The race to become the territory’s next MP became a little more clear over the weekend.
Michael McLeod, former MLA for the Deh Cho region, won the NWT Liberal nomination Saturday night at a meeting in Yellowknife.
Born and raised in Fort Providence, McLeod – the brother of Premier Bob McLeod – was the clear choice to represent the party in the territory.
He amassed 71% of all votes cast throughout the NWT. Voter turnout was 53% “of a membership hundreds strong”, according to the party.
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“I want to commend Gail Cyr for running a strong campaign for this nomination,” said McLeod after securing the nomination.
“Gail is passionate and knowledgeable about many issues facing Northerners and I know that we will be working together to take action on these issues.”
McLeod says his next step is to get together with local and national leaders of the Liberal Party to bring Northern issues to the table ahead of October’s federal election.
“I will run an open and transparent campaign that stays focused on issues that matter to the people of the Northwest Territories,” he said.
“Our plan for real change will benefit the North and its residents.”
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McLeod, a former territorial cabinet minister, has spent the last four years working as a tourism development officer with the GNWT.
He’ll face former NWT Premier Floyd Roland, who’s standing as the Conservative candidate, and incumbent New Democrat MP Dennis Bevington in this fall’s federal election.
I look forward to working with @APC_CPA, @NTLiberal to elect Justin Trudeau as PM and @MMcLeodNWT #LPC MP for NWT #NWTpoli #TeamTrudeau
— Gail Cyr NWT (@GailCyrNWT) August 11, 2015