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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 19-13(3): GNWT Tendering Practices With Consultants March 21st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If that is not the case, could the Minister give the House a list of all the contracts that have been released to individuals and names of those individuals so we could determine for ourselves if there has been patronage given to individuals for these contracts and which ones have been publicly tendered and which ones have been sole-sourced?

Question 19-13(3): GNWT Tendering Practices With Consultants March 21st, 1996

Thank You, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. It is with regard to consultant contracts which have been released over the last few months and years. There seems to be a tendency to issue these contracts without going to public tender. They are given to individuals who are former employees of the department or individuals who presently have loans with the Government of the Northwest Territories through different programs. Is that the practice of this government?

Question 8-13(3): Consideration Of Boycotting Fur-banning Countries March 20th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is in response to my opening statement with regard to the fur trade in Europe and the possibility of looking at alternatives to deal with the problem with countries like Holland. They are boycotting our products so what's the possibility of this government and perhaps the Government of Canada considering looking at boycotting products from those countries that are presently passing motions on boycotting fur products?

Support For Canada's Northern Fur Industry March 20th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As you all know, the fur industry has built this country and also lined the pockets of the Europeans for hundreds of years. Yet, the fur industry in Europe is still a major problem to people in the North, especially the aboriginal people who have depended on the furs for thousands of years. Countries in Europe, like Holland, have passed motions to boycott furs from Canada. How do we allow Europeans to boycott our products and we do not do the same? As an example, the Royal Family in Holland owns Shell Oil; yet the government has contracts for fuel products with Shell Oil for people to run their vehicles and snowmobiles. The people who are trapping for furs are using this product, yet the same country that is selling us the product is boycotting our furs.

Fur products in Canada have been a wealthy industry for hundreds of years. I think it is time that government consider that we start fighting fire with fire and stand up for trappers, especially in the North, who depend on that industry. Thank you.

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Question 93-13(2): Status Of Gwich'in And Inuvialuktun Language Programs February 21st, 1996

My supplementary is with regard to fairness. As you know, the seven official languages includes all the aboriginal languages and French, which you see in the newspapers. A lot of dollars and resources are spent in the area of the Francophone community which is a small group versus the aboriginal majority in the North. To be fair, there should be a fair allocation based on population. Thank you.

Question 93-13(2): Status Of Gwich'in And Inuvialuktun Language Programs February 21st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I question this initiative because when I got into this House, I received a lot of phone calls from my constituency with regard to the Gwich'in language program which was being run out of this Legislature. I was told to save money, we were going to cut out that program and those dollars were going to be spent in the communities. Being told that and arguing the point, I was told by constituents that these languages and the programs that were delivered through this House regarding the translation were important to my constituents.

If that is the case, I have made an attempt to save this government money by doing away with the language program out of this House regarding the Gwich'in translators who were here in the past and who aren't here today. That way, they could continue their work in the communities. Was that the game plan all along or not?

Question 93-13(2): Status Of Gwich'in And Inuvialuktun Language Programs February 21st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment with regard to aboriginal languages, especially in the Mackenzie Delta with the Gwich'in language program and also the Inuvialuktun language. Are there any attempts made to cut these languages because of the present financial statement we are in?

Question 84-13(2): GNWT's Support For Inherent Right To Self-government February 21st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. A clear statement from this government endorsing regional governments, at least the principle, would go a long way towards improving relationships between the western aboriginal leaders and this government. When can I expect to hear such a statement from this government in this House?

Question 84-13(2): GNWT's Support For Inherent Right To Self-government February 21st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There is also a lot about empowering communities in the Premier's statement, but there's not one word with regard to regional governments. Most of the aboriginal groups, including Gwich'in, are seriously looking at forming self-governments that have regional as well as community powers. Does the government endorse forms of self-government that include regional and tribal governments as well as community governments?

Question 84-13(2): GNWT's Support For Inherent Right To Self-government February 21st, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Premier, Mr. Donnie Morin. In the Premier's statement last week, he spoke about developing a good working relationship with western aboriginal leaders. I'm very pleased and thank him for taking that initiative. However, there is not one word in the statement about something that is currently important to the Gwich'in leaders in my riding and also western groups down the valley. Does the government endorse the principle of the inherent right to self-government?