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Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I saw the report for the first time today, and I was very happy to be sitting in the gallery listening to the Members as they read it in. I think, as the Members read in the report, that I got a sense of what they were trying to accomplish through the recommendations, and I support the recommendations that the committee had put forward.

I saw earlier today that there was going to be a motion to amend. I wanted to maintain an open mind as that motion came forward. It is before us now. I have been listening to the Members talk. Frankly, I listened closely to the Member's rationale as to why the motion to amend was necessary, but I feel that the honourable Member for YK Centre's rationale for why it shouldn't be supported was solid, on point, made sense, and I agree with what the Member suggested it was saying.

As a result, I will not be supporting the motion to amend, but I will be happy to support the motion as it was originally written and intended. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

To the motion to amend. Mr. O'Reilly.

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thanks, Mr. Chair. This concept of election rebates was brought to the attention of the Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures in the context of the report from the Chief Electoral Officer in the last election. There was a presentation made by an individual who suggested that this was something that should be done here in the Northwest Territories. Committee, at that point, thought that it was not something that could be pursued easily, that it was a big change to our electoral system and something more in keeping with, perhaps, the way things are done in southern jurisdictions.

I did have a chance to sit in on the committee meeting where the draft report was discussed, and I was certainly persuaded that one of the biggest barriers for women getting into politics is the cost of running a campaign. I think that this may not be the best way to address the issue, but it's certainly, I think, a viable option and one that I certainly support.

I don't support the amendment that's been brought forward by the honourable Member for Kam Lake. I want to thank him, though, for bringing it forward because I think it's got some debate discussion. I don't agree with some of the comments that have been made about the motives behind this and so on, but I do believe it's an honest effort to make sure there's an informed discussion and debate around this issue. The research that I've seen prepared on this would indicate that, if there was no cap, this would tend to benefit, at least in the last two elections, candidates largely from Yellowknife. I don't think that that really accomplishes where the committee wants to go, and I don't think it really addresses the barrier by having no cap whatsoever. I will vote against the amendment, but I will support the motion when we get to vote on it. Thanks Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

To the motion to amend. I will allow the mover of the motion to close debate. Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Given that this is the first opportunity to speak to this report, this is the first opportunity to consider the amendments and, hearing the debate now, I seek unanimous consent to withdraw the motion.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. The Member is seeking unanimous consent to withdraw the motion. All opposed? Any opposed? I didn't hear anyone opposed. The motion is withdrawn.

---Unanimous consent granted

To the motion.

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Question has been called. All those in favour? Just for clarity, the motion to amend has been withdrawn. To the original motion.

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Ms. Green.

Committee Motion 143-18(3): Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in the Legislative Assembly Final Report - Polytechnic University Leadership Program for Women, Carried
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mr. Chair, I move that this Assembly support the new NWT Polytechnic University to establish a leadership program designed to assist women to gain the skills and knowledge to take on leadership roles, including territorial, Indigenous, and municipal political positions.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Ms. Green. There's a motion on the floor. The motion is in order. To the motion. Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. We heard from women that they would like campaign schools, certainly, but also leadership training that goes beyond the specific skills that are offered in campaign training. We heard from women who had attended programs in Banff and in Nova Scotia who felt that they had been very useful, and so, providing more in-depth training on leadership seems like a good idea for women, and a good fit with the new polytechnic university. Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Ms. Green. To the motion. Mr. Vanthuyne.

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Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Chair, and I want to again thank the committee for presenting this. This is great to see. I think that it could be considered by some to be a little bit presumptuous, however, that that polytechnic university is a given, but I think we need to remind ourselves that maybe that is not the case, but that certainly, I can see that most people here are going to probably support this here today because it makes sense. Notwithstanding that a polytechnic university could be 10 years away, that maybe there would be consideration, for sure, to have similar programming established sooner rather than later in the likes of Aurora College. That will be my comments. I will be in support. Thank you.