Nunavut's former premier wants to re-enter territorial politics.
Paul Okalik announced this week he will run in the riding of Iqaluit-Sinaa in the upcoming territorial election, which will be held October 28th.
"I've had some time to reflect and talk to the wonderful people throughout the territory and they've been very encouraging in terms of asking me to seek a mandate so I can do my part and provide my service to the territory," Okalik said.
Okalik was Nunavut's first premier. He served two terms, from 1999 to 2008. Okalik wouldn't say whether he'd seek to be Premier again. He says he's focusing on getting elected as an MLA first. He says he wants to run on a platform of education, more job opportunities, and addressing mental health needs.
He'll be running against activist Leesee Papatsie, who is also vying for the Iqaluit-Sinaa seat. Papatsie became well-known for starting the popular "Feeding My Family" Facebook group.
Nobody else has yet declared their candidacy in Iqaluit-Sinaa. The nomination deadline is Friday afternoon.