2019 Northwest Territories general election

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All seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories

The map on the left shows the total winning vote by riding. The map on the right shows the incumbency status for each MLA after the election. As Northwest Territories elections are on a non-partisan basis, all candidates run as independents.

Premier before election

Bob McLeod

Premier after election

Caroline Cochrane

The 2019 Northwest Territories general election was held on October 1, 2019.[1] Nineteen members were elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.

Election

On September 6, 2019, Premier Bob McLeod announced that he would not seek re-election.[2]

Four other incumbents announced they would not seek re-election, including three of seven cabinet ministers — Health Minister Glen Abernethy, Housing Minister Alfred Moses, and Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod.[3]

Not counting the three acclaimed MLAs (RJ Simpson, Frederick Blake Jr, and Jackson Lafferty), only four incumbent members out of 11 running won reelection: Kevin O'Reilly, Julie Green, Shane Thompson, and Caroline Cochrane.[4] Cochrane was the only cabinet minister from the 18th Assembly to return to the legislature.[5] Three ridings, including Cochrane's, were subject to automatic recounts due to the narrow margins of victory;[6] however, all of the recounts upheld the original results.[7]

The election represented a historic breakthrough for women in Northwest Territories politics. The territory had just two female MLAs in the previous assembly, ranking last among all of Canada's elected legislatures for female representation; in the 2019 election, however, the territory elected nine women, representing nearly half of the 19-seat legislature— the highest percentage of female representation in any Canadian legislature.[8]

New premier and cabinet

Given that the territory operates on a consensus government system, MLAs elected on October 1 chose the new premier in the first session of the 19th Assembly. Four MLAs — Jackson Lafferty, R. J. Simpson, Caroline Cochrane and Frieda Martselos — indicated that they would stand for the premiership;[9] Cochrane was selected as the premier on October 24.[10]

Simpson, Paulie Chinna, Katrina Nokleby, Diane Thom, Shane Thompson and Caroline Wawzonek were selected as the cabinet members in the same session of the legislature.[11]

Results

The Legislative Assembly is run on a consensus government system, in which all MLAs sit as independents and are not organized into political parties. Note, accordingly, that colours in the following charts are used solely to indicate candidate status, not political party affiliations.

Statistics

Reelection statistics
Seats Did not run again Defeated Reelected
All MLAs 19 5 7 7

Candidates

Candidates by district
District Winner Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Incumbent
Deh Cho Ronald Bonnetrouge
283
Michael Nadli
253
Michael Nadli
Frame Lake Kevin O'Reilly
357
Dave Ramsay
346
Kevin O'Reilly
Great Slave Katrina Nokleby
454
Patrick Scott
389
Glen Abernethy
Hay River North R. J. Simpson (Jr.)
acclaimed
R. J. Simpson
Hay River South Rocky Simpson Sr.
350
Wally Schumann
322
Wally Schumann
Inuvik Boot Lake Diane Thom
239
Eugene Rees
179
Desmond Loreen
94
Jimmy Kalinek
47
Alfred Moses
Inuvik Twin Lakes Lesa Semmler
470
Sallie Ross
106
Donald Hendrick
41
Robert C. McLeod
Kam Lake Caitlin Cleveland
262
Robert Hawkins
224
Kieron Testart
220
Rommel Silverio
125
Abdullah Al-Mahamud
63
Cherish Winsor
61
Kieron Testart
Mackenzie Delta Frederick Blake Jr.
acclaimed
Frederick Blake Jr.
Monfwi Jackson Lafferty
acclaimed
Jackson Lafferty
Nahendeh Shane Thompson
536
Mike Drake
190
Randy Sibbeston
111
Eric Menicoche
40
Shane Thompson
Nunakput Jackie Jacobson
231
Herbert Nakimayak
143
Annie Steen
127
Holly Campbell
107
Sheila Nasogaluak
101
Alisa Blake
48
Herbert Nakimayak
Range Lake Caroline Cochrane
439
Hughie Graham
421
Caroline Cochrane
Sahtu Paulie Chinna
309
Daniel McNeely
287
Caroline Yukon
135
Wilfred McNeely Jr.
120
Daniel McNeely
Thebacha Frieda Martselos
504
Denise Yuhas
454
Don Jaque
139
Louis Sebert
70
Louis Sebert
Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh Steve Norn
206
Richard Edjericon
130
Lila Fraser Erasmus
117
Paul Betsina
103
Nadine Delorme
9
Tom Beaulieu
Yellowknife Centre Julie Green
291
Arlene Hache
260
Niels Konge
185
Thom Jarvis
103
Julie Green
Yellowknife North Rylund Johnson
501
Cory Vanthuyne
496
Jan Vallillee
380
Cory Vanthuyne
Yellowknife South Caroline Wawzonek
687
Gaeleen Macpherson
299
Bob McLeod

References

  1. ^ "See where the candidates running in your riding stand with our candidate tracker". CBC.ca. September 2, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod will not seek re-election". CBC.ca. September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "High turnover at N.W.T. legislature could be challenging for new MLAs: ministers". CBC.ca. August 21, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Northwest Territories Territorial Election 2019 - Live Results". CBC.ca. October 1, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Only 4 of 11 incumbents survive in historic N.W.T. election". CBC North. October 2, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "3 ridings heading to recounts in tight Yellowknife races". CBC North, October 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Recount confirms Rylund Johnson, Kevin O'Reilly's election wins". CBC North, October 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Emelie Peacock, "Push to get women into territorial politics a success". Cabin Radio, October 1, 2019.
  9. ^ John Last, "Frieda Martselos becomes fourth MLA-elect to consider bid for N.W.T. premier". CBC North, October 3, 2019.
  10. ^ John Last and Sidney Cohen, "Caroline Cochrane elected premier of the N.W.T.". CBC North, October 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Ollie Williams, "Here's who will be in Caroline Cochrane's NWT cabinet". Cabin Radio, October 24, 2019.