This is page numbers 303 - 319 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 corporation.

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Member's Statement 123-13(7): Arctic Canada Trading Company
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My statement today is about the Arctic Canada Trading Company. Mr. Speaker, the Arctic Canada Training Company is, or perhaps it would be better to say was, a fledgling company of the Northwest Territories Development Corporation. It was started to market the Development Corporation's subsidiaries' goods and also bought and sold arts and crafts that were made in the communities. Mr. Speaker, all businesses need time to get off the ground, to build up a base, to get the customers, make a good name. One year is not long enough. Yesterday we asked the Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development about the reductions that had been made to Arctic Canada Trading. He indicated that two outlets were closed because of timelines and the need to renew leases.

In fact, Mr. Speaker, a reliable source indicates that the Calgary outlet had an ongoing lease so the company had to eat the losses on that lease and, in fact, Mr. Speaker, not only two outlets were closed, we no longer have any of those outlets. If we have no outlets can we actually say we have a marketing agency? It is very difficult for me to see that. I do not particularly like being misled, and if that is what has occurred. Mr. Speaker, I will be asking the appropriate Minister questions in this area later on today. Thank you.

Member's Statement 123-13(7): Arctic Canada Trading Company
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Mr. Morin.

Member's Statement 124-13(7): Development Of NWT Development Corporation
Item 3: Members' Statements

April 23rd, 1999

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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a Member's statement on the NWT Development Corporation and how the NWT Development Corporation is developing under the new western government and how it seems to be developing. Mr. Speaker, I can remember well when we formed the NWT Development Corporation in previous Assemblies, we passed an act, The Northwest Territories Development Corporation Act. At that time, Mr. Speaker, we passed that act, we had put in a board of directors of the NWT Development Corporation. The reason that the board of directors was installed and the reason why we formed the NWT Development Corporation is because economic development and our economic development in this government could not work in our communities and do any substantial work to get economic development going. We formed the NWT Development Corporation, a hands-on approach and a stand-alone approach as well, with a board that is answerable through its chairman to the Minister, in this government. We formed this Development Corporation to assist our small communities in developing businesses and subsidizing those businesses to lower the draw on our social programs. That was the reason that we formed this board.

Yesterday, in answering questions in this House, Mr. Speaker, the Minister responsible, I believe has answered the questions maybe to the best of his ability, I do not know, but yesterday in answering those questions he says, they were reviewing plans, they were reviewing operations. I have from sources, Mr. Speaker, that they have already actioned those plans, they have already actioned things within the NWT Development Corporation and Arctic Holding Company. Now, Mr. Speaker, my understanding is that there is a board in place, I do not know how many members are on that board, whether it is a legal board or not, I may find that out through question period, as long as my questions are not trivial or quibbling, but I will try my best to ask those questions today. Mr. Speaker, the NWT Development Corporation has a board of directors. Is the board of directors involved at all in the restructuring, or is everything done out of the Minister's office within a new realm of this government? Also, Mr. Speaker, reviewing Hansard yesterday, I do have questions for the Premier today that I will ask about the performance of his Minister yesterday. Thank you.

Member's Statement 124-13(7): Development Of NWT Development Corporation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Members' statements. Again, I would like to remind Members about using unparliamentary language in this chamber. The word, misled, is unparliamentary and I would like to caution the Members on how they use the language in this chamber. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Antoine.

Return To Oral Question 31-13(7): Statements Made By Cabinet Members
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there is a return to an oral question here asked by Mr. Krutko on March 23rd, statements made by Cabinet Ministers. Mr. Speaker, the honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, on March 23rd, asked me what I would do about the conduct of an unidentified Minister who made an unspecified public statement after a meeting in Calgary. Mr. Speaker, I know of no statements made publicly by any Minister that contradicts the policies of this government.

The honourable Member also asked what action I would take as a result of comments made by an unidentified Minister in Caucus. Mr. Speaker, we meet in Caucus as MLAs to discuss issues facing all of us. Caucus is a forum for frank and open discussion. It is a forum for Members to air concerns and put forward views on the issues of the day. When Ministers speak in Caucus it is my expectation that they will not speak out against government policy. I do not recall any Ministers speaking against government policy in Caucus. Mr. Speaker, to my knowledge, no Minister has spoken against government policy in public or in Caucus so I see no reason to take any action as a result of conduct of any Minister. Mahsi.

Return To Oral Question 31-13(7): Statements Made By Cabinet Members
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Ootes.

Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Honourable Mr. Dent, Minister of the Financial Management Board. It is in relationship to the excluded employees and the equal pay settlement. I have, on a number of occasions, Mr. Speaker, raised the issues of librarians and pay equity who have found themselves, librarians have found themselves in a class code with parks officers and wildlife technicians. Since wildlife technicians and parks officers is a mostly male-dominated class code, and librarians is predominantly female-dominated, it raises some concerns. The education requirements and job duties for librarians and wildlife technicians are substantially different. For example, librarians have financial responsibilities to administer a budget, large budgets in most cases, and librarians have post- graduate university degrees, as an example. Librarians' work is much more closely allied with archivists, records management coordinators and legislature researchers. My question for Mr. Dent is that the librarians believe that there was a settlement went to nurses as an occupational group instead of a class code and, I wonder if the Minister could tell me if there is any way the pay equity settlement can apply to an occupational group or professional group rather than a class code? Thank you.

Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister responsible for the Financial Management Board, Mr. Dent.

Return To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. To the best of my knowledge the answer is no.

Return To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Given that the librarians only found out about who else was in their class code just on a recent basis, could the Minister tell us if there is a mechanism by which they can appeal this situation, or to be classed as an occupational group?

Supplementary To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Dent.

Further Return To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, the placement of librarians in that particular class code could be appealed. The first step, as I understand it, would be to write to their supervisors asking for a review of their location and then there would have to be some consultation done with the unions because the class codes are not set arbitrarily by government. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Question 107-13(7): Pay Equity For Librarians
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the Minister's direction on that. I believe the librarians have been in touch with their union, but I wonder if the government on its part will also initiate some discussion with the union on this end?