Last in the Legislative Assembly December 1999, as MLA for Deh Cho
Lost his last election, in 1999, with 37% of the vote.
Statements in the House
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Social Services and is with regard to the riot at the Yellowknife Correctional Centre on January 1, 1991. On at least four occasions during the eighth session of the 11th Assembly, you requested the Minister of the day to table the complete report of the investigation into the disturbance at YCC. An Executive summary of this report was tabled on March 20, 1991, but we still have not seen the report he was seeking, Mr. Speaker. My question to the new Minister is this: Will the Minister now table the complete report on the investigation into the January 1, 1991, disturbance at the Yellowknife Correctional Centre?
Question O14-12(1): First Class Travel For Expo '92 Personnel December 10th, 1991
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to direct my question to the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. Mr. Speaker, last year we approved four million dollars to have the Department of Economic Development and Tourism develop a plan for Seville, Spain, and I understand we do have some liaison officers that do travel back and forth between the Northwest Territories and Seville, Spain. I would like to ask the Minister why the liaison people are travelling first class when we are in a difficult situation financially.
Notice Of Motion 20-12(1): Access To Information Legislation December 9th, 1991
Mr. Speaker, on December 11, 1991, I will move the following motion: Now therefore, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for North Slave, that this Legislative Assembly adopt the principle that the Government of the Northwest Territories should have legislation that addresses access to information; and further, that the government introduce access to information legislation during the second session of the 12th Legislative Assembly. Thank you.
Notice Of Motion 19-12(1): Construction Of Community Centre, Kakisa December 9th, 1991
Okay, Mr. Speaker, I will say it in English then. Mr. Speaker, I will move the following motion on December 11, 1991: Now therefore, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Nahendeh, that this Legislative Assembly recommends that the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs consider moving the allocation of funding for the construction of the community centre in Kakisa up to the 1992-93 fiscal year. Thank you.
Revert To Item 12: Notices Of Motions December 9th, 1991
Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. (Translation) I wish to give notice that on Wednesday, December 11, 1991, I will move the following motion: Whereas the settlement of Kakisa does not have the building that would enable the residents of Kakisa to come together as a community...
Mr. Speaker, I would like consent to go back to Item 12, notices of motions.
Mr. Speaker, I wanted to get a copy of each motion and I will seek unanimous consent to go back to Item 12 after.
Item 11: Tabling Of Documents November 14th, 1991
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. For the benefit of other Members I would also like to table Tabled Document 2-12(1), another bill on access to information, which was done by the Saskatchewan government. This is the eighth government that has passed this bill, and it has been done on other research on access to information.
Item 11: Tabling Of Documents November 14th, 1991
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to table Tabled Document 1-12(1), a document with regard to Bill 44, Access to Information Act, which was dealt with by the 11th Legislative Assembly.
Various Issues November 14th, 1991
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to continue my speech from yesterday during the territorial leadership committee meeting. Yesterday, when I concluded, I congratulated the Government Leader and also said that the reason why I had little to do with her was because of the issues that her department was responsible for. I have no problems in that area. However, during the next Assembly I promise her that she will be hearing from me.
I also want to apologize to my Inuit and Metis colleagues in the cabinet of the 11th Assembly. It may have seemed like I was picking on them, but it was only because the portfolios they held were of great importance to the Territories and to my constituency. They were bread-and-butter issues.
In July of 1993 the new Legislative Assembly building will be open. Until that time, Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the Legislative Assembly maintain its direct contact with the communities by holding sessions in the regions outside of Yellowknife.
Another issue of importance to me is the fact that they have still a two-tier system of justice. This is clearly visible when circuit courts are in the communities. I will have further statements on this issue in the days to come.
The rights of aboriginal people are recognized under section 35 of the Charter of Rights. We have a great deal of legislation in the NWT which, if challenged by aboriginal people, will be struck down on the basis of section 35. Such a challenge would make it difficult for this government to function if this legislation is challenged. Unfortunately, the government has not sought to ratify this situation due to obvious implications.
I then went on to echo Mr. Ningark's piece of pie, but most importantly, I want to thank my family and my constituency. I would like to apologize to my constituents for not always being there. But I will always be there with them in mind and spirit. I have always maintained their interests and aspirations, and although I am not there for them all the time, I would like to say that I am here for them all the time. Mahsi cho.
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