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Aariak assigns new cabinet portfolios

By Karen Mackenzie
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, November 20, 2008

IQALUIT- Premier Eva Aariak unveiled the portfolios of her new cabinet ministers in the legislative assembly on Nov. 19.

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Premier Eva Aariak is sworn into the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit on Nov. 19. Nunavut Commissioner Ann Hanson and Legislative Assembly Clerk John Quirke look on. - Karen Mackenzie/NNSL photo

They bring to the cabinet unique strengths that will enable them to provide leadership in their portfolios. They are enthusiastic and will work together to continue to build Nunavut into a territory that recognizes the aspirations and needs of Nunavummiut, she said, speaking in Inuktitut. Kugluktuk MLA Peter Taptuna has been named deputy premier, as well as the minister of economic development and transportation, among other portfolios.

Cambridge Bay MLA Keith Peterson will tackle two of the major portfolios, as minister of health and social services and minister of finance, among others.

Government house leader and Amittuq MLA Louis Tapardjuk will maintain his previous posts in Culture, Languages, Elders and Youth and as minister of languages, as well as taking on the Department of Justice.

Iqaluit Centre MLA Hunter Tootoo, known for his previous outspoken role in unofficial opposition, has been appointed minister of education as well as minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, among others.

Ill continue to do the same thing Ive done in the assembly for the last nine years at the cabinet table, he said.

The Department of Community and Government Services has been assigned to Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove MLA Lorne Kusugak, as well as the energy portfolios.

Arviat MLA Daniel Shewchuk will take on the portfolios of Environment and Human Resources.

Aariak said there will be some changes to the portfolios in the new year, with the arrival of the member for Akulliq and the election of one more cabinet minister.

She stressed there will be equal representation of all three regions.

The new premier will also carry the portfolios of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, status of women and immigration.

Cabinet at a glance

Premier Eva Aariak, MLA for Iqaluit East
Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
Minister Responsible for Immigration

Deputy Premier Peter Taptuna, MLA for Kugluktuk
Minister of Economic Development and Transportation
Minister Responsible for Nunavut Business Credit Corporation
Minister Responsible for Nunavut Development Corporation
Minister Responsible for Mines

Government House Leader Louis Tapardjuk, MLA for Amittuq
Minister of Justice
Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth
Minister of Languages

Keith Peterson, MLA for Cambridge Bay
Minister of Finance
Minister of Health and Social Services
Minister Responsible for the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission
Minister Responsible for Utility Rates Review Council

Hunter Tootoo, MLA for Iqaluit Centre Minister of Education
Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College
Minister Responsible for Nunavut Housing Corporation
Minister Responsible for Homelessness

Lorne Kusugak, MLA for Rankin Inlet South/Whale Cove
Minister of Community and Government Services
Minister Responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation
Minister of Energy

Daniel Shewchuk, MLA for Arviat
Minister of Environment
Minister of Human Resources