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Topic – Territorial Governments

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Territorial Governments

Did you know that, for the most part, Canada’s territorial and provincial governments operate in a similar way? Here is a description of each of Canada’s three territorial governments.

Yukon

Yukon’s territorial government is very similar to a provincial government. It has a Legislative Assembly. Elected representatives to the Legislative Assembly are called Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The leader of Yukon’s government is called the premier. A commissioner is appointed by the prime minister and cabinet to represent the federal government.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories function under a consensus system of government. This style of government is similar to the traditional way Indigenous peoples make decisions. All Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are elected as independent representatives of their constituencies. First, there is a secret ballot to choose a Speaker of the House. This position is chosen first to emphasize its importance. Next, after an opportunity for candidates to speak and be questioned, a secret ballot is held to choose the premier. A majority on all issues carries the vote in the Legislative Assembly. A commissioner is appointed by the prime minister and cabinet to represent the federal government.

Nunavut

Nunavut is the newest territory in Canada and was formed in 1999. It also has a Legislative Assembly, MLAs, and a premier. A commissioner is appointed by the prime minister and cabinet to represent the federal government.


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