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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Return To Question 41-13(7): Cabinet Decisions
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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As the Member noted in his Member's statement, Cabinet does seek and receives advice from many knowledgeable people; technical staff, legal staff, and others; and as the Member also noted, it is a prerogative of Cabinet to take or not take that advice and follow through with it. To varying degrees we have made decisions that follow or do not follow that advice, but generally speaking we do have very good and competent legal advisors, and in most cases I would say that we tend to follow that advice. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Morin.

Supplementary To Question 41-13(7): Cabinet Decisions
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our government is, I believe, presently, if not today then in the past, been involved in the legal challenge of the federal government's gun registration law. Can the Minister of Justice please advise this House and the public what type of advice they got from the Department of Justice, from the legal people, to Cabinet on that court case. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 41-13(7): Cabinet Decisions
Question 41-13(7): Cabinet Decisions
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March 26th, 1999

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Arlooktoo.

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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Unfortunately I was not the Minister of Justice when the original case was decided by Cabinet, therefore I cannot comment on it. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, if it is allowable can I redirect the question to the Premier?

Supplementary To Question 41-13(7): Cabinet Decisions
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

You can have your supplementary to the Minister of Justice. Any redirection will be considered a new question. Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, on the firearm registration of Canada, Cabinet must have decided to appeal that case or to join a court case. What type of advice did you get from the Department of Justice, and possibly, one of the Ministers can answer that, or the Premier? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 41-13(7): Cabinet Decisions
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Arlooktoo.

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Goo Arlooktoo Baffin South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I previously stated, I was not Minister of Justice; however, from records and discussions, I understand that the general advice was not to go forward with supporting an appeal. As I said earlier, sometimes we do not follow exactly all the advice we get. Cabinet at that time, as far as I am aware, made a political decision to support the province of Alberta in an appeal. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final Supplementary, Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On the advice of the lawyers in the Department of Justice to Cabinet as the Minister just said, an advice of not joining the appeal because you would probably be highly unlikely of success, Cabinet made a political decision still to join Alberta in that appeal case. It must have been on principle to protect the rights of northern residents. Is this a true statement I just made, Mr. Minister, that Cabinet made this decision on the principle of protecting the rights of the northern residents. Thank you.

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

May I ask the Member to rephrase his question. The Cabinet decision that has been made is not open for debate in this House. It was a Cabinet decision. Mr. Morin.

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. With the greatest of respect, I did not understand what you have just said. No Cabinet decision is open for debate in the House, is that correct?