Assembly of New Brunswick
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8.30 o'clock a.m.
Mr. Sherwood laid upon the table of the House a petition signed by concerned citizens of New Brunswick urging the government to take corrective steps to resolve the matter of the pending dismissal of Donald McAlpine, Ph.D., Zoology Curator at the New Brunswick Museum. (Petition 7)
Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Mr. Sherwood, from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, presented the First Report of the Committee for the session which was read and is as follows:
February 18, 1999.
To the Honourable
Your Standing Committee on Public Accounts begs leave to submit this its First Report for the Fourth Session of the Fifty-third Legislative Assembly.
This report outlines the Committee's work during the year 1998.
The Committee met on January 6, 1998, in a joint session with the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. The purpose of the meeting was to receive and review the 1997 Report of the Auditor General of New Brunswick. Auditor General, Daryl Wilson, briefed the Committees on the contents of the Report and answered questions posed by Committee members.
The Committee met on February 5 and 25, 1998, to consider an agenda and set dates for future hearings.
On May 6, 1998, the Committee met in a working session, to review the Annual Report of the Auditor General and prepare for committee hearings. The Auditor General highlighted several issues of importance for the Committee to consider, including year 2000 readiness, performance indicators and timeliness of financial information. The Auditor General outlined strategic plan highlights for his Office, including its goal to broaden the support it provides to the Legislative Assembly.
Election of Vice-Chair
On May 13, 1998, Mr. Harry Doyle resigned as Vice-Chair of the Committee. On May 21, on motion of Mr. McAdam, seconded by Mr. Smith, Mr. Johnson was elected Vice-Chair.
The Committee held thirteen days of public hearings in the Legislative
Council Chamber during the months of May and June, 1998, to consider departmental
reports and to review the Public Accounts of the Province of New Brunswick
for the fiscal year ende
May 13, 1998
Office of the Auditor General
Daryl C. Wilson, FCA, Auditor General
Office of the Comptroller
Edward L. Mehan, Comptroller
May, 14 1998
Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Lucille Riedle, Chairperson
Youth Council of New Brunswick
Beverley J. Barnes, Executive Director
Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons
Randy Dickinson, Executive Director
May 15, 1998
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Richard Burgess, Acting Deputy Minister
May 19, 1998
Department of Health and Community Services
Jean-Guy Finn, Deputy Minister
Public Health and Medical Services
Gérard M. Doucet, Assistant Deputy Minister, Social Services
Department of Education
Raymond Daigle, Deputy Minister
Ronald Levasseur, Assistant Deputy Minister, Educational Services (Francophone)
May 21, 1998
Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission
Bill Smith, Acting Chair
Department of Human Resources Development - N.B.
Karen Mann, Deputy Minister
Department of the Environment
Donald G. Dennison, Deputy Minister
May 22, 1998
Department of Justice
Paul M. LeBreton, Deputy Minister
May 26, 1998
Department of Advanced Education and Labour
W. David Ferguson, Deputy Minister
Patrick Doherty, Executive Director of Departmental Services
Department of Transportation
Don McCrea, Deputy Minister
May 27, 1998
Department of Municipalities, Culture and Housing
Paul O'Connell, Deputy Minister
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Robert Gamble, Deputy Minister
Processing and Aquaculture
Maurice Bernier, Executive Director, Finance and Administration
May 28, 1998
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Jack Syroid, Deputy Minister
Department of Natural Resources and Energy
George Bouchard, Deputy Minister
May 29, 1998
Department of Finance
John Mallory, Deputy Minister & Secretary of the Board of Management
June 5, 1998
Office of the Premier
Julian Walker, Deputy Minister
Executive Council Office
Claire Morris, Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet
Claire Morris, Acting Deputy Minister
June 16, 1998
New Brunswick Police Commission
Clément Bolduc, Executive Director
Department of the Solicitor General
Ronald Murray, Former Deputy Solicitor General
Loredana Catalli Sonier, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
At the Meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts held on April 1, 1997, the following two motions were adopted by the Committee:
1. That the Auditor General undertake to review the financial terms of the Evergreen and Wackenhut leases and compare the total cost under the private sector arrangements as compared to traditional government methods.
2. That the Auditor General inquire whether economic development activities in the Minto area which are funded by N.B. Power are in accordance with the legislative authority granted to N.B. Power under the Electric Power Act.
The Auditor General advised that his Office would carry out the assignments and report back to the Committee with its findings.
Accordingly, on November 17, 1998, the Auditor General submitted two reports prepared as a result of the assignments from the Committee. A copy of the covering letter from Daryl C. Wilson, Auditor General, is attached hereto as Appendix "A". A copy of the Report on the Evergreen and Wackenhut Leases is attached hereto as Appendix "B". A copy of the Report on NB Power Funding of Minto Economic Development Activities is attached hereto as Appendix "C".
On November 19, 1998, the Committee met with the Auditor General to review the reports. The Auditor General outlined the work undertaken by his office to complete the projects and presented the highlights and findings of both reports.
The Committee subsequently received a letter from the Auditor General, dated November 27, 1998, correcting certain information and explanations given during his appearance on November 19. A copy of this letter is attached hereto as Appendix "D".
Election of Chairman
The Committee met on December 15, 1998. On Motion of Mr. Flynn, Mr. Sherwood was elected Chairman.
1998 Report of the Auditor General
On December 15, 1998, the Committee met in a joint session with the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, to receive and review the 1998 Report of the Auditor General of New Brunswick. The Auditor General briefed members on the nature of the work undertaken during the year and outlined the contents and highlights of the Annual Report. The Auditor General also provided a summary document highlighting the main issues and findings of the Report.
Your Committee wishes to thank the Auditor General for the ongoing assistance and support provided by his Office.
The Committee also thanks the many government officials that appeared during the public sessions and wishes to acknowledge their cooperation in providing follow-up information.
Finally, your Committee thanks the former Chairman, Mr. Dale Graham, for his dedication and fairness in chairing the Committee.
And your Committee begs leave to make a further report.
(Sgd.:) Milton Sherwood, M.L.A.
Ordered that the Report be received and leave be granted and the Committee continued.
Hon. Mrs. Kingston laid upon the table of the House a document entitled Review of Standards of Employment in New Brunswick.
Mr. Mockler rose on a Point of Privilege, his point being that documents were not being made available as had been earlier agreed to during consideration of the Main Estimates. Several Members spoke on the matter.
Mr. Speaker advised that as the concerns arose out of deliberations in Committee of Supply, the matter would be more appropriately raised in that forum.
Message from Lieutenant-Governor
Hon. Mr. Blanchard, Minister of Finance, delivered to Mr. Speaker a Message from Her Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, and the said Message was read by Mr. Speaker, all the Members standing, and is as follows:
February 18, 1998.
Her Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor transmits the Supplementary Estimates 1998-1999 Volume II of the sums required for the services of the Province, not otherwise provided for, for the year ending March 31, 1999, and in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution Act, 1867, recommends these Estimates to the House.
(Sgd.) Marilyn Trenholme Counsell.
The following Bills were introduced and read the first time:
By Hon. Mr. Blanchard,
Bill 46, An Act to Amend the New Brunswick Municipal Finance Corporation Act.
By Hon. Mrs. Kingston,
Bill 47, An Act to Amend the Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Act.
By Hon. Mr. Jamieson,
Bill 48, Agricultural Operation Practices Act.
Bill 49, Natural Products Act.
Ordered that the said Bills be read the second time at the next sitting.
The following Private Bill was introduced and read the first time:
By Mr. Duffie,
Bill 50, An Act to Amend An Act to Incorporate SBC Global Trust Corporation.
Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Private Bills.
Notices of Motions
Mr. Robichaud gave Notice of Motion 124 that on Thursday, February 25, 1999 he would move the following resolution, seconded by Mr. Sherwood:
That an address be presented to Her Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, praying that she cause to be laid upon the table of the House a list of all repairs, renovations and upgrades made to room G-12 and the cost of all these repairs, renovations and upgrades made to room G-12 made over the last five (5) years.
Mr. Robichaud gave Notice of Motion 125 that on Thursday, February 25, 1999 he would move the following resolution, seconded by Mr. Sherwood:
That an address be presented to Her Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, praying that she cause to be laid upon the table of the House a list of all press conferences that have been held in room G-12 of the Centennial Building over the past five (5) years. Please include the minister and department(s) involved in the conference; the topic of the conference; all communications officers involved; all consultants involved; the total cost of each conference; and all outside parties involved.
That an address be presented to Her Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, praying that she cause to be laid upon the table of the House a list, by district, of the names of all supply teachers and their level of certification. For example: District 1, John Adams, level four certification; Joanne Billings, local permit, music specialist; James Chase, level five certification.
Government Motions re Business of House
Hon. Mr. Byrne announced it was the intention of the government that following Private Members' Motions, the House would resolve itself into a Committee of Supply to consider the estimates of the Department of Health and Community Services.
Hon. Mr. Byrne further announced that it was the intention of government that Private Bills 3, 4, and 13 be read a second time tomorrow.
The following Bills were read the second time and ordered referred to the Committee of the Whole House:
Bill 42, An Act to Amend the Legislative Assembly Act.
Bill 43, An Act to Amend the Security Frauds Prevention Act.
Bill 44, An Act to Amend the Municipalities Act.
Private Members' Motions
Debate resumed on Motion 3 as amended, moved by Mr. Lord, seconded by Mr. Mockler, as follows:
WHEREAS any poverty in New Brunswick has a devastating impact on children and family;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislative Assembly urge the provincial government to build upon its commitments to combat child and family poverty in New Brunswick.
And after some time, Mr. Speaker interrupted proceedings and advised that the time allotted for Private Members' Motions had expired.
Motion 20 by Mr. Robichaud was, by leave of the House, stood over to Tuesday, February 23, 1999.
Motion 87 by Mr. Mesheau was, by leave of the House, withdrawn.
Motion 98 by Mr. D. Graham was, by leave of the House, withdrawn.
Motion 100 by Mr. Robichaud was, by leave of the House, stood over to Tuesday, February 23, 1999.
Motion 101 by Mr. Green was, by leave of the House, withdrawn.
Motion 103 by Mr. Green was, by leave of the House, stood over to February 23, 1999.
Motion 105 by Mr. Green was, by leave of the House, withdrawn.
Motion 107 by Mr.. Lord was, by leave of the House, withdrawn.
Motions 114 and 120 by Mr. Green were, by leave of the House, withdrawn.
Committee of Supply
The House, according to Order, resolved itself into a Committee of Supply with Ms. de Ste. Croix in the chair.
And after some time, the Chairman declared it to be 12.30 o'clock p.m. and left the chair, to resume again at 2 o'clock p.m.
2 o'clock p.m.
The Committee resumed.
And after some time, the Chairman declared it to be 6 o'clock p.m., and left the chair, to resume again at 7 o'clock p.m.
7 o'clock p.m.
The Committee resumed.
And after some further time spent in Committee of Supply, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair and Ms. de Ste. Croix, the Chairman, after requesting that Mr. Speaker revert to Presentations of Committee Reports, reported that the Committee had made some progress in the consideration of the matters referred to them, had passed several items, and asked leave to sit again.
Pursuant to Standing Rule 78.1, Mr. Speaker then put the question on the motion deemed to be before the House, that the report be concurred in, and it was resolved in the affirmative.
The following are the items reported:
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
Resolved, That there be granted to Her Majesty a sum not exceeding $1,374,245,000 to defray the expenses of the Ordinary Account program allocations of the Department of Health and Community Services for the fiscal year ending the 31st of March, 2000.
Voted, Supply in the following amounts to defray the expenses of the following programs:
32 23 Service New Brunswick 16,874,700
32 24 Property Tax Assessment Provision 4,706,600
32 26 Land Information Services 2,759,500
35 50 Public Hospitals - Capital Equipment 2,800,000
WORKING CAPITAL - MAXIMUM BALANCES
WORKING CAPITAL ADVANCES
Health and Community Services 4,900,000
New Brunswick Geographic Information
Corporation - Assessment Services 900,000
PETTY CASH ADVANCES
Health and Community Services 27,000
Health and Community Services 5,000
The said items were concurred in by the House.
And then, 10.01 o'clock p.m., the House adjourned.