Legislative Assembly photo

Roles

Elsewhere

Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2007, as MLA for Nunakput

Lost his last election, in 2007, with 12% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 153-15(6): Beluga Whales Entering Husky Lakes August 20th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, earlier I talked about the beluga whales that are presently in Husky Lakes. It happened as well last year. We were fortunate, Mr. Speaker, that last year ENR provided assistance for the Tuk hunters and trappers to harvest the whales even though it was late in the season, some time in late November or early December. Right now, Tuk HTC made it very clear, Mr. Speaker, that they will not do anything at the present time. They will let nature take its course in terms of the beluga whales trying to get out of Husky Lakes. I would like to ask the Minister of ENR if he can work with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Fishing Joint Management Committee and try to find a solution to this problem. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery August 20th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize my constituency assistant, Ms. Donna Bernhardt, who is down here to assist me to chaperone my two Pages here from Ulukhaktok, Tyler Inuktalik and Trevor Okheena. Thank you.

---Applause

Beluga Whales Entering Husky Lakes August 20th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Beluga whales were spotted in the Husky Lakes area late last week and once again the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters' and Trappers' Committee are concerned they may stay trapped inside the Husky Lakes if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans do not do something about the beluga whales.

The Tuk HTC discussed the issue of beluga whales at the annual general meeting and I should note the superintendent of ENR from the Inuvik region was in attendance. Mr. Speaker, subsequently, we had an opportunity to speak with an official from Yellowknife and was provided with information that generally beluga whales migrate into Husky Lakes every five years. This is the second year in a row that belugas have entered Husky Lakes, Mr. Speaker, and the HTC is concerned about their well-being.

Mr. Speaker, the Tuk HTC would like to do something about these whales. However, they do not have the resources or funding. The Tuk HTC have decided they will let nature take its course and hopefully these belugas will eventually find their way out of Husky Lakes.

Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned earlier, belugas were trapped in Husky Lakes last year. Fisheries Joint Management Committee and DFO decided to let nature take its course and hope the beluga whales will eventually migrate out. Unfortunately, they were trapped in ice that formed around them. Mr. Speaker, as...(inaudible)...as it was last fall, the HTC decided to harvest the beluga whales for distribution to other Beaufort-Delta communities. The harvesting of these belugas by the Tuk HTC was conducted only because they received necessary resources from the Department of ENR. The outlying communities were very thankful to receive the muktuk.

Mr. Speaker, the Fisheries Joint Management Committee is responsible for the management of fish and water mammals around the Beaufort-Delta region. I would appreciate and request the Minister of ENR to communicate with FJMC, DFO and Tuk HTC to resolve the problems of the belugas in Husky Lakes. Mr. Speaker, in the fall season, if something cannot be done to chase the whales out of Husky Lakes, there is a possibility they will remain in Husky Lakes and die eventually.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, beluga whales are one species that the Inuvialuit depend on for traditional meat. Let's hope the appropriate government will rise to the occasion to what is right: free the whales. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Item 20: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters August 17th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. At this time, I would like to declare a conflict of interest. Thank you.

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

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In this case right now, I guess two RCMP will be stationed outside of Inuvik. So I'm just wondering, can the Minister ensure that these people that are hired, we'll make sure that they actually travel to Sachs Harbour as needed? Thank you.

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

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In regard to accommodations, I did get a notification from the hamlet, from the SAO, that there's two units available that can be utilized. Has the Minister checked with the RCMP on whether that can be used at the present time? Thank you.

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

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, we all know that we passed a budget to get an RCMP presence in Sachs Harbour. Recently, over the last few months, there have been some letters going through from the Minister to myself and to the mayor of Sachs Harbour that this has been delayed probably until 2008. I'd like to ask the Minister of Justice, can he give me an update on whether "G" Division has sent out notification to the RCMP membership in Sachs Harbour at the present time? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Speaker's Outreach Program Visit To Sachs Harbour August 17th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. An historic event took place when the Mace departed in the same arms of the Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms from Yellowknife for a long journey from Yellowknife to Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories and Banks Island on August 1 to 3, 2007. The Speaker made it his mandate to travel and take the Mace across the Northwest Territories and I hope the 16th Assembly will continue this program.

Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, I could not attend this event, so at this time I would like to personally thank the individuals who made this long journey to Sachs Harbour to display the Mace for the people of Sachs Harbour.

First, I would like to thank His Worship Mayor Robert Eldridge and council, Mr. Raymond Kaslak, the SAO, and the residents of Sachs Harbour in welcoming the staff and the Mace to the community.

Secondly, thank you to the Honourable Paul Delorey, Speaker; the Honourable Anthony "Tony" Whitford, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories; my honourable colleague, Mr. Dave Ramsay, MLA, Kam Lake; Mr. Tim Mercer, Clerk; Mr. Derek Edjericon, Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms; Sue Tkachuk, executive assistant to the Speaker; Patricia Russell, communications, for making this journey to display the Mace.

I understand there were delegations from News/North and also APTN. I understand the mayor and the residents of Sachs Harbour welcomed you with open arms and made you feel at home during the visit.

Mr. Speaker, a special thank you should go to John, Sr. and Samantha Lucas for taking you on the boat tour and for the catering. I understand you were able to see some local birds and wildlife on this local boat tour.

Mr. Speaker, there are two other events taking place this week in Sachs Harbour I would like to mention. The annual White Fox Jamboree starts today, and tomorrow the Department of Fisheries and Ocean will be holding their annual Oceans Day event. I know the mayor and community will welcome all visitors from across the territory and enjoy a safe weekend.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, because session is on this week, I cannot be in Sachs Harbour to help celebrate with the residents of Sachs Harbour. I would like to extend best wishes to the residents of Sachs Harbour and hope they have a safe and enjoyable week as they celebrate the jamboree and Oceans Day festivities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Item 21: Report Of Committee Of The Whole August 16th, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Your committee has been considering Bill 13, Change of Name Act; Bill 14, Employment Standards Act; and Bill 19, An Act to Amend the Student Financial Assistance Act, and would like to report Bills 13, 14 and 19 are ready for third reading. Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of Committee of the Whole be concurred with.

Item 20: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters August 16th, 2007

Yes, Mr. Chairman. Just to follow up, will it be a really quick process if a request is given to the department for disclosing information? Thank you.