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Supplementary To Question 64-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Question 64-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Minister of housing. Mr. Speaker, I am not sure what stage of development the Housing Corporation, or housing department in Nunavut is at, or to what degree our Housing Corporation is taking responsibility at this time for the delivery of housing in Nunavut, but what I do know is that normally at this time of year suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, are very busy bidding tenders in order to meet the sealift deadlines. But this year, there is very little activity and very little communication as to why there is no activity. My first question is, what communication is taking place with Nunavut at this time to determine what their requirements are going to be in terms of housing program delivery and who is initiating this dialogue? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. The Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation, Mr. Roland.

Return To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In response to the first portion of the question as to taking care of business for our new territory, and what the Nunavut government is doing, the department has a number of service agreements with the Nunavut government in the area of housing. One of the things that has come out of division is that the Nunavut government is responsible for its housing in their territory, and in the area of trying to get them to support NWT manufacturers, I think we will have to do some work in the area of marketing to try and sell our products over there. It is up to their government, we are not delivering the housing program on their behalf. We are helping them in a number of areas, in just establishing their department to get underway with existing programs. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Oral questions. Supplementary, Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, many companies here in this area, Hay River, Yellowknife, and other communities, everything from people who crate, to those who ship, manufacture, supply, have grown accustomed to the business that comes from servicing Nunavut as well. I am wondering what kind of communication is taking place between the Housing Corporation and some of those companies to inform them if in fact we are going to see quite a substantial reduction in the demand for their services and products. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Roland.

Further Return To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I could not give the Member an accurate name as to who is taking care of the correspondence. I think most departments and private sector companies are aware that once we have established Nunavut they would be on their way and looking to take care of business in their own fashion.

In the west, we have seen a reduction for a number of years in the amount of new housing starts, mainly because of area of budgeting as well as the lower amount of public housing units. We have not for a number of years built public housing units but the highest portion of that was always in Nunavut. In the west, the housing we are seeing is more in the area of MDAPP that we have right now and that is to help people get into existing homes, or possibly go into new homes. The more we move in that area, especially an example is EDAPP, we are giving the potential homeowner more control of how they would buy and receive supplies. In the old programs where the government had a large majority of it, we would include in our packages a lot of products that were made in the north. Now with the newer programs, the individual homeowners have more of a responsibility in that area of what products they would buy, whether they would buy locally or from other manufacturers from the south. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral Questions. Final supplementary, Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think that communication is extremely important in this time of transition. As the Minister knows, as a government and as private individuals have invested a tremendous amount of time and money in developing some of these services, and some of these products and in order for any business to plan, they are going to

need lead time, they have employees, they have overhead, they have expenses. I think it is very important that the Housing Corporation communicate forthrightly with these businesses and also perhaps let them know what the Housing Corporation is doing to develop the markets in Nunavut and also to develop other markets.

Could the Minister please elaborate a little bit, when he referred to developing the markets in Nunavut, what the Housing Corporation is doing to develop those markets so that these companies can stay in business with reasonable demand for their products?

Supplementary To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Roland.

Further Return To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I agree that it is very important that we do support our northern manufacturers. The department and this government has done that for quite some time. I will commit to the Member that I will go back with the department to get more information as to the specifics of the communication plan, how far it is along and what we can try and do to help existing manufacturers stay in business. As well, the manufacturers need to go out and market their expertise and their products in a more aggressive manner. The Housing Corporation can only do so much. As I said earlier, the Nunavut government is directing their own staff as to how they would see things done and I guess as well they would be looking at what premium they would pay on products they are willing to purchase. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Question 65-13(7): Housing Program Delivery In Nunavut
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Morin.

Question 66-13(7): Agenda For The New North
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Premier on his statement today, Report on Cabinet Planning Session at Cli Lake. On the bottom paragraph on the first page, "Mr. Speaker, the Agenda for the New North is comprised of five interrelated components. They are governance, fiscal capacity, building our economic potential, sharing control of northern resources and improving social conditions." Out of those five, I know they are all interrelated, Mr. Speaker, but when government does look at all five as individual components, does one not keep repeating itself? Does one not keep surfacing in every component, is governance interrelated to all others more so than the others? Is governance the most important thing for the new Western Territory, getting that right, governance right? Thank you.

Question 66-13(7): Agenda For The New North
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Premier.