This is page numbers 4285 - 4326 of the Hansard for the 17th Assembly, 5th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was public.

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Motion To Receive Committee Report 3-17(5) And Move Into Committee Of The Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing Andspecial Committees

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Ms. Bisaro. The motion is in order. To the motion.

Motion To Receive Committee Report 3-17(5) And Move Into Committee Of The Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing Andspecial Committees

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Motion To Receive Committee Report 3-17(5) And Move Into Committee Of The Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing Andspecial Committees

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Question has been called. Committee Report 3-17(5) is received by the Assembly and moved into Committee of the Whole.

---Carried

Ms. Bisaro.

Motion To Receive Committee Report 3-17(5) And Move Into Committee Of The Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing Andspecial Committees

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Wendy Bisaro Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to waive Rule 93(4) and move Committee Report 3-17(5) into Committee of the Whole for consideration today.

---Unanimous consent granted

Motion To Receive Committee Report 3-17(5) And Move Into Committee Of The Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing Andspecial Committees

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Item 13, reports of committees on the review of bills. Colleagues, I will take a 15-minute break.

---SHORT RECESS

Motion To Receive Committee Report 3-17(5) And Move Into Committee Of The Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing Andspecial Committees

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, colleagues. Item 14, tabling of documents. Mr. Dolynny.

Tabled Document 67-17(5): Screenshot Images From GNWT Executive Website Page On Ngo Stabilization Fund
Tabling Of Documents

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Daryl Dolynny Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to table two documents. I'd like to table a screenshot from the Executive website on the NGO funding which was taken on Friday, March 7th, regarding 2013-2014 grants.

I'd also like to table a screen shot from the same website today. There is something missing. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 67-17(5): Screenshot Images From GNWT Executive Website Page On Ngo Stabilization Fund
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Dolynny. Item 15, notices of motion. Item 16, notices of motion for first reading of bills. Mr. Lafferty.

Bill 24: An Act To Amend The Student Financial Assistance Act
Notices Of Motion Forfirst Reading Of Bills

March 10th, 2014

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Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mr. Speaker, I give notice that on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, I will move that Bill 24, An Act to Amend the Student Financial Assistance Act, be read for the first time. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 24: An Act To Amend The Student Financial Assistance Act
Notices Of Motion Forfirst Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Lafferty. Mr. Lafferty.

Bill 25: An Act To Amend The Education Act
Notices Of Motion Forfirst Reading Of Bills

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Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mr. Speaker, I give notice that on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, I will move that Bill 25, An Act to Amend the Education Act, be read for the first time. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 25: An Act To Amend The Education Act
Notices Of Motion Forfirst Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Lafferty. Colleagues, before we continue on, I'd like to welcome former Member Leon Lafferty, who is in the gallery today.

---Applause

Item 17, motions. Mrs. Groenewegen.

MOTION 16-17(5): REQUEST TO GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO EXTEND MAXIMUM TERM OF 17TH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, carried as amended
Motions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

WHEREAS Parliament is currently considering Bill C-15, the Northwest Territories Devolution Act, which includes a new Northwest Territories Act that would extend the maximum term of office of future NWT Legislative Assemblies from four to five years;

AND WHEREAS the Legislative Assemblies of Nunavut and Yukon already have five-year maximum terms of office as a result of past changes to federal legislation;

AND WHEREAS the next NWT general election is currently scheduled for October 5, 2015, in the same month as the next federal general election and municipal elections in several NWT communities;

AND WHEREAS overlapping elections create significant communications and administrative concerns as well as the possibility of lower voter participation rates;

AND WHEREAS some provinces with elections scheduled for the fall of 2015 have extended their terms in order to avoid overlap in election periods, or are considering doing so in the near future;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Thebacha, that this Legislative Assembly requests that the Government of Canada propose to Parliament an amendment to the Northwest Territories Act that would authorize this current 17th Legislative Assembly to extend its term to a period not exceeding five years;

AND FURTHER, that the Premier communicate this request to the Prime Minister;

AND FURTHERMORE, that should federal legislation be enacted as requested, the Board of Management of the Legislative Assembly propose a bill at the earliest opportunity to defer the next NWT election to October 2016.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MOTION 16-17(5): REQUEST TO GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO EXTEND MAXIMUM TERM OF 17TH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, carried as amended
Motions

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mrs. Groenewegen. The motion is in order. To the motion. Mrs. Groenewegen.

MOTION 16-17(5): REQUEST TO GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TO EXTEND MAXIMUM TERM OF 17TH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, carried as amended
Motions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I gave notice of this motion last week and since then most Members have had a chance to return to their constituencies and have had an opportunity to also receive input and communication from constituents on this matter. There have been many suggestions and ideas proposed.

In reviewing the motion this morning, we realized that one of the issues that this motion speaks very definitively to is the last furthermore where it talks about a bill that defers the next NWT election to October 2015. That is a very definitive date and it would take it to the maximum of one year and we did hear from constituents who wondered why to avoid the overlap why it couldn't be three months or one month or six months or different ideas. So in hearing that and in response to that, I would like to move a motion to the amendment that we could discuss and debate prior to the motion being decided on. Thank you.