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The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Monfwi.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Oral questions. Written questions. Oh, sorry. Member for Kam Lake.

Oral Question 791-19(2): Obstetrical Care
Oral Questions

November 23rd, 2021

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Caitlin Cleveland

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. There was still three minutes left, guys. I'll be really, really quick.

I have a couple more questions. My questions are still for the Minister of Health and Social Services. And I'd like to know if parents are coming back potentially after having delivered in Edmonton and having to isolate when they get home, how does the Department of Health and Social Services, namely public health, intend to do well-baby visits and how do they intend to further support new moms. Thank you.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Julie Green

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I'm not aware that there will be any changes to those services. They're not delivered by obstetrics nurses. They're delivered by public health. And so when people return with their newborns, they'll get the same services that they would have if they had delivered here. Thank you.

Caitlin Cleveland

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Sorry, Mr. Speaker. I must be very confused because my question is in regards to if somebody's coming home, they're having to isolate, then they can't have anybody in their home from public health. So I know it has nothing to do with obstetrics. But I'm just wondering, as far as somebody being on isolation with a newborn, how is public health able to provide support to that parent. Thank you.

Julie Green

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Yes, I'm sorry. I don't have a specific answer to that question. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Caitlin Cleveland

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I think that's an important one that we follow up on so that if a parent does have an issue that they need assistance with, how the department will be able to support that parent. I know that those first two weeks are an important time for postpartum depression, lactation consultants. There's mental health supports. There's a lot of reasons that a parent would need support in those first two weeks. If someone has had a C-section, quite often you have staples removed. There's multiple different reasons. And so I'm just making sure that parents have solutions once they're home.

My last question -- and I promise to move on in your agenda, thank you, Mr. Speaker -- is I'm wondering if Health and Social Services would be willing to provide birth worker grants even through child and family services so that people who feel that they need consistent care between the Northwest Territories and Alberta have access to dollars to be able to hire a birth worker. Thank you.

Julie Green

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Yes, thank you. I'm sorry, I don't have a good answer to this either. I think that we don't cover birth work here. So we wouldn't be covering it in other jurisdictions as well. But I'll certainly get back to the Member about that. Thank you.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Written questions. Returns to written questions. Replies to Commissioner's address. Petitions. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for Finance.

Caroline Wawzonek

Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I do have some documents to table. I wish to table the following four documents, Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary Estimates (Operations Expenditures and Borrowing Authorization), No. 4, 2020-2021; Advancing the Northwest Territories Knowledge Economy - Discussion Paper; Oil and Gas Annual Report 2020; and Socio-Economic Agreement Report for Mines Operating in the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for Health and Social Services

Julie Green

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document: Addiction Recovery Experiences Survey Results and Analysis. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for Justice.

R.J. Simpson

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document: Northwest Territories Law Foundation 38th Annual Report for the Period Ending June 30th, 2020. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Minister -- Member for Frame Lake.

Kevin O'Reilly

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I was worried I got a promotion there for a second.

I wish to table A Review and Assessment of the Natural Gas Royalty System in British Columbia Prepared for the Government of British Columbia, dated September 2021. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Tabling of documents. Notices of motion. Motions. Notices of motion for the first reading of bills. Minister responsible for Health and Social Services

Bill 40: An Act To Amend The Medical Profession Act
Notice Of Motions For The First Reading Of Bills

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Julie Green

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm clearly your favorite, and I appreciate that. Mr. Speaker, I give notice that on Thursday, November 25th, 2021, I will move that Bill 40, an Act to Amend the Medical Profession Act, will be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 40: An Act To Amend The Medical Profession Act
Notice Of Motions For The First Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

That's very good, Minister. Notices of motion for the first reading of bills. First reading of bills. Second reading of bills. Colleagues, before we continue, by the authority given to me as Speaker by Motion 1-19(2), I hereby authorize the House to sit beyond the daily hour of adjournment to consider the business before the House.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of bills and other matters, Tabled Document 137-19(2), Tabled Document 138-19(2), Tabled Document 139-19(2), with Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes in the chair.

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

The Chair Lesa Semmler

I now call Committee of the Whole to order. What is the wish of committee? Member for Frame Lake.

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters
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Kevin O'Reilly

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Thank you, Madam Chair. Committee wishes to consider Tabled Document 437-19(2), Capital Estimates 2022-2023. We'd like to start the consideration of the Department of Finance. Thank you, Madam Chair.

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

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Does committee agree?

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Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

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The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Okay, we will proceed with Minister of Finance.