October 2017 Event: Consensus Government in the Northwest Territories

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Legislative Assembly

Parliamentary institutions in Canada are growing increasingly irrelevant as a result of the centralization of power in the office of first ministers and strict adherence to party discipline. Partisan politics has never taken hold in the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly. Many northerners view political parties as alien, southern-Canadian political institutions which impede political development along distinctively Northern lines. Others see the absence of political parties as a sign of political immaturity. IPAC NWT presents a talk by Tim Mercer, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, on the origins, strengths, weaknesses and recent developments of consensus government in the Northwest Territories.

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Tim Mercer was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Assembly in 2003. He has served five legislative assemblies and overseen four transitions of government. He has written extensively about Canadian parliamentary institutions and recently participated on an expert panel on the future of Canadian federalism at the University of Montreal. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and sits on the executive committee of the Society of clerks-at-the-table in Canada.


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Price: All individuals with an interest in public service are welcomed to attend. This event is free for members of IPAC, $20 for non-members payable at the time of registration.

Membership: Not an IPAC member? Become one today! Already a member? Please consider inviting a friend.

Social Media: We also invite our audience to join the conversation on Twitter. Follow us at @IPAC_NWT and use the hashtag #IPACNWT to join in the conversation!

Remote access: Want to dial in? No problem! Write to us at nwtipac@gmail.com by Thursday, October 26 for conference call information.

Registration assistance: Please contact us if you need help with registration. For information about IPAC or to join our mailing list, visit our website.

Catching up: Have to miss this or any other event? You can watch all our event recordings on our YouTube channel.

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