There will be no change in the liquor status of either Chesterfield Inlet or Taloyoak as a
result of liquor plebiscites held today.
The Minister of Finance having received a petition from more than 20 eligible voters ordered
plebiscites to find out if the voters in Chesterfield Inlet wanted to end the Alcohol Education
Committee’s authority to review and approve liquor orders and to learn if Taloyoak voters
wanted the establishment of an Alcohol Education Committee.
Voter turnout was high in Chesterfield Inlet. One hundred and twenty-one of one hundred
and forty-five eligible voters cast a ballot. Forty-eight (40%) voted in favour of disbanding
the AEC while 73 (60%) voted to keep it.
In Taloyoak, two hundred and fifty-seven of four hundred and fifty-one eligible electors
voted. One hundred and twenty-five (49%) were in favour of the establishment of an Alcohol
Education Committee while one hundred and thirty-two (51%) were against.
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.