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  • His favourite word was public.

Last in the Legislative Assembly September 2019, as MLA for Kam Lake

Lost his last election, in 2019, with 23% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 24-18(2): Health Care System Improvements February 22nd, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and onto the point of improved health care. Will there be reduced wait times and more access to medical professionals after the implementation of the new system? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 24-18(2): Health Care System Improvements February 22nd, 2016

Given the imminent concerns of our fiscal situation in the Northwest Territories, will there be cost‑saving efficiencies as a result of standardizing care in the NWT?

Question 24-18(2): Health Care System Improvements February 22nd, 2016

On to the issue of regional wellness committees, what progress has been made in selecting those committees? What kinds of input are going into those choices?

Question 24-18(2): Health Care System Improvements February 22nd, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Given the importance of the health care system and that any major changes to it are significant concern for our residents, will the Minister of Health and Social Services provide an explanation for the delay of the transformation of health care in the Northwest Territories. Thank you.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery February 22nd, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I'd also like to recognize Mandee McDonald and Erin Freeland Ballantyne. Both work with Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, which is a great made-in-the-North post-secondary institution, and it's good to see them here. Thank you.

Health Care System Improvements February 22nd, 2016

Mr. Speaker, one of the highest priorities of any government must be the health and well-being of its citizens. The delivery of quality and affordable healthcare is a cornerstone of good government in Canada and it's something that Northerners have come to expect. Yet the standards of the Northwest Territories' healthcare system vary wildly across regions and not all of our residents have the same standard of care. The 17th Assembly recognized the need to take action on improving healthcare and began the process of health system transformation in an effort to provide the best possible care to patients and clients: A system that is focused on the needs of clients and that is efficient, sustainable, and accountable. Standardized levels of care and healthcare policies will also make it easier to implement broad policy changes that may be required by emergent concerns, such as the imminent issue of physician-assisted dying. How our government proceeds with that and other issues is just as crucial as having a means to deliver on those new policies and a stronger healthcare system, and is a welcome initiative on the part of this government. While it is agreeable that our government continue to make progress and improvements to our healthcare system, we owe it to Northerners to ensure that a holistic and integrated approach is taken that respects regional differences and ensures that all of our people have a voice in how system operates. Significant changes to how our government provides any public service must be carefully implemented and effectively communicated, especially as it relates to the provision of healthcare. I will have questions for the Minister on the current status of health system transformation, as well as questions on the structure and overall benefits to healthcare this new system will provide to Northerners. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. –

Question 20-18(2): Incentives To Support Mineral Exploration February 19th, 2016

That is exactly why I asked these questions today. We have heard at length of how great the program is and how it is achieving results. Those are the kind of the results we need to move our economy forward and I'm pleased to hear that that the Premier will be looking at expanding the program and the possibility there.

Question 20-18(2): Incentives To Support Mineral Exploration February 19th, 2016

The Mining Incentive Program is very similar to a program they have in Yukon as well. However, the Yukon program is nearly twice as large in available funding and has additional funding for late-stage advancement projects. Will the Premier commit to reviewing the program and possibly expanding it, given the importance of getting exploration back on track in the Northwest Territories?

Question 20-18(2): Incentives To Support Mineral Exploration February 19th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, we've heard of the slowdown in our economy and the decline in mineral exploration. I'd like to ask the Premier what is being done to reverse the course of the slowdown in exploration and what concrete actions we're moving forward on.

Northwest Territories Fiscal Situation February 19th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend the Minister of Finance on his statement on the fiscal update this morning. It's good to have some facts on the ground for us to consider and some clear projects for moving our economy forward. I also agree with his assertion that the tax base at this time is too low to fuel the kind of revenues that we require. However, the low-hanging fruit of our economy has always been the mining sector, and of course our Territorial Formula Financing Grant. These are areas that we can work to directly expand by making the Northwest Territories the most attractive place to invest, live, and work. We should be looking at ways to lower taxes for businesses and create tax credits for investment and tax credits for people to encourage the growth of economic migration to the Northwest Territories. Furthermore, we should be expanding useful programs, like the Mining Incentive Program, and looking at ways to settle land claims and create certainty for the industry so we can make use of those resources through enhanced features like a heritage fund that actually invests in our economy today, instead of keeping the money in reserve for a rainy day. We need to work diligently towards these activities, and we need to be bold and ambitious. I'm pleased to see that we are finally starting to move in that direction, but I would also like to see further public consultation and further discussion with this side of the House about how we are going to move forward. I will have questions for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment on how we are moving forward on mining. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.