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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 9:25
Thank you, Premier, Minister, and Ms. Stinson, for joining us this morning. Indeed, thank you to all Yukoners who have come here today to hear a long day's testimony on this important piece of legislation.
Premier, here is a follow-up to Mr. Bevington's question. He was talking about the desire for some level of parity with Canada for the Yukon government in this piece of legislation, and indeed of all Yukoners, that we have some level of equality in the playing field around our development regime. It doesn't necessarily mean, when we're asking for parity, that we're not recognizing that this legislation is unique. In fact, the development of YESAA specifically excluded Yukon's adopting the CEAA regime.
Would you care to continue your comments on how we can retain parity but at the same time retain Yukon's uniqueness with respect to our environmental regime?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 9:28
You spoke in your introductory remarks about devolution and the advancement—you called it evolution—of our northern governance.
I heard in your comments some language around a bilateral accord with Yukon first nations to implement the pieces of this legislation. Can you expand on that for us, please? It's an interesting proposition.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 9:29
Can you briefly outline the current makeup of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board and the executive committee, please?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 9:34
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Back in 2012 the Yukon government signed a historic resource revenue-sharing agreement with the Government of Canada. Since that point there's been joint investment in projects like the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining, and additional support for land-based training, the caring for the land program, and additional educational and literacy types of programs to make sure that Yukoners have opportunities when there are jobs available in the territory.
As Minister Kent pointed out, there has been some depreciation in attraction for the investment climate in Yukon. He referenced the YMAB report.
I'm just wondering if you can expand a little bit on how this entire parcel of investment is part of the opportunities we're trying to generate for Yukoners, not just a legislative piece but a program-based piece, and what the governments of Yukon and Canada are doing to make sure Yukoners have those kinds of opportunities available to them.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 9:36
One point of concern that first nations have raised has to do with the delegation of authority down to the territorial level. Again I want to reference the bilateral accord offer you're making here today. I'm wondering if you could touch on that piece and try to paint a better picture for the public who are here and listening today. How do you envision any delegation of authority that would move down from the federal government to the territorial government, working with our northern governance regime and with the relationship that's absolutely necessary between the Yukon government and Yukon first nations?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 10:35
Thank you to all our first nation leadership for providing testimony today. We appreciate it. Gunalchéesh.
Grand Chief, I want to ask you a couple of questions. I apologize for not getting specifically to everybody because of the limited time.
The premier this morning talked about his interest in engaging a bilateral accord with Yukon first nations to talk about the implementation on this piece. Could I get some of your comments on the perspective that the premier has offered?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 10:37
That's a fair point.
Grand Chief, you did a good job outlining the concerns that you have. I know the committee will be seized with your outline on those pieces.
I want to ask you quickly about some of the pieces in the bill itself that you might find positive. Clause 9, in particular, around the cumulative effects section that's enhancing environmental protection also broadens the aspect of interests of all Yukon first nations. There are a few other clauses in here that ensure inclusion, in particular proposed new section 88.1 that talks about extending authority so that Yukon first nations can indeed impose more stringent conditions on when decisions are made.
I was wondering if you could comment on a couple of those clauses.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 10:38
Grand Chief, on that, I have a deck in front of me from November 26, 2013, that has that spelled out. That was provided to Yukon first nations from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. It spells those out. Then a draft copy of the bill in secret form was provided. Of course, you may know that Parliament and the department are not allowed to provide a copy of the bill to retain until it's presented to Parliament or to the Senate. But indeed we do have a deck from 2013 that includes those amendments in it.
I want to ask you one specific question on the delegation piece. The premier said that no delegation is contemplated at the time he committed to consultation with the Yukon first nations.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 10:43
I'll start where we left off, Grand Chief.
You heard the premier say earlier this morning that on the one point of concern about delegation of authority, no delegation is contemplated at this time. The federal government cannot delegate any of the regulations, and the premier has committed to consultation with Yukon first nations if and before any delegation would be contemplated. Is that not some assurance or satisfaction for your concern about the delegation piece?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 10:45
Grand Chief, in respect to the policy direction concern, Bill S-6, under proposed subsection 121.1(2), is explicit in stating:
Policy directions do not apply in respect of any proposal for a project that, at the time the directions are given, has been submitted to a designated office, the executive committee or a panel of the Board.
With that in mind, what specific concerns do you have about binding policy that you envision the minister's having authority over that would affect the independence of the board, respective of the fact that the YESAB and the executive committee are made up of a good percentage of Yukon first nations?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 10:47
You would agree, of course, that by no stretch of the imagination can the minister make policy direction that is binding with respect to an assessment itself.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 11:39
Thank you to all of you for your well-organized presentations. It was great for each of you to address individual points in your areas of concern.
My first question will be for Chief Bill in respect to the unilateral binding policy direction. This concern was raised earlier this morning. I just want to clarify if it's your understanding of the bill that any binding policy direction cannot be applied to any existing or completed project.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 11:41
Okay.
You raised the piece on delegation of authority. I'm sure you heard the premier's testimony this morning where he clearly explained that no delegation of authority at this point is being contemplated and he firmly committed that any delegation of authority would be undertaken with consultation of Yukon first nations.
He also discussed a bilateral approach to the implementation of this. I'm just wondering if I can get your comments. I asked the last panel this very question. I'm just wondering if I can get your comments on that proposal by the premier.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 11:42
We heard that in the previous testimony. Would it be your recommendation then to extend that to a trilateral approach?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-03-30 11:43
In respect to the bill, we obviously talk a lot about collaboration, which is very important.
The bill embeds that in particular clauses. Subclause 31(1) refers to “Section 112 of the act is amended...the approval of the ministers and first nations....” The continuing subclause reflects on acts of parliament, territorial law, or first nation law. Some of those pieces of collaboration and recognition for first nations law and first nations governments and first nations approval is very much embedded in this bill.
Have you seen those subclauses, and what are your comments on those?
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