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Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act, No. 2, 1999-2000
Item 18: Second Reading Of Bills

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I seek consent to proceed with second reading of Bill 3, Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act.

Bill 2: Supplementary Appropriation Act, No. 2, 1999-2000
Item 18: Second Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member of Yellowknife Frame Lake is seeking consent to deal with Bill 3. Do we have any nays? There are no nays. Mr. Dent you have consent.

Bill 3: Legislative Assembly And Executive Council Act
Item 18: Second Reading Of Bills

September 8th, 1999

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, honourable Members. Mr. Speaker I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Nahendeh that Bill 3, Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, be read for the second time.

Mr. Speaker, this bill is divided into four parts. Part 1 sets out general provisions respecting the electoral districts in the Northwest Territories and the Legislative Assembly and its Members and provides for the indemnities and allowances payable to Members and the expenses for which Members may be reimbursed. It also continues the Management and Services Board as the Legislative Assembly Board of Management and sets out the power and duties of that Board of Management. Further, part 1 sets out general provisions respecting the Speaker and the office of the Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, part 2 provides for the establishment of the Executive Council and the appointments of its Members and the selection of the Premier. It also provides for the appointment of a Deputy Premier and the Ministers of the Executive Government. In addition, part 2 sets out the powers and duties of the Deputy Premier and clarifies the termination date of the terms of office of the Premier, Deputy Premier, Ministers and Members of the Executive Council.

Part 3 requires Members of the Legislative Assembly to avoid any conflict of interest in the performance of their duties and establishes rules governing the conduct of Members where conflict of interest arises. Special requirements apply to the Speaker and to Ministers including restrictions on a former Speaker or Minister contracting with the department for which they were previously responsible. Part 3 further provides for the appointment of a Conflict of Interest Commissioner who will advise Members, review the disclosure statements filed by Members and prepare public disclosure statements and investigate complaints against Members. After an investigation the Conflict of Interest Commissioner may dismiss a complaint or refer to a sole adjudicator for inquiry. The report of a sole adjudicator will be transmitted to the Legislative Assembly for final disposition.

Mr. Speaker, part 4 consequentially amends the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Legislative Assembly Retiring Allowances Act, and the Supplementary Retiring Allowances Act, to ensure that the terminology used in those acts is consistent with part 1 of this bill.

Finally, the current Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act is repealed. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 3: Legislative Assembly And Executive Council Act
Item 18: Second Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. The motion is in order. The principle of the bill. Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried. Bill 3, has had second reading. Mr. Dent.

Bill 3: Legislative Assembly And Executive Council Act
Item 18: Second Reading Of Bills

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to waive rule 69(2) and have Bill 3 moved into committee of the whole.

Bill 3: Legislative Assembly And Executive Council Act
Item 18: Second Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake is seeking unanimous consent to waive rule 69(2) and have Bill 3 moved into committee of the whole. Do we have any nays? There are no nays. Mr. Dent, you have unanimous consent. Bill 3 will be moved into committee of the whole for today. Item 18, second reading of bills. Item 19, consideration in committee of the whole of bills and other matters. Bill 1, Bill 3 and Bill 5, with Mr. Krutko in the Chair. By the authority given the Speaker by Motion 1-13(8), the committee of the whole may sit past adjournment until it is prepared to report.

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 David Krutko

We are considering in committee of the whole, Bill 1, Bill 5, Bill 2 and Bill 3. I would like to ask what is the wish of the committee? Mr. Dent.

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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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Mr. Chairman, I would agree with the order in which you have named those bills and we hope that we can proceed with them in that order, 1, 5, 2 and 3.

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 David Krutko

Thank you. Does this committee concur?

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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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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 David Krutko

Agreed. Thank you. We will deal with Bill 1 after a 15 minute break.

--Break

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 David Krutko

I call the committee of the whole to order. We are dealing with Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Public Colleges Act. At this time, I would like to ask the Minister responsible for this bill, Mr. Miltenberger, for any opening comments.

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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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, the amendment being proposed today is relatively minor in terms of actual legislative change, but will provide significant opportunities in the future for northern residents.

At the present time, the Public Colleges Act does not allow Aurora College to issue degrees. This means that Northerners can begin their studies here at home, but must travel south to finish degrees in programs such as nursing, teaching, social work and management studies.

The proposed amendments would allow Aurora College to establish degree programs at the appropriate time. We do not expect to immediately deliver the four year degree programming through the College. Instead, this change will allow the college to undertake the necessary planning to set up degree programs which meet the needs of Northerners and are recognized as on par with other Canadian institutions.

Mr. Chairman, I look forward to answering any questions Members might have about the amendment. Thank you.

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 David Krutko

Thank you, Mr. Minister. We are dealing with Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Public Colleges Act. At this time, I would like to ask the chairman of the Government Operations Committee if he has any opening comments in regard to the bill. Mr. Erasmus.

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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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The Standing Committee on Government Operations reviewed Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Public Colleges Act, at its meeting on September 8, 1999. The committee would like to thank the Minister of Education Culture and Employment and the staff for presenting the bill. Bill 1 will allow Aurora College to issue university degrees when it has developed the capability to do so. The college will continue working with our southern educational partners to develop degree programs that can be delivered entirely in the North. Mr. Chairman, the standing committee had no difficulty with Bill 1. It is a logical step in the development of quality educational programs for Northerners. Committee members may have additional comments or questions as we proceed. This concludes the standing committee's comments on Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Public Colleges Act. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.