Disclaimer: Results are rounded off to nearest percentage point. Results are not official until Elections N.W.T. has reviewed the ballot count, which usually takes several days.
Bobby J. Villeneuve
This geographically vast district embraces the eastern half of Great Slave Lake and stretches across rugged Precambrian shield country to the Nunavut border.
However, the region contains only two small communities, making Tu Nedhe the Northwest Territories' least populous district. Both Fort Resolution (pop. 484) and Lutselk'e (pop. 318) are Chipewyan communities on the shores of Great Slave Lake. Fort Resolution is the Northwest Territories' oldest permanent settlement, founded as a Northwest Co. trading post in 1786. Today, it is linked by road to Fort Smith and Hay River, and is economically dependent on logging, hunting and trapping. Lutselk'e, accessible only by boat or plane, is a largely subsistence hunting and trapping-based community.
From Elections N.W.T.:
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Tu Nedhe brought one of the political upsets of the 2003 election, with political newcomer Bobby Villeneuve of Fort Resolution defeating incumbent Steve Nitah by 24 votes.
Historically, most candidates in this district have hailed from Fort Resolution. Through most of the 1990s, Donny Morin of Fort Resolution dominated votes in Tu Nedhe, winning some of the territory's most decisive electoral victories. Morin was named premier in 1995, but resigned in 1998 after charges of conflict of interest. In 1999, he threw his political weight behind Nitah, a political newcomer and the only candidate from Lutselk'e. Voter turnout in this district has tended to be very high.
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