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Michael McLeod voted in as Liberal MP nominee 2 Tuesday August 11 2015 POLITICS FEDERAL NEWS BRIEFS AER investigating the deaths of blue herons found dead near Mildred Lake oilsands AlbertasEnergyRegulatorAERhasannounceditiscon- ductinginvestigationsintothedeathsofabout30blueher- ons. The bodies of the birds were found last week at Syn- crudes Mildred Lake facility an oil sands mine located about 40 km north of Fort McMurray Alta. Investigators will be looking to uncover the cause of the deaths and to see whether wildlife deterrent programs at the site are in place and working properly. Charges pending in back-to-back Hay River rearms cases PoliceinHayRiverrespondedtotwoseparatehigh-riskcalls forserviceinvolvingrearmsonAug.2.Thersttookplace around 1035 a.m. when RCMP were called to an assault in progress. A suspect was arrested without incident and a shotgun was seized by police. Soon after around 1111 a.m. police were once again called to a residence in response to a distraught individual with a rearm. The individual was safely taken into custody and two rearms were seized. Charges are pending in both cases. Yellowknife RCMP asking for help in search of missing patient Police in Yellowknife are reaching out for the publics assis- tance in locating a missing male. Allan Aklok 25 a patient at Stanton Territorial Hospital was last seen shortly before 800 p.m. on Aug. 9. He ed while out on an escorted leave and is required to return for treatment. Aklok is described as an Inuit man 56 in height and 155 lbs. Members of the publicareadvisednottoapproachAklokiftheyseehimbut are encouraged to contact the RCMP. The Town of Fort Smith thanks you for helping promote our beautiful community. Congratulations on another successful PADDLEFEST By DALI CARMICHAEL Members of the Liberal Party of Canada Northwest Territories cast their ballots last week voting in for- mer Dehcho MLA Michael McLeod as their nominee for MP. The party announced that McLeodbeatfellowcandidate Gail Cyr on the evening of Aug. 8. According to a state- ment released by the party about 58 per cent of a mem- bership hundreds strong turned out for the contest 71 per cent of which were in favour of McLeod. I was very pleased and I was truly humbled and hon- oured about the election re- sults. Im very thankful he said. Gail ran a very good campaign she worked hard and she put a lot of effort into it. McLeodnotedthatCyrwas knowledgeable about many issuesfacingNorthernersand I know that we will be work- ing together to take action on these issues. On the campaign trail McLeod who is also the brother of NWT Premier Bob McLeod said he is ready to hit the ground running on the campaign trail. In addi- tion to touring the commu- nities of the NWT he will be fundraising for the election and meeting with his fellow Grits in the capital until the federal election set to take place on Oct. 19. I have raised already to the Liberal party many is- sues that I think are pri- ority he said. I want to take the time now that Im the official candidate to sit down with the party mem- bers in the Northwest Ter- ritories and the party mem- bers in Ottawa - the federal party - and talk about how the issues challenging us in the territories can be in- tertwined with the Liberal platform. I have a commit- ment from our previous discussions that we would take the time to do that and thats one of the first steps Im going to be making as the new candidate. Improving the territorys economy was identied as a priority issue. Specically he said he wants to work toward cutting the high cost of liv- ing providing more afford- able housing and delivering sustainable development and energy initiatives. Mcleod said he would also push for the settlement of land and water use agree- ments as well as land claim issues to allow for the re- sponsible development of resources and a potential influx of investment into the territory. We need to ensure that our regulatory process works well we need to give comfort to companies and corporations that want to invest in the North that its a good place to do busi- ness he said. We need to ensure that we have our Ab- original governments well- informed and working as partners with us. On that front I think working and putting more focus on set- tling some of the outstand- ing land claims would be very beneficial. Health and social jus- tice issues including the provision of more youth programs and assistance to the homeless and those suffering with substance abuse were also high on McLeods list. I will run an open and transparent campaign that stays focused on issues that matter to the people of the Northwest Territories he said. I pride myself as being a consensus builder and truly believe that the only way forward is to work together towards our common goal of making Canada and the North a better place to live work and invest. Experience key to campaign During his two terms in territorial cabinet McLeod managed the Transporta- tion Public Works Envi- ronment and Municipal and Community Affairs portfolios. He also held positions as a founding member of the Fort Providence Resource Management Board and the Dehcho Regional Council former vice president of the Northwest Territories Mtis Development Corporation and president of the Mtis Nation Local 57. McLeod left public of- fice in 2011 and has since worked as a tourism de- velopment officer with the territorial government out of his home in Fort Providence. The Liberal candidate will be up against incum- bent NDP MP Dennis Bev- ington Conservative candi- date Floyd Roland and Lib- ertarian Bob Stewart. As of publication date the Green Party had yet to nominate a candidate. I think the Liberal par- tys platform will suit the Northwest Territories bet- ter McLeod said. I have a history of being able to bring people together. I have a proven track-record and I think those are going to work in my favour. PhotocourtesyofLiberalPartyofCanadaNorthwestTerritories NWT Liberal candidate Michael McLeod accepts his nomination in Yellowknife on Saturday evening.