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Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

Yellowknife South

Bob McLeod Minister of Human Resources

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Member for the question. The government has a workplace conflict resolution policy. That outlines how we would deal with those toxic environment situations that he described. Generally we depend on our management and the employees in question to report on those types of situations. We take them very seriously because the safety of our employees is our first priority. If we do become aware of any such situation, we take immediate action in a variety of different ways. If we feel that there is an immediate danger, we will take steps to remove the employees in question or send them home or take some action so that there is no possibility of something more serious occurring. Thank you.

Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod.

Supplementary, Mr. Bromley.

Supplementary To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

Bob Bromley Weledeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am not sure that answered my question of how those pockets will be detected without sort of endangering our employees to the wrath of their supervisors. I would like a little more detail on that. How can we be sure employees will be protected? There must be an element of confidentiality or something in that to ensure that either the supervisor is not directly involved or that there is very close oversight.

How will the department ensure that protection? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Bromley. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Member right now is talking about a hypothetical situation. Employees that do find themselves in such a situation are encouraged to contact their senior management or to contact the department. We have invested a lot of time and effort to train investigators. We have a number of positions within the Department of Human Resources that have been trained to specifically deal with workplace conflict situations and also to conduct investigations into these types of situations. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod.

Supplementary, Mr. Bromley.

Supplementary To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

Bob Bromley Weledeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to assure you that there is absolutely nothing hypothetical about the situation I am presenting. I understand that the department initiated a review towards considering whistleblower protection. Has this review resulted in the intention to develop such legislation? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Bromley. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

November 30th, 2007

Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My understanding is that the whistleblower initiative is geared to a much broader application whereby if individuals or employees see situations occurring which they feel is improper or that they can report on it. I think in this instance we are talking about specific situations on the job. In those cases, I would like to reassure the Member that we take them very seriously. The individuals in question, the information they provide, will be respected and their privacy will be accommodated. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

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

Supplementary To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

Bob Bromley Weledeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate that assurance. It is a very serious subject with some of my constituents. The Government of Canada, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia all have whistleblower protection. I wasn’t clear on the answer. Are we moving forward with developing legislation in the form of whistleblower protection? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Bromley. Mr. McLeod.

Further Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This issue came up in the previous government. A discussion paper was enacted. I believe there were 69 responses to

the discussion paper. This is something that we will consider again as this government goes through establishing its priorities for the next four years. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 78-16(1): Human Resource Issues In GNWT
Item 7: Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Oral questions. The honourable Member for Tu Nedhe, Mr. Beaulieu.

Question 79-16(1): Cost Of Living Issues
Item 7: Oral Questions

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the cost of living in Lutselk’e are very high due to freight costs, no all-season road, cost of transportation, flight costs, the cost of gas for boating and snowmobiling back and forth, all translates a very high cost for food, and power costs in Lutselk’e is also very high. I would like to ask the Premier today if he would consider looking at appointing a Minister to be the point Minister for the cost of living, similar to a Minister of Youth and Seniors. Thank you.