Norman Wells election forum focuses on economy, education
Paul Andrew, Yvonne Doolittle, Danny McNeely and Judi Tutcho all vying for seat
The economy and education were two main topics at a forum for Sahtu MLA candidates last night in Norman Wells.
"If there are no jobs, please go to school," says Judi Tutcho, who believes education is key to building a future workforce.
She's calling for more trades training in Sahtu communities so people are armed with new skills when industry returns.
That's meant layoffs at local businesses and people wondering how long this latest slowdown will last.
On the campaign trail, Paul Andrew says people he has met are saying devolution is not enough — land claims need to be settled.
When it comes to education, Yvonne Doolittle says education promotion needs to happen early.
"Easier to build a strong child than [fix a] broken adult and it costs less."
Danny McNeely, who admitted last night he was a Grade 9 dropout, says young people have to see themselves in jobs. Infrastructure projects like the proposed Mackenzie Valley Highway could do that.
"We need a project to help inspire individuals to be an engineer or be a teacher."
All candidates agreed an all-weather highway would boost the economy, but there's still no timeline for that proposed project.