David Toolooktook Sr.
Constituency Profile: The Baker Lake electoral Constituency is the only inland riding in Nunavut, sprawling across the Kivalliq barrenlands to the N.W.T. border. The land here is mostly undulating Precambrian shield, strewn with lakes and cut through by famous rivers like the Back, Kazan and Thelon. The Constituency's only community, Baker Lake (pop.1,507), is the fourth largest in Nunavut, with a population about 90 per cent Inuit. Baker Lake is considered one of the success stories in the effort to "decentralize" Nunavut government jobs: most of the administrative functions of the Nunavut Power Corp. have been relocated here. Residents not working for the government could soon benefit from the proposed Meadowbank gold mine, located 70 kilometres to the north. It is slated to open by 2007.
Political History: With outspoken MLA Glenn McLean returning to the private sector, the Baker Lake riding is wide open. McLean, a convenience-store owner and former hamlet councillor, easily beat out Patrick Tagoona and David Toolooktook Sr. in 1999. Prior to that, Baker Lake was part of the N.W.T.'s Kivallivik Constituency, which included the community of Arviat. Voter turnout here has tended to be high.
|Glenn McLean||460 (63.98%)|
|Patrick Tagoona||187 (26.01%)|
|David Toolooktook Sr.||72 (10.01%)|
|Voter turnout||103.01% ** (third highest in Nunavut)|
|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)|
|Silas Arngn'naaq||424 (39.59%)|
|David Alagalak||349 (32.59%)|
|Gordon Wray||298 (27.82%)|
*Prior to 1999, Baker Lake was in the N.W.T.'s Kivallivik electoral Constituency, which included the community of Arviat. **Because of problems in enumeration, voter turnouts occasionally are greater than the voter's list.