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Recorded Vote
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The Chair R.J. Simpson

We will just pause for a couple of seconds here. Mr. Beaulieu.

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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Mr. Chairman, I would like to request a very quick recess to have the motions reprinted. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Mr. Beaulieu. There appears to be some paperwork that we need to deal with, so we will call a brief recess, no more than 10 minutes. Thank you.

---SHORT RECESS

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Mr. Beaulieu.

Committee Motion 114-18(3): Concurrence of Tabled Document 381-18(3): Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019, Carried
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March 13th, 2019

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Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I move that consideration of Tabled Document 381-18(3), Supplementary Estimates, (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019 be now concluded and that Tabled Document 381-18(3) be reported and recommended as ready for further consideration in the formal session through the form of an appropriation bill. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. The motion is in order. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Committee, we have agreed to next consider Tabled Document 382-18(3), Supplementary Estimates (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019. I will turn to the Minister of Finance for opening remarks. Minister McLeod.

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. I am here to present Supplementary Estimates (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019. This document provides for an increase of $16.7 million to the 2018-2019 operating budget.

The major items included in these supplementary estimates are:

  • $4.5 million for increased costs related to the Income Assistance Program;
  • $3.3 million for costs associated with operationalizing the new Stanton Territorial Hospital;
  • $2 million for insured hospital services provided to individuals who are not residents of the Northwest Territories. These expenditures will be fully offset by recoveries from other jurisdictions;
  • $1.4 million for repairs required to the runway at the Inuvik Airport;
  • $1.1 million for Grant-in-Lieu of Property Taxes Program payments to municipal taxation authorities as per the Grants-in-Lieu of Property Taxes Policy;
  • $1 million to support the combined day shelter and sobering program in Yellowknife;
  • $745,000 for demolition and site cleanup resulting from the October 2, 2018 fire that destroyed the Rockhill Apartments;
  • $705,000 to support the Taltson Hydro Expansion Project. This expenditure will be fully offset by revenue from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada;
  • $646,000 for increased payments required for the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority Pension Plan; and
  • $501,000 for supplementary health programs for a projected budget shortfall for Extended Health Benefits and Metis Health Benefits.

That concludes my opening remarks, Mr. Chair. I would be happy to answer questions that the Members might have. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Committee, the first voteable item is found on page 4, Department of Education, Culture and Employment. However, if there are general comments, I will open the floor to general comments. Seeing none, we will proceed to the detail on page 4. Comments or questions? Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. There is about a 5-percent increase in the funding allocated to income security. I am wondering if this is money because there are more clients or if this is money because of the change in the benefits. Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The increase is due to there being more clients, plus I believe that there were some inflationary rates that were applied to this as well. The number of income support clients has gone up, as well. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Given the fact that the number of income assistance cases has been going up steadily, I am wondering if the budget will now take into account a certain amount of forced growth, or maybe it already does, for income support. Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you. Forced growth, I believe, is taken into account, and the number that I have is $1.7 million in forced growth in 2019-2020. Thank you, Mr. Chair.