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Last in the Legislative Assembly October 2011, as MLA for Mackenzie Delta

Lost his last election, in 2015, with 13% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 129-13(3): Delivery Of Social Programs To NWT Residents May 2nd, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In this day and age, when we are talking about working together and when it comes to aboriginal issues, of being able to work along with the other aboriginal groups for delivery of programs and services, it sort of feels like we're going back in time where we're isolating aboriginal groups based on identity. I feel that this government should do away with that practice, especially when it comes to cost savings. It will be a lot cheaper for government to put someone into a program

which is 20 miles south of a community, than sending them to Hay River which is almost 1,000 miles away.

Question 129-13(3): Delivery Of Social Programs To NWT Residents May 2nd, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If that is the case, why are Metis people, especially in my community of Fort McPherson, not allowed to partake in the Tl'oondih Healing Camp, which is 20 miles south of the community. They are sent elsewhere. Why is that?

Question 129-13(3): Delivery Of Social Programs To NWT Residents May 2nd, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Ng. I would like to know what the practice of this

government is when it comes to delivering programs -- such as alcohol and drug programs -- to non-status, status, Metis and non-native people.

Question 119-13(3): Fort Mcpherson Water Treatment Plant May 1st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Supplementary with regard to the individual who is going in there. Could I be informed of any reports that do come out on the status of it and also the possibility of looking at an alternative way of resolving this so it does not happen again?

Question 119-13(3): Fort Mcpherson Water Treatment Plant May 1st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Public Works and is with regard to the Fort McPherson water treatment plant. In the past few weeks, there has been a problem noticed by the residents of Fort McPherson. The water from the tap comes out brown in colour. In some studies, there seems to be traces of magnesium in the water system. What has the department done with regard to the incident and has there been anything done to resolve that incident?

Question 109-13(3): Funding For Tourism Training Programs May 1st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Premier regarding economic development and tourism. The NWT tourism training group has been in place for four years, which was established by the NWT Tourism Association to take part in developing training packages for training the tourism industry with regard to guiding, a host of programs and also programs which are presently developed through Arctic College. In 1995, there was a proposal submitted to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism for $285,000, in which the department basically submitted a letter back in April 1996 stating that they will only allow $175,000 which was broken down with 40 per cent going to the eastern tourism association and 60 per cent to the West. Yet this government states that one of this priorities is training and also looking at generating jobs. One of the fastest-growing industries in the North to date is tourism, yet it boggles my mind -- especially in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, which is a department that has high O and M costs to operate and administer that program -- that the first thing them seem to cut is in the area of training which will benefit the people of the North, especially in one of the industries that we can

greatly appreciate and benefit from. Is the Minister aware of this and is this the intention of the government when it looks at programs; to cut where it's most needed?

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery May 1st, 1996

I would like to recognize Ms. Hilary Jones, the executive director of the NWT Tourism Training Group.

--- Applause

Outdated NWT Legislation May 1st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My statement is with regard to several acts that are in place to date which I feel are outdated and which I am presently considering looking at. This is with regard to the Wildlife Act, especially in the section dealing with penalties.

Our act is outdated, compared to other jurisdictions such as Yukon, Alberta and BC, especially with the large-scale developments that we see coming in the future with large impacts on wildlife, especially with regard to the diamond exploration, activity with regard to tourism and also in other areas. The area that especially concerns a lot of people is what we see in southern Canada: poaching, which has become a major concern especially with regard to trading of animal products to Asia.

At this time, I want to notify the House that I will be looking at amendments and be tabling them in this House.

I am also looking at another amendment with regard to updating the Bankruptcy Act in the Northwest Territories to bring it in line with what they presently have in Alberta, with regard to an exemption act which allows certain things to be exempt from bankruptcy. We do have a large population now in which we see a lot of people who do own their own homes and property. I see that there has to be something in line with what is in place, especially in jurisdictions such as Alberta. So I'm presently looking at that, also. With that, I would like to thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 85-13(3): Payment For Outstanding Invoices On School Project March 27th, 1996

To shorten my statement so it will become a question, my question is that hopefully this process will not

be drawn out to that period of time. Will the Minister assure me that this will not happen again?

Question 85-13(3): Payment For Outstanding Invoices On School Project March 27th, 1996

My question is that I hope this does not happen again to any party, so you don't have to allow the process to be carried out for a long period of time, such as two years.