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Recommendation 6
Report on the Review of the 2016-2017 Public Accounts of the Government of the Northwest Territories
Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

The Standing Committee on Government Operations recommends that the Department of Finance, upon completion of a privacy impact assessment in 2018-2019 by the Information and Privacy Commissioner and having considered the committee's suggestions contained in this report, reconsider amending the Non-consolidated Schedule of Bad Debt Write-offs, Forgiveness and Student Loan Remissions to better protect the privacy of individuals.

Accountability and Transparency

A commitment to improving accountability and transparency is one of the key priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly and a fundamental component of the Government of the Northwest Territories' mandate. Public information must be clear, concise, and easily understood by the average reader.

The public accounts are the definitive source of information for the public on the GNWT's fiscal performance. However, they are prepared for a very specific purpose, according to federal and territorial legislation and following standards set by the Public Sector Accounting Board. As a result, these documents are not easily understood by non-expert readers.

In previous reviews, the standing committee has urged the Department of Finance to find ways to make the information contained in the public accounts as clear as possible for interested readers lacking expertise in finance or accounting. Finance has responded positively, first producing a document in 2015-2016, titled "The Public Accounts: An Overview," which provides non-expert readers with an introduction to the public accounts and the information contained within them. In 2016-2017, this was supplemented by a document titled "2016-2017 Financial Highlights of the Public Accounts," which the committee understands will be updated annually to coincide with the release of the public accounts.

Officials from the OAG advised the committee that the Department of Finance has been working to complete the translation of government annual reports into French and will be ensuring that those of the territorial corporations will be completed for 2016-2017 and annually moving forward. The committee supports this work and encourages the department to continue to make available in French all annual reports required under the GNWT's Planning and Accountability Framework.

Recommendation 7
Report on the Review of the 2016-2017 Public Accounts of the Government of the Northwest Territories
Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

The Standing Committee on Government Operations recommends that the Department of Finance continue its efforts to ensure that all annual reports required under the GNWT's Planning and Accountability Framework be translated into French and made available to the public in a timely manner.

The standing committee again thanks the Department of Finance for its positive response to the committee's recommendations to improve public communications related to the public accounts and commends the department for its work in this area.

Conclusion

The Standing Committee on Government Operations has a mandate to review the public accounts of the Government of the Northwest Territories so that GNWT financial management practices and decisions receive public scrutiny.

Committee members were grateful for the assistance provided by the Office of the Auditor General in support of this work. Committee members also appreciate the appearances before the standing committee by staff from the Office of the Comptroller General in the Department of Finance.

The standing committee looks forward to the government's response to this report.

Recommendation 8
Report on the Review of the 2016-2017 Public Accounts of the Government of the Northwest Territories
Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

The Standing Committee on Government Operations recommends that the Government of the Northwest Territories provide a response to this report within 120 days.

Recommendation 8
Report on the Review of the 2016-2017 Public Accounts of the Government of the Northwest Territories
Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Reports of standing and special committees. Member for Kam Lake.

Motion to Receive Committee Report 8-18(3) and Move into Committee of the Whole, Carried
Reports Of Standing And Special Committees

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that Committee Report 8-18(3), Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on the Review of the 2016-2017 Public Accounts, be received by the Assembly and moved into Committee of the Whole for further consideration. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion to Receive Committee Report 8-18(3) and Move into Committee of the Whole, Carried
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The motion is in order. To the motion.

Motion to Receive Committee Report 8-18(3) and Move into Committee of the Whole, Carried
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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Motion to Receive Committee Report 8-18(3) and Move into Committee of the Whole, Carried
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed?

---Carried

Member for Kam Lake.

Motion to Receive Committee Report 8-18(3) and Move into Committee of the Whole, Carried
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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I now seek unanimous consent to waive Rule 100(4) and to have Committee Report 8-18(3), Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on the Review of the 2016-2017 Public Accounts, be received by the Assembly and moved into Committee of the Whole for consideration later today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Unanimous consent granted

Motion to Receive Committee Report 8-18(3) and Move into Committee of the Whole, Carried
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Reports of standing and special committees. Item 13, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 14, tabling of documents. Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.

Tabled Document 202-18(3): 2017 Annual Report - Office of the Fire Marshal
Tabling Of Documents

May 31st, 2018

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Alfred Moses Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document entitled "2017 Annual Report - Office of the Fire Marshal." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 202-18(3): 2017 Annual Report - Office of the Fire Marshal
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Tabling of documents. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Tabled Document 203-18(3): NWT On the Land Collaborative 2018 Report
Tabling Of Documents

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Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following document entitled "NWT On the Land Collaborative 2018 Report." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 203-18(3): NWT On the Land Collaborative 2018 Report
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Tabling of documents. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Tabled Document 204-18(3): Northwest Territories Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations Annual Report 2017-2018
Tabling Of Documents

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document entitled "Northwest Territories Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations Annual Report 2017-2018." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.