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NEWS: Nunavut September 09, 2013 - 1:32 pm

NIRB chairperson plans to run in Oct. 28 Nunavut election

Elizabeth Copland seeks election as MLA

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The NIRB's new chairperson, Elizabeth Copland, then the outgoing chair of Nutrition North Canada's advisory board, speaks to Iqaluit residents at the board's first public meeting there in May 2011. (FILE PHOTO)
The NIRB's new chairperson, Elizabeth Copland, then the outgoing chair of Nutrition North Canada's advisory board, speaks to Iqaluit residents at the board's first public meeting there in May 2011. (FILE PHOTO)

The identity of another candidate in the Oct. 28 Nunavut territorial election is known: Elizabeth Copland, less than a year into a three-year appointment as chairperson of the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

On Sept. 6 the NIRB announced that Copland, who comes from Arviat, has decided to stand for election to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.

As a result of her decision to present herself as a candidate, the NIRB said Copland will take a leave of absence from the NIRB from Sept. 13 through Oct. 28.

Copland has told Bernard Valcourt, the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development that if she’s elected as MLA on Oct. 28, she will resign from the NIRB before taking office, as required by Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act.

“Should she be unsuccessful, she will resume her chairperson duties with the NIRB after advising the Minister further in writing,” the NIRB said.

While Copland is on leave, the NIRB’s vice-chairperson, Phillip Kadlun, will assume all chairperson duties in an acting assignment for the board.

Among the others who have announced they will run in the Oct. 28 election: Premier Eva Aariak, also the MLA for Iqaluit East, and Monica Ell, family services minister, who now represents Iqaluit West.

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