Nunavut legislature reconvenes in Iqaluit
Integrity commissioner expected to table report on Fred Schell this session
The Nunavut legislature is back in session today, and MLAs will soon find out what will happen with cabinet minister Fred Schell.
That question has been lingering since the last legislature’s sitting.
In March, Premier Eva Aariak stripped him of all his portfolios, but he has been sitting on cabinet ever since.
The territory’s Integrity Commissioner has been investigating allegations of conflict of interest and abuse of authority, and is expected to table his report during this sitting.
"We'll have to see what the findings of the Integrity Commissioner are. I don't know," said Minister Lorne Kusugak, who is also the house leader.
MLAs will also debate the capital budget for the coming year — it contains money for buildings such as schools, arenas and community halls, as well as sewage lagoons.
Quttituq MLA Ron Elliott said there’s a lot of work ahead.
"I would have to say personally myself, I'm not happy with how fast the government is accomplishing some of the goals that they've set out," he said.
Another major item on the agenda will be the high cost of food in the territory. There were several protests about the issue over the summer. Elliott said Nunavummiut deserve an update on the government’s plan to reduce poverty.
"People are starting to find their voice, if you go back to feeding the family, those types of websites and people are using social media to actually speak out about issues, once those issues come to light the government has to deal with it."
Members will also have to look at legislation, including the Nunavut Liquor Act and the Child and Youth Representative Act.
The session will last for two weeks.