This is page numbers 1945 - 1984 of the Hansard for the 15th Assembly, 3rd 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 program.

Topics

Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

Page 1956

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Item 6, recognition of visitors in the gallery. The honourable Member for North Slave, Mr. Zoe.

Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

Page 1956

Henry Zoe North Slave

Thank you. Mr. Speaker, I, too, would like to recognize a former resident of my constituency of Rae Lakes, Ms. Betty Quitte. Thank you.

---Applause

Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery
Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery

Page 1956

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Zoe. Item 6, recognition of visitors in the gallery. If there's anyone that was missed in the gallery today, I'd like to recognize my executive assistant in the gallery today, Ms...

---Laughter

Sue Tkachuk.

---Applause

If we've missed anyone else in the gallery today, welcome to the gallery. It's always nice to see an audience in the gallery overlooking our proceedings. Item 7, oral questions. The honourable Member for Sahtu, Mr. Yakeleya.

Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

March 10th, 2005

Page 1956

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there's a saying that London Bridge is falling down, London Bridge is falling down, but in the Sahtu, our Jackfish Creek Bridge is falling down. So I want to ask the Minister of Transportation, last spring in 2004 the Jackfish Creek Bridge was damaged and was unsafe to use. That closed the airport down for several days and caused an emergency in Fort Good Hope. Almost one year and the bridge still has not been worked on. I want to ask the Minister if he could advise me and the people in the Sahtu, especially those in Fort Good Hope, when this bridge is going to be up and running before the winter road is closed. Mahsi.

Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1956

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. The honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. McLeod.

Return To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1956

Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I guess first of all we have to offer an apology to the community of Fort Good Hope and also the Member because I had reassured him that this bridge would be up and running once the winter road was open, and the winter road has been open for some time. We've run into some difficulties with the Jackfish Creek Bridge. We've had to go out to tender on two different occasions and on both occasions we haven't been able to attract a successful company to come in to do this work. What we have done is broken the contract up into a number of different areas and we will oversee it as a department and we are proceeding with the work as we speak. I think some of the work has already started. Most of the contracts have been awarded. There are still a few that we are working on, but our plan is to have the bridge up and running before the end of this winter road season. Thank you.

Return To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1956

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.

Supplementary To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1956

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the answer from the Minister. Can the Minister provide some assurance to the people in Fort Good Hope that there are emergency plans in case the bridge doesn't get up and is usable, that the airport will not be closed for a couple days in terms of the work that's supposed to get done by the close of the winter season? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1956

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1956

Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Mr. Speaker, we're very confident we're going to have all this work done. We're going to a completely different design than we had used initially. We're quite comfortable with the fact that we're going to have all this work in place. We will have the bridge up and operating by the end of the month. We should not have any need for different options for a bridge, but if that is the case we will reassure the

community that there will be access to the airport in some form or another. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1957

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.

Supplementary To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1957

Norman Yakeleya Sahtu

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I've seen some e-mails from members of the community of Fort Good Hope and they're indicating that the water flow is above the bridge or close to the bridge and they're afraid that because of the next couple of days the weather is going to be warming up and they're afraid there might be an overflow and the bridge will be unusable. Is there any indication from the Minister in terms of an emergency response plan in terms of the communities having access to the airport outside access to the winter road that goes out of town? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1957

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1957

Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Mr. Speaker, we are aware that there is some problem with overflow at the present time. We are looking at the situation. We don't anticipate it to be a problem that will slow down the project and we're hoping everything will go smoothly, but we will get back to the Member to talk about how we will deal with it if it comes to an emergency situation. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Question 583-15(3): Jackfish Creek Bridge Repair
Item 7: Oral Questions

Page 1957

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Final supplementary, Mr. Yakeleya.