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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?
David Ramsay, MLA candidate for Frame Lake
I am opposed to the implementation of the carbon tax and having any increase to the already high cost of living in the NWT.
There are other things we should be pursuing to combat climate change. Responsibly mining rare earths, cobalt and graphite that is required in wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and other new technology.
Getting communities off of diesel, and pursuing hydro opportunities.
2.How do you as an MLA intend to improve the economy?
  • Pursue infrastructure like the Slave Geological Province road,  Taltson expansion, and the  Mackenzie Valley Highway.
  • Promote our tourism industry much more vigorously.
  • Promote commercial fishery in Yellowknife.
  • Expand opportunities around cold weather testing and the knowledge economy.
3.Would you support an Indigenous-based addictions treatment centre in the Northwest Territories?
Yes absolutely. We could use the 35 to 40 jobs here in the NWT. We should be treating our own people here. I’d also look closely at the 28-day intensive on-the-land program being offered in Nunavut to help with our addictions issues.
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Simon Whitehouse

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...

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