2004 Nunavut general election
19 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Premier Paul Okalik asked for the five-year-old territory's first parliament to be dissolved on January 16.
The territory operates on a consensus government system with no political parties; the premier is subsequently chosen by and from the MLAs. There were 11,285 registered voters at the time of the election call.
Issues[change | change source]
Issues at the election included:
- the size of the civil service;
- the territory's Human Rights Act;
- language and culture.
Results[change | change source]
Elections were held in 18 of the 19 electoral districts. Rankin Inlet North acclaimed its MLA. The following is a list of the districts with their candidates.
|Akulliq||Ovide Alakannuark||Steve Mapsalak||34.86%||George Bohlender, Joani Kringayark, John Ningark, Roland Tungilik|
|Amittuq||Enoki Irqittuq||Louis Tapardjuk||39.63%||Solomon Allurut, Enoki Irqittuq|
|Arviat||Kevin O'Brien||David Alagalak||36.53%||Peter Alareak, Peter Two Aulatjut, Kevin O'Brien, Jay Saint, Kono Tattuinee|
|Baker Lake||Glenn McLean||David Simailak||48.22%||David Aksawnee, Becky Kudloo, David Toolooktook Sr.|
|Cambridge Bay||Kelvin Ng||Keith Peterson||54.09%||Harry Ambrose M. Aknavigak, David Kaosoni, Harry Maksagak|
|Hudson Bay||Peter Kattuk||Peter Kattuk||42.76%||Moses Appaqaq, Joe Arragutainaq, Kupapik Ningeocheak, Johnny Tookalook|
|Iqaluit Centre||Hunter Tootoo||Hunter Tootoo||44.8%||Natsiq Alainga-Kango, Mike Courtney, Kevin MacCormack, Pauloosie Paniloo, Mary Ellen Thomas|
|Iqaluit East||Ed Picco||Ed Picco||70.68%||John Amagoalik, Norman Ishulutak|
|Iqaluit West||Paul Okalik||Paul Okalik||76.99%||Doug Workman|
|Kugluktuk||Donald Havioyak||Joe Allen Evyagotailak||40.41%||Donald Havioyak, Millie Kuliktana|
|Nanulik||Patterk Netser||Patterk Netser||34.92%||Emily Beardsall, Willy Nakoolak, Bernard Putulik Sr.|
|Nattilik||Uriash Puqiqnak||Leona Aglukkaq||42.84%||Tom Akoak, Anthony Anguttitauruq, David Irqiut, Simon Qingnaqtuq, Sonny Porter, Ruediger H.J. Rasch|
|Pangnirtung||Peter Kilabuk||Peter Kilabuk||61.87%||Simeonie Keenainak|
|Quttiktuq||Rebekah Williams||Levi Barnabas||43.94%||Lucas Amagoalik, Pauloosie Attagootak, Larry Audlaluk, Anthony Ullikatar, Rebekah Williams|
|Rankin Inlet North||Jack Anawak||Tagak Curley||acclaimed||none|
|Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove||Manitok Thompson||Levinia Brown||38.87%||Jerry Ell, Percy Kabloona, Ishmael Naulalik, Solomon Voisey|
|South Baffin||Olayuk Akesuk||Olayuk Akesuk||58.94%||Malicktoo Lyta, Martha Lyta|
|Tununiq||Jobie Nutarak||Jobie Nutarak||31.84%||Appitaq Enuaraq, Sam Omik, David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq|
|Uqqummiut||David Iqaqrialu||James Arreak||27.06%||Stevie Audlakiak, Phoebe Palluq Hainnu, Peter Iqalukjuak, David Iqaqrialu, Samuel Nuqingaq, Lootie Toomasie|
Source: Results (CBC News)
In the main, Nunavummiut decided to stay with their present legislature. The premier, four cabinet ministers, and three other MLAs were re-elected; five incumbents were defeated, including former speaker of the house Kevin O'Brien. Only two women were elected to the 19-seat legislature.
Premier Paul Okalik was given a firm endorsement by the voters in his riding. He faced a strong challenge for the premier's job from Tagak Curley, who was acclaimed to his seat. However, Okalik was returned to the premiership on March 5, 2004, by the new legislature.