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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

Item 21: Third Reading Of Bills December 9th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake, that Bill 22, Legal Registries Division Measures Act, be read for the third time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Item 21: Third Reading Of Bills December 9th, 1998

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move, seconded by the Member for Kivallivik for that Bill 21, the Nunavut Statutes Amendment Act, No. 2, be read for the third time. Thank you. (Translation ends)

Question 291-13(6): Private Meeting Confirmation December 9th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I will take that question as notice. Thank you.

Question 291-13(6): Private Meeting Confirmation December 9th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If the Member is asking me whether or not I have had a meeting with the Member for Hay River and another business person, in the last few years, I would say, yes, it probably occurred a couple of times. I have met with most of the MLAs on many private occasions and sometimes with, and sometimes without constituents, some business people, some private people. It is possible. Thank you.

Minister's Statement 98-13(6): Jon Lindell December 9th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In our political lives all of us depend on our spouses, our families and our friends for their love, their guidance, their honesty, their understanding and their support. In particular, our wives or husbands have a special role, making sure that we have as normal a life as possible and that our children receive the care and attention they need when we are away doing our jobs. This morning we learned of the sudden and tragic death in Arviat of Mr. Jon Lindell.

Jon, who was in his early forties, was the husband of Nunavut Member of Parliament, Nancy Karetak-Lindell and father to their four children who range in age from eight to 19. Jon, who was active as a volunteer in Arviat, operated an Arviat-based expediting business. He and his four sons had a special love of playing hockey, even including mother Nancy in the odd game.

Nunavut has lost a great man. A real man, who has demonstrated a genuine vision for Nunavut, a vision of reality and strength. Jon Lindell was a key supporter of the Canadian miner and a highly valued friend of many northerners. For this, the people of Nunavut will celebrate his life and visions and carry them through with the pride, sincerity and honesty that Jon was famous for. On behalf of all Members of this Assembly and Northwest Territories residents, I extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Nancy, their four children and family members. Our thoughts are also with the people of Arviat who have suffered a deep loss. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Minister's Statement 96-13(6): Premier's Conference Call December 9th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Honourable Kelvin Ng and I participated in a conference call with provincial and territorial Premiers from across the country. It was the first time Premiers have met since Lucien Bouchard won last week's Quebec election. The meeting, chaired by Saskatchewan Premier Romanow, was called to discuss the upcoming federal budget and progress on social union negotiations. As Members may know, the social union became an important issue in the Quebec election campaign.

Canada's Premiers are calling upon the federal government to restore health care funding levels that have been cut over the last several years. We want to emphasize that the amount of money reinvested will need to be substantial. This confirms what all provincial and territorial leaders agreed to, as a first priority, in Saskatoon this past summer. We are asking that social union negotiations recommence after being suspended for the Quebec election. Premiers agreed that we need to step up the pace on these talks, bargain in good faith and come up with a workable solution as soon as is realistically possible.

Mr. Speaker, we are also calling upon the Prime Minister to convene a First Ministers' meeting early in the new year. We propose to use that opportunity to discuss with him the agreement that has been reached and sustained by all provincial and territorial jurisdictions across this country. We would like to meet with the Prime Minister so that we can describe our situation and to make our position as clear as possible. We need to tell him, face to face, about our need to sustain basic health care services. British Columbia's Premier, Glen Clark, said a good First Ministers' meeting could also help to smooth the way for successful social union discussions and thus make our country work better. Alberta's Premier, Ralph Klein, and British Columbia's Premier, Glen Clark, have each met with the Prime Minister in the last two days. Each of these Premiers has impressed upon the Prime Minister the importance of restoring health care funding to every jurisdiction in the country. We view the restoration of primary health care funding from Ottawa to the provinces and territories as the top priority, particularly given the serious stresses and strains on the health care system being experienced in each province and territory.

Mr. Speaker, I believe that it is worth noting that all provincial and territorial leaders have put aside other important issues in order to reaffirm that the proper focus and the proper emphasis should be placed on ensuring that all Canadians enjoy an adequately funded and sustainable health care system. The Government of the Northwest Territories has played an important role in these discussions. we have been successful in bringing the specific issue of aboriginal people's health and well-being to the table and we will remain vigilant in ensuring that this issue receives due attention at the national level. We will work in concert with our provincial and territorial partners to ensure that our priorities are recognized on the national scene. Mr. Romanow summed up by saying that our goal is to make Canada work better and to deliver health and social programs that work better for all Canadians. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters December 8th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I have with me Mr. Sean Flynn, Legislative Counsel with the Department of Justice, and Marie Doyle, Policy Advisor with the Department of Justice.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters December 8th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On Bill 33, An Act to Amend the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, this bill will extend by one year, the period for which the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act has primacy in the event of a conflict with provisions in other legislation. This year, it will be used to address the concerns of the Access and Privacy Commissioner raised in review of the previous bill. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters December 8th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I have with me Mr. Gerry Meier, Chief Executive Officer of the WCB, and Mr. Richard Bargery, the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Division Secretariat.