This is page numbers 135 - 148 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 decision.

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Supplementary To Question 44-13(7): Pay Equity For Excluded Employees
Question 44-13(7): Pay Equity For Excluded Employees
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Antoine.

Further Return To Question 44-13(7): Pay Equity For Excluded Employees
Question 44-13(7): Pay Equity For Excluded Employees
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, not being familiar with the details of this whole issue, I am going to have to take the question as notice.

Further Return To Question 44-13(7): Pay Equity For Excluded Employees
Question 44-13(7): Pay Equity For Excluded Employees
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Question is taken as notice. Oral questions. Mr. Henry.

Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Seamus Henry Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation, Mr. Arlooktoo. The Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation recently provided Members of the Legislative Assembly with statistics on the number of clients by region who have received assistance under the Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program. It is interesting to note, Mr. Speaker, that housing sales under the program have surpassed $45 million as of March 31st, but due to high levels of interest the Minister has extended the program to June 30th. My question to the Minister is, have there been any reports to the Housing Corporation of situations where there has been abuse of this program? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of the NWT Housing Corporation, Mr. Arlooktoo.

Return To Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, as I told the House a few days ago, this is a highly successful program that is very popular, especially here in the western Arctic. The Member is correct that it has generated many millions of dollars of economic activity. The Housing Corporation has a screening process during the application period to try to weed out those that might want to abuse the program, but I am pleased to tell Members that there are virtually no reports of abuse; there have been a couple of cases where individuals may have wanted to buy homes to sell in very quick turnaround, but again we are very watchful for that. If the Member is interested, I would be more than pleased to provide further information in writing. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Henry.

Supplementary To Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
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Seamus Henry Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Minister for that. I appreciate that the Housing Corporation is being vigilant for potential abuse of the program. The Minister also advised that, in continuing in the program, there is the opportunity for residents of the territories to take advantage and also have new homes fall under that program. My question to the Minister is, with adding new homes to the program, does it still meet the criteria of the original intent of how the program was founded? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This program was designed to assist individuals in obtaining a down payment to purchase existing homes and that is still the criteria. We have had requests to expand the program to include the start-up or the building of new homes, but I have advised those that have made the requests in the Housing Corporation that it would be a matter for the new Minister of Housing and the Cabinet to decide. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
Question 45-13(7): Minimum Down Payment Assistance Program
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Morin.

Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
Item 6: Oral Questions

March 26th, 1999

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday in the Legislative Assembly the Deputy Premier gave a statement on behalf of the government. My question is to the Premier. Yourself and your Cabinet colleagues have decided not to appeal the court case on the Electoral Boundaries issue. Does that mean that you embrace the decision of Justice de Weerdt? Does that mean that you completely accept the decision of Justice de Weerdt, other than the timeline that he gave?

Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Premier, Mr. Antoine.

Return To Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, everybody knows the history of this whole situation and the reality is that Justice de Weerdt did put conditions for us to try to comply with and, over a lot of debate, and over a lot of advice

and directions and so forth, we have had explained to us the decision as well as the ramifications of the decision and, if we not take any action, what does that also cause. I do not necessarily, and I do think Members of the Cabinet do not necessarily like the decision. However, there are certain conditions in there that we have to comply with. At this point in time, we have followed legal advice. I am not a lawyer, myself, and it is a complex issue now with the deadline for April 1st, as well as what does that mean for us if we do not comply with it. There are a lot of different implications if we do not do anything about it.

We have decided to take a course of action where we introduced Bill 15, it had gone to second reading, and what we want to do here is to try to find a political solution. I think this is the best approach. I think I have heard that when I travel in the communities, when I went to the Delta and the South Slave, as well as in the Deh Cho area, people want to have a political solution rather than having the court decide for us the constitutional future for us. Based on a lot of different decisions and many sleepless nights and looking in the mirror, and so forth, we have to make a decision. I think we want to make the decision that is right for people in the north, and I think the best decision would be to try to find a political solution. We have to buy some time and this is the course of action that we have taken. Thank you.

Return To Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Morin.

Supplementary To Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
Question 46-13(7): Cabinet Position On De Weerdt Decision
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In his reply to that question, the Premier stated that they followed legal advice. Is it not true that, ultimately, yourself as the Premier and your Cabinet colleagues make the decision. The advisors give you advice, the decision is yours, and yours and your Cabinet colleagues alone. You are the only ones that are responsible for the decision. You are the only ones that are capable of making that decision, so you cannot say you have to follow. So, ultimately, was it the decision of the Premier and his Cabinet colleagues not to appeal this decision of Justice de Weerdt?