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  • His favourite word was cho.

Last in the Legislative Assembly November 2021, as MLA for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Lost his last election, a byelection in 2022, by acclaimation.

Statements in the House

Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters December 10th, 2019

Mahsi cho, Madam Chair. I move that the chair rise and report progress.

Motion 12-19(1): Appointments to the Standing Committee on Government Operations, Carried December 10th, 2019

Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker. Appointments to the Standing Committee on Government Operations.

WHEREAS Rule 89(2) requires that Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Government Operations;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Government Operations:

  • Ms. Lesa Semmler, the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes;
  • Ms. Caitlin Cleveland, the Member for Kam Lake;
  • Ms. Frieda Martselos, the Member for Thebacha;
  • Ms. Julie Green, the Member for Yellowknife Centre; and
  • Mr. Rylund Johnson, the Member for Yellowknife North.

AND FURTHER, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Government Operations as alternate members:

  • Mr. Ronald Bonnetrouge, the Member for Deh Cho;
  • Mr. Kevin O'Reilly, the Member for Frame Lake; and
  • Mr. Jackie Jacobson, the Member for Nunakput.

Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker.

Motion 12-19(1): Appointments to the Standing Committee on Government Operations, Carried December 10th, 2019

Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to deal with the motion I gave notice of earlier today.

Motion 11-19(1): Appointments to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment, Carried December 10th, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Appointments to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment.

WHEREAS Rule 89(2) requires that Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment;

NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment:

  • Mr. Ronald Bonnetrouge, the Member for Deh Cho;
  • Mr. Kevin O'Reilly, the Member for Frame Lake;
  • Mr. Jackie Jacobson, the Member for Nunakput;
  • Mrs. Frieda Martselos, the Member for Thebacha; and
  • Mr. Rylund Johnson, the Member for Yellowknife North.

AND FURTHER, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment as alternate members:

  • Mrs. Lesa Semmler, the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes;
  • Ms. Caitlin Cleveland, the Member for Kam Lake; and
  • Mr. Steve Norn, the Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

Thank you.

Motion 11-19(1): Appointments to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment, Carried December 10th, 2019

Mahsi, Mr. Speaker. I seek unanimous consent to deal with the motion I gave notice of earlier today.

Motion 12-19(1): Appointments to the Standing Committee on Government Operations December 10th, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I've got one more, here. I give notice that, on Thursday, December 12, 2019, I will move the following motion: Now therefore I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Government Operations:

  • Mrs. Lesa Semmler, the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes;
  • Ms. Caitlin Cleveland, the Member for Kam Lake;
  • Mrs. Frieda Martselos, the Member for Thebacha;
  • Ms. Julie Green, the Member for Yellowknife Centre; and
  • Mr. Rylund Johnson, the Member for Yellowknife North.

And further, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Government Operations as alternate Members:

  • Mr. Ronald Bonnetrouge, the Member for Deh Cho;
  • Mr. Kevin O'Reilly, the Member for Frame Lake; and
  • Mr. Jackie Jacobson, the Member for Nunakput.

Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time, I will be seeking unanimous consent to deal with this motion today. Mahsi cho.

Motion 11-19(1): Appointments to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment December 10th, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I give notice that, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019, I will move the following motion: Now therefore I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment:

  • Mr. Ronald Bonnetrouge, the Member for Deh Cho;
  • Mr. Kevin O'Reilly, the Member for Frame Lake;
  • Mr. Jackie Jacobson, the Member for Nunakput;
  • Mrs. Frieda Martselos, the Member for Thebacha; and
  • Mr. Rylund Johnson, the Member for Yellowknife North.

And further, that the following Members be appointed to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment as alternate members:

  • Mrs. Lesa Semmler, the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes;
  • Ms. Caitlin Cleveland, the Member for Kam Lake; and
  • Mr. Steve Norn, the Member for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

Mr. Speaker, at the appropriate time, I will be seeking unanimous consent to deal with this motion today.

Question 9-19(1): Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Policies Audit December 10th, 2019

One last question, and I don't expect a response right away on this, but, just from what you're telling me, it would be nice to know what some other key indicators would be. My last question is: I would like to ask for some stats on the number of applications and the number of denials in terms of program requests, housing program requests, by community. Mahsi cho.

Question 9-19(1): Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Policies Audit December 10th, 2019

Again, just to follow up with that, I'm just trying to wrap my head around this. What concrete changes within the NWT Housing Corporation have occurred since the last audit? Mahsi cho.

Question 9-19(1): Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Policies Audit December 10th, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In October, when we did a roundtable in this House, I mentioned briefly about how a lot of our people in the North face obstacles and barriers when it comes to accessing government programs, specifically housing programs. I firmly believe there are too many barriers for our vulnerable populations, our elders, low-income, disabled, and what I have been noticing during my campaign and even during the last few weeks is that a lot of language that is used is "too complicated" and that it needs to be simpler.

I have heard countless accounts of denied program applications for housing. Before I ask this question, I have a couple of elders in mind in my hometown in Deninu Kue. They didn't make a big ask. They didn't ask for a large mansion or a large home. They asked for some simple renovations to some doors and windows that would help them save some heating costs. It costs a lot to live in the North, and they're not asking for a lot. I felt it was so undignified, the way they were treated, and I want to speak to that.

I'll ask my question to the Minister. My question to the Minister of the NWT Housing Corporation is: when is the last time the NWT Housing Corporation conducted an audit of the policies, and how often do they occur? Mahsi cho, Mr. Speaker.