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

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This government has no jurisdiction in regard to land and waters, exploration permits, any type of authority governing the activities of oil and gas and exploration companies in the Northwest Territories. What our department does is keep informed about the interest, the environment under which exploration companies have to operate, to lobby for benefits for communities to ensure that the oil companies, as well as our communities and business people, have the best possible environment under which to engage in business dialogue so that any possible benefits, if there are to be any, can be reaped by our people here in the north. Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary. Mrs Groenewegen.

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

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If not in the approval process, does our government have any role to play whereby the benefits to which the Minister is referring are ensured through the application process? Is there anything in the actual application process which guarantees or requires or makes it mandatory that northerners and northern companies benefit from these operations taking place in our territory? Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

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

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There are different processes that are followed. In the case of lands that are covered by comprehensive claims agreements, very often the benefits packages are expected to be negotiated with the claimant groups. In cases outside regions like the Deh Cho and the South Slave, particularly Deh Cho, where there is no claim in place, federal legislation covers the benefits that should flow to communities that are neighbouring the area where the exploration permit is granted, or the exploration licence. And very often, the exploration licence is granted and then the company is expected, after the fact, to negotiate a benefits package with communities. Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 137-13(7): Oil And Gas Exploration
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, does the Minister, through his department, have any way of policing or following up, monitoring would be a better word, whether or not these negotiations with the beneficiary communities are followed through on by these companies after the fact? After their application has been approved and they have commenced work in the area what, if any, monitoring function does this government have? Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

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

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We do not have any monitoring function, but we do keep in touch with the oil companies, the companies operating and the communities involved to ensure that the relationship, that if there is one, and the commitments made by the two parties are adhered to and if there are difficulties, then to offer our support and assistance to make sure that the benefits and the commitments made, the understanding that is reached, is adhered to by both parties. Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 137-13(7): Oil And Gas Exploration
Question 137-13(7): Oil And Gas Exploration
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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in some instances where drilling and oil and gas exploration companies have come into the Northwest Territories, I have heard from my constituents, business constituents in Hay River, that their names, their company names were used as a part of an application process. They were not always aware that their company name was being used as a supplier of goods or services and that they may have inadvertently or coincidentally come upon this information. Is there any process or activity of the Minister's department that could close that gap and preclude that kind of thing from happening? Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Kakfwi.

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

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe that we can look at this with the federal government, federal officials that work to make sure that their federal legislation is complied with, to see what we can do to make sure that it is actually being complied with and benefits are to flow and people are mentioned as possible beneficiaries of exploration programs that they, in fact, are real beneficiaries. Thank you.

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

Oral questions. Mr. Krutko.

Question 138-13(7): Treatment Referral Methods
Item 6: Oral Questions

April 27th, 1999

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in regard to the question I asked the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Roland, on Friday, April 23rd, 1999, support for the Tl'oondih Healing Society, the Minister states, "I would like to assure Members that the department is in no way intending to centralize the services that are out there." But, Mr. Speaker, I received a letter from the Inuvik Regional Health Board in which they moved a motion which basically states that the Inuvik Regional Health and Social Services Boards wish to express their concerns with the Department of Health and Social Services decision to give all health treatment per diem rates directly to Nats' ejee K'eh treatment facility, and we feel that equitable responsibility of their treatment services may be affected because there is no cost effort to individual boards. Then there is a motion which was passed that directs that the Minister be asked to return northern referral treatment dollars to Inuvik Region Health and Social Services Board for administration of our regional needs. I would like to ask the Minister, on the one hand, he is saying that there are no drastic changes to the Department of Health and Social Services when it comes to treatment dollars, yet there is a motion from the Inuvik Regional Health Board which states exactly that is happening. Can the Minister state exactly what is happening within his department?