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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Iqaluit

Won his last election, in 1991, with 60% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 558-12(7): Financial Assistance For Liberal Fund-raising Dinner June 9th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It being Friday, I have an important question for the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. Mr. Speaker, according to a report I heard on the radio from an undoubtedly reliable source -- some Member of the NDP Party -- the Honourable John Todd used his good offices and funds of his department to finance a trip for two prominent Liberals to attend a fund-raising dinner which featured the Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Jean Chretien, in Edmonton.

I've just received an invitation to a fund-raising dinner in Yellowknife at the end of this month which will feature another very important Liberal, the Honourable Paul Martin. I know there are some very prominent Liberals in my riding who would love to be funded to come to that dinner and lobby for important projects in Iqaluit. So I would like to ask the Minister, since I know he's fair to all, generous to all and treats every MLA with equal respect, I wonder if the Minister would entertain funding the modest cost of travel for a couple of prominent Liberals in my riding to attend this fund-raising dinner and lobby for the constituency of Iqaluit. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery June 9th, 1995

Where is he? Where is he?

---Laughter

No, just kidding. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased today to be able to recognize a former constituent, Mr. Troy Harper, who is now an architecture student working here for the summer with Mr. Gino Pin and his architectural firm. Thank you.

---Laughter

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation June 9th, 1995

So, have I got a deal for him. I'm prepared to endorse Mr. Rock as the best person to succeed Jean Chretien as Liberal Party leader if he'll just exempt the NWT from gun control.

So, let's hear it for Allan Rock for next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada!

---Laughter

---Applause

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation June 9th, 1995

Professor Mauser says Minister Rock knows the bill won't work. His Justice department officials have told him and he still wants it. Why is Minister Rock imposing this unworkable legislation on this country? I got the answer from insiders in the Liberal Party of Canada -- I know a few.

---Laughter

Allan Rock wants to use this legislation to propel him as the prime candidate to replace the present Liberal Party leader when Mr. Chretien retires.

Globe And Mail Article Re Federal Gun Control Legislation June 9th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, buried in the Toronto Globe and Mail yesterday was a fascinating article which injected a touch of reality in the overwhelmingly emotional gun control debate. The story documents the fact that, although the firearms control bill is on the verge of becoming law, no one has yet produced objective evidence that many of its key components will make Canada a safer place.

New Zealand discontinued its registry in 1983 after the national police reported that it was useless. Police in two Australian states have recommended dropping their gun registration programs because they can't enforce compliance.

Professor Gary Mauser, author of a recent Fraser Institute report that is highly critical of Mr. Rock's gun control bill, said the issue has more to do with votes than violence.

Since it is currently fashionable to equate firearms with violence, and there is an emotional crusade against firearms, especially in urban Ontario and Quebec, the government sees a political opportunity.

Professor Mauser says the government ignores evidence that violent crime is more closely linked to social breakdown and to economic and political factors, than to the availability of guns.

countries, less than half the gun owners and no more than 60 per cent of the guns get registered. The bill won't work.

Committee Report 5-12(7): Report On The Review Of Rewriting The Liquor Laws Of The Northwest Territories: A Legislative Action Paper June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate the chairman's comments and I would like to say that that's the answer I would have hoped to get. I think that's the view of most people in the Northwest Territories.

I would like to make an additional comment, Mr. Chairman, if I might, again regarding the experience in Iqaluit in local control. I think the community deserves to be commended for having taken the initiative to deal with the problems that were occurring with sometimes unrestrained alcohol consumption in private homes. The community said to the government, we're not saying that our community should be dry, but we don't want to make it quite so easy for people to purchase liquor through the government-operated liquor store, and the Commissioner and the government of the day responded.

I would like to say that when the committee report notes the premise that there should be increased control at the community level, based on the experience of my constituency, I would like to say that I believe this control should extend not just to options for possession and ordering of liquor in a community but it should also extend to the question of establishments licensed by the government to sell liquor.

I think that when the paper and the legislation deals with the question of local control of liquor, it should be broad enough to include taking into account the views of a community about whether or not a liquor store should be established in a community.

I know that this has been and will continue to be an important issue in Iqaluit, but I suspect it will also be an issue in other communities. It may be that in a community where a liquor store is established, they may discover that certain problems were created that weren't there before and I would hope, as the citizens of Iqaluit were able to do, that the community could subsequently petition its government to reconsider the establishment of a liquor store in that community.

I think local control should include local control over vending establishments as well. That might also be the nature and the hours of operation of such a vending establishment in a community. That may go without saying, Mr. Chairman, but I would like to note that on the record, having particular regard to the experience of Iqaluit. Thank you.

Committee Report 5-12(7): Report On The Review Of Rewriting The Liquor Laws Of The Northwest Territories: A Legislative Action Paper June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to direct this to the chairman of the committee. I wonder if, in its deliberations, the committee considered a question that I find often comes up in my riding, especially since Iqaluit took the bold step in 1976 of closing the local liquor store to over-the-counter sales; a step that I don't think has ever been regretted by the majority of residents in the community, although it has been complained about by some.

Ever since that decision was made -- as a result of a petition by the people of Iqaluit to the then Commissioner, Stuart Hodgson, who acted decisively to agree to the community's request -- the simple question has come up as to whether drinking is a privilege or a right in the democratic society that we have in the Northwest Territories.

I would like to ask the chairman if that question came up, and whether the legislative action paper dealt with that question. Is it premised on drinking being a privilege in the Northwest Territories and not a right? Thank you.

Bill 34: Supplementary Appropriation Act, No. 1, 1995-96 June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would request your agreement that I stand down my motion today. Perhaps, just for a moment, I could explain that Mr. Kakfwi is not able to be here for this debate affecting his ministry. For that reason, I would like to stand it down today. Thank you.

Question 551-12(7): Status Of Nunavut Travel Authority June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate that report. I would just like to ask the Minister, is he quite satisfied that all three Nunavut regions are participating equally and fully in the development of this new authority? Thank you.

Question 551-12(7): Status Of Nunavut Travel Authority June 8th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. I would like to ask the Minister if he could report on how things are progressing in setting up the new Nunavut Travel Authority. Thank you.