Premier McLeod and Cabinet Colleagues have successful mission to Ottawa

OTTAWA (November 28, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod and Cabinet discussed opportunities for working with the Government of Canada during a week of successful meetings with Federal Ministers, Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Standing Committees in Ottawa.

With more than a dozen meetings with Federal Ministers, Cabinet Committees and key Parliamentary Standing Committees, Premier McLeod and his Cabinet colleagues made a concerted push to build awareness in Ottawa of three infrastructure priorities related to climate change.

The Taltson Hydro Expansion, Renewable Solutions for Off-Grid Diesel Communities and All-Weather Road Infrastructure for Adapting to Climate Impacts, were selected based on current  federal priorities and infrastructure funding programs.

These projects reflect the 18th Legislative Assembly’s mandate of increasing renewable and alternative energy, including reduction of reliance on diesel, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and capturing investment in transportation infrastructure.

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“It has been an enlightening trip to Ottawa to meet with the Federal government. Our meetings were an opportunity for our government to educate Members of Parliament about the Northwest Territories and get them to think about the realities we face in our territory when they are making decisions. We look forward to continued dialogue with Prime Minister Trudeau and his government moving forward.”

- Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories

Quick Facts

  • Premier Bob McLeod met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
  • Ministers met with more than a dozen Federal Ministers, including key members of the Treasury Board, three Parliamentary Standing Committees, the Liberal Indigenous Caucus, and the three Northern Senators.
  • Premier McLeod and Wally Schumann presented to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities on November 22 and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on Wednesday, November 23.
  • Members of Cabinet also met with Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on November 21.
  • Parliamentary Committees are made up of MPs from government along with opposition members from the other parties.
  • The three major infrastructure priorities identified by the GNWT will support national action on climate change.

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Department of the Executive                                                                                         
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