This is page numbers 4521 - 4570 of the Hansard for the 18th Assembly, 3rd 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 work.

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Question 466-18(3): Yellowknife Airport Hotel Proposal
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Minister of Justice. The Rental Office has made some positive changes in getting clients to the hearing stage, but the wait for written decisions often adds up to three months. The Rental Officer, in her most recent report, says, "Amending the Act to be consistent with Alberta's legislation would immediately reduce wait times for both hearing dates and issuance of orders. By releasing the time spent writing reasons for decision that have already been given orally at hearing, more time would be available to complete other duties." My question is: does the Minister agree with this assessment? Mahsi.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Justice.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I did have an opportunity to read that portion of the report. Clearly, we need to speed up the process. We are looking seriously at that recommendation. I note that, in many provinces, in fact, six, there is no requirement for written reasons for a decision. That would certainly speed up the process. We are looking seriously at that. It does seem to be a sensible suggestion. Thank you.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

The Minister, of course, knows that the legislative calendar is now very full for the remainder of this Assembly. Work could be begun now, if not completed, by the end of this Assembly to move this issue forward. Will the Minister begin work to bring forward legislation to make the change suggested, specifically that written orders are discretionary?

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Of course, there are a lot of other legislative initiatives facing us. We are reviewing this report and will be working on it and hope to bring forth something before the end of this Assembly, at least start that work.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I am pulling out my wish list. I got a yes, so I am going for it. There is hope. In the meantime, prior to the legislative change, can the Minister commit to providing more staff at the rental office so that the written orders can be made available sooner?

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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Louis Sebert Thebacha

We went out for an RFP for a deputy rental officer. That contract is being finalized. Hopefully, that will speed up the process.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Another yes. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Thank you to the Minister for that. My final question is: my constituent also had issues with the forms. Basically, she had to take a template from the office and recreate it on her computer. Can the Minister tell us what he is doing to bring forms for the rental office into this century? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Thank you for the question. I haven't looked at the forms myself, but certainly I will have staff or myself look at them. If they need to be modernized, perhaps we can provide some assistance in modernizing them. I realize many of the forms that are used in the judicial or semi- or quasi-judicial area are outdated and are in need of improvement. I am committing to look at those forms. Thank you.

Question 467-18(3): Addressing Rental Office Delays
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 468-18(3): Resource Royalties Reporting
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. My questions are for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. I referred in my statement to the inability to match up the public reporting of royalties by fiscal years with the value of mineral and oil and gas production by calendar years. Since the royalty amounts of all resource products are lumped together, you can't disentangle the amounts received for individual commodities. Will the Minister commit to begin to disclose publicly the royalty figures for each resource commodity, using the consistent reporting period similar to the value of resource production as used by the NWT Stats Bureau? Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Question 468-18(3): Resource Royalties Reporting
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Question 468-18(3): Resource Royalties Reporting
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As the Member knows, we have mirrored legislation from the federal government through devolution, and we do not currently allow this disclosure. That is what he is clearly asking for. I will note to the Member that the information is currently available on a company-by-company basis on NRCan website that was developed to support the federal excise industry transparency act. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.