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N.W.T., Canada can work together for sustainable northern development

By Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod      

A year ago, I sounded a red alert about the Northwest Territories’ future. I’m happy to say the federal government has responded positively.

Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod says his conversations with new Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs, and Internal Trade Minister Dominic LeBlanc, pictured, show that he shares the premier’s commitment to sustainable northern development. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A year ago this week, I was in Ottawa to call for a national discussion on the future of the Northwest Territories. My red alert was motivated by the continued stagnation of the Northwest Territories economy, compounded by concerns that federal decisions and policies could create roadblocks to meaningful economic development and cut our people off from opportunities to enjoy the same kind of financial security and quality of life that all Canadians deserve. A year on, I am pleased to say that Canada has responded positively to my call for attention to the North.

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