NTI clarifies reasons for shadow cabinet


This letter is written out of concern that your readers could be seriously misinformed about Nunavut Tunngavik’s shadow cabinet as a result of your p. 3 story in the Dec. 12 Nunatsiaq News.

Your headline read: “Jose Kusugak says NTI’s shadow cabinet wouldn’t be necessary if Interim Commissioner Jack Anawak had followed his letters of instruction and set up an office in Yellowknife.”

Your paper chose to focus this story in such a way that it would appear dissatisfaction with Interim Commissioner Jack Anawak was the motivating factor in NTI’s decision to create a shadow cabinet. As you know very well, this is not the case at all.

While I stand behind my remarks about lack of progress reports at the Interim Commissioner’s Office, this was a very minor aside to the main message of the news conference attended by your reporter.

Our news releases of Oct. 31 and Dec. 4 were very clear on the reasons for NTI’s shadow cabinet. Nunatsiaq News has received both of these communiqués. If dissatisfaction with the OIC was a major factor in our decision, we would have highlighted it in these documents. We did not.

Our stated purpose in forming the shadow cabinet is to watch over the government of the Northwest Territories, because questionable GNWT cabinet decisions could produce profound impacts on the future Government of Nunavut.

Jose Kusugak
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

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