News June 19, 2008

On the passing of the Honourable Michael A. Ballantyne

(Yellowknife) June 19, 2008 – The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Paul Delorey, today expressed condolences to the family of the Honourable Michael Ballantyne, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Member of the Executive Council, who passed away yesterday. 

Speaker Delorey says, “On behalf of Members of this Assembly, it is with great sadness that I offer condolences to Mr. Ballantyne’s family and loved ones. Our former colleague served as a Member of this House for 12 years, during which time he proved himself an honourable Member time and again. An astute politician and natural orator, Mr. Ballantyne provided his constituents and all Northerners with honest, fair, and impassioned representation.” 

The Honourable Michael A. Ballantyne was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1983 representing Yellowknife North. He was acclaimed in 1987 and re-elected in 1991. Mr. Ballantyne was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in November 1991 and remained in that office until 1993. 

In 1987, during the 11th Legislative Assembly, Mr. Ballantyne was appointed Government House Leader, Minister of Justice, Minister of Finance, Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation, Chair of the Legislation and House Planning Committee, Chair of the Financial Management Board, and Member of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedure, and Privileges. In April of 1989, Mr. Ballantyne was named Minister Responsible for the Public Utilities Board. He also served as a Member of the Special Committee on Aboriginal Languages from October 1989 to April 1990, and was the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance, the Caucus Chair, and a Member of the Special Committee on Housing. 

The flags at the Legislative Assembly building in Yellowknife are lowered to half-mast to recognize the passing of a distinguished Northern leader. 

For more information contact: 

Paul Delorey, Speaker 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2234 or toll-free 1-800-661-0784 

Tim Mercer, Clerk 
Legislative Assembly of the NWT 
P: 867-669-2299