Akeeagok to meet Trudeau in Ottawa on Tuesday
Meeting marks second for Nunavut premier and PM in recent weeks
Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in person in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon, about two weeks after they held their first meeting by phone.
The two government leaders are scheduled to meet at 3:15 p.m. in Trudeau’s West Block office, according to the itinerary released by the Prime Minister’s Office Monday afternoon.
The meeting is to take place shortly before the federal Liberals unveil their fiscal update in the House of Commons.
Tuesday will be the second recent meeting between the two since Akeeagok was picked to be Nunavut’s premier on Nov. 17. Trudeau was also recently re-elected when his Liberal party formed a minority government in the Sept. 20 federal election.
Trudeau and Akeeagok spoke on the phone for about 20 minutes on Nov. 29 — about two weeks after Akeeagok became premier.
Akeeagok said then he was “very optimistic” he and Trudeau would work together on priorities they discussed, such as housing, infrastructure and mental health needs.
The premier said he had worked with the prime minister on other projects while Akeeagok was the president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, a post he gave up in order to run for a seat in Nunavut’s legislature.