Nunavut candidates fan out across territory

A long campaign trail ahead for federal hopefuls in one of Canada’s biggest ridings

An Iqaluit resident enters a voting station during the 2019 federal election. Candidates in Nunavut have begun fanning out across the vast territory to meet voters leading up to the Sept. 20 election. (File Photo)

By David Lochead

The federal election accelerated this week in Nunavut as candidates from three parties begin to push their campaigns forward.

Conservative Laura MacKenzie is scheduled to fly from Kinngait to Iqaluit Tuesday, will be in Pond Inlet for Wednesday and Thursday, Clyde River for Friday and early Saturday and will end the week with a Saturday afternoon meeting with Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell.

During her campaigning this week MacKenzie wants to connect with residents through activities such as door-to-door canvassing, visiting mayors and meeting community organizations like Clyde River’s Ilisaqsivik Society, said Claudine Santos, a spokesperson for MacKenzie.

Santos said that some of the issues MacKenzie intends to address are housing, mental health, cost of living and economic recovery. A particular program that MacKenzie is advocating for is trauma therapy for Nunavummiut struggling with mental health and intergenerational trauma.

“She [MacKenzie] understands that people in Nunavut are in crisis and when people are in crisis they want to feel heard,” Santos said.

Liberal Pat Angnakak is campaigning in Iqaluit this week and heading to the Kitikmeot region next week.

Housing, healthcare and food insecurity are some of the prominent issues Angnakak said she plans to address.

For health care specifically, Angnakak said more funding needs to go toward services like dental care and eye care.

“We have a long wait-list and it is something I feel can be better worked out with the various governments and Inuit organizations,” Angnakak said.

The NDP’s Lori Idlout began campaigning in her home community of Igloolik on Sunday and will be there until Wednesday. From Thursday until Saturday she will be in Pond Inlet. During her campaign stops Idlout is speaking to community members, elders and door-to-door canvassing, said NDP spokesperson Charlotte MacLeod.

MacLeod said Idlout’s first week will be about discussing her election priorities, such as housing, fostering a stronger relationship between Nunavut and the federal government, and youth empowerment.

On the topic of youth empowerment, Idlout said a particular focus of this week is engaging with youth about the importance of voting.

“Every vote counts,” Idlout said.

All campaigns have confirmed their candidate and their campaign staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination status of candidates was an issue in southern Canada this week, as the Liberal party and NDP required candidates to be fully vaccinated in order to represent those parties. The Conservative party and Green party encourage their candidates to be vaccinated but do not require it.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by M Center on

    Good luck to all Candidates Running for Public Office. Good to see Women having to step up to contribute and voice needs versus those others who don’t. Thank you for trying and stepping forward as that alone is contributing to society to make effort to help all. Take criticism well from informed people to progress in seek solutions but don’t feed the trollers your soul. These ones will always be there and I too am guilty of some comments too in other feeds but freedoms of expressions are ok as long as it don’t cross a line. Head up and and keep moving on.

  2. Posted by Report on

    Can you please use some of the space you devote to the elections and mining to report on some of the incredibly important court cases that have been going on? For example, there is a trial going on for the shooter of the standoff that happened in Iqaluit during a blizzard a couple of years ago when over 100 rounds were fired at police. Also, not long ago there was a prelim for a prominent businessman accused of sex crimes against minors. A trial and decision came and went for a prominent businessman accused of kidnapping. Nunatsiaq reported on these alleged crimes when they happened. Why is no one reporting on court cases lately? The press and public in general are allowed to tie into trials by phone and video. can’t be because the newspaper is suddenly trying to focus on more positive stories. Just last week you printed a story that someone was arrested at the park for unknown charges. Somehow that was newsworthy.

    • Posted by Taloyoak SAO too on

      Also what ever happened to that Taloyoak SAO from Pakistan who got charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Hamlet with fraud?? Never any updates

  3. Posted by Pain In The Groen on

    So it begins. Ottawa staff speaking for candidates, cliches and regurgitated talking points.

    “Every vote counts.”

    Why isn’t anyone trying to get some then?

  4. Posted by Ian on

    Come on keyboard warriors and trolls we only have 25 days left, and next up are territorial elections. Quiet out there. Where’s Waldo

    • Posted by Bored Pundit on

      No one cares about this election. It was called unnecessarily in the middle of a pandemic for no obvious reason besides an opportunistic power grab by our PM. I sincerely hope he gets nothing better than a slim minority, at best… a seat as a member of the opposition might be nice to see too, though even there I would prefer a minority.


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