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Voting Day February 16, 2004  
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 CONSTITUENCIES: Arviat
Candidate Vote Count Pop. Vote X
David Alagalak 282 36.53% X
Peter Alareak 216 27.98%
Kono Tattuinee 113 14.64%
Kevin O'Brien 86 11.14%
Peter Two Aulatjut 61 7.9%
Jay Saint 14 1.81%
 Last Update Tue Feb 17 1:06:32 EST 2004 2 of 2 polls reporting
Arviat

Candidates:

David Alagalak
Peter Alareak
Peter Two Aulatjut
Kevin O'Brien
Jay Saint
Kono Tattuinee

Current MLA:

Hon. Kevin O'Brien, Speaker of the Assembly

Constituency Profile: Arviat (pop. 1,899) is situated just north of the Manitoba border on the shore of Hudson Bay. It is Nunavut's third most-populous community, and has the territory's third-fastest growth rate. The surrounding land is flat and windswept in winter, but the treeline is nearby, and summer temperatures are comparatively balmy. As a "decentralized" community, Arviat has received nearly 80 Nunavut government jobs, including the administrative functions of Arctic College. Still, unemployment is significant, and housing is in desperately short supply: As of last autumn, nearly 140 residents were on the community's housing waitlist. Kivalliq leaders have long been pushing for a road and hydro corridor linking Manitoba to Arviat and, possibly, points north.

Political History: Kevin O'Brien, a former housing director for the Kivalliq region, has had a lock on this Constituency for the past eight years. He gained a seat in the N.W.T. assembly in 1995, tallying more votes than Baker Lake incumbent Silas Arngn'naaq and four other challengers combined. O'Brien's 1999 win over Arviat's Kono Tattuinee was equally decisive. With the retirement of Kelvin Ng, a win in this election would make O'Brien one of the longest-serving Nunavut MLAs.
1999   
Kevin O'Brien    474 (62.70%)
Kono Tattuinee    282 (37.30%)
Voter turnout    92.68%

1995*  
Kevin O'Brien    700 (54.43%)
David Simailak    211 (16.41%)
Silas Arngn'naaq    140 (10.89%)
Voter turnout    90.08% (second highest in Nunavut)

1991*  
Silas Arngn'naaq    424 (39.59%)
David Alagalak    349 (32.59%)
Gordon Wray    298 (27.82%)
Voter turnout    85.77%

*Prior to 1999, Arviat was in the N.W.T.'s Kivallivik electoral Constituency, which included the community of Baker Lake.




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