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November 15, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here today for this historic event, and the realization of the dream Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker had to connect our nation from coast to coast to coast.

Thank you to her Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General Julie Payette, for being here to celebrate with us today, and to Ministers Amarjeet Sohi and Carolyn Bennett. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Canada.

October 20, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on October 20, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories is following through on its mandate to strengthen connections with public sector partners in order to invest in strategic transportation infrastructure.

October 17, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on October 17, 2017

Mr. Speaker, more than 50 years ago Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced his goal to connect Canada coast to coast to coast.

Today, I am pleased to announce the official opening of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway will be held on November 15, 2017. Canada’s first highway to the Arctic Ocean will finally connect the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk to our all-season highway system, while allowing for new economic opportunities, increased tourism, improved accessibility to health care, and a lower cost of living for residents.

October 3, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on October 3, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories is nearing the successful completion of its first season delivering Marine Transportation Services to communities on the Mackenzie River and Arctic coast.

October 3, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered October 3, 2017

Mr. Speaker, since 2013, September 30th has been marked as Orange Shirt Day, a day for all Canadians to remember the survivors of the residential school system.

Organizers chose an orange shirt as the symbol for that day based on a story told by Phyllis Jack Webstat, a survivor of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake, BC. In her story, Ms. Webstat tells of having the shiny, new orange shirt her grandmother had given to her being taken away on her first day at residential school.

September 26, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on September 26, 2017

Mr. Speaker, infrastructure investments help connect residents to essential services, lower the cost of living, increase our resiliency to the impacts of climate change, and support economic development. Today, I want to provide Members an update on priority infrastructure projects being pursued by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

September 22, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on September 22, 2017

Mr. Speaker, our government has made commitments in its mandate to investigate and implement renewable and alternative energy solutions, explore the potential for the development of hydroelectric power and transmission lines, and develop wind and solar energies to replace diesel. Transitioning away from expensive fossil fuels for home heating and electricity generation will be critical for reducing the cost of living for residents, and protecting the NWT environment.

August 28, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Check Against Delivery

I would like to thank Minister Garneau for being here today to see first-hand the infrastructure challenges we face in the North.

Infrastructure investment is critical to the development of our territory, and we look forward to accessing the various funding opportunities available to us.

June 13, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on June 13, 2017

Check against Delivery

Good morning everyone,

On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories, I’m pleased to welcome you to Inuvik and the Arctic Energy and Emerging Technologies Conference.

June 2, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on June 2, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has passed legislation to establish a revolving fund for the Yellowknife Airport. This initiative will allow for significant improvements to the Airport that will enhance services for users and make the Airport a bigger economic driver for the entire North.

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