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Encyclopedia > Nunavut general election, 2004

Nunavut, Canada conducted its second general election on February 16, 2004, to elect the 19 members of the Legislative Assembly.

Premier Paul Okalik asked for the five-year-old territory's first parliament to be dissolved on January 16.

The territory operates on a consensus government system with no political parties; the premier is subsequently chosen by and from the MLAs. There were 11,285 registered voters at the time of the election call.



Issues at the election included:

  • the size of the civil service;
  • the territory's Human Rights Act;
  • education;
  • language and culture.


Elections were held in 18 of the 19 electoral districts. The following district acclaimed its MLA:

  • Rankin Inlet North: Tagak Curley (incumbent: Jack Anawak)

The following is a list of the districts with their candidates.

District Incumbent Elected Percentage Other candidates
Akulliq Ovide Alakannuaq Steve Mapsalak 34.86% George Bohlender, Joani Kringayark, John Ningark, Roland Tungilik
Amittuq Enoki Irqittuq Louis Taparjuk 39.63% Solomon Allurut, Enoki Irqittuq
Arviat Hon. Kevin O'Brien David Alagalak 36.53% Peter Alareak, Peter Two Aulatjut, Kevin O'Brien, Jay Saint, Kono Tattuinee
Baker Lake Glenn McLean David Simailak 48.22% David Aksawnee, Becky Kudloo, David Toolooktook Sr.
Cambridge Bay Hon. Kelvin Ng Keith Peterson 54.09% Harry Ambrose M. Aknavigak, David Kaosoni, Harry Maksagak
Hudson Bay Hon. Peter Kattuk Peter Kattuk 42.76% Moses Appaqaq Jr., Joe Arragutainaq, Kupapik Ningeocheak, Johnny Tookalook
Iqaluit Centre Hunter Tootoo Hunter Tootoo 44.8% Natsiq Alainga-Kango, Mike Courtney, Kevin MacCormack, Pauloosie Paniloo, Mary Ellen Thomas
Iqaluit East Hon. Edward Picco Edward Picco 70.68% John Amagoalik, Norman Ishulutak
Iqaluit West Hon Paul Okalik Paul Okalik 76.99% Doug Workman
Kugluktuk Donald Havioyak Joe Allen Evygotailak 40.41% Donald Havioyak, Millie Kuliktana
Nanulik Patterk Netser Patterk Netser 34.92% Emily Beardsall, Willy Nakoolak, Bernard Putulik Sr.
Nattilik Uriash Puqiqnak Leona Aglukkaq 42.84% Tom Akoak, Anthony Anguttitauruq, David Irqiut, Simon Qingnaqtuq, Sonny Porter, Ruediger H.J. Rasch
Pangnirtung Hon. Peter Kilabuk Peter Kilabuk 61.87% Simeonie Keenainak
Quttiktuq Rebekah Uqi Williams Levi Barnabas 43.94% Lucas Amagoalik, Pauloosie Attagootak, Larry Audlaluk, Anthony Ullikatar, Rebekah Uqi Williams
Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove Hon. Manitok Thompson Levinia Brown 38.87% Jerry Ell, Percy Kabloona, Ishmael Naulalik, Solomon Voisey
South Baffin Hon. Olayuk Akesuk Olayuk Akesuk 58.94% Malicktoo Lyta, Martha Lyta
Tunnuniq Jobie Nutarak Jobie Nutarak 31.84% Appitaq Enuaraq, Sam Omik, David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq
Uqqummiut David Iqaqrialu James Arreak 27.06% Stevie Audlakiak, Phoebe Palluq Hainnu, Peter Iqalukjuak, David Iqaqrialu, Samuel Nuqingaq, Lootie Toomasie

Results (CBC News) (http://www.cbc.ca/nunavutvotes2004/ridings/resultMain.html)

In the main, Nunavummiut decided to stay with their present legislature. The premier, four cabinet ministers, and three other MLAs were re-elected; five incumbents were defeated, including former speaker of the house Kevin O'Brien. Only two women were elected to the 19-seat legislature.

Premier Paul Okalik was given a firm endorsement by the voters in his riding. He faced a strong challenge for the premier's job from Tagak Curley, who was acclaimed to his seat. However, Okalik was returned to the premiership on March 5, 2004, by the new legislature. [1] (http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/03/05/canada/nunavut_premier040305)


For the first time, residents of several tiny, isolated communities were able to vote by satellite phone.

Voter turnout was 110%, since there was no door-to-door enumeration and voter registration is permitted at the polling station.

External Links

  • Elections Nunavut (http://www.elections.nu.ca/)
  • CBC: Nunavut Votes 2004 (http://www.cbc.ca/nunavutvotes2004/)
  • Nunavut Legislative Assembly (http://www.assembly.nu.ca/)
  • About Nunavut (http://www.gov.nu.ca/Nunavut/English/about/)
  • About Consensus Government (http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/VisitorInfo/NWTStyleOfGovernment/index.html) (Government of the Northwest Territories)

Preceded by:
1999 Nunavut election
list of Nunavut general elections
Succeeded by:
2008 Nunavut election

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