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Question 734-18(3): Good Neighbour Agreements
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 734-18(3): Good Neighbour Agreements
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate that strong endorsement of neighbourliness from the Minister. My final point is about timing. There will be a request for proposals for a new operator coming out sometime in the near future. It seems to me that a Good Neighbour Agreement might be an essential part of that RFP. Can the Minister say whether this Good Neighbour Agreement is intended to be part of that RFP? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 734-18(3): Good Neighbour Agreements
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Glen Abernethy Great Slave

I'm certainly not waiting for the RFP to be issued before we actually make progress on a Good Neighbour Agreement. I think we need to have a Good Neighbour Agreement now. I've given the department the direction to work with a facilitator to see if our neighbours are interested in working with a facilitator to come to an agreement on a Good Neighbour Agreement.

Having said that, yes, we will be issuing a new RFP. I have asked the department to reach out to the current proponent, other interested proponents, the public, and others on types of things we need to do to strengthen those services, to enhance those, and include new ideas which may be things like security and other things into the new RFP. I will certainly encourage them to find a way to make sure that the Good Neighbour Agreement is built into that, but I'm not going to wait for that to happen before we move on this Good Neighbour Agreement. If we end up with the same proponents, the Good Neighbour Agreement will stand. If we end up with different proponents, we may need to do a little bit of negotiation again to get a new Good Neighbour Agreement, but I do believe it needs to be part of this operation, this service, and this community. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 734-18(3): Good Neighbour Agreements
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
Oral Questions

May 28th, 2019

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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In follow-up to my member's statement, I have a few questions for the Minister of Infrastructure. As I mentioned, there are a lot of positive things happening with the Marine Training Centre. I'd like to ask the Minister: since the opening of the Marine Training Centre, how many people have completed their training? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
Oral Questions

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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Minister of Infrastructure.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As of May 7th, we've had 98 people attend the training centre.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

That's a pretty good turnout. Out of the people who completed the training, how many have been hired by either MTS or ferry operations or the Coast Guard?

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

I don't know the exact number, but what I can tell happened this year: MTS has identified six people for our operations, one for each tug, and I think two for Kakisa operating out of the harbour. Canadian Coast Guard has made six job offers to people who have graduated out of their class, and I think four have accepted to date.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Is there a guarantee for employment once completed at the Marine Training Centre?

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Some of these courses that are offered at the Marine Training Centre are actually lifesaving stuff for the fishermen and these sorts of things, different skills that need to be set. Some of the courses that are going to be offered this coming season, because they've already expanded their mandate at the training centre, it's going to include a bridge watch rating program, a small vessel operator proficiency, and fishing master programs. These things are targeted towards NWT residents, of course, Indigenous people, and women. Myself and the Member from the Sahtu actually had the opportunity to stop there probably about a month ago, and just surprised the class that was ongoing there, and there were a couple of young ladies from his particular region who sought the desire to actually be on the Imperial Esso boat in Norman Wells. That was interesting. We had a good conversation with them. There's no guarantee for a job when you come out of there because there are so many different types of related training. There is opportunity with the Government of Northwest Territories to continue to grow the non-positions that we will need, and the boat captains and the deckhands. This is a large industry. Last year, I think we had 170 or 180 people who were working on our boat systems, so there's a lot of opportunity for these people to move on.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Oral questions. Member for Mackenzie Delta.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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Frederick Blake Jr. Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd like to ask the Minister: will the marine training also focus on engineers to maintain our vessels? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Wally Schumann Hay River South

Actually, earlier this year, our senior management hosted a meeting with Canadian Coast Guard and transportation officials and the Marine Training Society, as well, and we actually proposed that we have a serious look at some of the trades in the industry, and we're going to start having those discussions on moving that forward. MTS, as I said, has a number of positions there as well, and we'll be looking at opportunities for residents in the Northwest Territories to get some type of apprenticeships there as we identify them. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 735-18(3): Marine Training Centre
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The Speaker Jackson Lafferty

Masi. Oral questions. Member for Nunakput.