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Voting Day November 24, 2003  
DISTRICT 17: Yellowknife Weledeh

Current MLA:

Hon. Joe Handley, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transportation (acclaimed)

Riding Profile: Weledeh is the territory's most diverse riding, encompassing the Yellowknives Dene enclaves of N'Dilo and Dettah, the cabins along the Ingraham Trail, the funky shacks of the Woodyard, the mansions of Latham Island, and much of the bustling downtown core. Yellowknife, with a population of 17,913, is the N.W.T.'s capital and by far its largest community.

Political History: In the 1999 race, longtime deputy minister Joe Handley easily unseated the incumbent, lawyer Roy Erasmus. Many feel that Handley is the most likely candidate to be the territory's next premier. Voter turnout in Yellowknife is usually the lowest in the territory, but this riding is something of an exception.

Joe Handley  648 (57.75%)
Roy Erasmus   229 (20.41%)
Blake Rasmussen   123 (10.96%)
Voter turnout   77%

Roy Erasmus   686 (42.32%)
Jim Evoy   334 (20.60%)
Clem Paul   249 (15.36%)
Voter turnout   67.0%

Michael Ballantyne   677 (51.17%)
Barry Conacher   646 (48.83%)
Clem Paul   249 (15.36%)
Voter turnout   70.5% (third lowest in the N.W.T.)

*Prior to 1999, Yellowknife Weledeh and Yellowknife Great Slave were encompassed in a single riding.

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