Last in the Legislative Assembly March 1999, as MLA for Kitikmeot

Won his last election, in 1995, with 71% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 263-13(6): Status Of Iqaluit Health Facility December 4th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, about two weeks ago, myself and the assistant deputy minister of Health and the director of the financial management services were in Iqaluit meeting with the board chair and the trustees through a teleconference. After that time, since I arrived back, the staff stayed in Iqaluit and they have come to an agreement on the functional program which outlines what services are going to be available and how those services will be delivered within the space of the hospital. The projection is that the functional program that was agreed to is going to amount approximately to $31 million. So, that was agreed upon. Right now, the functional program is being designed based on that agreement so that it can go out for proposal for preliminary design. So that work is ongoing now in finalizing the details of the functional program as agreed upon. Thank you.

Question 252-13(6): St. John's Ambulance Services December 4th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I can commit to taking a look at that, I do not know the extent of how we can determine that, but I will figure out a mechanism to do that. Thank you.

Question 252-13(6): St. John's Ambulance Services December 4th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I do not have the specifics of what other organizations or companies do that; I am aware that there are companies in the private sector which provides first aid training and safety awareness. I will get that information for the Member. Thank you.

Question 252-13(6): St. John's Ambulance Services December 4th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I guess it is an interpretation of what would be a basic service in the respect of first aid training which is not a specific health and social services program, although I recognize the importance of it, versus something like the HIV/AIDS Awareness Program which we feel is an important aspect of health programming. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 252-13(6): St. John's Ambulance Services December 4th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, a basic service is in respect to delivering something that would be directly related to Health and Social Services program. I use, for example, off the top of my head, the NWT Mental Health Association, to deliver a service and providing an Aids and HIV information line. They have a contribution agreement from us to provide that type of service. Thank you.

Member's Statement 223-13(6): Cambridge Bay Weekend Activities December 4th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker I want to speak about some happenings that are taking place this weekend in Cambridge Bay through the sponsorship of First Air and the involvement of the Edmonton Oilers Alumni. Four ex-Edmonton Oilers, Mr. Brian Baltimore, Mr. Brian Benning, Mr. Alan Hamilton and Mr. Dave Lumley are currently in transit to Cambridge Bay. They are going to be participating in a weekend of events surrounding hockey. There is a feast and some entertainment planned for this evening to honour them coming to the community. Tomorrow morning and all afternoon there is a hockey clinic put on by these four individuals for all the minor hockey participants in Cambridge Bay.

I am happy to say that tomorrow evening there is a fundraising game with the ex-Oilers and some Members of this House that have taken up my offer of an invitation to attend and participate. We will be playing against the local oldtimers all-star team in the spirit of fun and fundraising. There is also a pancake breakfast planned for Sunday morning and I would like to say that there are some fundraising activities surrounding this whole visit as well in respect of supporting the library restoration fund and minor hockey. There is going to be a raffle of two return airfare tickets that, again, have been sponsored by First Air; a couple of Oilers tickets and some accommodation in Edmonton to attend the game down there, which I know people are happy with and excited about. In closing, I am sure that all residents of Cambridge Bay will support the initiatives that are going on this weekend and I will be happy to report, Mr. Speaker, next week, on the performance of all Members while they were up in Cambridge Bay. Thank you.


Minister's Statement 81-13(6): International Day Of Disabled Persons December 3rd, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today is the International Day of Disabled Persons. This day provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the special challenges facing people who have disabilities. Disabilities can be physical or intellectual. Whatever challenges they face, we must remember to recognize each individual's value as a person and as a contributing member of our community. The Department of Health and Social Services, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the people of the north would like to extend their support for all persons with disabilities in the Northwest Territories.

Mr. Speaker, we must work to draw all northerners closer together, not only in the workplace, but also in our community and family activities. Individuals with disabilities should be integrated into the mainstream of community life. They have much to offer and, with appropriate supports, are productive members of our communities. I urge each of you to think about what you or your community can do to help integrate persons with disabilities more fully into your community. I would also like to recognize and commend all the work that is done by non-profit agencies and the many volunteers who advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. It is up to us to assist those agencies and families in finding ways for people with disabilities to continue to lead satisfying lives. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


Question 221-13(6): High Arctic Residents' Access To Doctors November 13th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I do not know what the actual schedules are of the different special services that may be provided through the Baffin board, through Iqaluit. I can certainly get that information back to the honourable Member. Thank you.

Question 221-13(6): High Arctic Residents' Access To Doctors November 13th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it is because the Baffin Regional Health Board has the jurisdiction for delivery of services within the honourable Member's constituency. Certainly I believe that they are flexible enough if there is a need, that they could certainly make arrangements through the Stanton Regional Health Board for provision of some services for whatever reasons they could not be accommodated in a timely fashion from Iqaluit. Thank you.

Question 210-13(6): Treatment Of Youth Addictions November 12th, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, there are no plans right now to have extensive community consultations, otherwise we would not be able to put together anything in a timely fashion, in order to try and address these needs. What I had indicated is that for interested stakeholders, we will make available whatever policy is put in place, to give them an opportunity to review it and have some input into what is being contemplated. Thank you.