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The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

The motion is in order. To the motion.

Some Hon. Members

Question.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

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

---Carried

Member for Nunakput.

Jackie Jacobson

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Madam Chair. I move that this committee recommends that Rule 2.3(4) be amended by adding "all remaining business shall stand over until the next sitting day" to the end of the existing rule. Thank you, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

The motion is in order. To the motion.

Some Hon. Members

Question.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Question has been called. All those in favour, please raise your hand. All those opposed? The motion is carried.

---Carried

Member for Nunakput.

Jackie Jacobson

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Madam Chair, I move that this committee recommends that Rule 5.6(2) be amended by adding the following after Rule 5.6(2)(C) "(d) shall not refer to any matter on the orders for that day." Thank you, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

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

Some Hon. Members

Question.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Question has been called. All those in favour, please raise your hand. All those opposed raise your hand. The motion is carried.

---Carried

Member for Nunakput.

Jackie Jacobson

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Madam Chair, I move that this committee recommends that Rule 1.9 (4) be amended by adding the words "a stranger does not include an infant being cared for by a Member" at the end of the rule. Thank you, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. The motion is in order. To the motion. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Julie Green

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Madam Chair. Madam Chair, I feel like this is the icing on the cake of making this a family friendly workplace. Just to recap, when I first started working here, if you wanted to change a baby you had to change him or her on the bathroom floor. That was the only available place. So what a long way we've come from that to actually welcoming babies into the Chamber. Thank you.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. To the motion. Member for Kam Lake.

Caitlin Cleveland

Caitlin Cleveland Kam Lake

Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I want to thank the Member for Yellowknife Centre for the time that she gave of her own personal time, especially before this Assembly, in sitting down with people and answering a multitude of questions. I was one of those people that had a lot of questions about how being in this building, especially as a parent with young children might look, and I really appreciated having that insight.

I wanted to add though for my colleagues, because it's something that has come up in a lot of conversations, and even at board of management, is how do you make sure that this building is family friendly, and one of the things that I wanted to add, and hopefully people who are here next time will hear, is one of the things that COVID left behind was our ability to do a lot more meetings virtually. And as chair of the Standing Committee on Social Development, my rule was always you take the meeting from wherever works best for you and your family as long as you participate. And I just wanted to add that in here because I think it's really important to be able to hang on to that so that people -- especially people from out of town can still participate. The other thing I wanted to say is that people need to consider if they're having a meeting on a Saturday morning, does it really need to be a Saturday morning, or can it be held on a weekday. So I just wanted to add those in. Thank you, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you. To the motion. Member for Great Slave.

Katrina Nokleby

Katrina Nokleby Great Slave

Thank you, Madam Chair. And to answer my colleague's question, no, I won't be now having a baby in order to take advantage of these. My colleague from Nunakput, not Kam Lake, sorry.

I did want to say -- echo the sentiments as well that, you know, having been a part of this Assembly, to have this many women in and to see the changes that have occurred because of that, not only in our procedures but just some of the things that have happened where the conversations around earrings that we seem to have. We joke that the number 1 thing said here in this House sometimes is who made your earrings. And then a clerk coming in and bringing her child in while she was on mat leave was a moment for me that really struck me as a legislator that this is probably something that has not happened much in the past, and we not only see it in our Members but we're also seeing it in our staff, that there is a lot more representation. And so, yeah, I think it's an exciting thing. And I have to laugh. It's probably one of the most funny worded motions I think I've ever seen, but I love it. So thank you, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

To the motion.

Some Hon. Members

Question.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Question has been called. Sorry, I just drew a blank there. I was just thinking about Katrina having a baby maybe. All those in favour, please raise your hand. All those opposed, raise your hand. The motion is carried.

---Carried

Thank you, committee. Do you agree that you've concluded consideration of Committee Report 52-19(2)?

Some Hon. Members

Agreed.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, committee. We have concluded consideration of Committee Report 52-19(2), Report on the Review of the Rules of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly.

Committee, we've agreed to consider Report 75-19(2), Report on the Review of Rules of the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, No. 2. I will go to the chair of Standing Committee on rules and procedures for any opening comments. Member for Nunakput.

Jackie Jacobson

Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Madam Chair. The Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures delivered a report on the Review of the Rules of the Legislative Assembly, No. 2, to the Assembly on October 3rd, 2023.

With the 19th Legislative Assembly coming to a conclusion, the committee has reviewed the rules and made 22 recommendations that: Provide clarity and reflect current practice in the House, streamline administrative functions in the parliamentary process in the Northwest Territories, and recognize the adoption of the Consensus Government Process Convention on the Introduction and Enactment of Bills pursuant to the Intergovernmental Council Legislative Development Protocol.

Individual Members may have comments, Madam Chair.

The Chair

The Chair Lesa Semmler

Thank you, Member. Member, can we agree to go into discussion by each motion? Like, any comments to the motions? Can we go right to the motions?