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Last in the Legislative Assembly March 1999, as MLA for Keewatin Central

Won his last election, in 1995, with 82% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The notes indicate to me that the net effect on the government will be nil as this funding will be fully offset by recovery from Canada. Just give me a chance to read the other notes here. We have actually sent this back to the federal government. The full $80,000 will be reimbursed to the Government of the Northwest Territories by the federal government. In fact, as of November 1999, the Firearms Program has been transferred to the federal government and the GNWT now has no role in the program, so we are just recovering the costs. Thank you.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

I believe, Mr. Hamilton advised me that is the total amount they submitted.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

I understand that is $137,000, $65,000 for Mr. Bailey and $297,000 for others, and $704,000 for others. I can read. My only point was that it certainly is a lot of money when it is all accumulated at the end of the day. Mr. Chairman, I do not know if these are all the invoices. I would have to check with Mr. Gargan and Mr. Hamilton. If you just give me a moment, I will do that.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

I believe that they are all listed there. Mr. Hamilton will know where they are, but they are all listed there somewhere. One hundred twenty-five thousand, two hundred and twenty-four dollars.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

The Management and Services Board through the chair, Mr. Gargan, has provided the House with the detailed breakdown of the costs that were requested in committee the other day. There are no costs indirectly associated with any legal expenditures that we may have had in House. None.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. To my immediate right is Mr. Lew Voytilla, deputy minister of the Financial Management Board Secretariat.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 23rd, 1999

Thank you. Supplementary Appropriation Act, No. 5, 1998-99, requests authority for additional appropriations of $35,598,364, made up of $29,223,364 for operations and maintenance expenditures and $6.375 million for capital. Approximately $7.5 million of the new supplementary requirements will be offset by revenues or other recoveries and will not impact the government's operating results for the year. Twenty million dollars was anticipated and provided for in the government's fiscal framework to address the ultimate outcome of the new collective agreement. The net new funding requirements included in this supplementary appropriation amount to $8.1 million.

Improvement in the 1998-99 revenue forecasts and a one-time retroactive adjustment to the grant from Canada in the 1997-98 fiscal year has permitted the government to provide for additional critical needs through supplementary appropriations, which exceeds the anticipated requirements included in the 1998-99 Main Estimates.

With the revenue forecast adjustments on the year-to-date supplementary appropriations we do project an accumulated surplus at the end of the 1998-99 fiscal year of approximately $58 million as compared to an accumulated deficit of $28 million forecast in 1998-99 estimates.

The operations and maintenance supplementary appropriation requirements include the following major items: $20.5 million for implementation for the Job Evaluation System and the recently ratified collective agreement; $1.7 million to address the legal costs of the Conflict Inquiry; $1.6 million for the increase borrowing costs required to meet the government's requirements to the end of the fiscal year; and $1.6 million for the government's share of the replacement cost of the RCMP plane, this amount will be offset by recoveries of prior years' expenditures related to the Policing Agreement. The supplementary capital appropriation requirements include $5 million for the NWT Housing Corporation to address capital requirements associated with the Plan 2000 Program implementation. This will be offset by recovery of an operations and maintenance surplus from the Housing Corporation, $1 million for the Housing Corporation to extend the Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program pilot project. Mr. Chairman, that is all. Thank you.

Bill 13: An Act To Amend The Financial Administration Act March 23rd, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you, colleagues. I move, seconded by the Honourable Member for Baffin South, that Bill 13, An Act to Amend the Financial Administration Act, be read for the second time.

Mr. Speaker, this bill amends the Financial Administration Act to expand the definition of a public officer to include a person acting as an agent for the government. The bill authorizes the investment of surplus funds in the consolidated revenue fund and the money belonging to public agencies in specified classes of investment.

The regulation-making power is added respecting the minimum standards of credit readiness that will be required of users of securities purchased by the government of public agencies. The bill also permits the territorial corporations specified in schedule C of the act, that is the Workers' Compensation Board, to invest in any class of security that its board of directors determines to be prudent. A consequential amendment is also being made to the Workers' Compensation Act.

Bill 13: An Act To Amend The Financial Administration Act March 23rd, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I seek consent to proceed with the second reading of Bill 13, An Act to Amend the Financial Administration Act.