Nunavut candidates to appear in forums hosted by CBC, Uvagut TV

NDP’s Lori Idlout and Liberal candidate Pat Angnakak have confirmed participation

Candidates running in the Sept. 20 federal election to represent Nunavut are, from left: Liberal Pat Angnakak, the NDP’s Lori Idlout and Conservative Laura MacKenzie. Angnakak and Idlout have confirmed participation in both forums. (Photos courtesy of the candidates)

By Madalyn Howitt

There are two opportunities to hear Nunavut’s federal candidates debate before election day.

Uvagut TV will broadcast a candidates’ forum Wednesday at 8 p.m., while CBC Nunavut will host a forum Thursday at 1 p.m.

Three candidates are running to fill the spot left vacant by departing NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq: Lori Idlout for the NDP, Laura MacKenzie for the Conservatives and Pat Angnakak for the Liberals.

Angnakak and Idlout have confirmed their participation in both events. MacKenzie did not respond to a query by Nunatsiaq News. Representatives from Uvagut TV say she has not yet confirmed her participation.

MacKenzie is listed as a participant on CBC Nunavut’s website for its election forum.

Wednesday’s discussion on Uvagut TV will be facilitated by Paul Quassa and can be viewed through a livestream on the channel’s website. Viewers can also watch on TV.

Those interested in submitting questions can do so through social media by retweeting Uvagut TV’s post here.

Federal candidates will then join the CBC Nunavut election forum the following day, where they will be asked questions by host Myna Ishulutak in a two-hour, Inuktitut-only show.

The forum will air on CBC Nunavut’s Facebook page and over the radio on CBC North Radio One. The forum can also be streamed with simultaneous English interpretation on CBC Nunavut’s website.

Questions for the candidates can be submitted by calling CBC’s talkback line.

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(13) Comments:

  1. Posted by iWonder on

    I have a question for the Liberal Candidate, and for any Liberal supporters reading this. I hope you will take the time to respond.

    What is the reason for holding an election in the current moment? Why was an election called now, 2 years into the PM’s mandate and in the middle of a global pandemic? Why are we going through this exercise?

    Please put some effort into your responses. The public is not compromised entirely of easily duped fools, we can tell when you are not answering a question in good faith or with sincerity.

    • Posted by iWonder on

      Disappointed, but totally unsurprised that not one single liberal voter tried to answer this question.

      Granted, what would they say that wouldn’t expose the plain fact that this farce of an election is about nothing more than the prime minister grabbing for more power without consideration of anyone besides himself?

      But what is to consider? So intricately linked is the fate of the nation to the imaginings of his own vanity that what is good for Justin must also be what is good for Canada.

    • Posted by simple on

      The answer is simple. A minority government has a more difficult time implementing its platform through legislation because they don’t necessarily have the majority of votes in parliament. This makes a government less effective. On the flipside, it is easier for majority government to create new laws and effect change.
      I don’t understand why people are upset. Securing power to shape policy and create laws is the whole point of politics. Being in a minority government constrains a government’s ability to govern.

      • Posted by iWonder on

        I disagree that minority governments are “less effective.” Clearly what you mean is that it is more difficult for a governing party to unilaterally implement their ideas when they are forced to work with and build consensus with members of other party’s. Yet nothing about this makes governance itself, which is not the same thing, a less fruitful or effective endeavor. In fact, it might make for better governance, depending on the actors involved.

        In terms of the current government, the Liberals have experienced very little friction from the NDP and have governed as an effective majority. There have been few, if any, constraints on their ability to implement their basic vision, and little has hindered their capacity to govern beyond their own ethical challenges and incompetence (standard challenges for any government).

        • Posted by Realpolitik on

          What simple is saying is that in politics power is the end whatever means are used to attain it are always justified.

          Is that right, simple?

  2. Posted by MacKenzie no-show on

    Did Laura Mackenzie throw in the towel already? She’s been dodging all media, no signs in Iqaluit (I’m not complaining I hate signs but it shows how inactive her campaign is), and now probably no debate?

    The tories really did an atrocious job recruiting candidates in the north. This is like fringe party behaviour. Makes you wonder what’s going on at their headquarters.

  3. Posted by iwonderaswell on

    My question would be to the candidates. How effective do you think you can be as a MP for Nunavut if your party is not the governing party in Ottawa?

    • Posted by Wonder No More! on

      The good news is we are headed for a Minority government again.

      When the Liberals had a majority from 2015-2019, they did nothing for us. Federal investments in housing dried up, and we fell further behind in housing than.

      However, when the Liberals had a Minority Government, Mumilaaq embarrassed them so badly on their inaction and neglect of Nunavut that it forced 4 Ministers and the PM to come here to beg for forgiveness.

      The lesson here is that electing Liberals doesn’t get results, but electing New Democrats does.

      • Posted by Spot the partisan non-sense on

        And the embarrassment didn’t stop there. She embarrassed her constituents and herself while she was at it.

  4. Posted by Anxious Voter on

    If Laura is dodging all the media interviews, how is she going to communicate with her constituents if elected? I think she’s just a puppet, meaning someone is telling what to say. She won’t be able to do that on her own.

    • Posted by Why even bother? on

      I’m not sure why you think she is acting like a puppet? I do agree her lack of presence and her inability to engage in the election process so far is not promising. I have considered voting conservative this year but can’t bring myself to do it for a candidate that dials it in like this.

      This must be a huge disappointment for the party as they could possibly have grabbed this seat with the right candidate.

  5. Posted by Truestory on

    Not one mention of B.I.M.’s Phase 2 project at Mary River. I would like to know who is for the Phase 2 project. I surely will vote for that candidate.

  6. Posted by Pain In The Groen on

    Do the Conservatives have a candidate in Nunavut? What the heck is going on?


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