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Committee Motion 215-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend paragraph 17.1(1)(q), Defeated
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I move that clause 7 of Bill 34 be amended by adding the following after paragraph (3)(r) -- I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. My motions are out of order.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you, Mr. O'Reilly. We will be taking a dinner break in about 16 minutes, just in case anyone is wondering. I know we are all getting a little tired and confused. To clause 7, committee already agreed. Thank you.

---Clauses 8 through 17 inclusive approved

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Clause 17.1. Mr. O'Reilly.

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Yes, I have a question I'd like to start with, and I want to commend the department, again. This took a lot of work. The annual report requirements are new. This was something that committee worked hard on with the department, and it's definitely an improvement.

So 17.1(1)(q) says the total amount of royalties paid the Government of the Northwest Territories. I understand that, right now, this actually doesn't happen, the public reporting of total royalties. We do get public accounts where there are combined figures for oil and gas and mining royalties, so can someone with the department confirm for me that this is actually an improvement and that it is going to require greater disclosure on our part as a government? Thanks, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The answer is yes. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Mr. O'Reilly.

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thanks, Mr. Chair. That's great. Is there anything that would prevent the reporting of royalties by each mine? I'm not talking about the calculation of those royalties, but disclosure to the public of an actual figure of the royalties remitted to our government by each mine? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Presently, it's confidential under the Mining Regulations, but as part of our broader context, like we said, going forward the review and reporting will be part of the discussion. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Mr. O'Reilly.

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thanks, Mr. Chair. Some of our mining companies here actually are required under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, federal legislation, to disclose on an annual basis what they pay actually to our government in the form of taxes, fees, royalties. Part of the issue is that there is no consistent reporting period, but can someone confirm for me that, indeed, the royalties paid by those companies that do business in the Northwest Territories, portions of that may actually already be disclosed under the federal legislation? Thanks, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Minister.

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Yes, it might, but it's a self-reporting mechanism. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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The Chair R.J. Simpson

Thank you. Mr. O'Reilly.