Gjoa Haven residents to vote on continued liquor prohibition
Plebiscite on Dec. 9 will offer choice between prohibition and restricted quantities system
Gjoa Haven residents will choose between allowing restricted amounts of alcohol in their community or continuing with prohibition in a plebiscite this Dec. 9.
The vote, to be administered by Elections Nunavut, will be held at Gideon Qitsualik Memorial Hall. An advance vote will be held on Dec. 2 at the Gjoa Haven hamlet council chambers.
When voters go to the polls, they’ll be asked to vote yes or no to the following question:
“Are you in favour of replacing the current prohibition system in the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven and surrounding area with a restricted quantities system? In addition to the general liquor laws of Nunavut, the restricted quantities system would limit the amount of liquor that a person can purchase in or import into the community every 14 days to:
(a) one (1) litre of spirits;
(b) four (4) litres of wine; and
(c) eleven (11) litres of beer.
Right now, the possession and purchase of alcohol in Gjoa Haven are not permitted. For a change to occur, 60 per cent of voters must vote in favour of it.
In Gjoa Haven’s last liquor plebiscite, held on Dec. 14, 2015, a majority of those who cast ballots opted for the status quo.
In the 2015 vote, 232 people voted to retain prohibition, while 218 people voted to move to a restricted system under the supervision of an alcohol education committee.
Nunavut’s last two community liquor plebiscites were held in Kugaaruk and Sanikiluaq in February 2019.
On Feb. 4, 2019, 63 per cent of Sanikiluaq voters cast ballots in favour of maintaining prohibition there, while on Feb. 25, 2019, 54 per cent of Kugaaruk voters opted for a continuation of prohibition.