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Question 738-18(3): Affirmative Action Policy
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. Earlier today, I spoke about the poor efforts by the federal government to complete the legally required long-term funding study for Giant Mine. As the lead for GNWT on this file, can the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources tell us what role our government has had with regard to the work on this long-term funding study? Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As per measure 6 of the report on the environmental assessment, the Giant Mine Remediation Project team is exploring long-term funding options for the project. The GNWT is a co-proponent on the Giant Mine Remediation Project, and has assisted the project team in exploring options for long-term funding.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

I want to thank the Minister for that. Giant Mine Oversight Board has released a scathing review of the second draft of the study that has been prepared by an accounting firm. I tabled that letter last week in the House. Can the Minister tell the public whether the study meets the requirements of measure 6 from the Giant Mine environmental assessment to provide a full review of long-term funding options, and does the work to date meet our government's interests?

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

In regard to measure 6, a draft report was developed in 2017. The project team presented this draft to the Giant Mine working group, and members had outstanding concerns. As a result, a consultant was hired to further develop the report. The project team is working towards finalizing the report and anticipate that this will be complete in 2019 and shared publicly.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

I want to thank the Minister for that. During the original environmental assessment of the Giant Mine Remediation Project, the review board concluded that "there remains a likelihood of significant impacts from the project from risks related to funding." Further, the board recommended that a trust model be investigated for long-term funding. What is the Minister doing to ensure that there is adequate consideration given to a trust fund and other models beyond annual appropriations to fund perpetual care to Giant Mine?

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

The report as required under measure 6 investigates options for long-term funding. Discussions on this issue will continue with stakeholders. The northern abandoned mine reclamation program announced their budget in 2019, which will cover the full implementation costs for the project for the next 15 years.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I want to thank the Minister for that. That is great for the remediation, the active remediation phase, but I am worried about the long-term funding. Care and maintenance is going to be required at that site forever. The purpose of this study is to try to make sure that that funding is in place. Annual appropriations, people in Ottawa deciding that they are going to fund something in Yellowknife or not, that is not a great place to be. One of the criticisms of the work to date is that it is far behind schedule, is almost two years overdue, and this has the potential to delay water licensing of the project. So what is the Minister and his staff doing to ensure that this study is completed in a timely fashion and that there is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on it?

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
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Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

As I mentioned, the project team is working towards finalizing the report and anticipate this will be done in 2019 and shared publicly. We do not foresee this work resulting in any delays in the water licensing process. Again, we have a significant interest in this particular project, so I will work with Members of this Assembly to ensure that the interests of the Northwest Territories and the City of Yellowknife are taken into consideration. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 739-18(3): Giant Mine Remediation Project
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 740-18(3): Naming of Government Buildings
Oral Questions

May 28th, 2019

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Premier as the Minister responsible for implementing the Cabinet policy on naming new government buildings. On November 1st last year, I asked the Premier to start the process of finding a name for the government's new office building in Yellowknife. Four months later, a call went out for suggestions to name buildings in Yellowknife, Fort Simpson, and Inuvik, with nominations closing March 15th. Where do we stand now on getting names selected, and what is the target date for the announcement? Thank you.

Question 740-18(3): Naming of Government Buildings
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. The Honourable Premier.

Question 740-18(3): Naming of Government Buildings
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Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Northwest Territories residents were invited to submit their ideas for naming the Government of the Northwest Territories-owned buildings through an ad campaign that started the week of February 18th. Nominations were open until the 15th of March. I am pleased to advise the Member and this House that the Government of the Northwest Territories has received a total of 89 naming ideas from the public for the naming of three government office buildings located in Fort Simpson, Inuvik, and Yellowknife.