A committee of MLAs issued a response to the stinging allegations Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn levelled against legislature clerk Tim Mercer Monday.

The Board of Management made a collective statement addressing Norn’s news conference and separate complaints filed by former legislature employee April Taylor and chief electoral officer Nicole Latour.

According to the statement, Norn first raised his concerns Dec. 11.

“The Board considered the options available to address the dispute, and recommended mediation,” the statement reads. “On Dec. 16 2020 a mediator was selected and both Mr. Norn and Mr. Mercer agreed to the mediation.”

Steve Norn piled on allegations against embattled legislature clerk Tim Mercer at a press conference Monday. Simon Whitehouse/NNSL photo

In January, three mediation sessions were held. The next month the mediator came back on Feb. 5 with a report to the Speaker stating that “the mediator 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 statement reads.

“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.”

The BOM is a committee of MLAs chaired by  Speaker Frederick Blake Jr. Other members include MLAs Jackie Jacobson and Caitlin Cleveland, and cabinet ministers Paulie Chinna and Diane Archie.

Alternate members of the board include Norn and Ronald Bonnetrouge and cabinet ministers R.J. Simpson and Shane Thompson.

Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. A through and through "County boy" from Prince Edward County, Ont., Simon obtained his journalism education at Algonquin...

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