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Common sense consensus government in the NWT

Common sense consensus government in the NWT | NWT News | Scoop.it

Abolish cabinet and turn over departments to professionals

Jack Sigvaldason Publisher of http://nnsl.com

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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The return of the majority of the incumbents and the disgraceful turnout in some areas demonstrates how irrelevant the antics of our legislators appear to many territorial residents.

Our current patchwork government system is top-heavy and dysfunctional, although admittedly less so than the adversarial system of our Parliament or the American Congressional system.

We should challenge the ill-informed opinions of critics of consensus government, few of whom saw it when it functioned effectively in the North. It is a system which has proven to be effective at the municipal level and in other countries.

As a reporter and editor, I was privileged to see consensus government at it its best. The majority of members were federal appointees when I started reporting on territorial council in 1969, but it gradually evolved to a fully-elected body. For a decade I reported on the legislature and for 40 years I have watched it.

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When a system is not working effectively it should be fixed.

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Michael Miltenberger Compares Running for #NWT premier to Running for Pope

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Thebacha MLA Michael Miltenberger is gearing up for what he said is even more stressful than an election campaign - running for premier.
Equating the process to the papal conclave at the Vatican where cardinals meet in St. Peter's Basilica to select the new pope, Miltenberger said the new assembly must gather in their own dome, spending three weeks together hammering out priorities, learning roles and taking each other's measure in a confined space.

"The intensity levels ratchet up as we go along, and the temperature rises," Miltenberger told The Journal. "There's a smaller number of people (than during the election for MLA), you're in a confined space for hours together for days. There's politics, priorities, personal agendas, it's very fluid."

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