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Recorded Vote
Motions

October 20th, 2017

Deputy Clerk Of The House (Mr. Schauerte)

The Member for Mackenzie Delta, the Member for Sahtu, the Member for Yellowknife North, the Member for Kam Lake, the Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh, the Member for Nahendeh, the Member for Frame Lake, the Member for Yellowknife Centre, the Member for Nunakput, the Member for Inuvik Boot Lake, the Member for Frame Lake, the Member for Range Lake, the Member for Yellowknife South, the Member for Hay River South, the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes, and the Member for Thebacha.

Recorded Vote
Motions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

All those opposed, please stand. All those abstaining, please stand. The results of the motion are 16 in favour; zero opposed; zero abstentions.

---Carried

Masi. Motions. Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

Recorded Vote
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to deal with the motion I gave notice of earlier today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Recorded Vote
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Member is seeking unanimous consent to deal with a motion he gave earlier today. Are there any nays? There are no nays. You may proceed, Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Let's try that again.

WHEREAS Douglas Schauerte was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly in 1995;

AND WHEREAS Mr. Schauerte has provided to vote in an exemplary public service to the Legislative Assembly for more than 30 years;

AND WHEREAS during Mr. Schauerte's 10 years as Deputy Clerk, the system of democratic and responsible government in the Northwest Territories has undergone rapid and significant change;

AND WHEREAS Mr. Schauerte will retire as Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly on October 20, 2017;

AND WHEREAS it is customary for Legislative Assemblies to recognize and express their gratitude for such long and distinguished service;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Yellowknife Centre that the Legislative Assembly expresses its sincere gratitude to Mr. Douglas Schauerte for the dedicated and exemplary service to this House;

AND FURTHER that the Legislative Assembly designates Douglas Schauerte as an honorary officer of this Legislative Assembly with the entry into the Chamber and a seat at the table. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

There is a motion in order. To the motion? Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, just very quickly, I got elected into the House in 2014 and I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Schauerte. I have seen the work that he does and trying to keep his all in order. As we have just seen recently today, I think it is time to retire him. He is getting all the ridings mixed up.

---Laughter

That is starting to make me wonder if he even knew what the ridings were.

---Laughter

As member of the board of management and the Minister of Finance, I think it is going to be a cost-saving measure to this, too, because Doug runs up and down the hall so many times. I don't even know how many times we have had to change carpet in a year.

---Laughter

We will be able to save some money in that. It also set him up well for his next line of work when he moves down to Saskatchewan. He is going to be a cat herder because he has had a lot of practice over the last number of years. We do appreciate the work that you have done and we look forward to the opportunity of seeing you here at this table again. Thank you.

---Applause

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. To the motion. I will allow the seconder to make comments on the motion.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, dependable, accommodating, those are the words that come to mind when we talk about Doug. He is the person that we Regular Members see every sitting morning at nine o'clock who walks us through what the day will be about and how we need to prepare for it.

He is unfailingly helpful. He has an incredible knowledge of procedure and the history of this Assembly, a tremendous amount of corporate knowledge that he takes with him when he retires. He is always accommodating; nothing is too much trouble. He is always a constructive force in our meetings. I will miss him tremendously, but I wish him well in his retirement. Mahsi.

---Applause

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. To the motion. Member for Frame Lake.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I think this motion really deserves some very serious debate. I look forward to some comments here, but no, more seriously, we often don't get to recognize our staff. This is one of the few occasions we actually get to do that. Thank you, Doug, for over 30 years of service.

You are an encyclopedia of knowledge. You have this uncanny knack of enabling us to get the best out of ourselves seriously. Personally, you have provided some very solid advice to me. You have made my re-entry back into political life a lot easier. I sincerely wish you all the best with your next phase of your life and you always have a special place in this House. Mahsi.

---Applause

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. To the motion. Member for Kam Lake.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I, too, will rise to commend the long service Mr. Schauerte has given to this institution and to us, in particular, on the Regular Members' side. I may have studied politics before I got here, but I certainly did not know how the sausage was made, and Doug is an excellent sausage-maker.

Other Members may know, since I have been here over the last two years, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning our procedures and practices here, and one thing I am going to miss most about Doug leaving is arguing with him over how best to do those policies and practices and always throwing him a curveball of "Hey, why don't we try this," and then Doug saying, "No, no, let's not do that at all." I will miss that, but I do know that 30 years under the dome in a hectic political support role must have been a long career, and he must be looking forward to that retirement now. I know he will be back, and there will always be a seat at the table for him. Thank you very much for your service, Mr. Schauerte.

---Applause

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. To the motion. Member for Yellowknife North.

Motion 8-18(3): Expression Of Gratitude To Deputy Clerk Douglas Schauerte For Dedicated And Exemplary Service
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Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I have had privilege of knowing Doug and the Schauerte family for many years, but I never knew Doug on a professional level. I can certainly say that, when you are a newly elected MLA, just walking into the front doors of this building can be daunting and sometimes intimidating. There is nothing more special than meeting the never-ending warm smile of Doug Schauerte. It is not just us here in this House who owe you a debt of gratitude. You have given 30 years to an institute as fine as ours is. We are all a part of the Canadian Federation, and so I think that Canadians as a whole owe you a debt of gratitude for your commitment to public service. Thank you.

---Applause