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Last in the Legislative Assembly November 2015, as MLA for Nahendeh

Lost his last election, in 2015, with 14% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline January 20th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, mahsi cho. (Translation) Today, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to speak about the pipeline. (Translation ends) I would like to let them know that I'm on a steep learning curve, but I am getting up to speed.

Speaking of getting up to speed, Mr. Speaker, the GNWT needs to get up to speed on dealing with the opportunities that will come with the construction of the gas pipeline down the Mackenzie.

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Oil and gas remains central to the economic development and viability of the Deh Cho region and the NWT. Even though this government has placed great emphasis on the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, it has not attached the necessary resources for communities to capitalize on the opportunities that will be available to them in the very near future. For example, the communities future loan fund in my region is one of the smallest in the NWT.

In short, Mr. Speaker, we need to get ready for the pipeline. We need to have funding in place to support aboriginal and local businesses in getting their share of opportunities. We need to have employment and training opportunities coordinated with the needs of industry.

I believe, Mr. Speaker, there is a need for a central agency in Fort Simpson to coordinate all economic and GNWT activities relating to the construction and operation of the pipeline up the Mackenzie. The federal government has created a pipeline readiness office to deal with the pipeline from their perspective. I believe the time is now for the GNWT to show leadership and open a similar office in Fort Simpson. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery December 12th, 2003

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would just like to recognize my sister Elizabeth Hardisty in the gallery.

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Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery December 11th, 2003

There are a couple of guests from my riding today. I would like to recognize my aunty Yvonne Norwegian, special guests from Liidlii Kue First Nations, Hazel Isaiah Tanche and her sister Betty Hardisty. Thank you.

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Appreciation To Constituents Of Nahendeh December 11th, 2003

Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker. (Translation) I'm very thankful and grateful to the people for electing me as their MLA, and I would like to say...(Translation ends)

...to the very important office of Speaker. I also want to congratulate all the new and returning Members. It has been a pleasure to get to know you over the last few days. In particular, congratulations to Premier-elect Mr. Handley and other Members of Cabinet. I look forward to working with you over the next four years. Some of you mentioned open-door policies in your speeches yesterday, and you can be sure I will be taking you up on that.

I am very honoured to be here today as the elected representative of Nahendeh. To my constituents who put their trust in me by sending me here, I would like to express my sincere gratitude. Throughout the campaign I spent a lot of time visiting with you and hearing your concerns, and I thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me. I have not forgotten what I heard from you, but if I do I'm sure you will be quick to remind me. It is a privilege for me to be your MLA and I will do my best to use my strength and abilities to represent you.

To my family and friends and all the hard-working people who put a lot of effort into my campaign answering phones, handing out buttons, putting up posters and giving me your support, thank you for believing in me. I also express gratitude for the candidates that were not successful but had the courage and strength to pursue the seat of this riding.

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the people of Nahendeh, I would also like to thank Mr. Jim Antoine for his three terms of service dedicated to us as an elected MLA.

I send my greetings to the residents of Jean Marie River, Trout Lake, Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Wrigley and Fort Simpson. I look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker.

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