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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marsi cho, Madam Chair. Committee would like to consider Tabled Document 43-19(2), Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2020-2021, Department of Finance. Marsi cho.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Does committee agree?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, committee. We will proceed with the first item. 2020-2021 Supplementary Estimates, No. 1, (infrastructure expenditures), Infrastructure, capital investment expenditures, asset management. Sorry, I forgot. Minister of Finance, do you have any opening remarks?

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Yes, Madam Chair. Thank you. Madam Chair, I am here to present the Supplementary Estimates (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2020-2021. The supplementary estimates document proposes an increase of $28.7 million, comprised of the following items:

  • $10 million to fund environmental assessment and planning work to be completed in 2023-2024, to inform the potential construction of an all-weather road from Highway No. 4 to Lockhart Lake within the Slave Geological Province Corridor. Of this amount, 75 percent will be funding by the Government of Canada's National Trade Corridors Fund;
  • $10.6 million will be for surface structures adaptation for climate change resilience at the Mike Zubko Airport in Inuvik;
  • $3.5 million will be to increase fuel storage capacity to mitigate impacts to public and essential services;
  • these two projects are funded 75 percent by the Government of Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund; and
  • $4.6 million for the Mike Zubko Airport runway extension design, which is 100 percent funded by the Department of National Defence.

That concludes my opening remarks. I would be happy to answer any questions that Members might have.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Minister. Do you have witnesses to bring?

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Madam Chair, I do have witnesses, and I think I can say at present staff from the Department of Finance, all of my senior staff from the Department of Finance, have been involved in a variety of meetings this morning, and they are on their way. They are not here. I think they had thought there would be a break, not realizing that we had just broken for lunch. I am told they are literally on their way here, but they are not here now. Madam Chair, I am prepared to begin speaking to the infrastructure supplementaries on my own and have the witnesses escorted in as they arrive.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

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Steve Norn Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Marsi cho, Madam Chair. In light of the development that the witnesses are not here, I would ask just for a quick recess until the witnesses arrive. Marsi cho.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

I will ask committee. Does committee agree?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Okay.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

I call the committee back to order. Thank you. We will wait for your witnesses to come, and then we will have the Sergeant-at-Arms escort them in. Is he here? Okay. Sergeant-at-Arms, can you escort the witness in, please. Minister, will you please introduce your witness for the record.

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Chair. I appreciate the indulgence. We are all working diligently this morning on a number of things. I have here with me Mr. Sandy Kalgutkar. He is the deputy minister of Finance.

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The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. I will now open the floor for general comments. Seeing no questions, we will move to detail. We will begin on page 6, 2020-2021 Supplementary Estimates No. 1, (Infrastructure Expenditures), infrastructure, capital investment expenditures, asset management, not previously authorized, $10 million. Questions? Member for Frame Lake.