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Anawak quits Iqaluit city council, citing weekend crash – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 6, 2023

Former MP was sworn in as a city councillor last Thursday after being elected Oct. 23

Jack Anawak has quit Iqaluit city council, less than a week after being sworn in.

Anawak confirmed Monday afternoon that he has resigned from council. When asked why, he cited his involvement in a weekend vehicle crash in Iqaluit as his reason for quitting.

RCMP have not responded to requests for information about the alleged incident, or whether anyone was charged as a result.

City of Iqaluit spokesperson Kent Driscoll confirmed the municipality “has received a complaint, and we are investigating,” but declined further comment.

Anawak is a veteran Nunavut politician. Originally from Naujaat, he has served in various territorial and federal positions since he was elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as a Liberal for the former federal riding of Nunatsiaq.

He was elected as an MLA in 1999 for the first Nunavut legislative assembly.

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