This is page numbers 24 - 48 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 1st Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was report.

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Question O21-12(1): Implementation And Impact Of Combining Petroleum Oil Lubricants With Power Corporation
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Oral questions. Mr. Lewis.

Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Mr. Speaker, in the 11th Assembly, we commenced two things: the government established the review of government resulting in the Beatty report; and the Assembly set up a commission to look at constitutional development in the Western Arctic. I would like to ask the Government Leader if it is her intention to wait for that commission report dealing with constitutional arrangements in the West before she begins to reorganize all the government, which may be very severely impacted by that commission report?

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Madam Government Leader.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, we are starting the process now in terms of consolidation of the work force of the Northwest Territories government. This issue, to my understanding, has no impact on the broad constitutional discussions that are going on. If communities are not prepared at this point in time to take on added responsibility, that has to be done at the community level. These discussions will take some time to be put into place. I believe that some communities want to proceed as quickly as possible because they believe the best place for decision-making and accountability is at the community level.

In consolidating some of the departments, I hope that at that point in time we will be able to ease far better the aspirations of the communities in terms of taking over responsibilities. At this point in time, the process is getting into place. Perhaps the commission will have its recommendations before we move significantly in terms of community transfers, but at this point in time I believe these things are two different issues. Thank you.

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Lewis.

Supplementary Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Since the commission has yet to report to this Assembly indicating how, in fact, arrangements will be made for the delivery of government in the Western Arctic, on what basis has the Government Leader assumed that this commission will have no impact on what the government is proposing in the Beatty report which talks about two levels of government? On what basis has she made that assumption?

Supplementary Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Government Leader, Ms. Cournoyea.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, it does not really matter what we do as a total central government agency. Communities have indicated for a long time that they want the programs and services, as much as possible, to be done at a community level. Some people have a little bit of a different idea but they want that at a community level. If there are other forums, regarding the politics of that community government, it does not take away from the fact that communities say they are the best people to take over much of the responsibilities and programs and services that relate to the people. I see the attempt to reach the aspirations of community people to be a positive approach; that it would only complement further responsibility in terms of the political make-up that the commission will be making recommendations on. Thank you.

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Mr. Lewis, your second supplementary.

Supplementary To Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
Further Return Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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December 10th, 1991

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Will the Government Leader commit to this House today that she will not move toward the allocation of powers which could have a constitutional impact, before we have had a chance to see

what it is that this commission recommends to this House about constitutional arrangements in the Western Arctic?

Supplementary To Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
Further Return Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Madam Government Leader.

Further Return To Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
Further Return Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, my understanding is that at this phase the commission is talking about very broad principles of political evolution in the Western Arctic. I believe that there are a lot of concerns here that life has to go on. These political discussions will take place on an ongoing basis. The recommendations of the commission also takes into consideration -- I am very sure -- what we are doing as a government to support the day-to-day initiatives and desires of communities. I believe while we are proceeding these things will be taken into consideration. But I do not believe that the lives of people at the community level, what they want to do, how they want to carry on their lives, should be stopped. These things gradually work in; people exercise their responsibilities, and they are far better to be brought into a political responsibility, which is exactly what will happen once those broad principles have been established by the commission. Thank you.

Further Return To Question O22-12(1): Implementation Of Beatty Report Recommendations In Relation To Constitutional Development In Western Arctic
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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

Oral questions. Mr. Gargan.

Question O23-12(1): Workers' Compensation For Hunters And Trappers
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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

I would like to direct my question to the Minister responsible for the Workers' Compensation Board. Mr. Speaker, under section 10(1) of the Workers' Compensation Board, it describes the occupations of hunters and trappers as "principally engaged in hunting and trapping." But under the regulation it also puts a price tag on what that means. In other words a person has to make over $10,000 in order for them to be principally engaged in hunting and trapping. I would like to know why the Minister or the department has chosen to put a price tag on what "principally engaged" means, since the definition does not necessarily restrict it to only money. I think it is a way of life for aboriginal people and I do not think there should be a price tag on it. Why did they decide to put $10,000 on it in order for a hunter or trapper to be eligible for compensation?

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The Speaker Michael Ballantyne

I am not sure if that is within the knowledge of the Minister, but if Mr. Patterson would like to attempt it.