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  • His favourite word was public.

Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2019, as MLA for Kam Lake

Lost his last election, in 2019, with 23% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Committee Motion 234-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend subclause 111(4) to add (4.1) and (4.2), Defeated August 21st, 2019

Mr. Chair, I move that Bill 34 be amended by adding the following after subclause 111(4):

(4.1) A copy of each regulation that the Commissioner in Executive Council proposes to make under this act shall be published in the Northwest Territories Gazette, and a reasonable opportunity shall be afforded to interested persons to make representations to the Minister in respect of the proposed regulations.

(4.2) No proposed regulation need be published more than once under subsection (4.1), whether or not it is altered or amended after such publication as a result of representations made by interested persons as provided in that subsection.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Nothing further, Mr. Chair.

---Clauses 54 through 110 inclusive approved

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Again, the Minister has said that this will be a decision of the 19th Assembly. Will these regulations also be subject to direction from the 19th Assembly? Thank you.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

At this point, is there any clarity that the Minister can provide on what timelines are contemplated for the dispute resolution process? Thank you.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Those linkages will be established via regulation? Thank you.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Thank you. If there are multiple Indigenous land rights holders or rights holders who are all subject to an area where there is a production project, do they all need to have benefit agreements in place before a licence will be issued? Thank you.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Thank you. This is the first time that this information has come forward, so I appreciate learning it. That is why we are asking these questions.

In the case where there is a project that multiple Indigenous organizations and governments have a claim to, do there need to be agreements in place with all of those parties before a production licence is issued? Thank you.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Chair. That's what I wanted to here. If there is a dispute, how soon can, do we have an idea of when this clause is triggered? Sorry, I'll rephrase. Can a production licence be issued if a dispute is in progress, or does a dispute prevent the issuance of a production licence? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Will industry be engaged as well? I thought this was to resolve disputes between industry and Indigenous partners. Are we just going to engage one side of the equation here? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Committee Motion 231-18(3): Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act - Amend Clause 53, Carried August 21st, 2019

Thank you. Can the Minister just provide clarity on how the dispute resolution body will operate, or will operate pursuant to this clause? Thank you, Mr. Chair.