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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Baffin South

Lost his last election, in 1995, with 10% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 149-12(7): Structure Of New Rent Scale Effective April 1, 1995 February 23rd, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of the Housing Corporation. In April 1995, I understand that rents will be increasing. I just want to ask the Minister what kind of structured rates they will have when increasing the rents, as my constituents would like to know more about this. As we all know, the housing rates will be increasing. I just want to know what differences there will be in 1995 from previous years. This is my question to the Minister. Thank you.

Reason For Absence From Nic Meeting In Iqaluit February 22nd, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to make a Member's statement to tell you why I did not attend a Nunavut Implementation Commission meeting, which is being held in Iqaluit. I didn't attend that conference because there has to be a certain number of Members present to make a quorum. I feel to represent my constituents, I should stay here in Yellowknife to meet during the session. I just want to make sure that I represent my constituency properly.

Bill 10: An Act To Amend The Liquor Act February 21st, 1995

(Translation) So the by-law officer, even without written authorization, will be able to search and seize, even with the Charter of Rights in place. Is that how I understand it?

Bill 10: An Act To Amend The Liquor Act February 21st, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for pronouncing my name properly. I am in agreement with this bill but for some of my communities there is a concern. Maybe it was me who misunderstood but most of the people agree with this bill but they feel that their rights might be violated. I'm wondering, Mr. Chairman, as you know, we have justices of the peace in the communities; would they need written approval authorizing such searches and seizures of whatever they're looking for, if this act comes into place? Thank you.

Question 129-12(7): Criteria For Hap Housing February 21st, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am aware that in my constituency my people have not had any freedom of choice to select the kind of housing that they want. There were some people who were allowed to get a three-bedroom house and the reason I am asking that is I was wondering if they are all allowed to get the same kind of housing of their choice. Do they have the freedom to select how many rooms and all the other details? Is it up to the clients to decide what kind of housing is best suited for them? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 129-12(7): Criteria For Hap Housing February 21st, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is directed to the Minister of the Housing Corporation. As you are aware, people are gradually obtaining their own forms of housing. People seem to have very strict rules that they have to follow in order to obtain housing, such as home ownership and HAP. This is dependent upon their housing needs, of course, but they seem to have very rigid rules that have to be followed. What does the act say itself, when it comes to home ownership? Is there some freedom on the part of the clients who want to apply for housing? What is the criteria to have applications approved for HAP housing? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 115-12(7): Reason For Increase In Housing Rental Rates February 20th, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As people from the east, it's very hard to try and find resources to keep our houses warm, especially when we don't have any trees. We all know that it's very difficult and it's very hard to find finances and there are people who would like to own their own houses and there are other people who are encouraging them to try and find their own housing. With all the cutbacks, there are people without any jobs and it's even harder for us right now to try and be on our own. Has there been any consideration as to how the people will be able to have their own fuel subsidies? Thank you.

Question 115-12(7): Reason For Increase In Housing Rental Rates February 20th, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a question for the Minister for the Housing Corporation. Right now, they are reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act. We have heard that they have not revised any of the policies regarding the housing cuts...In my constituency, there are a lot of people who don't have a job and there are also some people who work, too, but they're in grave danger if the rates are to be increased. I'm sure some of the rates will be increasing dramatically and they'll probably increase again in the future. What is the real reason behind the increase in these rates? With the cutback with financing for houses, is it because they have had major cutbacks from the federal government? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 108-12(7): Use Of Funds From Cutting Back Glo Positions February 20th, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, but I will ask the Minister of Finance. I made a Member's statement last week and asked questions last week with regard to the GLOs. Tomorrow the GLOs will have to sign some kind of an agreement to be laid off or to work on a half-time basis. They're going to have to work only half a day and make half-day wages. What happens to the money that they were getting when they were working full time? What happens to half of the money now? Where does it go? Thank you.

Proposed Firearms Legislation February 20th, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. With regard to the issue of gun control, we have been discussing this issue and we talked about it further last week. With regard to the bill, the federal Minister met with us and it seemed like he had understood fully our concerns. Has he done anything to solve these problems, these issues and concerns that we have? With that, Mr. Speaker, we already have a law in place and we are happy with the law. People are not misusing it and abusing it.

But, Mr. Speaker, our constituents will not be able to understand fully, right away, if the bill is put into place. The current law that we have right now, people understand it fully and they try and comply with it to the best of their ability. And we try and keep up with registration whenever it expires. So, with that, Mr. Speaker, we have grave concerns for this new bill. Especially for northerners who are subsistence harvesting.

It will be difficult for our people to try and comply with this law, especially when there are animals and other things that come into our communities that endanger the public. So, we try and keep our guns under control and we try to store them properly, according to the law. If there are any other provisions in the new law that we have to comply with, it will be very difficult for us because we are unique. We have to think about this further and try to solve some of the problems, the issues and the concerns that we have. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.