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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Patterson. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Ng.

Congratulating Kitikmeot Tep Graduates
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Kelvin Ng Kitikmeot

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Earlier this week I spoke on the grade 12 graduation ceremonies held to recognize and honour the first graduates from the Kugluktuk School in Coppermine and the Kullik High School in Cambridge Bay. Later today will be another historic event for the Kitikmeot as graduation ceremonies are being held this afternoon to honour the first 11 graduates from the Nunavut Arctic College's Kitikmeot teacher education program. These 11 graduates, who are now certified teachers, will be instructing children in the region during the next school year. These graduates will use their experience and skills to contribute to the educational system in the NWT. They will also be role models for youth and children in showing that with desire and ambition any goal is attainable.

I would like to formally recognize and congratulate the five TEP graduates from my constituency: Ms. Mary Eetoolook, Ms. Mary Gillis, Ms. Jessie Lyall, Ms. Margaret Lyall, and Ms. Susie Ohokannoak for their achievements. At this time I would ask all Members to join me in congratulating and wishing all graduates the best of success in their future endeavours. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Congratulating Kitikmeot Tep Graduates
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Pollard.

Return To Question 555-12(7): Status And Treatment Of Glos
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Good morning. Mr. Speaker, I have a return to a question asked by Mr. Allooloo on June 8, 1995. It concerns the status and treatment of GLOs.

Mr. Speaker, all government employees laid off due to budget reductions, in Yellowknife and other communities, received the lay-off entitlements provided for in the collective agreement. In May 1995, new lay-off provisions were negotiated which replaced the existing lay-off provisions and the workforce adjustment program. The negotiations included settling all outstanding grievances related to the workforce adjustment program.

Minutes of settlement were signed with the Union of Northern Workers to apply the new lay-off provisions to the GLOs. In addition, the government liaison officers were given a further six-weeks' notice of layoff.

Mr. Speaker, if I might I have another one. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 554-12(7): Criteria For The Workforce Adjustment Program
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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John Pollard Hay River

Mr. Speaker, it's the same subject with regard to criteria for the workforce adjustment program, asked again by Mr. Allooloo on June 8, 1995.

Mr. Speaker, in March 1995 the workforce adjustment program applied to employees whose positions were eliminated or relocated due to change in a department's structure, responsibilities or functions. It did not, Mr. Speaker, apply in cases where positions were altered or eliminated due to budget reductions.

Mr. Speaker, in May 1995, new lay-off provisions were negotiated with the UNW which replaced both the lay-off provisions in the collective agreement and the workforce adjustment program. Many of the benefits of the workforce adjustment program are now included in the lay-off provisions. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Oral Question 536-12(7): Procedures For GNWT Laid-off Or Redundant Positions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

June 9th, 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 7th regarding procedures for GNWT laid off or redundant positions.

When a position is declared redundant and the department is unable to find alternate employment for the incumbent of that position, a formal letter of lay-off is issued. The letter provides at least three months' notice that employment will be terminated. Normally, the employee is required to work for those three months but that requirement may be waived at the discretion of the employee's deputy minister.

Mr. Speaker, I have a second return, if I might. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Oral Question 536-12(7): Procedures For GNWT Laid-off Or Redundant Positions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Arngna'naaq.

Return To Question 541-12(7): Provision Of GNWT Procedures To New Employees
Return To Oral Question 536-12(7): Procedures For GNWT Laid-off Or Redundant Positions
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Silas Arngna'naaq Kivallivik

Following appointment to a GNWT position, all employees attend a documentation session. In addition, they are invited to attend an information session which provides an orientation to the GNWT. During these sessions, new employees receive information about our government and its policies.

Employees who are appointed to managerial and excluded positions are given employees handbooks with their job offers. These handbooks provide information about their terms and conditions of employment as well as the affirmative action policy and conflict of interest guidelines.

Bargaining unit employees receive a copy of the respective collective agreement but these books do not include such things as these policies.

Personnel staff are presently designing an information package which will be given to all prospective employees. I have asked that they include something in the package that will address the Member's concerns and ensure compliance with government procedures. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 541-12(7): Provision Of GNWT Procedures To New Employees
Return To Oral Question 536-12(7): Procedures For GNWT Laid-off Or Redundant Positions
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. Patterson.

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

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Where is he? Where is he?

---Laughter

No, just kidding. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased today to be able to recognize a former constituent, Mr. Troy Harper, who is now an architecture student working here for the summer with Mr. Gino Pin and his architectural firm. Thank you.

---Laughter

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Ballantyne.

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

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to recognize the designated hitter from the CBC dream team, Dave "Sweetness" Miller. According to Legislative Assembly slugger and RBI leader, Jeannie Marie-Jewell, the CBC can't hit the ball for love nor money. We believe that Sweetness Miller will turn the CBC team around and once again we will hear the

pure crack of the bat and the applause of their great fans here in the Legislative Assembly. Thank you.

---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

Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Patterson.

Question 558-12(7): Financial Assistance For Liberal Fund-raising Dinner
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Dennis Patterson Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It being Friday, I have an important question for the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. Mr. Speaker, according to a report I heard on the radio from an undoubtedly reliable source -- some Member of the NDP Party -- the Honourable John Todd used his good offices and funds of his department to finance a trip for two prominent Liberals to attend a fund-raising dinner which featured the Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Jean Chretien, in Edmonton.

I've just received an invitation to a fund-raising dinner in Yellowknife at the end of this month which will feature another very important Liberal, the Honourable Paul Martin. I know there are some very prominent Liberals in my riding who would love to be funded to come to that dinner and lobby for important projects in Iqaluit. So I would like to ask the Minister, since I know he's fair to all, generous to all and treats every MLA with equal respect, I wonder if the Minister would entertain funding the modest cost of travel for a couple of prominent Liberals in my riding to attend this fund-raising dinner and lobby for the constituency of Iqaluit. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 558-12(7): Financial Assistance For Liberal Fund-raising Dinner
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Todd.