This is page numbers 15 - 38 of the Hansard for the 13th 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 nunavut.

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Member's Statement 21-13(7): Nunavut Election Results
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O'Brien

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome all of my colleagues back to the Assembly this afternoon, especially my friends from Nunavut. Mr. Speaker, I want to first acknowledge and offer my sincere thanks to the good people of my home community of Arviat, for their tremendous support in the February 15th election.

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Mr. Speaker, the trust and responsibility that my constituents have placed in me is genuinely appreciated and I will assure them that they will get 110 percent from me.

Member's Statement 21-13(7): Nunavut Election Results
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Some Hon. Members

Hear, hear!

Member's Statement 21-13(7): Nunavut Election Results
Item 3: Members' Statements

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O'Brien

Thank you, Mr. Miltenberger, you are included in my good afternoon. Mr. Speaker, I look forward to working closely with the new Premier of Nunavut, Mr. Okalik, and his cabinet, and also all the new regular MLAs. I look forward to working in a cooperative manner that will serve all the people of Nunavut. Mr. Speaker, there is much work to be done in order to get Nunavut off to a good start. In order to accomplish this, we will have to work closely with our neighbours and good friends, the GNWT. We have numerous contracts that we have entered into that will, hopefully, benefit both new territories. Thank you.

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Member's Statement 21-13(7): Nunavut Election Results
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Members' statements. Mr. Erasmus.

Member's Statement 22-13(7): Secondary Diamond Industry
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the secondary diamond industry, which is possible in the Northwest Territories. Mr. Speaker, recently I attended the opening of the BHP sorting facility and was reminded of all the hard work, the speeches, the threats, the cajoling that we had to do in order to get that sorting facility here in a community. I also attended Diavik's environmental hearings and made a presentation there. I indicated that the NWT should benefit to the maximum extent possible from our diamonds, and that over 80 percent of the benefits occur after the diamonds are actually out of the ground, through a secondary industry such as cutting and polishing of diamonds, jewellery, cottage industry.

Mr. Speaker, a secondary industry in the north could mean hundreds of jobs and new businesses. These types of things would be different from mining jobs because they make money here, they spend their money here, and they pay their taxes here. I might add that these businesses and jobs could be in Hay River or Fort Smith or even Yellowknife, and I must say that they would be different from mining in that the mining jobs are often fly-in and fly-out, meaning that no money is spent here, and the income taxes are paid wherever their province is.

In order for this secondary diamond industry, Mr. Speaker, we need a steady, reliable source of rough diamonds. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to ensure that the north gets this from our own diamonds, and that is because we do not control our resources, so we have to rely on the federal government to do this; just as we rely on them to take most of the royalties and the benefits from our diamonds. At this time, Mr. Speaker, I would urge the federal government to do what it has to, to ensure that we get a steady, reliable source of rough diamonds, whether it is through legislation or otherwise, and I also urge this government to keep the pressure on the federal government to ensure that we get the maximum benefit possible from our diamonds. Thank you.

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Member's Statement 22-13(7): Secondary Diamond Industry
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Todd.

Member's Statement 23-13(7): Congratulations To Nunavut Mlas-elect
Item 3: Members' Statements

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John Todd Keewatin Central

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, may I just add my congratulations along with my honourable colleague, Mr. Ningark, King of Natilikmeot, to the new MLAs-elect and the Nunavut government, and add my congratulations to, of course, the Premier-elect, Mr. Okalik. I particularly would like to congratulate, if I may, Jack Anawak and Mannie Thompson, who are going to represent my riding in the future. I have every confidence both these people will be able to represent it as well, if not better, than I did in the past. Thank you.

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Member's Statement 23-13(7): Congratulations To Nunavut Mlas-elect
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Roland.

Member's Statement 24-13(7): Representation Of Inuvik Constituents
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, seeing that this is my first opportunity to stand up on this side of the House, I thought I would send greetings back to the constituents in Inuvik, and to inform them that, although I am now on this side of the House, I will still do my best to represent their concerns in this Assembly, at the same time balancing my new responsibilities as a Minister for the rest of the territories. So, just to inform the people back home that I am still here for them and working on behalf of their interests. Thank you.

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Member's Statement 24-13(7): Representation Of Inuvik Constituents
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Steen.

Member's Statement 25-13(7): Tuktoyaktuk To Inuvik Highway
Item 3: Members' Statements

March 16th, 1999

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Vince Steen Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Nunavut Members who are elected to the Nunavut Cabinet, as well as to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise my constituents that I have been informed that there is a meeting of stakeholders for the highway committee between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, and that meeting will be scheduled to happen on Thursday, March 18th, in Inuvik, and I will be attending this particular meeting. At the appropriate time today, I will be asking the appropriate Minister, Mr. Roland, whether he will be attending the meeting as well.

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Member's Statement 25-13(7): Tuktoyaktuk To Inuvik Highway
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Ms. Thompson.

Member's Statement 26-13(7): Acknowledgement Of Constituents' Support
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Manitok Thompson Aivilik

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker, also my colleagues, my fellow MLAs who are able to attend the meeting here, also the Premier-elect, I would like to welcome him to our Legislative Assembly; and I would like to thank my constituents in Rankin South, also Whale Cove. I will be representing them at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and I would like to thank them for electing me on February 15th. I would like to congratulate the communities that I was representing, Repulse Bay, Chesterfield Inlet and Coral Harbour. I represented them in the previous Legislature, and I will be asking to represent Baker Lake and Rankin for electing them, and I would like you to be pleased as well, for having me in this Legislature. Thank you. (Translation ends)

Member's Statement 26-13(7): Acknowledgement Of Constituents' Support
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Barnabas.

Member's Statement 27-13(7): Acknowledgement Of New Nunavut Legislators
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Levi Barnabas High Arctic

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First I would like to thank my constituents from the High Arctic, and it is going to be the constituency of Quttiktumiut under the Nunavut Legislature. Also, I would like to thank the people who were elected in the Nunavut Legislature, and I would like to welcome the Premier-elect for the Nunavut Government. I would also like to thank the western MLAs for sitting with me in this Legislature, and my other colleagues who were represented in this Legislature. Thank you. (Translation ends)

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