Nunavut candidates fan out across territory
A long campaign trail ahead for federal hopefuls in one of Canada’s biggest ridings
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.