Trio of women will appear on federal ballot in Nunavut
Liberals, Conservatives, NDP all pick women to represent them in Sept. 20 election; Green party yet to name candidate
Updated on Aug., 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
The Conservative and Liberal parties in Nunavut have chosen their candidates for the federal election, following the NDP’s lead last week.
The Conservatives have named Rankin Inlet’s Laura Mackenzie while the Liberals selected Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak.
The announcements come on the first full day of the campaign and about a week after Iqaluit lawyer Lori Idlout was named the candidate for the New Democratic Party, following a coin toss.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the election on Sunday for Sept. 20.
Mackenzie’s name was listed on the Conservative party’s website Sunday evening.
Paul Murphy, the president of the Conservative electoral district association in Nunavut said an announcement with more information on her candidacy is planned for Thursday.
In 2018, Mackenzie spearheaded efforts to bring the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to Rankin Inlet and testified herself.
She is also formerly the president of Rankin Inlet’s women’s shelter.
Angnakak, who was raised in Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung, was identified as the Liberal’s candidate for the territory in an email sent to members on Monday morning.
Cody Dean, a spokesperson for the party’s riding association in Nunavut later said “I’m happy to confirm Pat is our candidate,” in an email.
Before that, Angnakak was sworn in as Nunavut’s first deputy commissioner in 2001.
For the NDP, Idlout is an Iqaluit-based lawyer who is represents a group who call themselves the Nuluujaat Land Guardians. The group opposes a proposed expansion of Mary River iron mine, on north Baffin Island.
Earlier this year, NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq announced she would not seek re-election to the post she won in 2019.
Before Qaqqaq, Liberal Hunter Tootoo held the position, and before him, Leona Aglukkaq represented Nunavut on Parliament Hill with the Conservatives.
The Green party has not yet announced its candidate in Nunavut.
Correction: This article has been updated from an earlier version to correct the year that Pat Angnakak was elected MLA.