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Last in the Legislative Assembly March 1999, as MLA for Baffin South

Won his last election, in 1995, with 33% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 8-13(1): Cost Impact Of Eastern Arctic Resupply Proposal December 14th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I do appreciate the concern the Member has about the possible increase in the cost of living. I wish to assure him that I'm told by departmental officials that there will be no increase in the cost of dry goods, due to this change in the way fuel will be supplied. In fact, the overall landed cost of fuel will be less than it is now, as well as the fact that the cost of dry goods is remaining the same.

Question 3-13(1): Proposals For Eastern Arctic Resupply December 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, MLAs are not normally involved in the opening of tender documents and awarding of contracts and will not be involved in this one either. There is a review committee that will be dealing with this issue; plus, as Members will recall, an independent person to review this complicated issue. So we will have to wait for the award.

Question 3-13(1): Proposals For Eastern Arctic Resupply December 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, once the tender documents are opened, there's a complex review process where all the applications are reviewed. This review will be an in-depth one; therefore, it will take time. Yes, it will take three to four weeks. That's how long you'll have to wait.

Question 3-13(1): Proposals For Eastern Arctic Resupply December 13th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There is a process in place for this particular contract that the Member is asking about. The tender documents will be opened on December 18th and the review will start then.

Question 3-13(1): Proposals For Eastern Arctic Resupply December 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, I believe the Premier will respond to the question.

Minister's Statement 2-13(1): Division December 13th, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It gives me great pleasure today to make my first statement to this Assembly.

For the past two decades, people in the Central and Eastern Arctic have pursued the dream of public government in Nunavut. The realization of this dream is just 40 months away and there is much work to be done between now and 1999. (Translation ends)

Since passage of the Nunavut Act in 1993, a great deal has been accomplished. The last Assembly established a Special Joint Committee on Division that focused on the critical issues to be dealt with, and developed recommendations that the Government of the NWT has adopted. Other accomplishments include:

- the establishment of the Nunavut Implementation Commission;

- the division of Arctic College into two new colleges;

- the development of GNWT public service training plans for Nunavut and the western NWT;

- the realignment of electoral boundaries in the East and West to correspond with the division boundary;

- the establishment of separate headquarters in Nunavut and the West for Health Services and the Petroleum Products Division;

- the completion of draft transition plans for division by all GNWT departments; and

- the start of research and policy development on intergovernmental agreements, expenditure and revenue management, infrastructure and administrative requirements, and many other division-related issues.

The government of the NWT and the 12th Assembly also supported the Constitutional Development Steering Committee as a forum for the people of the Western Arctic to reach consensus on the restructuring of government and a constitution for the future western territory.

Although much has been accomplished, many significant and complicated issues remain to be resolved in the next three-and-a-half years. A number of projects begun during the 12th Assembly need to be completed. Electoral boundaries for Nunavut and the West will have to be established. Constitutional development efforts in the West must continue. In the area of incremental costs of division, a more precise agreement with the federal government is required; given the fiscal cutbacks imposed on this government, we cannot divert money from programs and services to cover a federal obligation resulting from the settlement of a land claims.

These and many other issues will require our time, our effort and our cooperation.

In short, Mr. Speaker, division of the NWT is a tremendous challenge and we must work collectively and with determination to meet this challenge. Thank you.

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Motion 3-13(1): Appointments To The Striking Committee, Carried November 22nd, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

WHEREAS it is required by Rule 85 that the Assembly shall appoint a Striking Committee of four Members to report and recommend with all convenient speed, Members to comprise the standing committees;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Thebacha, that Mrs. Jane Groenewegen, Mr. David Krutko, Mr. John Ningark and Mr. Edward Picco be appointed to the Striking Committee of this Assembly.

Motion 2-13(1): Appointment Of Premier And Executive Council, Carried November 22nd, 1995

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to proceed with the motion I gave notice to regarding appointments to the striking committee.

Motion 3-13(1): Appointments To The Striking Committee November 22nd, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to give notice that on Friday, November 24, 1995, I will move the following motion: I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Thebacha, that Mrs. Jane Groenewegen, Mr. David Krutko, Mr. John Ningark and Mr. Edward Picco be appointed to the Striking Committee of this Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time, I will be seeking unanimous consent to deal with this motion today. Thank you.

Congratulating Cabinet And Supporting Premier November 22nd, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would just like to say a few words of appreciation for the support and confidence that was given to me by the Members of this House in electing me to Cabinet yesterday. I realize now that I will be a part of the government, and I will work hard to be fair and equal and to have an open-door policy. But I will keep in mind, always, that I was elected here by the people of Baffin South, and I commit to them my promise that I will still work hard for them and that I will be open to them when they want to come to me to express their concerns.

Mr. Speaker, in listening to your comments this afternoon, I want to say that I appreciate very much the leadership you're showing, and your words about conduct were very wise. I promise also that I will try to live by them as much as possible.

We do have some tough choices ahead, especially having to do with keeping our financial house in order. I hope I'll be up to the task and I'll be looking forward to the advice and support of other MLAs.

I want to again commit my support and loyalty to Mr. Morin on his leadership. I received a lot of calls yesterday asking if he would do well. I did say to everyone who asked me that I know he will be fair, that he will treat everyone equally and that he will make an excellent Premier. I also said that I would work for him to the best of my ability.

With that, thank you very much for your words this afternoon. I look forward to working with everyone. Thank you.

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