Bob McLeod (politician)

Robert R. McLeod[2] (born 1952) is a former Canadian politician. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 2007 to 2019, and served as the 12th premier of the Northwest Territories, from October 26, 2011 to October 24, 2019.

Bob McLeod

12th Premier of the Northwest Territories
In office
October 26, 2011  October 24, 2019
CommissionerGeorge Tuccaro
Margaret Thom
Preceded byFloyd Roland
Succeeded byCaroline Cochrane
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories for Yellowknife South
In office
October 1, 2007  September 2, 2019
Preceded byBrendan Bell
Succeeded byCaroline Wawzonek
Personal details
Born1952 (age 6667)[1]
Fort Providence, Northwest Territories
Political partyIndependent
ResidenceYellowknife, Northwest Territories
WebsiteBob McLeod web site

Early life

Born in 1952 and raised in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, McLeod holds a BComm from the University of Alberta and an honours diploma in administrative management from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He also completed a program of national and international studies at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He has been a federal civil servant and served in the Northwest Territories public service.

Political career

McLeod ran for a seat to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and was elected in the 2007 Northwest Territories general election. He defeated two other candidates winning over 60% of the popular vote in Yellowknife South. After the election McLeod was appointed to the cabinet with the portfolios of Human Resources, Industry, Tourism and Investment, Public Utilities Board and Energy Initiatives.

McLeod ran for re-election in the 2011 Northwest Territories general election and he was returned by acclamation to his second term. When the Territorial Leadership Committee met following the election McLeod stood for Premier and won defeating two other candidates to become the 12th Premier of the Northwest Territories.[3] He was re-elected as both premier and MLA in the 2015 Northwest Territories general election[4] becoming the first premier of the Northwest Territories to serve two full terms since 1902. He became the longest serving Premier after Brad Wall stepped down on February 2, 2018.

His brother, Michael, was also a member of the Legislature from 1999 to 2011. He is the current Member of Canadian Parliament representing the Northwest Territories, first elected in 2015, representing the Liberal Party of Canada.


  1. Scott Messenger (April 2012). "Premier Bob McLeod's quest to bring prosperity to Northwest Territories". TechLife. NAIT. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  2. "Premier's Awards". Assembly of the Northwest Territories. June 13, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  3. Galit Rodan (October 28, 2011). "Bob McLeod elected premier". NNSL Online.
  4. CBC news (December 15, 2017). "Bob McLeod re-elected N.W.T. premier". cbc Online.

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