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Voting Day February 16, 2004  
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 CONSTITUENCIES: Iqaluit East
Candidate Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Edward Walter Picco 569 70.68% X
John Amagoalik 186 23.11%
Norman Ishulutak 50 6.21%
 Last Update Tue Feb 17 1:06:32 EST 2004 3 of 3 polls reporting
Iqaluit East

Candidates:

John Amagoalik
Norman Ishulutak
Edward Walter Picco

Current MLA:

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.
1999   
Edward Picco     490 (73.13%)
Natsiq Kango   180 (26.87%)
Voter turnout    97.67%

1995*  
Edward Picco   695 (48.30%)
Mary Ekho-Wilman    644 (44.75%)
Gordon McIntosh    100 (6.95%)
Voter turnout    105.24% (highest in Nunavut)

1991*  
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.




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