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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.


Three weeks ago

Posted on Facebook (Economic Development & Environment | Legislative Assembly of The Northwest Territories link) View post

Posted on Facebook (Economic Development & Environment | Legislative Assembly of The Northwest Territories link) View post

Posted on Facebook On Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm, the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment will hold a number of public hearings on Bill 46: Public Lands ... (Economic Development & Environment | Legislative Assembly of The Northwest Territories link) View post

Posted on Facebook A number of people have contacted me today to try to find out what is happening with the Zoo (aka the old Hay River Hotel). Unfortunately, I was ... View post

A month ago

Posted on Facebook Mon June 17 at 10:55am: Alberta Emergency Alert just issued an evacuation order for Indian Cabins. Residents of the area ordered to evacuate north on hwy 35 to ... ( Photo link) View post

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Posted on Facebook Many former tenants of the Mackenzie Place high rise haven't been able to retrieve their personal belongings from the building due to a public health order which restricts ... (High rise: Questions about access for evacuees link) View post

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Assent to Bills Colleagues, I would like to extend the appreciation of this House to the Commissioner, Margaret M. Thom. It is always a pleasure to have her in ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I would also like to recognize Ms. Sheila Cook, who earlier today was inducted into the NWT Education Hall of Fame ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recorded Vote Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to move order 21, report of Committee of the Whole, up on the order papers and consider it ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Thank you. Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Committee Report 18-18(3), Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment Report on the Review of Bill 38: ...

Voted Yes on Vote #235 on Bill 30, An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters Thank you, Mr. Chair. Like most of the Members here, I also have concerns about the number of carry-overs. Right now, the economy is slow. Everyone ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 764-18(3): Wildfire Season Information The GNWT does have a lot of good information out there. That is why I wanted the Minister to summarize it so we could know where ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Bill 55, Tabled Document 443-18(3), Tabled Document 444-18(3), and Committee Report 17-18(3), and would like to report progress; and ...

Two months ago

Posted on Facebook The highway between High Level and Enterprise is now OPEN to all traffic. (May 31 @ 10:43am) (GNWT/GTNO Infrastructure on Twitter link) View post

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Voted Yes on Vote #230 on Bill 35, Supply Chain Management Professional Designation Act

Voted Yes on Vote #229 on Bill 29, An Act to Amend the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Forest Fire Highway Closure Effects on the Northwest Territories Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As we all know, the highway between High Level and Enterprise was closed two days ago because of a fire near Steam ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Committee Report 15-18(3) and Bill 30, An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act, and would like to report ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 753-18(3): Effects of Fire Emergency Road Closures on the Northwest Territories Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have some questions for the Minister of Infrastructure. It might be better suited to the Minister of ENR, but I've been ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Motion 136-18(3): Bill 30: An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act - Amendment to Clause 2 - Renumbered Subclause 2(1), Defeated Thank you, Mr. Chair. This recommendation came from the Human Rights Commission. The Minister stated that there was no time for consultation, because we are just ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 743-18(3): Closure of Highway No. 1 Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday afternoon the highway between High Level and Enterprise was closed because of a fire that is straddling the highway by Steen ...

Voted Yes on Vote #225 on Bill 26, Statistics Act

Posted on Facebook HWY 1 CLOSED DUE TO FIRE DANGER Tue, May 28, 4:50pm A forest fire has jumped the road at Steen River and as a result the GNWT has ... View post

More than three months ago

Voted Yes on Vote #222 on Bill 51, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 4, 2018-2019

Introduced legislation Government Bill 49, Small Business Tax Relief Act

Voted Yes on Vote #209 on Bill 46, Public Land Act

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 ...

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.

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