2015 Northwest Territories general election
The 2015 Northwest Territories general election was held November 23, 2015 and was the 23rd general election in Northwest Territories history. Under the territory's fixed election date legislation, the election was supposed to be held on October 5, 2015, however, since the federal election date of October 19, 2015, overlapped with that date, the N.W.T. government moved the date of the territorial election. The election selected 19 members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.
19 seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Popular vote by riding. As Northwest Territories elections are on a non-partisan basis, all candidates run as independents. The Monfwi riding (black) was elected by acclamation due to the riding being uncontested.
Term extension debate
In March 2014 the current Legislative Assembly voted to extend its term from four years to five. The act will need to be approved by the federal government. The reason given for postponing the election was to avoid voter fatigue, with municipal elections and the next federal election scheduled for October 2015. The decision by the assembly has prompted a petition calling for the Legislature to be dissolved early.
A new election map was implemented this election, the first since the territory was split in 1999. The report of the commission recommended three proposals calling for 18, 19 or 21 MLA's. A 19-member proposal was adopted by the assembly in May 2014, under which the only major change was the dissolution of the former districts of Weledeh and Tu Nedhe; under the new boundaries, the urban Yellowknife portion of Weledeh was reconstituted as the district of Yellowknife North, while the rural communities in the riding were merged with Tu Nedhe to create the new district of Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh. Apart from that change, all of the other 17 existing districts were retained with only minor boundary adjustments.
The Yellowknife City Council objected to the changes since the city was allocated only seven of 19 districts, despite containing around half the NWT population. The council asked the NWT Minister of Justice Dave Ramsay to refer the issue to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories for a constitutional opinion but this was rejected.
|Total Valid Ballots||468||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||546||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||646||100%|
|Hay River North|
|R. J. Simpson||375||52.7|
|Total Valid Ballots||711||100%|
|Hay River South|
|Total Valid Ballots||788||100%|
|Inuvik Boot Lake|
|Desmond Z. Loreen||47||11.4|
|Total Valid Ballots||413||100%|
|Inuvik Twin Lakes|
|Robert C. McLeod*||262||60.1|
|Total Valid Ballots||436||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||482||100%|
|Frederick Blake, Jr.*||313||48.0|
|Total Valid Ballots||652||100%|
Lafferty elected by acclamation
|Total Valid Ballots||N/A||N/A|
|Total Valid Ballots||992||100%|
|John Stuart Jr.||81||10.9|
|Total Valid Ballots||744||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||661||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||917||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||937||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||587||100%|
**Beaulieu was previously member for the abolished district of Weledeh
|Total Valid Ballots||859||100%|
|Total Valid Ballots||1,096||100%|
|Nigit'stil Jessica Norbert||179||25.8|
|Total Valid Ballots||693||100%|
Chris Windeyer, writing for CBC News, wrote that the defeat of eight incumbents in a 19-seat legislature could be seen as reflecting a strong desire for change, particularly pointing to the defeat of Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger, who unsuccessfully tried to win a sixth term. Windeyer also noted there was no increase in female MLAs in this election, with only two winning, and wrote that the re-election of Michael Nadli, who broke his wife's wrist during his last term, "does not say great things about the place of women in N.W.T. politics."
- "Voter Turnout for 2015 Territorial General Election". Elections NWT. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Term Extension Debate". Elections NWT. March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
- "N.W.T. MLAs vote to ask for authority to postpone election". CBC News. March 11, 2014.
- "Final Report of the NWT Electoral Boundaries Commission" (PDF). Northwest Territories Electoral Boundaries Commission.
- "MLAs vote to merge Tu Nedhe and Weledeh, despite opposition". Northern Journal, June 2, 2014.
- "2015 Territorial General Election Districts". Elections NWT. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- Rendell, Mark. "COUNCIL BRIEFS: OCT. 20 – CITY SET FOR LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES". www.edgeyk.com. EdgeYK.
- "Official Voting Results" (PDF). Elections NWT. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- Chris Windeyer, "Voters deliver a blunt demand for change," CBC News, Nov. 24, 2015, URL accessed Nov. 24, 2015.