Premier Caroline Cochrane announced today that Minister Katrina Nokleby’s appointments as Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Minister of Infrastructure have been revoked effective immediately.
Minister R.J. Simpson will assume responsibility as Minister of Infrastructure, while Minister Shane Thompson will assume responsibility as Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment.
Minister Nokleby’s appointment as a Member of the Executive Council remains in effect.
Out of respect for the Minister, the Government of the Northwest Territories will not be commenting further on this matter.
“Last spring, the Minister and I made a collective commitment to Members of the Legislative Assembly to address concerns that had been raised in relation to the Minister’s performance. I have not seen significant progress on these commitments and no longer have confidence in the Minister and her ability to fulfill her responsibilities. As with all other Premiers in Canada, I am responsible to the Legislative Assembly and the people we serve for the overall performance of Cabinet and our work to achieve the priorities of the Assembly. I take this responsibility seriously, and felt it was imperative to take action to ensure that our Cabinet remains completely focused on its work on behalf of NWT residents.”
- Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories
- Members of the Executive Council are selected by the Legislative Assembly and appointed by the Commissioner. Members hold office during the pleasure of the Legislative Assembly and may only be removed from the Executive Council by the Assembly.
- The Commissioner, on the advice of the Premier, may appoint Ministers from among the Members of the Executive Council.
- The Commissioner may, on the advice of the Premier, revoke an appointment of a Member of the Executive Council as a Minister.
- The Executive Council is responsible for the overall management and direction of the executive government of the Northwest Territories, including matters of policy.
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