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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you. Does the committee agree that Bill 9 is ready for third reading? Agreed?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you. Bill 9 is ready for third reading. I would like to thank, on behalf of the committee, Mr. Todd and Mr. Voytilla for appearing before the committee. The next item, as we agreed to, is Bill 7, Miscellaneous Statues Amendment Act, 1999. I believe Mr. Arlooktoo has the opening remarks on this bill. Mr. Arlooktoo.

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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Bill 7, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1999, amends various statues of the NWT. It corrects errors or inconsistencies that have been identified in the ongoing statute revision project or that have been brought to the attention of the Department of Justice by members of the public or by the staff of the Department of Justice or other departments. In this respect, some changes proposed in Bill 7 consist of grammatical or spelling corrections to either the English or French version of the statute. Other amendments contained in Bill 7 relate to statutes or provisions of statutes that have not been proclaimed in force. The bill repeals sections 5, 6 and 8 of an Act to Amend the Jury Act. The matters dealt with in those sections, in addition to other matters, are addressed in the amendments to the Jury Act contained in this bill.

Most of the proposed changes to the Jury Act clarify the regulation-making powers so that procedural matters may be dealt with effectively in regulations. Bill 7 also repeals an unproclaimed 1992 act amending the Real Estate Agents Licensing Act. Departments responsible for the administration of the various statutes being amended by the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1999, have each reviewed and approved the changes to the statutes under their authority.

The amendments are of such a nature that the preparation and legislative consideration of the individual bills to correct each statute would be time- consuming for the government and the Legislative Assembly. In order for an amendment to be included in the bill, you have to meet the following criteria:

a. It must not be controversial;

b. It must not involve the spending the public funds;

c. It must not prejudicially affect the rights of persons; and,

d.It must not create a new offence or subject a new class of person to an existing offence.

Mr. Chairman, in our view the amendments proposed in Bill 7 meet those criteria. My officials will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you, Mr. Arlooktoo. I would like to ask the Chairman or the representative of the Standing Committee on Government Operations to give opening remarks on the review of the bill. Which one is it? Mr. Erasmus.

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, the Standing Committee on Government Operations reviewed Bill 7, Miscellaneous Statutes Amending Act, 1999, at its meeting on March 23, 1999. The committee would like to thank the Minister of Justice and his legislative counsel for presenting the bill and responding to the committee's questions. The purpose of this bill is to correct non-controversial errors and inconsistencies in various NWT statutes. These include corrections to typographical errors, incorrect section references, errors in grammar and structure and errors in the French translation. The standing committee has no difficulty with this bill. This concludes the standing committee's comments on Bill 7, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1999. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you for the nice report. Before we get into general comments, I would like to ask Mr. Arlooktoo if he wishes to bring any witnesses?

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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Yes, I do, Mr. Chairman.

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you. Do we have the blessing of the Members?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you. Proceed. Thank you. Mr. Minister, would you introduce your witnesses. This is for the record.

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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Yes. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. With me are Legal Counsel, Rebecca Veinott, and our Legal Interpreter, Mr. Philip Melas.

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The Chair John Ningark

Thank you, Mr. Minister. Welcome to the committee. We announce the floor is now open for general comments. Details. Agreed?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair John Ningark

Bill 7, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1999, clause 1. Agreed?