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Committee Motion 80-18(3): Bill 24: An Act to Amend the Elections and Plebiscites Act - Amendment in Clause 34 by adding the following after paragraph (a), Defeated
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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I know which way the wind is blowing on this amendment, so I won't belabour the point too much, but for the purposes of posterity, I wish to make sure these amendments make their way into the official record so that we can see clearly what was being proposed and clearly how these amendments were designed to create options for our residents.

There are a few more amendments I will move as well for the same purposes, but we don't have to belabour the point, and I won't be asking for recorded votes. Thank you.

Committee Motion 80-18(3): Bill 24: An Act to Amend the Elections and Plebiscites Act - Amendment in Clause 34 by adding the following after paragraph (a), Defeated
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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Mr. Testart. The motion is in on the floor. The motion has been distributed. The motion is in order. To the motion.

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Committee Motion 80-18(3): Bill 24: An Act to Amend the Elections and Plebiscites Act - Amendment in Clause 34 by adding the following after paragraph (a), Defeated
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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

All those in favour, please rise. Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Sorry, Mr. Chair. I did not request a recorded vote.

Committee Motion 80-18(3): Bill 24: An Act to Amend the Elections and Plebiscites Act - Amendment in Clause 34 by adding the following after paragraph (a), Defeated
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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Okay, a miscommunication here. To the motion. All those in favour? All those opposed? All those abstaining?

---Defeated

Committee, we will now continue with clause 35. Does committee agree?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Agreed. Clause 36. Mr. Testart.

Committee Motion 81-18(3): Bill 24: An Act to Amend the Elections and Plebiscites Act - Adding the following after Clause 36, Defeated
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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I move that Bill 24 be amended by adding the following after clause 36:

36.1 The following is added after section 83:

83.1. The Chief Electoral Officer shall maintain a register of political parties and shall register in it any political party that files with the Chief Electoral Officer an application in the approved form that contains

(a) the names of at least 60 electors indicated by the signature of each elector who collectively represents a minimum of three electoral districts, and who identify as Members of the political party;

(b) the constitution of the political party approved by a majority of its members; and

(c) the name of the person identified as the authorized representative of the registered political party. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Committee Motion 81-18(3): Bill 24: An Act to Amend the Elections and Plebiscites Act - Adding the following after Clause 36, Defeated
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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Mr. Testart. To the motion. Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? All those abstaining?

---Defeated

The committee will now continue with clause 37.

---Clauses 37 through 59 inclusive approved

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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Clause 60. Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I move that Bill 24 be amended by renumbering clause 60 as subclause 60(1) and adding the following after that renumbered subclause:

(2) The following is added after subsection 238(1):

(1.1) A person who may be a candidate for an electoral district may, during the period of time prior to the pre-election period and campaign period for an election, use an amount of his or her own funds not exceeding $30,000 to promote his or her candidacy or election.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Mr. Testart. To the motion? Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. This amendment is separate from the previous suite of amendments that was designed to register and regulate territorial political parties. One of the concerns raised, and we've heard it in the debate was around creating an unfair advantage for independent candidates or incumbents to compete with a political organization with superior resources.

This amendment allows anyone who wishes to be a candidate in an election to use up to $30,000 a year to promote their candidacy. One of the realities of being an incumbent in this House is we are able to hold the public's attention to a certain degree for four years through newsletters, through advertising. Even if it's not to directly promote our candidacy, it indirectly continues to keep our roles as MLAs alive in the public's eyes.

In the Northwest Territories, statistically, incumbents have a 65 percent likelihood of being returned to office in a general election. This amendment is designed to allow potential challengers to an incumbent to be able to spend their own personal resources to promote their candidacy. That could look like an ad in the newspaper saying, "I'm John Doe, and I would like to be your next MLA for Kam Lake," and it to not be an offence under the Elections Act to do so.

A lot of Members spoke earlier today about ensuring we have a level playing field for all political contenders. This amendment will allow independence, because we all know the registration of political parties is not a reality. Those amendments failed. This amendment specifically addresses the ability of independent candidates to promote their candidacy to a pre-defined limit outside of an electoral period or a pre-election period.

I hope Members will consider this separate from the issues of political parties. This is a very specific amendment that addresses independent candidates who could be consensus candidates or any kind of candidate, but this does level the playing field between challengers and incumbents. At the appropriate time, I would like a requested vote. Thank you, Mr. Chair.