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Delivered on November 22, 2016

Thank you for meeting with the Government of the Northwest Territories this afternoon.

We are in Ottawa this week to speak with the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Standing Committees about some of the most significant challenges facing the people of the Northwest Territories today.

Before we get to that presentation, I would like to take a few minutes to talk a little bit about our territory.

Community sustainability is a huge challenge for the people of the Northwest Territories.


Delivered on November 21, 2016

Thank you for meeting with us this evening.

Before Minister McLeod gets into his presentation, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce you to the Northwest Territories and some of the challenges we face.

The Northwest Territories has just over 44,000 residents living in 33 communities.

Its communities are spread out from the southern border with the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta to Banks Island in the Arctic Ocean.


Premier Bob McLeod and his cabinet colleagues are meeting with Federal Ministers, Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Standing Committees this week to discuss three priorities of the Northwest Territories in relation to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change.

The backgrounders present an overall picture of what the discussions with the Federal Government have focused on.


Mr. Speaker, the vision of a strong, healthy territory is shared by the Members of the 18th Legislative Assembly, Northwest Territories residents, non-governmental organizations across the Northwest Territories, and by our public servants. Investing in our people through organizations such as the United Way Northwest Territories brings us closer to that vision.

On behalf of myself and my co-chair Todd Parsons, President of the Union of Northern Workers, I am pleased to announce this year’s staff payroll campaign kicked-off on Friday, October 21, 2016.


YELLOWKNIFE (October 14, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod has issued the following statement on the tragic passing of former Alberta Premier and Member of Parliament Jim Prentice:

"I am shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Jim Prentice. Mr. Prentice was dedicated to making this country a better place for everyone, and spent much of his life working for Canadians in both the federal and provincial political spheres.  He was a good friend of the Northwest Territories and vacationed here at every opportunity.


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Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome all Members back to the second session of the 18th Legislative Assembly. During this session, we will continue our work together to advance the priorities of the Assembly and the Mandate commitments of the Government of the Northwest Territories.


YELLOWKNIFE (October 6, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod made the following statement on the Government of Canada’s announcement on carbon pricing:

“The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to working with our Federal, provincial and territorial partners to develop a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change that was endorsed in the Vancouver Declaration earlier this year.


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Thank you all for taking part in this week’s celebration of business in the North, and in particular, the Northwest Territories.

My thanks to the NWT Chamber of Commerce for their work in organizing this conference, and for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you today.

The NWT Chamber has asked me to address the topic - What Lies Ahead?


YELLOWKNIFE (August 31, 2016) – The public and media are invited to attend a Committee of Cabinet meeting and public open house with the Premier and Cabinet in Hay River as part of the Government of the Northwest Territories commitment to openness and transparency. The Committee of Cabinet will discuss progress on GNWT mandate commitments and hear a presentation from Hybrid Enterprises-Lockheed Martin on airships.

Economy and Environment Committee of Cabinet

When: September 1, 2016