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Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Morin.

Supplementary To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Was the Minister's office involved in giving any direction for this project, Two River Development Group Ltd., Tulita Hotel? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The project in Tulita was a community initiative that sought to establish a hotel in the community, a community that required a hotel to be established. As I recall, the project was underway and construction had already started when, because of design deficiencies, there were cost overruns that were incurred and the government, I think myself as a Minister, was approached for assistance. The question was put to the department and I believe discussions were held with the Development Corporation as well that saw both the department and the Development Corporation initiate some action to address the difficulties that, that project faced in the latter part of construction. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary. Mr. Morin.

Supplementary To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the Minister for the answer and I commend the department as well as the Development Corporation for assisting the community of Tulita. It is a community project. The Minister gave us quite a bit of detail on this community project in the Sahtu. Does the Minister pay more attention to the detail of the projects in his riding than they do in any other riding? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to think that I pay attention to all the community initiatives and projects that I am responsible for. I have been advised that some Members of the Legislature were keenly interested in looking for a possible reason which I, as a Minister, may have tried to keep heavy benefits in my constituency as a result of myself being responsible for the Development Corporation and the Department of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development. So I had, some time ago, reviewed all areas where money had been spent in my department and in the Development Corporation in my constituency to see if, inadvertently, I might have used my position.

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Point of order, Mr. Morin.

Point of Order

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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Don Morin Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On a point of order, the Minister just said that there were Members on this side of the House basically that are looking to see if he was basically pork-barrelling his riding as a Minister, to put it in simple words. Mr. Speaker, the only reason that we ask questions from this side of the House is to get information. This Minister is no different than any other Member on this side of the House. He has every right to have money, government money, spent in his riding. There is no question about that. So I take issue, Mr. Speaker, on him imputing motives. All we are doing is asking for information. I do not care if he spends money in his riding, as long as proper programs and proper policies are followed in this government, money can be spent in the Sahtu, and it should be spent in the Sahtu just like it should be spent in any other riding. But I do take issue, Mr. Speaker, on him imputing the motive that what we are doing is trying to show the public in general that he is pork-barrelling. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Again, we do not have a point of order. The Minister is only responding to what the Member for Tu Nedhe said. You have to be careful when you make reference to imputing a motive. That line with regard to imputing motive or casting aspirations upon any person could be seen if the Member for Tu Nedhe is suggesting that he is paying special attention to his constituency as a Minister. That is imputing a motive. The Minister is only responding to what would be considered, like, if any Member rose on a point, then there might have been imputing a motive here. But the Minister is only responding to what would be considered that motive. Mr. Kakfwi, I know that you were still responding when there was a point of order raised.

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, the good members of the public as well as this Legislature, I think, always have to be vigilant in ensuring that, as Ministers, we go about carrying out our duties as fairly and as impartially as possible. So it holds equally that those that may hypothetically want to see my demise are in the same position as those who want to see me excel in my ministerial duties by pointing out those things that I am doing deficiently and those things I am sort of going overboard on, to make sure that all of us remain vigilant in ensuring that we, as Ministers, carry out our duties in as fair a way as possible. I take that very seriously. That is why I always ask my staff to make sure the decisions that I make and am involved in are always reviewed by everyone that I work with to ensure that there is no way that anyone can impute that I am doing it for self-serving reasons. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 136-13(7): Tulita Hotel Project
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Question 137-13(7): Oil And Gas Exploration
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development. It has to do with oil and gas exploration. On a very positive note, we have much activity going on in the south Mackenzie in the area of oil and gas exploration. What role does this government play in the approval process for applications for oil and gas exploration, companies coming in from other jurisdictions to perform oil and gas exploration? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 137-13(7): Oil And Gas Exploration
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development, Mr. Kakfwi.