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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 Below is a link to the member statement I made on Friday, August 23rd, 2019, the last sitting day of the 18th Legislative Assembly prior to dissolution. (VOTE! link) View post

Voted Yes on Vote #277 on Bill , Motion 44-18(3): Dissolution of the 18th Legislative Assembly, Carried

Voted Yes on Vote #274 on Bill , Motion 41-18(3): Adoption of Code of Conduct for Members of the Legislative Assembly, Carried

Voted Yes on Vote #273 on Bill 61, Appropriations Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2020-2021

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a feeling that this is going to go on a while. I want to recognize the returning officers for Hay ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Encouraging Voters in the Territorial Election Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today is the last day that these Members will gather together on the floor of this House. Like everyone else here, I'm ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Your committee would like to report progress, and Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of the Committee of the Whole be ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters I will now call for the last time Committee of the Whole to order. "What is the wish of committee" is how I would usually begin, ...

Voted Yes on Vote #269 on Bill 34, Mineral Resources Act

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I want to recognize a constituent in the gallery, who is also my girlfriend, life partner, spouse, and whatever other terms ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Motion 247-18(3): Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment Report on the Process Used for Devolution Legislative Initiatives - Protocols for Engagement in Development of Legislation, Carried Thank you, Mr. Chair. I am going to support this motion. I think it is a way to hold the government accountable. If there are no ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Bill 34: Mineral Resources Act Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Some of the other Members have referenced last night. It was about six hours that we discussed this. At the clause-by-clause, there ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Motion 246-18(3): Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment Report on the Perceptions Held by Northern Businesses Toward the Government of the Northwest Territories' Procurement Processes - Government Response to Recommendations, carried Thank you, Mr. Chair. Once again, I want to thank our staff for putting together yet another report on top of all of the other reports ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition of "Buffalo" Joe McBryan Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday Mr. Joe McBryan of Hay River, known to many as Buffalo Joe, was awarded the Order of the Northwest Territories. The ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Motion 243-18(3): Bill 45: Corrections Act - Amend Clause 40.1(5), Carried Thank you, Mr. Chair. First, I would like to thank our staff for putting this together. The committee had the idea of doing this report at ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Motion 244-18(3): Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment Report on the Perceptions Held by Northern Businesses Toward the Government of the Northwest Territories' Procurement Processes - Procurement Advisory Panel, carried Thank you, Mr. Chair. I will be supporting this motion. I think that it is a good idea. The notion that there are no issues and ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Report 35-18(3): "Lessons Learned" Report of the Special Committee on Transition Matters Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased to provide the "Lessons Learned" Report of the Special Committee on Transition Matters. This report represents the work of ...

Posted on Facebook On August 20, 2019, I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly recognizing Buffalo Joe McBryan and his inducted into the Order of the Northwest Territories. (Buffalo Joe McBryan’s induction into the Order of the Northwest Territories link) View post

A month ago

Voted Yes on Vote #268 on Bill 46, Public Land Act

Voted Yes on Vote #267 on Bill 43, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act

Posted on Facebook On Thursday, August 15, 2019 in the Legislative Assembly I made a statement and asked questions to the Minister of Education about the proposed school bus fees in ... (Proposed school bus fees in Hay River link) View post

Posted on Facebook On August 12, 2019 I made a statement and asked questions in the Legislative Assembly about the state of the health care system in Hay River. (Health Care in Hay River link) View post

Three months 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

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

Posted on Facebook (Mackenzie County link) View post

More than three months ago

Introduced legislation Government Bill 49, Small Business Tax Relief 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