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Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger.

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Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The questions that my colleague poses are indeed legitimate and very clearly the need for new resources is a critical one. It is, as I have indicated earlier last week in an interview on CBC, a longer term issue tied into other broader financial initiatives we have in terms of generating new revenue. In regards to the 31 non-monetary items or recommendations that I referred to, to me it is not so much new responsibility, but looking at how we are doing things right now. Are there ways to work together more effectively? Are there ways to shuffle existing resources to better accommodate needs?

The issues that I referred to are based at the community level and I keep coming back to the phrase that was quoted in the report that, "it takes an entire village to raise a child". Very clearly it has been identified that there are significant areas of improvement in regard to how communities deal with issues related to education, right from the child, to the parents, to the family, to the community, to the DEAs and the DECs. We are investing 23 percent of our annual budget in education, culture and employment, almost $9,000 per student. There is money out there. I am not convinced that we are the most efficient operation right now with the existing resources. The intent is to ask the people for further information and help in terms of you have told us what to do, now how do we do that? If in fact, that it comes back that they are all money issues then it would be a serious problem. My read of that report is that there is room to move, there is room for creativity and innovation. That is the approach that I would like to foster. Thank you.

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Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think what happens when we go out and we conduct a forum, such as the recent Ministerial Forum on Education, is that we elevate peoples' expectations. We spend the money, we go out, we listen to what they have to say and then they sit there and wait to see what we are going to do about it. I hear what the Minister is saying, that some of these things can be done through changing the way we do things, but the fact is we need more money for education. I would ask the Minister then, what is he prepared to do in the short term in making priority education as a financial priority of this government?

Supplementary To Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Very clearly, education is and will remain a priority of this government. The people of the north have identified it as such, as well as this Legislature. I am going to continue the eloquent pleas that I have heard the former Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, now the Minister of Finance, raise in terms of the need for more resources. We have limited options at this point, in terms of any kind of short-term injection of new cash. It is going to be a question of trying to see if we can come to an agreement and consensus to reallocate some existing funds in the short term. Our only real long-term hope is getting new

revenues, which is already and will be discussed further in this House. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Question 70-13(7): Education Forum Recommendations
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Question period is over. Item 7, written questions. Item 8, returns to written questions, Item 9, replies to opening address. Item 10, petitions. Item 11, reports of standing and special committees. Item 12, reports of committees on the review of bills. Item 13, tabling of documents.

Tabled Document 28-13(7): Report Of The Conflict Of Interest Review Panel, April 8, 1999
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

In accordance with the motion passed by the Legislative Assembly on December 7, 1998, to review the conflict of interest provisions contained in the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, I wish to table the Report of the Conflict of Interest Review Panel dated April 8, 1999.

Tabling of documents. Item 14, notices of motion. Mr. Dent.

Motion 17-13(7): Extended Adjournment
Item 14: Notices Of Motion

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I give notice that on Thursday, April 15, 1999, I will move the following motion.

I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Yellowknife North, notwithstanding Rule 4, that when this House adjourns on Tuesday, April 13, 1999, it shall be adjourned until Monday, April 19, 1999;

And further, that any time prior to April 19, 1999, if the Speaker is satisfied after consultation with the Executive Council and Members of the Legislative Assembly that the public interest requires that the House should meet at an earlier time during the adjournment, the Speaker may give notice and thereupon the House shall meet at the time stated in such notice and shall transact its business as it has been duly adjourned to that time.

And Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time, I will seek unanimous consent to deal with my motion today.

Motion 17-13(7): Extended Adjournment
Item 14: Notices Of Motion

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Notices of motion. Item 15, notices of motion for first reading of bills. Mr. Dent.

Bill 17: Appropriation Act, 1999-2000
Item 15: Notices Of Motion For First Reading Of Bills

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I give notice that on Thursday, April 15, 1999, I will move that Bill 17, Appropriation Act, 1999-2000, be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 17: Appropriation Act, 1999-2000
Item 15: Notices Of Motion For First Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Mr. Dent.

Bill 18: Loan Authorization Act, 1999-2000
Item 15: Notices Of Motion For First Reading Of Bills

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I give notice that on Thursday, April 15, 1999, I will move that Bill 18, Loan Authorization Act 1999-2000, be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 18: Loan Authorization Act, 1999-2000
Item 15: Notices Of Motion For First Reading Of Bills

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Notices of motion for first reading of bills. Item 16, motions. Mr. Dent.

Item 16: Motions
Item 16: Motions

April 13th, 1999

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to deal with my motion today.