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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2019, as MLA for Yellowknife South

Won his last election, in 2015, with 70% of the vote.

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Electrical Power Rate Increases February 6th, 2008

Mr. Speaker, the high cost of living in the N.W.T. is a fact of life, and it is a fact that unfortunately we all accept, because we choose to live up here. If we have to pay the high prices of living in the North, then that’s what we continue to do. I, too, would like to speak on the power rate increase, along with my colleague for Mackenzie Delta.

The residents of Inuvik are getting increasingly frustrated with the rate increases that continue to happen. They are allowed to happen because the Public Utilities Board is just rubber-stamping everything that comes before them, and we can’t have that. Just listening to a statement from a guy I know, who said that we have to be able to afford to live in our community…. And this is a good example of being able to afford to live in our communities.

Are they trying to price us out of the N.W.T.? Because that is the route we are going. The residents of Inuvik and the Beaufort Delta continually face high increases in everything. Not only does it affect their cost of living, but it also

affects the community businesses who have to raise their rates to make up for the difference. This is something that we as a government…. We have to protect the residents, because they are going to price us out of the N.W.T. I don’t know if that is their attitude or that is their plan. We may have people starting to do two weeks in and two weeks out, working in the N.W.T. for two weeks and going to live in Alberta for two weeks where the cost of living is cheaper.

That is the reality, Mr. Speaker — that we are constantly faced with increase after increase in everything. We have the fuel increases that are going on up in Inuvik, and that is a subject I will be speaking about tomorrow. There are a lot of things that we have absolutely no control over, yet we are the ones that continually have to pay. We have to pay for a $2 million shortfall. We have our bills on top of our bills. We get our shortfall rider and our fuel rider. If they believe so much that they need to make some savings, why don’t they cut into their bonuses? That will save a lot of money. They continually pass their expenses on to the consumer.

Mr. Speaker, this is getting frustrating. Enough is enough. It’s time that we started having a serious look at this and protecting the people that we say we are obligated to protect from situations like this.

Supplementary To Question 94-16(1): Ice Road Construction Equipment Storage At James Creek November 30th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the Minister’s answers to my questions. I would also like him to undertake to find out why the machine is not stored at the Transportation yard at the Mackenzie ice crossing in Tsiigehtchic. Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 94-16(1): Ice Road Construction Equipment Storage At James Creek November 30th, 2007

Well, I appreciate the Minister’s answer and I would like to say that I spoke with someone who had an opportunity to use the machine and said that the machine worked beautifully and it did the job that it was supposed to do. It sped up the opportunity to get goods and services to the Beaufort-Delta. I would like to ask the Minister, who made the decision to not use that machine again and store it at James Creek? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 94-16(1): Ice Road Construction Equipment Storage At James Creek November 30th, 2007

Thank you. I thank the Minister for that. I’d like to ask the Minister if he is aware of the last time that this piece of machinery has been used. Thank you.

Question 94-16(1): Ice Road Construction Equipment Storage At James Creek November 30th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, this is in response to the Minister’s answering my questions before. He said that it’s not moving, so it’s not costing us anything. If that’s the case, then there’s a lot of things within the government not moving, but they’re costing us something.

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I would like to ask the Minister, and maybe I should rephrase my question. Obviously there was a cost to transporting this piece of equipment to James Creek, 150 kilometres away. Is the Minister aware of the cost of transporting it from Tsiigehtchic on the Dempster to James Creek, 150 kilometres away? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 90-16(1): Mackenzie Ice Road Construction Materials November 30th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister again, how much is it costing the department to transport that machinery back and forth? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 90-16(1): Mackenzie Ice Road Construction Materials November 30th, 2007

Well, Mr. Speaker, if it is budget concerns they are worried about, why is the machinery stored 150 kilometres away when it can be stored at the Transportation yard right at the Mackenzie River right at Tsiigehtchic? I would like to ask the Minister if he is aware of the cost of hauling this piece of equipment 150 kilometres there and 150 kilometres back? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 90-16(1): Mackenzie Ice Road Construction Materials November 30th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister why this piece of equipment is not being used. Thank you.

Question 90-16(1): Mackenzie Ice Road Construction Materials November 30th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday in my Member’s statement, I spoke to the state of transportation in the Beaufort-Delta. Another concern I had was the ice bridge at the Mackenzie River. It is not a $165 million bridge, but it is a bridge that allows goods and services to come into the Beaufort-Delta quickly. The concern I have, Mr. Speaker -- and I am going to direct my questions to the Transportation Minister -- there is an important piece of equipment that is used for making ice at the Mackenzie ice crossing stored 150 kilometres away while we have a storage yard 150 yards from the site. Does the Minister know why we are storing this piece of equipment by the Yukon border? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 81-16(1): Youth Leadership Adventure Camp November 30th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It seems that a lot of money is going out to the youth camps and the youth. It is important because the youth are one of our best resources and anything we can invest in the youth, as long as Ottawa doesn’t take it away, will benefit the people in the Northwest Territories. I’d like to ask the Minister if he would also commit to contributing to the Children First Society of Inuvik in their desire to have their own standalone building for day care and other programs. Thank you.