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Louis Sebert Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Chair. To my right is Mr. Mark Aitken, assistant deputy minister of Justice. To my left is Ms. Laura Jeffrey, legislative counsel. Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Welcome to the witnesses. I will open the floor to general comments. First, Ms. Green.

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I have made several Member's statements in this House about the problems related to delays in putting out orders after hearings under the Residential Tenancies Act. In particular, I had heard from constituents who are just renting one place of their own, they aren't commercial landlords, and how the wait between the hearing and the order can mean that the money is even more difficult to collect from the non-paying tenant.

I am very happy to see this change. I think that it will make a tangible difference to the people who are, as I say, just landlords of a single property or a couple of properties. This will expedite the service that the public can receive from the rental office.

I am also happy to see the changes in the Children's Law Act. Whenever we can improve legal services for ordinary people who come face-to-face with the law, I think that we should do so, and I am pleased to see that this bill does that. Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Ms. Green. Anything further to general comments on this act? Seeing none, does committee agree that we begin our clause-by-clause review?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, committee. We will defer the bill number and title until after consideration of each clause. There are 11 clauses stretched out over 26 pages. I will call each clause individually. Clause 1.

---Clauses 1 through 6 inclusive approved

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, committee. Clause 7. Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. This clause of the bill brings about changes to the Land Titles Act, and I will just note from the Minister's opening remarks that it will increase fee rates in respect to the registration of certain instruments and caveats under the Land Titles Act. Is this related to the government's proposal for increasing land transfer fees or land transfer taxes? Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Louis Sebert Thebacha

It is an increase of fees, of course, but it is not a land transfer tax.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Mr. Testart.

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Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you. What is the policy rationale for increasing these fees? Thank you.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Louis Sebert Thebacha

The fees had not been changed in many, many years, and we thought it wise to update the fees.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister, when you are done speaking, I would just ask that you let the audio people know so that they can change the mics. Mr. Testart.