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Manitok Thompson elected in Nunavut

No balloons or painted campaign buses, and barely any door-to-door soliciting. Unlike the noisy campaigns to the south, the first election in Nunavut was informal and low-key. Residents in small communities already knew the candidates running — and their families. When people went to the polls in 1999, they did it on their own terms, electing a consensus government and making special provisions for voting in a vast territory. They were looking for candidates to tackle the region's toughest obstacles: poor access to health care and high suicide and unemployment rates.

One woman and 18 men elected to Nunavut's legislature.

Medium: Radio
Program: Canada at Five
Broadcast Date: Feb. 16, 1999
Guests: John Amagoalik, Veronica Dewar
Host: Bernie McNamee
Reporter: Curt Petrovich
Duration: 1:51

Last updated: September 3, 2013

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