Katrina Nokleby’s role as ITI and Infrastructure minister uncertain

A photo of Katrina Nokleby from March while she was still minister. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB).

Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby’s role as Industry, Tourism and Investment/Infrastructure minister is in jeopardy.

During Wednesday’s sitting of the Legislative Assembly, Tu Nehdé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn gave notice of a motion to debate Nokleby’s role on cabinet. The motion would “formally revoke … the appointment of the honourable member for Great Slave as a member of the executive council.”

That debate will be on Friday, May 29.

“Members of Accountability and Oversight (committee) decided to bring this motion forward due to concerns about the Member for Great Slave’s performance as a cabinet minister,” said Norn in a news release.

CKLB reached Norn Friday evening. He didn’t offer many details other than to say that the committee didn’t take the decision lightly and that there was no single issue that caused MLAs to bring forward this motion.

Nokleby later provided a statement to media, saying, “There is a process for discussing and debating non-confidence motions in the House and I want to respect that process. I am not going to comment about the concerns of Members until they have had an opportunity to explain them fully in the Legislative Assembly, as part of the debate on this motion. Until that time, I do not wish to comment further on this matter.”

Hay River South MLA Rocky Simpson supported the motion.

CKLB has reached out to both Norn and Nokleby for additional comment.

Wally Schumman and Glen Abernethy were the last two ministers to face a non-confidence vote back in 2018 as ministers of Infrastructure and Health and Social Services, respectively. They both retained their positions.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com