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Election 2019

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

Great Slave candidate’s rent control proposal stirs response

One audience member at a recent candidates forum cried out in opposition when a Great Slave candidate proposed rent controls as a way to address cost of living pressures in his electoral district. “Boo for...

ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Week 1 – Two finish first week in ‘famous’ Wal-Mart riding

Both challenger Hughie Graham and incumbent Caroline Cochrane describe Range Lake as an electoral district that has a strong community, neighbourly feel. "I think it is unique in that we have a lot of single-family...

‘I’m confident and I’ll fight’: Yk North’s lone female candidate recounts beat down of...

A Yellowknife North candidate, who says she fended off a violent attacker while jogging in B.C. last month, is using her story to prove to doubters that women running for office can be just...

Future of mining, economy take centre stage at NWT election debate

A waning mining industry; a gloomy economic forecast and a high cost of living that’s intrinsically tied to many of the territory’s social woes — these issues and more were addressed, and debated, by...

ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Week 1 – Frame Lake candidates finish first week

Kevin O'Reilly Kevin O’Reilly, incumbent MLA for Frame lake said he transitioned fairly smoothly after the legislative session, adding that the first full week of campaigning was quite active. “It was very busy,” he said. “We...

ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Week 1 for the Kam Lake Six

Kam Lake, on the southwestern edge of Yellowknife is largely located in and around the largest lake - Great Slave Lake - within the city. "Kam Lake has probably the biggest variety of people," said...

Frame Lake debate focuses on city homelessness

The two candidates vying to represent the Frame Lake constituency in the next legislative assembly concur – homelessness is out of control in downtown Yellowknife. The downtown situation was discussed at a candidates' forum hosted...

ELECTION NOTEBOOK: WEEK 1- Four hopefuls seeking city’s downtown district

Yellowknife Centre, which contains the downtown portion of the city, is one of the most contentious in the North. Candidates see it as geographically small, but containing a lot of different types of people and...

NWT ELECTION 2019: Range Lake, Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh candidates debate economy

The second of three election forums held by the NWT Chamber of Commerce and NWT & NU Chamber of Mines got underway Wednesday night with candidates in Range Lake and Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh squaring off. The...

NWT ELECTION 2019: Cost of living, NWT economic future and rent control

The first evening of numerous public forums scheduled over the next month was held Tuesday night at Northern United Place featuring three electoral districts in the city. Hosted by the NWT Chamber of Commerce in...
On Monday, City Council voted unanimously to use the Yellowknife River as the city's source or drinking water and to pursue funding for replacing the submarine water line. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo.

What happens when a city councillor runs for MLA?

With Rommel Silverio and Niels Konge running for MLA in the upcoming territorial election, should either of them be successful, city council will have to decide how they will be replaced. Although city councillors who...

NWT premier not the people’s premier

I sense a bit of bewilderment at Premier Bob McLeod’s 11th hour announcement (literally – he emailed the news to Yellowknifer reporter Simon Whitehouse at 11:09 p.m., Thursday night) that he won’t be seeking...

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson to run for premier

Now that he has been acclaimed as the MLA for Hay River North, R.J. Simpson has another election on his mind. Simpson will seek to be chosen premier of the Northwest Territories when MLAs gather...
City councillor says old regime unfairly penalized builders.

Niels Konge is running for MLA in YK Centre

City councillor and business owner Niels Konge has officially filed his paperwork to be a contender for MLA in Yellowknife Centre. Konge said he was considering throwing his hat into the ring during a city...

Rommel Silverio files for nomination in Kam Lake

Yellowknife city councillor Rommel Silverio is running for MLA for what he calls a sense of emergency. Silverio broke the news to CKLB Radio, adding his name to an electoral district at Kam Lake that...

Thom Jarvis running in Yellowknife Centre

Thom Jarvis, longtime Yellowknifer and economic developer for the Metis Dene Development fund, has thrown his hat into the ring to become MLA of Yellowknife Centre. Jarvis, a resident in Yellowknife Centre, says he feels...

What are MLAs going to do about city under-funding?

Editor's note: Mayor Rebecca Alty, in consultation with city council, is writing a weekly column during the territorial election exploring the needs and issues facing the City of Yellowknife. This is the first of...
City councillor says old regime unfairly penalized builders.

Niels Konge ‘may’ run for MLA

Niels Konge, the three-term Yellowknife city councillor and owner of Konge Construction, is hinting he may throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming territorial election. Konge declared a conflict of interest during an...

Territorial Election Forum announced for Sept. 10 to 12

The NWT & NU Chamber of Mines and the NWT Chamber of Commerce will host a Territorial Election Forum at Northern United Place in Yellowknife over three nights later this month. Candidates from seven constituencies...

Rocky Simpson to run in Hay River South

There will be a race in Hay River South in the upcoming territorial election. Rocky Simpson, a businessman and father of Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson, is going to challenge incumbent Wally Schumann. "My big...

Why Bruce Valpy won’t be running for MLA

I would make a great premier of the NWT, cabinet minister, even an MLA. It’s a job that comes with respect, good pay, gold-plated pension, lots of travel and free food. You get to...
Fred Sangris, community negotiator for the Yellowknives Dene, told council the Akaitcho settlement is near complete and the Dene are ready to work with the city in planning for the future. Brett McGarry / NNSL photo

Yellowknives negotiator worried about election consequences

With the Akaitcho land claim close to completion, its Yellowknives Dene negotiator worries how the upcoming federal and territorial elections will affect the process. "We don't know who will win this federal election but what...

Dettah and Ndilo band council election results revealed

The results are in for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) Dettah and Ndilo band council election, which was held on Monday night. Of the nine candidates vying for one of five council seats in...

Frieda Martselos joins growing crowd for Thebacha seat

Salt River First Nation chief Frieda Martselos is now the fourth candidate to enter the race for South Slave's Thebacha district in October's territorial election. The longtime chief announced her desire to win the legislative...

Lila Erasmus joins the election race in Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh

Lila Fraser Erasmus has added her name as a fourth candidate to replace Tom Beaulieu in the Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh constituency. Lila Fraser Erasmus, co-owner of Bow and Arrows Inc., a Ndilo-based Indigenous-owned and operated consulting...

Jan Vallillee announces intent to run in Yellowknife North

Jan Vallillee has announced her intent to run in the constituency of Yellowknife North in the upcoming territorial election. Vallillee, a born and raised Yellowknifer who has worked in information technology at Stanton Territorial Hospital...

Don Jaque enters race for Thebacha

Former Northern Journal publisher Don Jaque is making another try for Thebacha, four years after finishing third in a three-candidate race. The Fort Smith resident announced his repeat run Saturday, stating on a Facebook post,...

Gaeleen MacPherson declares intent to run in Yellowknife South

Gaeleen MacPherson, the vice president of corporate affairs of Dominion Diamond Mines, has declared her intent to run for MLA in the constituency of Yellowknife South. “This is a critical time for the Northwest Territories,”...

Sallie Ross will run for Inuvik Twin Lakes

Sallie Ross is the second candidate hoping to replace Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod as the representative for Inuvik Twin Lakes. Ross, who’s worked as a nurse and the regional manager of an income security...

Paul Betsina to run in Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

Former Yellowknives Dene First Nation councillor and manager at the Det'on Cho Corporation, Paul Betsina is announcing his intent to run as MLA for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh. "I have had the benefit of being raised by...