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Okalik preparing run for Nunavut premier?

By Kent Driscoll
APTN National News
IQALUIT
–Former Nunavut premier Paul Okalik unleashed a blistering criticism of the current Nunavut government Wednesday, accusing it of accomplishing little except for fattening the pockets of consultants.

Okalik, the MLA for Iqaluit West, delivered his attack on the administration during a 16 minute member’s statement in the Nunavut Legislature that seemed to foreshadow his intentions to again vie for the premier’s chair of the struggling territory.

“One of the real successes of this government has been a strong and unwavering support for the consulting industry,” said Okalik,

Okalik said the government of Premier Eva Aariak had done little to build on the accomplishments of the previous administration.

“I again thank the current government for reminding us of this fact. Mr. Speaker, I must confess, in reading this list of accomplishments, it was, in some ways, a pleasant trip down memory lane,” said Okalik.

A leadership review of Aariak is scheduled after the conclusion of the current session. Under Nunavut’s consensus system, this can lead to a change of premiers.

As premier, Okalik faced many of the same criticism he levelled against Aariak.

Okalik lost to Aariak in the last contest for premier and declined to join her cabinet.

kdriscoll@aptn.ca

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