Executive Council of Nunavut
The cabinet members provide the political direction and accountability for each function, while the Deputy Minister of each department is appointed position with responsibility to guide and manage the daily administration of the budgets and programs of government.
|Peter Taptuna||Premier, Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs, Seniors' Advocate|
|Monica Ell||Deputy Premier, Economic Development, Mines, Energy, Status of Women, Nunavut Business Credit Corporation, Nunavut Development Corporation|
|George Kuksuk||Culture and Heritage, Languages, Family Services, Poverty Reduction, Homelessness|
|Johnny Mike||Environment, Utility Rates Review Council|
|Paul Okalik||Justice, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Labour Standards Board, Health, Immigration, Suicide Prevention|
|Keith Peterson||Finance, Liquor Commission, Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission|
|Paul Quassa||Education, Nunavut Arctic College, House Leader|
|George Hickes||Qulliq Energy Corporation, Nunavut Housing Corporation|
|Joe Savikataaq||Community and Government Services, Hudson Bay Roundtable|
Third Legislative Assembly
- Commissioner: Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, Edna Elias
- Premier: Eva Aariak
- Secretary to Cabinet: Markus Weber
Appointments and removals Seven of the eight current ministers were chosen on November 14, 2008, following the 2008 election. One seat was left open pending the results of the Akulliq by-election on December 12, 2008, however, so that the winner of that by-election would have the same opportunity as other MLAs to be considered for the remaining position.
After the Akulliq by-election was sent to a recount which resulted in an exact tie between the two leading contenders, thus necessitating a second by-election, the MLAs announced on January 22, 2009 that they would no longer hold the remaining seat open, but would fill the vacancy so that they could proceed with pending government business. The final spot was filled on January 26, 2009, when the MLAs appointed Tagak Curley over James Arvaluk and Fred Schell.
On January 24, 2009, Louis Tapardjuk was removed as Minister of Justice with the duties being assumed by Premier Eva Aariak. The removal was caused by leaked email from Tapardjuk that read in part; "Often, in cases of domestic disputes, both parties share the blame, but according to the criminal code, the person who gets physical is charged, even though the other party may have initiated the conflict. Often the male is charged even though the conflict may have been initiated by the female partner." The email was sent to Nunavut News/North who forwarded it to the Premier, who indicated that the remarks appeared to "...condone violence against women and men...". Former Premier Paul Okalik defended Tapardjuk, stating that the email was an attempt to start a debate.
Following two announcements of massive debt and overspending of funds at the Nunavut Housing Corporation, Hunter Tootoo was moved to Minister of Education from Minister Responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation. Minister Tapardjuk was moved from Education to fill the gap at Housing.
Second Legislative Assembly
- Commissioner: Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
- Premier: Paul Okalik
- Secretary to Cabinet: John Walsh, David Omilgoitok
|Leona Aglukkaq||Finance Minister and House Leader, Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women||2004-2008|
|Olayuk Akesuk||Minister for Sustainable Development, Minister of the Environment, Minister responsible for the Workers Compensation Board, and Minister responsible for Nunavut Housing - replaced Arvaluk||2004-2008|
|Levi Barnabas||Minister for Human Resources and responsible for the Workers Compensation Board; Speaker (1999-2000)||2004-2008|
|Levinia Brown||Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women||2004-2008|
|David Simailak||Minister of Finance and the Minister Responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board||2005-2007|
|Louis Tapardjuk||Minister of Finance and Minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth; Minister of Justice)||2004-2008 and 2009-2010, 2009|
|Ed Picco||Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister of Education, Immigration, Homelessness, Energy and Nunavut Arctic College, Minister Responsible for Qulliq, Government House Leader|
|Patterk Netser||Minister without Portfolio|
Appointments and removals Barnabus and Simailik were removed or resigned.
First Legislative Assembly
A Nunavut Assembly first chooses a Speaker.
It then holds a Leadership Session where questions are put to candidates for Premier and the position is chosen by secret ballot.
Next, Ministers are elected by the Assembly, by secret ballot, from amongst the Members. To be named a Minister a Member must secure 50%+1 of the available votes. Frequently the election of a full set of Ministers requires multiple ballots, with those securing the required ballots being declared at the end of each round, and the remaining vacancies being re-opened for a subsequent round of voting.
The Premier can then allocate or create portfolios for the Ministers elected by the Assembly, and may later re-allocate these, as and when he or she chooses.
The Premier may add, remove or allocate portfolios amongst Ministers but Nunavut Ministers cannot be removed by a Premier, they can only be removed by resignation or vote of the Assembly.
|Paul Okalik||Premier; Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs; Education; Justice||1999 - 2004|
|Jack Anawak||Justice; Community Government, Housing and Transportation; Culture, Language, Elders and Youth||1999 - Mar 2003; Anawak was not replaced at his departure|
|James Arvaluk||Education,||1999 - Oct 2000|
|Donald Havioyak||Culture, Language, Elders and Youth||1999 - April 2000|
|Kelvin Ng||Deputy Premier; Finance and Administration, Nunavut Housing Corporation; Workers' Compensation; and Government House Leader||1999 - 2004|
|Ed Picco||Health and Social Services; Government House Leader||1999 - 2004|
|Manitok Thompson||Public Works, Telecomm and Tech Services, Human Resources||1999 - 2004|
|Peter Kattuk||Public Works' and Services||Apr 2000 - 2004; replaced Havioyak|
|Olayuk Akesuk||Sustainable Development, Workers' Compensation; Nunavut Housing Corporation;||Oct 2000 - 2004; replaced Arvaluk|
Appointments and removals
- Anawak - removed by Assembly Mar 7, 2003
- Arvaluk - resigned October 2000
- Havioyok - resigned April 2000
- Legislative Assembly of Nunavut - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF), accessed 7 May 2008
- Cabinet of Nunavut, accessed 31 March 2014.
- Members (MLAs)
- Nunavut MLAs to choose premier, cabinet next week, November 7, 2008.
- "Nunavut assembly to fill vacant cabinet spot despite MLA vacancy", cbc.ca, January 22, 2009.
- Curley named Nunavut's newest cabinet minister
- Women "share the blame" as victims of domestic violence: Tapardjuk
- Okalik criticizes Aariak for removing justice minister over email
- MLAs vote to remove Anawak from cabinet - Nunatsiaq News June 14, 2003