After Nahendeh incumbent Shane Thompson announced Thursday that, if re-elected, he would support Jackson Lafferty, MLA for Monfwi, as premier, NNSL media sent the following question by email to all 58 candidates in the NWT election:
“Currently, MLAs choose premier and cabinet in a secret ballot vote. Some Northerners have expressed reservations about this practice, calling it undemocratic.
If elected, will you publicly disclose who you will vote for to be premier and on cabinet before the vote in the legislative assembly?”
ANSWER: “Well I think it is very selfish to declare who you will make Premier or announce you will seek premiership or a cabinet position….If you never did a good job in the past four years then how is it going to change if you are living in YK in one of these positions. Concentrate on helping your communities and people instead of helping yourself.”