CANDIDATE ANSWERS: Niels Konge, Yellowknife Centre

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Our editorial board has put together three questions for all MLA candidates and acclaimed members seeking public office as part of our coverage of the 2019 territorial election.

Over the remainder of the campaign, we will publish responses on our website.

The three questions are:

  1. What is your position on the carbon tax and would you repeal it if the Liberal government is defeated in the federal election? How should the NWT play a part in combating climate change?
  2. How do you as an MLA intend to improve the economy?
  3. Would you support an Indigenous-based addictions treatment centre in the Northwest Territories?
  1. What is your position on the carbon tax and would you repeal it if the Liberal government is defeated in the federal election? How should the NWT play a part in combating climate change?
    Niels Konge, MLA candidate for Yellowknife Centre

    We need to reduce our carbon (emissions), but I don’t think a tax in the North is the way to do it.  Green energy costs money to do, we should continue to provide incentives for solar, more efficient space heaters.  And NTPC should have to have heat capture on all its generators.  These could heat greenhouses, to help with food security.

  1. How do you as an MLA intend to improve the economy?The NWT and Nunavut Chamber of mines lays out several things we should do to improve the environment around mining.  The first thing is work to settle land claims.  This will provide certainty, not just for mines, but most importantly for the Indigenous governments.Reduce duplication of permitting.

    Then for more local opportunities the GNWT needs to transfer the Commissioners land to the municipalities.

  1. Would you support an Indigenous-based addictions treatment centre in the Northwest Territories?Yes.
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Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8295 and editorial@nnsl.com.

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