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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.


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Posted on Facebook The draft NWT Climate Change Action Plan is open for public comment. Follow the link below to read the draft Action Plan and submit your comments by November ... (2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework - 2019-2023 Draft Action Plan – Public Engagement | Environment and Natural Resources link) View post

Three days ago

Posted on Facebook It was a great turnout for the Hay River Soup Kitchen's Taste of Soup fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who came out and shower their support, and a ... ( Photo link) View post

Two weeks ago

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Hay River Town Council Elects Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, on Tuesday, November 6th, Hay River's new town council will be sworn in. While there will be some familiar faces, ...

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 ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I haven't been able to find her, but I have been told that resident of Hay River, Jaylene Delorme-Buggins, is in the ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Motion 24-18(3): Revocation of Appointment of the Honourable Member for Great Slave to the Executive Council, Defeated Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am pretty even keeled, and I don't make decisions based on emotion. The visceral reaction that I have to ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Committee Report 10-18(3), Report on the Review of Bill 20: Ombud Act, and Bill 20, Ombud Act, and would ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Motion 23-18(3): Revocation of the Appointment of the Honourable Member for Hay River South, Defeated Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in this Assembly, it's a fool's errand to try and remove a Minister. As the Premier stated in this House ...

Posted on Facebook Public briefing on MTS. Live at noon on October 31st, 2018. (Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories Video link) View post

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Three weeks ago

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Report 9-18(3): Report on the Review of Bill 18, An Act to Amend the Cities, Towns and Villages Act Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Public Review of Bill 18 To commence consultation on Bill 18, the standing committee invited input on the bill from 99 ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters Thank you, Mr. Chair. As we all know, the primary issue in this bill is giving municipalities the authority to implement a hotel levy. From our ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Broadband Connectivity Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I want to talk about connectivity. If the Mackenzie Valley Highway or the road to the Slave Geological Province had ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Report Of Committee Of The Whole Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Committee Report 9-18(3), Report on the Review of Bill 18, An Act to Amend the Cities, Towns and Villages ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Committee Report 10-18(3): Report on the Review of Bill 20: Ombudsperson Act Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Call for a Mandatory Review Provision Some Northwest Territories statutes contain provisions requiring a mandatory review of the legislation at set intervals ...

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Question 471-18(3): High-Speed Internet Accessibility Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It sounds like pretty soon they are going to start getting the criteria and start developing their applications, and I encourage the ...

Posted on Facebook On Mon Oct 29th I asked questions in the Legislative Assembly about Coast Guard's decision to locate their new office in Yellowknife. (Questions about the new Coast Guard office in Yellowknife link) View post

Spoke in the Legislative Assembly on Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters Thank you. So, "Investing in Canada plan". Oh, the "Building Canada Plan," I'm guessing? The BCP? Okay. Then I see you have engine retrofits and replace ...

Posted on Facebook The MLA for Kam Lake, Kieron Testart, and the MLA for Nahendeh, Shane Thompson, just gave notice that on October 31st, 2018 they will make motions to remove ... View post

Posted on Facebook (R.J. Simpson - MLA for Hay River North's cover photo Photo link) View post

Posted on Facebook On Fri, Oct 26th, I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly about Cabinet accountability, and asked questions to the Premier. (The Accountability of Cabinet link) View post

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 ...

Posted on Facebook On Thu, Oct 26, 2018 I made a statement in the Legislative Assembly about the recently released report from the Auditor General of Canada on Child and Family ... (Auditor General of Canada report on Child and Family Services link) View post

A month ago

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 ...

Posted on Facebook (NWT Help Line - Ligne d'aide des TNO link) View post

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 ...

Two months ago

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 ...

More than three months ago

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

Voted Yes on Vote #4 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