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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Yellowknife Centre

Won his last election, in 1991, with 32% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question O28-12(2): Attendance Of Minister Of Justice At Constitutional Conference In Vancouver February 14th, 1992

This is the ultimate joke then, Mr. Speaker. The only person who has contributed to every one of these constitutional meetings, beginning in Halifax, Montreal, Calgary and Toronto, has been Mr. Funston. He has been a major, lead participant because he has built up a reputation as a constitutional expert. So since he is the only one who has participated -- he knows in great detail what has gone on in every particular part of the country at every one of the conferences -- we now, then, have the only person who has continuity no longer being a participant in the final meeting in Vancouver. Somebody who has had nothing to do with any of them now becomes the leading person.

I would like to ask the Government Leader then, why is it that Mr. Patterson, who has absolutely no clue what went on in all the other ones, is now the official person to replace Mr. Funston, who is the expert?

Question O28-12(2): Attendance Of Minister Of Justice At Constitutional Conference In Vancouver February 14th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. To the same Minister. There are some ordinary Members who are part of our constitutional committee, and we participated in some of these meetings already. I went to Calgary and I went to Toronto. Mr. Bernhardt went to Halifax, and we were not involved, although we were part of our constitutional committee. We were observers because, we were told, you could only have two people that would participate. Since in Vancouver, then, we have Mr. Kakfwi, Mr. Patterson and also Mr. Funston, could the Minister tell me who are the participants and who are the observers among these three people?

Question O28-12(2): Attendance Of Minister Of Justice At Constitutional Conference In Vancouver February 14th, 1992

Mr. Speaker, I would like to follow up on questions asked by the Member for Slave River to the Government Leader. In light of the fact that in order to qualify to be a participant in the final conference, you have to have attended at least one other, either Halifax, Montreal, Toronto or Calgary, how was the Minister of Justice able to participate in the final conference in Vancouver?

Question O23-12(2): Schools Working To Rule In Inuvik February 14th, 1992

Since the Minister's officials have gone to Inuvik and have told local people that they cannot have -- and it is not just administration days; these are called in-service days, 1.5 in-service days -- since he has already told them that they cannot have this, is he then prepared to be overruled? They have been told they cannot have 1.5 days; the official has already indicated that that cannot happen. So I would like to ask the Minister, if in fact there is a recommendation locally that they do have the 1.5 days, is he prepared to give it?

Question O23-12(2): Schools Working To Rule In Inuvik February 14th, 1992

In light of the fact that we do have a worsening situation -- and I verified this to be the case, Mr. Speaker -- what is the Minister prepared to do in order to cut this off, to prevent it from spreading?

Question O23-12(2): Schools Working To Rule In Inuvik February 14th, 1992

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister responsible for Education whether he is aware that in Inuvik, not only is the SAMS, Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, now working to rule, but the high school there is now considering working to rule because of dissatisfaction with a ruling that they cannot use 1.5 in-service days. I am told also that this is likely going to spread beyond those schools to other ones. Is the Minister aware that this situation is getting worse?

Working For Constituents Of Yellowknife Centre February 14th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today is Valentine's Day, Mr. Speaker, and I would like to assert today, my love for my fellow man, Members on this side, and even Members whom we have chosen to be our Executive Council. However, I have learned, Mr. Speaker, over the last several months, having gone through an election like everyone else, that the major criticism that was made of me is that my natural good nature has come to the fullest far too much over the last year or two. I have not been as tough as I should be; I have not been as demanding; I have not been as vocal; I have not been as critical, and I have not tried to make this government as accountable as it should be.

Therefore, although I will continue to love my fellow man as I was taught as a young boy in Sunday school and other places, Mr. Speaker, I will continue, to the very best of my ability, to represent the people of Yellowknife Centre so that they feel they have somebody in this House who represents their interests, and I will fight to the very, very last drop of my blood on their behalf. Thank you very much.

Question O13-12(2): Sale Of Assets To Generate Revenue February 13th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is pretty clear to me that people just do not invest in the Northwest Territories. We do not have all kinds of people wanting to buy in and do all kinds of things. There must have been something in the Minister's mind that would beguile some of these entrepreneurs that really want to get into things. Surely he can give one example of something we could sell, because otherwise assets would not appear here as something which could generate some revenue. All I am asking for is one example. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question O13-12(2): Sale Of Assets To Generate Revenue February 13th, 1992

My question is to the Minister responsible for Economic Development and Tourism. I listened with great interest to his Minister's statement yesterday about our fiscal position and his note that one of the things we may want to consider, much the same way the federal government is considering, is the sale of assets as one way of generating some revenue, thereby reducing some operating costs to ourselves. I would like to ask the Minister what he has in mind in the way of assets which we may want to sell.

Question O7-12(2): Abstinence Policy For Alcohol And Drug Workers February 13th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since it is the government itself that imposes this requirement, not the local group that decides it needs to be monitored, how will the Minister be sure that no group will have signed this agreement to get the money, even if they have no intention whatsoever of obeying the sobriety clause?