Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq will accompany the NDP’s national leader, Jagmeet Singh, on a visit to Iqaluit this weekend. Their visit will include a meet-and-greet event at the Blackheart Café between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. (Facebook photo)

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to visit Iqaluit this weekend

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq to serve as NDP critic for northern affairs, CanNor

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit residents will get a chance this weekend to meet Jagmeet Singh, the New Democratic Party’s national leader, who’s about to start a three-day visit accompanied by Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq.

Yesterday, Nov. 28, Singh announced he’ll serve as his party’s critic for Indigenous affairs, as well as intergovernmental affairs.

Singh also announced that Qaqqaq, who took 41.2 per cent of votes cast on Oct. 21 to win the Nunavut seat for Singh’s party, will serve as the NDP’s critic for northern affairs, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and as deputy critic for natural resources.

Singh will arrive on Friday, Nov. 29, when he’ll hold meetings with representatives from the Government of Nunavut, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Qaggiavuut, an itinerary posted on Facebook said.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, you’ll get a chance to talk to Singh yourself, at a meet-and-greet event inside the Blackheart Café between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Later that morning, Singh will visit the Christmas craft fair at Inuksuk High School between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Following that, he’ll visit the Tammaativvik boarding home for travelling medical patients between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

And tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m., Singh will take in an exhibition hockey game at the Arctic Winter Games Arena, between R.L. Hanson Construction Ltd. and Qikiqtaaluk Properties Inc.

On his last day in Iqaluit, Sunday, Dec. 1, Singh will visit the Qajuqturvik Food Centre between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.—and at that time, he’ll make an announcement.

Singh, who represents the riding of Burnaby South in the House of Commons, has served as the NDP’s national leader since Oct. 1, 2017.

His party won 24 seats in the Oct. 21 federal election, down from the 39 they held prior to the dissolution of Parliament.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by The Horrible Aesthete on

    We have such a beautiful MP!

  2. Posted by Paint me blue on

    Beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. Surely educated too. Probably an honor student from Ottawa u. Just saying as you would.

    • Posted by Not sure on

      I haven’t seen any mention of her education anywhere. If she was an honours student and had gone to university you would expect that it would be mentioned somewhere.

  3. Posted by Observer on

    I expect that voters under 30 years of age will be electing Nunavut’s leaders for the next several decades. They’ve discovered that they have the power.

  4. Posted by Anne Crawford on

    “We have such a beautiful MP!”
    We have had good looking MPs before, but this is the first time I have seen personal appearance as a stand alone comment. This comment may even be true, but it is vacuous and hurtful in its focus. We have so many issues, let us focus on them – whatever your political stripe.
    “Surely educated too.”
    ….and this I take as sarcasm. Nasty and brutish, but no doubt from a supporter of a Nunavut University, advocating that our youth should have equal access to higher education? It is so kind of you to point out the real gaps in opportunities and student support we provide to bright young people in Nunavut.
    But I can assure you that soon enough this young woman will be educated by the sharp tongues which pretend to praise. She will emerge with experience and skills which far exceed the paper diplomas you may hold.
    Treat this MP with the respect her election and office deserve.
    Criticize her for her policies or priorities, if you choose, but if you engage in personal commentaries you should be embarrassed.

  5. Posted by Crystal Clarity on

    Mumilaaq went to NS (Nunavut Sivuniqsavut) in Ottawa and she has worked as an employment officer with NTI and in the wellness program for department of health since, so basically clerical types of jobs and some volunteer work. She did a speech on International Women’s Day in 2017 in the House of Commons where several young indigenous women gave powerful and emotional speeches. That’s basically her resume. She is inexperienced and young. Being in the House will be a big learning curve and since she is not part of the governing party she will not carry a great deal of weight. She is the first NDP rep for Nunavut since Peter Ittinuar crossed over to the Liberals. every woman should be cringing at the “Beautiful” and “surely educated” remarks. No one should care about whether she is beautiful or not and if you don’t know what her education is then find out. People should care about whether she is capable of doing the job or not and it remains to be seen if there is anything else in her CV because right now she is pretty much a blank slate.

  6. Posted by Putuguk on

    22.7% of female MPs, and 28.1% of male MPs in Canada’s Parliament possess a secondary (high school) education. The remainder have either a post secondary or post university level of education.

    Mumilaaq, after attending NS, is therefore quite typical of an MP in terms of her educational attainment. She has a higher level of education than around a quarter of all MPs, who are ironically, predominantly men.

    There is no reason to think that our elected leader is any way deficient in her education and it is frankly laughable that someone would want to put her down without referencing the education of the rest of our elected representatives.

    We have been subjected to the policies and programs developed by highly educated people with very little Nunavut experience for decades. I think it is a refreshing change to have a leader who is fairly well educated, but more importantly knows Nunavut as an ordinary resident, not only as a member of our growing elite.

  7. Posted by Sign of the times on

    No one put down Mumilaaq over her education, and the case for making mention that she is “beautiful” as some kind of misogyny is quite thin indeed. But so it goes in the comments section lately. Boredom has overtaken us since the GN computer systems have gone down. No one around to say anything interesting these days.

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