This is page numbers 1311 - 1340 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 education.

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Further Return To Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Whitford.

Supplementary To Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The announcement states that there will be two check stops; the one at Enterprise and the one at Inuvik. It will catch most of the vehicles coming into the territories. However, there is another route and that is through the Liard. I am not sure about the amount of traffic that comes through there. Is this an oversight or is it deliberately not going to be inspected because of low traffic? Why is it not being included in the expectations?

Supplementary To Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Todd.

Further Return To Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My honourable colleague is correct; the majority of the heavy truck traffic goes through the two points and we feel that that is where we should put our energies; particularly with respect to the limited fiscal resources we have. Our analysis shows that is where the majority of vehicles pass through. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Question 610-12(7): Officers For Truck Inspections On Highway System
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask a question of the Minister responsible for forest fire management. Mr. Speaker, on Monday, June 12th, I asked the Minister whether or not he would give us the status of Bird Dog officers with respect to flying with the DC-4s. I would like to ask him for an update with respect to the status of Bird Dog officers. Thank you.

Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister responsible for forest management, Mr. Morin.

Return To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is my understanding that the DC-4 pilots have been approved by the consultant we brought in to do the safety inspections. To day at around 12 o'clock, I believe it was, the supervisor was instructed to instruct the Bird Dog officers to report to work for orientation. He refused so he was terminated. Then we went to a Bird Dog officer to instruct him to report for orientation, and he refused so he was terminated. Thank you.

Return To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Supplementary, Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Supplementary To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I find that quite appalling, and I don't think it's any type of joke with respect to Members' comments. Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask if it is the intention of this Minister to terminate all employment for all Bird Dog officers who are employed by the Government of the Northwest Territories? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Morin.

Further Return To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Let me assure the Member that I take this matter very seriously. I take the whole issue of forest fire fighting very seriously. It is not my intention to terminate all the Bird Dog officers. These men are requested to go to work. The aircraft are ready to go to work. The pilots are ready to go to work. It is their choice. It is their career choice not to go to work. If they choose not to go to work, then they will be terminated on the spot, their keys for the buildings and their credit cards will be taken away and they']] be asked to leave the building. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 6, oral questions. Supplementary, Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Supplementary To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The problem for these Bird Dog officers, as I have stated in the

House many times, is that they are very concerned about their safety. Last night, I saw the documentary that CBC did, and it was clearly stated that the Bird Dog officers refused to fly with the DC-4s because of the request for proposals the government sent out asking for certain requirements, and this request for proposals was not fulfilled. Therefore, it is a safety issue. I would like to ask the Minister regarding the termination of Bird Dog officers, why is it that on termination of Bird Dog officers, they are only given verbal notice and not any notification in writing on their status of employment? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
Question 611-12(7): Status Of Bird Dog Officers
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Morin. Minister responsible for forest fire management.