Nunavut premier, prime minister to meet Thursday

Akeeagok to visit Trudeau’s Parliament Hill office; PMO gives no hint about what they’ll discuss

Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are scheduled to meet in Ottawa on Thursday afternoon. (File photo courtesy of P.J. Akeeagok)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday afternoon, just three days after Akeeagok and his territorial counterparts called on the federal government to do more to fight the effects of climate change in the North.

On Monday, Akeeagok, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and N.W.T. Premier Caroline Cochrane issued a joint statement, saying there needs to be “increased federal attention” on northern issues such as renewable energy and building infrastructure that can withstand the effects of climate change.

Akeeagok is one of several meetings on Trudeau’s public itinerary, released daily to the media by the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO didn’t give any indication what the two leaders will talk about.

Trudeau and Akeeagok are slated to meet in Trudeau’s office in Parliament’s West Block. Trudeau’s calendar also includes a call with recently re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron and an in-person meeting with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Krišjānis Kariņš.

It will be at least the third time the prime minister and Nunavut premier have met since Trudeau’s government was re-elected last September and Akeeagok became premier in November.

They talked on the phone Nov. 29, then met face-to-face in Ottawa on Dec. 13.

They also both participated in the federal government’s April 1 announcement of $214 million to help improve Iqaluit’s water distribution — Trudeau from Ottawa and Akeeagok from Iqaluit’s city hall.


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(7) Comments:

  1. Posted by Yes on

    We will take all Ukranian refugees with a high school diploma so services in NU can be improved from the lacklutre, understaffed workforce that exists now.

    • Posted by Truestory on

      So far P.J. is living up to his initials. “Poor Job” so far as I’m concerned.

    • Posted by Yeah, There’s A Thought on

      Ummm, yes, because Nunavut is so welcoming to immigrants and has such a well-developed infrastructure for settling them….oh, wait.

      • Posted by Yes on

        The comment is meant as sarcasm. Nunavut would rather stay in 1999 than acknowledge that bringing in “southerns” to do the huge percentage of vacant jobs is the only way forward to see the territory flourish.

  2. Posted by 867 on

    Wonder what color cute socks Justin will pull out of his wardrobe for today’s meet

    • Posted by Andrew on

      Send him a pair of Canadian North fancy socks.

    • Posted by Brucie the Friendly Northern Store Panhandler on

      Maybe we should send him a pair made from seal fur so he can pretend to be a Nunavut politician for a day. All he would need then is a DUI charge.

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