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Proposed Changes To Supplementary Health Benefits Program
Members’ Statements

Robert Hawkins Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I want to express my grave concerns about the actions of the Health Minister with her decision to release information to the public in the context of public consultation about the changes to supplementary health benefits.

Mr. Speaker, many of my constituents say it looks like it’s already a done deal. I have reviewed the material on the Health and Social Services website,

and I’ve had feedback from my constituents. If anyone has read the documents, you would know there seems to be many assumptions and leading information that relates to the direction of the supplementary health benefits and which way it will be going. Some of the pretty obvious statements are the department will implement an income test program; that the implementation will happen September 2010; that many Northerners will be able to access their supplementary health benefits from third-party providers. Mr. Speaker, not to mention the sad fact that Regular Members only had information on what would be happening just the day before this release started.

As we all know, the Minister will hold town meetings and talk to regional centres throughout the NWT in March and April with her new vision of the rollout of the program, which is coming in September. But, Mr. Speaker, is this consultation just for consultation sake? Is this a process just to shoehorn our seniors into a direction that the department has already made clear that they’re going in? Why do we need an implementation date as opposed to just a consultation framework process, and then let that process drive the implementation date? Does the Minister believe that the appearance of this consultation will drive true feedback or just simply apathy from its public?

I urge the Minister to be open to new ideas through this process. I also encourage the Minister not to hack away at the few benefits that we provide our northern seniors. I insist to the Minister to find a way to stop driving up the cost of living here in the Northwest Territories.

Mr. Speaker, I had one constituent tell me the other day, it’s starting to look like our Health Minister is taking a page out of the Alberta health model, the third way. Mr. Speaker, in closing I’m going to quote a line from Hamlet. It says something is rotten in Denmark. Well, Mr. Speaker, I certainly think something is wrong and certainly rotten with our supplementary health consultation process and it’s only just begun. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Proposed Changes To Supplementary Health Benefits Program
Members’ Statements

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Hawkins. The honourable Member for Tu Nedhe, Mr. Beaulieu.

Core Housing Needs In The Tu Nedhe Constituency
Members’ Statements

March 2nd, 2010

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

[English translation not provided.]

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to speak on housing repairs in Tu Nedhe. First, I want to thank the Minister and the NWT Housing Corporation for increasing the budget from just under $800,000 in 2007 to over $8.5 million in 2010-11 for repairing and renovating homes.

Mr. Speaker, it is now in place and it’s now time for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation to

get into the communities to go see the homeowners that need repairs. A good strategy on preventing private homes from falling into complete disrepair and getting to the stage where the houses are no longer economical to repair is needed. Mr. Speaker, once a unit falls beyond economical repair, it has to be replaced. In Tu Nedhe most of the privately owned homes can still be saved.

Mr. Speaker, the NWT Housing Corporation must begin to focus on certain core need issues in order to decrease the core need numbers across the NWT. The NWT Housing Corporation now has a golden opportunity to plan, organize and deliver repair programs for senior homeowners that will actively reduce core need for this group.

Mr. Speaker, there are about 150 homeownership units in Tu Nedhe. About 60 to 70 of those are senior households, and perhaps as high as 50 of them need repairs immediately. Mr. Speaker, even at an average cost of about $40,000 for each of the units, it’s around $2 million over the next couple of years where core need in Tu Nedhe can be reduced by 15 to 20 percent.

Core Housing Needs In The Tu Nedhe Constituency
Members’ Statements

An Hon. Member

Hear! Hear!

Core Housing Needs In The Tu Nedhe Constituency
Members’ Statements

Tom Beaulieu Tu Nedhe

Plus, Mr. Speaker, while waiting for the repairs, our oldest residents, each of the oldest residents in both Fort Resolution and Lutselk’e passed away before receiving the assistance they were requesting.

Mr. Speaker, I will have questions for the Minister on their plan to address core need issues in the area of adequacy for seniors’ households at the appropriate time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Core Housing Needs In The Tu Nedhe Constituency
Members’ Statements

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Beaulieu. The honourable Member for Monfwi, Mr. Lafferty.

Tlicho Workshop On Culture And Languages Preservation
Members’ Statements

Jackson Lafferty Monfwi

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. [English translation not provided.]

Mr. Speaker, today in Gameti there’s a gathering of elders from the four Tlicho communities to share their ideas, wisdom, experience and planning for future generations. Mr. Speaker, there are approximately 80 elders selected to talk about the culture preservation, the language preservation for the Tlicho region and with respect to the wildlife as well. They talk about the respect of the wildlife as well.

Mr. Speaker, these are the professors of this great land. We must hear them out and they teach us about the wisdom, the stories, the respect of each other and pass on the stories to the future. I look forward to the outcome of their report. There is also a youth conference happening the following

weekend. Even though I’m not there, I will be supporting them in their endeavours.

Tlicho Workshop On Culture And Languages Preservation
Members’ Statements

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Lafferty. Item 4, returns to oral questions. Item 5, recognition of visitors in the gallery. The honourable Member for Yellowknife Centre, Mr. Hawkins.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

Robert Hawkins Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to recognize two very wise and certainly well-travelled Northerners. We have Mr. Ed Jeske and Mr. Mike Krutko, both constituents of Yellowknife Centre.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Hawkins. The honourable Member for Kam Lake, Mr. Ramsay.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

David Ramsay Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to recognize -- he’s actually my constituent -- Mike Krutko and Ed Jeske that were up in the audience. As well, I’d also like to recognize Mr. Josh Campbell who works for our MP’s office, Mr. Dennis Bevington. Thank you.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Ramsay. The honourable Member for Nahendeh, Mr. Menicoche.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

Kevin A. Menicoche Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to recognize Ms. Joanne Deneron, a constituent from Fort Liard. Welcome to the Legislative Assembly.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

The Speaker Paul Delorey

Thank you, Mr. Menicoche. The honourable Member for Yellowknife South, Mr. Bob McLeod.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery
Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery

Bob McLeod Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to recognize Joanne Deneron, a very determined entrepreneur and businesswoman from Fort Liard. She serves as the director of our Business Development and Investment Corporation and its subsidiary the Acho Dene Native Crafts and also she’s the president of the Deh Cho Regional Helicopters Limited. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.