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The Minister and the Department of Finance have the mandate for obtaining, managing and controlling the financial resources required to implement the Government of the Northwest Territories' policies and programs. This mandate includes, negotiating major financial arrangements with the federal government, providing analysis and advice to the Financial Management Board, and ensuring that financial and information resources are managed effectively, efficiently and economically. The Minister and Department are also mandated with regulating the insurance industry and controlling the sale of alcohol products in the Northwest Territories.

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GNWT to Engage Public in Budget Dialogue 2014: Taking Stock


YELLOWKNIFE (October 8, 2014) – Finance Minister J. Michael Miltenberger announced Budget Dialogue 2014: Taking Stock today. The Budget Dialogue will update the public on the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) fiscal outlook and hear from NWT residents on the GNWT’s financial management and fiscal strategy. 


“This marks the last public budget dialogue for the 17th Legislative Assembly,” Minister Miltenberger noted. “These public discussions have helped shape earlier budgets, and we will use this year’s discussion to update residents on the on-going necessity for fiscal restraint and gather their views to help in the transition to the 18th Legislative Assembly.”


Residents across the NWT are invited to join in the discussion via public meetings, or by sending feedback in a letter or email to by December 15, 2014.


In 2012, NWT residents were asked for their views on spending priorities and for ways to make the GNWT more efficient. Last year’s budget dialogue focused on the GNWT’s approach to managing resource revenues, including how much resource revenue should be set aside for Heritage Fund contributions.  


These public discussions continue this Assembly’s commitment to seek Northerners’ opinions on how this Government can achieve its vision of strong individuals, families and communities sharing the benefits and responsibilities of a prosperous, and environmentally sustainable, Northwest Territories.


Background material, contact information, and updated meeting schedules are available on the Department of Finance’s website.


         Media inquiries:

         Shaun Dean

         Director, Cabinet Communications

         Government of the Northwest Territories

         Tel: (867) 669-2302




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