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posted 24 February 2006 06:43 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(Ottawa) The northern territories are more interested in a new deal for sharing resource revenues than in achieving provincehood, says Northwest Territories Premier Joe Handley.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised during the recent election campaign that northerners should be the primary beneficiaries of resource development, and Handley intends to hold him to that vow.

Handley's goal is to obtain an agreement-in-principle when the territorial

leaders meet with Harper on Saturday, followed by negotiations on a new revenue-sharing formula.

It's a more realistic goal than the transition to full provincial status which would require a constitutional amendment, Handley noted.

"To become a province, we'd need the support of seven out of the 10 provinces having a total population of 50 per cent. That becomes very complicated.

"At this point we're not fixed on provincehood but more on taking on province-like responsibilities."

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posted 26 February 2006 01:34 PM      Profile for kimmy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I suspect that'll suit Harper just fine. It's right in keeping with his decentralist views.

And, investing in the North now is something that will produce immense dividends for Canada in the future.

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posted 21 March 2006 11:03 PM      Profile for E.Kootenayt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Having lived in the N.W.T. for 20 + yrs. And travelled throughout it's vast land, not once did I meet someone who wanted to be called a " province ".
Joe Handley has corporations all over him, not once has any deal been truly beneficial to natives anywhere in Canada. And because of wide open markets in oil/natural gas exploration and pipelines he will be under the gun. Every Aboriginal and Inuit needs to be very wary of any deals involving their land, especially with a Government that thinks like this one.

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