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Resolutions Passed For Training Preparations For Nunavut
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Rebecca Mike Baffin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today as chairperson of the Nunavut Caucus to address an issue of some concern to Caucus Members and Nunavut leaders. Mr. Speaker, at the Nunavut leaders' summit in Gjoa Haven from January 19 to 21, 1995, several resolutions were passed which dealt with education and training preparations for Nunavut. To date, aside from one letter to a Nunavut Member of this House, to my knowledge, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment has not responded to any parties of the Gjoa Haven summit on the specific recommendations.

The Nunavut Caucus and other Nunavut leaders would be interested in learning about the progress to date on the consideration and possible implementation of these resolutions. Mr. Speaker, there were a number of recommendations directed to the department, including the suggestion of the immediate appointment of an assistant deputy minister of Education, Culture and Employment for Nunavut and the establishment of a Nunavut education leaders' working group to be chaired by the assistant deputy minister for Nunavut.

Mr. Speaker, as 1999 draws near, planning for Nunavut must address training and education needs as a priority. Therefore, it is imperative that the Minister formally respond to the resolutions with respect to education so that planning can continue in a coordinated and cooperative manner. An initial response from the Minister will be expected when Members of the Nunavut Caucus address this issue during question period before the conclusion of our session. Thank you.

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Resolutions Passed For Training Preparations For Nunavut
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Pudlat.

Problems With Custom Adoption Process
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kenoayoak Pudlat Baffin South

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe it was yesterday that my colleague from Baffin made a statement about custom adoption. We introduced the bill because we wanted to make it simpler to custom adopt. My constituents in the Baffin region have had problems with adopting children. Many of us have run into obstacles with adoption. Maybe after we agree on the bill, it will become simpler to go through custom adoption. Up to now, there have been many problems with adoption. I just wanted to show support to my colleague. It isn't just her constituents who are having this problem. It is all over Nunavut that they encounter this problem. We have to have identification.

As we all know, no one will stop adopting. We just want the people who are responsible to be more careful with this. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Problems With Custom Adoption Process
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Whitford.

European Commission's Stance On Importation Of Canadian Furs
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Good morning. Mr. Speaker, it was disappointing, to say the least, when members of the European commission adopted such a rigorous stance concerning the importation of Canadian furs. While I can't say I am surprised at their refusal to consider our views, I am sorry that they appear to be influenced by poorly informed, emotionally-based groups when making trade decisions. Unfortunately, this has led to the commission taking a judgemental stand on the issue, rather than forming an opinion based on objectivity and factual data. It is frustrating that despite genuine efforts by our government representatives to reach a compromise and negotiate in good faith, the other parties appear to be using delay tactics.

In the meantime, our traditional fur industry and the livelihood of some of our people here are threatened by well-funded animal rights' groups who are largely ignorant of the real facts. I take issue, Mr. Speaker, with those who feel they have the right to dictate what constitutes cruelty and kindness for other people. This is a very complex subject that differs with particular circumstances and the cultural values of societies.

If we reacted in the same spirit, Mr. Speaker, it would be tantamount to our North American free-trade union banning trade with Spain until the end of their long tradition of bullfighting, or we could refuse to trade with Britain unless fox hunting was banned and abolished, and insist that France adopt a kinder method of transporting their calves and feeding of their poultry. Obviously this type of behaviour, especially at an international trade level, would be uncharacteristic of people from the Northwest Territories.

At the same time, however, representatives of different nations have to try to establish a common ground. Put simply, that is why our government held the recent meetings with members of the European commission.

I would like to conclude by congratulating the Honourable Silas Arngna'naaq, Mr. Lewis and other government officials, for representing the Northwest Territories in a gracious manner with attitudes that demonstrated our sense of fairness and our respect for the views of others. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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European Commission's Stance On Importation Of Canadian Furs
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Whitford. Item 3, Members' statements. Mrs. Thompson.

Invitation To Ministers To Visit Aivilik
Item 3: Members' Statements

June 9th, 1995

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Manitok Thompson Aivilik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since I have been elected for the Aivilik riding, I have learned how much the needs and concerns of the residents of Aivilik have been neglected in the past. Unfortunately, smaller communities have a difficult time making sure their voices are heard in Yellowknife. Because of this, they often do not receive a lot of attention and, as a result, they feel neglected by the government.

This is why the consultation process is so important to the people of my riding. They need to know that they matter; that the issues that are important to them will be discussed and that any problems they may have will be dealt with soon. To ensure that my constituents' concerns are being addressed, I am extending an open invitation to all Ministers of this government to take some time this summer and travel with me to meet and speak with the citizens of Aivilik.

(Translation) Mr. Speaker, I just wanted to make this statement because Aivilik citizens feel neglected. I will try to be a voice for them, so their concerns are dealt with as soon as possible and that we give more consideration for the people of Aivilik. They felt that they were ignored.

So for this summer, I extend an open invitation to all Ministers of this government and welcome them to travel with me this summer to meet with the communities and the citizens of these communities, and listen to their views. Their views need to be heard. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Invitation To Ministers To Visit Aivilik
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Congratulating Pwk High School Graduates
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Jeannie Marie-Jewell Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I want to take the time to congratulate 23 graduates from PWK High School who graduated May 18th. Mr. Speaker, this graduation was quite significant in the community of Fort Smith because I believe it is the first time in history that they had a majority of aboriginal students graduating. Out of 23 graduates, 16 were aboriginal.

I also want to thank the Honourable Richard Nerysoo for attending such a significant event. I know the students, parents and the school appreciated his attendance. Mr. Speaker, I also want to thank the school, the staff, the principal and the parents, particularly, for giving the support to the students as they took each step of their grade school throughout the years.

Mr. Speaker, we know these students are going to be our future leaders and I am sure we made every effort to give them the keys to their success. It is now up to them to use their keys to open the doors that will allow them to be successful. I know that with the support they have been given, they will do that.

My congratulations to each student and my thanks to all who gave the support to make such an event happen. Thank you.

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Congratulating Pwk High School Graduates
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Mr. Speaker, buried in the Toronto Globe and Mail yesterday was a fascinating article which injected a touch of reality in the overwhelmingly emotional gun control debate. The story documents the fact that, although the firearms control bill is on the verge of becoming law, no one has yet produced objective evidence that many of its key components will make Canada a safer place.

New Zealand discontinued its registry in 1983 after the national police reported that it was useless. Police in two Australian states have recommended dropping their gun registration programs because they can't enforce compliance.

Professor Gary Mauser, author of a recent Fraser Institute report that is highly critical of Mr. Rock's gun control bill, said the issue has more to do with votes than violence.

Since it is currently fashionable to equate firearms with violence, and there is an emotional crusade against firearms, especially in urban Ontario and Quebec, the government sees a political opportunity.

Professor Mauser says the government ignores evidence that violent crime is more closely linked to social breakdown and to economic and political factors, than to the availability of guns.

countries, less than half the gun owners and no more than 60 per cent of the guns get registered. The bill won't work.

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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An Hon. Member

Hear! Hear!

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Professor Mauser says Minister Rock knows the bill won't work. His Justice department officials have told him and he still wants it. Why is Minister Rock imposing this unworkable legislation on this country? I got the answer from insiders in the Liberal Party of Canada -- I know a few.

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Allan Rock wants to use this legislation to propel him as the prime candidate to replace the present Liberal Party leader when Mr. Chretien retires.

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Some Hon. Members

Ohh!

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

So, have I got a deal for him. I'm prepared to endorse Mr. Rock as the best person to succeed Jean Chretien as Liberal Party leader if he'll just exempt the NWT from gun control.

So, let's hear it for Allan Rock for next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada!

---Laughter

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