District Profiles

CandidateVote ShareElected
DELOREY, Paul 61.0% X
McKAY, Vince 39.0%
October 1, 10:29:36 PM MT

Disclaimer: Results are rounded off to nearest percentage point. Results are not official until Elections N.W.T. has reviewed the ballot count, which usually takes several days.

Hay River North

McKAY, Vince

Current MLA:

Paul Delorey, speaker

District Profile:

Hay River (pop. 3,648) is the Northwest Territories' second-largest community, and this district, comprising Vale Island in the river delta, and the north tip of mainland Hay River, ending at Poplar and Riverview roads. It also includes the West Point First Nation and the West Channel fishing village, as well as shipyards and transportation-industry services. Hay River is accessible year-round via Highway 2.

The barging and commercial fishing industries are centred here, and much of the population is aboriginal. Hay River was founded in the 1860s as a Hudson Bay post. Highway 1 connected it to Edmonton in the 1940s, and in 1964 it became the terminus of the Northwest Territories' only rail link to the south. Today its economy is rooted in transportation, fishing, government, logging, and local business.

District Map:
From Elections N.W.T.:
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Political History:

This seat was created in 1999 when the Hay River district was split in two. In that year's election, Paul Delorey, a locomotive engineer, beat out Dene Cultural Institute director Joanne Barnaby, as well as the anticipated favourite, Ron Courtoreille. Courtoreille also was narrowly defeated in the one Hay River district that existed in 1995 by Jane Groenewegen, currently MLA for Hay River South. Voter turnout in 1999 was the highest in the territory, at 91.65 per cent. Delorey was acclaimed in the 2003 election. Delorey was assembly speaker before it dissolved for this election.

2003 Paul Delorey acclaimed


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