Iqaluit city council unanimously calls for Malaiya Lucassie’s resignation
“The council does not condone racism or gender violence”
Iqaluit city councillors unanimously called for the immediate resignation of Coun. Malaiya Lucassie following a lengthy in-camera session during last night’s council meeting.
Last week, Lucassie had written a reply to a Facebook post made by her father, Nunavut cabinet minister Patterk Netser, who appeared to criticize Black women who seek abortions.
Although Lucassie publicly apologized for her comments, the incident was a breach of the councillor code of conduct, said Coun. Romeyn Stevenson.
“The city council for the municipality of Iqaluit does not abide with the comments that were made by councillor Lucassie. The council does not condone racism or gender violence and does not
accept a world where such comments, or comments such as those made over the weekend, are let go without censure,” said Stevenson.
“This council demands councillor Lucassie’s resignation, effective immediately.”
The motion was seconded by Coun. Simon Nattaq.
While the conversation following the in-camera session was short, Deputy Mayor Janet Brewster did address the issue earlier during the statement period.
“The Black Lives Matter movement is not a competition on which lives matter more than others,” she said.
“I, for one, feel honoured that the Black Lives Matter movement has come to Nunavut and has specifically elevated the issue of Inuit rights, along with Black and all Indigenous lives.”
During the brief discussion following Stevenson’s motion, Coun. Sheila Flaherty asked what would happen if Lucassie refused to resign. Mayor Kenny Bell indicated that the council would need to meet again.
The vote was unanimous.
The next city council meeting is on Oct. 27.