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Last in the Legislative Assembly October 2011, as MLA for Hay River North

Won his last election, in 2007, with 61% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Question 15-14(3): Community Funding Reductions June 21st, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I was under the impression that during the interim appropriation we had managed to hold that cut to block funding, to reverse the decision on that. I am assuming that the Minister is saying that those block funding cuts will still be in place. What is the Minister's interpretation of those cuts, as to how it affects maintaining the levels of services to our people and our economy? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 15-14(3): Community Funding Reductions June 21st, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I listened to the Budget Address yesterday quite closely. I was interested in one comment that was made by the Finance Minister, and I would like to read a short paragraph out of it, if I could.

"Given our fiscal position, the fact that we are able to maintain the service levels we currently enjoy is an achievement worth noting. We are maintaining the levels of services provided to Northerners, and investing where we can to get maximum returns on the future for both our people and our economy."

Can I assume from that, Mr. Speaker, that the Minister of Finance is clarifying that there will be no tax cuts to tax-based communities, or no block funding cuts to tax-based communities?

National Aboriginal Day June 21st, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to acknowledge National Aboriginal Day. I reflect back some 30 years ago when I first came to the North.

I had the opportunity to work in Hay River and Fort Resolution. We worked under the assumption that we had to have 80 percent local employees. I can remember the frustration we felt in trying to get workers and retain them for any length of time at the workplace.

I remember feeling the frustration and sensing the people had no sense of direction and not much self-worth. I am happy to say I have seen a great turn in that area over the last 30 years. The people are taking more control of their lives now. There are more and more people getting involved in industry, politics and in all walks of life.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Pat Martel, in his affirmation for another two years as chief of the Hay River Dene Band. I was very pleased to see there were nine people running for four positions on council. I think it shows a great indication that people want to get involved and take control of their lives.

I want to wish them all good luck. I think it is very important for young people to have role models when they are growing up. I would like to acknowledge one role model that I got to know while working in Fort Resolution by the name of Jim Bourque. He was very well-known for his involvement and support in the areas of renewable resource management and subsistence activities.

I am happy to see a Jim Bourque scholarship fund has been established to help aboriginal students pursue post-secondary education. I recently had a chance to visit the Head Start program with the Honourable Jake Ootes. I am sure the incredible success that program has will go a long way towards bettering the people.

In Hay River this week, through the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre and the Metis Nation Recreation Committee, there are all kinds of activities. I would like to wish them success in their activities. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

-- Applause

Item 6: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery June 20th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to introduce seven very special young ladies in the second row across from me. Mary Edna Avery, Dora Cormier, Yvonne O'Neill, Rose Winter, and Gertie Murphy, all from Nova Scotia, Margaret Bellefeuille from Quebec, and a very special welcome to Sister Theresa Delorey, who has returned to visit Canada after 30 years of missionary work in Africa.

Mr. Speaker, I would like at this time to thank you and our Premier, Mr. Kakfwi, for taking the time yesterday to welcome them.

Fellow colleagues, all of these ladies are my sisters, and I am very proud to have them here today. I ask you to join me in making them welcome.

-- Applause

Proposed Block Funding Cuts June 20th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I want to say I am very happy to be back here with all of you to start this Third Session of the 14th Legislative Assembly.

-- Applause

There has been a marked change in the weather outside since we were last here, and nature has taken on a whole new look. The days are much longer, and there are signs of new life everywhere.

I hope, Mr. Speaker, that we are able to get through this Session in a timely yet productive manner, so we are able to enjoy some of the season with our families.

Item 20: Report Of Committee Of The Whole March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the committee has been considering Bill 6, Interim Appropriation Act, 2000-2001, and Committee Report 3-14(2) and would like to report progress. Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of the committee of the whole be concurred with.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Would the department find that information out for me? There is a major concern. Last year the pump out and resupply for motor homes and campers coming into town was creating an awful odour problem for some of the residents, and they were after getting that site changed. I was wondering if the department was aware of it, and if they have made arrangements to do anything about it. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 27th, 2000

I was wondering if the department is aware of, or if there is any money allocated here for the problem with sewage disposal and water for recreational vehicles in the tourism area in Hay River? Where it is set up now at the tourist information booth? Is there any money allocated for changing that site?

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 27th, 2000

This $110,000 has nothing to do with wages or contracts awarded for the running of the park?

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On the item of Hay River territorial parks, there is $110,000. In the five-year plan, there is $605,000. Is this $110,000 part of an ongoing project that is in the process?