This is page numbers 1653 - 1688 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 indigenous.

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Tabled Document 233-19(2): 2019 Annual Report - Office of the Fire Marshall Tabled Document 234-19(2): Northwest Territories 911 2019-2020 Annual Report
Tabling Of Documents

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

Tabling of documents. Item 15, notices of motion. Item 16, motions. Item 17, notices of motion for the first reading of bills. Item 18, first reading of bills. Minister of Finance.

Bill 21: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021
First Reading Of Bills

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Madam Speaker, I move, seconded by the Honourable Member for Nahendeh, that Bill 21, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021, be read for the first time. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Bill 21: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021
First Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

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

---Carried

Bill 21 has had its first reading. First reading of bills. Item 19, second reading of bills. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
Second Reading Of Bills

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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Madam Speaker, I move, seconded by the Honourable Member for Inuvik Boot Lake, that Bill 20, An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act, be read for the second time. This bill amends the Employment Standards Act to provide an entitlement to unpaid emergency leave for employees who are unable to perform their duties because of an emergency; definitions that in apply in respect of emergency and extend the definition of care to apply in respect of emergency leave; establish regulation making authorities in respect of emergency leave and provide that regulations made under this authority may have retroactive effect; establish confidentiality requirements in relation to leave; provide an exception to the periods of notice required for group terminations that applies in the case of an unforeseeable event or circumstance; clarify that a notice of termination for group termination may be given to concurrently with an individual notice of termination; and correct inconsistencies and errors identified in the act. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you. The motion is in order. To the principle. Member for Frame Lake.

Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
Second Reading Of Bills

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Madame la Presidente. I support part of this bill. I support the emergency leave provisions that are being brought forward. In fact, I think it probably can and should have been done as part of an omnibus bill as part of our response to the COVID pandemic.

The part of the bill that causes me great concern is the exceptions to that it may provide for large layoffs. Currently, in the Legislation, if an employer has more than 50 employees, four weeks' notice is required, eight weeks if it's between 50 and 100 employees, 12 weeks between 100 and 300, 16 weeks if it's 300 or more employees. Clearly, the intention of the legislation was to ensure that, the larger the employer, that there is some advance notice given to their workers so that we don't flood the labour market with people being laid off. Larger employers, I think, are also better able to provide notice of this nature, given the greater size of their business.

I will be asking questions around what kind of cross-jurisdictional analysis has been done, what kind of consultation was done with organized labour in the preparation of this legislation, because I think that this will affect workers' rights. I will ask what kind of additional costs may be incurred by our government when a large employer lays off a large number of the employees and they come into the workplace and they may require income assistance, other kinds of support. I think there is going to be a cost for our government with these particular provisions.

I think it's also important that decisions around exceptions need to be made by a Minister. A Minister needs to be making that kind of decision, and the Minister should be held accountable. It should not be delegated to a staff person, and I think that we also need to look at what kind of appeal provisions may be required for this kind of a process. I certainly have a number of concerns with this bill. I look forward to a very thorough public review for the Standing Committee on Social Development, and I certainly will be encouraging organized labour to express their views on that part of the bill, as I would all members of the public, as well. In short, Madam Speaker, I am very support of the emergency leave provisions but providing exceptions to the advanced notice for larger employers, that's something that caused me great concern. Mahsi, Madam Speaker.

Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you. To the principle.

Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
Second Reading Of Bills

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

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

---Carried

Bill 20 has had second reading and will be referred to standing committee. Second reading of bills. Minister of Finance.

Bill 21: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021
Second Reading Of Bills

November 4th, 2020

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Madam Speaker, I move, seconded by the Honourable Member for Nahendeh, that Bill 21, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021, be read for the second time. This bill makes supplementary appropriations for operations expenditures of the Government of the Northwest Territories for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Bill 21: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

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

Bill 21: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021
Second Reading Of Bills

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Bill 21: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2020-2021
Second Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

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

---Carried

Bill 21 has had second reading. Second reading of bills. Item 20, consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters: 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 the 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 2021-2020, with Member for Hay River South in the chair.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Rocky Simpson

I call Committee of the Whole to order. What is the will of the committee? Mr. Norn.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marsi cho, Mr. Chair. The committee wishes to deal with Tabled Document 181-19(2), Capital Estimates 2021-2022, the deferred departments and the concurrence motion. Marsi cho.