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Question 677-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My temptation now is to bring out my wish list of education spending to help the Minister with that colossal surplus. Are the surpluses going to continue because these positions are unfilled, and can Aurora College keep these surpluses as they occur? Thank you.

Question 677-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

These are accumulated surpluses. They add up over the years. Like I said, the last one that was tabled here was 2017-2018. It was over $13 million. That money will be used for the polytechnic university to assist with the implementation plan, although, Mr. Speaker, I must qualify that that is one pot of funding. If there is additional funding that is drawn up that is expected through the implementation plan, then I, as the Minister, or whichever Minister is in this position at that time, I am hoping, will be bringing forward that figure to the government to ask for additional funding. We will be looking at monies from the federal government. We will be looking at outside funds, as well. That is part of the comprehensive plan in developing this strategic work as we go forward. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 677-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a couple more questions for the Minister. The first one is: how much is the budget for this position in the next fiscal year? Thank you.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My understanding is that, if she is actually asking for the salary of a person, there might be some confidential issues on that. I am willing to meet with the Member outside the Chamber to define that more in depth, if she would like. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Let me ask this question in a different way. I am assuming that there is an office with an assistant, travel, contracting capabilities, and so on. The line item that is called "development of a polytechnic," how much is that budget for the next fiscal year?

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

I do know that we give approximately $32 million to the Aurora College at this point. They provide a plan for how they are using that money. I don't, at this time, have the exact figure that is for the associate deputy minister's office, including travel, et cetera. Again, I can get that for the Member.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you to the Minister for that commitment. In order to increase transparency, can the Minister commit to creating a line item in the next budget which shows taxpayers what is being spent on the development of a polytechnic university?

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

I will take that under advisement. I can't make that commitment on the floor. I would have to talk with my colleagues in Finance, et cetera, to find out what is confidential, what is not confidential, and how we share that information. It is a little bit more complicated than I would like to make a commitment at this point.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I beg your pardon, Mr. Speaker. I was just digesting the information that was just given. I guess I am not understanding how spending on a government program could be confidential. It needs to be part of the mains, part of the program spending that we look at and review every year. I would like the Minister to make a commitment that she will make this information public, if not today, then shortly. Mahsi.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

My understanding, again, and I am sure I will be corrected if I am not right, is that there are certain areas that we report on. There are other areas that we don't report on so in-depth because of confidentiality, such as line items. The commitment is that, the first couple of years, we will be developing an implementation plan to move us into a polytechnic university, and during that work, there will be financial targets that will be identified in that work, and then also looking at partners, not only us, but other partners also to find those resources. That will be part of the implementation plan, the money needed to move it forward, because there are more expenses than just a wage. There may be capital. We don't know. There are a lot of other things that we may be looking at. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 678-18(3): Associate Deputy Minister Position Funding
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Item 8, written questions. Item 9, returns to written questions. Item 10, replies to the Commissioner's opening address. Item 11, petitions. Item 12, reports of standing and special committees. Item 13, reports of committee on the review of bills. Item 14, tabling of documents. Minister of Finance.

Tabled Document 381-18(3): Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019 Tabled Document 382-18(3): Supplementary Estimates (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019
Tabling Of Documents

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following two documents entitled "Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019"; and "Supplementary Estimates (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.