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Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. At this time I would like to recognize a visitor in the Speaker's gallery, Monsieur Pierre Marchal. He's the Consul-General of France and he's based in Edmonton. Also with him is his wife. Welcome.

---Applause

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Antoine.

Election Of Chief And Band Council In Fort Simpson
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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. (Translation) What I would like to say today is on our land, the Dene land, there was an election for the chief and band council. This is happening in a lot of communities. Whoever wants to be a chief, there is a lot of work for them. It's hard work to hold the office of chief. Being a chief is hard work. Every day they work for almost 24 hours. It is a lot of work and, on top of that, when there is a shortage of funding, it makes it even harder.

Also, being a chief, they work for the betterment of their people. This is what I would like to say.

The reason I am saying this is that yesterday in Fort Simpson there was an election for the chief and council. As a result, Herb Norwegian is the chief again. On the council is Mary Cazon, Cheryl Cli, Fred Deneyoua, Hazel Isiah, Loyal Letcher, Anita Villeneuve, and Jonas Antoine. There are the people who were elected during the treaty days. During the treaty days, there was also an election for chief and band council. There were two other people who ran for chief. I would also like to thank those two. When we put our names forward for important positions like this, we are doing this for the betterment of our people. If they work well with the new chief, the whole community will benefit as a result. Also, the people who sat as chief and council in the past, I would like to say a big thanks to them. When we are in those positions, we are working for the betterment of our people. Today, with the different system of governments, when people are running for chief it is hard work. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Antoine. I would also like to say congratulations to the people who have been elected. (Translation ends)

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Koe.

Congratulating Graduates Of Samuel Hearne Secondary High School
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June 15th, 1995

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the 31 students who graduated from Samuel Hearne Secondary High School on Friday, June 9th. I was fortunate to make it to that ceremony and was very impressed by the numbers of graduates, but also the mix of graduates. They came from all the communities in the region and they were well dressed and a very impressive lot. The theme of that graduation ceremony was "reach out to the future."

In today's world, in the economy that we are working under and with all the disaster's of the world, I think these young people have a lot that they have to reach out for. The world is at their feet and they are young and energetic. I hope they take advantage of the opportunities that are before them. I would like to thank the parents and the staff of the high school and also Members of the Beaufort/Delta divisional board for their support and helping these kids get to where they are at.

I wish all the graduates well. Reach out high and far to the future. Mahsi.

---Applause

Congratulating Graduates Of Samuel Hearne Secondary High School
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Koe. Item 3, Member' statements. Mr. Patterson.

Appreciation To Cabinet Ministers
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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, at least once a session, I try to be positive and uplifting. I don't always like to rant and rave.

---Applause

So today I would like to talk about some good things that have happened...

Appreciation To Cabinet Ministers
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An Hon. Member

Bravo!

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

...and give credit where it is due. First of all, I would like to thank Ministers Arngna'naaq and Todd for the good work which has been done by Minister of Renewable Resources and Workers' Compensation Board officials to provide timely compensation for the families of the full-time hunters who died tragically in the waters of Frobisher Bay last fall.

---Applause

Since not every one of those hunters, like many of our constituents, had birth certificates or even marriage certificates, quite a lot of work had to be done to get their applications in order. Credit also goes to Anne Crawford and Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik for their very hard work assisting the families. But I would like to commend the Ministers for the fact that interim payments have already been received by the families of the full-time hunters and they are well under way to getting the compensation package finalized.

Secondly, Mr. Speaker, I would like to give credit to Raymond Ningeocheak, who has overseen the implementation of the Nunavut Tunngavik hunters' support program this year with the assistance of his capable director Burt Dean and advice from the hunters' and trappers' organizations and the regional organizations throughout Nunavut. This program has received substantial one-time capital contributions from the GNWT and my assessment is they have done an excellent job. They have recently approved a total of 260 applications to hunters in need of assistance throughout Nunavut and I know this will be a very important contribution to developing the renewable resource economy, which we all so much want to support in Nunavut.

Mr. Speaker, I would also like to thank the Honourable Nellie Cournoyea, Minister of Health and Social Services for the attention she gave to care givers in Iqaluit. Since I have some more good things to say, I would like to request consent to conclude my statement, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Iqaluit is seeking unanimous consent to conclude his statement. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Conclude your statement, Mr. Patterson.

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to thank the Minister for the attention she gave to a meeting with care givers in Iqaluit during her recent visit and also for the attention she and her officials gave to the meeting with the officials of the Baffin Treatment Centre. Also, they worked out some funding and implementation problems, which have now been solved, allowing the new Baffin Treatment Centre to start its work and take an in-take clients, successfully, this spring.

I would also like to commend the Minister and the Minister of Justice for finally accomplishing a project that has been long-awaited in this Legislature and that is the tabling of legislation in family law reform. I think this is something that was really expected in the previous Legislature and it never occurred. So it is very gratifying to me that, even though we are in the last few days of the 12th Assembly, that this important work has got to the point where the legislation has been tabled. I know this represents an enormous amount of work. There have been lots of problems and challenges, but I think the Ministers and their officials deserve tremendous commendation for having taken it this far. I am confident that the next Assembly will act upon this long overdue need for reforming our family law.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, I would like to mention my gratitude to Mr. Morin and Cabinet colleagues for having, in principle, approved the negotiation of an office space contract for the Department of Renewable Resources for a building, the first phase of which is going up in Iqaluit this summer under the auspices of the Kakivak Association and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation. Cabinet support to this new aboriginal venture in my constituency is appreciated and it will be a big economic boon to the community to have this project going ahead this summer.

The last good thing I would like to comment on, Mr. Speaker, has to do with myself and...

---Applause

...but I want to express my gratitude to my colleagues on the Standing Committee on Finance for having elected me deputy chairman. That was gratifying for me and an honour which I appreciate. That is another good-news item I wish to celebrate with you today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Some Hon. Members

Yea.

---Applause

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Patterson. Item 3, Members' statements. Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Procedures Used To Dismiss Bird Dog Officer
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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, prior to this session, the Minister responsible for fire management took the responsibility to ensure he terminated the manager of air operations, Mr. Rick Pederson. This position was responsible for the air attack officers, better known as Bird Dog officers.

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, in speaking to Mr. Pederson, he advised me that only yesterday he received his lay-off notice. Up until then, he was at home not knowing whether he was laid off, fired or his position deemed redundant. Mr. Pederson was given verbal notification on May 9th. Yesterday being June 14th, he was advised officially of his employment status with this government.

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I find it shameful that our own act we passed in this House, this government, up until yesterday, I believe, ignored. Mr. Speaker, today I will be tabling a letter which was sent to me on May 29th, and I quote from one paragraph in the letter:

"Rick Pederson is no longer with the fire management program. His services are not required. The decision to proceed without Mr. Pederson was made since I took responsibility for this program."

The letter was signed by Mr. Morin.

Procedures Used To Dismiss Bird Dog Officer
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An Hon. Member

Shame.

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Mr. Speaker, this type of language in a letter tells me that there is blatant political interference on the part of the Minister filling his Cabinet responsibility. In addition, Mr. Speaker, for the Premier of the government to have full confidence in her Minister in the methods used in carrying out his responsibility was somewhat shameful. It's further seen by my constituents that these types of comments

are totally out of character for the Premier to conduct herself in this manner.

However, Mr. Speaker, in light of the proposed method the Premier announced in this House today, I am sure it will give some comfort to my constituents, her willingness to address this issue. Although she stated this investigation would only apply to the assistant manager of the air operation and air attack officers, I would encourage her to also review the method used for the manager of air operation's position, Mr. Pederson.

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to continue with my statement.