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Question 99-12(6): Authorization Of Housing Advertisement
Item 6: Oral Questions

October 11th, 1994

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I'd like to pursue the matter of advertorial purchases by the Government of the Northwest Territories. Madam Speaker, last week, when I asked the Minister of Housing about the glossy spread in Above and Beyond, he didn't seem to know about it. In fact, in response to a direct question to that Minister, "Did the Minister authorize this costly ad spread" and I'm quoting from an unedited Hansard, Madam Speaker. The Minister's answer was "I think the deputy minister has the authority to authorize that type of ad."

Now, Madam Speaker, a few minutes ago, the Premier said, in response to my earlier questions, that she fully supported Mr. Morin's decision to purchase the advertising. So I'd like to ask the Premier is she now saying that Mr. Morin and not his deputy minister authorized this advertisement? Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, what I can say about the issue is that I was aware of the issue. I recall being aware of the issue because I did, upon receipt of a letter earlier, decide that I wanted to be a little cautious where we were putting our advertisements and Mr. Morin may have forgotten, but I believe he did authorize the expenditure for his deputy minister to move ahead with it, so it may be a technicality. I am aware of it. I was aware that he wanted to do it and if he instructed his deputy minister to do it, that's probably usual procedure. Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Patterson.

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Thank you for that response. Madam Speaker, earlier the Premier said the particular arrangement that Above and Beyond magazine was willing to make was quite satisfactory. Madam Speaker, I'm told that most responsible journalists refuse to allow any client to buy editorial copy without labelling it clearly as advertising or as an advertising supplemental. But Above and Beyond doesn't seem to have that policy. The 16 pages appeared as if it was editorial copy and not purchased by those three government departments or agencies.

I'd like to ask the Premier, Madam Speaker, is that the particular arrangement that the government finds satisfactory with Above and Beyond, that you can buy editorial copy and they'll camouflage it as if it was editorial copy and not advertising? Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I really don't know how to answer that question because it will be based on a lot of presumptions on my part, so if the Member could clarify what he really wants to know, I'd appreciate it. Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Mr. Patterson, do you want to attempt to clarify your question so it could be understood by the Premier? Thank you.

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Well, I thought my question was pretty clear, Madam Speaker and I'll be unhappy if I have to use up a supplementary to give this explanation, but let me try to make it as clear as I can. I'm assuming, Madam Speaker, that the government paid for the 16-page glossy spread in Above and Beyond of the three departments I've referred to. I also assume that the Premier noted that the 16 pages of copy are not labelled, as one usually finds with an advertising supplement in a responsible journalistic publication's advertising supplement.

Therefore, my question to the Premier is since Above and Beyond apparently allows people to buy editorial copy without labelling it as advertising, is that the kind of particular arrangement that the Premier was referring to earlier in the House when she said that the particular arrangement they were willing to make was satisfactory to the government? Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I believe the arrangement I was talking about is that there was a certain number of Above and Beyond magazines that were published. As well, there were a number of the inserts that were also made available. Those are the kinds of arrangements I was talking about which I indicated earlier, that if you want exact details on how many issues and where they were sent, the

Minister would be quite pleased to provide that detailed information. Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Patterson.

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I'd like to ask the Premier if she thinks it is appropriate that the Government of the Northwest Territories should be allowed to buy editorial copy in publications that disguise the fact that it's editorial copy and not advertising. Thank you.

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I'd like to answer that question if it was put a little more clearly because the adjectives and the assumptions in there, if I answered it, would presume that I'm agreeing with him. My understanding is that the Government of the Northwest Territories has been encouraged to try to put a more positive face on itself in terms of the programs and services that it provides to its constituents in the Northwest Territories. As a result, this is one vehicle that was chosen to do so. Madam Speaker, the article in itself gives that picture of what is done in a positive approach. Thank you.