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NEWS: Nunavut July 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Nunavut MLA faces impaired driving charge in P.E.I.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses for my lack of judgment”

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South Baffin MLA David Joanasie faces a charge of impaired driving, laid in Charlottetown following an incident that occurred on the evening of July 7.
South Baffin MLA David Joanasie faces a charge of impaired driving, laid in Charlottetown following an incident that occurred on the evening of July 7. "I apologize unreservedly to my family, constituents and colleagues for my conduct,” he said in a statement. He appears in P.E.I provincial court Sept. 4. (FILE PHOTO)

David Joanasie, the MLA for South Baffin, faces a charge of impaired driving laid July 7 in Charlottetown, P.E.I., during a visit he made to attend to a family matter, the MLA said July 10 in a statement.

Joanasie said no one was injured as a result of the incident that led to the charge and he praised what he called the professional conduct of the Charlottetown police service.

Although he has yet to appear in court, Joanasie said that he takes “full responsibility for his actions.”

“I accept full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses for my lack of judgment,” Joanasie said.

He said he is to appear in P.E.I. provincial court Sept. 4 “to be held to account for my actions.”

And he said that when the legislative assembly reconvenes this fall, he will accept whatever discipline his fellow MLAs deem appropriate.

“I fully recognize that I will need to work hard to regain the trust and confidence of the residents of Cape Dorset and Kimmirut, and I apologize unreservedly to my family, constituents and colleagues for my conduct,” Joanasie said in his statement.

Joanasie won the Oct. 28, 2013 MLA election in South Baffin by a large margin, taking 409 votes, far ahead of second-place candidate Tommy Akavak.

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