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

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since it is the last opportunity I will get to do this, I would like to recognize Ms. Pat Thomas of the NWTTA. I would like to thank Ms. Thomas for the many days and many weeks she spent in the gallery, most times she was by herself, but I would like to thank Ms. Thomas and I wish her all the best.

--Applause

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Item 6, oral questions. Mr. Krutko.

Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

September 10th, 1999

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my statement is in regard to a question I raised in my Member's statement. I would like to ask the Minister of Finance just to ensure that he does keep in mind that there are communities and regions out there that sometimes feel alone and out in the dark and all by ourselves way up in the western corner of the new Western Territory. I would like to ask the Minister of Finance exactly how are they ensuring that programs and services are being delivered in regard to contracts that were let go and economic projects that happened in our regions? Also job opportunities within this government, trying to get the maximum benefit of these programs and services in our communities so that we strive to try to cut down on the independence of the social envelope and also trying to meet the maximum dollar value of those contracts so that they do end up in the hands of the people that live in those communities. Thank you.

Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Dent.

Return To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker,

the policies of this government are to support local and regional business and we do this through a number of ways. We have a policy to support northern manufacturers. We have the Business Incentive Policy. We do use negotiated contracts and we do look for ways to ensure that benefits for contracts are kept as much as possible in the North. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister what is the process that is used that follows through reports in this legislature or basically, how do you know that these contracts are being fulfilled to ensure that there are economic benefits, there are jobs being created, there are people being trained and also that the business sector in our small communities are ensured that they will be able to access work? What is the reporting mechanism on that?

Supplementary To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Dent.

Further Return To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There are various means that we use to try and stimulate northern employment, northern involvement. It can be through setting terms and conditions in an RFP or a tender that proponents must respond to. It can be through ensuring that in order to approve a negotiated contract, for instance, Cabinet has to see what local and northern benefits there are specifically with employment and northern procurement and so on. In terms of follow-up, we would expect that there would be an assessment after a contract or during a contract to ensure that contractors are living up to the terms of the contract. Although I must admit we do not have contract police. We do not have people out there doing this on a day-to-day basis and have to rely in large part on reports that follow the completion of the contract to determine just how well the contract has been fulfilled. We do make every effort to follow up if there is a concern expressed in the life of the contract and talk to the contractors to ensure that what has been promised is being delivered. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. One of the areas that seem to always arise from these negotiated contracts is meaningful employment, not just the labour jobs, but basically where you can get a lot of labourers, but there are people out there who have qualifications either being certified as carpenters or electricians and who basically are unemployed in our communities. Yet a lot of these contractors that do get these contracts are bringing people in from Newfoundland and elsewhere in Canada. Do you evaluate to ensure that we get the maximum job opportunities staying in our communities and those specialized people remain in our communities to ensure that they will have work in those different opportunities through negotiated contracts or other contracts in this government?

Supplementary To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Dent.

Further Return To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The criteria used to evaluate, or to consider, or that must be brought forward when considering a negotiated contract in Cabinet, include just that kind of discussion. There has to be some kind of indication of what a negotiated contract would offer. We would then follow up and try and make sure after the fact, that the benefits promised were delivered. In terms of RFPs or tenders there are often opportunities for programs like the Building and Learning Program to be entered into, which the Department of Education, Culture and Employment works with Public Works and Services, the contractor, to ensure that meaningful training is accomplished within the community. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary, Mr. Krutko.

Supplementary To Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Question 32-13(8): Program Delivery In Small Communities
Item 6: Oral Questions

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister what is the process for penalizing companies that do not fulfil their obligations under either negotiated contracts or any contracts that specifically state that there is an economic proportion of that contract that they have to ensure jobs, ensuring that people are trained and also that there are apprentice programs delivered so that when money is spent by Education, Culture and Employment, it is carried out. Thank you.