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Further Return To Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Question 395-12(7): Status Of Community Futures Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Antoine.

Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

April 4th, 1995

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Earlier today, I made a statement on the tourism industry in the Nahendeh area. I would like to follow up that statement with questions directed to the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism.

As I said in my statement earlier, there is a legitimate need for tourism enhancement in the Deh Cho. Can the Minister look into the current contribution for the Nahanni Ram Tourism Association and explore the possibility of increasing this year's contribution? Thank you.

Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Todd.

Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Well, nobody will deny that Mr. Nahendeh...

---Laughter

Mr. Antoine's riding, the Nahanni area -- in my opinion, anyway -- is certainly one of the premier attractions in the Northwest Territories for tourists.

Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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An Hon. Member

Hear! Hear!

Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

But in the OPPLAN review for cuts we had to make some decisions and we made those. We tried to cut in as fair and equitable a way as possible. What I would say to the honourable Member is I understand there is going to be a meeting very soon of all the zones in the west, in an effort to determine an appropriate arrangement for a western tourist association. Should an appropriate accommodation be made with the different groups, I have stated to them, and I'll state again today, that we would be prepared, in consultation with the department, to transfer marketing dollars that are currently in the hands of the civil servants in the department into the hands of those associations.

I know there's no money right now for financing the zones with the zone budget allocations but there may be, subject to a satisfactory arrangement being made both in the east and west with the tourist associations, a possibility of additional marketing dollars being there that we would be prepared to transfer over to a representative group of associations both in the western Arctic and in the Nunavut area. Thank you.

Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Antoine.

Supplementary To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can the Minister tell the House if he would make commitments on behalf of the zone associations to take advantage of any type of federal government tourism marketing funding that I mentioned earlier in my statement? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Todd.

Further Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I know we are looking at how we can lever additional federal dollars and federal dollar programs. We are currently having discussions with Mr. Irwin, in terms of a replacement for the EDA, which gets sunsetted in April 1, 1996. We have certainly been pursuing an alternative to that because we know it is going very aggressively. So I would say that we are going to make whatever effort we can to find new sources of funds outside of the current base funding that is provided to the territorial government and my department, as it relates to tourism.

I would stress again that if we can reach a satisfactory arrangement, with both east and west, in terms of the development of a tourist industry association, that clearly reflects the concerns of both those areas, we would be prepared to transfer existing dollars that we have in the department for marketing into those zones to assist them in making sure that the marketing is reflective of their needs and contributing to some of their administrative costs. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Antoine.

Supplementary To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there are associations out there. The one I am familiar with is the Nahanni Ram Tourism Association. They are taking the initiative to become self-sufficient in developing a market in their area. Could the Minister secure additional funding for these associations that are taking these initiatives to be self-sufficient? Could he try to assist them in developing strategic plans for achieving their eventual financial independence? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Todd.

Further Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I already said I am extremely pleased that we now have an association in Mr. Antoine's riding that is more reflective of the population and should be more reflective of the industry. I would be prepared to instruct the department to sit down with the Nahanni Ram Association and see if there is some way, over and above what we are currently doing, we can assist them. From my own personal visit there two years ago, at the invitation of the Member, it is an area we should let the rest of Canada know about.

Further Return To Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Question 396-12(7): Funding Increase For Tourism In Deh Cho
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Zoe.