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  • His favourite word is hay.

MLA for Hay River North

Won his last election, in 2015, with 53% of the vote.


Two days ago

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and thank you, colleagues. Mr. Speaker, we are joined today by the grade six class from Princess Alexander School. They managed to ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Minister's Statement 180-18(3): Memorandum of Understanding - One Regulatory Framework for All Nursing Professionals. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to move item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery prior to members' statements, and address it presently. ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Hay River High-Rise Fire Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On March 15, 2019, a fire broke out on the 11th floor of the Mackenzie Place high-rise. Luckily, everybody made it out ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Bill 26, Bill 30, Committee Report 15-18(3), Minister's Statement 151-18(3), and Minister's Statement 158-18(3), and would like to report ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 717-18(3): Housing Plan for Hay River High-rise Fire Evacuees Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Minister said there were no housing clients in the high-rise. Income assistance was paying the rent for about a third of ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 720-18(3): Environmental Assesment following Hay River Highrise Fire Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have questions for the Minister of Health and Social Services. In response to the high-rise fire, a public health order was ...

Three days ago

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Prayer Thank you to Elder Sarah Cleary for offering today's prayer. Colleagues, it is my pleasure to welcome you all back to the Chamber to resume the ...

A month ago

Posted on Facebook TONIGHT (Wed, Apr 24th) at 7:00PM at the COMMUNITY HALL in HAY RIVER, the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment will hold a public meeting to gather ... ( Photo link) View post

Two months ago

Posted on Facebook (Government of the Northwest Territories link) View post

Posted on Facebook (Hay River Animal Shelter link) View post

Posted on Facebook (Hay River Animal Shelter link) View post

Posted on Facebook I know that thanks are not enough, especially after today, but THANK YOU to the members of the HAY RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT for your tireless work. Your efforts ... View post

Posted on Facebook UPDATE: Below is a summary of GNWT activities in regards to the Hay River High Rise fire. At approximately 2:30pm on March 15th 2019 a fire was reported ... View post

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to welcome Max and Julia Trennert to the gallery. It's always nice to have people from Hay River here, especially ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on The Legislative Process Thank you, Mr. Speaker. One of my favourite things about this job is that every day I learn something new. Obviously, I have had to learn ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 697-18(3): Northwest Territories and Nunavut Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission I appreciate that. I didn't give the Minister enough heads-up on this. I've got some technical questions here, so maybe I'll just jump to a different ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Bill 49: Small Business Tax Relief Act Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Kam Lake, that Bill 49, Small Business Tax Relief Act, be read for the ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 691-18(3): Riverview Lodge Rebuild Project I was at a meeting in Hay River a while back, and it was at the Whispering Willows, which is sort of a seniors housing unit. ...

Three months ago

Posted on Facebook On March 11th, 2019, I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly thanking the members of the Hay River Fire Department for all they do for our community ... (Shout out to the Hay River Fire Department link) View post

Voted No on Vote #182 on Bill 42, An Act to Amend the Petroleum Products Tax Act

Posted on Facebook (Click here to support Hay River Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Fund organized by Heather Tybring link) View post

Posted on Facebook On Friday, February 22nd, 2019 I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly about the 8-month wait list to see a mental health counsellor in Hay River, and ... (Wait time for mental health services in Hay River link) View post

Posted on Facebook On February 7, 2019 I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly thanking Landa Aviation for their efforts to bring down the cost of air travel in and ... (Landa Aviation link) View post

More than three months ago

Posted on Twitter My statement on motion to request GNWT & NTPC enter into binding arbitration with UNW to avoid a strike: https://t.co/yHn9AQyLQ7

Posted on Twitter https://t.co/qRiA4DQRPj

Mentioned by CBC.ca NWT's Health, Infrastructure Ministers survive non-confidence votes Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson gave the most succinct and heated appeal to ouster Abernethy, saying that "he couldn't look [himself] in the mirror" if he didn't support the motion. "Shame on those who don't," he said. "I don't know how they sleep at ...

Mentioned by Northern News Services 'We should all be ashamed' In the legislative assembly, Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green said she “wept” when she read the latest auditor general report. Hay River North MLA RJ Simpson is “terrified” for what the future holds, based on the lack of progress since 2014. “We ...

Mentioned by CBC.ca NWT MLAs ask for Health Minister's resignation following child and family services audit Regular MLAs want to know whether Northwest Territories Health Minister Glen Abernethy will resign — or be fired — in the wake of a damning audit report on the territory's Child and Family Services division. Though they didn't take concrete steps to ...

Mentioned by Cabin Radio A sell-out here, a slow day there: day one of legal NWT cannabis In Yellowknife, cannabis was completely sold out by 5:30pm. In Fort Smith, revenue hit $7,500. In Fort Simpson, sales were steady. In Norman Wells, they were slow. Day one of legal cannabis in the Northwest Territories saw residents appear undeterred ...

Voted Yes on Vote #101 on Bill 14, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

Voted Yes on Vote #67 on Bill 14, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018

Mentioned by Cabin Radio Legislature: Schumann rules out Tuk as new barge base Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann says Tuktoyaktuk has no chance of becoming a new staging post for the territory's barges in the near future. Herb Nakimayak, the MLA for Nunakput, pushed for Tuk to be transformed into a logistics hub for barges ...

Mentioned by Cabin Radio The legislature's back for four weeks. Here's what's going on The Northwest Territories' politicians are back in action at the legislature for the next four weeks, starting on Thursday afternoon. As usual, those ... “I expect the minister to table that budget on October 12. We will then ... RJ Simpson wants to ...

Mentioned by Cabin Radio Cabin Radio's great big NWT cannabis buying FAQ Wondering how it's going to work when cannabis is legalized on October 17? Wonder no more. Here's what you need to know about buying cannabis in the NWT. The territorial government briefed politicians and the media about cannabis sales on October 10 ...

Mentioned by Cabin Radio Calls for NWT Ombudsperson Act to encompass communities, too New Northwest Territories legislation should allow an ombudsperson jurisdiction over municipal governments, residents told MLAs on Monday. ... Her contribution to the topic was recognized by Hay River North MLA RJ Simpson as he started the hearing.

Mentioned by Cabin Radio Your guide to the NWT's financial health for 2019-20 Territorial MLAs spent Friday questioning Finance Minister Robert C McLeod about the territory's financial health and its plans for 2019-20 and beyond, as part of the annual process of coming up with a budget. The public session ... According to ...

Mentioned by Northern News Services NWT News/North Thebacha Business Development Services will celebrate NWT Small Business Week in advance. On Oct. 11 beginning at 10 a.m., it will host Service Canada representative Janelle Wilson who will talk about employment insurance for the self-employed ...

Mentioned by CBC.ca Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of May 21, 28, June 2 After a long, long wait, summer is here. Below seasonal temperatures have meant snow is still on the ground in some parts of the North, but it hasn't stopped our Nunavut, Yukon, and N.W.T. readers from getting out and taking some phenomenal shots.

Mentioned by CBC.ca Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of May 21, 28, June 2 After a long, long wait, summer is here. Below seasonal temperatures have meant snow is still on the ground in some parts of the North, but it hasn't stopped our Nunavut, Yukon, and N.W.T. readers from getting out and taking some phenomenal shots.

Voted Yes on Vote #11 on Bill 4, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 1, 2018-2019

Voted Yes on Vote #10 on Bill 3, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 3, 2017-2018

Voted Yes on Vote #15 on Bill 2, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 3, 2017-2018

Posted on Twitter Calm, sunny morning at the Legislative Assembly. #nwt #nwtpoli @ Legislative Assembly NWT https://t.co/joih7YUl0L

Posted on Twitter My phone camera doesn't do the sky justice. Taken at 11:00 pm in Old Town. #nofilter #YHY… https://t.co/J6fZXpgekY

Posted on Twitter We all have friends and/or family in Fort McMurray. The #GNWT should provide whatever support we can to help keep them safe. #ymm

Posted on Twitter Stanley Cup is at the Legislative Assembly right now! Swing by if you're in YK for a picture.… https://t.co/9K5bkgWTKi

Posted on Twitter Congrats to all the spring 2016 graduates of Aurora College! https://t.co/fcSRuPtrcW