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Appreciation To Sahtu Constituents And Supporters
Members’ Statements

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Yakeleya. The honourable Member for Deh Cho, Mr. Nadli.

Working Together In The 17th Legislative Assembly
Members’ Statements

Michael Nadli Deh Cho

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. [Translation] I would also like to say thanks and I am glad that I am able to be sitting amongst you to represent my riding in Fort Providence, Enterprise, Hay River. They are the communities that voted me into this position and we have a lot of work ahead of us in the next four years. We also want to work for the betterment of our constituents and everybody in the Northwest Territories.

So I’d like to say thanks that I’m sitting amongst you again. The things that I feel are important to work on and we are all pretty much in the same boat. Who is going to be heading the head of the boat? We have to know who is, who our leaders are and there might be some rough waters for the future, but if we work well together, we will be able to represent our riding as good as we can.

Today, right now, it’s getting to be winter. In the past our ancestors were prepared for a rough winter and gathered food and preserved stuff, and we also wonder where we will be hunting and where we will be able to find moose, and these are the things that we knew in the past as Dene people. We work together well. We also have to think how we are going to be working well together with that in mind. [Translation ends]

…support also at the same time for our issues, concerns, dreams and desires and, of course, needs and wants of our constituents. There are common issues that we need to work on and build a sense of unity of working together, ensuring we all work for our constituents at the same time for the betterment of the Northwest Territories. Mahsi.

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Nadli. The honourable Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes, Mr. McLeod.

Appreciation To Inuvik Twin Lakes Constituents And Supporters
Members’ Statements

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This being the first day of the Assembly, I think it’s appropriate to give thanks to those folks who were instrumental in us getting here. First of all, I want to thank my wife, Judy, and my kids. Judy is sitting up in the gallery and I don’t want to look up there or I’m not going to be able to finish my statement. I want to thank them for their support, their support the last 32 years; it’s much appreciated.

I want to thank the residents of Inuvik, constituents of Inuvik Twin Lakes, the faith that they’ve put in me

to once again be their representative. I look forward to being a good quality representative for the next four years.

I want to thank the Members of the Assembly for the trust that they’ve shown in electing me to the Executive Council. I am very honoured and humbled by it.

Finally, I’d like to thank Mr. Floyd Roland for his time here and his mentorship when I first came down seven years ago, wondered what I got myself into. He told me what I got myself into, and seven years later and I’m still here, so I appreciate that, Floyd, and I look forward to passing on some of that experience to the new Member for Inuvik Boot Lake.

Lastly, I would like to say, as of tomorrow, you can start on your list. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Appreciation To Inuvik Twin Lakes Constituents And Supporters
Members’ Statements

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. McLeod. The honourable Member for Range Lake, Mr. Dolynny.

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Members’ Statements

Daryl Dolynny Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Range Lake for trusting me with their confidence to represent them in the 17th Assembly.

More importantly, I would like to thank my wife, Cindy, and my two boys Tanner and Bronson, for sacrificing much time and energy during the electoral process. It is never an easy journey to get here, believe me.

As a pharmacist, I have been serving the needs of health care for thousands and thousands of Northerners for almost two decades and I have been honoured to do so. My commitment to being amongst you here today is to serve to the best of my ability the people of Range Lake, but more importantly, all the people of the Northwest Territories. Mahsi cho.

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Dolynny. The honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Blake.

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of the Mackenzie Delta for their continuous support as the Member of the Legislative Assembly. I’d also like to thank my family for their continuous support.

Also, I’d like to congratulate yourself, Mr. Speaker, and also the Premier, Mr. McLeod, and our Cabinet Members and the other MLAs here. I look forward to working with you all in a positive relationship and

the staff of the Legislative Assembly. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Blake. The honourable Member for Hay River South, Mrs. Groenewegen.

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First of all today I would like to thank the residents of Hay River South for electing me to the Legislative Assembly for my fifth term. I would like to thank my campaign team for their support and I would like to thank my husband, Rick, and my children, who helped me and supported me in getting here again.

I would like to congratulate all Members who were elected to the 17th Legislative Assembly; particularly

I would like to congratulate my new colleague for Hay River North, Mr. Robert Bouchard. We’ve been getting to know each other a little over the last few weeks and we’ve been having a lot of fun. I may have some competition to being the class heckler here.

Mr. Speaker, I’d like to congratulate you on being elected as the Speaker for the 17th Assembly. My

congratulations to Bob McLeod, Premier-elect, for the 17th Assembly, and my congratulations to all of

the new Cabinet Ministers who will be sworn in later today.

Mr. Speaker, I’d also like to use my Member’s statement today to answer a question that has been out there on the minds of a few people, not the least of which are my constituents.

People have been asking five terms, which has never been done before – Mr. Miltenberger and I are the first two to forge that envelope – a woman representing the second largest community in the Northwest Territories, and some people say a couple of brain cells rambling around in my head, so why not run for Cabinet. Maybe people don’t realize this, but we have a convention here in our Assembly of regional representation in Cabinet: two from the north, two from Yellowknife, two from the south, and one Premier at large.

When it was determined that Mr. Miltenberger would not be our new Premier, being from the south I had a choice to make. Mr. Miltenberger had 10 years of experience in the Cabinet. He is known for his amazing work ethic and a very bright man, and a friend to Hay River. Mr. Tom Beaulieu has been my colleague for the last four years but I’ve known him for many years, a former resident of Hay River with family there, also a very competent person who represents a small community. I believe that the small communities should be well represented in our Executive Council. I was very pleased to see

both of these gentlemen representing the Members for Hay River South.

I’m going to have to be the first one to seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

---Unanimous consent granted.

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River South

As we move forward, I look forward to using my experience, my 16 years of experience in this Assembly to back up Regular Members, Cabinet Ministers. I’m looking forward to a term where Regular Members can become even more involved in the roles of the Assembly and we can work together more collaboratively.

I did want to put that explanation on the record today and say that I do appreciate having my voice on this side of the House as well. There are lots of pros and cons to being in the Executive Council. One of the pros to being a Regular Member is that you can stand up in the House and you can express your opinion on behalf of your constituents on any subject and I value that very greatly.

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The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mrs. Groenewegen. I’d like to tell the audience in the House, if you could turn your phones off. There’s no cellular service in the House. Moving on. The honourable Member for Great Slave, Mr. Abernethy.

Appreciation To Great Slave Constituents And Supporters
Members’ Statements

Glen Abernethy Great Slave

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to congratulate you on your new role in the Assembly. I know you’ll do it justice.

I have a lot of thank yous I’d like to do today and I’d like to start off by thanking my constituents. I had a really good time in September, getting out to re-engage with a number of you and meet the new constituents in the Great Slave riding. I’m honoured to serve on their behalf for the next four years. I appreciate all of their support.

I’d also like to thank my campaign team. In my mind, I had the best campaign team there was. I also had a lot of fantastic volunteers who came out and gave me their time and their energy. We had a smooth running machine that got the job done. Without them I wouldn’t be here today.

I’d also like to thank you, my colleagues. I’d like to thank you for your support yesterday and I look forward to working with each and every one of you over the next four years. I look around this room and I see 19 great individuals who are committed to working in the best interest of the Northwest Territories and all of its people and I’m honoured to be here standing amongst you. I look forward to the next four years. We have a lot of work to get done and I know together we can get it done.

The last group I’d like to thank are my family. My rocks. My mom and dad are in the gallery. Without

them I wouldn’t be here either. Literally. Thank you for that.

They’ve taught me well. They’ve given me the values that I have. They’ve made me the man that I am today. Mom and Dad, I love you and thank you for everything.

I’d also like to thank my wife. She’s my other rock. She’s the love of my life and without her helping me on the campaign team, being there with me every day, I don’t know where I’d be. I’d like to thank her as well.

Thanks to all of you for being with us here today. I look forward to the next four years.

Appreciation To Great Slave Constituents And Supporters
Members’ Statements

The Speaker Jackie Jacobson

Thank you, Mr. Abernethy. The honourable Member for Frame Lake, Ms. Bisaro.

Appreciation To Frame Lake Constituents And Supporters
Members’ Statements

October 27th, 2011

Wendy Bisaro Frame Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to say a few thank yous as well. First and foremost I want to thank the constituents of Frame Lake who re-elected me. Merci pour votre confidance; thank you for your confidence that you exhibited in me as your MLA and in the job that I’ve done on your behalf for the last four years.

My thanks to the other two Frame Lake candidates: Mr. Duff Spence and Mr. Bernard LeBlanc. Members of this House are well aware of the sacrifices that must be made by anyone who runs for elected office. We give up our lives for some four to six weeks in August and September. Unsuccessful candidates get no reward for that effort.

I need to thank, as well, all those who assisted me with my campaign. My campaign manager and good friend, Mr. Joe Auge; my official agent, Mr. Don Babey; all of the volunteers who assisted me over the life of the campaign and, in particular, my team of advisors.

When you’re a transplanted Northerner like me, your friends tend to become your family. I have to thank my northern family who were totally supportive of me in my campaign.

Last but not least, I need to thank my own blood family who travelled north to help me out with the both moral and physical support in the last week of the campaign.

An election campaign is a strange animal, an activity unlike any other life experience. It’s a valuable experience, but oh so stressful. It’s also all-consuming. Candidates start the race at full gallop. It’s an unusually hectic pace and we keep that up for a month and then suddenly stop. How normal is that? It’s not normal. NWT residents should show their appreciation of each and every

candidate who submits themselves to such an abnormality.

Congratulations to you, Mr. Speaker, to the Premier, and to the Members of the Executive Council who were elected yesterday. As I said yesterday, this 17th Assembly needs to do things

differently if we expect to re-engage our constituents and voters. We have four years to produce results. I look forward to working with the Members of this Assembly, working together – as was mentioned many times yesterday – to get some concrete results.

Four years ago on opening day I said, “I look at the Members assembled in this House and I see great opportunity. I think we can do good; I think that we can achieve results; and I think if we work together, it will be for the betterment of the NWT and all of our residents.”