Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I was intending to rise on a Point of Privilege, however, I believe my remarks go beyond, just the matter of privilege, with regard to an article that was in the Yellowknifer, under the editorial "Parliamentary Fun and Games" which suggests that the issues raised by Members are of no concern to our constituents.
To be more specific, Mr. Speaker, I want to address comments in the article related to a written question that I posed to the Government Leader. Mr. Speaker, the article suggests that this is an issue of fun and games. I would say it is too bad that the writer did not speak to my constituents in Arctic Red River, or within my constituency, who were, and have been, asked to pay as much as $17,000 to have power poles moved from lots for which they applied.
Mr. Speaker, more importantly my constituents and those who have been asked to pay these exorbitant costs do not believe this to be frivolous, or fun and games. Mr. Speaker, in fact, the individual in one case applied for a new lot rather than being forced to pay these costs.
I want the writer to understand the same situation occurred as recently as last weekend, in Mr. Todd's constituency, in fact, where a private business owner had to move power poles at their own cost and pay the cost for hook-ups for electricity.
Maybe these are normal situations, and accepted arrangements, but I have been told that the N.W.T. Power Corporation has assumed in several instances total cost in the constituency of Nunakput.
Mr. Speaker, I ask, is this fair, or is it the truth? If it is true, then why does this policy, or situation, exist in Nunakput, and not in any other constituency? Further, if it is incorrect then this is where it ends. If not, you can be assured that Members of this Assembly will want to know why this type of preference is given in the Government Leader's constituency.
I know, Mr. Speaker, my constituents will thank me for raising these concerns on their behalf. More so, Mr. Speaker, all the people of the N.W.T., including residents of Yellowknife...