Liquor Plebiscites

10/12/2007

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut

Today electors in Coral Harbour and Kimmirut voted resoundingly to maintain liquor prohibition in their communities. 

Petitioners had sought to end the current system of liquor prohibition and replace it with the establishment of an Alcohol Education Committee. An Alcohol Education Committee established under the Liquor Act decides who may consume, possess, purchase or transport liquor in a community, who may import liquor into a community and the amount of liquor a person may consume, possess, purchase or transport in or import into a community.

Voters were asked “Are you in favour of ending the current system of liquor prohibition and establishing an Alcohol Education Committee?”

In Coral Harbour, 69 ballots or 25% were cast in favour of the question while 208 (75%) were against it. No ballots were rejected.

In Kimmirut, 58 (39%) of the valid votes cast were in favour of the question. 89 votes (61%) were against it. Four ballots were rejected.

For change to occur in a community’s liquor status at least 60% of the valid votes cast must be in favour of the question.

Voter turnout was approximately 74% in both communities.

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For details contact :
Sandy Kusugak – Chief Electoral Officer
Ph: 800.267.4394   Rankin Inlet 645.4610
Fax: 800.269.1125 Rankin Inlet 645.4657
Info@elections.nu.ca