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

Mr. Speaker, keeping in mind that summer break for some communities, like the communities of Pond Inlet and Hall Beach, will be towards the beginning of June until early August, and since that time is approaching very quickly, when does the Minister think he will be able to talk to the union? Thank you.

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

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Some time earlier this session, I asked the Minister of FMBS about students hired during summer break by the government. The response I got from the government was interesting: that they couldn't get away from paying students $18 per hour and more because of the collective agreement. Those are last year's rates, this year they are probably more.

Mr. Speaker, the Minister understands the situation very well, I believe. Our interest is to hire as many students as possible in small communities where there are very few jobs. Also, Mr. Speaker, the private sector cannot compete with the government in this area. They have to pay minimum wage, which I believe is between $5 to $7 per hour. I wonder if the government is working on finding ways, in the interest of hiring as many students as possible for summer break, to allow that to happen? Is the government working on policies or finding out ways to get away from the collective agreement for casual workers? Thank you.

Question 390-12(7): Regulations Re Section 11 Of Official Languages Act April 4th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The whole idea of having an Official Languages Act is to allow speakers of the official languages of the NWT to communicate with the government in their own language. Public notices published by government are an important means of communication. This is recognized by section 11 of the act. This section is meaningless if regulations do not exist to direct government departments and institutions regarding the translation of public notices into official languages. It seems to me that the government has not developed regulations. I would like to know, when will the government enact such regulations to adhere to section 11 of the act? Thank you.

Question 390-12(7): Regulations Re Section 11 Of Official Languages Act April 4th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since there seems to be no regulation, even though the act has been in force since December 31, 1990 -- more than four years -- why has the government not prepared regulations as required by this legislation? Thank you.

Question 390-12(7): Regulations Re Section 11 Of Official Languages Act April 4th, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Premier a question. Section 11 of the Official Languages Act says "Public notice issued by the government shall be promulgated in both official languages..." presumably meaning English and French, "...and in such other official languages as may be prescribed by regulation." I wonder if the Premier could tell the House what regulations exist relating to this section? Thank you.

Question 370-12(7): Status Of Charging GNWT Employees Market Rates For Parking March 31st, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I think the Minister has tried very hard so that this big government doesn't compete with the small private sector that sometimes he has a hard time staying alive. We heard on the news this week that the Centre Square Mall is having a difficult time staying alive. There's parking involved in that too. Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister, since he has tried very hard to make government services compatible with market rates -- for instance, housing tenants are paying market rates -- is he going to direct his department, like he said he would, to raise the parking costs according to Yellowknife's market rates? Thank you.

Question 370-12(7): Status Of Charging GNWT Employees Market Rates For Parking March 31st, 1995

Mr. Speaker, is he taking the question as notice or what is he doing?

Question 370-12(7): Status Of Charging GNWT Employees Market Rates For Parking March 31st, 1995

Mr. Speaker, this still does not answer the question I asked him back on November 1, 1994. He committed to this House that he would look at raising the rates up to market rates, since it was unfair competition to the private sector. I wonder if he is going to uphold his commitment so that it will be fair competition in the private sector.

Question 370-12(7): Status Of Charging GNWT Employees Market Rates For Parking March 31st, 1995

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister of Public Works and Services, Mr. Speaker, on November 1, 1994 when I asked the Minister about the government parking spaces, the Minister made a commitment to this House that he will be raising the cost for government parking spaces in Yellowknife to market rates. When I asked the Minister again this week, what rates were being charged for these spots, his answer was that the government was only charging an amount equal to the government's cost for electrical, lot maintenance and lot lease. This rate is still significantly lower than the market rate. Can the Minister explain why his department has decided to provide -- after he made this commitment to charge market rates -- parking spots for government employees at a much lower rate than the current market rate? Thank you.