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Commissioner of Northwest Territories

Arms of Her Majesty
in Right of Northwest Territories
Tony Whitford.jpg
Tony Whitford
First commissioner:
Frederick D. White
August 24, 1905

The Commissioner of the Northwest Territories is the Canadian federal government’s representative in Northwest Territories (NWT) and the territory's Chief Executive Officer. Similar to a Lieutenant-Governor, the Commissioner swears in the Members of the Legislative Assembly, swears in members of the Executive Council, provides assent for bills, opens sessions of the Legislative Assembly, and signs other government documents such as Order-in-Council.

The Commissioner is appointed by the Government of Canada, but they are not vice-regals and therefore not the Queen's Representative of the territory.

Since 1980 the territories have had self-government with the legislature choosing a Government Leader or Premier.


Commissioners of the NWT

From To Name
24 August 1905 27 June 1919 Frederick D. White
27 June 1919 17 February 1931 William Wallace Cory
31 March 1931 30 April 1934 Hugh H. Rowatt
1 May 1934 2 December 1936 (vacant)
3 December 1936 3 December 1946 Charles Camsell
14 January 1947 24 September 1950 Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside
14 November 1950 15 November 1953 Hugh Andrew Young
15 November 1953 12 July 1963 Robert Gordon Robertson
12 July 1963 16 January 1967 Bent Gestur Sivertz
2 March 1967 6 April 1979 Stuart Milton Hodgson
15 April 1979 31 July 1989 John Havelock Parker
2 October 1989 30 September 1994 Daniel L. Norris
16 January 1995 26 March 1999 Helen Maksagak
26 March 1999 31 March 2000 Daniel Joseph Marion
31 March 2000 7 April 2005 Glenna Hansen
29 April 2005 present Tony Whitford

Living former Commissioners


Deputy Commissioners

Margaret Thom is the current Deputy Commissioner of the Northwest Territories. For former Deputy Commissioners see List of Northwest Territories deputy commissioners.

See also

External links


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