2019 Northwest Territories general election
The 2019 Northwest Territories general election was held on October 1, 2019. Nineteen members were elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.
All seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
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.
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. Cochrane was the only cabinet minister from the 18th Assembly to return to the legislature. Three ridings, including Cochrane's, were subject to automatic recounts due to the narrow margins of victory; however, all of the recounts upheld the original results.
The election represented a historic breakthrough for women in Northwest Territories politics. The territory had just two female MLAs in the previous assembly, ranking dead last among all of Canada's elected legislatures for female representation — in the 2019 election, however, the territory elected nine women, representing very nearly half of the 19-seat legislature, and immediately vaulting to the highest percentage of female representation in any Canadian legislature.
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; Cochrane was selected as the premier on October 24.
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.
|Seats||Did not run again||Defeated||Reelected|
|Candidates by district|
|Deh Cho||Ronald Bonnetrouge
|Frame Lake||Kevin O'Reilly
|Great Slave||Katrina Nokleby
|Hay River North||R. J. Simpson (Jr.)
|R. J. Simpson|
|Hay River South||Rocky Simpson Sr.
|Inuvik Boot Lake||Diane Thom
|Inuvik Twin Lakes||Lesa Semmler
|Robert C. McLeod|
|Kam Lake||Caitlin Cleveland
|Mackenzie Delta||Frederick Blake Jr.
|Frederick Blake Jr.|
|Range Lake||Caroline Cochrane
|Wilfred McNeely Jr.
|Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh||Steve Norn
|Lila Fraser Erasmus
|Yellowknife Centre||Julie Green
|Yellowknife North||Rylund Johnson
|Yellowknife South||Caroline Wawzonek
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- "3 ridings heading to recounts in tight Yellowknife races". CBC North, October 2, 2019.
- "Recount confirms Rylund Johnson, Kevin O'Reilly's election wins". CBC North, October 9, 2019.
- Emelie Peacock, "Push to get women into territorial politics a success". Cabin Radio, October 1, 2019.
- John Last, "Frieda Martselos becomes fourth MLA-elect to consider bid for N.W.T. premier". CBC North, October 3, 2019.
- John Last and Sidney Cohen, "Caroline Cochrane elected premier of the N.W.T.". CBC North, October 24, 2019.
- Ollie Williams, "Here's who will be in Caroline Cochrane's NWT cabinet". Cabin Radio, October 24, 2019.