(November 4, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, as we prepare to commemorate Remembrance Day, I am pleased to confirm the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is designating a section of Highway 1, from the Alberta border to Enterprise, as the NWT Highway of Heroes. This designation will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Northern soldiers, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and rescue personnel, and other first responders who have died in the line of duty.
(October 31, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, improving the delivery of programs and services, especially to residents of smaller, remote communities, is an important goal for our government. Later this fiscal year the Department of Transportation will be providing residents with the option to access driver and motor vehicle services from the comfort of their homes, workplaces or from anywhere else with an internet connection.
(October 30, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to update the House on the progress being made to advance the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway project. This winter, we plan to begin constructing the final link between the NWT Highway system and the Arctic coast community of Tuktoyaktuk. This all-weather highway will be constructed in one of Canada’s most challenging environments.
(October 29. 2013) - Good morning. I’d like to start by acknowledging the Van Horne Institute for their work in organizing this year’s Northern Transportation Conference.
(October 24, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, holding both the transportation and economic development portfolios, I very much appreciate the strong contribution that transportation makes to a strong and prosperous Northwest Territories. Transportation has always been at the forefront of enabling Northerners to grow and develop our economy. Never has the role that transportation plays been more important to guaranteeing our future growth and prosperity than it is today.
(June 19, 2013) - Keynote address to the Canadian Institute's Arctic Logistics and Infrastructure Conference
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I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to speak to you today.
Thank you in particular to the Canadian Institute for putting on this very timely forum to discuss the logistical challenges – and opportunities - of operating in our northern setting.
(June 6, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, achieving our government’s vision of a strong, prosperous Territory requires that adequate supporting infrastructure, such as the transportation system, is in place to effectively link communities to opportunities for social growth and economic prosperity.
(May 30, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, achieving our vision of a strong, prosperous territory requires a balanced approach that advances our economic, social and environmental priorities. This government is moving forward on all those fronts and the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway demonstrates our commitment to each of those areas.
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Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me here this evening. I trust you are having a productive conference. It is a pleasure to join you at your annual banquet.
(April 10, 2013) - Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this, the 37th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Northern Air Transport
Association. It is a privilege to be with you today as you seek to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of the northern aviation industry. Your discussions on issues such as airline safety, airport efficiency, and cargo security are timely and needed to respond to the growing challenges facing northern aviation.