This is page numbers 1525 - 1578 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 language.

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Return To Question 664-12(7): Date Employees Hired To Replace Dismissed Bird Dog Officers
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

June 22nd, 1995

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral question asked by Mrs. Marie-Jewell on June 21, 1995, regarding the date employees were hired to replace dismissed Bird Dog officers.

Mr. Speaker, only one employee has been hired to replace the dismissed air attack officer and assistant manager of air operations. Mr. Ernie Campeau was hired as a casual air attack officer from June 19, 1995 to August 25, 1995. Mr. Campeau recently retired from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where he was a regional air coordinator. He has been involved in air attack activities since the 1970s and has also prepared Ontario's air attack manual.

Over the years, he has bird dogged many different tanker types including CL-215s, heavy land-based, Cansos, Avengers and others. Mr. Campeau comes highly recommended by the Ontario government because of his extensive experience. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 664-12(7): Date Employees Hired To Replace Dismissed Bird Dog Officers
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. Are there further returns? Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Dent.

---Applause

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

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize a couple of people who have given me an awful lot of political guidance over the years, along with guidance in other things, I must admit. My parents are in the gallery this morning: Doctor and Mrs. Dent. They were accompanied by my wife and young son but my wife had to take Tyler out of the gallery before he was thrown out for creating a disturbance.

---Laughter

---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

Welcome to the Assembly. I can see now why Mr. Dent looks pretty good in this House.

---Laughter

Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. I would also like to recognize three seniors sitting in the gallery. I don't know if they are from Yellowknife or not, but welcome to the Assembly.

---Applause

Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Dent.

Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health and Social Services. Yesterday, the Minister of Finance advised the House that if Canada unilaterally cuts the non-insured health benefits for aboriginal people, it would affect services in the NWT. He also advised that the Minister of Health and Social Services is corresponding with the federal Minister regarding the current review of the NIHB program. Since two options the feds are considering would limit benefits to on-reserve Status Indians or on-reserve Indians on welfare, and either would be disastrous for us in the NWT, will the Minister commit to not only corresponding with Diane Marleau but to meet with her in person to discuss the issue?

Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Cournoyea.

Return To Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, the meeting is being arranged. It is being set as soon as we can find an appropriate time for Ms. Marleau. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Supplementary, Mr. Dent.

Supplementary To Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Given the importance of this issue and the special relationship of aboriginal people with the federal government, will the Minister commit to keeping aboriginal groups informed and encourage their involvement in the federal review which is taking place right now?

Supplementary To Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Ms. Cournoyea.

Further Return To Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Nellie Cournoyea Nunakput

Mr. Speaker, I can answer that in the affirmative. It has been because of the Department of Health and Social Services, from the time the Government of the Northwest Territories has taken over the responsibility of the management of health, that the aboriginal organizations have been informed on a continual basis on what we are doing and what our plans are. They are also informed of any recent information that we receive.

Further Return To Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Question 674-12(7): Review Of Non-insured Health Benefits
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Pudlat.

Question 675-12(7): High Cost Of Infant Formulas In Eastern Arctic
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A few weeks ago, through a Member's statement, I brought up an issue regarding some formula for infants. For ladies who are single and are bringing up their family or for families that don't have a regular income...Mr. Speaker, I made a Member's statement regarding infant formula and the high cost of having to acquire infant formula. A lot of mothers don't choose to breastfeed. My question is to the Minister of Finance. I apologize for not directing my question to a Minister before hand. However, my question is to the Minister of Finance. Can he give me a response as to what could be done regarding this matter. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 675-12(7): High Cost Of Infant Formulas In Eastern Arctic
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question 675-12(7): High Cost Of Infant Formulas In Eastern Arctic
Question 675-12(7): High Cost Of Infant Formulas In Eastern Arctic
Item 6: Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, if there is a problem in this regard, I would suggest that those mothers, if they are unable to provide that formula to the baby, should see Social Services. Mr. Speaker, that probably is not the long-term answer to this particular problem. I think we see, across the Arctic, the price of food is outrageous in some of the communities. We recognize that the high prices are extremely difficult for people who are not on a fixed income or are young single mothers. In the interim, if we could direct those people to see Social Services to get

some assistance, I am sure they will look at a longer term strategy in this regard. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.