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Voting Day February 16, 2004  
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 CONSTITUENCIES: Pangnirtung
Candidate Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Peter Kilabuk 305 61.87% X
Simeonie Keenainak 188 38.13%
 Last Update Tue Feb 17 1:06:32 EST 2004 2 of 2 polls reporting
Pangnirtung

Candidates:

Peter Kilabuk
Simeonie Keenainak

Current MLA:

Hon. Peter Kilabuk, Minister of Community Government and Transportation; Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth

Constituency Profile: Perched on the slopes of Pangnirtung Fiord, Pangnirtung (pop. 1,276) is one of Nunavut's most spectacularly situated communities. Tourists come from around the world to hike in nearby Auyuittuq National Park, to visit the abandoned Kekerten whaling station, and to purchase the community's famous prints and tapestries. As a "decentralized" community, Pangnirtung has seen the arrival of more than 60 Nunavut government jobs, including two dozen with the Department of Health and Social Services. Commercial fishing and fish processing also provides income, and, as in all Nunavut communities, subsistence practices are deeply valued. More than 90 per cent of the residents are Inuit.

Political History: A six-way race in 1999 saw Pang Fisheries president Peter Kilabuk out-poll teacher Simeonie Keenainak to become the first MLA for the newly created Pangnirtung electoral Constituency. Prior to that, the community was part of the N.W.T.'s Baffin Central riding. It was represented by Clyde River's Tommy Enuaraq from 1995-99. Elections in this Constituency are often free-for-alls: Both the 1995 and 1991 elections involved eight candidates. Voter turnout here has tended to be low to moderate.
1999   
Peter Kilabuk   171 (30.76%)
Simeonie Keenainak    119 (21.40%)
Meeka Kilabuk    83 (14.93%)
Voter turnout    80.99%

1995*  
Tommy Enuaraq    294 (30.25%)
Lootie Toomasie    186 (19.14%)
Sakiasie Sowdlooapik   152 (15.64%)
Voter turnout    75.64%

1991*  
Rebecca Mike    197 (26.34%)
Pauloosie Paniloo    110 (14.71%)
Ipeelee Kilabuk    103 (13.77%)
Voter turnout    71.37% (second lowest in Nunavut)

*Prior to 1999, Pangnirtung was in the N.W.T.'s Baffin Central electoral Constituency, which included the communities of Qikiqtarjuaq and Clyde River.




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