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Voting Day February 16, 2004  
Rankin Inlet North


Tagak Curley (confirmed by acclaimation)

Current MLA:

Jack Anawak

Constituency Profile: Unlike most hamlets in Nunavut, which were founded around trading posts or missions, Rankin Inlet (pop. 2,177) has its roots in mining. The community arose in 1955, as Inuit from throughout the Kivalliq region came to dig and process ore for the Rankin Inlet Nickel Mine. Though the operation was short-lived, the community endured and eventually became the area's transportation and administrative hub. In the mid-1990s Rankin lobbied hard to become Nunavut's new capital, but had to settle for "second city" status. Still, the community is growing, and could soon see the development of the proposed Meliadine gold mine just north of town. Many local leaders are also pushing for a road-and-hydro corridor to the south. Despite their names, the hamlet's two electoral Constituencys largely divide the community east to west. Rankin Inlet North takes in the eastern half of town, along the Hudson Bay waterfront. Much of downtown is here, including the post office, a restaurant and the Siniktarvik Hotel.

Political History: Jack Anawak's career in the Nunavut assembly has been tumultuous. When the former Liberal MP put his named forward for the Rankin Inlet North seat in 1999, he was widely touted as being a possible premier. However, his win over respected Kivalliq elder Louis Pilakapsi was narrow, and his fellow MLAs then snubbed him by handing Nunavut's top job to the comparatively inexperienced Paul Okalik. After holding various ministerial portfolios, Anawak was booted to the backbenches for condemning the cabinet's plan to transfer government jobs from Rankin Inlet. Anawak has since announced that he'll leave territorial politics to become Canada's ambassador for circumpolar affairs. His departure leaves this Constituency wide open. Voter turnout here has been low to moderate.
Jack Anawak    146 (36.78%)
Louis Pilakapsi    132 (33.25%)
Lorne Kusugak    119 (29.97%)
Voter turnout    78.94% (second lowest in Nunavut)

Manitok Thomson   274 (45.51%)
Marion Love   240 (39.87%)
Donat Milortok   88 (14.69%)
Voter turnout    87.01%

James Arvaluk     185 (34.64%)
Peter Irniq   100 (18.73%)
Andre Tautu   97 (18.16%)
Voter turnout    85.69%

*Prior to 1999, Rankin Inlet North was part of the N.W.T.'s Aivilik electoral Constituency.

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