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By Gurston Dacks

Six experts on northern Canadian matters research the move of energy from the government to the governments of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Land claims, aboriginal self-government, department of the NWT, the territorial governments' pursuit of fuller reputation in Canadian federalism and devolution all have interaction in complicated methods. This publication makes the easiest feel of the complicated strategies underway within the Canadian north.

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Ottawa also directed the Commissioner to establish the seat of government in Dawson. The massive immigration of prospectors over the next decade saw the Yukon population swell by tens of thousands. In the years which followed, amendments were made to the Yukon Act, transforming the Council from a purely appointed body, to one which combined appointed and elected members, and ultimately to a purely elected chamber. During this time the size of the Council grew from four appointees to 10 elected members.

5 Just as the gold rush had made necessary some form of territorial institutions, its eventual decline exposed them to review and retreat. Yukon Act amendments empowered Ottawa to abolish the Commissioner's position and the Council if necessary. Political resistance by the resident population led Ottawa to reverse a 1918 plan to restore an appointed Council, though it could not prevent the reduction in the number of elected members from ten to three. Postwar retrenchment also saw the office of Commissioner abandoned (with his duties passing to the Gold Commissioner), along with a drastic scaling down of administrative commitment.

To have any chance of success, the program would have to harness these differences. At the same time, it was clear that the local government offered not only the prime consultative channel, but 34 Politics by Remote Control:... the natural recipient, for devolved activities. The Committee was intended as the first phase in a process which would take years to develop. As a parallel and more immediate goal, departments could consider the decentralization question. Both initiatives unfolded over the following five-year period.

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