NWT premier says he’s still undecided on whether he will seek re-election this fall

NWT Premier Bob McLeod in the Legislative Assembly. (File photo).

The premier of the Northwest Territories says he’s still undecided on whether he will seek re-election in this fall’s territorial election.

Bob McLeod made the comment while answering a question from a reporter this week following a meeting in Yellowknife of the Intergovernmental Council – a group made up of representatives of the Government of the NWT as well as several Indigenous governments from across the territory.

Born in 1952, McLeod, who was raised in Fort Providence, is the 12th premier of the NWT and is winding down his unprecedented second term as premier.

He oversaw the Devolution Agreement with the federal government in 2014 which saw the territory acquire province-like powers over its land, water and resources.

His brother, Michael McLeod, was also a member of the NWT Legislative assembly from 1999 to 2011.

He is, of course, the current NWT Member of Parliament.

At least two current MLAs have said they are seeking re-election – Shane Thompson in Nehendeh and Kevin O’Reilly in Yellowknife’s Frame Lake riding.

Tom Beaulieu, the current MLA for Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh, says he will not be running in the October election.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.