News October 1(a), 2008

Speaker Convenes the Territorial Leadership Committee

(YELLOWKIFE) October 1, 2008 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Paul Delorey, has called a meeting of the Territorial Leadership Committee (TLC) for Monday, October 6, 2008 at 10:00 AM to select a member to serve on the Executive Council. The proceedings will take place in the Legislative Assembly chamber. 

The vacancy on the Executive Council comes after Members voted unanimously in favour of a motion to revoke the appointment of Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya to the Executive Council on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. 

The Caucus of the 16th Legislative Assembly has agreed to maintain the regional balance on Cabinet, meaning only those Members representing northern constituencies will be eligible for nomination to the vacant cabinet position. The northern constituencies include: 
• Inuvik Boot Lake; 
• Inuvik Twin Lakes; 
• Mackenzie Delta; 
• Monfwi; 
• Nunakput, and 
• Sahtu 

A secret ballot vote will be held and the results will be released to the public. The appointment will subsequently be ratified by way of a formal motion in the House. The public is welcome to view the proceedings from the Public Gallery. 

For more information, please contact: 

Honourable Paul Delorey, Speaker 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2234 or 1-800-661-0784 
E: paul_delorey@gov.nt.ca  

Tim Mercer, Clerk 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2299 
F: 867-920-4735 
E: tim_mercer@gov.nt.ca