Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for High Arctic
Won his last election, in 1991, with 39% of the vote.
Statements in the House
Question O52-12(1): Creation Of Inuit Cultural Institute In Baffin Region December 11th, 1991
(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have a question to the Minister of Culture and Communications. There is no cultural institute in the Baffin Region, but there is a board. Has the Minister looked into the possibility of creating an Inuit cultural institute in the Baffin Region? Thank you.
Item 18: Report Of Committee Of The Whole December 10th, 1991
Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Ministers' Statement 2-12(1) and Tabled Document 3-12(1), and wishes to report progress. Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of the chairman of the committee of the whole be concurred with.
Motion 2-12(1): Appointment Of Executive Council, Carried November 14th, 1991
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker:
WHEREAS section 55(1) of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act requires that there shall be an Executive Council of the Northwest Territories;
AND WHEREAS Members of the Executive Council are appointed by the Commissioner on the recommendation of this Assembly;
NOW THEREFORE, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, Mr. Nerysoo, that this Assembly recommends to the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories that the following Members be appointed to the Executive Council, cabinet: Mr. Allooloo, Member for Amittuq; Mr. Kakfwi, Member for Sahtu; Mr. Morin, Member for Tu Nedhe; Mr. Ningark, Member for Natilikmiot; Mr. Patterson, Member for Iqaluit; Mr. Pollard, Member for Hay River; and Mr. Whitford, Member for Yellowknife South.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Item 14: Motions November 14th, 1991
Mr. Speaker, I am seeking unanimous consent to deal with my motion at this time.
Notice Of Motion 2-12(1): Appointment Of Executive Council November 14th, 1991
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I give notice that on November 18, 1991, I will move the following motion: Now therefore, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Mackenzie Delta, Richard Nerysoo, that this Assembly recommends to the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories that the following Members be appointed to the Executive Council, cabinet: Mr. Allooloo, Member for Amittuq; Mr. Kakfwi, Member for Sahtu; Mr. Morin, Member for Nahendeh; Mr. Ningark, Member for Natilikmiot; Mr. Patterson, Member for Iqaluit; Mr. Pollard, Member for Hay River; and Mr. Whitford, Member for Yellowknife South.
I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Morin is the Member for Tu Nedhe, not Nahendeh.
Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time I will be seeking unanimous consent to proceed with this motion today. Mr. Speaker, I was going to make some changes to those names, but I decided not to.
Utilization Of Arctic Rangers Re Aircraft Accident, High Arctic November 14th, 1991
(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have been hearing from concerned people in my constituency about the aircraft that recently crashed on Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic, 20 kilometres outside of Alert. This aircraft had 18 people on board. Emergency rescuers were not able to get to the crash site until 36 hours after the crash, due to bad weather. The concern that my constituents are expressing is that there are Inuit Arctic Rangers in the High Arctic that are trying to deal with emergency situations such as this crash. The Arctic Rangers were waiting to be asked to help with the emergency rescue operations but were never asked or given the opportunity with land rescue attempts. I am quite confident they would have been very useful.
I am not suggesting that they would have done a better job than the rescue operators that were used, but what I am saying is that we have these trained Arctic Rangers; they are there to be used. It happened in the Inuit land and the Inuit know that specific area. Perhaps if the Inuit had been sent out by land they might have reached the crash site sooner than in 36 hours. If they had been given the chance to go out with the land rescue team, the 13 survivors probably would have been in a more comfortable situation before the medical rescue team arrived. Conditions are a lot harsher in the High Arctic than those of the tree line.
I would like to commend the 13 survivors that had to endure the harsh climate, and some were critically injured. I know first-hand the weather conditions of that region in the winter because I was born there and have lived there all my life. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Motion 1-12(1): Election Of Speaker, Carried November 13th, 1991
I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River, that Mr. Michael A. Ballantyne, of the electoral district of Yellowknife North, do take the chair of this House as Speaker.
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