Northwest Territories Funeral Insurance News
The Member of Legislative Assembly for Frank Lake, Kevin O'Reilly, says that a law allowing for cremations in the territory is needed. He wants to know why such legislation has been delayed.
According to O'Reilly, the territory’s only funeral home wants to provide service locally but is unable to do that because of the absence of the legislation. Furthermore, every other jurisdiction in Canada has legislation that regulates cremation services, the only exceptions are Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
He added that the community affairs departments across Canada regulate cremation but the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs in the territory does not seem to be interested in drafting the legislation.
O'Reilly told the legislative assembly that he learned from the minister that the development of the legislation is not on the priority list mainly because there are other important issues. He added that it is not clear what the other important legislative changes are and how the regulation of cremation will fit in.
Furthermore, Kevin is surprised that the legislative process is not progressing because there are lots of cremation laws in Canada that can be used as a template and customized to suit the territory’s needs.
He questioned the government’s ability to move legislation forward stating that the duty of the legislative assembly is to make legislation. O'Reilly added that this is a golden opportunity to expand the local economy, improve services and also reduce the costs paid by residents.
However, Caroline Cochrane, MACA Minister, said she would like the process of forwarding the legislation on cremation to be easy but she is worried about stakeholder’s engagement.
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