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  • His favourite word was know.

Last in the Legislative Assembly November 2015, as MLA for Weledeh

Won his last election, in 2011, with 89% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Thank you, Madam Chair. I welcome the Minister and staff here. I would just like to get some definition or characterization, so I’m using the right terms, of things like extended care versus long-term care, maybe a level of care. Could I get just a crash course on a few of those terms? Thank you.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

So there is no other staff, just the maintenance staff. It will be all GNWT staff that will be taken over, just for confirmation. Thank you.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you to the Minister for that. I would like to know how many GNWT personnel are we letting go as a result of this project and do we have any indication of how many of them will be picked up by the new provider. Is it possible to get a breakdown of those according to the various areas? I know there is building maintenance and so on by a very committed bunch of staff there, part of our GNWT staff that we’re losing. Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Maybe I could just ask the Minister to commit to finding me where that has been documented.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

I appreciate the 18th Assembly

will have that role as do we. We are, right now, talking about the 17th Assembly as we set this up

and discuss this budget. I would like to know there will be a commitment to get timely information from these monitoring teams to all Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Thanks to the Minister. Perhaps just a quick follow-up on the monitoring teams. I think it’s clear that we have a record of non- inclusiveness from the government for Regular MLAs with timely information.

What will be the responsibility to get the reports of the monitoring teams in a timely manner to all Members of the Legislative Assembly? Thank you.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Just moving on, and I know, as a P3 projec

t, the Stanton Territorial Hospital, I’m not

sure if it’s a renewal project, but a new project, is a P3 and, therefore, probably involves Finance as well as Public Works and Services. So far we don’t have a good record for finishing our large infrastructure projects on budget. Most recently, of course, is the Inuvik-Tuk Highway, which is half built and already 15 percent above the promised cost. I guess one of the things that we heard about a lot and that we’ve seen with the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Optic Lin

e, for example, is what’s termed in

the analysis literature on P3 projects as “cost creep,” where the government keeps shifting what the cost is and says they’re meeting those costs.

So, what checks and balances are in place to ensure that the cost of this facility does not go over,

like has been our experience to date with large infrastructure projects? Thank you.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Thank you for that update to the Minister. I appreciate that and I think it sounds like we’re getting after it here. So, this is spread over two fiscal years. This will be finishing up the system, if that’s what we’re approving here today. Thank you.

Consideration in Committee of the Whole of Bills and Other Matters October 2nd, 2015

Thank you, Mr. Chair. A couple of questions here. First of all, I wonder if I can get an update on the Child and Family Information System. I’m sure a mass of information was provided, but for clarity this is something we’ve been trying to get done since midway through the 16th Assembly. I know we’ve tried a couple of times

and failed during this Assembly, even though the money was budgeted. I would be concerned if this was a modification of the current system, which we know is not worth the paper it’s printed on. So I’m just looking for an update on what exactly is involved here with this. I think it’s our third attempt during this Assembly. Thank you.

Question 910-17(5): Energy Efficiency Act October 2nd, 2015

I’m not quite sure what to say

here. The Minister seems to be unaware of this, and yet this is fundamental to reducing our energy costs and so on.

Will the promised discussion paper be ready… I can’t even ask the rest of my question, so I’ll have to stop here, Mr. Speaker. The Minister doesn’t have any information. I’ll have to say I’m very disappointed. We need our government to be on top of these important issues. Mahsi.