Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A couple of twists and turns

I mostly stay out of Nunavut politics because I don't have a death wish. However, two events today are certainly worth mentioning.

First, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced she won't be running in the next territorial election as she will be the Conservative candidate in the federal election. I won't get into whether or not she's done a good job as health minister, I'll leave that to others. She's probably better known territorially than either Liberal candidate Kirt Ejesiak or New Democrat Paul Irngaut. And, probably most importantly, she's not from Iqaluit. Ejesiak is, Irngaut and Aglukkaq aren't.

Seriously, never underestimate the anamosity that the rest of the territory tends to have against the capital city. Hmmmm, the population of a large geographic area not much caring for the capital of that region. It's almost like I've experienced this somewhere else before....

The other bit of local political news is that Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik is going to run in Iqaluit West in the territorial election next month. I offer that bit of information up without comment as well except to note that:
1. The mayor is pretty well liked in town and ran unopposed in the last municipal election.
2. Iqaluit West is the district we currently live in.
3. It's the district currently represented by the premier.

Suddenly, Nunavut politics just got a lot more interesting.

Last Five
1. Feeling no pain - Josh Rouse
2. Breakfast in America - Supertramp
3. Cigarette dangles - The Pursuit of Happiness*
4. Poison pill - Drive
5. A man and a woman - U2


Jackie S. Quire said...

Agreed, TB.
I wasn't all that excited for the NU election (still no word what's happening in our two ridings) until Elissipe's move today.
The following thoughts came to my head.
"Wha? Why would you run in the same riding as the premier, silly lady"
and then
"Gasp! She's runing in the same riding as the premier!"

Love the scandal

Kate Nova said...


towniebastard said...

Yes, well, I refrained from directly mentioning that, but obviously it adds a certain something to the race.