Goo Arlooktoo

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Goo Arlooktoo
acting Premier of the Northwest Territories
In office
November 26, 1998 – December 10, 1998
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Commissioner Helen Maksagak
Preceded by Don Morin
Succeeded by Jim Antoine
MLA for Baffin South
In office
October 16, 1995 – December 6, 1999
Preceded by Joe Arlooktoo
Succeeded by district abolished
Personal details
Born (1963-11-28)November 28, 1963
Lake Harbour, Eastern Northwest Territories, Canada
Died April 30, 2002(2002-04-30) (aged 38)
Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Independent
Relations Joe Arlooktoo (father)

Gooteleah "Goo" "Mosa" Arlooktoo[1] (November 28, 1963 – April 30, 2002) was a politician and former cabinet minister from Northwest Territories, Canada. He briefly served as acting premier of the territory.

Political career[edit]

Arlooktoo was first elected to the Northwest Territories legislature in the 1995 Northwest Territories general election. He won the electoral district of Baffin South. In his first term in office he was appointed to the cabinet becoming Minister of Justice and Housing and Deputy Premier.

Arlooktoo became Acting Premier after the sudden resignation of Premier Don Morin who resigned over conflict of interest allegations.[2] He served in this capacity from November 26 until December 10, 1998 when then Legislative Assembly chose Jim Antoine to lead the government.

Arlooktoo left the Northwest Territories legislature when the territory of Nunavut was created to run in the 1999 Nunavut general election. He was considered very likely to become Premier in the new territory, however he was defeated by Olayuk Akesuk in an upset. Arlooktoo himself finished a close second.[3]

Late life[edit]

After his defeat for the Nunavut Legislature he became assisted the fledgling government by holding orientations to help train newly elected members in the territory to assist them in performing their duties.[4] He then became Executive Director of the Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board which he held until his death in 2002.[5]

He died suddenly of a heart attack at his home at the age of 38 on April 30, 2002.[6][7] Arlooktoo's father Joe Arlooktoo also served as a Member of the Northwest Territories Legislature.


  1. ^ Regrets and sympathy from NTI in the death of Gootileah Arlooktoo
  2. ^ "New premier on horizon". NNSL. November 30, 1998. 
  3. ^ "Nunavut Votes 2004 South Baffin Riding Profile". CBC News. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  4. ^ James Arvaluk (May 1, 2002). "Member's Statement 063 - 1(6): Remembering Goo Arlooktoo - Condolences". Hansard 1st Legislative Assembly, Sixth Session. Nunavut Legislative Assembly. Archived from the original on January 28, 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Goo Arlooktoo dead at age 38". Northern News Service. Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
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Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Preceded by
Kenoayoak Pudlat
MLA Baffin South
Succeeded by
District Abolished
Preceded by
Don Morin
acting Premier of Northwest Territories
Succeeded by
Jim Antoine