Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq to take time off for health reasons
“The doctor has suggested at least eight weeks off to heal”
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, the New Democratic Party MP for Nunavut, will take at least eight weeks off work for health reasons, she said in a short statement released late Friday afternoon, Oct. 23.
In her statement, Qaqqaq said that recently she’s been struggling with “some personal health issues.”
She did not state the nature of those health issues, but did say they have nothing to do with COVID-19.
“I’d like to assure Nunavummiut that my condition is not COVID-19 related. The doctor has suggested at least eight weeks off to heal. Although it has been a hard decision to make, I feel it is important to follow this advice,” she said.
She noted that about one year has passed since her election to the House of Commons on Oct. 21, 2019, when she took 40.8 per cent of the vote in Nunavut to defeat Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo Lyall, Conservative candidate Leona Aglukkaq and Green party candidate Douglas Roy.
“I started my campaign with a commitment to fight for basic human rights. There is no doubt that Nunavut would see a major drop in deaths by suicide if the federal government would just honour their obligations and provide adequate housing,” her statement said.
She also said that her constituents remain her priority and that her office will remain open so that staff can help her constituents with their needs.
“I am deeply grateful for the support and understanding of my family, friends, colleagues, and everyone else. With sincere gratitude, matna,” she said.
“I will see you again soon.”