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Supplementary To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Whether I lost the letter or the Premier lost her file copy, I'd like to ask the Premier what action was taken because we saw in this House last week that the Housing Corporation blew some $30,000 to $40,000 on advertising which goes to an English-speaking elite and was not tendered. So I'd like to ask the Premier -- whether I got the letter or she's got the copy -- what action was taken as a result of this strong letter I wrote, which I'll table later today in this Assembly.

Supplementary To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

Further Return To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I'm sure I can table the response to his letter, too. I have it here because I heard the honourable Member was saying he didn't receive a copy and I was a bit concerned about it, so we checked our files and indeed he did receive a response to his letter.

As to what is being done, as the Member also knows, over the years, there has been some indications that the Government of the Northwest Territories should put some positive spins to some of the positive attempts they are taking to serve the public in the Northwest Territories. To say something good about some of the expenditures that are made on behalf of the consumers, and that has been indicated quite a number of times, is that we do a lot of good things for the consumers. We do conduct programs. We do carry out daily delivery of services to people, but that seems to go without a lot of comment. So there was a purposeful attempt to put a more positive approach on the things that were being done in a positive way to serve the residents of the Northwest Territories. This is one publication that was seen as a good vehicle. Above and Beyond is often complimented as something that almost everyone can pick up.

There are a lot of travel arrangements that are made for patients and people who have to be referred elsewhere, they all get on the airlines, as well as the elite. There are a lot of people who read this particular magazine, including myself. I find it a very interesting publication with a lot of positive things being said, not only in the area of housing, but in economic development. There are really positive profiles of people across the Northwest Territories. I think a lot of people like the magazine. I certainly do, Madam Speaker.

The fact is, there was a suggestion to put a publication forward. Normally, the department would say they will put a major article in a paper and generate the general costs. I think on the detail of the costs, the Minister responsible can put a more positive light on exactly what it cost, where the publication was sent and where it was distributed. Madam Speaker, I sincerely believe we got good value for the dollar with the article. It tells about the Housing Corporation, about what kinds of programs we have, about what buildings we're building and what we attempt to do.

Hopefully, with this kind of publicity and the positive light, other funding institutions, such as the federal government, will look to see what can be done in a positive way and see that our program is worthwhile and certainly is in the right category for support. I believe the housing corporation has housed many people, it is an excellent program and it deserves a positive spin. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Further Return To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Patterson.

Supplementary To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Madam Speaker, I would like to make it clear that I don't question the government's privilege to pay for propaganda which makes it look good. And, I don't, as I said in my letter to the Premier, begrudge Above and Beyond for very successfully hustling some $100,000 to $150,000 out of three government departments.

But, my question to the Premier -- which she hasn't answered, and which is the same question I asked in my letter -- is are there not policies in place when the government is spending that kind of money -- over $100,000 of our precious public funds -- which require tendering of amounts, when there are other publishers, including northern-owned operators, operating in a highly competitive market place, including, may I say, one company operating in my constituency?

Are there not policies in place which would allow other companies and community newspapers to be given a chance to bid for that kind of opportunity? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

Further Return To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I certainly appreciate the Member's positive comments that it is not the article which is giving him pain, but the fact that there may have been other publishers who would have liked to have the same opportunity.

Madam Speaker, with this type of publication, we do give certain latitude to the Ministers responsible for picking and choosing, to a certain extent. There is latitude given to various departments to make some expenditures in this area. If there are publications that are not solicited, I will make sure that, from hence forth, we try our very best to support other publications that exist. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Your final supplementary, Mr. Patterson.

Supplementary To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Well, it is a bit late, Madam Speaker. As far as I can tell, over $100,000 has gone to one favoured publication. I'm interested in how the Premier's office functions. I sent her, without making a big, public deal out of it, a letter saying two of her departments -- for which she has overall responsibility for overseeing -- had spent, by my calculation, $75,000 or $80,000 with this one favourite publication. I said another one is being wooed and this is a letter to say I think it is wrong. Our government stands for making public tenders for these kinds of opportunities. Would she do something about it on an urgent basis.

I would like to ask the Premier, who says now they will do something about it, why wasn't something done back in June, 1993, so that some of the other struggling publishing companies in the north -- including community newspapers and other magazines which are published in the Northwest Territories, like Arctic Circle, for example -- were given the opportunity? Why was my warning not heeded, Madam Speaker? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Madam Premier.

Further Return To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, the issue of choosing Above and Beyond magazine is one of latitude, which we give to departments. I'm aware of this letter and, once he gets his letter as well, he will know that this issue was discussed and the choosing of Above and Beyond was because of the arrangement they were willing to make. Like the honourable Member is indicating, Above and Beyond actively sells itself to government, to try to encourage their use. They give special deals, where they print additional copies for other uses.

I was aware of his letter. We discussed it and I answered his letter. When Mr. Morin wanted to deal with the Housing Corporation, he indicated that this was the magazine he wanted to use and I supported his decision, considering his arguments about what they were providing. The Government of the Northwest Territories extensively uses the newspapers for all its tenders and employment notices. It is not as though we are not spending money on a weekly basis with other publications, because we are, Madam Speaker. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Question 94-12(6): Action Taken On Expensive GNWT Advertising
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Baffin South, Mr. Pudlat.

Question 95-12(6): Child Tax Rebate Problems
Item 6: Oral Questions

October 11th, 1994

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Health and Social Services. We currently receive child tax rebates but, for some reason, there seems to be a problem. Madam Speaker, we are aware that if a person is making a good income, they are not eligible for child tax rebates. Because of that, Madam Speaker, we are experiencing some problems.

This is another problem related to income tax returns that are not being properly filled out. I wonder if the Minister of Social Services can help to rectify this problem? Thank you.

Question 95-12(6): Child Tax Rebate Problems
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Social Services, Madam Premier.

Question 95-12(6): Child Tax Rebate Problems
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I would concur that this is a tax issue and perhaps the question should be directed to the Minister of Finance.