Results

TORNGAT MOUNTAINS
Party Candidate Votes Status
10/10 polls Updated: Oct. 11, 2011 9:12 PM EDT
LIB Randy Edmunds 744 Elected
PC Patty Pottle 586
NDP Alex Saunders 186

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About the race

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Patty Pottle seeks her second term in Torngat Mountains, the most northerly district in the province, and home communities that dot Labrador's northern coast. Pottle, who was first elected in 2007, faces Liberal Randy Edmunds, who has been active in business and Inuk politics for many years, and New Democrat Alex Saunders.

District profile

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Torngat Mountains has the smallest population of any district but also has the largest aboriginal population of any district. It is a district with unique communities and needs; the towns are only accessible by water or air. The Voisey's Bay nickel mine, near Nain, is in the district.

The Inuit communities of Hopedale, Makkovik, Nain, Postville and Rigolet in the Torngat Mountains district have a level of community governance through the Nunatsiavut Government. Natuashish, one of two Innu communities in Labrador, is also in the district.

Estimated population: 3,214

Political history

Torngat Mountains has swung between the Tories and the Liberals, sometimes by very small margins.

2007: Liberal incumbent Wally Andersen resigned his seat before the election, amid the legislative spending scandal that would later send him to jail. PC Patty Pottle went on to win the seat with over 53 per cent of the vote, defeating Liberal Danny Dumaresque.

1996-2003: Liberal Wally Andersen defeated PC Bill Flowers by 459 votes in 1996. Andersen won the 1999 election with over 84 per cent of the vote; he went on to win the 2003 election with almost 69 per cent of the vote.

1993: Liberal William Andersen III defeated PC Patricia Ford by only three votes, following a judicial recount.

1985-1993: Incumbent Garfield Warren, formerly a Liberal, was elected as a Tory representative. He resigned before the 1993 election.

1979-1985: Garfield Warren held the seat, which was then newly created, for two terms as a Liberal.