News October 2, 2013

Members Appointed to Independent Commission to Review Members' Compensation and Benefits
(YELLOWKNIFE) Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – The Honourable Jackie Jacobson, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, on recommendation of the Board of Management, appointed three members to the Independent Commission to Review Members’ Compensation and Benefits.
 
Mr. Geoffrey P. Wiest of Yellowknife was appointed Chair of the Commission; Mr. Gregory J. Nyuli of Fort Providence and Mr. David Krutko of Yellowknife have been appointed as Commissioners. “I feel very confident in each of the individuals who have been appointed to the Commission and I look forward to seeing their recommendations,” said Speaker Jacobson.
 
The review, to be undertaken within two years of a general election, of the indemnities, allowances, expenses, and benefits provided to Members of the Legislative Assembly is a statutory requirement of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act. The Commission, established under the Act, will review and assess Members’ various benefits to determine the adequacy and appropriateness of the amounts provided and will review and assess the reporting requirements and procedures to determine an acceptable level of public accountability.
 
The last comprehensive review of Members’ compensation and benefits occurred in 2009 with the report tabled in the House in May 2010 by the previous Commission members. The recommendations from this report resulted in a number of changes to legislation, regulations, and Board of Management policies.
 
Within ten months of the establishment of the Commission, a report will be delivered to the Speaker that may set out recommendations for changes to the indemnities, reimbursements, and all other benefits to which Members are entitled. These recommendations must be debated and formally adopted by the Legislative Assembly before taking effect.

For further information, please contact:

Jackie Jacobson, Speaker
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Tel: (867) 669-2234
Fax: (867) 873-0273
E-mail: jackie_jacobson@gov.nt.ca

Colette Langlois, Clerk
Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Tel: (867) 669-2299
Fax: (867) 920-4735
E-mail: colette_langlois@gov.nt.ca