Nunavut (electoral district)

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Nunavut
Flag of Nunavut.svg Nunavut electoral district
Nunavut, Canada.svg
Nunavut riding in relation to Canada
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Leona Aglukkaq
Conservative
District created 1976
First contested 1979
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 31,906
Electors (2011) 16,916
Area (km²)[2] 1,877,787.62
Pop. density (per km²) 0.02
Census divisions Kitikmeot Region, Keewatin Region, Baffin Region
Census subdivisions Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Baker Lake, Igloolik, Cambridge Bay, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Kugluktuk, Cape Dorset

Nunavut is a federal electoral district in Nunavut, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1997. Nunatsiaq, its predecessor that covered the same area, was a federal electoral district in Northwest Territories, that was represented in the House of Commons from 1979 to 1997.

Nunavut is the only electoral district in the territory. It the largest federal electoral district in land area, as well as the largest in the world to be represented by a single legislator.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Ethnic groups: 85.0% Aboriginal (mainly Inuit), 15.0% Non-aboriginal
Languages: 26.0% English, 1.5% French, 70.8% Other, 1.7% Multiple languages
Religions: 66.7% Protestant, 23.3% Catholic, 6.2% No religious affiliation, 3.2% Other Christian
Average income: $26,924

The Nunavut riding holds a host of demographic records:

  • Lowest median age:[3] 24.1 years
  • Highest percentage of Aboriginals:[4] 85.0%
  • Highest percentage of Inuit: 84.0%
  • Highest percentage of a non-official language as mother tongue:[5] 69.4%
  • Highest percentage of an Aboriginal language as mother tongue: 68.0%
  • Highest percentage of Inuktitut as mother tongue: 66.8%
  • Highest percentage of an Aboriginal language as home language:[6] 53.0%
  • Highest percentage of Inuktitut as home language: 51.9%

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in 1976 as "Nunatsiaq" riding from parts of Northwest Territories riding. It was replaced by "Nunavut" in 1996.

In 1999, the district's boundaries were redefined in the Nunavut Act, the law governing the creation of Nunavut as a separate jurisdiction from the Northwest Territories.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Northwest Territories prior to 1979
Nunatsiaq
31st 1979–1980     Peter Ittinuar New Democratic
32nd 1980–1982
1982-1984     Liberal
1984     Independent
33rd 1984–1988     Thomas Suluk Progressive Conservative
34th 1988–1993     Jack Anawak Liberal
35th 1993–1997
Nunavut
36th 1997–2000     Nancy Karetak-Lindell Liberal
37th 2000–2004
38th 2004–2006
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2011     Leona Aglukkaq Conservative
41st 2011–present

Election results[edit]

Nunatsiaq[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1979: Nunatsiaq
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Peter Ittinuar 1,963 37.74
Liberal Tagak Curley 1,887 36.27
Progressive Conservative Abe Okpik 1,352 25.99
Total valid votes 5,202 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980: Nunatsiaq
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
New Democratic Peter Ittinuar 2,688 47.27 +10.99
Liberal James Arvaluk 2,377 41.80 +15.81
Progressive Conservative Lyle Stevenson 442 7.77 -18.22
Rhinoceros Lloyd Ellsworth 180 3.17
Total valid votes 5,687 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1984: Nunatsiaq
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Thomas Suluk 2,237 32.49 +24.71
Liberal Robert Kuptana 1,990 28.90 -12.90
New Democratic Rhoda Innuksuk 1,973 28.65 -18.61
Independent Peter Ittinuar 686 9.96
Total valid votes 6,886 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988: Nunatsiaq
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Jack Iyerak Anawak 3,356 39.94 +11.04
New Democratic Peter Kusugak 2,786 33.15 +4.50
Progressive Conservative Sedluk Bryan Pearson 1,928 22.94 -28.52
Independent Richard Inukpak Lee 333 3.96
Total valid votes 8,403 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1993: Nunatsiaq
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Jack Iyerak Anawak 6,672 69.75 +29.81
Progressive Conservative Leena Evic-Twerdin, 1,970 20.59 -2.35
New Democratic Mike Illnik 924 9.66 -23.50
Total valid votes 9,566 100.00

Nunavut[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1997: Nunavut
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell 3,302 45.88 -23.87 $30,212
Progressive Conservative Okalik Eegeesiak 1,737 24.13 +3.54 $11,251
New Democratic Hunter Tootoo 1,710 23.76 +14.10 $11,918
Reform John Turner 447 6.21
Total valid votes 7,196 100.00
Total rejected ballots 48 0.66
Turnout 7,244 59.80
Canadian federal election, 2000: Nunavut
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell 5,327 69.01 +23.13 $35,282
New Democratic Palluq Susan Enuaraq 1,410 18.26 -5.50
Progressive Conservative Mike Sherman 633 8.20 -15.93 $6,045
Green Brian Robert Jones 349 4.52 $9,304
Total valid votes 7,719 100.00
Total rejected ballots 54 0.69
Turnout 7,773 54.10
Canadian federal election, 2004: Nunavut
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell 3,818 51.30 -17.71 $18,035
Independent Manitok Thompson 1,172 15.74 $5,945
New Democratic Bill Riddell 1,129 15.17 -3.09 $12,810
Conservative Duncan Cunningham 1,075 14.44 +6.24 $16,838
Green Nedd Kenney 248 3.33 -1.19 $190
Total valid votes 7,442 100.00
Total rejected ballots 33 0.44
Turnout 7,475 43.86
Canadian federal election, 2006: Nunavut
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Nancy Karetak-Lindell 3,673 39.98 -11.32 $10,669
Conservative David Aglukark 2,670 29.06 +14.62 $5,486
New Democratic Bill Riddell 1,576 17.15 +1.98 $11,990
Marijuana D. Ed deVries 724 7.88 $1,162
Green Feliks Kappi 544 5.92 +2.59 $3,950
Total valid votes/Expense limit 9,187 100.00 $74,506
Total rejected ballots 64 0.70
Turnout 9,251 54.10
Liberal hold Swing -13.0
Canadian federal election, 2008: Nunavut
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Leona Aglukkaq 2,806 34.78 +5.72 $59,574
Liberal Kirt Ejesiak 2,359 29.24 -10.74 $59,600
New Democratic Paul Irngaut 2,228 27.62 +10.47 $20,095
Green Peter Ittinuar 675 8.37 +2.45
Total valid votes/Expense limit 8,068 100.00 $80,098
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +8.23
Canadian federal election, 2011: Nunavut
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Conservative Leona Aglukkaq 3,930 49.85 +15.07
Liberal Paul Okalik 2,260 28.62 -0.38
New Democratic Jack Hicks 1,525 19.44 -8.18
Green Scott MacCallum 160 2.1 -6.27
Total valid votes/Expense limit 7,875 100.00
Total rejected ballots 56 0.71
Turnout 7,931 46.66
Eligible voters 16,998
Conservative hold Swing +7.73

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Coordinates: 73°N 91°W / 73°N 91°W / 73; -91 (Nunavut)