Nunavut general election, 2017
22 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Popular vote by riding. As Nunavut elections are on a non-partisan basis, all candidate run as independents.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. The recount confirmed that the original count was correct.
A record number of women were elected to the legislature; in addition to Kamingoak's acclamation, four more women were declared elected on election night, and a woman won the recount in Cambridge Bay. 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.
|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%)|
As of November 1, all results are unofficial.
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- "New faces, and a record number of women, will make up Nunavut's next legislature". CBC North, October 30, 2017.
- "Paul Quassa will be Nunavut's next premier". CBC News. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
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