This is page numbers 581 - 607 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 units.

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Members Present

Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ballantyne, Hon. Nellie Cournoyea, Mr. Dent, Mr. Gargan, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Koe, Mr. Lewis, Hon. Jeannie Marie-Jewell, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Mr. Ng, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Patterson, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Good morning. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Madam Premier.

Minister's Statement 43-12(6): Minister Absent From The House
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Madam Speaker, I wish to advise Members that the Honourable Rebecca Mike will be absent from the House today to attend a meeting of Ministers of Municipal Affairs in Toronto. Thank you.

Minister's Statement 43-12(6): Minister Absent From The House
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Inuvik, Mr. Koe.

The Northern Rental Purchase Program
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak about the northern rental housing program. The northern rental purchase program had its origins in the Eskimo loan program of the 1950s where, in the eastern Arctic and northern Quebec, employees of the federal government and other interested parties were given the option of moving into rental/purchase units. Rents varied from $2 to $67 per month.

The program was then introduced into the western Arctic by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in the 1960s, basically to provide adequate, safe housing to returning TB patients. Before the introduction of public housing to the Northwest Territories in 1974, the housing stocks in the Northwest Territories were built by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

The northern rental purchase program which this government inherited upon taking responsibility for housing programs in the Northwest Territories was set up in such a way that tenants could apply money and rent towards the basic price. Credit from rent paid would then reduce the purchase price of the house. Major improvement costs would be added to the final purchase price and a depreciation amount would be reduced from that final purchase price. The house could then be purchased by the tenants using a combination of cash and credit. In some cases, a mortgage would have to be obtained. In all cases, the buyer would have to obtain some sort of title to the land that the house was to be situated on or have the unit moved to another lot.

This entire program, while it still does exist, has enjoyed a limited amount of success. The major reason for the lack of success of the program is the fact that the units the Housing Corporation inherited from DIAND were poorly constructed and hardly worth...

Madam Speaker, my time is up. I seek unanimous consent to continue.

The Northern Rental Purchase Program
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

The honourable Member is seeking unanimous consent to continue. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Please proceed, Mr. Koe.

The Northern Rental Purchase Program
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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Madam Speaker, and mahsi, colleagues. The major reason for the lack of success of the program is the fact that the units the Housing Corporation inherited from DIAND were poorly constructed and hardly worth the tenants buying when one took into consideration the amount of money that would have to be spent to bring the house up to code. In addition, once a unit is upgraded using funds from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the unit, by virtue of the contribution agreement, has to be taken off the rental purchase program stock and placed on the public housing stocks.

It is basically a vicious little circle. Although a tenant might be able to afford to buy the unit they are living in, they would not be able to afford the repairs. The Housing Corporation has had to rely upon contribution agreements in the past with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and has, by necessity, taken the path of least resistance. It is cheaper to remodel the old units into proper units; however, the only source of funds available dictates that the units must become part of public housing stock.

So, although people are now living in units that meet minimal, acceptable standards for living, the units are no longer available for purchase. The rental purchase program has now been replaced by other programs such as HAP and the new access to housing program. There are still units available for purchase under the rental purchase program but, as all the units were constructed in the 1960s and early 1970s, it is not economically feasible for tenants to purchase, given the cash outlay necessary to bring the units up to an acceptable standard. There has also been a significant number of units that have been abandoned due to fire and disrepair.

Madam Speaker, this is an interesting program and it raises a lot of questions which I will be pursuing later with the Minister responsible. Mahsi.

The Northern Rental Purchase Program
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Baffin South, Mr. Pudlat.

Assistance For Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. First of all, I would like to thank the Member for High Arctic. I would like to support his previous statement with regard to child abuse. There are quite a few children who have been raised as victims of child sexual abuse. I know they are suffering. So, Madam Speaker, I am standing today for us to deal with victims of child abuse. We are not going to try to put them on the spot, but try to cure them. We have to try to review our misgivings for that reason. We have to pursue victims' assistance further for children. We have to work harder because we know they are suffering and that diseases can carry on for the remainder of their life. If there is any way we can help them further, that is part of the reason why I am standing up today, Madam Speaker.

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Assistance For Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Member's Statements. The honourable Member for Amittuq, Mr. Allooloo.

Nunavut Tunngavik Economic Development Conference
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

(Translation) Good morning, Madam Speaker. I am pleased to announce that I just came back from an economic meeting in Rankin Inlet sponsored by Nunavut Tunngavik, as well as the Government of the Northwest Territories. (Translation ends)

The conference was an astounding success. Over 200 delegates attended from all walks of life: there were young people making contributions to the conference; elders speaking their own native tongue making contributions; representatives of women's groups; church groups; small businesses from the communities and regions; and, multinational corporations such as mining companies, airlines and banks. Throughout the week, the meeting rooms were filled with positive energy. Everyone had something worthwhile to contribute whether they were an elder, a student or a community leader.

During the week, we worked together to develop a plan for achieving economic stability in Nunavut. Although the conference's major theme was economy, several issues were identified that we as Inuit, or the population of Nunavut, will have to overcome in order to make ourselves economically viable and stable. For example, Madam Speaker, we could have the most solid financial plan for Nunavut, a solid educational strategy and a solid transportation strategy and if we don't deal with the social problems such as substance abuse, family violence, sexual abuse and social breakdown, we will be no further ahead.

We have started talking about these issues and we must continue...Madam Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to continue.

Nunavut Tunngavik Economic Development Conference
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

The honourable Member is seeking unanimous consent. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Please proceed, Mr. Allooloo.

Nunavut Tunngavik Economic Development Conference
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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

Thank you, Madam Speaker, and colleagues. We must continue talking about these problems at the community level and working towards solutions; solutions that come from within the community. The professionals from outside could help us, but the real answer is the community has to deal with the problems and find solutions.

Once we are healthy again, outside investors will feel more confident investing in Nunavut. Madam Speaker, several other important themes emerged: the need to focus on education, particularly; making use of what is available today such as distance learning facilities. Taking university courses through distance learning technology. We also spoke of the importance of protecting our environment and preserving traditional values and using traditional values to go ahead and develop our Nunavut. During the Nunavut leaders' summit to be held in January in Gjoa Haven, we intend to explore some of these options further.

In closing, Madam Speaker, I would like to share with you a phrase that someone used during the closing of the conference. "When I believe it, I will see it. If we strongly believe that this future we are planning for ourselves is attainable, it will surely come to pass." Thank you.

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Nunavut Tunngavik Economic Development Conference
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The Speaker Jeannie Marie-Jewell

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife South, Mr. Whitford.