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Procedures Used To Dismiss Bird Dog Officer
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for Thebacha is seeking unanimous consent. Are there any nays? There are no nays. Conclude your statement, Mrs. Marie-Jewell.

Procedures Used To Dismiss Bird Dog Officer
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker and honourable colleagues. I have stated over the past couple of weeks the concern of Bird Dog operators and how this government is ignoring the safety aspect of section 13 of the NWT Safety Act, particularly when it was this government who placed this requirement in the request for proposals for the heavy land-based and air tanker proposal which is critically needed to fight fires. I am pleased an investigation is being carried out by labour relations.

Mr. Speaker, the Premier is ultimately accountable for the actions of any of her Cabinet Ministers, and it's her responsibility to ensure our legislation is upheld. The Cabinet, as a whole, has a legal responsibility to uphold our laws we enact, that is why they are called "Ministers of the Crown."

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the Premier for her announcement of what course of action she's going to take. The Premier is displaying a professional attitude towards addressing this tense situation, and is more in line with her character. Mr. Speaker, if this government is serious in ensuring the fire operation runs smoothly, then it is important they take every measure to avoid a disaster this summer. Thank you.

---Applause

Procedures Used To Dismiss Bird Dog Officer
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Ms. Cournoyea.

Return To Question 538-12(7): Completion Of Official Languages Act Regulations
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I have a return to an oral question asked by Mr. Koe on June 7th. Mr. Koe asked when the regulations for the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act will be completed.

The introduction of regulations on official languages must be considered carefully due to the complex and varied nature of each official language. For example, the provisions of the act grant varying status to the official languages, there are different literacy and fluency levels for each language, and oral tradition will play an important role in language development.

Mr. Speaker, once the official languages policy and guidelines are finalized, the GNWT will meet with the Languages Commissioner and the Department of Justice in order to discuss the needs for regulations under the Official Languages Act.

Return To Question 530-12(7): Status Of Official Languages Handbook
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I have a further return to an oral question. The question was asked by Mr. Koe on June 7th. Mr. Koe asked when the official languages handbook will be ready for distribution.

The GNWT remains committed to the completion of the official languages policy and guidelines. In order to complete this task and given the changing fiscal reality of the GNWT, two rounds of consultation with GNWT departments, boards and agencies affected by the proposed official languages policy and guidelines were necessary.

The proposed official languages policy and guidelines are currently being translated.

Language groups will be consulted on the proposed official languages policy and guidelines throughout the summer. Following this consultation, the policy and guidelines will be finalized. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 530-12(7): Status Of Official Languages Handbook
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Morin, I understand you have several. Just go through them.

Return To Question 530-12(7): Status Of Official Languages Handbook
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

(Microphone turned off)

Return To Question 530-12(7): Status Of Official Languages Handbook
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Just one? You have only one return? Okay.

Return To Question 570-12(7): Bip Status Of Northern Municipalities
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral question asked by Mr. Patterson on June 9, 1995; BIP status of northern municipalities.

Municipalities are not eligible to register as northern companies under the business incentive policy. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 570-12(7): Bip Status Of Northern Municipalities
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Whitford.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

June 15th, 1995

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, colleagues. It's a pleasure to introduce to you a long-time friend and northern businessman, Mr. Joe McBryan. Mr. McBryan is the founder of Buffalo Airways, Buffalo Courier Services and now Buffalo Air Tanker Services.

As well, I would like to introduce to you Barb Paquin, executive director, NWT Literacy Council.

---Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Whitford. Welcome to the Assembly. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Koe.

Question 613-12(7): Results Of Arctic A Airport Negotiations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Fred Koe Inuvik

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. I have a question for the Minister of Transportation. Over the past months, the Minister has been making various statements, culminating in his statement last week that the transfer of the Arctic A airports is going to take effect come July 1st, I believe. There is still some concern, though, with the operations of the airports. Even though these transfers will take place and ownership and management will transfer from the federal Ministry of Transport to our government, it seems that the federal government is still making decisions on contracts and how the airports are being run; and these decisions are long term, in some cases. So I would like to ask the Minister, since he stated that in the negotiations he would try to ensure that services of these Arctic A airports are maintained at the current levels, what the results of the negotiations are and if there are any cutbacks proposed to the operations of these airports.

Question 613-12(7): Results Of Arctic A Airport Negotiations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Todd.

Return To Question 613-12(7): Results Of Arctic A Airport Negotiations
Question 613-12(7): Results Of Arctic A Airport Negotiations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I don't believe, at this time, that there will be any significant cutbacks on the operations of the nine Arctic A airports. As I said earlier last week, we've negotiated a base funding of $24.5 million. We believe that that level of funding will be adequate to maintain the current services that we have in all of these airports, and maintain the positions and the jobs that relate to them. Thank you.