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Further Return To Question 15-13(8): Tobacco Addiction Among Northerners
Question 15-13(8): Tobacco Addiction Among Northerners
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 15-13(8): Tobacco Addiction Among Northerners
Question 15-13(8): Tobacco Addiction Among Northerners
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

I appreciate the Minister's reply and the concern perhaps legally here, but you know, we have to start somewhere and we have to get tough on this situation. There is a tremendous problem here in the Territories. I just mentioned one out of every four die from smoking. Now, that is a tremendous cost to this government, and we have got to stick out our neck here and say those in charge of the program should not be smokers. I am wondering if the Minister could kind of hint at a commitment here that he will look into this and that he will follow up and that we insist they be non-smokers.

Supplementary To Question 15-13(8): Tobacco Addiction Among Northerners
Question 15-13(8): Tobacco Addiction Among Northerners
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The question has been asked, and the question has been answered. Oral questions. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Question 16-13(8): Recruitment Of A Territorial Librarian
Item 6: Oral Questions

September 8th, 1999

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. He is starting to look like the Maytag repairman over there. He is looking lonely, so I have a question for him. In his role as Minister, he is also responsible for library services. As everyone knows, Hay River does not have the most government jobs, not like regional headquarters and places like that. Recently, a territorial position, we have learned, is going to be vacated by a person who has held it for some time with library services and that is the position of the territorial librarian. Sometimes when these positions become vacant, other communities think that as long as it is vacant, this is a good time to put design on that position, try and get it moved someplace else. For the record and in public, could the Minister today commit that in the recruitment for this position of territorial librarian that, in fact, this position will remain in Hay River? Thank you.

Question 16-13(8): Recruitment Of A Territorial Librarian
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger.

Return To Question 16-13(8): Recruitment Of A Territorial Librarian
Question 16-13(8): Recruitment Of A Territorial Librarian
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In public and for the record, I would like to note and confirm a number of things. First, that the issue of libraries is a very important one and how they function and a subject especially dear to my heart. I would be happy to confirm unequivocally to the Member from Hay River that as far as I am aware, there are no ulterior motives, there is nobody with their eye on that position. As Minister, I can say that position will be restaffed in Yellowknife, or ... a terrible Freudian slip, Mr. Speaker, I hope I am not struck down from lightening from my riding. Unequivocally, the position will remain where it is in Hay River. It is unfortunate that it is going to become vacant, but it will be staffed in the community in which it now exists. The

headquarters for the library is there and will remain there. Thank you.

Return To Question 16-13(8): Recruitment Of A Territorial Librarian
Question 16-13(8): Recruitment Of A Territorial Librarian
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Ootes.

Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Finance regarding our budget this year. Earlier this year, the Minister spoke about the difficulty that we may face with this year's budget, that there could be a potential shortfall and that we might have a deficit. I do not know whether that is correct, but I believe that is correct. Certainly next year we will have problems. It is my understanding that the Minister may have asked departments to economize wherever they can and to seek possible money so that we do not get a deficit. I wonder if the Minister could explain a bit more about his program in that area? Thank you.

Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Dent.

Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As Members will remember, in the budget this year, we had presented a $34 million deficit. Our expenditures this year are $34 million more than what we are bringing in. I have made no secret of this fact and mentioned it in the budget speech in April. We project that deficit amount and if we are not vigilant, it will grow if we try to maintain the same level of services in future years, given what we see coming in for revenue. In presentations to the Chambers of Commerce, to the Dene chiefs and various organizations and groups across the Territories, this government has been quite open about the fact that we face a significant problem in terms of having adequate revenues to cover our expenditures. As part of the normal good business practice, all departments have been asked to look for areas where they might economize in order to reduce the need for future cuts when we may face an even more difficult challenge. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. What is the projection that the Minister foresees for this particular year? Is he still projecting a large deficit? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Dent.

Further Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Charles Dent Yellowknife Frame Lake

Mr. Speaker, we are still projecting a $34 million deficit. As I have stated, next year if expenditures or services were to be delivered in the same way, our expenditures would exceed our revenues by an estimated $60 million.

Further Return To Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Question 17-13(8): Projected Budget Shortfall Update
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.