This is page numbers 303 - 337 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 5th 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 chairman.

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Members Present

Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Arvaluk, 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, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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Madam Speaker

Good afternoon. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Amittuq, Mr. Allooloo.

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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Members of the Nunavut Caucus have been provided with a copy of a letter written to the federal Minister of National Defence and the federal Minister of Supply and Services from James Eetoolook, acting president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. Madam Speaker, the letter protests the awarding of a contract to operate core campsites in 1994 to a Quebec firm rather than Avati, a subsidiary of Nunasi Corporation and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation which makes it 100 per cent Inuit owned.

Avati carried out the contract successfully last year, which was to erect, maintain and disassemble working camps for other contractors that were upgrading or constructing the new Distant Early Warning stations. Avati completed this task with a workforce made up of 82 per cent Inuit. This contract is worth several million dollars, Madam Speaker, and it is the first large contract awarded by the federal government in Nunavut since the ratification of the Nunavut land claims.

Section 24 of the land claim commits the federal government to not only include Inuit firms in the solicitization of bids, but also commits the federal government to develop, implement and maintain policies to provide support and assistance to Inuit firms to compete for government contracts. It was agreed that these policies would be in place one year from ratification of the claim which is coming up this summer. Madam Speaker, it is very disheartening that these policies to provide support to Inuit companies to compete for government contracts have been completely disregarded in the awarding of this contract. We had expected that the spirit expressed...

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Madam Speaker

Sorry, Mr. Allooloo, your time has lapsed.

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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

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Madam Speaker

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

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Titus Allooloo Amittuq

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Thank you, Members. We had expected that the spirit expressed during the negotiations would have been maintained. I'm extremely disappointed that the federal government has chosen to award such a major contract to an outside firm when it has been clearly demonstrated that Avati has the ability to carry out the work in a very satisfactory manner. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. I would like to recognize the grade six class from N. J. Macpherson school here in Yellowknife and their teacher Karen Johnson. Welcome to our Assembly.

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

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to stand today and make a Member's statement. I was invited to the annual conference of the Pauktuutit Women's Association but I have other commitments. I would like them to know that I haven't forgotten their invitation and I would like to apologize for not being able to attend their annual general meeting. I would be able to attend at some other time. I would like to apologize that I can not attend and I would like to assure them I will be able to attend at some other time.

I know that they have a lot of work to accomplish which is very important in the world of events and they work very hard on important issues and they will be able to work on those issues at this conference. At this time, Madam Speaker, I would like to apologize to them. Thank you.

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Madam Speaker

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

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, yesterday evening I had the pleasure of serving as a

judge for the public speaking contest at St. Joseph's School in Yellowknife South. Students from grades four, five and six made public speeches on a variety of subjects, everything from the future, pollution to subjects like tigers and jet planes, including one called "My Dog Rudy." Madam Speaker, I don't think I could have found a better way to spend two and half hours than to be there to listen to those young people practising public speaking.

Because I was a judge, I had to be critical and I had a list from which I had to award points for a variety of things from effectiveness of opening, subject material, choice of words, clearness of speech, grammatical accuracy, posture, gestures and, of course, effectiveness of endings. Not only did I enjoy being there, but I also learned quite a bit. I watched these young people performing their role in speaking on a subject of their choice and I marvelled at the talent that was going to come out of that contest and the preparation that these young people are undertaking through their teachers and the contest for their future in public life.

I just wanted to congratulate them for their efforts.

Not only did they learn, but I also learned quite a bit from them. I learned a few things not only from the subject matter but on how to public speak from them. I invited them to come over to the Assembly some day to watch their Members and maybe give some points to us on our performances. The contest will continue for the rest of the week as we get into the senior grades. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Centre, Mr. Lewis.

The Federal Budget Address
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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Most people who listened to the Finance Minister's budget speech yesterday were struck by the fact that probably a lot more was unsaid than was said. One of the things that was highlighted was the fact that they are going to reorganize the military, reduce it and eliminate racism. One of the good pieces of news in that budget address was that a whole squadron of twin otter planes would be located right here in Yellowknife. Many of us for years have said -- especially my friend Mr. Whitford -- that safety and rescue in this part of the world should be given a far higher priority than it is, with the expectation that there will be a lot of activity in this part of the world over the next several years.

This should be considered a welcome move that we have now 160 people moving into the city to replace all of those people that our government has decided should work somewhere else. It is good news for this community because when we listened to the speech yesterday, no one could see anything good in it. But for this city, there is a lot of good and it is very welcome news.

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Some Hon. Members

Hear, hear.

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