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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.

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Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, I just have one question of the Minister, and I anticipate he probably does not have the information, but I would appreciate it if he could get it. What we have heard over the last few days, numerous points brought up around the pupil/teacher ratio in our classrooms in the Northwest Territories. I am wondering if the Minister could provide, if you will, a pupil/teacher ratio to the number of the bureaucracy including boards across the territories, the pupil/teacher ratio to the bureaucracy ratio, and if there is any research done to how that compares to other jurisdictions just to ensure we have a good functioning bureaucracy managing our education system. If the Minister could provide that at some time, I would appreciate it. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Motion 21-13(7): Funding For Special Needs Assessment And Programming May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I think it would be totally inappropriate for any Member to oppose this motion. We have all spoken earlier this week about the need for additional resources in education. I am somewhat miffed by the demand of it, that we put $5 million in. But I would like to clarify for the Minister that I would like to see this particular money coming from within the department. I would like every stone turned over to try and provide the funds that are required for the special needs that are asked for in this motion here. Mr. Speaker, I would very much encourage the Members of the social committee to work a lot closer with Members on this side of the House long before an item like this gets to this Legislature and if they will attend the meetings and make sure these other Members in this House are very aware of what they are proposing, it would be much easier to work collectively and support a motion like this. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 198-13(7): Wildlife Act Residency Requirements May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. What I am talking about is extending these hunting privileges to RCMP and DND personnel while stationed in the Northwest Territories and I accept the fact that where there are already settled claims, they should have the permission of that particular group to hunt or to be on that particular land. It is the public lands that I am talking about, Mr. Speaker, that allowing these particular groups of individuals who are not necessarily here because of choice, but because they are posted here, to have them given the right to hunt on these public lands. Could the Minister tell me if, in fact, the GNWT has the responsibility over those lands, not the aboriginal claimant lands, to allow hunting? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 198-13(7): Wildlife Act Residency Requirements May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my information indicates that, in fact, the RCMP and DND personnel who are posted to other parts of the country are permitted to hunt much sooner than a normal person moving to an area. The Minister had indicated that it is under review right now, but I do not believe he indicated as to when he would be bringing it forward in legislation. Could the Minister indicate again if he did not do it in the past, when will the legislation or the discussion paper be brought forward? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 198-13(7): Wildlife Act Residency Requirements May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of RWED. Mr. Speaker, a number of times in the life of this Legislature I have questioned the Minister on making changes to the Wildlife Act, which would permit RCMP and armed forces personnel to be able to hunt in the Northwest Territories. Mr. Speaker, the Minister informed me over the last four years that there was quite a backlog of legislation to prepare for Nunavut and now that division has taken place, I would like the Minister to tell me when the changes that he committed to a review of the Wildlife Act, when those changes would be presented for public consultation or for review of this House? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 193-13(7): WCB Surviving Spouse Benefits May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Minister for that clarification. Has the Workers' Compensation Board checked with other jurisdictions to find out what they do, regardless of what our legislation says? Has the Workers' Compensation Board checked with other jurisdictions to find out what they do in similar circumstances? Thank you.

Question 193-13(7): WCB Surviving Spouse Benefits May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am glad that the funds that the Workers' Compensation Board collects go to worthy causes, like looking after work for lawyers. My question, Mr. Speaker, is did the Workers' Compensation Board do a cost analysis of what it would have taken to resolve this issue by paying the annual figures out to the parties that have requested them, as opposed to getting a ruling from the court and having additional parties involved and financing that? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 193-13(7): WCB Surviving Spouse Benefits May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister, he has noted that there has been a request from the widow of a deceased worker. Can the Minister tell me the number of requests that he has had, or is this the first request that has come in and we are going to get the lawyers involved? Thank you.

Question 193-13(7): WCB Surviving Spouse Benefits May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Hopefully the Minister will be able to dispose of my questions on the same topic as Mr. Erasmus asked. My questions are for the Honourable Mr. Miltenberger, on his comments today on surviving spouse benefits through the Workers' Compensation Board. Mr. Speaker, my question to the Minister is, how much money is he talking about or does he have a figure on how much the cost of this action will take to find out if the Workers' Compensation Board should remunerate the widow of a deceased employee? How much will this action cost? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Member's Statement 164-13(7): Aboriginal Peoples Television Network May 12th, 1999

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise to inform the House of a new national television network. In February of this year the CRTC approved the application from the APTV, which is the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, to operate a national aboriginal television network. This network will come into effect in September of this year. The application for this new television network was made by TVNC, which is Television Northern Canada who, over the next few months, will transform itself into the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Mr. Speaker, what makes this so unique is that this network will offer aboriginal programming to all regions in Canada as well as offer international, indigenous programming to viewers. This is especially significant for Northerners to be proud of and will offer viewers in the North a television network free of charge. Southern viewers will be offered the same service at a cost of 15 cents per month. Unlike southern viewers, Northerners will have access to a special northern feed which means that viewers in the North will continue to be offered northern-specific programming such as the Legislative Assembly proceedings and distance-education programming. This will ensure viewers, particularly aboriginal people, a network with northern content.

The greatest benefit, Mr. Speaker, is that viewers in the North will now have access to other southern and international aboriginal-based programming that they would not otherwise be able to view. Like many residents of the North, I welcome this new addition to northern television, particularly on behalf of aboriginal people and look forward to viewing this network when it comes on-line in September. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.