Quebec keeps mum on Nunavik referendum results
“Today, it’s the responsibility of Inuit leaders to comment on and analyze their referendum”
The Quebec government refused official comment April 28 on the results of Nunavik’s April 27 referendum, which saw voters reject the final agreement on the Nunavik Regional Government proposal with a resounding “No.”
“The Government of Quebec will continue to support the Inuit nation in its quest for more automony,” said Marie-Josée Paquette, spokesperson for Quebec’s native affairs minister, Geoff Kelley.
“We will continue to work with the Inuit nation,” Paquette told Nunatsiaq News.
Paquette said the explanation about why the new governance model lacked support should come from Nunavik — not from Quebec.
“We have taken note of the referendum results, but we think that today it’s the responsibility of Inuit leaders to comment on and analyze their referendum.”
Paquette said Nunavik will also decide what the next step is.
“We’re always here, but the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to come back to us. It’s their referendum. It’s up to them to comment, to analyze and then to come back to us, if they want to.”