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Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Chair. I move that this committee recommends that, after any remote sitting, the Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures be tasked with conducting a review and to provide any recommendations for improvements. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Rocky Simpson

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

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Some Hon. Members

Question.

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Rocky Simpson

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

---Carried

Thank you, committee. Do you agree that you have concluded consideration of Committee Report 6-19(2), Report on Remote Sitting?

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Rocky Simpson

Thank you, committee. We have concluded consideration of Committee Report 6-19(2), Report on Remote Sittings. What is the will of committee? Mr. Norn.

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marsi cho, Mr. Chair. I move that the chair rise and report progress.

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Rocky Simpson

Thank you, Mr. Norn. There is a motion on the floor to report progress. The motion is in order and non-debatable. All those in favour? Opposed? Abstentions? The motion is carried.

---Carried

I will now rise and report progress.

Committee Motion 74-19(2): Committee Report 6-19(2): Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings - Standing Committee Review of Remote Sittings, Carried
Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

Report of the Committee of the Whole. Member for Hay River South.

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

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Rocky Simpson Hay River South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Your committee has been considering Committee Report 6-19(2), Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures Report on Remote Sittings, and would like to report progress with 16 motions carried. Committee Report 6-19(2) is concluded. Madam Speaker, I move that report of the Committee of the Whole be concurred with.

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

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

Do we have a seconder? Member for Yellowknife Centre. All those in favour? All those opposed? Motion is carried.

---Carried

Item 22, third reading of bills. Minister of Finance.

Bill 22: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2021-2022
Third Reading Of Bills

November 5th, 2020

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Madam Speaker, I move, seconded by the Honourable Member for Range Lake, that Bill 22, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2021-2022, be read for the third time. Madam Speaker, I would request a recorded vote. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Bill 22: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2021-2022
Third Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

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

Bill 22: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2021-2022
Third Reading Of Bills

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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Madame la Presidente. I recognize that I'm one of the few things that is standing in the way of a much-needed break for us all, so I'm going to try to keep my remarks pretty short here. There was a very significant announcement by the Minister of Finance in the House yesterday. It's largely gone unnoticed by the public and media. That was some changes that the Minister agreed to make moving forward as a result of our discussions around the 2021-2022 capital budget. There was $15 million added to the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation budget over three years to help leverage the federal co-investment fund, $60 million carveout. We also agreed that there should be a $2.5 million one-time increase in the municipal infrastructure funding for 2021-2022. I want to sincerely thank all my Regular MLA colleagues for our work together on these priorities and to our Cabinet colleagues as well. Moving forward, this is the kind of collaboration I want to encourage and work towards. This is how consensus government can and should work.

People know that I tend to be a fairly stubborn, principled MLA. I want to make some remarks about the capital budget itself. Of course, it's the largest ever, and I'm quite concerned with the direction that it is taking. I don't think even the Finance Minister is entirely happy with it. I think this is really what I might categorize as a bad hangover from the last Assembly of overspending on capital, and capital not necessarily in the right areas. I support a lot of the spending in the bill, but we need to find a better balance between the programs and services and for our people and the large infrastructure projects. I don't think we've achieved that with this capital budget. Therefore, I will not be voting in favour of the bill, but I look forward to a better balance in the next capital budget. I'm happy to be part of a more collaborative process moving forward. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Bill 22: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2021-2022
Third Reading Of Bills

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The Deputy Speaker Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. To the motion. Member for Yellowknife North.