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Last in the Legislative Assembly December 1999, as MLA for Yellowknife South

Won his last election, in 1995, with 42% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Member's Statement 25-13(8): Appreciation To Constituents, Colleagues, Family And Staff September 10th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you, colleagues. I would like at this time to also thank the constituents of Yellowknife South, I would like to thank them for first of all sending me to this building to do the job on their behalf. I have received that as an honour and hopefully I have done an acceptable job for each and every one of those constituents. I certainly understand, Mr. Speaker, now what baptism by fire really means. It means coming to an institution such as this and getting into and dealing with the situations that we have had to deal with as a collective. I found the past four years very challenging and very difficult. As I look back on my life to date, I find that the most difficult times in my life were the ones that have got meaning to me. I am quite sure that I will look back with fond memories on the four years that I have spent with each and every one of the Members here today.

Mr. Speaker, I think it is fair to say that a number of times during this Assembly I have had my bubble burst and I think we all know what that means. I would like to, seeing as the closest person to me is Mr. Ootes here on the right, I would like to take this opportunity in closing and sort of give him an understanding sometimes of what it is like to have your bubble burst. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

--Applause

Member's Statement 25-13(8): Appreciation To Constituents, Colleagues, Family And Staff September 10th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I feel a little lost for words. I have many emotions about today. It is the last day of the Assembly and for some people that would offend my Irish heritage. We are supposed to be never lost for words. My Irish heritage also would suggest that we can drown our

sorrows the odd time in a little alcohol but, Mr. Speaker, with what the Minister of Finance has done three weeks ago, I cannot even afford to do that.

--Laughter

Mr. Speaker, there are a few people I would like to take this opportunity to thank. The first one is my wife, Linda. I would like to thank her very much for the continued support that she has given me. I cannot help but think of a lot of the Members who, when they leave this building after a hard day's work and many frustrations, I can only think of those Members who do not have a spouse or a companion to be with, other than at the other end of the phone. I appreciate the work that those Members have done in this Assembly without having the support from people they love and care for.

I would like to thank you, Mr. Speaker, I think it goes without saying with your impartiality and how you have conducted and regulated the Members in this House through some pretty difficult times. I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of my colleagues. I have learned much from you. Hopefully, I have been able to give you some insights and wisdom also. I know none of us are above learning from each other.

I would like to thank the staff, not only of the Legislative Assembly. I have said a number of times that it is the staff that work for each Member that makes us look as good or as bad as we do. I think they are to be commended on the work they do on an ongoing basis. I would be remiss, Mr. Speaker, if I forgot about the staff that work for this government outside of this building. There are many, many capable and competent people that work for this government and they have always provided information on a timely basis. Nothing was ever too much to provide the information and get it to the committees or to individuals. I would like to thank each and every one of the bureaucracy, both in Yellowknife and around the rest of the Northwest Territories, for their service and dedication to this government. Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

Committee Motion 5-13(8): To Pass The New Flag And Coat Of Arms Projects To The 14th Assembly September 9th, 1999

Thank you, Madam Chairperson. Finally, Madam Chairperson, I recommend that this committee recommends that the proposed designs for a new flag and coat of arms finalized to date, be passed to a committee of the 14th Legislative Assembly to allow that Assembly to carry out the next steps leading to the final selection and adoption of these new symbols. Thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Committee Motion 4-13(8): To Retire The Old Mace And Adopt The New Mace September 9th, 1999

Madam Chairperson, I move that this committee recommends that the current Mace, used since 1959, be retired and placed on permanent display;

And further, that the new Mace of the Northwest Territories, commissioned by the Special Committee on Western Identity on behalf of the Legislative Assembly, be used at the First Session of the 14th Legislative Assembly.

Committee Motion 3-13(8): To Adopt The Tamarack As The Official Tree September 9th, 1999

Madam Chairperson, I move that this committee recommends that the Tamarack be adopted as the official tree of the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Committee Motion 2-13(8): To Adopt The Arctic Grayling As The Official Fish September 9th, 1999

Madam Chairperson, I move that this committee recommends that the Arctic Grayling be adopted as the official fish of the Northwest Territories. Thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Committee Motion 1-13(8): To Adopt The Diamond As The Official Gemstone September 9th, 1999

Thank you, Madam Chairperson. The next motion is regarding the Arctic Grayling and I would make note that it was at the persistence of my colleague, Mr. Ootes who kept bringing this item before the committee and it is culminative with this motion that I am going to make today.

Committee Motion 1-13(8): To Adopt The Diamond As The Official Gemstone September 9th, 1999

Madam Chairperson, I move that this committee recommends that the diamond be adopted as the official gemstone of the Northwest Territories.

Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters September 9th, 1999

Thank you, Madam Chairperson. Madam Chairperson, I had earlier in the proceedings read the overview of the Special Committee on Western Identity and I have some motions that I would propose now for the committee's considerations. Thank you, colleagues.

Committee Report 1-13(8): Report Of The Special Committee On Western Identity September 9th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I would request unanimous consent to waive rule 93(4) and have Committee Report 1-13(8) moved into committee of the whole for today. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.