James Arvaluk

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James Arvaluk
Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
In office
1991–1995
Preceded by Peter Irniq
Succeeded by Manitok Thompson
Constituency Aivilik
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
In office
1999–2003
Preceded byfirst member
Succeeded by Patterk Netser
Constituency Nanulik
In office
2006 May 16, 2011
Preceded by Jobie Nutarak
Succeeded by Joe Enook
Constituency Tununiq
Personal details
BornApril 1948 (1948-04)
near Fury and Hecla Strait, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut
DiedApril 27, 2016(2016-04-27) (aged 67–68)
Winnipeg
Political partynon-partisan
consensus government

James Arvaluk (April 1948 – April 27, 2016) was a Canadian politician from Coral Harbour, Nunavut. [1] He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories from 1991 to 1995 and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 1999 to 2003. He served as Nunavut's first Minister of Education.

Political career

In February 1995 Arvaluk resigned his seat in the NWT Legislative Assembly after being charged with sexual assault. He was convicted of two sexual assaults and sentenced to five years. However, after a successful appeal on one of the two counts he was required to serve only two and a half years.

On June 20, 2003 he resigned his seat after being convicted of assault causing bodily harm against his girlfriend in August 2000, for which he served nine months. [2] [3]

Had he not resigned, the Legislative Assembly was prepared to meet in an emergency session and pass a motion forcing him to leave.

At the October 16, 2006 by-election, Arvaluk was elected to the Legislative Assembly representing the Tununiq electoral district. After suffering both a heart attack and a stroke in 2010, he resigned his post on May 16, 2011, citing health reasons. [4] He died in Winnipeg on April 27, 2016. [5]

1980 Canadian federal election : Nunatsiaq
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Peter Ittinuar 2,68847.27+10.99
Liberal James Arvaluk 2,37741.80+15.81
Progressive Conservative Lyle Stevenson4427.77−18.22
Rhinoceros Lloyd Ellsworth1803.17
Total valid votes5,687100.00  
New Democratic hold Swing −2.41

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