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Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Ramsay. The honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Michael McLeod.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Deh Cho

Michael McLeod Minister of Transportation

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The emerging issue of right hand drive vehicles and the number of them that are coming into our area has been a concern for some time now. Most of these vehicles are coming from Japan.

We have been working toward and looking at developing a policy over the past spring. Earlier this summer we decided that we needed to move forward and put in a policy that requires right hand drive vehicles to be inspected on a 12 step safety and equipment inspection. Prior to that, we did not have a policy that applied to right hand drive vehicles, and there was a vehicle that was refused for registration because they did not have a safety inspection. There was another vehicle that was approved because they were safety inspected in another jurisdiction, and that one went forward and was registered.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

David Ramsay Kam Lake

The vehicle in question was over 15 years old, and according to national standards, that vehicle would be able to be registered in Canada.

It’s insured. It was able to get insurance. There is a bill of sale. It had all the necessary documentation.

I’m just wondering, after this happened, what would allow another right hand drive vehicle to be registered in the Northwest Territories when this one couldn’t.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Deh Cho

Michael McLeod Minister of Transportation

It’s a relatively simple situation, where one vehicle had a safety inspection and the other one didn’t. We approved the registration of the vehicle that had the safety inspection, and we required the other person who came forward to go through a safety inspection. And we did put the policy together to define what that would mean.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

David Ramsay Kam Lake

What does the Department of Transportation base its safety inspection on? Is it tagged to another jurisdiction? How does that work? How they did arrive at what vehicle is safe and what vehicle isn’t safe on the road?

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Deh Cho

Michael McLeod Minister of Transportation

First of all, we need to comply with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. We have also looked at what the other jurisdictions are doing. We have talked to the transport officers in our departments and also talked to those in the public sector who work in the area of safety.

We look at all the vehicles that come from other jurisdictions, including right hand vehicles now, that are required to have compliant parts. A lot of these vehicles are coming because of the ability to sell them fairly cheaply in this country. However, they don’t always have adequate safety parts on them, including proper windshields, bumpers, headlights, reflectors, so those things need to be in place. We’ve put together a policy now that incorporates a testing or compliance part to it, and it seems to be working well.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Final supplementary, Mr. Ramsay.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

David Ramsay Kam Lake

I thank the Minister for that. I certainly do understand the aspect of public safety on this. It seems, in terms of dealing with right hand drive vehicles, the department seems to be making things up as they go along. On the Internet, on the website, there are no policies or information posted for residents who are entertaining the idea of purchasing a right hand drive vehicle. Will the Minister make sure the information gets out there for the public so that if they are looking at purchasing a right hand drive vehicle, they know what the rules are, they know what the policies are that are at play here in the Northwest Territories, and it’s not just a case by case basis and policy on the fly?

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Michael McLeod Deh Cho

We certainly will commit to doing that, Mr. Speaker. We’ve nailed down the inspection requirements; we have informed all our staff.

My assumption was that it was also in public information so that people know what the process is. We’ll commit to looking at the Internet and other sources of having that information brought forward.

Question 45-16(3) Registration Policy Regarding Right-Hand Drive Vehicles
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. The honourable Member for Tu Nedhe, Mr. Beaulieu.

Question 46-16(3) Assistance With Energy Efficiency Measures For Low Income Homeowners
Oral Questions (Reversion)

October 24th, 2008

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker. I have questions for the Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation. I’d like to ask the Minister if he could direct his staff to look at the small communities where they are considered to have a high cost construction season. It’s almost over now, and some of these people are locked into the high cost of fuel from just generally high costs in small communities. Would the Minister direct his staff to quickly get materials that will make the houses more efficient — wood stoves, weather strips and whatnot — that are needed for our low income families in the small communities?

Question 46-16(3) Assistance With Energy Efficiency Measures For Low Income Homeowners
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Beaulieu. The honourable Minister responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, Mr. Michael McLeod.

Question 46-16(3) Assistance With Energy Efficiency Measures For Low Income Homeowners
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We’re moving forward as fast as we can on providing energy efficient homes in the Northwest Territories.

A couple of days ago we announced our new EnerGuide 80 design requirements that will have energy efficiency at the forefront. We are also embarking on doing evaluations of all our public housing units across the Territories. We have 2,300 units, and we would like to do a rating on all of them and see if we can do some upgrades so that we can save some of the heating and energy costs and provide energy efficient homes.

We are also reviewing the situation of how we can assist the people who own their own homes and have private homes that may need upgrades and energy efficient programs. There are other programs available through this government; however, the Housing Corporation is doing its own review to see how we can help.

Question 46-16(3) Assistance With Energy Efficiency Measures For Low Income Homeowners
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

I’m referring to home ownership, of course, where the individuals have to pay their own operating costs. I was wondering if the Minister could have the staff concentrate on the home ownership section, especially for homes where individuals are responsible for their own heat, power and so on but are deemed to be low income, within that income window where individuals will get assistance from the Housing Corporation.

Question 46-16(3) Assistance With Energy Efficiency Measures For Low Income Homeowners
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Michael McLeod Deh Cho

We’re trying to focus on all the different aspects of energy efficiency, from public housing to home ownership programs, including people with low incomes. We would certainly be glad to work with the Member if there are any outstanding issues or concerns regarding people in his riding.

We have programs that most of the people can apply to currently and that may assist. But as to a specific program designed for energy efficiency for homeowners, that’s something we haven’t been able to firm up yet. We’re working on it and would be glad to share that once that’s done.