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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Page 3652NORTHWEST TERRITORIES HANSARD November 2, 2009

Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly

4th SessionDay 1216th Assembly

HANSARD

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pages 3619 - 3652

The Honourable Paul Delorey, Speaker

Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories

Members of the Legislative Assembly

Speaker

Hon. Paul Delorey

(Hay River North)

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Mr. Glen Abernethy

(Great Slave)

Mr. Tom Beaulieu

(Tu Nedhe)

Ms. Wendy Bisaro

(Frame Lake)

Mr. Bob Bromley

(Weledeh)

Mrs. Jane Groenewegen

(Hay River South)

Mr. Robert Hawkins

(Yellowknife Centre)

Mr. Jackie Jacobson

(Nunakput)

Mr. David Krutko

(Mackenzie Delta)

Hon. Jackson Lafferty

(Monfwi)

Minister of Justice

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Hon. Sandy Lee

(Range Lake)

Minister of Health and Social Services

Minister responsible for the

Status of Women

Minister responsible for

Persons with Disabilities

Minister responsible for Seniors

Hon. Bob McLeod

(Yellowknife South)

Minister of Human Resources

Minister of Industry, Tourism

and Investment

Minister responsible for the

Public Utilities Board

Minister responsible for

Energy Initiatives

Hon. Michael McLeod

(Deh Cho)

Minister of Transportation

Minister of Public Works and Services

Hon. Robert C. McLeod

(Inuvik Twin Lakes)

Minister of Municipal and

Community Affairs

Minister responsible for the

NWT Housing Corporation

Minister responsible for the Workers'

Safety and Compensation

Commission

Minister responsible for Youth

Mr. Kevin Menicoche

(Nahendeh)

Hon. Michael Miltenberger

(Thebacha)

Deputy Premier

Government House Leader

Minister of Finance

Minister responsible for the Financial

Management Board Secretariat

Minister of Environment and

Natural Resources

Mr. Dave Ramsay

(Kam Lake)

Hon. Floyd Roland

(Inuvik Boot Lake)

Premier

Minister of Executive

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

and Intergovernmental Relations

Minister responsible for the

NWT Power Corporation

Mr. Norman Yakeleya

(Sahtu)

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Officers

Clerk of the Legislative Assembly

Mr. Tim Mercer

Deputy ClerkPrincipal ClerkPrincipal Clerk,Law Clerks

of CommitteesOperations

Mr. Doug SchauerteMs. Jennifer KnowlanMs. Gail BennettMs. Sheila MacPherson

Ms. Sarah Kay

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Box 1320

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Tel: (867) 669-2200 Fax: (867) 920-4735 Toll-Free: 1-800-661-0784

http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca

Published under the authority of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRAYER3619

MINISTERS' STATEMENTS3619

28-16(4) - Meeting of Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and

Leaders of National Aboriginal Organizations (Roland)3619

29-16(4) - Mining Industry in the Northwest Territories (B. McLeod)3619

30-16(4) - Career Focusing (Lafferty)3620

MEMBERS' STATEMENTS3621

Centre for Northern Families Funding Difficulties (Bromley)3621

Gymnasium for Ecole Allain St-Cyr (Abernethy)3622

Thieves Targeting Unlocked Motor Vehicles (Ramsay)3622

Transfer of GNWT Positions to Smaller Communities (Beaulieu)3623

Proposed Mactung Mining Operation (Yakeleya)3623

Senior Fuel Subsidy Income Threshold (Menicoche)3624

Impacts of Fall Capital Budget on Program Delivery (Krutko)3624

Designation of Street Names to Commemorate Victims of Violence (Hawkins)3624

Psychiatric Assessments Capacity (Bisaro)3625

RECOGNITIONS OF VISITORS IN THE GALLERY3625

ORAL QUESTIONS3626

WRITTEN QUESTIONS3636

TABLING OF DOCUMENTS3636

NOTICES OF MOTION3636

4-16(4) - Report of Sole Adjudicator - Roland Inquiry (Ramsay)3636

5-16(4) - Hand-Held Devices Ban for Motor Vehicle Drivers (Bisaro)3636

NOTICES OF MOTION FOR FIRST READING OF BILLS3636

Bill 6 - Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), 2010-2011 (Miltenberger)3636

Bill 7 - An Act to Amend the Summary Conviction Procedures Act (Lafferty)3636

MOTIONS3637

4-16(4) - Report of Sole Adjudicator - Roland Inquiry (Ramsay)3637

FIRST READING OF BILLS3650

Bill 4 - An Act to Amend the Child and Family Services Act (Lee)3650

Bill 5 - An Act to Amend the Commissioners Land Act (R. McLeod)3651

CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF BILLS AND OTHER MATTERS3651

REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE3651

ORDERS OF THE DAY3651

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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Monday, November 2, 2009

Members Present

Mr. Abernethy, Mr. Beaulieu, Ms. Bisaro, Mr. Bromley, Hon. Paul Delorey, Mrs. Groenewegen, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Krutko, Hon. Jackson Lafferty, Hon. Sandy Lee, Hon. Bob McLeod, Hon. Michael McLeod, Hon. Robert McLeod, Mr. Menicoche, Hon. Michael Miltenberger, Mr. Ramsay, Hon. Floyd Roland, Mr. Yakeleya

November 2, 2009NORTHWEST TERRITORIES HANSARDPage 3651

The House met at 1:32 p.m.

Prayer

---Prayer

SPEAKER (Hon. Paul Delorey): Good afternoon, colleagues. Welcome back to the Chamber. Orders of the day. Item 2, Ministers statements. The honourable Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Roland.

Ministers StatementsMINISTERS STATEMENT 28-16(4):MEETING OF MINISTERS OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS AND LEADERS OF NATIONAL ABORIGINAL ORGANIZATIONS

HON. FLOYD ROLAND: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Id like to take this opportunity to report on the results of last weeks meeting between federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and leaders of the five national aboriginal organizations.

This meeting marks the renewal of a national process involving all levels of government and national aboriginal organizations to advance aboriginal issues. Aboriginal Affairs Ministers and the leaders of the national aboriginal organizations came together for the first time in more than four years to find ways of working together in an effort to address a broad range of issues facing First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples today.

At the 2009 Council of the Federation meeting, provincial and territorial Premiers held a pre-meeting with national aboriginal organization leaders and announced their intention to form a ministerial working group with national aboriginal leaders and the federal government.

This working group was directed to examine how governments and national aboriginal organizations can work more effectively to improve the quality of life for aboriginal peoples living in all parts of Canada. At this time, the focus of this working group is on results-oriented action in the areas of education and skills training and economic development, with the intention of having this action serve as the foundation for a possible First Ministers meeting on aboriginal issues in 2010.

I believe that this meeting marks a significant milestone in addressing the difficult and complex socio-economic conditions often encountered by aboriginal people in Canada. Participants acknowledged that the area of health and well-being is fundamental to achieving progress in education and economic development. It will be of utmost importance that the federal government works with its provincial, territorial and aboriginal partners for this process to success.

At the meeting I was pleased to share some of our success stories, showing how we are working with our northern partners to support the aspirations of our aboriginal population. I also took the opportunity to learn from others about the good things going on all over this country. It was agreed that we will meet again early next year to advance work in the identified priority areas and I look forward to reporting further progress at that time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr. Roland. The honourable Minister responsible for Industry, Tourism and Investment, Mr. Bob McLeod.

MINISTERS STATEMENT 29-16(4):MINING INDUSTRY IN THENORTHWEST TERRITORIES

HON. BOB MCLEOD: Mr. Speaker, today I am pleased to provide an update on the mining industry in the Northwest Territories.

Economic activity relies strongly on the use of natural resources. We live in a global era with a rapidly expanding world population dependent on the sustainable development of resources. Fortunately, in the Northwest Territories, we are blessed with an endowment of non-renewable resources and have been successful in using these to sustain economic growth.

Mineral exploration has brought significant economic opportunities to our Territory.

In 2007, almost $200 million was spent on mineral exploration in the Northwest Territories. This means contracts to fly planes and helicopters to exploration sites and camps. This means jobs to unload su