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Last in the Legislative Assembly October 2011, as MLA for Hay River North

Won his last election, in 2007, with 61% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Mr. Chairman, it’s something we will look at. There’s no legislative requirement for them to resign if they do move right now, so maybe even to put a clause like that in there we may need some legislative change. It’s certainly something we can keep in mind, and wherever we can fill those positions with Northerners, it’s something we want to look at.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Mr. Chairman, I don’t know if there’s a way of making somebody commit when they’re looking at a four-year appointment. They show an interest in a position, and we appoint them for four years. I don’t know if we can make sure they’re going to be here for the four-year period. Sometimes if they make a move out of the Territories temporarily or for a short period of time, that’s grounds to revoke their appointment. Commissioners are statutory officers when appointed and become arm’s length from government, and we have found no reason to revoke her appointment. Also, the one we’re talking about has indicated that she is returning to the Territories to be a resident. However, that is something we will look at for sure and take into consideration in future appointments.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

The residency issue is one where we do our best, in our statutory officers especially, to have Northerners in those positions where we can. As far as residency for certain positions, there’s no requirement to have that. However, we would like to do that.

There are some positions in our statutory officers that sometimes we prefer to have outside the Territories, or it makes more sense to have them outside the Territories, strictly because of conflict-of-interest issues. However, with the Languages Commissioner, when she was appointed for a four-year term, she was a resident of the North. Her term is up in February, I think, and we will be looking at her position when her appointment is up.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Thank you, Mr.

Chairman.

This was basically an information item only. It doesn’t affect the bottom line or the figures, so…. We can correct the page in the book if the Member wants a new page, but it doesn’t affect the amounts we’re talking about in appropriations.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Thank you, Mr.

Chairman.

There was an error in your papers on the number of positions. That paper shows the Chief Electoral Officer as being a member of the public service, and it’s actually a contracted position. That number should read 28 instead of 29. On page 1-24 it should be two instead of three.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Mr. Chairman, that was actually a recommendation, as well, that was made by the Chief Electoral Officer, to look into that. We

can expect some feedback on what her findings are there.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I don’t know if there’s been any formal discussion on it yet. I know that the Chief Electoral Officer is an area that, now that the elections are over with, is going to do some investigating on and working with MACA and the possibility of doing that.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Mr. Chairman, most of that comes from pension expenses and an increase to constituency budgets. If we want to get some further detail on that, we’ll ask Mr. Lovely to expand on that.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Thank you, Mr.

Chairman.

Yes, we’re eliminating one position. However, we’re adding a new finance administration clerk position, so that offsets the position. That’s why the total employees is the same.

Legislative Assembly, Activity Summary, Office

of the Clerk, Active Positions, information item (page 1-14), approved.

Main Estimates 2008–2009 Legislative Assembly June 16th, 2008

Yes, we will. Of course, all these issues are considered at the Board of Management level and through the Clerk’s Office. We will keep the Member informed as to where we plan on going with this.