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Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, it is quite obvious to me that the aboriginal governments are not satisfied with the composition that is being proposed. They felt that under the current structure, as aboriginal governments, they have more say and more control over the lands upon which they live. W

February 11th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to respond to those questions. First, out of the four amendments that I proposed, only one of them was out of order; the other three were clearly rejected by the government members on the committee. However, they were supported by the members of the

February 11th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to Bill C-15. This particular bill is of significant importance to the people of the Northwest Territories, but also to the people of Canada. The final agreement, as we see it today, would transfer the decision making and administrativ

February 11th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Fair Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I really believe that if the Conservatives wanted to be transparent and sincere in looking at the best interests of Canadians and Parliament, they would be allowing for a full debate on election reform. However, I think the problem here is that they do not want a f

February 6th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Sealing Industry  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today wearing seal to support this year's Seal Day on the Hill and the Canadian sealing industry. The sealing industry is vital to the families who live and work in many northern regions of our country. We are proud global leaders in implementin

January 30th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, in May 2013, the government signed an internal agreement to increase services and staff at CFB Goose Bay, yet it is cutting jobs, eroding services, and providing no explanation. The Conservatives' commitment was to increase support services for training for northern

January 29th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to National Defence, what are the details of the projects which will be funded by the $107 million which has been allocated for planned investments in infrastructure at 5 Wing Goose Bay, as referred to in the government’s response to Q-61 in the current session of Par

January 27th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to fisheries enforcement by the government: (a) what fines have been issued since 2006, broken down by (i) infraction, (ii) date, (iii) trial outcome, where applicable, (iv) fine amount paid, (v) the recipient of the funds from the fine; (b) for each trial in (a)(iii)

December 9th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened to the members speak and the questions. My question at committee this morning to the minister for the Government of Canada and to the minister for the Northwest Territories was just on that issue of bill splitting. I can tell the member that I would have

December 5th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I, like many members in the House of Commons, have had the opportunity to meet with the Premier of the Northwest Territories and his ministers. They have stressed to us the urgency of ensuring that the bill before the House passes. However, it is also fair to say tha

December 5th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I think the desire of the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the aboriginal government, all the members of the House, and the Liberal caucus is to ensure that we have the strongest legislation possible and that we meet the expectations

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I have had an opportunity to travel in the Yukon and also in the Nunavut territory. It is no secret that we have a lot of challenges in the north when it comes to social issues and to the cost of living. These are very important factors, but we also cannot ignore, as

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, that is dangerous ground for me to be treading right now, because if I were to make a speech on governance in Labrador, I would probably have a lot of media coverage for a few days. It is very frustrating when people cannot govern themselves. That is the situation w

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, most of us expected to see the issues around Mackenzie Valley resource management done in a separate bill, and it has not evolved that way. It is not uncommon for that to happen with the government opposite. We see that with a lot of bills that come to the House of C

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to rise today and speak to this important bill, Bill C-15, an act to replace the Northwest Territories Act to implement certain provisions of the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement and to repeal or make amendme

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal