Kent has been invited to address industry representatives at a session focusing on oil and gas. The gas session also includes presentations from key industry players including the Alaska State Pipeline office, Tokyo Gas, and BP Exploration. Representatives from the City of Whitehorse and the Town of Faro will accompany the Trade and Investment and Pipeline units of the Department of Economic Development. Participation at the trade show is a follow up to the Access Alaska conference on exporting, which the department organized last October.

The Yukon government has issued a call for tenders for a new school in Mayo. Tender documents became available yesterday and ads will appear in Yukon newspapers this afternoon. I am very excited to conveyancing property that we have finally been able to put this project out to tender, We appreciate the co-operation and the patience shown by the people of Mayo. Through their assistance we have been able to make some modifications to the original design that will ensure they have a school they will be proud of and will become a centrepiece for the community.

The government has worked hard with the Joint Council in Mayo to make some modifications to the original design of the school, so the project could be re-tendered. However, with the changes that were made, we hope to be able to build the school within budget. The tender closes on March 8, 2001 and construction should begin in April of this year. I look forward to joining the people of Mayo to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for their new school in January, 2002. a strike vote that may be taken by the bargaining agent shall be determined solely on the basis of the votes cast by the employees who are included in the bargaining unit for which the Yukon Teachers Association is certified as the bargaining agent.

The Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission says the Board’s ruling is important because it helps to clarify who the government is bargaining with. I reject any suggestion that we are trying to drive a wedge between those teachers that support a strike and those that do not. As the government we have no choice but to ensure that everyone follows the rules that are in place.