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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly

4th SessionDay 1815th Assembly

HANSARD

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Pages 551 - 610

The Honourable Paul Delorey, Speaker

Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories

Members of the Legislative Assembly

Speaker

Hon. Paul Delorey

(Hay River North)

Hon. Brendan Bell

(Yellowknife South)

Minister of Justice

Minister of Industry, Tourism

and Investment

Mr. Bill Braden

(Great Slave)

Hon. Charles Dent

(Frame Lake)

Government House Leader

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Minister responsible for the

Status of Women

Minister responsible for the

Workers' Compensation Board

Mrs. Jane Groenewegen

(Hay River South)

Hon. Joe Handley

(Weledeh)

Premier

Minister of the Executive

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs

Minister responsible for the

Intergovernmental Forum

Mr. Robert Hawkins

(Yellowknife Centre)

Hon. David Krutko

(Mackenzie-Delta)

Minister responsible for the

NWT Housing Corporation

Minister responsible for the

NWT Power Corporation

Mr. Jackson Lafferty

(Monfwi)

Ms. Sandy Lee

(Range Lake)

Hon. Michael McLeod

(Deh Cho)

Minister of Transportation

Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Minister responsible for the

Public Utilities Board

Minister responsible for Youth

Mr. Robert McLeod

(Inuvik Twin Lakes)

Mr. Kevin Menicoche

(Nahendeh)

Hon. J. Michael Miltenberger

(Thebacha)

Minister of Health and Social Services

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities

Minister responsible for Seniors

Mr. Calvin Pokiak

(Nunakput)

Mr. David Ramsay

(Kam Lake)

Hon. Floyd Roland

(Inuvik Boot Lake)

Deputy Premier

Minister of Finance

Minister responsible for the Financial Management Board Secretariat

Minister of Public Works and Services

Mr. Robert Villeneuve

(Tu Nedhe)

Mr. Norman Yakeleya

(Sahtu)

Officers

Clerk of the Legislative Assembly

Mr. Tim Mercer

Deputy ClerkClerk of CommitteesAssistant ClerkLaw Clerks

Mr. Doug SchauerteMr. Dave InchMr. Darrin OuelletteMr. Glen Boyd

Ms. Kelly Payne

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

PRAYER551

MINISTERS' STATEMENTS551

57-15(4) - Northern Transportation Conference551

58-15(4) - National Adoption Awareness Month551

59-15(4) - Student Financial Assistance - Building our Capacity552

MEMBERS' STATEMENTS552

Ms. Lee on Tribute to Young Classical Guitarist Lyndon Duong552

Mr. Yakeleya on Sahtu Region RCMP Special Constables553

Mrs. Groenewegen on Protecting Children from Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke553

Mr. Lafferty on Aboriginal Language Literacy and School-Based Programs554

Mr Villeneuve on GNWT Support for Akaitcho Process Negotiations554

Mr. Pokiak on Name Change for the Hamlet of Holman555

Mr. Robert McLeod on Samuel Hearne Secondary School Contracting Process555

Mr. Braden on Access to Student Financial Assistance556

Mr. Menicoche on Nahendeh Housing Concerns556

Mr. Ramsay on Administration of Sole Sourced and Negotiated Contracts556

Mr. Hawkins on Seniors' and Disabled Person's Housing Concerns557

Hon. David Krutko on Birthday Greetings to Mackenzie Delta Constituents557

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS IN THE GALLERY558, 586

ORAL QUESTIONS559

RETURNS TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS570

REPLIES TO OPENING ADDRESS571

TABLING OF DOCUMENTS571

NOTICES OF MOTION575

11-15(4) - Beverage Container Recovery Program575

MOTIONS575

8-15(4) - Energy Costs and Overall Cost of Living575

11-15(4) - Beverage Container Recovery Program581

CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF BILLS AND OTHER MATTERS587

REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE609

ORDERS OF THE DAY609

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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Members Present

Honourable Brendan Bell, Mr. Braden, Honourable Paul Delorey, Honourable Charles Dent, Mrs. Groenewegen, Honourable Joe Handley, Mr. Hawkins, Honourable David Krutko, Mr. Lafferty, Ms. Lee, Honourable Michael McLeod, Mr. McLeod, Mr. Menicoche, Honourable Michael Miltenberger, Mr. Pokiak, Mr. Ramsay, Honourable Floyd Roland, Mr. Villeneuve, Mr. Yakeleya

October 26, 2005NORTHWEST TERRITORIES HANSARDPage 597

ITEM 1: PRAYER

---Prayer

SPEAKER (Hon. Paul Delorey): Good afternoon, Members. Welcome to the House. Orders of the day. Item 2, Ministers statements. The honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. McLeod.

ITEM 2: MINISTERS STATEMENTSMinisters Statement 57-15(4): Northern Transportation Conference

HON. MICHAEL MCLEOD: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the House of the upcoming northern transportation conference to be held in Yellowknife on November 8th to 10th. It will be co-hosted by three of Canadas leading transportation think tanks: The Van Horne Institute, the Transportation Institute of the University of Manitoba, and the Western Transportation Advisory Council, or WESTAC.

Mr. Speaker, this conference will help focus the spotlight on the North and our transportation system. It will bring together delegates from across Canada to inform them of the immense opportunities in the North and transportations role in achieving these opportunities. In the end, delegates will be challenged to work collectively to draft a transportation action plan.

To help develop this action plan, delegates will hear a number of presentations and panel discussions on topics such as transportation partnerships, the state of northern transportation infrastructure, the challenges facing all modes of transportation, the impact of pipeline development, climate change, and northern sovereignty and security.

Mr. Speaker, this is an impressive list of topics. To do them justice, the conference organizers have invited an equally impressive list of presenters. They have drawn from industry, academia, governments and aboriginal organizations to ensure a balanced and spirited discussion.

Mr. Speaker, we are pleased to report that officials from the Department of Transportation, along with their colleagues from Nunavut and the Yukon, have had significant input into the development of the conference themes and selection of keynote speakers and expert presenters. The Department of Transportation is also providing financial and administrative support, as well as a number of speakers. With my counterparts from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, we will be discussing the need for partnerships with the western provinces in achieving economic growth and providing improved transportation services.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, we look forward to attending the northern transportation conference and participating in what will be a challenging and enlightening forum. This will be a great opportunity to showcase the North to the rest of Canada and highlight the unique transportation issues facing us. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

---Applause

MR. SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr. McLeod. Item 2, Ministers statements. The honourable Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Miltenberger.

Ministers Statement 58-15(4): National Adoption Awareness Month

HON. MICHAEL MILTENBERGER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This is an opportunity to recognize all those adoptive families in the NWT who have opened their hearts to children in need of families.

Adoption provides a child with permanence and security. All children need roots and a feeling that they belong to a family. This feeling of belonging affects their sense of self-worth. It helps to determine how they see themselves in relation to others and to their community.

There were 43 custom adoptions last year. Custom adoptions ensure aboriginal children in care are raised with aboriginal families whenever possible, keeping them connected to their extended family and community. Additionally, the department arranged and completed 13 other adoptions last year.

The face of adoption has changed over the years. There are children of all ages being adopted in the NWT, including some with special needs. Many hopeful adoptive parents believe that children will enrich their lives and that they have a lot to offer a child in need.

Prospective parents can be married, common-law, or single. Individuals, like a step-parent, can also adopt their spouses children. Some prospective parents are childless, while others are looking to expand their families, or have children who have grown up and left home. Regardless, the support and security of a permanent home is paramount to any childs development, and each child in the NWT is entitled to healthy development and a loving family.

As we celebrate adoptive families, let us remember that there are