Nunavut MLAs choose new cabinet minister on Friday
Leadership forum will be held at 3 p.m.
Nunavut’s MLAs will choose a new cabinet minister on Friday at 3 p.m. during a leadership forum, the legislative assembly’s caucus announced today in a news release.
Patterk Netser, MLA for Aivilik, was removed from cabinet by his colleagues on Friday, Oct. 23. This was after Joe Savikataaq, the premier of Nunavut, passed a motion to remove Netser from cabinet due to a social media post he made earlier in October.
The post referenced the Black Lives Matter movement and abortion. It was decried as racist and sexist, and Savikataaq immediately stripped Netser of his portfolios after the post circulated.
Netser was the minister representing the Nunavut Housing Corp and Nunavut Arctic College. Another MLA will be appointed to his vacant cabinet position during the forum on Friday.
The leadership forum will take place in the legislative assembly. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors aren’t allowed to attend in person. However, the forum will be broadcast on community cable channels and satellite channel 513 for Bell networks and 289 or 489 for Shaw networks. In Iqaluit the proceedings will also be broadcast on the radio. The floor feed will be on channel 92.5 FM. Inuktitut translations will be on 94.7 FM and English translations on channel 102.1 FM. The forum will also be livestreamed.
The legislature sits until Nov. 5.