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Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Will the Minister commit to raising the 50 per cent requirement to 100 per cent northern-owned?

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

No, I will not.

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Again, I might not have all the answers. Clearly, the Minister does not have many answers that I will like today, but I think there are people out there in our business community who are very concerned about these issues and want to be heard. I would like the Minister to hear from them directly. Will the Minister commit to engaging them in a comprehensive conversation around procurement?

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

As I said yesterday, I haven't heard any of this. This is the first I have heard of it from the Member. If he has people who would like to talk to me, we will sit down and have a conversation.

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Mr. Speaker, if the Minister is committing to hear from all my constituents who have concerns, I will make those appointments. Again, I think it is fairer not to do this on a one-off, but to have a broad conversation involving procurement experts, perhaps experts who do not reside in the Northwest Territories, and bring them together to discuss this. We have energy charrettes. We hire consultants to look at Aurora College. Why is the Minister so confident that our procurement system doesn't require any reform or any improvements? Thank you.

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. He is putting words in my mouth. I didn't say that we didn't need any type of improvements or any type of advice moving forward. I came from the private sector. I spent my whole life in the private sector. I have used the procurement system within the Government of the Northwest Territories. There are rules and policies in place that make it beneficial to northern businesses and individuals who want to participate in procurement with the Government of the Northwest Territories. We will continue to look at those, how we will make it better moving forward.

Question 737-18(2): GNWT Procurement Practices
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nahendeh.

Question 738-18(2): Options Available To Affected Employees
Oral Questions

March 10th, 2017

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I was asking some questions of the Minister of Human Resources today about his Minister's statement. I understand the government does a great job trying to offer positions to affected employers. However, my question to the Minister previously may not have been asked properly, so I am going to ask it again: if the affected employee is offered a job and accepts it because it is the only position available at that time, and during the time he is in this position another position becomes available, is he able to apply for this position? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 738-18(2): Options Available To Affected Employees
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Human Resources.

Question 738-18(2): Options Available To Affected Employees
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, anyone seeking employment within the Government of the Northwest Territories is free to apply to any job competition at any time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 738-18(2): Options Available To Affected Employees
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I thank the Minister for his answer. I, too, am looking for mental health days here at some point in time. I thank him for that. My next question: what is the criteria that is being used to offer positions to affected employees besides them just being affected employees?

Question 738-18(2): Options Available To Affected Employees
Oral Questions

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Our department is in contact with the employees. They won't be offered a job just because they are an affected employee. They have to actually be qualified for that particular job that they apply for. Our staff is working with those who are affected.

Question 738-18(2): Options Available To Affected Employees
Oral Questions

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

I again thank the Minister for that answer. It’s good to hear. However, I’ve been in contact with some of these affected employees or even contacted myself and other honourable Members here. What happens if a non-reasonable offer is being offered to these individuals or on an unacceptable timeline? Like you’ve got three days to make a decision on this position; what can the employee do to make sure that this is addressed?