This is page numbers 37 - 50 of the Hansard for the 13th Assembly, 3rd 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 housing.

Topics

Members Present

Hon. Jim Antoine, Hon. Goo Arlooktoo, Mr. Barnabas, Hon. Charles Dent, Mr. Enuaraq, Mr. Erasmus, Mr. Evaloarjuk, Hon. Samuel

Gargan, Mrs. Groenewegen, Mr. Henry, Hon. Stephen Kakfwi, Mr. Krutko, Mr. Miltenberger, Hon. Don Morin, Hon. Kelvin Ng, Mr.

Ningark, Mr. O'Brien, Mr. Ootes, Mr. Picco, Mr. Rabesca, Mr. Roland, Mr. Steen, Hon. Manitok Thompson, Hon. John Todd

--- Prayer

Item 1: Prayer
Item 1: Prayer

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Good morning. Orders of the day, item 2, Ministers' statements. Mr. Todd.

Minister's Statement 10-13(3): Staff Housing - User Pay Fuel
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Mr. Speaker, the staff housing strategy implemented by the previous government provided that employee tenants of government-owned tied staff housing would be required to pay for their own heating fuel effective April 1, 1996.

This government has considered the move to user pay for fuel in relation to our accelerated timetable for removing ourselves from the position of landlord to our employees. As a result, it has been decided to defer indefinitely the implementation of user pay for fuel.

Mr. Speaker, it is the position of this government that the matter of user pay can better be addressed by selling our housing units to employees for an affordable price and by encouraging home ownership in other ways. This is a matter that I intend to address in a more comprehensive manner in the upcoming budget. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Minister's Statement 10-13(3): Staff Housing - User Pay Fuel
Item 2: Ministers' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you, Mr. Todd. Item 2, Ministers' statements. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Enuaraq.

Concern Re Changes To Wages And Benefits Of Non-unionized Employees
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish to express my concern about the announcements made yesterday by the Minister of Finance about wages and benefits for nonunionized employees. I think we know that, judging from the past, this is a good indication of what will happen to our unionized employees as well. Mr. Speaker, I noted that the Minister of Finance stated yesterday that the Cabinet's objectives are to be fair and reasonable. Mr. Speaker, I am concerned that these deep cuts to vacation travel benefits and settlement allowances will be especially hard on my constituents who live in small, remote communities off the highway system. People who live in Yellowknife and other communities on the highway system don't get a settlement

Mr. Speaker, the vacation travel benefit now given to my constituents is also not taxable. Mr. Speaker, cutting the VTA and settlement allowances back for my constituents in Baffin Central means that they are losing a lot more than people who live close to Yellowknife.

Concern Re Changes To Wages And Benefits Of Non-unionized Employees
Item 3: Members' Statements

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An Hon. Member

Shame, shame.

Concern Re Changes To Wages And Benefits Of Non-unionized Employees
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement, please.

Concern Re Changes To Wages And Benefits Of Non-unionized Employees
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Concern Re Changes To Wages And Benefits Of Non-unionized Employees
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Tommy Enuaraq Baffin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. They are losing a lot more money and they are losing a much larger tax deduction. This is my concern. Mr. Speaker, I believe all Members accept that cuts must be made. My concern, Mr. Speaker, is that those cuts should be made in a manner which is fair to every employee regardless of where they live.

I am very concerned that my constituents and others like them who live in remote communities off the highway system, will have to make a much larger sacrifice than other comparable employees because they live so far away from Yellowknife. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--- Applause

Concern Re Changes To Wages And Benefits Of Non-unionized Employees
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Item 3, Members' statements. Mr. Picco.

Invasion Of Toddites From Planet John
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Edward Picco Iqaluit

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Good morning, fellow colleagues. Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning on a matter of extreme urgency. At 5:15 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, I was proceeding towards the Legislative Assembly of the

Northwest Territories. Mr. Speaker, to the immediate left of the entrance to the Assembly, I spied something amiss. On closer inspection, as it was still dark, I could discern multi flashing lights. It was at that moment, a portal opened and I saw for the first time these extra -terrestrials.

Mr. Speaker, the leader came toward me and with the most pedagogical mind control ever witnessed, informed me that in fact these creatures were from the planet John and they called themselves Toddites. Mr. Speaker, they were dressed in pink slips and, through mind control, explained to me that fiscal destruction was happening on the planet John and they came to the planet Earth to escape and procreate. At that moment, I knew what I had to do, Mr. Speaker. Through procreation, many more of these pink-slipped creatures would be allowed to inhabit the earth, and we would be overrun by these Toddites.

Quickly remembering the song "Solidarity Forever," Mr. Speaker, I began singing at the top of my lungs. Mr. Speaker, the Toddites from the planet John beat a hasty retreat, their pink slips fluttering in the wind. Mr. Speaker, when I awoke, I was covered in sweat. It was then I realized that it had been a horrible nightmare; or was it? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--- Laughter

--- Applause

Invasion Of Toddites From Planet John
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Item 3, Members' statements. Mr.

Barnabas.

Resolute Bay Airport
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Levi Barnabas High Arctic

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My statement concerns the airport at Resolute Bay. I understand that the Government of Canada, which controls flight service stations in Resolute Bay and other locations in the NWT, has plans to sell these operations to a new non-profit corporation controlled by a major Canadian Airlines, air traffic controllers and business-jet owners. This is all planned for June 1996. This sale will be done through Bill C-20, now before the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker, the Resolute Bay flight service station has a staff of six, including a manager. This facility provides vital services to aircraft in the High Arctic, especially at the airport in Resolute Bay, which is an important route and alternate for northern and circumpolar flights. I am concerned about the future of the Resolute Bay flight service station and others in the NWT as this privatization plan moves forward.

Mr. Speaker, I understand that Bill C-20 gives the Minister of Transport Canada an effective veto over the elimination of air traffic control services in remote and northern communities and that the government has said it intends to put in place a special process to review any planned service cuts in those regions.

Mr. Speaker, I will be urging our Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Jim Antoine, to inform the federal Minister of how important these flight service stations are for northern and circumpolar flights and urge him to continue these

services in the North. If cutbacks must be considered, Mr. Speaker, I would hope that our Minister can persuade the federal Minister to ensure that at least community air radio stations are established for at least the same hours of service provided previously by the flight service stations. Mr. Speaker, I ask for unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

Resolute Bay Airport
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Member for High Arctic is seeking unanimous consent to conclude his statement. Do we have any nays? There are no nays. Conclude your statement, Mr. Barnabas.