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Bryan Pearson (politician)

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Preceded by  Simonie Michael
Residence  Iqaluit, Canada
Role  Politician

Name  Bryan Pearson
Preceded by  first member
Succeeded by  Joe Arlooktoo
Bryan Pearson (politician) Remembering Bryan Pearson Iqaluits first mayor and local

Bryan Pearson (30 May 1934 – 12 October 2016), nicknamed Sedluk or Salluk, meaning skinny in Inuktitut, was a territorial level politician from the Northwest Territories, in what is now Nunavut, Canada.

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Early life

Pearson was born in Liverpool, England and joined the Merchant Navy when he was about 15. After working on ships in Britain and Australia he came to Canada in 1956 and went to Baffin Island. He was hired to work at the Distant Early Warning Line site on Padloping Island in the kitchen. In 1957 he moved to Apex, an Inuit community about 5 km (3.1 mi) outside of Iqaluit, to work at the Frobisher Bay Air Base.

Beginning in the 1960s he began several businesses including the original taxi service, Astro Theatre (in 1994, the first, and as of 2016 the only cinema in Nunavut), Arctic Ventures (which he later sold to Kenn Harper). He also worked as the communities undertaker for many years and had a hearse shipped in.

Political career

In 1964, a fire in Apex motivated Pearson and others to organise the first settlement council for the community and was elected as the chairperson. Pearson was first elected to the Northwest Territories Legislature in the 1970 Northwest Territories general election. He won the electoral district of Eastern Arctic and held that district until it was abolished in the 1975 redistribution. Pearson ran for re-election and won the new Baffin South electoral district in the 1975 Northwest Territories general election. He did not return after the legislature was dissolved in 1979.

In 1979, Pearson was elected as the first mayor of Iqaluit and served several terms until 1985.

Pearson attempted a political comeback in the 1991 Northwest Territories general election running in the Iqaluit electoral district. He was defeated in a three way race by Dennis Patterson.

Death

While on holiday in Australia he was diagnosed with pancreatic or liver cancer, which was confirmed on his return to Canada. He died at his home in Iqaluit on 12 October 2016.

References

Bryan Pearson (politician) Wikipedia


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