The people of Nunavut will go to the polls on Monday for just the fourth time in the territory’s history, to elect the 22 people who will be their next Members of the Legislative Assembly.
Hey so last Canadian politics thing for today - it’s election time in Nunavut. Elections in Nunavut are a little different than the rest of Canada and harder to talk about in a systematic way for a few big reasons:
- Nunavut has no parties. Rather, the Legislative Assembly is composed of individual representatives who collectively select a premier.
- Each individual district has on the order of 500-1000 voters, so politics are very local and dominated by promises related to individual schools or the construction of specific amenities (e.g. harbours) or the hiring at individual government offices.
- Many of the races are decided by very close votes between many candidates, so incumbency is not as important as elsewhere.
Anyway, election results should be available in a few hours for Canada’s least-populous and youngest and poorest and most-Indigenous territory. You can read more about the candidates here, if you’re interested. I’ll post more about the results once they’re available.
Reading about obscure elections is fascinating. So read.