This is page numbers 1299 - 1316 of the Hansard for the 19th Assembly, 2nd Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was land.

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Question 371-19(2): Land Lease Only Policy
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Yellowknife North.

Question 371-19(2): Land Lease Only Policy
Oral Questions

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Rylund Johnson Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is the problem I'm trying to get to. Right now, I am not prepared to support putting a multi-billion-dollar road through Akaitcho territory when half of it is withdrawn, the other half will likely go to Akaitcho, and we have no guarantee what their mineral staking regime will look like. We have not provided investors certainty in this area, and I don't believe it's just EIA. I think it's EIA, ITI, MACA, and Lands, and this huge gap in land administration in the Northwest Territories. My question is: will the Minister of Lands work with EIA to come up with a comprehensive strategy on what we are going to do with land outside of the formal land claim process? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 371-19(2): Land Lease Only Policy
Oral Questions

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

[Microphone turned off] ...the Member, but to make him feel better: yes, we will work with the Minister of EIA. Thank you.

Question 371-19(2): Land Lease Only Policy
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

October 19th, 2020

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I would like to just ask a couple of more questions, if I may, of the Minister of Finance on the large emitter carbon tax grant program. I think she almost started to make a commitment that she was prepared to review the current program and the policy that is in place, so is the Minister prepared to do that? Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Minister of Finance.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am hesitating only because I don't want to get mired in reviews on a program that hasn't even really barely rolled out. I agree with some of the comments the Member has made around ensuring that there is enough flexibility in this program to really capture true innovation, and so that we are really encouraging a sea change in terms of how we deal and how we can really use this funding to advance green opportunities and green mining. Whether it's maybe a small-scale, internal review that happens, that much, I think, is probably safe to say. Thank you.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

I want to thank the Minister for that. She's almost there. If I had had a chance to look at the guidelines and the policy, I would have given her that advice back in March, but of course, everything kind of shut down with COVID. One of my concerns is that renewable diesel, and I'm not talking about biofuels, renewable diesel, as I understand, at least one of the diamond mines is very interested in trying to trial it and maybe even use some of the money that is available through the large emitter carbon tax grant program, but it doesn't make any sense to try to apply, the way that it is currently formulated. Has the Minister heard about this proposal to look at renewable diesel at one of the diamond mines?

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

I don't have the details about some of the different proposals. What I do have is some engagement that has come, frankly, from my other hat, from the diamond mines who are looking for opportunities to be innovative. Whether that is through renewable diesel project or others, I think I take the point that there are some ideas out there that are going to be innovative where, right now, if we're demanding proof of a 5-percent reduction as part of the application process, that may be a difficult target to be able to provide that advance proof of, if what you're trying to do is something innovative. There has to be a way to modify what we're doing to ensure that we're capturing that true innovation. That is something I've spoken about many times, and again, as I say, it may be simply a matter of an internal, small-R-type review that needs to happen so that the eligibility criteria are not excluding otherwise valid, good projects that will advance green energy and green mining.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

I want to thank the Minister for that. I mentioned this in my Member's statement, that one of the conditions for eligibility under this grant program policy is that a large emitter, the project is supposed to reduce the annual GHG emissions by 5 percent relative to a project baseline, business-as-usual scenario. I'm actually looking at the document, but it's not clear to me whether that is 5 percent for the entire project or 5 percent for the specific area that an application covers. I'm not sure if the Minister can answer that question. I'd like to ask it, and we'll see where the answer is.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

The simple fact is: as I said earlier, having only been really up and running since the accounts were set up at the end of March, there hasn't even been an application yet, but I think, at the very least, as I've said already, whether it's a small-R internal review or whether it's a question of putting out some guidelines to help understand the interpretation of the criteria, which are admittedly short, I also have it in front of me, I think we'll have to do that to make sure that we are actually, again, capturing and targeting good projects, good ideas, so that we can actually demonstrate that this is going to be a program that encourages innovation. I think the Member's point has been clearly made, that there is some work to be done here to make this an even better program.

Question 372-19(2): Large Emitter Carbon Tax Grant Program
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Item 8, written questions. Item 9, returns to written questions. Item 10, replies to Commissioner's address. Item 11, petitions. Item 12, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 13, reports of standing and special committees. Item 14, tabling of documents. Honourable Premier.

Tabled Document 186-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 239-19(2): Business License for Lutselk'e Dene First Nation-Owned Frontier Fishing Lodge Tabled Document 187-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 274-19(2): Support for Residents Impacted by Flooding
Tabling Of Documents

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Caroline Cochrane Range Lake

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following two documents: "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 239-19(2): Business License for Lutselk'e Dene First Nation-Owned Frontier Fishing Lodge;" and "Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 274-19(2): Support for Residents Impacted by Flooding." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Tabled Document 186-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 239-19(2): Business License for Lutselk'e Dene First Nation-Owned Frontier Fishing Lodge Tabled Document 187-19(2): Follow-up Letter for Oral Question 274-19(2): Support for Residents Impacted by Flooding
Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Honourable Premier. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission.

Tabled document 188-19(2): Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission Annual Report 2019 Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Tabling Of Documents

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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following document: "Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission 2019-2020 Annual Report." Thank you, Mr. Speaker.