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. Speaker. What I want to indicate to the honourable Member is what I said before; the work that was being done primarily by these individuals was a matter of terminology development. We have other terminologists who were in the government and we needed to put together a group who dealt with terminology. I did not indicate that these individuals did not interpret, I said their prime responsibility was terminology development. We had a number of other departments involved and we needed to coordinate our approach to terminology development. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Thank you. I move that clause 155.(2)(c) of Bill 25 be amended by striking out "under" in the proposed definition of "Superintendent" and by substituting "pursuant to".
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I move that clause 154.(8) of Bill 25 be amended by striking out "under" in proposed paragraph 27.(2)(b) and by substituting "pursuant to".
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Those institutions are not institutions that have been created in the Northwest Territories. What we do in terms of the programming is another issue where we try to reach agreements between the various post-secondary institutions, but we leave that up to them as part of the responsibility and authority in the Public Colleges Act. That's where we address those issues.
This is basically a holding place for this particular section until we amend the Colleges Act or establish a Universities Act.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The matter of Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College is taken care of under the Public Colleges Act. That's where it's dealt with. This particular matter of universities was a provision that was also included in the former legislation, and we're trying to deal with it in this term.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, it's in accordance with the Financial Administration Act. I believe the concern the honourable Member is raising is contained in that requirement.
Thank you. Could I ask Mr. Gerein to give you the information on that?
The education bodies, as defined in the definitions, are district education authorities, divisional education councils and the commission. Those are the three defined under that definition. It is at the beginning of the act.
The issue of opinions is always subjective. It depends on the facts, whether or not it is community concerns that are raised, public concerns, a district raising concerns about the conduct of the divisional board, et cetera. It could be some of the financial information we are getting indicating that there are problems in terms of fiscal responsibility. It could be that we are getting reports in which the student progress is such that we are unhappy with the results. Those are all considerations. We need to get all the information before a Minister can make any kind of decision. It has to be clear that whatever occurs, the Minister is acting fairly and with due consideration of all the facts and issues. If not, the Minister could find himself in court as quick as anything. It is one thing for people to put forward the facts and issues as they are; it is another thing to accuse innocent people of certain conduct without the information before you. We have to be very careful on the utilization of this authority. Those are considerations: the facts and the issues.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The authority to dissolve is in existence right now; I have the ability to do that. What we are now including is the investigative authority, so we can deal with the matter of communication and remedy some of the problems that exist. The fact is, our investigations may prove that circumstances are such that the body of authority may not be responsible for some of the things that are going on. On the other hand, they may be totally responsible, so we have to make judgements based on that information and on the discussions we have with those we're consulting. It gives us the investigative component, which we didn't have before. In other words, we didn't have an ability to talk to the community, ask questions, and get into the investigations into the depth that is necessary. What we're trying to do here is add an investigative authority that wasn't there before. I can advise the honourable Member that there have been no dissolutions in 18 years, after assessments. There are situations we have just encountered as an Assembly, where certain boards ... I don't want to talk about them, but I think investigations of the boards would have been better. I think things would have worked out sooner and better had we had that responsibility. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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