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Bill 3: Medical Profession Act
Notices of Motion for First Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Ms. Lee. Item 17, motions. Item 18, first reading of bills. The honourable Minister of Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Bill 3: Medical Profession Act
Notices of Motion for First Reading of Bills

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to proceed with first reading of Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act.

---Unanimous consent granted.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
First Reading of Bills

October 27th, 2009

Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Range Lake, that Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act, be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
First Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 1 has had first reading.

---Carried

Item 19, second reading of bills. The honourable Minister of Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
First Reading of Bills

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I seek consent to proceed with the second reading of Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act.

---Consent granted.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
Second Reading of Bills

Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Range Lake, that Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act, be read for the second time.

Mr. Speaker, this bill amends the Petroleum Products Tax Act to replace the defined term “motor vehicle” with the new defined term “mobile machine” and to provide for application and commencement matters. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 1 has had second reading.

---Carried

The honourable Minister of Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
Second Reading of Bills

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to waive Rule 69(2) and have Bill 1 moved into Committee of the Whole for today. Thank you.

Bill 1: An Act To Amend The Petroleum Products Tax Act
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 1 will be moved into Committee of the Whole for consideration today.

---Unanimous consent granted.

Item 20, consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters: Tabled Document 1-16(4), NWT Capital Estimates 2010-2011; Tabled Document 18-16(4), Supplementary Appropriation No. 2 (Operations Expenditures), 2009-2010; Tabled Document 19-16(4), Supplementary Appropriation No. 3 (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2009-2010; Committee Report 1-16(4), Standing

Committee on Government Operations Report on the Review of the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 Annual Reports; Committee Report 2-16(4), Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on the Review of the Auditor General on Contracting for Goods and Services in the Northwest Territories; and Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act, with Mr. Krutko in the chair.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters
Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

The Chair David Krutko

I call Committee of the Whole to order. We have several items in Committee of the Whole: Tabled Document 1-16(4), Tabled Document 18-16(4), Tabled Document 19-16(4), Committee Report 1-16(4), Committee Report 2-16(4), and Bill 1. What is the wish of the committee? Mrs. Groenewegen.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters
Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The wish of the committee today is to deal with Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters
Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

The Chair David Krutko

Does committee agree?

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters
Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters
Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

The Chair David Krutko

With that, we will deal with Bill 1. I would like to ask the Minister responsible for the bill if he has some general comments. The Minister of Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters
Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am pleased to introduce Bill 1, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act. This bill will address the ambiguity with the definition of the type of equipment that is subject to the motive diesel tax rate when consuming diesel fuel in its operation.

The new definition will clarify the intent of the Petroleum Products Tax Act that, with some exceptions, the motive diesel tax rate applies to all mechanical mobile contrivances including motor vehicles, cranes, excavators, backhoes, and drills on tracks if they are self-propelled when powered by diesel fuel.

The proposed amendment will be retroactive to 1991 and will come into force immediately upon assent.

Although not commonly used by the NWT, retroactive legislation of this nature has been used in similar circumstances in other jurisdictions in Canada.

This amendment is a very narrow one, focussing on one very specific issue. We recognize that the Petroleum Products Tax Act is a very old act, requiring review and updating to reflect the current

environment. Work is ongoing in this regard. Mr. Chairman, that concludes my opening remarks. Thank you.