptive to the creation of an ombudsman-like office and that the government's proposal to amalgamate the office of the ombudsman and the Access and Privacy Commissioner would be the most economical and desirable route to take. It is the opinion of the standing committee on legislation that the office of an ombudsman not be established at this time. The committee feels that the government should wait until it can determine how effective the recently passed Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act is and whether a need for a more general type of ombudsman is required. Mr. Speaker, that concludes the report of the Standing Committee on Legislation.

Motion To Receive Committee Report 2-12(7) And Move To Committee Of The Whole, Carried

Therefore, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Natilikmiot, that the report of the Standing Committee on Legislation of its review of the Legislative Action Paper on the Office of the Ombudsman for the Northwest Territories be received by the Assembly and moved into committee of the whole. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Committee Report 2-12(7): Report On The Legislative Action Paper On The Office Of The Ombudsman For The Northwest Territories
Item 11: Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Whitford. The motion is in order, but there isn't a quorum. I will ask the Clerk to ring the bells.

I would like to thank the Members for their prompt response to the bell. There is a motion on the floor. To the motion.

Committee Report 2-12(7): Report On The Legislative Action Paper On The Office Of The Ombudsman For The Northwest Territories
Item 11: Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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An Hon. Member

Question.

Committee Report 2-12(7): Report On The Legislative Action Paper On The Office Of The Ombudsman For The Northwest Territories
Item 11: Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? Motion is carried.

---Carried

Item 11, reports of standing and special committees. Item 12, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 13, tabling of documents.

Item 13: Tabling Of Documents
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents

February 16th, 1995

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Pursuant to section 21(1)(c) of the Legislative Assembly Retiring Allowances Act, I wish to table Tabled Document 13-12(7), Report of the Auditor General of Canada on the Audited Statement for the Legislative Assembly Retiring Allowances Fund for the Year Ending March 31, 1994.

And, pursuant to section 21(1) of the Legislative Assembly Retiring Allowances Act and Supplementary Retiring Allowances Act, I wish to table Tabled Document 14-12(7), Pension Administration Report for the Year Ending March 31, 1994.

Item 13, tabling of documents. Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Item 13: Tabling Of Documents
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have two documents to table. I would like to table Tabled Document 15-12(7), a tender report for the electrical contract 1602 for the applied arts and library building compiled by DPWS contracts.

If I may proceed, Mr. Speaker, I would also like to table Tabled Document 16-12(7), a tender report for interior finishing for the applied arts and library building compiled by DPWS contracts. Thank you.

Item 13: Tabling Of Documents
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 13, tabling of documents. Mr. Clerk.

Item 13: Tabling Of Documents
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents

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Clerk Of The House Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with rule 42(10), I wish to table, Tabled Document 17-12(7), a response to Petition 1-12(7) which was presented by Mr. Ng and responded to by the Minister of Transportation.

Item 13: Tabling Of Documents
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 13, tabling of documents. Item 14, notices of motion. Item 15, notices of motions for first reading of bills. Item 16, motions. Item 17, first reading of bills. Item 18, second reading of bills. Item 19, consideration in committee of the whole of bills and other matters: Bill 2, An Act to Amend the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Act; Bill 3, An Act to Amend the Judicature Act; Bill 4, An Act to Amend the Limitation of Actions Act; Bill 5, An Act to Amend the Maintenance Act; Bill 6, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act; Bill 7, An Act to Amend the Co-operative Associations Act; Bill 8, An Act to Amend the Dental Mechanics Act; Bill 9, An Act to Amend the Legal Profession Act; Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Liquor Act; Bill 11, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act; Bill 12, An Act to Amend the Judicature Act, No. 2; Bill 14, Miscellaneous Statutes Amending Act, 1994; and, Bill 15, An Act to Amend the Elections Act, with Mr. Ningark in the chair.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you. The committee will come to order. What is the wish of the committee? Mr. Dent.