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Acknowledgments

Cory Vanthuyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledge the life of Yellowknife North resident, Dusty Miller, who left us last summer at age 99.

Miller was the last remaining Veteran of WWII living in Yellowknife. He and his wife raised four children in the north, and served the Royal Canadian Legion for sixty years. He was a familiar face at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for community service.

Members, please join me in applauding and acknowledging the life and contributions of Dusty Miller. Thank you.

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Acknowledgments

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Acknowledgments. Item 7, oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my questions are for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. The tourism industry, as we know, continues to grow, and spending more money on product diversification makes sense, but the budget for this program is over-subscribed and it is now currently unavailable. What is the Minister's plan to increase investment in this vital program? Mahsi.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
Oral Questions

Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. First of all, ITI has to work within the constraints of the budgetary process and the money that we are allocated. We have had a serious look at the SEED Program. This House knows that. We looked at it last year. We have changed things around to try to make things better for entrepreneurs by changing certain parameters around programs and having regional supports. We will continue to do that within the budget that we have. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

As I understand that answer, two points are prominent. One is that it is our fault for not asking, and the other is that SEED is the alternative. Are those, in fact, the case?

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

I will get used to standing up today here. Yes, she could take some of the blame if she wants, the Member, for not asking. The budgetary process is done by all Members of this House, and we know how it is allocated. The budget that ITI has, that is what I have to prescribe to. I can make my case as we go through these deliberations with my Cabinet Members, but there is only so much money to go around for the whole Northwest Territories. That is what I have been allocated, and that is what I will continue to work with.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

As the Minister knows, the Tourism 20/20 plan is moving towards expiry. I am interested to know what work is taking place now to create Tourism 2025.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Yes, 20/20 is coming due, and we have made successful milestones. As all Members of this House know, we have already achieved probably what we wanted to there as far as number of tourists coming to the Northwest Territories and the amount of money spent in the NWT. We will continue to work on that. We will probably be releasing some of those numbers shortly, of last year's visitations and money spent in the NWT, and I think most Members will be happy.

We will be working closely with all proponents, being us and Members of this House, for feedback, as well as NWT Tourism to develop 2025. I just came back from an FPT on tourism, so I have some new information that was presented to us from various proponents across the country of challenges around tourism right across the country that we will try to implement in our new strategy as well.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
Oral Questions

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, we have seen incredible growth in tourism during the period of the Tourism 20/20 plan, and this sector of our economy needs more support than it currently gets. My question for the Minister is: will the new plan include more money for both community investment and product development than the current plan has? Thank you.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

We are a victim of our own success. I have said that in this House before. Build it, and they will come. That is what happened around tourism, and that is what is happening particularly in the region of Yellowknife.

The numbers are increasing every year. There are all kinds of challenges around that, but as we move forward with the 2025 plan, we are going to have to have deliberations around budgets and stuff, and I am going to have the make the case going forward for what tourism needs in the Northwest Territories. I will have to make the case in a significant way that the Finance Minister and Cabinet Members will divvy up the money accordingly. This is a priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories for all of the Members in this House, and we will pursue that. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 412-18(3): Increasing Investment in Tourism Industry
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Kam Lake.

Question 413-18(3): SEED Program Increased Funding
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October 18th, 2018

Kieron Testart Kam Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it is good to see that we have gotten into a discussion around ITI's available funding for entrepreneurs. I want to talk about the SEED program.

The Minister has spoken about increasing the funding criteria for entrepreneurs, but the Minister didn't actually make more funding dollars available, which means that the complete allocation is being spent, but fewer businesses are receiving funding. In fact, the funding for agriculture, film, and manufacturing strategies have been taking it out of the SEED program. They don't represent new funding. When is the Minister going to put new funding into this program and start to grow the economy even more than we have already managed to achieve? Thank you.

Question 413-18(3): SEED Program Increased Funding
Oral Questions

The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.