Nunavut’s MLAs to debate on Friday whether to remove Patterk Netser from cabinet
Netser says he’s being punished “because of my Christian principles and values”
Nunavut’s MLAs will debate this Friday whether to remove Patterk Netser from cabinet, following a motion put forward yesterday by Premier Joe Savikataaq.
This comes after Savikataaq stripped the MLA for Aivilik of his portfolios after Netser made a Facebook post about abortion and the Black Lives Matter movement that’s been decried as racist and sexist.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, was the first day of the fall sitting of the legislative assembly. Savikataaq asked for unanimous consent to deal with his motion then, but there was a single “nay” against that motion, from Netser.
The motion will be debated on Friday, Oct. 23. “I expect it to pass,” Savikataaq said during a break.
Before Savikataaq put forward the motion, Netser stood in the house to make a lengthy statement.
He apologized to the Black community, saying he didn’t mean to cause offence.
Netser went on to say that he was stripped of his portfolios “because of my Christian principles and values.”
He said this is an example of a trend of erosion of diversity, equality, fairness and tolerance in Canada and Nunavut.
Savikataaq interrupted him to make a point of order, saying that Netser wasn’t stripped of his portfolios because of his religious beliefs.
Later, during the break, Savikataaq said he was a bit surprised by Netser’s statement.
“His comments were based on racism and gender violence, and it’s not reflective of the Government of Nunavut’s values and principles,” Savikataaq said.
If the motion is carried by members on Friday, Netser will be removed from cabinet, but he will still be a regular MLA.