This is page numbers 69 - 100 of the Hansard for the 15th Assembly, 4th 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 communities.

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Supplementary To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Ramsay. The honourable Premier, Mr. Handley.

Further Return To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Joe Handley Weledeh

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes, the policy looks at a number of factors, including the government's organizational design, its flexibility to deliver programs, best use of personnel, best use of fiscal infrastructure, delivery of the program closest to the people who are being served, equitable distribution of social and economic and employment benefits around the Northwest Territories.

Madam Speaker, there are a number of issues that we have to take a look at. No one of those would trump all of the others, it would be a matter of looking at everything and saying where can we best deliver the program of the services given all the factors. We must look at them being fair to everybody around the Territories. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Further Return To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Premier. Final supplementary, Mr. Ramsay.

Supplementary To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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David Ramsay Kam Lake

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Given the fact that we haven't had any information, I would like to ask the Premier what information was available to Cabinet Ministers when they made the decision. We haven't seen any information. I would like to ask the Premier what did they see? Where was the research if they had any research prior to making that decision? Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Premier.

Further Return To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Joe Handley Weledeh

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I just listed a number of criteria that is normally considered in making this kind of decision. There is certainly good discussion in Cabinet about all the factors that we would have to consider in relocating TTC and, as I have assured you, Madam Speaker, the Minister responsible will share the information with the Member before the end of the day tomorrow. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Question 45-15(4): Policies For Facility And Program Relocation
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Premier. Item 6, oral questions. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Menicoche.

Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

May 30th, 2005

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Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you, Madam Speaker. This question is for the Minister responsible for Youth. Knowing that the government must commit to additional investment with respect to youth initiatives for healthy and prosperous communities, why has the government reduced funding for this fiscal year to the point that funds have been exhausted in the first month of this fiscal year? Thank you.

Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Menicoche. The Minister responsible for Youth, Mr. McLeod.

Return To Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Madam Speaker, we have many youth programs that we have developed over the years and many new programs. I am not sure exactly where the Member is going when he says that we have reduced funding. We have a budget for youth in a lot of different areas. We have a budget for youth core funding which is dedicated towards providing assistance to larger-scale programs in the different communities and organizations and individuals. We also have the Youth Contributions Program that has money allocated for travel and different organizations. We also have our Volunteer Development Program, our Pan-Territorial Sports Program and the sports and recreation contributions to the communities.

I would have to ask the Member to clarify which program he is indicating, because I do not believe that there has been any reduction. Our programs have maintained their level of funding. We have actually added more programs this year with the introduction of the NWT Games; we also have the Community Initiatives Program that is in place.

The Member may be referring to funding that is allocated to the different regions now that we have changed the process of how applications are handled. Historically, the applications came directly to us in headquarters. We no longer do that. The money is now allocated, for the most part, to the different regions. Of course, the programs are well utilized and well subscribed to. The money does run out early in the year and in this case I believe the Member is referring to a youth contribution application that was made and was able to be funded. That is all I can say on that. Thank you.

Return To Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Supplementary, Mr. Menicoche.

Supplementary To Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you very much, Madam Speaker. I guess a little bit of clarification is in order for the Minister. During my recent tour I went to Wrigley and Fort Liard and the students there were looking at traveling for track and then going down for some orientation and looking at some areas of further education down in Alberta. I went to the Minister and asked him, I said look, these communities need help. He said no, we cannot help them. I said, well why? The official response was we have no more money in the pot. My question to the Minister, Madam Speaker, is why do we not have any more money? This is still May and we just received a new budget two months ago. My question to the Minister is why don't we have any money to assist these communities and these youth organizations? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. Menicoche. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael McLeod Deh Cho

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, some of the regions have already allocated all of their money. For the program that the Member is referring to, the Youth Contributions Program, we have $125,000 for 33 communities across the Territories. That doesn't go very far. We have looked at different ways to try to make the dollars stretch a little further. We have looked at capping the amounts that we make in terms of contributions. We have looked at limiting the different organizations in the communities. We are trying to find ways to be able to spread that around a little further, but up until now that is all the money that we have to deal with. That was the amount approved in the budget, so it really restricts us on the number of applications that come forward from all the different communities. Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Further Return To Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Question 46-15(4): Youth Contribution Program Funding For Nahendeh
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Deputy Speaker Jane Groenewegen

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Supplementary, Mr. Menicoche.