Nunavut minister Monica Ell: “I have decided to run” in Oct. 28 territorial election
"I have just started to make a difference"
Announcing her decision in a Sept. 6 posting on her Facebook page, Nunavut minister and Iqaluit West MLA Monica Ell said she will run in the Oct. 28 Nunavut territorial election, calling the past two years since her election “a humbling experience.”
In her posting, Ell, who was first elected in 2011, said she had been thinking about her political future “for quite some time.”
“Now I have decided to run in what’s called Iqaluit-Manirajak,” Ell said, referring to the new riding in Iqaluit which includes much of the current riding of Iqaluit West which she represents.
“I would just like to thank the people of Iqaluit West as two years has gone so fast. I have learned a lot about Nunavut politics and it seems like I have just started to make a difference,” she said.
“I am intending to put my name in because I feel I can make a difference and would love to be involved in the beginning of a government when they start on their priorities for the next government.”
In 2011 Ell was elected to replace veteran MLA Paul Okalik, who resigned from the legislative assembly to make an unsuccessful run as the Liberal candidate for Nunavut in the 2011 federal election.
Then, in May 2012, Nunavut MLAs elected Ell to cabinet.
Last March Premier Eva Aariak announced that Ell would serve as minister responsible for the new Department of Family Services and continue as minister responsible for homelessness, the Qulliq Energy Corp. and the Status of Women.
Before her election as MLA in 2011, Ell served as Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s director of business and economic development, a director with the Inuit Broadcast Corp.. She also worked as a broadcaster for CBC North, and owned Arctic Creations, a clothing and fabric store.