AuthorKolody, Linda
PositionLegislative Reports

2022 Spring Sitting

The 2022 Spring Sitting of the First Session of the 35th Legislative Assembly commenced on March 3 and concluded on April 28, the 32nd sitting day.

Main budget bill assented to

As detailed in Yukon's preceding Legislative Report, prior to the final day of the Sitting, eight government bills (six amending bills, a supplementary budget bill, and the interim supply bill) were assented to by Commissioner Angelique Bernard. A ninth government bill--the almost $2 billion main budget bill--was assented to on April 28. On that final day of the Sitting, the only government bill remaining on the Order Paper was Bill No. 204, First Appropriation Act 2022-23 (Sandy Silver), which was in Committee of the Whole.

Pursuant to the Sessional Order adopted on March 8, 2022, the application of Standing Order 76 (a standing order referred to as "the guillotine clause") was restricted to appropriation bills during the 2022 Spring Sitting. Accordingly, at 5:00 p.m. on the final day of the Sitting, Bill No. 204 was expedited through the remaining stages and was assented to.

Private Member's bill assented to

On April 6, as previously noted, a private member's bill standing in the name of Third Party House Leader Emily Tredger was reported from Committee of the Whole with amendment. As summarized in the bill's explanatory note, the object of Bill No. 304, Act to Amend the Education Act, was to ensure that all Yukon schools "have safe spaces for LGBTQ2S+ students in the form of student activities or organizations."

On April 20, Bill No. 304 passed third reading (15 yea, nil nay), and on April 28, was assented to by Commissioner Bernard.

It had been a decade since a private member's bill had last progressed through all stages. On April 25, 2012, a private member's bill standing in the name of Official Opposition MLA Jan Stick--Bill No. 102, Act to Amend the Ombudsman Act (a bill seeking to delete the sunset clause in the Ombudsman Act)--passed third reading and received assent.

Report of the Auditor General of Canada

Deputy Auditor General Andrew Hayes and other officials from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) were in Whitehorse on May 25, 2022, to present a performance audit report on Yukon housing: Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the Legislative Assembly of Yukon--Yukon Housing--Yukon Housing Corporation--Department of Health and Social Services. They presented the report to Deputy Speaker Annie Blake, and later that...

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