George Braden

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George Braden
2nd Premier of the Northwest Territories
In office
June 16, 1980 – January 12, 1984
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Commissioner John Havelock Parker
Preceded by Frederick Haultain
Succeeded by Richard Nerysoo
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
In office
October 1, 1979 – November 21, 1983
Preceded by Dave Nickerson
Succeeded by Michael Ballantyne
Constituency Yellowknife North
Personal details
Born November 4, 1949
Rosthern, Saskatchewan
Died (aged 65)
Nepean, Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Independent
Residence Ottawa, Ontario

George Braden (November 4, 1949 – May 25, 2015) was a politician from the Northwest Territories, Canada. Elected as "Government Leader", Braden would retroactively become the second Premier of the Northwest Territories, after a motion was passed in 1994 to change the official title.[1]

Political career[edit]

Prior to seeking election as member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, Braden worked extensively with Charles "Bud" Drury, a former federal cabinet minister, who was assigned to look at further constitutional development in the Northwest Territories.

Appointed to the position of Deputy Minister for the Northwest Territories, Braden worked from Ottawa, Ontario with Walter Slipchenko (Inter-governmental Policy Analyst). Braden was first elected to the NWT Legislative Assembly in 1979. At that time the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, appointed by the Government of Canada, was also the head of the Government of the NWT. In 1980, for the first time, the Legislative Assembly elected the Government Leader, selecting Braden, who served until 1984.[2] Braden was the second person to hold the title as Frederick Haultain had been appointed to the position in 1897.[3]

Some of the changes implemented by Braden allowed for additional representation in the legislative council, the removal of the appointed commissioner and deputy commissioner from the executive council and for the allowance of control of territorial affairs to elected members.

In 2009, Braden accepted the position of Policy Analyst for Dennis Patterson, who was, earlier the same year, appointed to the Canadian Senate for Nunavut.

Personal life[edit]

Braden has been the owner and CEO of his own company in Ottawa, Ontario since 1994.[4] In August 1998, Braden married Lise K. Beaudry, and as of 2009 they lived in Barrhaven, Ontario. He was diagnosed with gastric cancer on 7 March 2015, at the age of 65 years. He died at home on 25 May 2015.


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