Mumilaaq Qaqqaq

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Mumilaaq Qaqqaq

While a disappointing night overall for the NDP, this is a great story:

NDP's Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, is Nunavut's next MP (CBC)

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Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, was the youngest candidate running for federal MP in any of the three territories.

Early Tuesday morning, she became one of the youngest MPs in the country.

With 55 of 59 polls counted, the NDP candidate sat at 3,717 votes — nearly 1,000 more than her closest challenger, Liberal Megan Pizzo Lyall.

The margin is now large enough that CBC's decision desk is able to confidently project Qaqqaq's victory.

Pizzo Lyall called Qaqqaq to congratulate her on her win just after 2 a.m. ET.

Speaking to CBC from Baker Lake, where she watched the results roll in with family and friends, Qaqqaq said the evening was "just how I hoped. A quiet night.

"I think it'll take a few days to sink in," she said. "I'm glad that Nunavut is up for change, and ready for change, and that's exactly what we've been needing for decades."

Qaqqaq will be the first NDP MP for the territory since 1980, back when the riding was named Nunatsiaq and the territory was still part of the Northwest Territories.

MegB

Young, Indigenous AND a woman. What great news!

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

About the only good news of the evening.  

MegB

Ken Burch wrote:

About the only good news of the evening.  

Pretty much. However, here in London we held on to our sole NDP seat (well, we only have 4 ridings). Irene Mathysson, a tireless constituency worker for London-Fanshawe, retired and her daughter was nominated to the riding. She won. Sadly, my riding remains stuck with Liberal toady Peter Fragiskatos. It's NDP provincially though (as are three of our four ridings), which is better than nothing.

KarlL

MegB wrote:

Ken Burch wrote:

 

About the only good news of the evening.  

Pretty much. However, here in London we held on to our sole NDP seat (well, we only have 4 ridings). Irene Mathysson, a tireless constituency worker for London-Fanshawe, retired and her daughter was nominated to the riding. She won. Sadly, my riding remains stuck with Liberal toady Peter Fragiskatos. It's NDP provincially though (as are three of our four ridings), which is better than nothing.

I don't know Peter Fragiskatos other than that he was a political science Professor at Western but am wondering what particular characteristics make him a toady?