Madeleine Redfern

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Madeleine Redfern
Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut
In office
December 17, 2010[1] – October 2012
Preceded by Elisapee Sheutiapik
Succeeded by John Graham
Personal details
Born 1967
Occupation politician

Madeleine Redfern (born 1967) is a Canadian Inuit politician, who was elected mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut in a by-election on December 13, 2010.

She was born in Iqaluit (then called Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories).[1] Redfern graduated from the Akitsiraq Law School before becoming the first Inuk to be offered a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was selected by outgoing Justice Louise Arbour to clerk under her replacement, Justice Louise Charron.

Redfern has been a businessperson, consultant and social advocate in Iqaluit, and was most recently the executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, looking into the legacy of historical effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit during the period from the 1950s through the 1980s. She ran as a candidate for the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2008 territorial election in Iqaluit Centre, but lost to incumbent MLA Hunter Tootoo.

She is an outspoken critic of Nunavut's government. "We live in a chilly banana republic,” she said of the territorial government, a short time before becoming mayor.[2]

On July 24, 2012, Redfern announced at a meeting of the Iqaluit Municipal Council that she would not run for re-election in the next election.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

2008 Nunavut general election
Name Vote %
     Hunter Tootoo 317 61.7%
     Madeleine Redfern 146 28.4%
     Joe Sageaktook 51 9.9%
Total Valid Ballots 514 100%
Voter Turnout Rejected Ballots
Iqaluit mayoral by-election, 2010
Name Vote %
     Madeleine Redfern 377 30.26
     Allen Hayward 314 25.20
     Paul Kaludjak 314 25.20
     Jim Little 241 19.34
Total Valid Ballots 1246 100%
Voter Turnout % Rejected Ballots: 16