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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2007, as MLA for Yellowknife South

Won his last election, in 2003, by acclaimation.

Statements in the House

Question 142-15(6): Sachs Harbour Rcmp Presence August 17th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, the current situation is that we send members in when we can from Inuvik. They do roving patrols. We were targeting once every six weeks or on an emergency basis to have members come into the community. This fall, as the two positions are hired, they will be officially located, the positions will be housed in Inuvik, but their sole job is Sachs Harbour and that's where they'll spend the bulk of their time. They'll have to travel back and forth. When they are on their downtime back with their families, that won't be something that they're able to do in Sachs Harbour and this is one of the challenges of their residences too. We have to find members who don't have families with them because we don't have accommodation for families. So there are a number of challenges. But the bottom line is, Mr. Speaker, the policing situation in Sachs Harbour will be vastly improved this fall and I want to thank the Member for his support, thank the RCMP for recognizing how important this was and making it a priority. Thank you.

Question 142-15(6): Sachs Harbour Rcmp Presence August 17th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, there are several issues. There are issues around accommodations and I've talked to the RCMP about that. I've relayed the offer of the hamlet as well. We've got issues around the detachment, though, in terms of it not meeting code. That needs to be replaced. So there are a number of infrastructure issues there, but we appreciate the offer from the community. I believe that the RCMP will be in discussion with them because, of course, although the members won't be permanently stationed there, we do need accommodation for them when they're in town. They will be overnight for weeks at a time. So that offer is very much appreciated and I know that the RCMP intend to have that discussion with the hamlet. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 142-15(6): Sachs Harbour Rcmp Presence August 17th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the question from the Member. The RCMP have indicated to me that they are in the hiring process and have started the search for members who would be qualified to go to Sachs Harbour and do the job there. We have been disappointed that there is some delay in getting the infrastructure on the ground in Sachs Harbour. As the Member knows well, we've got to be able to make the barge season. We weren't able to do that this year because when we looked at the state of facilities, they required more work than we could get done in time. So there is a delay in terms of the physical infrastructure. It will be a year later than we'd originally proposed, but the plan is to have members hired and on the ground ready to go into Sachs Harbour this fall. They will have to be permanently stationed in Inuvik and come back and forth until we have accommodations for them in Sachs Harbour, but the plan is to have a vastly increased force on the ground in Sachs Harbour this fall. Thank you.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery August 17th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, thank you. I have several constituents paging here as well this week. I'd like to recognize them. I hope I get them all. I don't have them broken out by riding, but I'm going to quickly do a scan. Christina Boggis is here, Shelby Brothers, Scott Stirling, Jake Olson, and I think that's Casey Canning. I think that's it. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, I wanted to acknowledge their efforts here this week for us.


Bill 11: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 August 16th, 2007

...that Bill 11, Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2007, be read for the third time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 11: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2007 August 16th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Deh Cho...

Tabled Document 36-15(6): Eighteenth Annual Report Of The Victims Assistance Committee Of The Nwt August 16th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following document entitled Eighteenth Annual Report of the Victims' Assistance Committee of the Northwest Territories, April 1st, 2006 to March 31st, 2007. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 136-15(6): Sahtu Wilderness Camp For Youth August 16th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, I suspect the Member at times often knows the answer to the question that he is asking. There is work underway between social envelope departments currently -- I am sure he was not tipped at all, Mr. Speaker -- to look at how we can work interdepartmentally, Health, Education, Justice, all working collaboratively to talk about wilderness camps and to talk about standards, criteria and programming. I expect that this will take a much larger focus and have a higher profile in future governments as it should. We have far too many people in institutions. We need to get some of these people out on the land to do some healing. Thank you.

Question 136-15(6): Sahtu Wilderness Camp For Youth August 16th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, as we go into the business planning process, as the next government sits down to talk about priorities, they will see, from the work that we have done, the reviews that we have in from both the operator and from inmates. By all accounts, this type of program has been a success. There are many other opportunities and avenues that this can take. I expect that we will be able to sit down with committee and talk about where they would like this programming to go. This, in fact, was a pilot in the Sahtu region. We did this pilot with the hopes that it would be successful and that we could broaden and expand the program. That is exactly what we are going to be able to do. It is simply a matter of the next government sitting down in this Assembly, deciding it is a priority that they want to fund. I fully expect that they will do that. Thank you.

Question 136-15(6): Sahtu Wilderness Camp For Youth August 16th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, that is one of the things that I think will make this ultimately much more successful in the way we approached wilderness camps in the past. We are not looking to set up permanent facilities out on the land. We are not expecting an operator to come with a huge amount of infrastructure. We are supplying equipment which we store. We can set this up for men, women or youth. It is all about the programming and finding elders who are willing to do this. The department will work very closely with those people to make sure that we make this a success. So, yes, I think this can be replicated in other regions. As the Member has pointed out, the Member from Tlicho has already been working with his community services agency to see it rolled out this winter. I am sure it will be successful in that region. Thank you.