Absences

Section 5 of the Indemnities, Allowances and Expense Regulations of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act require that a summary of Members’ absences be tabled periodically in the Legislative Assembly. The tabled document, called the Summary of Members’ Absences, contains:

  • the date of each absence,
  • the committee meeting or session missed,
  • one of four reasons for the absence:
    • Duty as a Member, Minister, Premier, or Speaker,
    • Illness, injury, or bereavement,
    • Personal reasons, and
    • Factors outside the Member’s control, and;
  • an optional section for Members’ comments.

In an effort to be transparent and accountable I’ve made the documents easily accessible on this page. I have included details about each absence where possible. I am taking more care to record the reasons for each absence, and going forward every absence should have details attached.

The reason “Duty as a Member” usually indicates that I was working on a constituent issue that was time sensitive, meeting with a Minister about a constituent issue, or was in or travelling to Hay River for a meeting or an event.

When I have had to miss committee meetings for travel, I always read the meeting materials beforehand and provide written comments to committee. For example, if a committee was discussing a particular topic related to a Department, I would ensure that my comments were discussed and included in any correspondence sent to the Department in relation to that topic. While travelling, I also participate in meetings by phone when possible. I keep travel to a minimum, and only do so when I believe it will either help me do my job better, or will benefit Hay River now or in the future.

SUMMARY OF MEMBERS’ ABSENCES FOR THE PERIOD:

May 25, 2017 to September 18, 2017

January 31, 2017 to May 24, 2017

October 13, 2016 to January 30, 2017

May 31, 2016 to October 12, 2016

February 18, 2016 to May 30, 2016

December 17, 2015 to February 17, 2016