Moses Appaqaq Jr.
Hon. Peter Kattuk, Minister of Public Works and Services
Constituency Profile: The Hudson Bay electoral Constituency is perhaps the most unlikely in Nunavut. Formed from a scattering of islands stretching hundreds of kilometers along the eastern edge of Hudson and James bays, the Constituency includes only one community, Sanikiluaq (pop. 684). Situated on the Belcher Islands offshore of Quebec, Sanikiluaq's southerly location (it is nearly as close to Ottawa as to Iqaluit) isolates it from Nunavut. Instead, cultural and transportation links are with the Nunavik mainland. The community was formed only in 1971, with the consolidation of two outpost camps. As a "non-decentralized" hamlet there are few territorial government jobs here, but traditional practices are strong. Around 95 per cent of the residents are Inuit. This riding is the least populous in Nunavut.
Political History: Former Sanikiluaq mayor Peter Kattuk captured the new Hudson Bay seat by a comfortable margin in 1999, quashing the comeback hopes of carver Moses Appaqaq Jr., who represented the community in the N.W.T. assembly from 1979-87. Back in those days, Sanikiluaq was a stand-alone riding; from 1991-99 it was in the N.W.T.'s Baffin South riding, and was represented from afar by residents of Kimmirut. Voter turnout here has tended to be low.
|Peter Kattuk||165 (60.89%)|
|Moses Appaqaq Jr.||106 (39.11%)|
|Goo Arlooktoo||256 (33.33%)|
|Matthew Saveakjuk Jaw||162 (21.09%)|
|Peter Kattuk||128 (16.67%)|
|Kenoayoak Pudlat||119 (19.16%)|
|Joe Arlooktoo||100 (16.10%)|
|Padluq Melia||96 (15.46%)|
|Voter turnout||71.79% (third lowest in Nunavut)|
*Prior to 1999, Hudson Bay was part of the N.W.T.'s Baffin South electoral Constituency, which included the communities of Cape Dorset and Kimmirut.