Trudeau first federal party leader to campaign in Iqaluit

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign made a visit to Iqaluit late Monday. He joined his party’s local candidate — former territorial cabinet minister Pat Angnakak — who is vying for the territory’s only seat in Parliament.

Trudeau is the first federal party leader to visit Iqaluit during the campaign. The riding was previously held by New Democratic Party MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, who is not seeking re-election. The other two candidates are Lori Idlout for the NDP and Laura Mackenzie for the Conservatives.

Trudeau was greeted by a very warm crowd, despite the chill. And considering in previous days he was forced to cancel a campaign event and move another one due to angry protesters, this had to be a nice change of pace.

That’s because, as APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports, there is no history of political heckling in Nunavut.

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Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.