This is page numbers 1341 - 1373 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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Return To Question 614-12(7): Northern Accord Negotiations
Question 614-12(7): Northern Accord Negotiations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As my colleagues in this House know, I am the eternal optimist. I believe that even though this is a difficult task, we will be able to reach an agreement on the northern accord with the aboriginal groups in the territories, and if we reach an acceptable agreement, then we can move forward with the federal government.

That doesn't mean to say, as my colleague asked, that we are not looking at options. I am not a man of one option. We need to ensure that whatever takes place in this part of the country benefits the north first and everywhere else second. So we are looking, particularly in the diamond area, at other diamond-producing countries to see what mechanisms they have in place to ensure that they get their fair portion, if you want, of the benefits.

With respect to my department's action plan, we are looking at the possibility of doing some research with respect to the possibility of further processing and value-added opportunities that go with diamonds. We are looking at the sorting and valuing of diamonds and the impact that will have.

I think that one of the ones that my colleague is really looking for is that we are also, should all else fail, looking at policy options including taxation, taking royalties in kind, or the establishment of marketing boards.

However, Mr. Speaker, I do want to say that this is a second position that we are looking at right now. As I said earlier, I am an eternal optimist. I am confident that northerners will see the need to reach a compromise. We were still at the table, I understand, yesterday, and I am confident that by June 30th we will be able to move forward with a common position to get an accord in place that will ensure that all northerners benefit from the significant mineral and mining development that takes place in this country. Thank you.

---Applause

Return To Question 614-12(7): Northern Accord Negotiations
Question 614-12(7): Northern Accord Negotiations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Question 615-12(7): Reason For Failure To Comply With GNWT's Lay-off Procedures
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a question for the Minister responsible for fire management. Mr. Speaker, the procedures for lay-off of employees are fairly clearly laid out in the government's human resources manual, and earlier the Premier described the procedures which the government is supposed to follow. Can the Minister explain why these procedures were not followed in the lay-off of Rick Pederson, the manager of air operations? Thank you.

Question 615-12(7): Reason For Failure To Comply With GNWT's Lay-off Procedures
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister responsible for forest fire management, Mr. Morin.

Question 615-12(7): Reason For Failure To Comply With GNWT's Lay-off Procedures
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My understanding is that the procedures were followed, and I will look into it and take the question as notice. Thank you.

Question 615-12(7): Reason For Failure To Comply With GNWT's Lay-off Procedures
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. The question is taken as notice. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Patterson.

Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

June 15th, 1995

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation. Mr. Speaker, I think the Minister knows that I am concerned about how staff housing has been transferred to the corporation, and I think I have also made him aware of the fact that, recently, a new employee of the Housing Corporation responsible for staff housing had to go to the enormous expense of travelling from Iqaluit to Hall Beach, just to check two or three transferring teachers out of their staff houses. Mr. Speaker, my question is, if the Minister is committed to allowing local housing authorities to deliver all the programs in communities, including staff housing, why are these services being delivered from the district office? Thank you.

Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation, Mr. Morin.

Return To Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We plan on working with the local housing authorities and associations to ensure that they take care of all the staff housing needs.

At the present, the Housing Corporation has planned to go into every community and work with the local authorities to train them to take on those needs. It seems like a fairly straightforward task to check people in and out of staff housing, and they should be able to take on those as soon as possible.

They should be able to take on the other portions of it as soon as they get the proper training. That is going to happen. That responsibility will fall in the hands of local housing authorities. We will assist in giving them training and support. Thank you.

Return To Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Patterson.

Supplementary To Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'm glad to hear that this is the way it will be done. But, I guess I would like to ask the Minister, wouldn't the most efficient process have been to train and support the local housing authorities to deliver the program on the ground in the communities, and then transfer the responsibility to the Housing Corporation, rather than transfer it to the district office first and then get the communities' training up and running afterwards? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Morin.

Further Return To Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That would have been good, if everything happened that way, yes, I agree with the Member. But what was happening in the communities is the communities were very involved in implementing the new rent scale, documenting people, getting training to implement the new rent scale, and also this transfer was happening at the same time. So, we have taken on the responsibility at the end of the fiscal year of the government and are catching up with the training. It should be all on par by the middle of July. That's the information I received. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Question 616-12(7): Delivery Of Nwthc Services By District Office
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Question 617-12(7): Status Of Community Water Pumps For Fire Protection
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister responsible for Municipal and Community Affairs. In the winter session, Mr. Speaker, I raised concerns about the protection of the communities from fire. My comment at that time was that people in the smaller communities had only a chemical tank as the means for fire protection. It's not adequate in the smaller communities, so I had suggested to the Minister that they should look at putting water pumps with enough hose to reach the furthest house in the communities for protection. I repeat this because of the situation that we have had in Fort Norman and Norman Wells, where we just about lost these communities; and, there is a chance for brush fires in the communities, because it's so dry.

I would like to ask the Minister if his department looked at the suggestion that I made earlier this winter. Thank you.