Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to make a statement regarding telephone services for Snare Lake. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak of an intolerable situation that currently exists in several of our smaller communities. Many people in these communities do not have access to basic service that most of us take for granted - the use of a telephone, a fax machine, or a phone line for computers.
Mr. Speaker, yesterday my colleague, the honourable Member for Nahendeh, spoke about the need for the extension of further telephone lines into several communities in the Deh Cho region. In my region, the people of Snare Lake have access to just one telephone. This telephone services over 120 people in this community and, as can be expected, there is a constant line-up for its use. Currently, there is not time for this line to be used for fax machines or for computer hookups.
Mr. Speaker, the principal of the Dechi Laot'i Entike Ko School has written several letters to NorthwesTel informing them of the need for access to telephone lines at the school. This would allow the school to access outside information sources through the use of fax or computer modem. Mr. Speaker, we are living in the electronic age where essential information is now being transmitted by fax or computer modem. Yet, Mr.
Speaker, it is sadly ironic that the people who could most benefit from these mediums, the residents and students in our smaller communities, do not have access to this source of information.
Mr. Speaker, I trust that the Minister of Government Services will give this matter his urgent attention so that we can have a satisfactory resolution to this problem.
As an elder in Snare Lake pointed out to me, Mr. Speaker, and I quote: "We can put people on the moon who can...