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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

Question 512-12(7): Devolution Of Technical Officer Trainee Position To Pond Inlet June 6th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister of Public Works...I believe that the Minister is aware of an Inuk woman who has worked as a technical officer and as a project manager trainee, and has recently moved to Pond Inlet from Iqaluit. My question to the Minister is since DPW has many important projects in Pond Inlet and other High Arctic communities, is the Minister open to finding a way to devolve her position up to the High Arctic to support those projects? Thank you.

Lack Of Federal Preparation Re Bill C-68 June 6th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, the bill would have an adverse impact on the people of the Northwest Territories. For instance, if the proposed bill goes ahead, it would be virtually impossible for me to loan a gun to my friend or to my family home in Pond Inlet so they could go hunting. Before I did that, I would have to get a permit from Yellowknife so that my friend and family could take possession of my gun and go hunting. This practice would unnecessarily affect kids who are learning how to hunt.

If I did anything to contradict the act, it would make me a criminal. It would make many of my constituents, whose practices are safe but which go against the act, criminals, which otherwise they would not be.

Mr. Speaker, I would urge everyone in the Northwest Territories, especially the Legislative Assembly, to continue to pursue making changes to Bill C-68. Thank you.

---Applause

Lack Of Federal Preparation Re Bill C-68 June 6th, 1995

(Translation) Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I also stand today to talk about Bill C-68. Last month, my constituents were visited and they were not informed beforehand of the visit. We were only told by fax a few hours before they were coming. It was only the day before that we were informed that people from the federal government were visiting my constituents. (Translation ends)

There is a concern that Bill C-68 is going to adversely affect a lot of people in the Northwest Territories. I'm afraid that since the officials from the federal Department of Justice have visited some communities, now they can say they have consulted. They have not consulted. When they went to my constituency, they did not let me or the community know ahead of time. I learned by accident. The Member for Iqaluit was in Iqaluit at the time and he learned that the officials from the department were going to Igloolik. He contacted our Clerk and, fortunately, our Clerk was able to contact me to tell me the officials were going to Igloolik the next day. It was unfortunate that they didn't have the courtesy to let the people and me know they were coming in.

They have not consulted in terms of seeking input from the people of the Northwest Territories. The bill, if it becomes law, will have a profound impact on hunters.

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to continue.

Question 486-12(7): Purchase Of GNWT Staff Housing In Small Communities April 27th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Government Leader, in the small communities are government employees still able to purchase the houses they are living in?

Question 484-12(7): Minister's Knowledge Of Pond Inlet Housing Association Contract April 27th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank the Premier for her very appropriate answer. Maybe while she's looking into the answers, she could also look into why, if the job was to be subcontracted to another company, it wasn't tendered all over again if the main contractor who was given the job was not able to do it. Thank you.

Question 484-12(7): Minister's Knowledge Of Pond Inlet Housing Association Contract April 27th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Premier, since I know the Minister of Housing is not here today. The Premier has, in fact, on a number of occasions, gone up to Pond Inlet to discuss contracts; local contractors as opposed to outside contractors. Does the Premier know or is she aware that the retrofit job of the Pond Inlet Housing Association is being subcontracted to a Resolute Bay firm? Thank you.

Awarding Of Housing Contract In Resolute Bay April 27th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The two companies that are maintaining maintenance garages and mechanics for their equipment are operating 365 days a year. How can this company be given local status when it operates seasonally? I will state again, Quilaut Construction is forced to compete on the same footing, and they have time and time

again demonstrated their commitment to this community by hiring a record number of local people, which no outside contractors can ever come close to matching.

At the appropriate time, Mr. Speaker, I'll be asking the government those kinds of questions. Thank you.

Awarding Of Housing Contract In Resolute Bay April 27th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It has come to my attention that in 1994, housing retrofit contracts for Pond Inlet were awarded to a company named D and B Construction, and have since been given to Kheraj Enterprises Limited from Resolute Bay. I was informed that the owner of D and B was pressured into subcontracting his contracts to Kheraj Enterprises Limited. Chris Lupiano, an official from the Housing Corporation in Yellowknife, met with Aziz in Resolute to discuss the whole issue. One D and B official was contacted on the same day by both the official of the Housing Corporation and Kheraj Enterprises persuading him to subcontract the whole retrofit work to Kheraj Enterprises.

My question would be why the retrofit was not retendered if it wasn't going to be done by the contractor who was given the contract to do it. There are two contractors capable of doing the work presently in Pond Inlet at this moment.

On the other matter, I would like to know what is happening with our review of Kheraj Enterprises Limited local status for Pond Inlet. DPW personnel in Pond Inlet recently observed for themselves that all of Kheraj Enterprises Limited houses and mobile equipment are boarded up; and, though the Kheraj operation in Pond Inlet was set to be seasonal, the local contractors are operating 365 days of the year and maintaining two maintenance garages.

Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

Question 467-12(7): Policies For Student Summer Employment April 12th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In my community of Pond Inlet, the government has only been able to employ two summer students. With the amount of money in casual wages allocated to the community, they could probably employ 10 to 12 students. Can the Minister assure the community that they will be able to do that by the summer break? Thank you.

Question 467-12(7): Policies For Student Summer Employment April 12th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I understand the government having to comply with the collective agreement. Is the government also looking at ways of using third parties instead of having the private sector pay these summer students so the wages will be compatible with other independent

businesses? Are they exploring the area of contract agreements? Thank you.