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: