Kugaaruk's John Ningark filled the empty seat, having defeated incumbent Steve Mapsalak of Repulse Bay after two byelections in the riding, the first resulting in a judicial recount.
was sworn in as MLA for Akulliq before the legislative assembly reconvened on March 17. - Carolyn Sloan/NNSL photo
"I'm very happy," said the new MLA last Tuesday.
"In order to be a leader sometimes you have to go with the flow, so that's what I did."
Nonetheless, Akulliq's lengthy quest for representation could be attributed to the fact that the riding's two communities are in different regions, Ningark
In making his
first member's statement, he
told the assembly that he
would be raising the issue with the membership after canvassing his
constituents on the matter.
"With respect to Repulse Bay, it's in the Kivalliq region, and Kugaaruk
is not part of that region," said Ningark
"This is something that may not have been debated vigorously enough in the Nunavut Electoral Boundary Commission
fellow members for the second sitting of the assembly, which reconvened in Iqaluit on March 17.
After the session, he
planned to travel to Repulse Bay and then back to his
own community of Kugaaruk
to meet with his
"When you become a politician, a public figure, you go to the people and ask what they want.
That's what I'm going to be doing," he
"I would like to congratulate John Ningark for being the newest 19th member here and hopefully your battle won't be as hard this time around as it was to get here," said Fred Schell, MLA for South Baffin.
"I would also like to thank John Ningark
," said Quttiktuq MLA Ron Elliott.