Edward Walter Picco
Hon. Edward Picco, Minister of Health and Social Services
Constituency Profile: Iqaluit (pop. 5,236) is booming: Between 1996 and 2001, Nunavut's capital grew faster than all but one other city in Canada. Much of the surge is taking place here, in the Iqaluit East electoral Constituency, as pre-fab apartments spring up in the high-density subdivision of "Lego Land," and as Arctic mansions rise in posh Tundra Valley. Also in this Constituency is the satellite community of Apex -- once an Inuit village, now a trendy bedroom community for government workers. Compared to the rest of Nunavut, voters in Iqaluit East are disproportionately wealthy and non-Inuit. There are few commercial ventures in this Constituency, but the new arena and middle school are both here. Joamie Elementary School was here too, until it burned to the ground last summer.
Political History: In 1995, Edward Picco, a former Hudson Bay store manager and adult educator, gained a place in the N.W.T. assembly with a narrow win over civil servant Mary Wilman. Then, in 1999's most decisive win, he trounced businesswoman Natsiq Kango to take the Nunavut assembly's Iqaluit East seat. Picco's campaign was the costliest in Nunavut: he spent $17,520, or nearly $36 per vote. With the retirement of Kelvin Ng, another win would make Picco one of Nunavut's longest-serving MLAs. Voter turnout here has tended to be very high.
|Edward Picco||490 (73.13%)|
|Natsiq Kango||180 (26.87%)|
|Edward Picco||695 (48.30%)|
|Mary Ekho-Wilman||644 (44.75%)|
|Gordon McIntosh||100 (6.95%)|
|Voter turnout||105.24% (highest in Nunavut)|
|Dennis Patterson||866 (60.14%)|
|Val Haas||405 (28.13%)|
|Bryan Pearson||169 (11.74%)|
|Voter turnout||90.20% (third highest in Nunavut)|
*Prior to 1999, Iqaluit Centre was part of the N.W.T.'s Iqaluit electoral Constituency.