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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was nunavut.

Last in Parliament October 2019, as Independent MP for Nunavut (Nunavut)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 47% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Salaries Act June 12th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, I agree to apply and will be voting in favour.

Air Transportation June 9th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

In May, the Auditor General released a report highlighting Transport Canada's failure to show leadership when addressing the infrastructure needs of Nunavut airports. Our airports do not meet Canadian safety standards. They lack safe runways, adequate lighting, and vital weather and navigational aids. I have seen this first-hand, because I have been in every airport in Nunavut. It is the only way to access our communities and transport essential goods and services. This is simply unacceptable.

Will the minister commit to taking the lead and address these urgent infrastructure needs?

Infrastructure May 19th, 2017

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As highlighted in Mary Simon's recent report, there is a great need to develop criteria for Arctic infrastructure projects that reflect the uniqueness of the north. Improving water and waste water management systems is an urgent infrastructure need that is important for the well-being and prosperity of Nunavut communities.

The minister recently visited Iqaluit and Pangnirtung, and I was very pleased to join him in Iqaluit for an important funding announcement. Can the minister inform the House of the government's infrastructure investments in Nunavut?

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act May 15th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, I too agree to apply and will be voting yes.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs May 12th, 2017

Qujannamiik uqaqti. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

In March, the new Shared Arctic Leadership Model report was released by the minister's special representative. This report highlights, and offers several recommendations, and places emphasis on the need for improved northern education, infrastructure, and conservation.

I share her concerns regarding the current status of the north and wholeheartedly support her view on how to shape sustainable and healthy northern communities.

Has the government accepted the report's recommendations? What actions are being taken to implement them?

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 May 9th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, I agree to apply the vote and will be voting yes.

Indigenous Affairs May 5th, 2017

Qujannamiik uqaqti. Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

The broken nutrition north program continues to fail Nunavummiut. INAC released the “What we heard” report last week, which reiterates the many necessary changes that I and others have been advocating for years.

It is my understanding that there have been further consultations held over the last few days. My question is not about these consultations. It is not about any future meetings or consultations.

When can Nunavummiut expect the much-needed changes to the program to be made?

Nutrition North Program May 2nd, 2017

Qujannamiik uqaqti. Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government is committed to improve the broken nutrition north program. Although the program is meant to provide northerners with improved access to food, Nunavut continues to have the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. Nearly 70% of homes in Nunavut are food insecure. This statistic is alarming when we consider Canada's status as a first world country.

In 2016, INAC held consultations to gain insight on how to improve the program. The result of this consultation was a “What We Heard” report, released last Friday.

I have always been a strong advocate for improvements to be made to the nutrition north program. As current MP and previous territorial MLA, I know this report echoes and officially documents what we have been saying for many years.

Given the dire food insecurity reality we face in Nunavut, the need for action on this program is now.

Public Services and Procurement April 13th, 2017

Qujannamiik uqaqti. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

On February 16, a letter signed by all indigenous members of Parliament was received by the minister requesting that the name of Langevin Block be changed. This request has been made because we believe that the building that houses the Prime Minister's Office should not be named after a key architect of the devastating Indian residential school system.

Could the minister provide the House with an update as to the status of this request?

Canada Revenue Agency April 7th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of National Revenue.

To help offset the high cost of living in the north, the government increased the northern residence tax deduction, helping many in the middle class. However, many of my constituents are frustrated, because year after year they are randomly selected to prove their residency status. It is my understanding that Nunavummiut experience more than four times the national average of audits. Recently I spoke with an individual who has had to prove his residency seven years in a row. Will the minister look into this practice to ensure that the same people are not being harassed year after year?