Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Mackenzie Delta
Lost his last election, in 1995, with 28% of the vote.
Statements in the House
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I move that clause 151 of Bill 25 be amended by striking out "paragraph 131(2)(b) and 133(1)(b)" in proposed paragraph (4)(d) and by substituting "subsection 131(2) and paragraph 133(1)(b)".
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I move that clause 151 of Bill 25 be amended by
(a)striking out "honorifiques;;" in the French version of the proposed paragraph (2)(b) and by substituting "honorifiques;";
(b)adding "and" at the end of proposed paragraph (2)(1);
(c)striking out "dismissal to a board of reference;" in proposed paragraph (2)(m) and by substituting "dismissal."; and
(d)repealing proposed paragraphs (n), (o), (p) and (q) of proposed subsection (2).
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I move that Bill 25 be amended by adding the following after proposed subsection 126(2):
(3)for the purposes of this section, "hours of instruction" means the time during which a student receives instruction in the education program.
(4)The Minister shall, in accordance with this section, prescribe the hours of instruction for the academic year to be, where the student attends
(a)kindergarten, no more than 570 hours;
(b)grades one through six, no less than 997 hours; and
(c)grades seven through 12, no less than 1045 hours.
Mr. Chairman, I just advised that this is to allow the boards to enter these agreements. These also must be considered as outside school programs. In other
words, they are not school programs. I will give you an example where there are certain agreements that have been reached. I can maybe speak for the early childhood program in Inuvik, as an example, where we are using space in the school for the delivery of child day care. We sign an agreement with the division and the CEC on the use of the building. They are then able to charge us money, and we utilize our child care money to pay for that space. That's the kind of stuff we are talking about, so they can enter into these agreements.
Adult education would be the same kind of arrangement where you are entering into an arrangement with outside programs. That's what we are talking about. This is a permissive clause to allow them to do that.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This is a power, and it enables the divisions or the education authority to exercise the power if they so choose. There may be some limitations on the exercising of that power, but that power is defined based on the regulatory authority that is defined.
The responsibility rests with the Aurora College. The Aurora College is involved in the determination of the students, along with the board, because there are certain standard entrance requirements that have to be met. But generally that is the approach and the method by which it is operated.
Thank you. I can advise the honourable Member that the delivery agent is Aurora College or Nunavut Arctic College, and the initiators of the program are the Minister and the appropriate divisional board.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I move that clause 118 of Bill 25 be amended by
(a) adding "powers and" after "assign" in proposed paragraph (1)(f);
(b) repealing proposed paragraph (1)(k) and by substituting the following:
(k) in addition to the school program, develop and deliver early childhood development, adult education, cultural, religious or other programs to enhance learning and charge fees for the programs;
(k.1) hire and employ teachers or persons who are not
teachers for the instruction of local programs;
(c) adding the following after proposed paragraph (2)(b):
(b. 1) enter into agreements regarding aboriginal schools;
Mr. Chairman, I just want to say that this clause will legislate the use of a particular language as a subject in a program. The whole clause, as it is in the legislation, is to permit decision-making in the communities. This amendment would take away the ability of the communities to make their choice. In other words, they're obligated to do it. So, in that sense, we're legislating a decision prior to the communities deciding what is in the interest of the community. A vote against is not a vote against a language. We're trying to support that the communities make the choice first, rather than us forcing them to make that choice. Thank you.
Could I take a few minutes to review the recommendation?
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