Candidates target local issues, culture in Amittuq race
The two candidates running in Nunavut's Amittuq constituency are using different approaches in their quest for votes, with the incumbent promoting territory-wide topics and the challenger focusing on local issues.
Finance Minister Louis Tapardjuk is running against Joanna Haulli-Quassa in Amittuq, which includes the communities of Hall Beach and Igloolik.
Both candidates hail from Igloolik, but Haulli-Quassa said she would push for more social programs for both communities if she is elected.
The 44-year-old mother of four, who has taken leave from her job as heritage manager in the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, said she would also work to ensure both communities work as one to deal with local issues.
"One agency or one group cannot get things going on their own, they need the whole community support," Haulli-Quassa told CBC News on Wednesday.
She admitted that it'll be an tough race against Tapardjuk, who is also minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth.
Earlier this year, Tapardjuk led the way in passing new language legislation for Nunavut, including an act dedicated to protecting the Inuit languages.
He said he now wants to work on having the laws implemented, as well as making other legislation more relevant to Nunavummiut.
"If Inuit really want to take control and ownership of their government, all of these pieces of legislations will have to be looked at and amended, or getting new … legislation so that Inuit societal values will continue to go," he said.
Voters in Amittuq and 14 other constituencies will go the polls on Monday.