Eva Aariak Announces Not to Run for Nunavut Premier Again

It has been confirmed that Nunavut will be getting a new premier after the Oct. 28 territorial election in light of a recent announcement made by Eva Aariak on Sept. 5, when she declared that she will not seek a second term as political head of the territory’s government. The MLA for Iqaluit East, Aariak, did allege that she will still run for a position in the legislative assembly in the next election, though will not seek the premier’s position.

Aariak was speaking to media sources outside the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, where she stated that “after five years I feel that I have done my part and I decided to announce it at this time so that the people of Nunavut who might be thinking of [being] premier, to give them a chance to think about it further.” She explained that the “timing is right for her” and that other factors came into play when making the decision. She alleged that “I would just like to thank the people of Nunavut for their support. And I will have a chance to say what I want to say when the time comes after the sitting.”

Aariak boasted that as premier she stressed on the importance of the consensus government model, stating that “I have done it in mind — bringing forward the true definition of consensus.” Aariak added that “we have consulted with the public, members and the different stakeholders, Inuit organizations and so on. And in fact, when I first came out with the Tamapta mandate I made sure I had approval from all the regular members as well as the cabinet.”

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