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.
|Peter Kilabuk||171 (30.76%)|
|Simeonie Keenainak||119 (21.40%)|
|Meeka Kilabuk||83 (14.93%)|
|Tommy Enuaraq||294 (30.25%)|
|Lootie Toomasie||186 (19.14%)|
|Sakiasie Sowdlooapik||152 (15.64%)|
|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.