This is page numbers 471 - 489 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 education.

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Member's Statement 148-13(7): Appointment Of Board Members To The NWT Development Corporation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to speak about appointing board members to the NWT Development Corporation. Mr. Speaker, yesterday the honourable Minister responsible for the Development Corporation had indicated that I was twisting what I had read in Hansard late at night about who was responsible for the appointment of board members to the Development Corporation and why board members had not been appointed since 1996. I just wanted to indicate that what I was trying to do was to get a clear indication from the Minister that it was his responsibility to ensure that there were enough board members on that corporation. To date we have not had that. I wanted to indicate, for everyone to see, exactly where he has tried to lay the blame or avoid his responsibility. Mr. Speaker, on page 521 of Friday, April 23, 1999, Hansard, the Minister inferred that it was because of division that he had not had seven board members. On Monday, on page 554, he had inferred that the Auditor General said that it was okay. On Monday, on page 555, he blamed it on his staff. On Tuesday, page 608, he said that it was the MLAs fault. Again on Tuesday, page 608, he indicated that it was Cabinet's fault. Who is next on the list, the paper boy?

Mr. Speaker, has it ever occurred to the honourable Minister, as I am sure it has to others, that perhaps, if he had appointed board members when his president advised him to, the Cabinet would not have thought that he had done such a poor job that they had to direct him to do an operational audit on the Development Corporation. Thank you.

Member's Statement 148-13(7): Appointment Of Board Members To The NWT Development Corporation
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Members' statements. Mr. Henry.

Member's Statement 149-13(7): Court Decision Regarding Possession Of Child Pornography
Item 3: Members' Statements

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Seamus Henry Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in January of this year, there was a landmark BC Supreme Court ruling that may have a detrimental effect in keeping our children safe from sexual predators. In British Columbia, the Supreme Court struck down a section of the criminal code that outlaws possession of child pornography, ruling that the law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. Speaker, it is only a matter of time before the production and sale of child pornography increases. Although this ruling only applies to British Columbia, unless there is a successful appeal, this ruling may have national implications. The sexual assault of children is a serious issue in the NWT.

Mr. Speaker, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is protecting pedophiles from prosecution and yet, children are being sexually exploited in order to produce this material. Is this not a blatant infringement upon the rights and freedoms of our children? The Liberal Party first put forward a motion urging the Prime Minister to take immediate action to override this ruling. However, the federal government believes that the existing child pornography law is constitutional, therefore, it would have to reach the Supreme Court of Canada for a final decision.

Mr. Speaker, how should we balance equal protection of an individual versus freedom of expression? Children are entitled to equal protection from sexual exploitation yet, according to one court, pedophiles are entitled to possess this material. There is a serious imbalance in this supposed constitutional framework. Mr. Speaker, this decision must be challenged and corrected to ensure the proper protection that our children not only need, but deserve. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Member's Statement 149-13(7): Court Decision Regarding Possession Of Child Pornography
Item 3: Members' Statements

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Members' statements. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Mr. Kakfwi.

Return To Oral Question 119-13(7): Closure Of White Rock, Bc Outlet Of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd.
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a return to an oral questions asked by Mr. Morin on April 26, 1999, regarding the closure of White Rock, a BC outlet of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. As of April 30, 1999, Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. is no longer involved in any lease arrangements in White Rock, BC. A local business person, who operates another store in the White Rock area, known as Gallery 24, has taken over the lease. Her name is Lora Read. Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. is negotiating with her to continue to carry their product lines in her store.

Return To Oral Question 121-13(7): Closure Of Calgary Outlet Of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd.
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, next is a response asked by Mr. Erasmus on April 26, 1999, regarding a closure of the Calgary outlet of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. IMI Marketing is a company owned by Judy Greening. She was contracted by Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. to manage our operation in Calgary for a six-month term that ends on April 30, 1999. Her objective was to manage the retail store in Calgary, and to evaluate the markets in Calgary and Alberta in general, to see if there is sufficient business to warrant continuing operating in this area. Based on this review and our sales history over the past two years, the management of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. decided to close this store.

Return To Oral Question 124-13(7): Closure Of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. - Retail Stores
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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Stephen Kakfwi Sahtu

Mr. Speaker, in response to an oral question asked by Mr. Morin on April 26, 1999, on the closure of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. retail stores. On Monday, April 26th, Mr. Morin asked a question about my role in making decisions on the closing of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. retail outlets in southern Canada.

The decisions to close these retail outlets were based on sound business economics and the authority for making these decisions are within the jurisdiction of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. is a registered company in the Northwest Territories and has licences to operate in three Provinces of Canada - British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

It is true that under the Northwest Territories Development Corporation Act, section 22(1) and section 22(2), guidelines for the sale of shares or other interests are subject to the approval of the Financial Management Board. However, in these cases, where Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. has made a business decision to close the southern retail outlets because they were not making money, this does not fall under these provisions of the act. In fact, as a corporation, the Northwest Territories Development Corporation owns subsidiaries and interests in joint ventures and all of these subsidiaries and ventures are legally registered companies. As such, the management of each company can make decisions on their operations. It is only when the Northwest Territories Development Corporation is divesting its shares or interests in these subsidiaries or ventures that section 22 of the act comes into effect.

So in these circumstances, Financial Management Board approval was not sought as the authority and responsibility to make the business operating decisions are within the jurisdiction of the subsidiary company, in this case, Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. Thank you.

Return To Oral Question 124-13(7): Closure Of Arctic Canada Trading Company Ltd. - Retail Stores
Item 4: Returns To Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It gives me great pleasure today to introduce several people in the gallery. They are very honoured visitors to Yellowknife. First I would like to introduce one of my constituents, Ms. Cal Smith. Ms. Smith is here today with her parents, Russ and Betty Smith, from Ottawa. Mr. Smith, is celebrating his 71st birthday tomorrow. Mr. Smith was a long-time civil servant for the Ontario and federal governments after he retired from the Canadian Air Force after serving 26 years.

What is interesting, Mr. Speaker, is that for the first time, the family has four generations visiting here in Yellowknife together. So it is a special occasion for Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Welcome to our gallery. Thank you.

--Applause

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Welcome to the gallery. I hope you enjoy your visit. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Erasmus.

Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health and Social Services. On the forum that he announced earlier this week, could he indicate how long he expects this process to take? Thank you.

Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Minister responsible for Health and Social Services, Mr. Roland.

Return To Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Floyd Roland Inuvik

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, as I stated in my Minister's statement on that subject, I hope to have the forum members appointed in three weeks' time. We hope to have them out doing community consultations the first two to three weeks in June so that we can catch residents while they are still in their communities before the school season is over and many people go out on the land or on holidays. There will be a wrap-up in the fall, in October. We would be hoping to present a report to Cabinet, and this government possibly in October, if not to this government, to the next government. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker David Krutko

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Erasmus.

Supplementary To Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Question 161-13(7): Establishment Of Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am sure I saw a letter go across my desk the other day asking for names to be appointed to the forum. Could the Minister indicate how long we have to submit names?