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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 6-18(2): Road Access To Slave Geological Province February 18th, 2016

This could be a significant nation-building project if the connection was made all the way to the Arctic Coast in Nunavut. Has the Government of Nunavut been brought into this discussion about leveraging resources to help finance the construction of the road?

Question 6-18(2): Road Access To Slave Geological Province February 18th, 2016

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In recent years, the NWT has missed out on mining exploration to the benefit of our sister territories. The industry itself has identified a lack of infrastructure as an issue there. I'm pleased to see that the government's prioritizing road access to some of these areas. Will the Minister of Transportation answer what actions have been taken to improve road access to the Slave Geological Province?

Building Confidence And A Stronger Economy February 18th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, It is no secret that governments across Canada are facing significant fiscal challenges with the current state of the economy. The Northwest Territories is no different with low commodity prices limiting our resource-driven economy and a shortfall of government revenue that challenges our government's ability to provide the services and programs that Northerners have come to rely on. Our economic reality is felt first and foremost by our people, especially those who have lost jobs or business opportunities as a result of this downturn.

Northerners are now looking to us as their elected leaders to provide a clear plan for our future with concrete commitments that will create jobs and prosperity. It is beholden on us, as leaders, to build confidence in our territory as the best place to live, work, and invest in the North and to deliver a plan that strengthens our economy and supports the needs of our people. Northerners need to hear less from this government on the challenges we face and more about the opportunities our government will create through new economic initiatives, infrastructure spending, and lowering the cost of living and doing business in the NWT.

The Government of Canada has made commitments that place high expectations on the Prime Minister's shoulders. Our government now optimistically looks to these commitments as a way to support the aspirations of our people: a 33 per cent increase in the Northern Residents Tax Deduction, a $40 million increase to Nutrition North, and billions in infrastructure dollars. These ambitious commitments create hope for our future and a concrete path forward for a stronger economy. I encourage our government to do the same. Let us show the leadership our people deserve and give Northerners an ambitious and optimistic plan for our future instead of the doom-and-gloom fiscal mantra that continues to create uncertainty in our communities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 3-18(1): Appointments To The Board Of Management, Carried December 17th, 2015

WHEREAS this Legislative Assembly is required to appoint Members to the Board of Management in accordance with Section 36 of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act;

AND WHEREAS appointments to the Board of Management are required to be made during the first sitting after a general election;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Inuvik Boot Lake, that the following Members be appointed to the Board of Management of this Assembly:

the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Member for Monfwi;

Mr. Frederick Blake Jr., Member for Mackenzie Delta;

Mr. Cory Vanthuyne, Member for Yellowknife North;

the Honourable Robert C. McLeod, Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes; and

the Honourable Wally Schumann, Member for Hay River South.

AND FURTHER, that the following Members be appointed to the Board of Management as alternate members:

Mr. Herbert Nakimayak, Member for Nunakput;

Mr. Shane Thompson, Member for Nahendeh;

the Honourable Glen Abernethy, Member for Great Slave; and

the Honourable Louis Sebert, Member for Thebacha.

Motion 5-18(1): Appointments To The Standing Committee On Priorities And Planning, Carried December 17th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to deal with the motion I gave notice of earlier today.

---Unanimous consent granted

Motion 3-18(1): Appointments To The Board Of Management December 17th, 2015

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I give notice that on Monday, December 21, 2015, I will move the following motion: Now therefore I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Inuvik Boot Lake, that the following Members be appointed to the Board of Management of this Assembly:

the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Member for Monfwi;

Mr. Frederick Blake Jr., Member for Mackenzie Delta;

Mr. Cory Vanthuyne, Member for Yellowknife North;

the Honourable Robert C. McLeod, Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes; and

the Honourable Wally Schumann, Member for Hay River South.

And further, that the following Members be appointed to the Board of Management as alternate members:

Mr. Herbert Nakimayak, Member for Nunakput;

Mr. Shane Thompson, Member for Nahendeh;

the Honourable Glen Abernethy, Member for Great Slave; and

the Honourable Louis Sebert, Member for Thebacha.

Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time, I will be seeking unanimous consent to deal with this motion today. Thank you.

Recognition of Visitors in the Gallery December 17th, 2015

I have a couple of constituents I would like to recognize from the RCMP. Mike Babineau and Mike Lesage; the original ice road trucker, Alex Debogorski, and his lovely wife, Louise; Suzanne Defossier and Manuel and Marta Jorge. Thank you.

Appreciation To Family, Friends And Constituents December 17th, 2015

Once again I’d like to thank all the people of Kam Lake who have given me the opportunity to represent them in this House. I’d also like to thank all of you for being here and putting up a very strong team that is going to lead this territory for the next four years. I would like to congratulate yourself, the Premier and our Executive Council members. One thing I forgot to do on election night is thank my family and supporters and volunteers, so I will take the opportunity to do that today.

I worked with some very enthusiastic young people, long-time friends, who believed in me and believed in the message that allowed us to be successful on election night. They worked with me for a very long time, some for longer than a year, and that meant a lot to me and I’d like to thank them very publicly, from the bottom of my heart, for all the hard work they did.

I’d also like to thank my partner, Colleen. She’s put up with me for a very long time and also during an election and several elections. I couldn’t do it without her.

Most of all I’d like to thank my son, Corbin. He’s six years old. I’m a single parent, so it’s sometimes difficult for him to understand why I’m so busy, but he puts up with me as well. I do it for him and I do it for a future for him, as well, and I’m looking forward to working on that future and getting real results for the people of the Northwest Territories. Thank you.