This is page numbers 1 - 18 of the Hansard for the 13th Assembly, 8th 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 gas.

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Member's Statement 3-13(8): Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 4: Members' Statements

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David Krutko Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today, Mr. Speaker, in acknowledgement of the Ministerial Forum on Health and Social Services. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Health and Social Services for taking this initiative and boldly go where the previous Minister would not. I would like to also take this time and opportunity to recognize my constituents, who have raised this issue and their concerns by way of petitions to this House, motions, talking on radio and television. Also, I would like to thank the number of people that have come out to public meetings.

Mr. Speaker, as we all know, my riding asked for a public enquiry into Health and Social Services and the delivery of the health and social services in our small communities. The issue, Mr. Speaker, is a question of cost, service being provided to our communities and also the health care that people receive. Mr. Speaker, in my riding there is a large concern in regard to cancer, the way people are dealt with and also in regard to the shortage of professions in our region.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask everyone in the small communities to ensure that they go forth, raise their concerns to the forum and have some positive input in regard to how their voices will be heard and also how this government will take steps to improve health and social services in our community.

Mr. Speaker, I too, will also like to ensure that this government makes all efforts to hear what people are saying, not to put it on the shelf as another report regarding to education and culture. I believe that we may have to stand and admit we were not perfect, we made mistakes, we made cuts where maybe we should not have. Yet, Mr. Speaker, the people in our communities and our health care system have suffered for that. With that, Mr. Speaker, I encourage all people to take part and come forth in regard to the Forum on Health and Social Services. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Member's Statement 3-13(8): Minister's Forum On Health And Social Services
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Members' statements. Mr. Rabesca.

Member's Statement 4-13(8): Forest Fire Outside Rae-edzo
Item 4: Members' Statements

September 7th, 1999

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James Rabesca North Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to welcome my colleagues back to this last Session of the Assembly. We do have a few more items to deal with over the next few days and I hope we can come together and make this an memorable time for us. I would also like to congratulate Mr. Nick Sibbeston for his recent appointment to the Senate.

Mr. Speaker, on August 7, 1999, the community of Edzo experienced one of the most feared elements that this world can give. That, of course, being a fire. At approximately 2:30 pm in the afternoon lightening struck the bush just on the edge of the community. Within two hours we had a raging fire that threatened the lives and well being of our residents. The wind was blowing directly into the community and it looked like all would be lost. We are thankful to the hamlet staff and the fire department of Rae-Edzo and emergency measures staff, the Department of MACA, RCMP, Department of RWED staff and the water bombers, without all of these plus many volunteers this could have ended in a totally devastating situation. However, I am pleased to say that through the efforts of these organizations and many volunteers that came together and fought to control this, that not one person or piece of property was damaged. For this entire operation all the people involved performed to impressive abilities and I would like to congratulate everyone for the fine work they did. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Member's Statement 4-13(8): Forest Fire Outside Rae-edzo
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Members' statements. Mr. Erasmus.

Member's Statement 5-13(8): Benefits From Oil And Gas Development
Item 4: Members' Statements

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I was glad today to hear the Minister of RWED speak about the Inuvik Natural Gas Conversion Program because that is what I wanted to speak about today, natural gas conversion. Mr. Speaker, for some time we have heard about oil companies doing exploration, finding oil and gas, wanting to build pipelines to the Beaufort, further pipelines going south. Why are they doing this? Well, it is all for money. You find oil and gas, you deliver it to your customer, you make money. What do we in the Northwest Territories get out of our resources? Well, we do not get the money, what the oil companies do not get, the federal government gets in royalties. What about jobs? Well, the last time they built a pipeline I worked on it and the only people that were working there from the North, were in the kitchen or cleaning the rooms. What about cheap fuel you say? Well, we still have the highest fuel prices in Canada. Imperial Oil and whoever has pumped out billions of dollars worth of oil and gas and we still have the highest fuel bills in Canada. Mr. Speaker, I think it is time that things have changed. If people want our oil and gas, then we should benefit too. It should be a condition for any new pipelines that they hook up our communities and we get cheaper fuel. That will make it cheaper for the cost of living, it will also make it attractive for new businesses.

The Minister spoke of cleaner, burning fuel and it is true, natural gas is a cleaner, burning fuel. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions when you transfer or convert to that. Obviously with Yellowknife being the largest community, it is the largest contributor to greenhouse emissions. If we hooked up Yellowknife to a natural gas pipeline that would be the largest savings or reduction in emissions we could make.

Mr. Speaker, later today I will ask the Minister responsible questions in this area. Thank you.

--Applause

Member's Statement 5-13(8): Benefits From Oil And Gas Development
Item 4: Members' Statements

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Members' statements. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Miltenberger.

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

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize the Language Commissioner for the Northwest Territories, Ms. Judy Tutcho, as well as the deputy minister from Education, Culture and Employment. Thank you.

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

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Antoine.

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

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Jim Antoine Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to recognize the Consul-General of the United States, Ms. Lisa Bobbie Schreiber Hughes. She is visiting us this week from Calgary. This is her second visit to the Northwest Territories and her first at the Legislative Assembly. I welcome her today. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

--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

Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Erasmus.

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

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize Ms. Vi Beck, a member of Yellowknife North constituency and the newly appointed chairperson of NWT Status of Women. I would also like to recognize Bob Brooks, who is a councillor on the council and a long term Northerner. Thank you.

--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

Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Krutko.

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. I do not want to shorten my process of recognizing this individual, but I might as well keep rolling. I would like to recognize Ms. Pat Thomas with the NWTTA. Welcome back, Ms. Thomas.

--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

Recognition of visitors in the gallery. Mr. Dent.

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

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize our Member of Parliament, the Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew.

--Applause