Premier of the Northwest Territories

The Premier of the Northwest Territories is the first minister for the Northwest Territories, Canada. He or she is the territory's head of government and de facto chief executive, although the powers of the office are considerably less than those of a provincial premier.

Premier of the
Northwest Territories
Caroline Cochrane

since October 24, 2019
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerMargaret Thom as Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
Term lengthAt the lieutenant governor's pleasure
Inaugural holderFrederick Haultain
FormationOctober 7, 1897
Salary$103,851 plus $78,896 (indemnity) and allowances[1]

Unlike provincial premiers, who are appointed by a Lieutenant-Governor or Commissioner on the basis of their leadership of a majority bloc in the legislature, the Premier of the Northwest Territories is elected, along with the cabinet, by the non-partisan members of the Legislative Assembly, in accordance with the system of consensus government, and then appointed by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories.[2][3]

Before 1994, the term "Government Leader" was officially used instead of "Premier," but the title of Premier was later retroactively applied to Government Leaders starting with George Braden in 1980, and had been in informal use for several years, based on the historical precedent set by Frederick W. A. G. Haultain, who used the title of Premier of the North West Territories from 1897-1905 .

The current Premier of the Northwest Territories is Caroline Cochrane, since October 24, 2019.

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