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Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik (’97) Elected to Third Term in Territory’s Legislature

Nunavut Premier, the Honourable Paul Okalik (’97), was elected to a third term as a member of the territory’s legislature on October 27, 2008.

The longest-serving leader in the territories, Mr. Okalik has been the premier of Nunavut since it became a territory in 1999.  His tenure as premier has seen considerable growth in the territory’s economy, as well as a consistently balanced budget and a steady drop in unemployment.  Mr. Okalik has also overseen important social legislation in the form of education and language acts aimed at preserving and developing Inuktitut, Nunavut’s majority language.  He will have a chance to return to his role as premier when the 19-seat legislature selects its speaker, premier and cabinet members by secret ballot.  Nunavut operates under consensus government with all candidates running as independents.

Mr. Okalik obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1997, and was called to the Bar in 1999.  He was the first Inuk lawyer in the history of Nunavut and the North West Territories. 

Congratulations Mr. Okalik!

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