Nunavut election: Quttiktuq candidate profiles
Even in remote Nunavut, the Quttiktuq constituency can be said to be remote. Return flights from Iqaluit to Arctic Bay start at $1500, and to Resolute Bay at $1700. People going on to Grise Fiord then board a charter flight at additional cost. Perishable foods arrive in the hamlets by air — not always in the best condition and never cheap.
In 2008, Ron Elliot beat the incumbent here by just a handful of votes. This time round, he's let it be known he'd like to join cabinet, but first he'll have to beat his challenger, Isaac Shooyook.
He says he’s running again to keep working on these issues, as well as “the need for government accountability, economic development, a progressive education system, strong environmental protection, and a caring social safety net for our society’s most vulnerable.”
Shooyook says his time has come to serve the people, and if elected, he’ll do his best to make sure his constituents’ concerns are addressed. His priorities will be open communications with government, and working to make sure Inuit traditional knowledge plays a strong role in wildlife management in Nunavut.