This is page numbers 549 - 580 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 6th 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 housing.

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Supplementary To Question 266-12(6): Rental Arrears Owed To Housing Associations
Question 266-12(6): Rental Arrears Owed To Housing Associations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation, Mr. Morin.

Further Return To Question 266-12(6): Rental Arrears Owed To Housing Associations
Question 266-12(6): Rental Arrears Owed To Housing Associations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Madam Speaker. We're looking into returning that program as well as the debt to CMHC. If they don't want to be flexible with their program, then they can go through the headache of collecting money themselves, rather than putting us through it. Possibly what we can look at is something like the SHAG program, an old program; the very first home ownership program the Housing Corporation ever came up with. If you were in the SHAG program, then you are still eligible for an access program. People got $10,000 and $15,000 in those days, that was it. They built inadequate housing. So, maybe we could look at addressing the issue the Member brought up by making people eligible, even though they were in the old program. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 266-12(6): Rental Arrears Owed To Housing Associations
Question 266-12(6): Rental Arrears Owed To Housing Associations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

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

Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

October 27th, 1994

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to direct my question to the Minister of Finance, regarding income tax returns. Of those people who have to fill out income tax forms, there are a lot of unilingual people. They have problems filling out forms. A lot of people have questions with respect to this. Many often have to deal with income tax accountants. I wonder if there can be a process for unilingual people who need assistance with their income tax forms, so they can deal with people who can help them. Can these problems be corrected for those unilingual people who need assistance? Thank you.

Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Minister of Finance, Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Good afternoon. Madam Speaker, I have raised the issue of unilingual people, particularly in Mr. Pudlat's area, with the Minister of National Revenue. I went as far as to provide a copy to the Minister of letters that I have sent to Mr. Pudlat in syllabics, so he would better understand.

What happened last year is that the people of the federal government went into some of the small communities and trained people in the communities to fill in tax forms. I'm not sure that they paid particular attention to the unilingual people in those communities. So, as we are making arrangements with them to go into the smaller communities again for the next fiscal year, I will draw their attention to the fact that they should look at the unilingual aspect of some of the people in the communities. Thank you.

Return To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Pudlat.

Supplementary To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. I appreciate his response. A lot of times the returns of unilingual people don't get in on time. When their returns don't get in as they should, they start getting questions from Revenue Canada. So, Madam Speaker, a lot of time the people who are filling in the forms often get calls from Revenue Canada and when the calls come in, they have problems with discussing these things with Revenue Canada. I wonder if there could be a process where someone could help these people who need assistance with interpreting when they discuss things with Revenue Canada.

Supplementary To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Finance, Mr. Pollard.

Further Return To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Madam Speaker, that's a good point. If someone is calling from southern Canada to a unilingual person, obviously, there isn't going to be much information exchanged. I will raise that issue with the federal Minister and we will see if he can do something, either with some support in the community or with regard to having someone, at that time, who could...

Further Return To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Sorry, it appears that Mr. Pudlat is not receiving translation. Are you able to hear? Proceed, Mr. Pollard.

Further Return To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Madam Speaker, as I was saying, I think Mr. Pudlat has raised a good point. I will raise that with the federal Minister and maybe they can offer some assistance to people, so they can at least be told of the requirements in their own language. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Further Return To Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Question 267-12(6): Assistance In Preparation Of Income Tax Returns
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Centre, Mr. Lewis.

Question 268-12(6): Maca's Involvement In Capital's Site Plan
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Madam Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs. Last February, at the Northern Frontier Visitors' Centre, a plan was revealed for the development of a capital city site. In what way is her department involved in developing that plan?

Question 268-12(6): Maca's Involvement In Capital's Site Plan
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Ms. Mike.