This is page numbers 461 - 501 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 ---agreed.

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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. Rebecca Mike, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Mr. Ng, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Patterson, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

---Prayer

Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Good afternoon. Item 2, Ministers' statements. The honourable Member for Baffin Central, Ms. Mike.

Minister's Statement 33-12(5): Sale Of Staff Housing
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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Madam Speaker. In January 1994, employees who were living in government-owned staff housing units in level II and III communities were given the final opportunity to express an interest in purchasing the housing unit that they occupied. In all communities except Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit, employees had until February 11 to respond to our offer. February 18 was the deadline in those two communities.

I would like to advise all the Members of this Legislature of the results of this phase of the long-term housing strategy. On a regional basis, we have received expressions of interest from employees as follows: Fort Simpson, 10; Fort Smith, 1; North Slave, 1; Inuvik, 17; Keewatin, 63; Kitikmeot, 17; and, Baffin, 39. This makes a total of 148 expressions of interest. However, this does not mean that we have sold 148 staff housing units. The expressions only indicate that these employees would like to consider purchasing a unit.

Madam Speaker, the Department of Public Works and Services will be arranging for appraisals of each staff housing unit followed by formal offers to the employees. I know that Members are concerned about the sale of housing units in small communities, but I would like to reassure the Members that most of the interest has come from the larger communities.

I will be writing to each Member very soon to let them know how many expressions of interest have been received from each community within their constituency. This will also begin the process of developing individual community staff housing plans which will address the unique circumstances in each community. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Minister's Statement 33-12(5): Sale Of Staff Housing
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Madam Speaker

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

Selection Of Senior Men's Hockey Team For Arctic Winter Games
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James Arvaluk Aivilik

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. My statement today is on a subject that I have already raised in this House regarding the selection of the senior men's hockey team for the 1994 Arctic Winter Games. I have received a response from the Minister to my oral question regarding this matter, but I am still left unclear as to why there were no players from the Coral Harbour team picked to represent the NWT at the Arctic Winter Games. (End of translation)

I do not know what the selection was, who was involved directly, what criteria was used and when the decision of team selection was finalized. Until I am clear on these matters, I am unable to give my constituents a satisfactory response to their concerns. However, Madam Speaker, I would like to tell the Coral Harbour men's hockey team that I support them all the way and I hope that, despite this setback, they can keep the faith and I fully expect that their day will come. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

---Applause

Selection Of Senior Men's Hockey Team For Arctic Winter Games
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for High Arctic, Mr. Pudluk.

The Storage Of Firearms
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Ludy Pudluk High Arctic

(Translation) Thank you, Madam Speaker. My statement today will be with regard to the federal legislation requiring firearms to be locked up during storage. I'm not against the safe storage of firearms whatsoever, Madam Speaker. The communities in my constituency have a very high rate of polar bear intrusions. There are often several incidents on a weekly basis of polar bears coming into the communities and camps, threatening lives and property.

This is the time of year also when there is complete darkness. It is only common sense, then, that residents should have rifles relatively handy for their protection.

If the people of the High Arctic are to follow the law to the letter, then it will not be possible to protect themselves adequately from polar bears. This is a very valid concern. My people do not want to break the law, but what can they do? They have to make a choice between protecting themselves and breaking the law.

The federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories must work together so that the law about storing firearms is changed to be practical to my constituents. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

---Applause

The Storage Of Firearms
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Yellowknife North, Mr. Ballantyne.

Congratulating Winners Of National Aboriginal Achievement Award
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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Today I rise on behalf of my constituents in Yellowknife North to offer our congratulations to the five northern winners of the national aboriginal achievement awards.

Cindy Kenny-Gilday is a constituent of Yellowknife North and is being honoured for her outstanding international work with the environment. Susan Aglukark is a world-class musician.

---Applause

Billy Lyall has done tremendous developmental work with the co-ops.

---Applause

Rosemarie Kuptana, as president of ITC, and for her support over the years for the creation of Nunavut.

I think our Legislative Assembly should be especially proud of the award given to Premier Cournoyea.

---Applause

She is a four-term MLA, served with distinction on many important Cabinet posts, and continues to serve us well as Premier. Her award brings honour and recognition to our Legislative Assembly. And all five awards bring recognition and honour to the recipients and to all northerners. Thank you very much.

---Applause

Congratulating Winners Of National Aboriginal Achievement Award
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Madam Speaker

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

Cruise Missile Testing
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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Many of us believe that the federal government has appeared to have failed to live up to its campaign promises, made during the last election, to not allow any more cruise missile testing in the Northwest Territories.

I quote, Madam Speaker, the Honourable Jack Anawak from his speech in the House of Commons debate on the issue. "Northerners recognize that although the cold war is over, other security concerns have arisen. However, they question whether the standard military responses are appropriate, or the only response we can make. In many cases, an economic helping hand may accomplish more for our long-term security interests than a military show of force." Mr. Anawak went on to use the example of the village recently constructed in Siberia using northern firms and expertise as an example of the type of help we should be doing. "No one is surprised about the support from the Reform Party with their "back to basics" conservative policies, but I must express my dismay on the support from the Bloc Quebecois for cruise missile testing given the strength of the peace movement amongst the residents of Quebec. The single most reprehensible fact about the whole cruise missile testing program in the Northwest Territories is the lack of consultation by the federal government. The missile testing program has been renewed twice. Once for five years, and the latest agreement covering a ten year period."

There was no consultation. This legislature has sent numerous resolutions covering the banning of cruise missiles to no avail. Many of the Members of Parliament who had the courage of conviction to side with us in our opposition to the cruise missile testing also lamented the lack of consultation with northerners.

Madam Speaker, we as a legislature have no choice but to continue our fight against cruise testing in the Northwest Territories. There are no economic or moral benefits to testing these relics of the cold war mentality in Arctic airspace. Indeed, we all watched CNN in wonder a few years ago and saw how deadly accurate those cruise missiles could be during the Gulf War.

Madam Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to continue my statement.

Cruise Missile Testing
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Madam Speaker

The honourable Member is seeking unanimous consent to continue with his statement. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Proceed, Mr. Whitford.

Cruise Missile Testing
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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Thank you, colleagues. There are no economic or moral benefits to testing these relics of the cold war mentality in Arctic air space. Indeed, we all watched CNN in wonder a few years ago and saw how deadly accurate those cruise missiles could be during the Gulf War.

I suggest, Madam Speaker, that the federal government take the attitude that these weapons' delivery systems are accurate enough, and no further testing should be allowed to continue in Canada. Thank you.

---Applause

Cruise Missile Testing
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Antoine.