(YELLOWKNIFE) February 15, 2021 – The Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Board of Management has issued the following statement:
The Board of Management became aware of April Taylor’s complaint against the Clerk on the evening of Thursday, February 11th, 2021. The Board only became aware of Nicole Latour’s complaint on Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. while the House was sitting. The Board of Management met Friday evening after the Rise of the House to discuss both of these matters.
Regarding the public statement of the MLA for Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh, Steve Norn. Mr. Norn raised his concerns with the Board of Management on Friday, December 11th, 2020. The Board considered the options available to address the dispute, and recommended mediation.
On December 16th, 2020 a mediator was selected and both Mr. Norn and Mr. Mercer agreed to the mediation. Three mediation sessions were conducted in January 2021. On February 5th, 2021 the mediator reported to the Speaker that the mediation was unsuccessful. Given that mediation was unsuccessful, the Board met on Friday, February 12, 2021 to consider this issue, and they heard from Mr. Norn. The Board is determining what next steps to take in regards to all of these matters.
The Board remains focused on the management of the Legislative Assembly, and will comment further when appropriate.