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    Election after conviction: interpreting MLA Michael Nadli’s win in the Northwest Territories

    NWT Legislative Assembly

    Returning Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli was released from jail eight days into serving a 45-day sentence for assault – just in time to file his papers to run in the territorial election.

    Nadli pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in June, following an April incident that left his spouse with a broken wrist. This was the second assault conviction for Nadli, who served six months probation in 2004 for an incident also involving his spouse.

    But, perhaps voters can set aside a person’s private life and past indiscretions if they support their politics and ability to represent the region. As an MLA in the 17th Legislative Assembly, Nadli was vocal about the government’s “bullying tactics” in sorting out land claims through the Deh Cho Process – arguably one of the main areas of concern for the region – and garnered support as the lone MLA to vote against devolution.

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