- His favourite word was federal.
Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2019, as MLA for Yellowknife South
Won his last election, in 2015, with 70% of the vote.
Statements in the House
Transportation Issues In The Beaufort-Delta Region November 29th, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, like my colleague from the Mackenzie Delta, I, too, today would like to talk on the state of the transportation in the Mackenzie, or the Beaufort-Delta. As someone from McPherson tells you the road is the worst that he’s ever seen, then I think it’s our paying attention.
Mr. Speaker, it is extremely dusty and unsafe driving conditions. As a matter of fact, we had another death on the highway this summer. A father of three was killed while working on the highway. We had a culvert collapse at Caribou Creek. Why did the culvert collapse? Are these things not inspected? Again, luckily nobody was hurt or killed, because it was something that you couldn’t see if you were driving down the road. I got a phone call from a constituent who just happened to be at the scene and it was like 30 feet wide and 20 feet deep and luckily he wasn’t driving, otherwise he would have ended up at the bottom of that culvert. He called me because I had brought up the issue of the state of the road before and he thought I should know. I appreciated that.
We have, Mr. Speaker, an ice making machine that’s supposed to be flooding ice at Tsiigehtchic. It’s sitting at James Creek by the Yukon border. It’s 150 kilometres away. I’m sure they’re not going to be making any ice bridges up there.
Mr. Speaker, you’re getting the picture here that the right side of the brain doesn’t seem to be communicating with the left side of the brain, because we got a marine storage yard sitting right at Tsiigehtchic that this machine could be sitting in. We have industry that’s waiting on both sides of the ice bridge to get to work and the sooner that industry can get their materials up in the Beaufort-Delta and go to work, then the sooner our people can go to work and the sooner our shelves can be restocked again and the prices might start going down.
Industry has committed millions of dollars, Mr. Speaker, into the Beaufort-Delta and we can do our part by making sure that our infrastructure that we’re responsible for is looked after and ready to go. It’s called working together, Mr. Speaker, and maybe it’s a novelty that we’re going to have to try.
We shouldn’t let, Mr. Speaker, personality conflicts get in the way of our commitment to working for what’s good for the people that we represent. This continues to happen, Mr. Speaker. We may have to have a serious look at it
and if changes need to be made, then we have to make the changes because, first and foremost, our commitment is to the safety and well-being of the people we represent. Thank you.
Written Question 1-16(1): Homeownership Programs In Inuvik November 28th, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation.
1. What is the funding allocated for homeownership
programs in Inuvik?
How many clients were approved for homeownership program funding in Inuvik and what was the amount of funding allocated to approved clients in the last fiscal year?
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Definitely, we would like to find a way to have a single-window approach, especially with the Community Futures program. I expect that the timeline would have to be tied in with the business planning process. I would think that it would probably be a period of four to five months, I think. Thank you.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As a department, we would like to be where the action is. We will be prepared to look at moving downtown as the Member indicates there is office space available. The main consideration would be one of cost. If it is one way to service our clientele better, we will be definitely prepared to do so. Thank you.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, I haven’t seen anything formal other than I know that within the Department of ENR, there have been indications that they do require additional space for their own departmental requirements. Until such time as we are officially advised that they want us out of there, we will continue to stay in those locations. Thank you.
Return To Question 56-16(1): Office Space For Enr And ITI In Constituency November 28th, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, we have had some discussions. That situation that the honourable Member described also occurs in other communities. The reasons we haven’t dealt with it yet comes down to money, and it costs money to relocate to another office. As well, there has to be office space available. The approach that we have taken to date is we are not going to move unless the growth requirements of ENR requires us to move out. At that time, we would approach Public Works to find us appropriate office space and a suitable location so that we could service our clientele. Thank you.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A concern from the Town of Inuvik, again, is the lack of a building inspector in Inuvik to enforce codes and regulations. How do we go about getting an inspector in Inuvik? Thank you.
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. Those that have to comply with the Building Code, in some cases, have no one to enforce the Building Code. So I would like to ask the Minister of Finance, or Mr. Roland as Premier, would he direct the Department of Public Works to have a building inspector in Inuvik so he can enforce codes and regulations? Thank you.
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I would like to also ask the Finance Minister, when he contacts his department, would he ask them if there are any tax breaks available for businesses who want to make their places of business wheelchair accessible? Thank you.
Question 53-16(1): Tax Incentives For Caregivers Of People With Disabilities November 28th, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday I spoke to people with disabilities in Inuvik and
a lot of people with disabilities have to have people care for them, take time off work, look after them. I’d like to direct my questions to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Roland. I’d like to ask Mr. Roland if there are tax breaks for those that have to be at home caring for people with disabilities. Thank you.
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