Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is the presiding officer of the territorial legislature. Since 1999 the position has been elected by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) using a secret ballot. The current Speaker is George Qulaut.
The office of the Speaker
As the politics of Nunavut are run under a Westminster system, the role of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut is very similar to that of the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, the Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada and the Speakers of the various other Canadian legislatures. The Speaker is responsible for enforcing the Rules of the Legislative Assembly, and indeed the responsibilities of this office are also set out by these Rules. The Speaker is also the Chairperson of the Management and Services Board, which is tasked with the administration of the Legislative Assembly Precinct and the Office of the Legislative Assembly.
The Speaker is elected on the first sitting day of the Assembly following a general election. Business may not commence before a Speaker is elected. The Speaker holds a casting vote should any vote of Members of the Legislative Assembly result in a tie, and should the Speaker be unable to act, the Deputy Speaker may act in his or her place. Decisions of the Speaker are not subject to debate or appeal.
The former Speaker, Hunter Tootoo, was elected by MLAs on June 1, 2011. Tootoo, who was most recently Nunavut's Minister for Education prior to taking up his new role, is the longest-serving Member of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, and the only Member who was present in the first Assembly, opened in 1999.
List of speakers
|Speaker of the Legislative Assembly|
|District||Member||Years as Speaker|
|Iqaluit West||Paul Okalik||2010-2011|
|Iqaluit Centre||Hunter Tootoo||2011-2013|
- ^A Levi Barnabas was convicted of sexual assault in 2000.
- ^B Jobie Nutarak died in a snowmobile accident in 2006.
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- Rules of the Legislative Assembly
- "Role of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly". Iqaluit: Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- "Rules of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut". Iqaluit: Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- "Tootoo new Nunavut Speaker". APTN National News. June 1, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
- Arreak selected as Speaker
- Nunavut Hansard, November 4, 2010
- "Nunavut MLAs choose Tootoo as new Speaker". cbc.ca. CBC News. May 31, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- Rebecca Williams wins a squeaker in Quttiktuq
- Nunavut Speaker dies on snowmobile hunting trip