Nunavut justice minister bows out of Oct. 28 election
"I will not be running as a candidate in the upcoming territorial election," Arviat MLA says
Nunavut’s justice minister says he will not run in the Oct. 28 territorial election.
Daniel Shewchuk, MLA for Arviat for the past five years, announced his decision Sept. 13 in the legislative assembly in Iqaluit.
“It is with a heavy heart that I rise today to inform my constituents in Arviat that I will not be running as a candidate in the upcoming territorial election,” Shewchuk said in a member’s statement.
“Most of my constituents know I have worked very hard to help them and our community,” he said.
“I leave knowing we have made progress. Addressing some of the infrastructure needs with the construction of a new hamlet office, new arena upgrades and the construction of 50 much-needed new housing units over the next two years.
“I know there is much more needed and I know that our two new MLAs will work towards these needs.”
For the next territorial election, the rapidly growing community of Arviat will divided into two new seats: Arviat South and Arviat North-Whale Cove.
This means the small hamlet of Whale Cove will be no longer be combined with Rankin Inlet South, which will continue as a standalone seat.
Shewchuk held four portfolios during his time in cabinet — as minister responsible for environment, human resources, justice and Nunavut Arctic College.
Shewchuk won election as MLA with 48.4 per cent of the vote in Arviat in 2008.
“It has been an absolute privilege and an honour to serve this wonderful territory,” Shewchuk said.
Shewchuk went on to thank his fellow ministers “for their guidance and support” and his staff for providing information and research to him.
He also gave some advice to those stepping into the position in the future.
After thanking his “federal, provincial and territorial counterparts” he said he has “formed friendships that helped me carry out my duties as a minister in Nunavut.”
“I encourage future ministers to build upon these relationships to further advance initiatives in Nunavut.”
Shewchuk also thanked all Nunavummiut.
“I want to thank all the people of Nunavut, for their support and once again, let them know it’s truly been an honour to serve this wonderful territory of Nunavut,” he said.
Shewchuk worked as a wildlife manager in the Kivalliq region prior to becoming a minister. He also was on the chair of the environment departments’s Inuit Qaujimajangit committee.
This decision follows Nunavut Eva Aariak’s announcement that she is not seeking to renew her role as premier after the Oct. 28 election.
Aariak will, however, still run as an MLA.
Family services minister Monica Ell, who now represents the riding of Iqaluit West, said Sept. 6 that she plans to run again, this time in the new riding of Iqaluit-Manirajak.