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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.

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Revert To Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize CBC reporter Snookie Catholique, in the gallery.

-- Applause

Oral Question 136-14(2): Palliative Care In The Nwt March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wonder if the Minister could inform the House if she is aware of how many doctors and nurses we have in the Northwest Territories that have formal training in palliative care?

Oral Question 136-14(2): Palliative Care In The Nwt March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in the case of Education, Culture and Employment, there is a program that provides fiscal resources to education boards depending on the number of special needs students that it has. Could the Minister tell the House whether there are similar programs offered by the Department of Health and Social Services to boards who have palliative care patients?

Oral Question 136-14(2): Palliative Care In The Nwt March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, could the Minister inform the House whether there is money specifically provided to boards for palliative care?

Oral Question 136-14(2): Palliative Care In The Nwt March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister responsible for the Department of Health and Social Services. As I stated in my Members statement, I have some concerns about the status of palliative care in the Northwest Territories.

Mr. Speaker, we have an aging population. More and more non-aboriginals are no longer retiring to the south. More and more people are making a commitment to live and die in the North. We as a society have a responsibility to make our elders' and other residents' final days as comfortable as possible. This means that we need a heath care system with hospitals and staff that are equipped to meet the challenge.

Can the Minister tell me what hospitals in the Territories have a palliative care program?

Item 5: Recognition Of Visitors In The Gallery March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to recognize the president of the NWTTA, Pat Thomas, in the gallery.

-- Applause

Palliative Care March 27th, 2000

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, in this society of ours, feelings play a major role in our day-to-day life. From the time we come into this world to the time we leave, we experience change. Change is usually accompanied by some emotion, from joy to sadness. We go through times when all we really care about is how well we feel and what we can do to bring more joy and excitement into our own lives.

Mr. Speaker, we all know the joy and excitement that the birth of a healthy baby brings into our lives. This excitement continues as the young child develops and matures and achieves the goals that he or she has set out.

Many of us have experienced the concerns and worry when friends or loved ones are troubled for whatever reason, and very often we feel frustrated that there is very little we can do to ease the pain and suffering of others. Mr. Speaker, one of the hardest things I have had to deal with is when I have witnessed the pain and suffering of loved ones caused by terminal illness.

It is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, for us to fully understand what others go through. It is equally hard to administer the help they need to comfort them.

Mr. Speaker, the aging population of the Northwest Territories is in need of help. Fortunately, there are fully trained professionals who can provide this help. I feel that we must do everything we can to make these services available. We all want the best for our ever-increasing, aging population. I feel that a properly equipped and staffed palliative care centre in the Northwest Territories would go a long way towards providing the comfort they truly deserve. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

-- Applause

Office Space Renovations March 24th, 2000

The Ministry proposed the additional office renovations additional staff. See page 3, Aboriginal Affairs, 2000-2001 Interim Appropriation. See also page 1, capital, departmental submissions, Aboriginal Affairs, 2000-2001 Interim Appropriation.

Committee members recommended that the Ministry utilize vacant space that is leased by the Government of the Northwest Territories before renovating existing space. This will represent significant cost savings for the Ministry and the government.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Quarterly Progress Report March 24th, 2000

Committee members were concerned with the lack of progress at the negotiating tables. The committee recognizes the importance of the negotiations, but are of the perception that government may not be concurrent with the pace of progress.

The committee recommends that the Ministry provide a quarterly progress report on negotiations for review by committee members.

Role Of Government March 24th, 2000

The committee asked the Minister responsible for a definition of the role of the Government of the Northwest Territories at the negotiating tables.

The department replied that the role of the territorial government is to ensure the overall interests of the people of the Northwest Territories are represented and protected at the negotiating table.