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Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Amittuq

Lost his last election, in 1995, with 19% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Committee Motion 101-12(7): To Amend Clause 71 Of Bill 25, Carried June 22nd, 1995

My understanding is that the community of Pond Inlet teaches in Inuktitut from kindergarten at least up to grade 2 and as a subject for the rest of the grades. Does the community council have to get the Minister's approval under the current act so the students can be taught from kindergarten to grade 2?

Committee Motion 101-12(7): To Amend Clause 71 Of Bill 25, Carried June 22nd, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Section 72(1) reads: "The Minister may give direction establishing standards and guidelines for selection and use of language of instruction to ensure the maintenance of the highest possible standards of education." Does that apply to kindergarten, grade 3 and grade 5?

Committee Motion 101-12(7): To Amend Clause 71 Of Bill 25, Carried June 22nd, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My understanding is that the kids are taught in their first language, which is Inuktitut, from kindergarten up to grade 2. I wanted to get comfort from the Minister that specifically cites that this will continue on even further than grade 2. He didn't cite a clause which would give me comfort. He is saying it will be left up to the DEA; provided that there is significant demand, sufficient number of teachers fluent in that particular language, that they are available, that materials are available, and the Minister has to approve it. Whereas before, it was up to the local education authority if this was taught. They didn't have to go to the Minister, or cite whether there was significant demand or a sufficient number of teachers to teach that language. Now, I understand they have to. If the DEA approves it, does it go up to the Minister? Could the Minister cite a clause in this act that will give me comfort that whatever is happening in Pond Inlet, Igloolik and Hall Beach will continue, or even become better than it is today for the Inuktitut language?

Committee Motion 101-12(7): To Amend Clause 71 Of Bill 25, Carried June 22nd, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I have been listening with interest on this section. I believe the section deals with the language of instruction in this particular bill. It sets out the language of instruction that will be taught in the school. My understanding is that the existing bill allows the students to be taught in their own language, at least in the Baffin region, from kindergarten to grade 2. I wonder if the Minister could cite, in this proposed bill, something that would give me the comfort that would guarantee that the language of instruction will be the same or even better than grade 2; that would specifically cite that the first language would be taught.

Question 625-12(7): Stricter Residency Requirements Under Bip June 15th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, we are running out of time in this Legislative Assembly. As Members know, this is the last session. Would the Minister be able to table the document, after it goes through Cabinet, before this weekend? Thank you.

Question 625-12(7): Stricter Residency Requirements Under Bip June 15th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I have listened with interest to the points Mr. Patterson has been making. Mr. Speaker, I have tried a number of times to relate to the Minister of DPW that there are unfair practices that are taking place because of the business incentive policy. I take it the Minister is trying to fix it. The Minister stated that if the Member knows of any practices that seem unfair to long-term northerners, he should relate them. I have stated a number of times to the Minister that there are, in my interpretation, non-residents of the Northwest Territories who are considered residents of the Northwest Territories when they apply the BIP.

Mr. Speaker, would the Minister be open to making the business incentive policy apply the same as the voters' list? I understand that, to vote in the Northwest Territories, and to be considered a Northwest Territories resident, you have to be here a year in order to vote. Also, the voting requirements for local governments require that you be there for a certain time. Would the Minister be open to changing the policy so that northern residents have to be here a year before they are considered under the business incentive policy, and that to be considered a local business person, you have to be eligible to vote in municipal elections? Thank you.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In April, the Premier indicated that the draft handbook had to be reviewed due to a reduction in funding. Does the Premier have a date for when this very important guiding document will be ready? Thank you.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Thank you. Would the Premier be able to provide to the Legislative Assembly the list of those aboriginal groups who had general discussions with the officials of the department? Thank you.

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Supplementary, in the Premier's answer she said there had been general discussions with aboriginal groups. What sort of general discussions? Were they discussing how the handbook was going to be developed? What was the discussion about?

Question 592-12(7): Consultation For Development Of Official Languages Handbook June 13th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Premier a question. Last week, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Koe asked when the handbook for official languages implementation would be ready. We are now six months past the time when the Minister originally said the document would be ready. In developing the handbook, it is critical that there be consultation with aboriginal groups. These groups represent the people directly affected by the process and procedures which will be established in the handbook. Can the Premier describe how aboriginal groups and other language interest groups were consulted during the development of the handbook? Thank you.