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

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

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

Thank you, Mr. Chair. The idea here is if there is a change in material, a material change, and that shifts the -- let's use the example of an agreement signed, an agreement that's authorized, that's signed pursuant to a land rights agreement that has been accepted by the Minister. There's a change in material circumstances. I see where you are going, Mr. Chair. Does this just mean that an agreement can be amended if it's brought forward as changed, or does this mean the regulations will be drafted in a way that the government can force changes, if the government notes a change in material circumstances? Who's driving this? Is it the two parties who signed the agreement, or is it the government through its regulations? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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

Thank you, Mr. Chair. This section, clause 53 deals with a change in material, a material change to an undertaking authorized under the mineral release. Can the Minister just explain clearly what this section contemplates because I think there's a concern? What does a material change look like, and does that mean an entire benefit agreement needs to be shifted to reflect that change? Can the Minister just explain how this would play out? How the department envisions this to play out in reality? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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

I had a question to the Minister on clause 53. Will that be allowed, Mr. Chair?

Recorded Vote August 21st, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Nothing further.

Recorded Vote August 21st, 2019

When will a decision be rendered on moving forward, on how these regulations are going to move forward?

Recorded Vote August 21st, 2019

By working with the IGCS and other partners, does the Minister mean a co-drafting of regulations, or merely consulting with the IGCS?

Recorded Vote August 21st, 2019

Will that engagement follow a technical working group model or some other model that the committee has familiarized itself with over the course of our review of this legislation? Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Recorded Vote August 21st, 2019

My apologies, Mr. Chair, but that did answer my question, and that is what I was looking for.

Let's turn to regulations, then. Again, this is a section that is key for the detail coming out in regulation, and that is why my questions veered into hypothetical territory. I won't do that now, but I think that it is imperative that Indigenous governments have a say on these regulations, so that they can be assured that their perspective, especially in unsigned areas, is reflected in benefit agreement requirements.

We also need to have a role for industry so that industry is comfortable with what is going and can explain best practice over the years that they have developed in bilateral relationships with Indigenous governments and nations.

What is the government's planned intention moving forward on development of regulations around section 52? Thank you.

Recorded Vote August 21st, 2019

Just for greater clarity, if an Indigenous government and a company negotiate an agreement, and the Indigenous government feels that it is satisfactory in an area without a signed land rights agreement, and they bring it forward, will the government accept that agreement, or will they say that it is insufficient to meet the criteria set out in regulations?