Last in the Legislative Assembly December 1999, as MLA for Yellowknife North
Lost his last election, in 2015, with 21% of the vote.
Statements in the House
The first step, there would have to be an expression of interest from the nurses? Is that correct?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I just have a couple of more questions. I did not quite hear what the Minister had indicated. Do the nurses themselves have to apply or whatever to become employees of the health boards?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As I had indicated in my statement today, I think that this process is tying us down too much. What would have to happen to get the nurses out of this Hay Plan business and the unions and all the rest of that, get them out of this process so that we can respond quickly, if we have to, in order to attract nurses back into the Northwest Territories? We cannot continue to afford to bring nurses in temporarily from down south and fly them back and forth and then have them medevacing people left and right, increasing our travel costs?
Mr. Chairman, perhaps the Minister could indicate how the Hay Plan job evaluation for nurses and social work positions are actually done because I understand that nurses are complaining that they are not being treated as professionals, and we cannot continue to lose nurses the way we are particularly when people are getting equal salaries to what we are offering here, people's salaries and benefits down south. How are these job evaluations being done?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I believe the Minister had already answered a question in relation to this particular position. He indicated that it is going to be going back out. Since he already answered the question, I just want clarification of what position is going to be going out.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I believe that having a director of human resources is a very, very important position having to do in the area of nursing and social work. What I would like to know, is there still going to be a director?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This position was put out a couple of times and taken back a couple of times. It was advertised and put out for people to apply to a couple of times already. Is this going to be the last time, and is this position still going to be in existence?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, we all know that we have a crisis surrounding the shortage of doctors and nurses in the Northwest Territories. It is costing a lot of money to bring people in on a short term basis. We have to fly them in and out and also I understand that because of the nurses' inexperience in the communities, some of the nurses are medevacing people out when normally they would not be because they are afraid that something might happen, understandably so, that they do not want people to be harmed unnecessarily. Mr. Chairman, what I would like to know is there had been a position advertised for the director of human resources and board support for the Department of Health and Social Services, and apparently this has been cancelled. I am sure that this director of human resources and board support would have done a great job in implementing the final Hay Plan job evaluations and everything else. I would like to know why this position has been cancelled? Thank you.
Mr. Chairman, do we have a quorum?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I understand what the Minister is saying, but looking at a housing survey and how things are done in the future should also include the fact that these communities have received these extra units. That is all I am asking for, that the allotments in the future take into consideration that these communities have these extra social housing units and somehow ensure that the rest of the communities in the Northwest Territories are able to either access similar amounts or to rectify it in some other way so that they do not receive an unfair amount of housing units. Thank you.
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