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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

Motion 30-12(1): Small School For The Settlement Of Kakisa December 16th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I agreed to move this motion even though it is not in my own constituency, Mr. Speaker, because for a large part of my life I was a professional educator, and there were always problems in determining how far you could go in providing the services to people.

It seems to me that the government is not consistent in the way it provides this service to people, and Kakisa is a perfect example of a place where young people have to be educated and for some strange reason that has been the exception. Whereas other places have been allowed to get facilities, this one has been asked to manage with something which is less than adequate for providing a good education for young people. I propose this motion for that reason. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 30-12(1): Small School For The Settlement Of Kakisa December 16th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to move the following motion:

WHEREAS the present education structure in Kakisa is a resident trailer with the porch serving as a classroom;

AND WHEREAS the desire of the people of Kakisa is for a two-classroom unit which could accommodate both an elementary classroom and a resource centre for adult educational needs;

AND WHEREAS persistent and extensive lobbying in this regard during the 11th Assembly produced no apparent results;

AND WHEREAS practically every community in the Northwest Territories has a physical structure for education with the exception of Kakisa;

NOW THEREFORE, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Deh Cho, that this Legislative Assembly recommends that the Minister of Education consider the construction of a small education facility in Kakisa as a high priority in the department's plans during the next four years. Thank you.

Motion 26-12(1): Contribution To The NWT Council For Disabled Persons December 16th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have pointed out in the past that many people throughout the city -- and I know that this happens right throughout the Northwest Territories --are called on to provide a lot of their own time and resources in order to provide the social services that are not normally covered by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The purpose of this motion, Mr. Speaker, is to point out that the many groups do not come to the government just to ask them to do everything for them. They make a big effort, and I know that many Members here have attended such things as the Celebrity Auction where we raise about $20,000 a year simply because people offer their services for a very good cause. We have come to a time now, Mr. Speaker, where the cost of providing this kind of service has increased so much that we are asking the government to give at least some kind of help, some kind of assistance or contribution, if you like, to match the efforts that are made by volunteers. I would leave what can be afforded to the government to judge. That is the purpose of this motion, and I urge Members to support it. Thank you.

Motion 26-12(1): Contribution To The NWT Council For Disabled Persons December 16th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to move the following motion:

WHEREAS the NWT Council for Disabled Persons provides advocacy and services for disabled persons throughout the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS the council depends heavily on the use of local volunteers and on fund-raising to cover much of its costs;

AND WHEREAS the council has received no capital funds from the Government of the Northwest Territories;

AND WHEREAS the council finds the cost of rental space puts a heavy burden on its resources and has begun a drive to purchase its own building;

NOW THEREFORE, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Deh Cho, that the Department of Social Services considers a contribution to the NWT Council for Disabled Persons' building project. Thank you.

Item 12: Notices Of Motions December 16th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I give notice that on Wednesday, December 18, 1991, I shall move that the Legislative Assembly approve terms of reference for the special committee on constitutional reform established by Motion 17-12(1).

Praise For Minister Of Social Services December 16th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to congratulate my former colleague on this side of the House, Mr. Whitford, for the tough stand that he took last week in refusing to divulge information which was of a confidential nature; also to maintain cabinet solidarity in the face of a demand for a review of Social Services. It is absolutely imperative, if you sit on that other side, that there has to be loyalty among all Members to deliver a government program. I congratulate him because I found that he behaved exactly the same way when he was on this side of the House; he gave up some of his individual freedom, from time to time, in order to support other Members to achieve the purposes that they had indicated were important to them, to other ordinary Members.

So, Mr. Speaker, one day in the local newspaper you get congratulated and you get all kinds of wonderful accolades because of the good work that you are doing, and the following week you get dumped over simply because you have been loyal to your colleagues. I would like to congratulate him for standing his ground. Thank you.

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Motion 25-12(1): Establishment Of A Tax Reform Commission, Removed From Order Paper December 13th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The seconder of this motion, Mr. Gargan, is not in the House. Can I still proceed?

Question O88-12(1): Free Condoms From Department Of Health December 13th, 1991

In view of this new climate of restraint that we find ourselves in, has the Minister any plans to extend various free services that that department has provided to the public in the past?

Question O88-12(1): Free Condoms From Department Of Health December 13th, 1991

I am very impressed that the supply is low because that means it has been a very successful service, Mr. Speaker.

---Laughter

My supplementary question is to the same Minister, in his new role as the Minister of Health. Will he continue to play the same role as he has played for many of the years that I have known him, in distributing candy to young children, which we all know can do damage to young children's teeth?

Question O88-12(1): Free Condoms From Department Of Health December 13th, 1991

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to Mr. Whitford. We are all aware that many health centres that we visit give gifts; for instance, I go to my dentist and he gives me a toothbrush sometimes. I would like to ask the Minister of Health, in his new portfolio, whether he intends to continue the practice of giving visitors to his department free condoms of various shapes, sizes and colours and so on.