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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

Minister's Statement 27-15(6): Human Resources Information System Upgrade August 15th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to waive Rule 34(6) to allow Ministers' statements filed with the Clerk to be delivered today. Thank you.

Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery May 17th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would also like to recognize another student with the AFS Interculture Program, but also thank Mr. Braden for his volunteer work with this organization, hosted by the Wetmores in my constituency. There is Hiu Ying Lau. I have been getting some coaching from Member Hawkins who tells me that Lai Hoa means hello. So, hello.

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Committee Motion 3-15(6): To Amend Clause 36 Of Bill 4, NWT Hydro Corporation Act, Carried May 16th, 2007

Mr. Chairman, thank you. I'd like to add my thoughts and also indicate that I won't be supporting the bill at this time. I think there is some merit to having this debate about the updating or the amending of this provision, and we've had this discussion at Board of Management. My feeling, though, is that the debate would be better held by the 16th Assembly's Remuneration Commission. Every four years we do strike a committee to look at Members' benefits and pay, and while I don't believe this provision was considered by the last committee, it could very easily be considered by the next commission. When I sit down and think about the number of people in my memory anyway going back that have left the Assembly, obviously they haven't been eligible for transition. Some have left to pursue other employment. I can think of one who resigned to become a Supreme Court judge. Some have left under less than ideal circumstances. But without getting into the merits of why somebody leaves or those kinds of things, Mr. Chairman, my feeling is we do have a process for these kinds of things. There may be a very good reason, and I'm not indicating that I wouldn't be supportive of this shift to look more at a severance type of arrangement than transition, but I do think this is something that should be taken up by the next Remuneration Commission of the 16th. Thank you.

Question 99-15(6): Federal Gun Registry May 16th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wasn't aware that there was a concern with the crush of number of people trying to get in and register their firearms. What I will do and propose to do is, the minute we are finished here in the House, I will call Stockwell Day's office, the Minister responsible for Public Safety, make the case, let him know that we are having difficulty here and appeal to him to either find some way to extend this or put more resources into accommodating the people of the Northwest Territories. Thank you.

Question 93-15(6): Legislation For The Locksmithing Profession May 16th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, I am able to do that. We can do that. We have a number of discussions, some of them formal with committee, some of them informal at a body like Caucus, where we discuss legislative priorities from time to time. There are many avenues that this could be raised to our attention, but I will take the Member's suggestion on the floor of this House. We will pass this on to the next government. Thank you.

Question 93-15(6): Legislation For The Locksmithing Profession May 16th, 2007

Mr. Speaker, we would be prepared to sit down with committee and talk about legislative priorities. It is not something the committee has raised as one of the top priorities of the government from their perspective. So we have a number of legislative initiatives that need to be undertaken. There are a number of things that we need to do and know we can't get done in this government. As I have indicated, there is some past history here. For cost-saving measures, we have moved away from this. Locksmithing is a trade. It is not a certified trade yet in the NWT. It was pulled together with the security profession to give it some sort of critical mass. I don't know how many locksmiths there would be in the Northwest Territories, but only a few. That is why it was bundled with this other profession, Mr. Speaker. We would be prepared to sit down with the committee and talk about legislative priorities. If this is something we would like to pass on to the next government as a must do and urgent, then we can send that direction. But I would want to talk to committee about that. Thank you.

Question 93-15(6): Legislation For The Locksmithing Profession May 16th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As the Member has indicated, there is a long history here. I have had a chance to go through some of the briefing on this. There was legislation enacted, I believe, in 1991 with respect to locksmithing and the security profession. That was never brought into force, that piece of legislation, and some eight or so years later was repealed. There was an act at that time which repealed several pieces of legislation that were considered to be of lower priority, I suppose, but also the measure was intended to reduce costs. I think it was felt, at that time, that it would cost about $200,000 a year to properly regulate the industry, if I have some accurate numbers here. So it was repealed. There has been some discussion back and forth, some letters from the Association of Communities with respect to the security profession.

It is something that I think we need to consider going forward. There are a number of other professions, as well, that probably need to be regulated or there are groups making the case that need to be regulated. Massage therapy comes to mind. I know that has been raised on the floor of this House, but the long and the short of this, Mr. Speaker, is that we have a very full legislative agenda, only a few months left in the life of this government. There is no conceivable way for us to enact legislation to deal with this occupation before this government is done. Thank you.

Committee Motion 2-15(6): Transfer Of Funding To The Review Of Electricity Regulation, Rates And Subsidy Programs From Iti To The Executive, Carried May 15th, 2007

Sorry, Mr. Chairman, I don't have the detail of the scope of work to compare those two projects in front of me, but if memory serves, that $70,000 is finishing off that project in Fort Providence. There was more money -- I don't have the detail in front of me -- spent, and I can't tell you things like how many shower stalls would go into the other shower building, but I can certainly endeavour to get that detail and provide it to committee.

Committee Motion 2-15(6): Transfer Of Funding To The Review Of Electricity Regulation, Rates And Subsidy Programs From Iti To The Executive, Carried May 15th, 2007

No, Mr. Chairman. Without the money in the capital budgets, in the small cap budget, it wouldn't be possible to construct RV sites for this season. We're behind now. What we are proposing to do, though, is to do this planning so that we can move quickly. We feel that this is a need. It's something that we need to address. There were concerns raised to some of the public consultation and we're going to endeavour to find the best possible site in Yellowknife, but we maintain that it is necessary. Thank you.

Committee Motion 2-15(6): Transfer Of Funding To The Review Of Electricity Regulation, Rates And Subsidy Programs From Iti To The Executive, Carried May 15th, 2007

Mr. Chairman, this is planning money to look at potential sites for an RV campground. Of course, we're still doing some work and we have committed to another public meeting. I'm not sure if that date has been scheduled yet, but it's forthcoming. We're also, at the same point, going to, because of some of the suggestions that have come out of the public consultation, because of some of the concerns that have been raised by Members, we're going to look at some other sites as well. In any event, it's not the amount of money that we would need to construct the site. As Members know, there was a reduction in the small cap budgets, and so what we're prepared to do here is do some planning around potential sites. Thank you.