Here's a response in Hansard from the finance minister:
The Member of Parliament is elected by the people of the Northwest Territories in a general election. He doesn't answer to this Assembly, he answers to the people of the Northwest Territories.
This is the Minister of Finance in our government:
He has tools at his disposal to advance causes that he sees as important to the development of the Northwest Territories, some that we share in common with him. The Member of Parliament had the good grace to contact us, to consult with us, to indicate to us what he was doing, ask for our feedback and our thoughts, which we gave him. But it should be very clear in this House, he doesn't answer to us, we don't answer to him, and he's doing what he thinks is necessary as a Member of Parliament.
That is the Minister of Finance of our government speaking on November 4, 2010.
Yes, of course, I have. In terms of formal consultation, I live in the north and I consult with people in my way. I'm a politician. I reserve the right to consult with people in my way. I consult with people at every election as well, and I represent all the people in the Northwest Territories. For anyone to doubt that is to doubt our basic democratic principles in this country.