Nunavut general election, 2017

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Nunavut general election, 2017

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22 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Turnout 63.3%[1](Decrease7.0pp)


Nunavut general election, 2017 results by riding.svg
Popular vote by riding. As Nunavut elections are on a non-partisan basis, all candidate run as independents.

Premier before election

Peter Taptuna

Premier-designate

Paul Quassa

The Nunavut general election, 2017 was held in the Canadian territory of Nunavut on October 30, 2017 to return the members of the 5th Nunavut Legislature.[2] The fifth general election held since the creation of the territory in 1999, it was the first election held under Nunavut's new fixed election dates law, which requires elections to be held no more than four years after the prior election.[3]

Unlike most federal or provincial elections in Canada, elections to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut are conducted on a non-partisan consensus government model, in which all candidates run as independents rather than being nominated by political parties. The premier and executive council are then selected internally by the MLAs at the first special sitting of the legislature.

Candidates[edit]

As of the close of nominations on September 29, 2017, three MLAs, Steve Mapsalak, Keith Peterson and Premier Peter Taptuna were the only incumbents not running again.[4] One district, Kugluktuk, saw only one candidate register by the close of nominations; that candidate, Mila Adjukak Kamingoak, was immediately declared as acclaimed to office.[5]

In one district, Cambridge Bay, formal declaration of the winner was not made until November 5, with the initial results undergoing an automatic recount due to a margin of less than two per cent between the top two finishers.[6] The recount confirmed that the original count was correct.[7]

Results[edit]

A record number of women were elected to the legislature;[8] in addition to Kamingoak's acclamation, four more women were declared elected on election night, and a woman won the recount in Cambridge Bay.[8] These six women, representing 27 per cent of the legislature, represent the first time in the territory's history that it has ranked higher than last or second-last among Canada's provinces and territories for female membership in the legislature.

Following the election, only three of the eight incumbent cabinet ministers had been reelected: three were defeated and two, including Premier Peter Taptuna, chose not to run again. Overall, half of the legislature's 22 incumbents were reelected.

On November 17, 2017, the Nunavut Leadership Forum convened in Iqaluit to choose the next premier. MLAs Joe Savikataaq, Cathy Towtongie, Patterk Netser, and Paul Quassa put their names forward; ultimately, Paul Quassa was elected premier, and Joe Enook was chosen as Speaker. The Executive Council will consist of David Akeeagok, Pat Angnakak, Jeannie Ehaloak, David Joanasie, Lorne Kusugak, Joe Savikataaq, and Elisapee Sheutiapik.[9]

Reelection statistics
Seats Did not run again Defeated Reelected
All MLAs 22 3 (13.6%) 8 (36.3%) 11 (50.0%)
Cabinet ministers 8 2 (25.0%) 3 (37.5%) 3 (37.5%)
Candidates by district
District Communities Winner Second Third Fourth Others Incumbent
Bold denotes cabinet ministers
Aggu[10] Igloolik (north part) Paul Quassa
106
Matt Teed
96
Richard Amarualik
79
Jerome Sheaves
14
Paul Quassa
Reelected
Aivilik[11] Coral Harbour,
Naujaat
Patterk Netser
318
Jack Anawak
218
Steve Mapsalak
Did not run again
Amittuq[12] Igloolik (south part),
Hall Beach
Joelie Kaernerk
115
Paul Haulli
84
George Qulaut
69
Reena Akumalik Irqittuq
46
Jason Ikeperiar: 41
Solomon Angugasak Allurut: 39
Erasmus Ivvalu: 22
George Qulaut
Defeated
Arviat North-Whale Cove[13] Arviat (north part),
Whale Cove
John Main
408
George Kuksuk
115
George Kuksuk
Defeated
Arviat South[14] Arviat (south part) Joe Savikataaq
280
Jason Gibbons
234
Joe Savikataaq
Reelected
Baker Lake[15] Baker Lake Simeon Mikkungwak
389
Karen Kabloona
280
Simeon Mikkungwak
Reelected
Cambridge Bay[16] Cambridge Bay Jeannie Ehaloak
259
Pamela Gross
250
Harry Maksagak
126
Keith Peterson
Did not run again
Gjoa Haven[17] Gjoa Haven Tony Akoak
171
James Taqaugaq Qitsualik
133
Paul Puqiqnak
79
Joseph Aglukkaq
53
Tony Akoak
Reelected
Hudson Bay[18] Sanikiluaq Allan Rumbolt
131
Peter Qavvik
112
Peter Kattuk
105
Allan Rumbolt
Reelected
Iqaluit-Manirajak[19] Iqaluit (west part) Adam Arreak-Lightstone
253
Monica Ell-Kanayuk
227
Jude Lewis
81
Okalik Eegeesiak
64
Monica Ell-Kanayuk
Defeated
Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu[20] Iqaluit (east part) Pat Angnakak
231
Franco Buscemi
196
Anne Crawford
134
Pat Angnakak
Reelected
Iqaluit-Sinaa[21] Iqaluit (south part) Elisapee Sheutiapik
237
Paul Okalik
150
Cindy Rennie
86
Adamee Itorcheak
56
Paul Okalik
Defeated
Iqaluit-Tasiluk[22] Iqaluit (north part) George Hickes
449
Jacopoosie Peter
121
George Hickes
Reelected
Kugluktuk[23] Kugluktuk Mila Adjukak Kamingoak
acclaimed
Peter Taptuna
Did not run again
Netsilik[24] Taloyoak,
Kugaaruk
Emilino Qirngnuq
310
Joe Tulurialik
141
Emilino Qirngnuq
Reelected
Pangnirtung[25] Pangnirtung Margaret Nakashuk
266
Harry John Dialla
129
Johnny Mike
93
Hezakiah Oshutapik
31
Johnny Mike
Defeated
Quttiktuq[26] Arctic Bay,
Grise Fiord,
Resolute
David Akeeagok
189
Mishak Allurut
78
Isaac Shooyook
45
Kataisee Attagutsiak
44
Leo Eecherk: 34
Andrew Taqtu: 9
Mavis Manik: 6
Gary Kalluk: 2
Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley: 0
Isaac Shooyook
Defeated
Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet[27] Rankin Inlet (north part),
Chesterfield Inlet
Cathy Towtongie
171
Cedric Autut
147
Tom Sammurtok
93
Douglas Aggark
58
Tom Sammurtok
Defeated
Rankin Inlet South[28] Rankin Inlet (south part) Lorne Kusugak
309
Alexander Sammurtok
136
Alexander Sammurtok
Defeated
South Baffin[29] Cape Dorset,
Kimmirut
David Joanasie
318
Michael Salomonie
201
David Joanasie
Reelected
Tununiq[30] Pond Inlet Joe Enook
258
David Qamaniq
146
Jeannie Mills
102
Joe Enook
Reelected
Uqqummiut[31] Clyde River,
Qikiqtarjuaq
Pauloosie Keyootak
235
Jerry Natanine
191
Johnathan Palluq
118
Pauloosie Keyootak
Reelected

As of November 1, all results are unofficial.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/6567463.3_per_cent_of_nunavut_voters_cast_ballots_in_2017_election/
  2. ^ "Nunavut MLAs approve money to be spent by next legislature". Nunatsiaq News, June 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Nunavut MLAs opt for fixed election dates, code of conduct". Nunatsiaq News, February 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Elections Nunavut Declared candidates
  5. ^ "The fifth Nunavut assembly’s first MLA: ready to engage with constituents". Nunatsiaq News, October 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "Close race in western Nunavut hub triggers recount". Nunatsiaq News, October 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "'I'm finally feeling rested': Recount confirms Jeannie Ehaloak's election in Cambridge Bay". CBC North, November 5, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "New faces, and a record number of women, will make up Nunavut's next legislature". CBC North, October 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Paul Quassa will be Nunavut's next premier". CBC News. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Results for Aggu from Elections Nunavut.
  11. ^ Results for Aivilik from Elections Nunavut.
  12. ^ Results for Amittuq from Elections Nunavut.
  13. ^ Results for Arviat North-Whale Cove from Elections Nunavut.
  14. ^ Results for Arviat South from Elections Nunavut.
  15. ^ Results for Baker Lake from Elections Nunavut.
  16. ^ Results for Cambridge Bay from Elections Nunavut.
  17. ^ Results for Gjoa Haven from Elections Nunavut.
  18. ^ Results for Hudson Bay from Elections Nunavut.
  19. ^ Results for Iqaluit-Manirajak from Elections Nunavut.
  20. ^ Results for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu from Elections Nunavut.
  21. ^ Results for Iqaluit-Sinaa from Elections Nunavut.
  22. ^ Results for Iqaluit-Tasiluk from Elections Nunavut.
  23. ^ Results for Kugluktuk from Elections Nunavut.
  24. ^ Results for Netsilik from Elections Nunavut.
  25. ^ Results for Pangnirtung from Elections Nunavut.
  26. ^ Results for Quttiktuq from Elections Nunavut.
  27. ^ Results for Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet from Elections Nunavut.
  28. ^ Results for Rankin Inlet South from Elections Nunavut.
  29. ^ Results for South Baffin from Elections Nunavut.
  30. ^ Results for Tununiq from Elections Nunavut.
  31. ^ Results for Uqqummiut from Elections Nunavut.
  32. ^ 2017 General Election from Elections Nunavut.