Adams-Klassen will seek Liberal nomination
Baffin Liberals seeking more candidates for party nomination
A bureaucrat with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is seeking the federal Liberal party nomination for Nunatsiaq riding.
Eva Adams-Klassen told party members gathered for a pre-nomination meeting in Iqaluit last Sunday that she would put her name forward for the Liberal nomination if departing Liberal MP Jack Anawak chose not to run in this year’s federal election.
Anawak, appointed Nunavut interim commissioner earlier this week, announced he will not seek re-election.
Adams-Klassen is executive assistant to NTI’s secretary-treasurer Natsiq Kango and a former public servant with the GNWT.
“I work a lot at the grassroots level and I think I know what the concerns of the people are, more at a community-based level. I think those voices need to be heard,” she told Nunatsiaq News from Montreal.
Adams-Klassen’s brother William Adams is a Liberal senator.
Baffin Liberals decided to hold a second pre-nomination meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20 at the Discovery Lodge to try to flush out more candidates for the Liberal ticket.
“There’s some indication that there’s some out-of-town people who might be interested,” said Iqaluit MLA Ed Picco, pleased with a turnout of 20 people at last weekend’s meeting.
Picco said Baffin Liberals will talk about the possibility of forming a separate riding association.
According to local Liberal party organizer Fred Coman, Baffin-area Liberals still hope to hold the Nunatsiaq riding association’s formal nomination meeting in Iqaluit at the end of the month, possibly April 30.
“I’m trying to get John (Todd) to do it here, to see if his committee will do that, because we’ve got the major supporters out this way,” Coman said.
Riding association president Elizabeth Palfrey from Rankin Inlet is away on holiday and unable to identify any other candidates for the nomination.
Last week Nunatsiaq News reported that Cambridge Bay resident Helen Klengenberg was expected to run for the nomination with the backing of the Keewatin wing of the party.
But Klengenberg notified Nunatsiaq News earlier this week that she has no intention of running this time, but said she wouldn’t rule it out in the future.