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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.

Yesterday

Posted on Facebook This story is a good introduction to a piece of history that many young people have never heard of, despite the fact that many former residents of Rocher ... (Canada 150 | Remembering Rocher River, the N.W.T. town that disappeared link) View post

Two days ago

Posted on Facebook It's slow going on Highway 3 these days. There's a lot of bison out and about so if you're heading up to Yellowknife stay alert and be safe. (Timeline Photos Photo link) View post

Posted on Facebook (Instagram post by R.J. Simpson • Jun 25, 2017 at 11:08am UTC link) View post

Three days ago

Posted on Facebook Thanks to Kim and the volunteers at NFTI for hosting a great open house. It's amazing to see how far the Institute has come in just a few ... (Photos from R.J. Simpson - MLA for Hay River North's post Photo link) View post

Posted on Facebook Congratulations to the École Boréale Class of 2017! (Timeline Photos Photo link) View post

Posted on Facebook Couldn't ask for a nicer day for a visit to the Fishermen's Wharf. (Photos from R.J. Simpson - MLA for Hay River North's post Photo link) View post

This week

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A week ago

Posted on Facebook NWT Disability Program Review Questionnaire This questionnaire aims to gather thoughts and opinions that will inform the development of a new five-year action plan. Filling it out will ... (Timeline Photos Photo link) View post

Two weeks ago

Mentioned by The Hub (Hay River) (blog) GNWT updates barging plans The update on the barging plans was delivered in the legislative assembly on June 1 by Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann, who is also the Hay River South MLA. “Marine Transportation Services serves a critical role in the North,” said Schumann.

Three weeks ago

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 814-18(2): Yellowknife Airport Hours Of Operation Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On our last sitting, I brought up the issue of airline passengers arriving at the Yellowknife airport late at night; you know, ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report of Committee of the Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee would like to report progress. Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of the Committee of the Whole be concurred with. Thank ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Acknowledgments Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledgment Matthew Scarborough, who, at the age of 31, has just earned a Ph.D. from the University ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 808-18(2): Junior Kindergarten Implementation Thank you, Mr. Speaker. For those watching Committee of the Whole yesterday, they would have seen at least three Regular Members pledge their support for Bill ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Report 12-18(2): Report On The Progress Review Of The Mandate Of The Government Of The Northwest Territories, 2016-2019 Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Governance As noted earlier, the government relies on the Government of Canada for about 70 percent of its annual revenue. This amounted ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report of Committee of the Whole Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Tabled Document 383-18(2), Supplementary Estimates (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2017-2018; Tabled Document 384-18(2), Supplementary Estimates ...

Posted on Facebook Yesterday (May 31, 2017) the Members of the Legislative Assembly debated Bill 16: An Act to Amend the Education Act. At least 3 regular members voiced their support ... (Q’s to Minister on Junior Kindergarten link) View post

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 790-18(2): Commercial Fisheries Revitalization Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As we all know, this government recently released its commercial fisheries revitalization strategy. The execution of this plan is in its early ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Commercial Fisheries Revitalization Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I haven’t had a chance to get outside much in the past couple of weeks, but I am told that ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters Thank you, Mr. Chair, and I thank my colleagues for proposing the questions. Every time this is brought up in the House, the Minister states that ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 796-18(2): Funding For Family Violence Shelters Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have questions for the Minister of Health and Social Services. Over the course of this Assembly, it has come up quite ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report of Committee of the Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering the Minister’s statement 186-18(2), Bill 16, An Act to Amend the Education Act, and Committee Report 10-18(2), Report on ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Tabled Document 387-18(2): 2017 Spring Reports Of The Auditor General Of Canada To The Parliament Of Canada - Independent Audit Report: Report Of The Auditor General Of Canada To The Board Of Directors Of The Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation - Special Examination - 2017 Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to table the document entitled "2017 Spring Reports of the Auditor General of Canada to the Parliament of Canada ...

A month ago

Posted on Facebook Today, Russell King was awarded the Order of the NWT. I made a statement in the House recognizing the contributions both Russell and Mary King have made to ... (Recognition of Russell and Mary King link) View post

Mentioned by My Yellowknife Now Hay River looking at $6 Million in debt with NTCL back taxes Hay River North MLA RJ Simpson made it clear that the GNWT is not offering financial assistance towards the taxes. “The government of the northwest Territories said they bought the assets but not the debt. So they are not going to pay NTCL's back ...

Three months ago

Mentioned by CBC.ca NWT parents and MLAs blast education department over reducing instructional hours Parents and MLAs blasted the N.W.T.'s education department at a public hearing on Friday over its plan to reduce instructional hours for students. The department is proposing a ... That promise upset R.J. Simpson, MLA for Hay River North. He believes ...

More than three months ago

Mentioned by CBC.ca MLAs approve new fees for air travel from Yellowknife The bill introducing the new fees passed with the support of regular MLAs Danny McNeely (Sahtu), Herb Nakimayak (Nunakput) and R.J. Simpson (Hay River North). Mackenzie Delta MLA Frederick Blake was not present for the vote. "The fee itself, combined ...

Mentioned by CKLB News (press release) Social Development Committee gets update on Aurora College review The Standing Committee on Social Development heard directly from the Minister of Education Culture and Employment on the future of Aurora College yesterday. Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Tom Beaulieu asked why the Social Work and Teacher Education ...

Mentioned by Yahoo News MLAs approve new fees for air travel from Yellowknife People flying out of the Yellowknife airport will start seeing new fees on their plane ticket receipts starting this July. By a vote of 10-7 on Thursday, MLAs in the Northwest Territories approved the launch of Yellowknife airport improvement fees of ...

Mentioned by The Hub (Hay River) (blog) MLA grills minister about no pedestrian crossing to hospital Hay River North MLA Rocky (R.J.) Simpson told the legislature on Feb. 7 that the health centre was built with absolutely no safe pedestrian access. “Everybody who has to walk to the hospital, including seniors and parents with young children, has to ...

Mentioned by The Hub (Hay River) (blog) GNWT aims to operate barge business Paul Guy, the deputy minister of the department, told MLAs that, after purchasing the assets on Dec. 21, the department had to ... Hay River North MLA Rocky (R.J.) Simpson is pleased the assets of NTCL will be running. “It means a lot of jobs for Hay ...

Mentioned by My Yellowknife Now Pedestrian safety a concern near Hay River health centre, says MLA The MLA for Hay River North says he's 'baffled' a regional health centre was built in the community without taking pedestrian safety into account. R.J. Simpson raised his concerns with Public Works and Services Minister – and fellow Hay River MLA ...

Mentioned by The Hub (Hay River) (blog) Constituents sound off 26, Hay River North MLA Rocky (RJ) Simpson held a wide-ranging discussion with a small group of community residents in advance of the new session of the legislative assembly. Simpson told the half-dozen people at the constituency meeting that he has ...

Mentioned by CBC.ca NWT government still working out environmental liability from NTCL deal "We have to know exactly what we have so we can make responsible decisions on this as we go forward," says John Vandenberg, the territory's assistant deputy minister of energy. "Right now we're working to complete an inventory of all these properties ...

Mentioned by My Yellowknife Now Man finally wins Hay River's Chase the Ace, takes home $511K The lottery was even the subject of one MLA's member statement in the NWT legislature last month. “Chase the Ace needs no introduction, everyone in the territory is talking about it, the territory's abuzz,” said Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson on Oct. 28.

Voted Yes on Vote #64 on Bill 14, Approp

Voted Yes on Vote #60 on Bill 12, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 1, 2016-2017

Voted Yes on Vote #59 on Bill 11, Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 2, 2016-2017

Voted Yes on Vote #58 on Bill 5, An Act to Amend the Vital Statistics Act

Voted Yes on Vote #53 on Bill 8, An Act to Amend the Children's Law Act

Voted Yes on Vote #52 on Bill 6, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016

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