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Members of the 20th Legislative Assembly during the swearing-in ceremony, November 24, 2023, in Yellowknife.< /p>

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The 19 elected members of the 20th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories were sworn in on November 24, formalizing their entry in operation.

In the presence of the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, Margaret Thom, and members of their families and friends, the new MPs took the official oath of office.< /p>Open in full screen mode

For a rare time, the public was able to exclaim and applaud from the gallery of the Legislative Assembly, a behavior normally prohibited . The gallery was full for the swearing-in of the 19 deputies of the 20th Legislative Assembly.

This oath includes the Oath of Allegiance in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Oath of Loyalty to the People of the Northwest Territories as defined in the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act.

In heart, the 19 members of the 20th Assembly read aloud their oath, which includes these passages from the Legislative Assembly Act and the Executive Council:

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MPs R.J. Simpson, Vince Mckay, Denny Rodgers, Lesa Semmler and Caitlin Cleveland listen to Northwest Territories Commissioner Margaret Thom during the swearing-in ceremony for members of the 20th Legislative Assembly.

I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am fully qualified to serve as a Member of Parliament for the constituency in which I was elected.

I swear that I will be loyal to the people of the Northwest Territories; and that, in carrying out my duties, I will honor and respect the treaties signed with Indigenous peoples. So help me God.

For a rare time, the public present in large numbers was able to exclaim and applaud after the swearing-in of each member, behavior normally prohibited in the gallery of the Legislative Assembly Building.

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Robert Hawkins, MP for Yellowknife Centre, is making a return to territorial politics after his defeat in 2015. Elected for a fourth term, he is the oldest member of the 20th Legislative Assembly.

Kam Lake MP Caitlin Cleveland re-elected unopposed in the November 14, 2023 territorial election.

Photo album: Members of the 20th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories

Hay River North MP R.J. Simpson, re-elected for a third term, is pleased to be able to get back to work soon. I've been doing this for eight years and I'm excited to get back to work, he says.

Lucy Kuptana, elected for the first time in Nanukput, says she feels good after being sworn in. I'm happy, it's done. […] We had a little rehearsal yesterday and today. Now we are ready to work.

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Inuvik Twin Lakes MP Lesa Semmler with Northwest Territories Commissioner Margaret Thom during the swearing-in of members of the 20th Legislative Assembly on November 24, 2023.

Same speech from the MP for Range Lake, Kieron Testart, who is eager to start working after this day of celebrations. We celebrate with our friends, our families and other MPs. The stand was full today. It's great to see all these people from across the territory with us today.

Now that MPs are officially in office, they will have to vote to choose those who will occupy the positions of ministers, and the positions of speaker of the Legislative Assembly and prime minister.

All MPs interested in the position of Prime Minister will have 20 minutes on November 30 to present their arguments to their colleagues.

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Hay River North MP R.J. Simpson signs his oath in the presence of Northwest Territories Commissioner Margaret Thom and deputies of the 20th Legislative Assembly.

On December 7, deputies wishing to access one of the six ministerial positions will have 10 minutes to convince the Legislative Assembly. These speeches will be followed by the secret vote which will determine the composition of the cabinet and the positions of Prime Minister and President of the Assembly.

The first session of the 20th Legislative Assembly begins on December 8.

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