Last in the Legislative Assembly February 1995, as MLA for Aivilik

Won his last election, in 1991, with 35% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Item 18: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 2nd, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This particular bill, or the subject at that time, was discussed during the Nunavut Leadership Summit in lqaluit. Historically, the voting age was 21, and then they lowered it to 19. First of all I should point out that the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut requested that the voting age -- the youth of the NWT requested the voting age be lowered to 16. However, we all know that this is a subject that cannot easily be drastically changed, in terms of lowering it or raising it. This is not only a legal question but it is a social question that is not easily, drastically changed. With that feeling of the people in general, especially the adult population, we felt that it was necessary to try to maintain the responsible decision rather than making a drastic change and lowering it to less than age 18. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Question O217-12(2): Sobriety For Northwest Territories Teachers March 2nd, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to direct my question to the Government Leader. The Department of Social Services has introduced this policy of a sobriety clause through the government cabinet on the basis that the principle is to have employees who work directly with the clients set an example. To have consistency in their policy, would the Government Leader introduce this same thing to the teachers of the Northwest Territories, because they have to set an example to the students of the schools?

Item 18: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters February 28th, 1992

Mr. Chairman, the Minister did not answer my question. My question was: What happened to the approved adult education retrofit program last year? Why has it been taken off when the need is there? The need is very much there and I do not know -- I guess the 100 per cent utilization of schools means that all of the floor in the gymnasium has to be used for classes. If they would not mind asking the principal of the school to take pictures of that, or somebody else, candidly, that is fine. My question was that Coral Harbour is one of the oldest -- I think it was in 1954 or 1955 that the school was opened, and in most of the other communities they did not open until 1960. We are using that very old section of the school and it is very badly in need of renovations. It is using a lot of heat and it would be cheaper for the government to retrofit it. My question was, under what basis, other than the shortage of funds, have the approved plans been withdrawn?

Item 18: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters February 28th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My question is to the Minister of Education. As I stated in my statement earlier, last week, I stated to you that the grade nine students are holding classes in the education council chambers, and the grade four students are taking classes in a corner of the gymnasium, and the Inuktitut classes are being held in the spectators' section of the gymnasium -- Coral Harbour. There was a capital estimate last year approved to retrofit the adult education centre but I do not see it now on page 18-13 in the middle section for Keewatin. We were talking about a need to create the capital estimates on a needs basis. Can the Minister tell me, what the plans are, if there is a five-year capital plan, to do something about that? The reason I am asking, Mr. Chairman, is that we have very good co-operation with the adult education centre. I do not know if Arctic College likes that or not, but we have very good co-operation between the Arctic College section of adult education and the school, so we have been utilizing the student classes in the adult education section because our old school has not been retrofitted or renovated or expanded, so if the adult education had been retrofitted then we probably could have accommodated some of these students who are attending the regular school, in the adult education section, even if it meant putting them in the council chambers again. At least it would be more suitable when it is retrofitted.

Item 19: Report Of Committee Of The Whole February 27th, 1992

Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Tabled Document 9-12(2) and wishes to report progress, with two motions being adopted. Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of the chairman of committee of the whole be concurred with.

Lack Of Participation By Ordinary Members In Preparation Of "reshaping Northern Government" February 26th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I, too, rise today to express concern over the government's decision not to allow ordinary Members and, by extension, the voters of the Northwest Territories to participate in the Strength At Two Levels report.

Despite promises of more open government and promises of greater participation by ordinary Members, Mr. Speaker, this government is only now asking for our involvement after all the planning has been completed. The government had an opportunity, with the Strength At Two Levels report, to break with the past and demonstrate its commitment to more open government and greater participation by ordinary Members. Instead, they have chosen to continue to work behind closed doors. I say this, Mr. Speaker, because the government appears to be using the Strength At Two Levels report as the basis for changes to the government as proposed in the Government Leader's document, Reshaping Northern Government.

I have been told that Reshaping Northern Government is a working document and only a starting point. But, it is obvious that a detailed report such as this must have required considerable discussion and could not have been formulated without making some policy decisions. Now that all of the decisions have been made, the government wants ordinary Members to rubber-stamp its recommendations. Thank you.


Tabled Document 9-12(2): "strength At Two Levels" February 25th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On the health section on page 151 of Strength at Two Levels, there is a concern in the Keewatin, especially, which has no hospital except in Churchill. Like my friend who just talked about the petroleum, oil and lubricants and NWT Power Corporation integration, I would say it sounds good on paper and for administration but it may have a very negative economic impact. Likewise with health services. Just because we want to have a baby in the NWT, we ship pregnant women and others to a hospital in Yellowknife from Sanikiluaq and Repulse Bay rather than to Churchill, Manitoba, because it looks good to have all the facilities in the NWT; maybe even cheaper in the long run because of transportation costs in Keewatin, or otherwise it would be cheaper and more efficient to continue to send patients to Churchill, Manitoba. If you would bear with me a little bit, Mr Chairman, there are several questions in that section that should be dealt with -- the impact, the cost, benefits or lack of benefits -- with the whole idea of having everything within the NWT rather than looking at what is efficient. The Beatty report wanted to make the government more efficient and cost-effective, and this proposal or recommendation in the Beatty report will not do that. So that is one of the general comments I wanted to make. Thank you.

Question O153-12(2): Consultation With Women's Groups Re Recent Court Decision February 25th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question has not been answered. I would appreciate an answer. Will the Minister report to this House an absolute decision -- I do not want just a report; I want a report on the decision of the government, to this House, after the consultation with these groups.

Question O153-12(2): Consultation With Women's Groups Re Recent Court Decision February 25th, 1992

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can the Minister then report to this House the government's absolute decision on the matter after the consultation with the groups?

Question O153-12(2): Consultation With Women's Groups Re Recent Court Decision February 25th, 1992

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to direct this question to the Minister responsible for the Status of Women Council. As the Minister knows, the women started their association so they can have equal status in the workplace as well as in legal matters. I know that people make fun of women and that is part of their culture, but in the Inuit language there are words also that can intimidate women; it is possible to intimidate women by making light of them. If it is not just making fun of women, and if it is intimidating women, then it is possible to be charged for that intimidation, and it can be legally possible to follow through with it through legal means.