Premier Asks Federal Candidates for Positions on Key Issues

Apr 13 2011

Premier Floyd K. Roland has written to leaders of the federal political parties seeking their position on four key areas of importance to residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT).

He says Western Arctic voters need to know where their candidates and parties stand on questions regarding Governance, Economic Development, Fiscal priorities and the Environment.

In particular, the Premier wants to know what Western Arctic Candidates will do to advance the Agreement in Principle on Devolution. “Delaying or suspending the Devolution negotiations process now for the sake of a few votes is not in the interest our Territory or its residents,” the Premier cautioned.

The Premier’s letter was sent yesterday to the leaders of the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, the New Democratic Party and the Green Party. It was copied to each of the candidates in the Western Arctic riding.

In addition to questions concerning Governance and Devolution, it asks Western Arctic Candidates to provide positions on the Mackenzie Valley Highway, Mackenzie Gas Project, Regulatory Improvement, and Infrastructure Investment Program Renewal; Fiscal priorities including Health Care, Housing and the NWT’s Borrowing Authority; Climate change and Water Management.

The Premier has asked for responses by April 25th, 2011. Responses to the Premier’s letter will be posted online for NWT residents to read.

Click here to read the letter to candidates.

For more information, contact:

Press Secretary
Office of the Premier and Executive Council
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 669-2302