News May 27, 2009

Legislative Assembly Uses Website to Save Paper

(YELLOWKNIFE) May 27, 2009 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Honourable Paul Delorey, has been working on paper-saving strategies to decrease the amount of paper used by the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. 

“It should come as no surprise to any of you when I say this institution is addicted to paper. If you were to take all the paper we use in this building in a year and stack it in piles, it would reach to the top of this Chamber more than six times.” This was a statement made by Speaker Delorey in the House when presenting the 2009-2010 Main Estimates for the Legislative Assembly. 

The Legislative Assembly will be providing access to Tabled Documents, Ministers Statements and Motions on its website at the beginning of the May/June Session and they will be available on a go forward basis. “Right now the Legislative Assembly requires 40 paper copies of each Tabled Document. By providing these documents on our website, we are able to cut this number down to seven. Some of these documents are hundreds of pages long, so this is a substantial economic and environmental savings for the Legislative Assembly.” says Mr. Delorey. 

“We are making these documents even more accessible to the public and are among one of the first Legislatures across Canada to take this step. As a significant territorial institution, it is doubly important that we should be leading by example.” 

For more information, please contact: 

Paul Delorey, Speaker 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2234 
F: 867-873-0273