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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Nunakput

Won her last election, in 1991, by acclaimation.

Statements in the House

Question 597-12(7): Status Of Health And Social Services Amalgamation June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, as we knew, there was a lot of work to be done and that would have to be done over this year; there are some pilot projects that will be undertaken. The time frame for completion, I believe, is December 1995 with everything in place by April 1, 1996. Thank you.

Question 597-12(7): Status Of Health And Social Services Amalgamation June 13th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yes, I'm very pleased by the response we're getting from the regions and from the communities. They certainly have been very actively pursuing the department to get things done. There have been several meetings in the various regions and with interest groups as well, to determine how we're going to accomplish the amalgamation and the planning for these two departments. It was my intention that we do further work in putting together a plan of action to go forward at the regional levels. I haven't been able to do that, Mr. Speaker, at this time

because I've not had the time to dedicate some clear thinking time as we've been caught up in some of the meetings that we are having, which have been important to attend. So I don't have anyone clearly defined and assigned to the communities yet.

I didn't want to have the regions put in a situation where one part of the consolidation would feel that they were the lead entity and one would feel left out. It was my intention, as soon as we get some free time, to go myself with the officials to the regions and work out a plan. I know that the regions themselves are thinking about it and actively putting down their thoughts on how we can shortcut some of the bureaucracy that generally leads to tying up this type of initiative.

Mr. Speaker, I do have a great deal of support from my Cabinet colleagues to try to get the region working towards consolidation. I know that the communities themselves would like to know when they can move on their own initiatives.

Mr. Speaker, we'll do the best we can. I know summer is coming, but we don't intend to slow down the process because where some regions would use a certain time of the year as being appropriate to them, I think we can organize our time and our initiatives with those regions in order that it can accommodate the greater number of people possible in those communities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 597-12(7): Status Of Health And Social Services Amalgamation June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the area where that particular function would be is in the community health area of the Department of Health and Social Services. As well, I have a number of other people working on it, primarily to get the so-called "show" on the road. The deputy minister is greatly involved with that, as well. Thank you.

Question 597-12(7): Status Of Health And Social Services Amalgamation June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, with regard to the headquarters organization and amalgamation, I would say that we're almost completed, that there is very little left. What we have to do now is determine how to work the two departments at the regional and community levels. That work still has to be completed. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the handbook is ready and complete. Presently, it is in for translation. It should be available very soon, once that translation has been concluded. Thank you.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, I will provide that. Thank you.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the general discussion considered the concept of the handbook, what had to be involved and the general content of the handbook.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, aboriginal groups and other language interest groups had a general discussion this winter on the handbook and it is anticipated that the detailed discussions on the document will begin almost immediately. Thank you.

Question 590-12(7): Update On Legal Interpreting Program June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, the language agreement and the programs under the language agreement are an ongoing issue. The government is aware that there is a requirement to develop a better base for enhancing the programs. I believe in terms of the enhancement and maintenance of the program, that the Minister of Education would be in a better position to answer that particular question. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 590-12(7): Update On Legal Interpreting Program June 13th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, if I may suggest that, because of the responsibility in that certain area, this question can be more appropriately answered by the Minister of Education.