17th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly
|Established||October 3, 2011|
The 17th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly was established by the results of the 2011 Northwest Territories general election on October 3, 2011. It is the 25th sitting of the Assembly in the territories history. The Assembly will likely be dissolved in 2015 if the government continues to follow the fixed election date calendar.
Term extension debate
Members voted on Motion 16-17(5) introduced by Hay River North MLA Jane Groenewegen to extend the term of the Assembly to five years starting with the 18th Legislature to match every other provincial and territorial jurisdiction in Canada. This change was approved by the federal government. In addition they voted to ask for permission of the federal government to extend the current mandate of the Assembly to postpone the 23rd general election and sit until October 2016. The reason given is to avoid having an election during federal election and municipal elections in the territory scheduled at the same time claiming voters will be fatigued. The decision by council has prompted a petition calling for the Assembly to be dissolved early.
The motion passed the legislature on a recorded vote with 11 members for and 7 against with one member absent
|Motion 16-17(5) Vote|
|Groenewegen, Yakeleya, Menicoche, Blake, Beaulieu, Abernethy, Miltenberger, McLeod –
Yellowknife South, Lafferty, Ramsay, McLeod – Inuvik Twin Lakes.
|Dolynny, Bouchard, Nadli, Hawkins, Bisaro, Moses, Bromley.||Jacobson|
Number of MLAs in the capital city
Currently, 7 of 19 of the Assembly's representatives are from the capital city of Yellowknife. The City of Yellowknife is launching a lawsuit to increase the number of Yellowknife-based MLAs to something more closely in line with the city's roughly 50 per cent of the NWT population. However, some say increasing the number of Yellowknife-based MLAs would weaken the territories on the whole.
A total of nineteen members were returned to council in the 2011 general election. Three members were acclaimed to office on September 9, 2011 with the rest in contested districts being returned on October 3, 2011.
Standings and cabinet changes
|Sep 9||Oct 3|
|September 9, 2011||Tom Beaulieu||Tu Nedhe||Acclaimed in the general election|
|September 9, 2011||Bob McLeod||Yellowknife South||Acclaimed in the general election|
|September 9, 2011||Robert McLeod||Inuvik Twin Lakes||Acclaimed in the general election|
|October 3, 2011||See List of Members||Election day of the 22nd general election|
- "Term Extension Debate". Elections NWT. March 10, 2014.
- "N.W.T. MLAs vote to ask for authority to postpone election". CBC News. March 11, 2014.
- "Hansard" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. March 10, 2014. p. 58.
- Rendell, Mark (November 4, 2014). "Mayor makes case for City's legal challenge over too few MLAs.". Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
- Spitzer, Aaron (November 5, 2014). "Why giving YK more MLAs would be the opposite of fair".
- "Members Elect of the 17th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories" (PDF). Northwest Territories Legislature. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
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