Election Coverage

  • The winners at a glance

    On Monday, 43.59 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot across the territory. Take a look back at the profiles and priorities of those who have just been elected by clicking on the winner's name. To get a sense of how the winners stand on some of the key issues, click here

     

    Deh Cho - Michael Nadli 

    Frame Lake - Kevin O'Reilly

    Great Slave - Glen Abernethy

    Hay River North - Rocky (R.J.) Simpson

    Hay River South - Wally Schumann

    Inuvik Boot Lake - Alfred Moses

    Inuvik Twin Lakes - Robert C. McLeod

    Kam Lake - Kieron Testart

    Mackenzie Delta - Frederick Blake Jr. (no information provided before election)

    Monfwi - Jackson Lafferty (acclaimed)

    Nahendeh - Shane Thompson

    Nunakput - Herbert Nakimayak

    Range Lake - Caroline Cochrane-Johnson

    Sahtu - Daniel McNeely (no information provided before election)

    Thebacha - Louis Sebert

    Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh - Tom Beaulieu

    Yellowknife Centre - Julie Green 

    Yellowknife North - Cory Vanthuyne

    Yellowknife South - Bob McLeod

     

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  • Election night polls results GREAT SLAVE

    Abernethy, Glen Robert  511

    Clarke, Chris 135

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  • Affordability top issue says O'Reilly

    Cost of living was the issue Kevin O'Reilly heard about most from constituents during his campaign. He wants to push for ways to reduce heating costs for families in Yellowknife.

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  • Election night polls results YELLOWKNIFE CENTRE

    Green, Julie  491

    Hawkins, Robert  400

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  • Election night polls results MACKENZIE DELTA

    Blake, Jr, Frederick  313

    Firth, William  137

    Snowshoe, Norman 116

    Krutko, David  86

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  • O'Reilly tired but happy

    Frame Lake winner Kevin O'Reilly has a victory beer with retired MLA Wendy Bisaro, left.

    Kevin O'Reilly in and after a long campaign he's tired but elated. 
    "It was a real rollercoaster of emotions," he says of the campaign. He says it was a lot of hard.

    "It was more than a full time job," he said, adding all the effort paid off. 

    He thanked his wife and family, and also thanked the other candidates in Frame Lake. "They helped raise the bar for everything in the riding and Yellowknife," he says. 
     

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  • McLeod back for another round

    Family and friends gathered at Robert C. McLeod's house earlier this evening to support him in his ultimately victorious efforts as MLA for Inuvik Twin Lakes.

    Having dozens of family and friends over for food and fun is nothing new for the McLeod's, even on election nights. 

    Robert C. McLeod was elected to a fourth term in office earlier this evening, beating out challenger Jimmy Kalinek in the Twin Lakes electoral district. Splitting his time between media demands downstairs and his family upstairs, he continued a running commentary on the results of the territorial election. 

    "It's exciting to have everyone here for this," said Sharla Greenland, though she noted that while there was a lot of energy in the air, no one had been unduly stressed.

    "My dad never took anything for granted," said Kim Wainman. "He really worked hard for it, really put in the effort."

    While some crowded around the television, others crowded into a room with a computer, hitting refresh on the results page again and again. Still others were glued to their phones, watching for the latest changes and reporting them to the room. As some of McLeod's colleagues from the 17th Assembly fell to newcomers, including Jane Groenewegen in Hay River South and David Ramsay in Kam Lake, the Twin Lakes incumbent pulled further ahead. A great cheer rose up when the victor was announced, filling the house.

    "There was some nervous anticipation," he said. "But we felt pretty comfortable... I'm feeling pretty good; ready to get to work in the 18th Assembly."

     

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  • Election night polls results RANGE LAKE

    Cochrane, Caroline 335

    Dolynny, Daryl  325

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  • Nakehk'o congratulates Thompson

    Deneze Nakehk'o, left, congratulates newly elected Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson.

    In the wake of Thompson's win in Nahendeh, Deneze Nakehk'o dropped by the celebration to add his congratulations and well-wishes to the mix.

    Thompson said when votes first started coming in, things didn't look too good for him and he was behind in Trout Lake. However, after polls began to announce official results, he knew his team was having success.

    Thompson describes Fort Liard as the "wild card, because Randy Sibbeston and Deneze Nakehk'o did such a good job there."

    "We need everyone to work together for our region," Thompson said. That includes all the candidates and their campaign staff, he said.

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  • Election night polls results HAY RIVER NORTH

    Simpson, Rocky (R.J.)  375

    Bouchard, Robert  252

    Felker, Karen  84

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  • Election night polls results KAM LAKE

    Testart, Kieron 280

    Ramsay, Dave 202

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  • Election night polls results FRAME LAKE

    O'Reilly, Kevin 156

    Fullerton, Jan 141

    Wasylciw, David 132

    Erasmus, Roy 117

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  • Fullerton: 'I think I'll be back in four years'

    Although her bid for a seat in the legislative assembly was ultimately unsuccessful, Jan Fullerton says she's happy to see so many new faces heading into office. 
    "I certainly appreciate everyone who ran in Frame Lake," she says, describing the race as "very civil". She says it was that civility that helped make running for office a positive experience for first-time candidates like her. 
    She hopes the new people in territorial government will result in a new dynamic at the legislature, which she says has become very negative and combative in recent years. 
    And although she may not be the new MLA for Frame Lake, that doesn't mean she won't take another run at territorial politics. Though she has to see how new government fares, she says she's confident she would run again. 
    "I think I'll be back in four years," she says.
     

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  • Jimmy Kalinek philosophical in defeat

    Family and friends surround Jimmy Kalinek at Martha Blake's house the night of the election.

    While it wasn't a win for Inuvik Twin Lakes candidate Jimmy Kalinek this time, he wasn't too discouraged. 

    "I hope people take something home from this," he said, shortly after the announcement that incumbent Robert C. McLeod had taken the district. "60 per cent didn't vote."

    Surrounded by his family at Martha Blake's house, Kalinek watched the results roll out earlier this evening. At 9:20, with six out of eight polls reporting, the tally was 261 for McLeod and 173 for Kalinek. Children, parents and elders alike scanned the screen for updates and stayed hopeful right until the end. Kalinek said he hopes his campaign showed young people they could step forward and make a difference. 

    "It's hard to get people out to vote," he said. "There are over 1,000 people who can vote in Twin lakes and they're lucky to get 400 out. We've been trying to get people out who don't normally vote, but you can only preach so much; then they have to get out and do it."

    Kalinek also said he agreed with what people had been saying about him and how he was characterized in the media as the young upstart. 

    "They said I was this unknown young guy who stepped up and make [McLeod] work for it," he said. "It's important to give people a choice. Win or lose, if they want to keep him, at least they voted him in and he wasn't acclaimed."

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  • Caroline Cochrane-Johnson declares victory in Range Lake

    Caroline Cochrane-Johnson with sons Dylan Dawe, left, and Levi Dawe after declaring victory in Rangle Lake.

    Supporters of Caroline Cochrane-Johnson exploded with enthusiasm as the last of 10 polls reported a 10-vote victory for the Range Lake challenger. Cochrane-Johnson says it was a stressful night but she is thrilled with her apparent win. A group of 30 supporters were gathered with her at her  Stanton Plaza headquarters tonight. If the numbers hold it will mean only a single term for incumbent Daryl Dolynny.

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  • Election night polls results YELLOWKNIFE SOUTH

    McLeod, Robert R. 485

    Norbert, Nigit'stil Jessica 179

    Roland, Samuel 29

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  • Erasmus: 'We didn't get the voters out'


    Roy Erasmus says he's glad to have run again because even if he didn't win, it was an opportunity to bring forward some issues he thinks need to be on the table - particularly what he describes as the "the mines not living up to their full potentials."
    Erasmus says the campaign was a positive one for him.

    "We had fun," he says. 

    When asked what he thinks went wrong, Erasmus said "We didn't get the voters out."
     

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  • Election night polls results YELLOWKNIFE NORTH

    Vanthuyne, Cory 392

    Wong, Dan 376

    Nind, Ben 189

    Castillo, Edwin 127

    Erasmus, Sean 12

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  • Election night polls results TU NEDHE-WIILIDEH

    Beaulieu, Tom 410

    Edjericon, Richard 177

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  • Election night polls results THEBACHA

    Sebert, Louis 401

    Miltenberger, J. Michael 363

    Jaque, Don 173

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  • Caroline Cochrane-Johnson watching polls in Range Lake

    Range Lake candidate Caroline Cochrane-Johnson with her son Levi.

    Up by 10 votes with one poll left to report, newcomer Caroline Cochrane-Johnson is poised for potential victory in a surpriise upset over incumbent Daryl Dolynny. Laughing, she said she's really feeling the pressure. 

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  • Election night polls results SAHTU

    McNeely, Daniel Mark 239

    Doolittle, Yvonne 227

    Tutcho, Judy 166

    Andrew, Paul 122

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  • Abernethy, Bromley visit assembly

    Bob Bromley, left, speaks with re-elected Great Slave MLA Glen Abernethy in the Great Hall of the legislative assembly just after 10:40 p.m.

    Glen Abernethy, an incumbent who has declared victory over Chris Clarke in the Great Slave electoral district, has stopped by the Great Hall of the legislative assembly. 

    Abernethy walked into the building at 10:40 p.m. followed by Bob Bromley, who decided not to run again in this election. 

    Abernethy captured 511 votes to Clarke's 135 with 10 of 11 polls reporting on the Elections NWT website. 

    The Great Hall is hosting a public viewing of the election results. While earlier in the evening there were only nine members of the public, there are now more than a dozen. 

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  • Election night polls results NAHENDEH

    Thompson, Shane 295

    Gill, Rosemary  200

    Sibbeston, Randy  199

    Menicoche, Kevin  137

    Nakehk'o, Deneze  129

    Hope, Arnold  23

    Nelner, Dennis  11

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  • Election night polls results INUVIK TWIN LAKES

    McLeod, Robert C  262

    Kalinek, Jimmy       174

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  • McNeely takes Sahtu

    Daniel McNeely has won the Sahtu electoral district, according to the Elections NWT website. 

    McNeely declined comment moments after the final of 18 polls was posted to the website, saying he hasn't heard the final result yet. 

    “We’re sitting on pins and needles just waiting for that to come,” McNeely said. 

    McNeely appears to have defeated Yvonne Doolittle, who recieved 227 votes, Judy Tutcho with 166 votes and Paul Andrew with 122 votes. 

    The electoral district was one of three that had no incumbent because three-term Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya announed he would not be running for health reasons. 

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  • Cory Vanthuyne declares victory in Yellowknife North

    Yellowknife North candidate Cory Vanthuyne declared victory at 10 p.m. from the Woodyard Bew Pub in Yellowknife's Old Town while gathered with 12 supporters. They include Nancy MacNeill and city councillor Adrian Bell. Vanthuyne thanked his supporters while celebrating a long-held goal for over the past decade.

    About 20 disappointed supporters gathered with challenger Dan Wong at his office, among them his father Andy Wong and girlfriend Blair who were consoling him. Wong left his headquarters at 9:30 p.m.

    Other Yk North candidates Ben Nind, Edwin Castillo and Sean Erasmus were all holding small get togethers as the results came in.

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  • Election night polls results INUVIK BOOT LAKE

    Moses, Alfred RJ 366

    Loreen, Desmond Z 47

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  • Sebert wins in Thebacha

    Veteran Fort Smith lawyer Louis Sebert has defeated  incumbent Michael Miltenberger in the Thebacha riding. With 14 of 14 polls reporting Sebert had 401 votes, Miltenberger had 363 and newspaper publisher Don Jacque had 173. Miltenberger, a former cabinet minister, was going for an unprecendented sixth term.

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  • Abernethy celebrates victory with unofficial results in

    Abernathy thanks supporters especially his parents. 
    "I think the people have spoken," he says.

    He says his mother came in to the office every day to help with the campaign. 
    He says that the issues he heard about most from constituents during the campaign were mental health, cost of living and cost of power. He confirms that he will be putting his name forward for cabinet. 
    " I'm excited," he says to the group. "I'm around. I'm available. You know where to find me."
     

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Who is running

Wally Schumann, Hay River South

I have always believed in giving back to a community that has given me so much. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to raise a family and grow a business in what was once one of the most exciting communities for economic growth in the North.

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Tom Beaulieu, Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh

I am running for Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh because I feel that I have done an excellent job in serving the people of Tu Nedhe as their MLA and the people of the NWT in my ministerial portfolios.

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Shane Thompson, Nahendeh

First off , I am not running for the position but in my opinion I am applying for the position of Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Nahendeh riding.  Like most jobs worth having you needed to apply for the job and that is what I am doing.

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Samuel Roland, Yellowknife South

I have seen the decisions being made in the last four years and it makes me skeptical for a prosperous future. We as a territory need to prepare for challenges ahead.

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Roy Erasmus Sr., Frame Lake

 I see too many problems that are persisting with the current POOR approach to government. Things are being done in ways that are not in the best interests of Yellowknife and NWT residents.

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Rosemary Gill, Nahendeh

I've been fortunate to take advantage of educational opportunities available which has enabled me to experience a variety of occupations throughout my career. My life's work has been in serving the public interest.

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Ronald Bonnetrouge, Deh Cho

I believe I have gained valuable experience in leadership roles building trust and consensus on common issues. Being a strong leader with strong convictions and strong work ethics does allow me to represent the interests and issues of the Deh Cho riding constituents.

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Rocky (R.J.) Simpson, Hay River North

I am running because I recognize our town's potential and I want to help us live up to it. I always hear comments that our issues aren't being addressed in the Legislature, our interests aren't being fought for, and our voices aren't being heard.

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Robert Hawkins, Yellowknife Centre

As a lifelong Northerner, I truly believe in service to our community and I know we can make all our families successful.

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Robert C. McLeod, Inuvik Twin Lakes

Running for re-election because there is much work still to be done, building on the experience I’ve gained I would continue to push for opportunities so that our regional economy becomes vibrant again and our business community is able to employ more people.

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Robert (Bob) McLeod, Yellowknife South

It has been a pleasure to serve the people of Yellowknife South for the past eight years and the NWT as premier for the past four years. I want to keep and make Yellowknife and the NWT as the best place to live, work and invest in for my family and all the people of the NWT.

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Election Notebook

Election Day Nov. 23. 2015

Polls

Which candidate is the best choice for Yellowknife South?

Bob McLeod
47% (101 votes)
Nigit'stil Norbert
34% (74 votes)
Samuel Roland
19% (42 votes)
Total votes: 217
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Which candidate is the best choice for Monfwi?

Jackson Lafferty
33% (17 votes)
Somebody else
67% (35 votes)
Total votes: 52
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Which candidate is the best choice for Nahendeh?

Rosemary Gill
11% (16 votes)
Arnold Hope
0% (0 votes)
Kevin Menicoche
1% (2 votes)
Deneze Nakehk'o
32% (45 votes)
Dennis Nelner
4% (5 votes)
Randy Sibbeston
7% (10 votes)
Shane Thompson
45% (64 votes)
Total votes: 142
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Which candidate is the best choice for Nunakput?

Ethel-Jean Gruben
10% (7 votes)
Jackie Jacobson
49% (34 votes)
Robert Kuptana
10% (7 votes)
Herbert Nakimayak
22% (15 votes)
John Stuart Jr.
9% (6 votes)
Total votes: 69
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Which candidate is the best choice for Range Lake?

Caroline Cochrane-Johnson
40% (60 votes)
Daryl Dolynny
60% (90 votes)
Total votes: 150
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Which candidate is the best choice for the Sahtu?

Paul Andrew
27% (17 votes)
Yvonne Doolittle
47% (29 votes)
Daniel McNeely
19% (12 votes)
Judy Tutcho
6% (4 votes)
Total votes: 62
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Which candidate is the best choice for Thebacha?

Don Jaque
23% (14 votes)
Michael Miltenberger
48% (29 votes)
Louis Sebert
28% (17 votes)
Total votes: 60
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Which candidate is the best choice for Wiilideh-Tu Nedhe

Tom Beaulieu
41% (23 votes)
Richard Edjericon
59% (33 votes)
Total votes: 56
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Which candidate is the best choice for Yellowknife Centre?

Julie Green
63% (65 votes)
Robert Hawkins
38% (39 votes)
Total votes: 104
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Which candidate is the best choice for Yellowknife North?

Edwin Castillo
9% (14 votes)
Sean Erasmus
2% (3 votes)
Ben Nind
8% (13 votes)
Cory Vanthuyne
28% (44 votes)
Dan Wong
53% (83 votes)
Total votes: 157
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