MP Qaqqaq will run again
Nunavut member of Parliament says her re-election bid officially begins Tuesday
Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq will seek a second term as the territory’s voice in the House of Commons, she says.
The rookie New Democrat announced on Twitter she and party leader Jagmeet Singh will participate in a Zoom meeting Tuesday night to talk about “our shared vision and goals, and to start my re-election campaign as the MP for Nunavut.”
Qaqqaq was first elected in the 2019 election.
In her first year as member of Parliament, she conducted a tour of housing across Nunavut. She has said she is working on a report about what she has called the “inhumane” conditions she discovered while on the tour.
Last October, Qaqqaq abruptly announced she was taking a leave of absence to deal with health issues. She returned early 2021 and disclosed the reason for the leave was to deal with mental-health issues, including anxiety, depression and burnout. In early January, she said she would finish her housing report “in the coming weeks.”
The date for the next federal election is uncertain. Because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a minority government in 2019, they are able to govern as long as they get support from other parties in the House of Commons on certain key confidence votes. The NDP and Liberals reached an agreement in 2020 for New Democrats to support the Liberals in exchange for a Liberal pledge to extend the Canada emergency response benefit, a pandemic-relief measure, and to extend paid sick leave to Canadians.
In early January, Trudeau told reporters there was the possibility of a federal election in 2021, though his government’s preference was to continue working on getting the country through the pandemic.