This is page numbers 943 - 976 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 7th 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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Mr. Allooloo, Mr. Antoine, Hon. Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Ballantyne, Hon. Nellie Cournoyea, Mr. Dent, Hon. Samuel Gargan, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Koe, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Marie-Jewell, Ms. Mike, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Richard Nerysoo, Hon. Kelvin Ng, Mr. Ningark, Mr. Patterson, Hon. John Pollard, Mr. Pudlat, Mr. Pudluk, Hon. John Todd, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Zoe

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

I would request that after our prayer today, Members remain standing for a minute of silence in remembrance of the people who so tragically lost their lives in a fire in the community of Tuktoyaktuk. Our prayers are with their families and friends.

Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

---Prayer

---Minute of Silence

Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Koe. Thank you, Members. Good afternoon. Orders of the day. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Mr. Ng.

Minister's Statement 65-12(7): Nunavut Municipal Lands Referenda
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday municipal voters in the 25 communities of the Nunavut settlement area cast their ballots in the Nunavut municipal lands referenda.

The referenda, which were held pursuant to article 14 of the Nunavut final agreement, allowed municipal voters to decide, on a community-by-community basis, whether or not they are in favour of restricting the sale of municipal lands now being transferred to the communities. Voters were asked: "Do you want your hamlet or town council to be able to sell municipal lands?" A simple majority of eligible voters who cast votes in each community determined the outcome.

Voters in all 25 communities voted in the majority "no." Therefore, all community governments in the Nunavut settlements area Nunavut settlement area will continue to lease lands. Each community government will adopt a land administration by-law which reflects the majority wishes of community residents to lease land.

Mr. Speaker, the department conducted a public awareness campaign in the period leading up to the referenda. This public awareness campaign was developed in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and the municipal councils, and involved visits by MACA staff, in most cases accompanied by an NTI representative, to each community of Nunavut.

While in communities, these "information delivery teams" provided briefings for the municipal councils, conducted local radio shows and held public meetings. These community visits were augmented by the production of an information kit in four languages, posters, radio and television announcements and a television phone-in show designed to encourage continued discussion and meetings at the community level.

The voter turnout averaged 46 per cent of voters and ranged from a high of 62 per cent to a low of 32 per cent. Mr. Speaker, I look forward to providing a detailed summary of the referenda results to Members later today.

The completed referenda are a milestone in the devolution of authority over lands to municipal councils. The department will now be working with municipal councils to assist them in taking over responsibility for the municipal lands being transferred to their ownership by July 1996. Our focus will include assisting the communities to develop land administration by-laws, and provide training to staff through the community lands administration certificate program at Nunavut Arctic College. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Minister's Statement 65-12(7): Nunavut Municipal Lands Referenda
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Whitford.

Support For Retaining The Name "stanton Hospital"
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in Yellowknife and the Mackenzie Valley, the name Stanton dates back to 1937 and has remained synonymous with northerners' medical history since then. Dr. Ollie Stanton and his wife Ruth moved to Yellowknife in the late 1930s to work at the small hospital run by CM&S, later to be Con Mine, and also served as a medical health officer for the Northwest Territories for a few years.

The Stantons worked in the medical field and within the growing community of Yellowknife. The work, of course, is now legendary. It was seen as an appropriate honour when the previous hospital was named after Dr. Stanton because the couple were early pioneers in medical service in this area. When the new hospital was completed in 1988, it was to bear the name Stanton Yellowknife Hospital. In fact, Dr. Stanton's widow, Ruth, was present at the time to make this dedication.

Mr. Speaker, it is fitting, in recognition of our early pioneers, to dedicate places or buildings of importance in their memory, thereby acknowledging their contribution towards society.

Recently, we have heard that members of the hospital board have suggested renaming Stanton Yellowknife Hospital in order to better reflect the broad spectrum of people that it serves. This suggestion has saddened many oldtimers and many local people here in Yellowknife and other places. Many have called to express their concern that although Dr. Stanton has passed away, there is no reason to change the hospital's name.

If I may offer a suggestion, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of many of my constituents, it would be that we change part of the name Stanton Yellowknife Hospital to Stanton Territorial, Stanton Regional or even Stanton Health Centre. This, Mr. Speaker, would reflect the fact that the hospital services extend to patients well beyond Yellowknife and includes those from the Deh Cho, the Sahtu, the Kitikmeot and the Dogrib Nations. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Support For Retaining The Name "stanton Hospital"
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Whitford. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Lewis.

Impact Of Last Federal Election On Former Mps
Item 3: Members' Statements

April 11th, 1995

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I listened to a program called "As It Happens" last night. It deals with current events right across the country and there was an interview with a man called Peter Dobell who runs the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa.

Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Centre did a survey of Members of Parliament who served in the last federal Parliament. They waited a year after the defeat of the Tory government of Mr. Mulroney before contacting Members because they wanted to measure the impact of the federal election on Members of Parliament a year after the event. Some interesting facts have emerged from surveying all of these Members.

The first one, Mr. Speaker, is those Members who retired and did not seek re-election were, for the most part, happy, contented and had adjusted to life outside of politics. Many decided to pursue other options, people like Mr. Clark, for example; Mr. Don Mazankowski; and, John Crosby, who is now the chancellor of Memorial University. The second point is that of those who ran but were defeated, only 50 per cent after one year have found employment. They were not very happy people because they had not been able to adjust to life outside of politics.

Many of the people who were surveyed noted that in the rejection letters they received for employment, the fact that they had been in politics had been given as a major reason for turning them down for employment. It was no longer seen as an advantage of having served the public because the public no longer felt, at least employers no longer felt, that whatever had been learned there had any relevance to the kind of work they were seeking to do. This particularly applied, Mr. Speaker, to Tory and NDP Members whose parties had been rejected quite thoroughly by the electorate in quite large numbers.

Mr. Speaker, those who did find work, examples like Mr. Perrin Beatty, were very rare. His appointment as the head of CBC was an exception. The vast majority of defeated Members who had served as backbenchers, and these were the vast majority of people in that Parliament, were now living on their pensions with little prospect of entering the workforce.

Impact Of Last Federal Election On Former Mps
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Lewis, your time is up. Mr. Lewis.

Impact Of Last Federal Election On Former Mps
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement, Mr. Speaker.

Impact Of Last Federal Election On Former Mps
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Yellowknife Centre is seeking unanimous consent. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Please proceed, Mr. Lewis.

Impact Of Last Federal Election On Former Mps
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Brian Lewis Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, colleagues and thank you, Mr. Speaker. The survey noted, Mr. Speaker, that those Members with between six and 10 years of service were now living on between $25,000 and $30,000 a year. Many of them were in their 30s and 40s and, although to many people that's a good salary, the fact that after one year they were still desperately trying to find something to do didn't give them much prospect of finding a meaningful place in the workforce.

Mr. Dobell noted that politicians are no longer considered to have the marketable skills that for many, many years it was assumed they had. They are no longer viewed positively by employers as they had once been. The lesson from the survey, Mr. Speaker, is that the most contented politicians were those who had left of their own accord and had not risked being rejected by their voters. That is a lesson that all of us, I'm sure, are going to have to consider over the next six months or so. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Impact Of Last Federal Election On Former Mps
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Pudlat.

Congratulations To Kenojuak Ashevak On Aboriginal Achievement Award
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Mr. Speaker, I stand today to make a Member's statement and I would like to thank Kenojuak Ashevak who is my constituent. She got an award and I congratulate her for that. When I was a small child, she started making drawings. I know this isn't the first time she has been given an award but, Mr. Speaker, she was given an aboriginal achievement award and I know that she was called Kenoayoak Pudlat on CBC and I just want to clarify that she is not me. She is someone else. They made a mistake. They always make a mistake with my name. I would just like to thank my constituents and to congratulate this woman for getting an award. Thank you.

---Applause