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Election 2019

News. stories, profiles and opinion for the 2019 territorial and federal elections

Thom excited to be named Deputy Premier

Inuvik-Boot Lake MLA Diane Thom said she was pleasantly surprised when Premier Caroline Cochrane phoned her and told her she was going to be her Deputy Premier. "She called in all her cabinet and we...

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Scott accuses former health minister of campaign sabotage

Failed Great Slave candidate Patrick Scott is accusing former health minister Glen Abernethy of disclosing private medical information that was used to undermine his campaign. The accusation comes in the form of a letter, which...

New speaker eager to hear constituents concerns

Newly-minted speaker of the house Freddy Blake Jr. says he has a pretty good idea what his constituents are expecting out of the new legislative assembly, but he is eager to get out and...

Diane Thom looks forward to seeing other side of table in NWT cabinet

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Diane Thom. Fresh off her election as MLA for Inuvik-Boot Lake, Thom was elected to the executive of the legislative assembly Oct 24 following two rounds of...
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It’s election night: where to vote and where hopeful MPs will be

After multiple debates and election forums that have taken place in the NWT, as well as across the country, it's finally federal election day. At the conclusion of the 45 day campaign candidates are asking...

GUEST COMMENT: MLAs are right to work towards greater accountability

In 2015, the newly elected 18th Assembly decided to break with tradition, establishing a revised process for selecting the premier. Good on them. The public had been complaining about the lack of member accountability...

EDITORIAL: NWT premier is not the pope

The way we select the premier in the NWT is bananas. Unlike provincial premiers, who earn their positions based on their leadership of the winning party, here the premier is chosen using a process surrounded...

Federal candidates square off on Indigenous issues and carbon tax at forum

All five federal candidates made a case as to why NWT residents should vote for them in the fast-approaching Oct. 21 election during a forum held in the capital Oct. 9. Incumbent Liberal Member of...

MLAs prepare for new roles in legislative assembly

The new slate of MLAs return to the legislature on Oct. 25 but in the weeks that lie between now and then, there will be much work to get elected members ready. Danielle Mager, manager...

Green Party leader mentions Yellowknife North MLA-elect in debate

Monday night, six federal party leaders debated a wide range of topics important to Canadians ahead of the Oct. 21 election. With moderators taking questions from Canadians, one on cost of living was asked by...

Most NWT premier hopefuls keep quiet on intentions

Of the four MLA-elects vying for the premier's chair, all but one are keeping their cards close to their chest. As the only returning minister to the legislative assembly, Range Lake MLA-elect Caroline Cochrane said...

CAROLINE WAWZONEK: MLA, Yellowknife South: Disclosing premier and cabinet vote

Currently, MLAs choose premier and cabinet in a secret ballot vote. Some Northerners have expressed reservations about this practice, calling it undemocratic. Nahendeh incumbent Shane Thompson publicly declared his choice for Premier. We asked MLAs-elect the...

‘No one asked me’ says Hay River South MLA-elect on nearly $2 million owed...

Rocky Simpson may have just ousted incumbent Wally Schumann as MLA for Hay River South but the MLA-elect still faces another challenge. He owes nearly $2 million to the territorial government – a debt...

MLA-elects respond to election results

Dust is still settling from the NWT election but newly elected MLAs are wasting no time preparing for the 19th legislative assembly. For veterans and newcomers alike, the top priority is establishing better communication and...

Four federal candidates square off in first debate

Four of the NWT's five federal candidates held a debate at Northern United Place on Wednesday. The event was hosted by the NWT Chamber of Commerce and NWT and NU Chamber of Mines. NDP candidate Mary...

New MLA owes GNWT nearly $2 million after lawsuit

Rocky Simpson may have just ousted incumbent Wally Schumann as MLA for Hay River South but the MLA-elect still faces another challenge. He owes nearly $2,000,000 to the territorial government ⁠— a debt he...

Two recounts underway in Yellowknife districts

Yellowknife North and Frame Lake will see recounts – the only two electoral districts in the Northwest Territories to face extra scrutiny following last Tuesday's results. According to the NWT Elections and Plebiscites Act, an automatic...

The coming test for Canada’s Greens

I suppose it was inevitable. Friday’s marshalling of children, sanctioned by schools and the city, so they can strike and march for climate justice, only for it to transmogrify into a campaign rally for...

‘Hopefully, we can do something positive’ — Rocky Simpson joins son in legislative assembly

Rocky Simpson has been elected to represent Hay River South in the Legislative Assembly, knocking out a prominent cabinet minister in the process. Simpson collected 350 votes, compared to 322 votes for Wally Schumann, who...

Semmler runs away with Inuvik-Twin Lakes

Lesa Semmler has cruised to a convincing victory in Inuvik Twin Lakes. Securing an early lead, Semmler watched results with bated breath alongside friends and family at her home on Tuesday night. Once the polls...

Johnson edges Yellowknife North incumbent by five votes

Another incumbent appears to have been vanquished in the election of the 19th Assembly. Rylund Johnson with 501 votes edged Yellowknife North MLA Cory Vanthuyne, who took 496. The margin is within the two per cent...

Incumbent Sebert crushed in Thebacha

Salt River First Nation Chief Frieda Martselos annihilated incumbent and cabinet minister Louis Sebert in Thebacha. She took 504 votes to Sebert's 70, placing the former justice minister safely in last place. Former constituency assistant...
Former Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobson

Jacobson returns to assembly with win in Nunakput

Jackie Jacobson has returned. "It was tough campaign. It was a tough month for all of us," he said, explaining half the candidates were all related. "(All the candidates) wanted what's best for the people....
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WATCH: Cochrane celebrates win in Range Lake

Caroline Cochrane is back in as Range Lake MLA after defeating challenger Hughie Graham following a close race Tuesday night. Cochrane, minister of Education, Culture and Employment and minister responsible for the Status of Women,...

KAM LAKE: incumbent Testart is out, Cleveland is in

Caitlin Cleveland has been elected MLA for Kam Lake, ousting incumbent Kieron Testart. Cleveland, an entrepreneur and policy analyst, received 262 votes, 38 more than runner-up Robert Hawkins, who pulled in a total of 224. Cleveland...

Paulie Chinna wins in Sahtu

Paulie Chinna has been declared the winner in Sahtu with 309 votes. Chinna, who works for the territorial Department of Lands in Norman Wells, was facing off against Daniel McNeely, who received 287 votes, Caroline...

Diane Thom wins Inuvik-Boot Lake

Diane Thom has become one of a record nine women elected to the Northwest Territories legislature. Sher collected 239 votes to 179 for Eugene Rees and Desmond Loreen, who took 94 votes, and Jimmy Kalinek, who...