Nunavut cabinet chastised by regular MLAs
Regular members warn of “growing dissatisfaction” over performance of ministers
The chair of Nunavut’s caucus of regular members has sent a letter of expectation to the premier that characterizes the territorial cabinet as a group of underperforming employees.
“As a caucus, members have identified a number of ongoing performance issues with the executive council,” states the letter from John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove.
“As premier, you have a central role in addressing these issues for the benefit of our government and the territory at large. This letter is intended to encourage corrective action by clearly defining the expectations being placed on the executive council.”
The letter, tabled in the legislature on Wednesday, May 29, warns there is “growing dissatisfaction on the part of my caucus colleagues with the approach taken by a number of ministers.”
“Rather than responding in a clear, candid and comprehensive manner to members’ questions posed during sittings of the House and meetings of standing committees, a number of ministers do the opposite.”
That’s unacceptable, says Main. And he warns that ministers that don’t prove more forthcoming may face a fate similar to that of Paul Quassa, when he was removed from the premier’s seat one year ago:
“Consequences for future non-performance may include motions of censure and/ or motions of non-confidence for the particular minister(s).”
The letter goes on to say that ministers are expected to:
- Be fully briefed on all major issues, policies, initiatives, expenditures and statutes under their ministerial portfolios.
- Provide substantive answers to members’ questions during sittings of the House and meetings of standing committees.
- Provide answers to members’ questions that are as clear and concise as possible, and that are not needlessly drawn out or repetitive, in a manner consistent with the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.
- Provide follow-up responses in a timely manner to members on occasions where they cannot immediately provide the requested information, and to use official formats for written responses and/or returns to oral questions for other responses.
- Give full consideration to the recommendations made by standing committees and individual members of the legislative assembly concerning departmental and Crown agency budgets and business plans.
- Table, in a timely manner, documents requested by members.
- Maintain open and efficient lines of communication with standing committees and individual members of the legislative assembly by ensuring that all correspondence sent to any regular member adheres to guidance provided by the Office of the Legislative Assembly in respect to copying requirements and electronic and paper formats.
Main’s letter concludes by stating, “I am very confident that sincere efforts to address the issues above will strengthen our government and be welcomed by our constituents whom we represent.”
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