Blog: Election results in Canada’s North

Falling commodity prices have affected the economies of all three of Canada's northern territories. (iStock)
Canadians went to the polls on Monday to elect a new parliament. (iStock)
Canadians went to the polls on Monday, October 19 and elected a Liberal majority government for the first time since 2000.

The Liberal wave also swept across Canada’s North, where the party took every riding but one.

Here’s a quick Eye on the Arctic rundown of the results in Canada’s northernmost ridings.


Winner:  Larry Bagnell (Liberal). Among other issues, Bagnell campaigned on improving relations with Yukon’s First Nations. Bagnell previosly served as Yukon MP from 2000-2011.

Defeated: Ryan Leef (Conservative Party of Canada). Leef was first elected as Yukon MP in 2011. Leef campaigned on issues like the economy and terrorism and promised airport upgrades in Dawson City, Yukon’s second biggest community.

Northwest Territories

Winner: Michael McLeod (Liberal). During his campaign, McLeod stressed the Liberal party’s commitment to stronger relations with Canada’s First Nations as well as improved infrastructure.

Defeated:  Dennis Bevington (New Democratic Party). Bevington was first elected in 2006 and has represented the riding ever since. Bevington campaigned against the high cost of living in Canada’s North and criticized the Nutrition North program put in place by the Conservative government.


Winner: Hunter Tootoo (Liberal). Tootoo campaigned on the Liberal promise to invest $40 million in the Nutrition North program over four years as well as increasing benefits for northern residents.

Defeated:  Leona Aglukkaq (Conservative Party of Canada). Aglukkaq had represented Canada’s eastern Arctic riding of Nunavut since 2008. Aglukkaq campaigned on her party’s investments in northern infrastructure and work on fighting the EU seal ban.


This federal riding includes the Inuit self-governing region of Nunavik.

Winner: (Incumbent) Roméo Saganash (New Democratic Party). Saganash has represented the riding since 2011. Saganash focused his campaign on improving housing and infrastructure in the North.


This riding in the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador includes the Inuit self-governing region of Nunatsiavut.

Winner: (Incumbent) Yvonne Jones (Liberal Party). Among other issues, Jones campaigned on retooling Canada’s controversial C-51 anti-terror bill that many First Nations and Inuit protestors worry they could be targeted by.

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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