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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


Grand Chief, elders, community leaders, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. It is a pleasure to be back in Jean Marie River and to see many familiar faces.

There have been a few changes since the last Dehcho First Nations Annual General Assembly.

A new Liberal government was elected in Ottawa and my brother Michael was elected to represent the Northwest Territories as part of that government. This is the first time in many years that the NWT has been represented by a Member of Parliament that sits on the government side.


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Good afternoon and thank you all for being here today to join in celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

It was 20 years ago today that Canada celebrated its first National Aboriginal Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our nation.


YELLOWKNIFE (June 10, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod issued the following statement on the induction of Gwich’in pilot and Northern aviation pioneer Fred Carmichael into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame today:

“Fred Carmichael exemplifies the hard work and resiliency Northerners are known for. For more than six decades, Carmichael has spent his time in the cockpit of bush planes, moving residents and goods in and out of many of our remote Northern communities.