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Mr. Johnson's Reply
Replies To Budget Address

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife North. Replies to budget address. Item 7, acknowledgements. Item 8, oral questions. Member for Hay River South.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Rocky Simpson Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The questions will be directed to the Minister responsible for Finance and human resources. The first question I have for the Minister is: how many harassment complaints does this government receive annually? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Hay River South. Minister of Finance.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We receive an average of 27 complaints per year.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Rocky Simpson Hay River South

A follow-up is: what is the most common workplace harassment complaint?

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

The most common workplace complaint cites either personal harassment or abuse of authority.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Rocky Simpson Hay River South

I would like to ask the Minister: on a percentage basis, what is the outcome in favour of the complainant?

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

On some occasions, certainly, alternative remedies would be recommended or utilized, which take an approach that is not necessarily ending with a win/loss per se, but, to the extent that there is a tracking of those that do have a formal finding, it is 68 percent that come out in favour of the complainant.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary. Member for Hay River South.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Rocky Simpson Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to also ask the Minister: what, if anything, is the Minister's department doing to ensure government employees are provided due process and fairness? Thank you.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

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Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

We certainly do have a policy on harassment-free and respectful workplace. That is a stated policy of the Department of Finance and human resources. Indeed, there is to be an updated policy with new accompanying guidelines expected to come out this fiscal year. With that, of course, there needs to be significant training done to ensure that not only managers but employees and managers are aware of those policies. To date, I can say we have had over 550 employees and over 630 managers participate in the existing harassment-free and respectful workplace training, with much more to come. Some of that slowed down during COVID, although we have shifted to online models of training over the last year.

I say all this, and yet I want to say that there is always more that needs to get done. We also have a strong partnership with the union. Employees can always go to their union. They should be employing their workplace policy, and I really encourage them to do that. I will say one last thing. Interestingly, when people have their training and become aware of their policies, sometimes complaints actually go up. That is not a bad thing. That means people are aware of their rights, aware of the tools that they have in their workplace to solve these issues. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 552-19(2): Workplace Harassment within the Government of the Northwest Territories
Oral Questions

February 12th, 2021

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Minister. Oral questions. Member for Monfwi.

Question 553-19(2): Public Servants' Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic
Oral Questions

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Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Masi, Mr. Speaker. The two most senior bureaucrats in the territorial fight against COVID vacationed outside the territory during the holidays last December. They did this as the Premier and also the CPHO were calling on Northerners to do their part and stay home. I would like to ask the Premier about the process of what took part, so the first question I would like to ask the Premier is: who was it who approved the out-of-territory travel for the following people: the associate deputy minister of the COVID secretariat, the deputy minister of Health and Social Services --

Question 553-19(2): Public Servants' Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic
Oral Questions

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R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Mr. Speaker, I have to rise on a point of order. We are not to be discussing individuals who are not in the Chamber to defend themselves. It is clear in the rule. I appreciate the Member is trying to get information and that what he is doing he thinks is for the public good, but we can't discuss people not in the Chamber who are not here to defend themselves. It's fairly clear. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 553-19(2): Public Servants' Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you. The Minister is making a point of order which is accurate. We cannot discuss members who are not here to defend themselves, so please refrain from your question. Member for Monfwi.