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Bill 12: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2009-2010
Second Reading of Bills

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Deh Cho, that Bill 12, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2009-2010, be read for the second time.

This bill makes supplementary appropriations for infrastructure expenditures for the Government of the Northwest Territories for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Bill 12: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2009-2010
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 12, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2009-2010, has had second reading.

---Carried

The honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Bill 13: Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), 2010-2011
Second Reading of Bills

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Boot Lake, that Bill 13, Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), 2010-2011, be read for the second time.

This bill authorizes the Government of the Northwest Territories to make operations expenditures for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Bill 13: Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), 2010-2011
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 13, Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), 2010-2011, has had second reading.

---Carried

The honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Bill 14: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2009-2010
Second Reading of Bills

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Range Lake, that Bill 14, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2009-2010, be read for the second time.

This bill makes supplementary appropriations for operations expenditures for the Government of the Northwest Territories for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

Bill 14: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2009-2010
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 14, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2009-2010, has had second reading.

---Carried

The honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Mr. Miltenberger.

Bill 15: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2010-2011
Second Reading of Bills

February 26th, 2010

Thebacha

Michael Miltenberger Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Monfwi, that Bill 15, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2010-2011, be read for the second time.

This bill makes supplementary appropriations for infrastructure expenditures for the Government of the Northwest Territories for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Bill 15: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2010-2011
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Bill 15, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2010-2011, has had second reading.

---Carried

Item 19, consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters: Bill 3, Medical Profession Act; Bill 11: An Act to Amend the Workers’ Compensation Act; Minister’s Statement 47-16(4), Transfer of the Public Housing Rental Subsidy, 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’d like to call Committee of the Whole to order. We have several bills: Bill 3, Medical Profession Act; Bill 11, An Act to Amend the Workers’ Compensation Act; Minister’s Statement 47-16(4), Transfer of the Public Housing Rental Subsidy. What is the wish of the committee, Mrs. Groenewegen?

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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 is to deal with those three items that you just listed in that order. Thank you.

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

Agreed?

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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

We’ll begin with Bill 3. I would like to ask the Minister responsible for the bill if she has any opening comments. Minister Lee.

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Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Yes I do.

Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to introduce Bill 3, Medical Profession Act.

This Bill 3 replaces the current Medical Profession Act and modernizes the processes for the registration and discipline of medical practitioners in the Northwest Territories. Bill 3 was developed through a collaborate effort by the Department of Health and Social Services and representatives of the Northwest Territories Medical Association and their legal counsel.

Mr. Chairman, the existing act is almost 30 years old and is significantly out of date. In the provinces, regulatory colleges license physicians and also discipline their members. In the Northwest Territories there are too few resident physicians to maintain a college structure and, therefore, the GNWT registers and licenses physicians. This regulatory process will remain in the new act but some functions will be assigned to entities other than the Minister to be consistent with other health profession legislation in the NWT and in the South.

In keeping with the goal of modernizing the legislation, the language of the registration section was updated and the act contains an express

provision to appoint a registrar who is responsible for administrative functions, such as maintaining the various registers and issuing licenses under the direction of the Medical Registration Committee. This formalizes the role of the registrar, assigning administrative functions to this person instead of the Minister.

Mr. Chairman, the main reason why a new Medical Profession Act is required is that the disciplinary process in the existing act does not clearly separate the investigative and adjudicative provisions. This is of concern, as it is contrary to the laws of natural justice. To ensure procedural fairness, the new act has a provision for the express appointment of a complaints officer who will be responsible for reviewing and deciding on how the complaint will be handled. A separate investigator will look into the matter if the complaint cannot be resolved in the early stages of the review and, most importantly, the person that investigates a complaint cannot also sit on the panel that hears the complaint if it is referred to a board of inquiry.

The new act also includes an alternative dispute resolution mechanism so that not all complaints have to automatically be decided by a board of inquiry.

Mr. Chairman, there is a movement towards assessing the qualifications and practice of international medical graduates. In order to meet the growing demand for medical professionals, the NWT will have to consider such options for recruitment and retention. The new Bill 3, Medical Profession Act, has a provision for the appointment of a review officer to allow for a process to assess these “non-standard” applications. The Department of Health and Social Services will closely monitor national trends regarding the assessment of the qualifications and practice of international medical graduates and will determine how best to adapt these trends to the North.

Mr. Chairman, we all know that innovative, reliable technology is vital to the safe, sustainable delivery of health care in the NWT. This act gives the flexibility to be able to license medical practitioners who practice medicine in the Northwest Territories by employing telehealth technology to bring specialized services to northern patients, while still physically being in another jurisdiction. This issue is being discussed at a national level and a consistent approach can be adopted by regulation in the future,

I would like to thank the Standing Committee on Social Programs for their review of this Bill 3, Medical Profession Act, and for their comments. A number of motions were put forward as a result of the valuable stakeholder input they received during the public review and Bill 3 was strengthened by clarifying the language in a number of provisions.

Mr. Chairman, I would also, again, like to acknowledge the time put into this legislative initiative by the Northwest Territories Medical Association, particularly Doctors Don Giovanetto, John Morse, Bing Guthrie and David King who were members of a steering committee that provided feedback to the Department of Health and Social Services during all phases of the legislative development. This collaborative effort has resulted in a modern piece of legislation that meets the needs of all stakeholders -- physicians and the general public -- and I would like to thank the doctors for their efforts. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Anna Reid, president of the Northwest Territories Medical Association, for voicing her support of this bill during the public review process.

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my opening remarks. I would be pleased to answer any questions Members may have. Thank you.

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Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

The Chair David Krutko

At this time I’d like to ask the chairperson of the standing committee which reviewed the bill if they have any comments. Mr. Beaulieu.