This is page numbers 4463 - 4502 of the Hansard for the 16th 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 health.

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Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Roland. Final supplementary, Mr. Hawkins.

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Robert Hawkins Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As you can see the D list keeps growing. Now we add discard to the list and, certainly, defend. Mr. Speaker, I haven’t heard the can-do approach. I have heard the defend, defer, delay, deflect, divide approach. Mr. Speaker, the issue really comes down to this: MLAs, including Cabinet, represent issues raised in our communities that are very, very important. I think those have to be some of the fundamentals that need to go forward, because when an MLA gets elected and they spend their four years in this Legislature, it can be boiled down to many issues are significant to a community. I can tell you from one of my colleagues, a nurse in that community is a paramount issue. That’s the kind of issue I’m talking about and that’s the type of reflection I keep asking about. Where is that can-do approach to meeting those community needs? Thank you.

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Inuvik Boot Lake

Floyd Roland Premier

You know, we talk about where it’s all at and what we’re doing for our communities and how we move things forward. Let me tell you about can-do. Mr. Speaker, in Yellowknife alone, in the capital city, the capital plan as laid out has over $85 million...

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Some Hon. Members

Whoa...

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Inuvik Boot Lake

Floyd Roland Premier

...for facilities. So what’s a deflect in that? Where is the deferral in that?

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Some Hon. Members

Can-do!

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Inuvik Boot Lake

Floyd Roland Premier

To make those projects go through, other projects had to suffer or wait in line for another year.

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Some Hon. Members

Aw.

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Inuvik Boot Lake

Floyd Roland Premier

So we have been stepping up to the plate. We have been delivering and we will continue to do so. It’s not a matter of rhetoric, Mr. Speaker. The proof is in the pudding and this Assembly will pass that pudding come the next day. Thank you.

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Roland. The time for question period has expired. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Menicoche.

Question 393-16(4): Response To Concerns Raised By Regular Members
Oral Questions

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to return to item 7 on the Order Paper today. Thank you.

---Unanimous consent granted.

Question 394-16(4): Nursing Services In Wrigley
Oral Questions (Reversion)

February 24th, 2010

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Just a follow-up on my honourable colleague’s intensity with regard to his debate with Cabinet. He’s entirely right; our jobs as MLAs is to urge, influence and persuade government, and to that end we have many tools at our disposal. But the main thing that we do is to pursue the goals and interests of our constituents and communities. Just getting back to my Member’s statement, the goal of Wrigley and of mine is to see a resident nurse in Wrigley in the long term. However, I can see my way to relax this demand if at the minimum we enhance current services and get a commitment that there is a nursing position classified as a Wrigley position. Will the Minister of Health and Social Services give me the assurance and commitment she will work towards a dedicated nursing position for Wrigley as well as enhance nursing services for 2010? Thank you.

Question 394-16(4): Nursing Services In Wrigley
Oral Questions (Reversion)

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Menicoche. The honourable Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Lee.

Question 394-16(4): Nursing Services In Wrigley
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Range Lake

Sandy Lee Minister of Health and Social Services

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I stated earlier, the department and authorities right now are discussing a proposal to enhance nursing services in small communities in Deh Cho. This is subject to approval by the board, so this is why I am just giving the Member as much information as I can. Mr. Speaker, I understand that he has made his desire for the community of Wrigley. We are working on the system where the regional board oversees the health and social services for the entire region. So whenever we do anything, we need to do it on a regional basis. The board has given me a proposal to consider. We are having a conversation on that. The Member has been given some information on that and we will continue to work on that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 394-16(4): Nursing Services In Wrigley
Oral Questions (Reversion)

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

I’m not entirely convinced with the Minister’s answer. Once again, one of the tools at my disposal while we’re sitting here during debate of the budget is to delay the budget, Mr. Speaker, and I am prepared to go that far in order to get answers for my constituents. I want the Minister of Health and Social Services to have the same confidence as the Minister of Justice did today and say that nursing is a priority for Wrigley and Tsiigehtchic out loud, Mr. Speaker. Can the Minister do that? Thank you.