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Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

Michael Nadli Deh Cho

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. He has indicated that he’s working with the Northwest Territories Association of Friendship Centres for a process to work together. Will the Premier commit to the Northwest Territories’ friendship centres that he will work together with the Cabinet, along with our federal colleagues, to ensure that there’s consistent and timely transfer of funding to friendship centres. Mahsi.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
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Glen Abernethy Great Slave

I think it would be a shame if friendship centres had to lay off workers and employees because funds that are supposed to flow are not flowing as quickly as they should. We’re quite prepared to work with all of the different bodies and institutions to try to find a workable arrangement so that friendship centres can continue to provide the important services that they provide to the communities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 934-18(2): Zhatie Koe Friendship Centre
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Mahsi. Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

October 4th, 2017

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As a follow up to my Member’s statement, I have a few questions for the Minister of Infrastructure. I’d like to ask the Minister what the Department of Infrastructure’s current intention is for winter services on the Louis Cardinal and the Abraham Francis Ferries. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Minister of Infrastructure.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As most Members know in this House, our intention is to run the ferry until freeze up this year, and after that we will be attempting to accelerate the winter road service to the regions. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

As I mentioned in my statement, with the opening of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway November 16th, I know a lot of my constituents - and I’m sure a lot of tourists - are awaiting the opening so they could be the first to travel this road. I’d like to ask the Minister what the department’s rationale is for this decision that will contribute to the isolation of small communities in the region.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. To inform the Members of this House, the decision to accelerate the ice road there and keep the winter ferry going as long as we could until the road was up to capacity was made in 2013, I believe. In 2014 they began to do the accelerated construction of the ice road crossing. This was mainly around the energy concerns for the community of Inuvik and the possible shut down of the kill well at the time. A propane mixture was going to have to be introduced to get through this dry spell of the well until a long-term solution was found.

That’s not the case, however. The number of propane trucks has not increased. In fact, the number has pretty much decreased since 2013. As a result of discussions with our department and the proponents of the kill well, we’ve determined there’s no longer a need for us to have the ice road accelerated. There are also contingency plans put in place to have propane in the community to carry them through this closure. The other part of this is the weather around the Dempster. In 2015 the road was closed 40 per cent of the time that we did the winter ferry service, and that was at a cost of $1.8 million for 36 days.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

I’m not sure where the Minister gets all his numbers from. Last year alone we had in the neighbourhood of 140 tractor trailers on those ferries. I’d like to ask the Minister how the department plans to support the increased demands for travel and access likely to put pressure on regional infrastructure in the lead up and follow of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk?

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

As I’ve said, we’ve committed to the opening of the Inuvik- Tuktoyaktuk Highway on November 14th. Depending on weather, freeze up is at the end of October. We’ve committed to buying some lighter spray equipment this year, which is en-route to the communities to accelerate the ice road construction. That will allow us to get on the ice roads sooner. That ice road should be open within three weeks to light traffic, and probably mid-November for heavy traffic. That’s based on the historical numbers that I have.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Minister just said the third week of November for light traffic and mid-November for heavy traffic, so that does add up to me just like some of his other numbers there. The bottom line, Mr. Speaker, is this keeps the cost of living down. How does the Minister expect to keep the costs of living down in the region when they take out the ferries and increase the costs? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

This continuation of the winter ferry was a decision of the House of this Assembly. We have made $1.8 million as I’ve said. The road was open for 36 days based on it for $1.8 million with the Dempster probably closed as much as 40 per cent of the time. It’s not good value for the money. The decision was made to put this winter ferry service into accommodate the kill well. The situation right now is not a concern of ours. There seems to be from the producers’ side of things, there is not an effect of it going forward. We will continue to monitor. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 935-18(2): Mackenzie Delta Ferry Services
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Hay River North.

Question 936-18(2): Support For Northern Agricultural Sector
Oral Questions

R.J. Simpson Hay River North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In my statement earlier today, I brought up several issues that relate to our fledging agriculture sector. My first question is about lands. I’m aware that access to agricultural land is an issue for the Department of Lands but the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment has the agricultural file. I wanted to both pass on the message that the farmers who are actually putting in the sweat equity to get this industry off the ground are frustrated with a lack of support they’re receiving when it comes to accessing land. I want to ask the Minister what he is doing to help them access affordable agricultural land in a timely matter. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.