Below are the comments that I gave on the floor of the house on October 31, 2018, on the Motion of Revocation of Appointment of Minister Wally Schumann.
MR. VANTHUYNE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, clearly, it’s not pleasant to
be here speaking on this revocation motion today. It’s clear that my colleagues have
serious concerns about the performance of the Minister in question. It’s a serious matter
to bring a motion like this to the floor of the Assembly, but it’s one of the few ways that
Members on this side can call the public’s attention to how serious the issue is and the
question that it raises about the Minister’s performance and the accountability of his
However, while I experienced the concerns my colleagues shared today, I have to say
that I still have the confidence in this Minister. Over the past three years, I have had
many occasions to work with this Minister. The Minister has been forthcoming and
collaborative in working with me. As the MLA for Yellowknife North, I have frequently
raised questions of general concern and public safety on the Ingraham Trail and the
Niven to downtown stretch of Highway 4. The Minister in both his capacities as Minister
of ITI and of Infrastructure has addressed my concerns and provided answers to my
constituents, and always in an efficient and effective manner.
Although I am very respectful of my Regular Member colleagues’ positions, and their
valid reasons for this motion, the Minister has not lost my confidence, and, therefore, I
will be voting in opposition to the motion. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.