List of premiers of Nunavut

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The Canadian territory of Nunavut was formed on April 1, 1999 through the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act. Nunavut, since its formation, has had a consensus government. In a consensus government, the premier is elected by the non-partisan members of the Legislative Assembly. Prior to April 1, 1999, the land that Nunavut occupies was part of the Northwest Territories.[1]

History

The territory's first premier, Paul Okalik, was elected after the 1999 general elections. He was re-elected to a second term after the 2004 general elections.[2] Although Okalik was re-elected to a third term after the 2008 general elections in the Iqaluit West riding, he was defeated by newly elected MLA Eva Aariak in the premiership vote on November 14.[3] On 15 November, 2013, Peter Taptuna beat out Paul Okalik and Paul Quassa for the position of premier.[4]

Premiers of Nunavut

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
District
Term of office Electoral mandates (Assembly)


1
Paul Okalik.jpg
Paul Okalik
(b. 1964)
MLA for Iqaluit West
1 April 1999

14 November 2008



2
Premier Eva Aariak cropped.jpg
Eva Aariak
(b. 1955)
MLA for Iqaluit East
14 November 2008

15 November 2013



3
Peter Taptuna 2014-01-29 (01).jpg
Peter Taptuna
(b. 1955/56)
MLA for Kugluktuk
15 November 2013




Living former premiers

As of May 2015, both former premiers are alive. Since the creation of the office in 1999, no former premier has died.

See also

References

General
  • "Commissioners and Premiers of Nunavut". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
Specific
  1. ^ "On the Nunavut Campaign Trail". CBC. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Constituency Profiles". CBC. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Nunavut names new premier", The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2008.
  4. ^ MLAs choose Peter Taptuna to serve as Nunavut premier

External links

  • Government of Nunavut
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