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This is from the 20th Assembly, 1st Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was housing.

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Caroline Wawzonek

Caroline Wawzonek Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there's a number of different conversations happening both between the Government of the Northwest Territories as well as the Northwest Territories Power Corporation along with the Tlicho government. I make note, firstly, that we were all at Roundup together recently, both the Department of Infrastructure and, I think for the first time ever, the CEO of the power corporation also has attended, as did representatives of the Tlicho government, including the grand chief, and it was a very good opportunity to, I think, begin to advance some of these discussions that I know there is a lot of eagerness to. There's a lot of interesting ideas coming out of Tlicho region. They're theirs to show, not mine. But they present all kind of interesting opportunities and we want to be there to be partners, we want to work with them. I'm glad the Member mentioned the Tlicho Highway. It is now an internationally award-winning project that they have, and this is a chance to really -- to see further advancements.

So, yes, I mean -- I suppose I could just say yes, Mr. Speaker, but I do want to emphasize that there's a lot of opportunity and a lot of discussions, and it's incumbent on us to make sure that they move them along quickly. Thank you.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Minister of Infrastructure. Member from Monfwi.

Jane Weyallon Armstrong

Jane Weyallon Armstrong Monfwi

(audio) willingness to work with Indigenous government and the communities because there's a lot of communities out there that are in the same situation. So it's just more of a comment. Thank you.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Member from the Sahtu.

Daniel McNeely

Daniel McNeely Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question today, my final question is to the Minister of ECC. Will the Minister work with my office in conjunction with the Housing NWT to look at dates of convenience for the remaining last month of the winter road season for a Sahtu tour to discuss land tenure? Mahsi.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Thank you, Member from the Sahtu. Land tenure, ECC Minister.

Jay MacDonald

Jay MacDonald Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you, Member, for the question. I certainly will speak with my staff and ensure that we provide you with the opportunity to have that conversation. Thank you.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Thank you, Minister of ECC. Time has come, no more oral questions. Oral questions. Written questions. Member from Range Lake.

Kieron Testart

Kieron Testart Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance.

  1. What is the total net revenue from carbon pricing in the Northwest Territories since 2019;
  2. What is the total amount of carbon tax rebates remitted to large emitters in the resource sector in the Northwest Territories since 2019;
  3. What is the total amount of carbon tax rebates remitted to Northwest Territories residents through cost of living offset (COLO) payments since 2019;
  4. What is the total amount of carbon tax revenue that has been shared with Northwest Territories communities through grants since 2019; and,
  5. What is the difference in carbon tax rebates between an average household in the Northwest Territories using diesel for home heating and the same household using propane, natural gas, or any other fuel, after the proposed carbon tax exemption for diesel heating fuels is implemented after April 1, 2024?

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Range Lake. Written questions. Return to written questions. Replies to the Commissioner's address. Petitions. Reports of committees on the review of bills. Reports of standing and special committees. Tabling of documents. Minister of Justice.

R.J. Simpson

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following eight documents: Northwest Territories Coroner Service 2022 Annual Report; 34th Annual Report 2022-2023 Victims Assistance Committee of the Northwest Territories; Administration of the Northwest Territories Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act Annual Report 2022-2023; Department of Justice Corrections Service Annual Report 2022-2023; Northwest Territories Law Foundation 40th Annual Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2022; Legal Aid Commission of the Northwest Territories Annual Report 2022-2023; Annual Report on the Activities of the Rental Officer April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023; and Territorial Police Service Agreement - RCMP Annual Report 2022-2023. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Vince McKay

Vince McKay Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to table the following two documents: The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal 2022 Annual Report; and the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission Annual Report 2022 - Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Minister responsible for WSCC. Tabling of documents. Notices of motion. Colleagues, we will take a brief break and give the interpreters a bit of a break, and then we'll bring it back to finish. Thank you.

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The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Thank you, and I apologize for the tardiness. I had a couple things to go, so I appreciate the House allowing me to get what I had to get done. So motions. Member from Range Lake.

Kieron Testart

Kieron Testart Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker,

WHEREAS the Northwest Territories experienced a historic and unprecedented wildfire season in 2023 that displaced two-thirds of the territorial population through emergency evacuations and that destroyed community infrastructure and private property in many northern communities;

AND WHEREAS the people of the Northwest Territories are still experiencing individual and collective trauma induced by the 2023 wildfires and subsequent emergency management operations;

AND WHEREAS the Government of the Northwest Territories is undertaking an internal review of its emergency operations during the 2023 wildfires;

AND WHEREAS there were municipal, territorial and national responses to the crisis that require a broader scope of review that is practicable by the after-action reporting undertaken by the Government of the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS Indigenous governments and municipal governments have called for greater inclusion in emergency management operations and greater transparency for decision-making during the 2023 wildfires;

AND WHEREAS the public has a right to know what the government has done on its behalf during the 2023 wildfires to make informed decisions about protecting themselves and their communities during a state of emergency;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Deh Cho, that this Legislative Assembly resolve that the Commissioner cause an inquiry to be made into the 2023 wildfires pursuant to the Public Inquiries Act;

AND FURTHER that this resolution include the Commissioner establishing a Board composed of four persons appointed by the Commissioner to make the inquiry and to report on the inquiry to the Commissioner;

AND FURTHERMORE that the Commissioner receive recommendations from the Executive Council for two persons to be appointed to the Board;

AND FURTHERMORE that the Commissioner receive recommendations from the Standing Committee on Accountability and Oversight for two persons to be appointed to the board;

AND FURTHERMORE that the Commissioner ensure the perspectives of all Northwest Territories residents are adequately captured in the public inquiry undertaken by the Board;

AND FURTHERMORE that the Commissioner ask that the public inquiry to make comprehensive recommendations into the future management of territorial emergencies by the Government of the Northwest Territories based on its findings;

AND FURTHERMORE that the inquiry establishment order is prepared jointly between the Executive Council and the Standing Committee on Accountability and Oversight;

AND FURTHERMORE that the inquiry establishment order be tabled on the first day of the May sitting of this House. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Thank you, Member from Range Lake. To the motion. Member from Hay River North.

R.J. Simpson

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member from Yellowknife South, that the motion be postponed to Thursday, February 22nd, 2024. Thank you.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Thank you, Member from Hay River North. The Member from Hay River North has moved to postpone debate on Motion 9-20(1). I will ask that the motion be distributed to the Members. The motion is in order. Rule 6.2(5)(i) states the motion is non-debatable, the motion cannot be amended. As a result, I will call the questions. Member for Range Lake.

Kieron Testart

Kieron Testart Range Lake

Mr. Speaker, I would request a recorded vote.

Recorded Vote
Motions

February 9th, 2024

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

The Member from Range Lake has requested a recorded vote. We'll just wait for the motion to be delivered. Okay.

Some Hon. Members

Question.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Question has been called. All those in favour, please stand.

(audio) this debate if we're going to postpone the debate on this motion today to the 24th of February. Right, 24th of February -- or 22nd. Sorry, the 22nd of February. For all those in favour, please stand.

Clerk Of The House Mr. Glen Rutland

The Member for Hay River North. The Member for Hay River South. The Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes. The Member for Nunakput. The Member for Great Slave. The Member for Frame Lake. The Member for Thebacha. The Member for Yellowknife South. The Member for Kam Lake.

The Speaker

The Speaker Shane Thompson

All those opposed.