Former cabinet minister Dave Ramsay to run in Frame Lake

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Former GNWT cabinet minister Dave Ramsay announced plans Wednesday to contest Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly’s seat.

Ramsay previously served in the NWT Legislative Assembly from 2003 to 2015, where he was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation, and Minister of the Public Utilities Board. When he was representing Kam Lake as MLA from 2003 to 2007, the riding included a portion of Frame Lake.

In the release, Ramsay stated that he aims to build a balanced approach to the economy,  climate change, health care and education.

“We are at a real crossroads in our development: housing values are falling, the cost of living is still rising and it seems like we aren’t doing enough to push the economy along,” Ramsay stated in a press release.

“It is time to wake up to the reality that the mines that provide jobs, commerce and government revenue are not going to last forever and Yellowknifers, in particular, are going to feel those impacts worsening over time if action isn’t taken now.”

Since losing his seat to Kieron Testart in 2015, Ramsay has owned and operated a consulting business and served on the Directors of Denendeh Investments Incorporated and Fortune Minerals.