What an incredible journey this has all been. I'm proud to have been part of this historic territorial election and to have worked with such an amazing team.
I want to thank my family, especially Colleen and Corbin for their love and patience over the course of many campaigns. I also want to thank my friends, volunteers and all my supporters in Kam Lake who have chosen me as their voice in the next Legislative Assembly. Finally, I would like to thank Dave Ramsay for his 12 years of public service and running a great campaign that stayed focused on the issues.
We've seen change come to Ottawa and now to the NWT. I can't wait to get to work and start building a better government for Northerners with the help of my new MLA colleagues across the North.
It's the final day for my campaign to be the next MLA for Kam Lake. I could not happier with the work we have done, the incredible support I've received from Kam Lakers and the strong platform that I am offering to voters. Together, my team and I have knocked on more than 1000 doors, had great conversations with hundreds of voters and have listened to the concerns of Kam Lake residents. I've learned so much and brought that back into my platform, with new ideas based on what I have heard on the doorstep. There are still more doors to knock, more people to meet and more conversations to be had. I'll be working hard until the polls close.
The one thing I have heard most of all is that Kam Lake is ready for change. People are asking for a representative who understands their concerns and has a real solutions for a better government that takes action on their needs. I am committed to working hard for the people of Kam Lake and the Northwest Territories. I am ready to be the change Kam Lake needs.
So you're a politician, you've made promises and you need to find a way to pay for them. I have a plan to generate new revenue through an enhanced Heritage Fund that will reinvest our resource wealth into the NWT economy.
Our natural resource wealth needs to be invested in Northerners and managed effectively. My plan not only builds a long-term financial future for the NWT but creates new revenue each year that our government can invest in our communities with new infrastructure, programs and jobs.
I have heard from many people during this election that the lack of public involvement in government decision-making and the secrecy that surrounds the legislative assembly is a serious issue for the Northerners. Whether this criticism is from the media, elected officials, or voters, the message could not be clearer: the people of the Northwest Territories want to know how decisions are being made and how their taxes are being spent.
If elected I will open the doors of our government and make protecting the public’s right to information a priority for the next legislative assembly. Devolution has given the NWT more powers and responsibilities. Now is the time to realize our potential as leaders in government transparency and ensure that Northerners have the opportunity for greater involvement in our political system. My plan will bring transparency to the legislature and set a new standard for government accountability.
Investing in our communities is my number one priority. The businesses and residents of Kam Lake have been asking for support from our government and it is clear that more needs to be done for Kam Lakers who want to stay and work in the North. I’m proud to call Yellowknife home and I want to give our city the tools and resources it needs to be the best place to live in Canada’s North.
Kam Lake is a growing community and the cornerstone of our local economy. There is a need for new roads, public spaces, water and sewer infrastructure and recreational facilities. Despite these needs Yellowknife hasn’t been given its fair share of municipal funding. I will take action on this lack of quality infrastructure for Kam Lake and all our communities with a real plan for a better government.
Last night I spoke to parents and educators at the Education forum hosted by the three Yellowknife School Boards. Today I visited N.J. Macpherson school and learned from the experience of students and teachers.
Education is the key to correcting many of the serious social issues here in the NWT and a way that we can support the advancement of Northerners in both public and private sector employment. Our students are the next generation of workers, parents and leaders in our communities.Read more
I have always been a strong support of the arts. When I was growing up in Yellowknife, taking part in performing arts and community theatre gave me the confidence and direction I needed to keep focused on academics and grow as an individual. Preforming on stage was a passion that led me to pursue a degree in fine arts, although I would eventually find that political science was my true calling.
Northern arts enrich our community and are vital in supporting Yellowknife and the NWT as an attractive destination for visitors who want to experience all the North has to offer. That’s why my plan will invest $1.3 of new funding to expand our tourism market and invest in Northern arts and culture.Read more
Election promises are easy to make and many territorial candidates, including my opponent, are promising a Northern University. What these promises lack are concrete plans that take into account the millions, if not billions, of dollars that a university would require. While a Northern University has been a longstanding aspiration for Northerners and would provide unquestionable economic benefits, it is impossible to take this proposal seriously without a plan to pay for it.
I’m offering something different: a 10-year plan to transform Aurora College into a polytechnic with a new campus facility for Yellowknife. This investment is not only achievable; it builds on what we already have on the ground.Read more
The first week of my campaign has been an amazing experience. I’ve knocked on 175 doors, taken 12,074 steps and heard your concerns for Kam Lake. My plan for a better government has been well received. Many voters have told me that my plan offers something Northerners have been asking for from our government and that it will take the NWT in the right direction. I’m encouraged by the strong support I have received in these early days of the campaign. It is clear to me that Kam Lake is ready for change.
This election is important. It is your opportunity to set the vision for the next government and decide on who will be your voice in the Legislative Assembly for the next four years.
It’s no secret that Northerners face many challenges in the future. Our cost of living continues to rise, jobs are being lost to the south and many of our residents are looking for better opportunities elsewhere in Canada. I want to bring a new vision to our government that makes investing in our communities its number one priority and that works hard to stay accountable to you.