This is page numbers 1443 - 1480 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 housing.

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Young

Thank you, Madam Chair. Absolutely. As the Minister said, every opportunity we can, particularly with Infrastructure Canada, we have lobbied for many years to have additional funding to the territory beyond the per-capita approach that has been used in the provinces, we have called it a base-plus approach, so that there can be additional funding. We have always, even internally within the GNWT, how much comes to communities versus how much goes to territorial infrastructure is a conversation every time there is a new funding pot. However, we have been very successful getting a lot of money over the last number of years, and we need to continue to do that.

I am happy to say, specific to the example that you raise, we actually had staff support the Town of Hay River to do a review of their water plant, and they actually did a presentation to council earlier this week and are starting to support the town in writing an application for the Investing in Canada Plan. We are just in the process of rolling out an application process for $82 million that is left in our Investing in Canada Plan money for community governments. They all received application forms over the last couple of weeks, so that is the next opportunity for federal funding that we are trying to support, communities applying for money under that particular program. We do everything we can with any new program coming up to try to get money for communities that fits within whatever priority the federal government has put to the infrastructure program. Thank you, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Deputy Minister. Member for Hay River South.

Rocky Simpson

Rocky Simpson Hay River South

Thank you, Madam Chair. I think most of the questions and concerns have been raised, but one thing is that, with the way the economy is with COVID, I don't expect the gap to be filled by the residents of the Northwest Territories. Taxes just are not there anymore. Our revenue from mining, et cetera, just is not there. I think that I would urge this government to seriously sit down with the federal government and see what we can do in these times because this is not going to be over next year or the year after, so this is going to be an ongoing thing. We can talk about it. We can spin it whichever way we want, but at the end of the day, we have to find the money from somewhere. It's not going to come from the residents, and it's not going to come from the businesses at this point in time. I would urge that we look at the federal government, and I urge the Minister to move in that direction. Thank you.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member. I did not really hear a question. Just a comment? Okay. Are there any further questions or comments under this activity? Seeing none, I will call the activity. Municipal and Community Affairs, regional operations, infrastructure investments, $29 million. Does committee agree?

Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Members. Please return now to the departmental summary found on page 61, Municipal and Community Affairs, 2021-2022 Capital Estimates, $29 million. Mr. Norn.

Steve Norn

Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I move that this committee defer further consideration of the estimates for the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs at this time. Marsi cho, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. The motion is in order. To the motion.

Some Hon. Members

Question.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

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

---Carried

Consideration of department summary has been deferred. Thank you to the Minister and the witness. Sergeant-at-Arms, you may please escort the witness out of the Chamber. Mr. Norn, what is the will of committee?

Steve Norn

Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Thank you, Madam Chair. I move that the chair rise and report progress.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. The motion is in order and is non-debatable. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

I will now rise and report progress.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

May I have the report of the Committee of the Whole, please? Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

Report Of Committee Of The Whole
Report Of Committee Of The Whole

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Lesa Semmler

Lesa Semmler Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Your committee has been considering Tabled Document 181-19(2), Capital Estimates 2020-2022, and would like to report progress with two motions carried, and Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of Committee of the Whole be concurred with. Thank you.

Report Of Committee Of The Whole
Report Of Committee Of The Whole

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The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes. Do we have a seconder? Member for Yellowknife Centre. All those in favour? All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Item 22, third reading of bills. Mr. Clerk, orders of the day.

Orders Of The Day
Orders Of The Day

October 28th, 2020

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Clerk Of The House Mr. Glen Rutland

Orders of the day for Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.:

  1. Prayer
  2. Ministers' Statements
  3. Members' Statements
  4. Returns to Oral Questions

- Question 358-19(2), Long-Term Care Facility

  1. Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Oral Questions
  4. Written Questions
  5. Returns to Written Questions
  6. Replies to Commissioner's Address
  7. Petitions
  8. Reports of Committees on the Review of Bills
  9. Reports of Standing and Special Committees
  10. Tabling of Documents
  11. Notices of Motion
  12. Motions
  13. Notices of Motion for First Reading of Bills
  14. First Reading of Bills

- Bill 15, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2020

  1. Second Reading of Bills

- Bill 12, An Act to Amend the Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupational Certification Act

- Bill 13, An Act to Amend the Interpretation Act

- Bill 14, An Act to Amend the Securities Act

  1. Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters

- Committee Report 4-19(2), Standing Committee on Government Operations Report on the Review of the 2018-2019 Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission Annual Report

- Committee Report 5-19(2), StandingCommittee on Government Operations Report on the Review of the 2018-2019 Annual Report of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories

- Minister's Statement 77-19(2), National Housing Co‐Investment Fund

- Tabled Document 165-19(2), Government of the Northwest Territories Response to Committee Report 1-19(2): Report on Long-Term Post-Pandemic Recovery - Recommendations to the GNWT

- Tabled Document 166-19(2), Government of the Northwest Territories Response to Committee Report 2-19(2): Report on Long-Term Post-Pandemic Recovery - Recommendations to the GNWT

- Tabled Document 167-19(2), Government of the Northwest Territories Response to Committee Report 3-19(2): Report on Long-Term Post-Pandemic Recovery - Recommendations to the GNWT

- Tabled Document 181-19(2), Capital Estimates 2021-2022

  1. Report of Committee of the Whole
  2. Third Reading of Bills
  3. Orders of the Day

Orders Of The Day
Orders Of The Day

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The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Mr. Clerk. This House stands adjourned until Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

---ADJOURNMENT

The House adjourned at 5:15 p.m.