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[edit]

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[edit]

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

19 November 2008



2
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Eva Aariak
(b. 1955)
MLA for Iqaluit East
19 November 2008

19 November 2013



3
Peter Taptuna 2014-01-29 (01).jpg
Peter Taptuna
(b. 1956)
MLA for Kugluktuk
19 November 2013

21 November 2017



4
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Paul Quassa
(b. 1952)
MLA for Aggu
21 November 2017

June 14 2018



5
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Joe Savikataaq
(b. 1960)
MLA for Arviat South
14 June 2018




Living former premiers[edit]

As of June 2018, four former premiers are alive. Since the creation of the office in 1999, no former premier has died.

Name Term Date of birth
Paul Okalik 1999–2008 (1964-05-26) May 26, 1964 (age 55)
Eva Aariak 2008–2013 (1955-01-10) January 10, 1955 (age 64)
Peter Taptuna 2013–2017 1956 (age 62–63)
Paul Quassa 2017–2018 1951 (age 67–68)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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" Archived 2008-11-17 at the Wayback Machine, The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2008.
  4. ^ MLAs choose Peter Taptuna to serve as Nunavut premier

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