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  • His favourite word was work.

Last in the Legislative Assembly October 2011, as MLA for Inuvik Boot Lake

Won his last election, in 2007, by acclaimation.

Statements in the House

Process Used In Amending Public Service Act February 19th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This past weekend, I returned to my home and held a constituency meeting. The majority of people at the meeting were union associated. During this meeting, there were concerns raised about the amendments for the Public Service Act and the process being used at this time.

Mr. Speaker, there is still a question out there that we, as the present government, are carrying on with old practices. Mr. Speaker, in my discussions with the people of Inuvik, I have said we, as a government, are changing the way we do business and I believe this will become evident as the budget unfolds. Mr. Speaker, right now, both government and union negotiators are starting to go through their process behind closed doors. The information is not getting out to the people and the information that is getting out is from a few --some of it true, some of it false --rumours, Mr. Speaker. I believe we can relieve the tension out there by getting information to the people.

Mr. Speaker, it was also mentioned by the GNWT employees of lnuvik that they understand everyone will be touched by the budget reductions. They do not want it to be a legislated process. They requested me to question the process. They stated that I would be doing them a disservice if I did not question the process being used. Mr. Speaker, it was at this point I stated, as Inuvik's MLA, that I represent everyone in Inuvik; employed and unemployed, union or not. As their representative, I must try to come up with a balance which would give everyone equal representation.

---Applause

Equal Distribution Of NWT College Funds February 16th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Honourable Members, at this time I would like to say hello to my wife and children back home. Mr. Speaker, during my campaign I spoke of our youth and how they would be the future of our communities. At present, the youth represents 44 per cent of our population. We have seen the numbers of how many are making it through the system and how many fall between the cracks. We, as a government, have to make it possible for our youth to move on with their lives. This also applies to those who have already failed in the present system. We have to give them the necessary tools to become more successful and to prepare them for the many changes that will be coming their way.

That is why I say that we, as a government, should allow our education system to plan for the longer term and the running of programs on a year-to-year basis is not a good way of doing business.

Our college, as it presently exists, needs to distribute on a more equitable basis the core funding it receives. We, as a government, should give our education system the tools necessary to do this. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

Minister's Statement 1-13(2): Sessional Statement February 15th, 1996

Thank you, Madam Chair. My question to the Premier has to do with the privatization of different departments. Would the government be looking at allowing existing employees to buy out the portion that is going to be looked at for privatization?

Question 35-13(2): Minister's Assistance In Obtaining Costs Of Privatization February 15th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of Public Works. I requested some information through our research department here but they're having problems getting the information from the Department of Public Works and Services. I wonder if the Minister would help in the area of getting the information on the cost of privatization of certain departments that have already proceeded in the past. Would he be able to help out in that area? Thank you.

Question 16-13(2): Status Of Proposed Name Change For Aurora Campus February 14th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Supplementary to that: In the possibility that there may be a change, and looking at the whole matter in the time of financial restraint, has the Minister and his department looked at the cost of changing all the stationery, promotional materials, et cetera? Thank you.

Question 16-13(2): Status Of Proposed Name Change For Aurora Campus February 14th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. A while ago, I received a letter requesting a possible name change of the Aurora Campus in Inuvik. I've since replied to that and others, as well, I believe, have replied to that. I haven't heard back from the department as to what's going to happen. I would like to know if the name is going to remain the same or change. Thank you.

Question 11-13(2): Amalgamation Of Health And Social Services At Community Level February 14th, 1996

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of Health and Social Services on the amalgamation of Health and Social Services at the community level. I would like to know if he has any plans in place and if he can share those with me so I can take them back to the concerned community groups back home in Inuvik. Thank you.

Application Of Affirmative Action Policy February 14th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, honourable Members, before I get into my statement, I would like to say hello to my children back home and wish my wife, Shawna, a Happy Valentine's Day.

---Applause

Mr. Speaker, I would like to make a comment about the affirmative action policy. If the government is to have a policy, it should be applied across the board evenly and should be fair to all people. If you call the North your home and you have the qualifications and show the initiative, you should be given the opportunity to prove yourself. I believe when the Government of the Northwest Territories is looking for employees it should be looking from within, not from outside sources.

Mr. Speaker, I say this because it has been brought to my attention that good people are being passed over when employment opportunities arise within the Government of the Northwest Territories. Once again, Mr. Speaker, if this government is to have a policy in place, it must be applied evenly across the Territories. If it cannot accomplish this, then it should seriously look at removing it.

Mr. Speaker, I do not think that we, as a government, should be creating barriers for the people of the Northwest Territories. Instead, Mr. Speaker, I think we should be trying to encourage people to make the North a better place to live. Thank you.

---Applause

Christmas Greetings To Constituents December 14th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, honourable Members, I would like to take this time to speak to the people of Inuvik and the Northwest Territories, including Nunavut.

Although we have heard the state the government is in, let us not forget to look for the positive things that we do have. Especially during this time of year, let us all take the time to stop and talk with the people, neighbours and visitors alike. Let us be participants in making this Christmas a memorable one. Let us not be so busy with ourselves. Instead, let's make the time available to make our communities peaceful places this Christmas season.

In the true spirit of Christmas, may God protect and bless you all. Mr. Speaker, I would like to say to the people of Inuvik that I look forward to spending Christmas at home. Thank you, and merry Christmas.

---Applause

Item 9: Replies To Opening Address December 13th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to reply to the statement made by the Deputy Premier, Mr. Arlooktoo. In his statement he made reference that division can't be done without the federal government's input of financial increments.