Voters in Fort Providence went for a candidate with more experience in leadership, as they have elected Joachim Bonnetrouge for chief. In a message to CKLB news Bonnetrouge says, “it has been a humbling experience.” He is vowing to continue to work with youth and listen to elders for advice.
Bonnetrouge will take over from Chief Xavier Canadien, who came in third in Wednesday’s election. New comer to community politics Bradley Thom received a lot of support coming in second only 20 votes behind Bonnetrouge.
Official Results from #DehGahGotie election. Joachim Bonnetrouge has been re-elected by a margin of 20 votes. Bradley Thom came in second followed by outgoing Chief Xavier Canadien and Robert Tanche finished 4th. #CKLB pic.twitter.com/QDKdA1t5u8
— Josh Campbell (@Splash_Campbell) November 22, 2019
The succesful 7 candidates joining Bonnetrouge on council are: Louie Constant who received 219 votes. Longtime elder on council Samuel Gargan was re-elected with 199 votes followed by his cousin Ricky Gargan who helps with drumming in the community with 198 votes. James Thom, another former chief and the husband of NWT Commissioner Margaret Thom was re-elected to council with 171 votes, followed by Michael “Go-Go” Vandell who got 165 votes. Theresa Bonnetrouge is the only woman on this council; she received 158 votes, followed by another former chief Wayne Sabourin who received 154 votes.
They will serve a two year term.