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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.