Paul Okalik

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Paul Okalik
ᐹᓪ ᐅᑲᓕᖅ
Paul Okalik.jpg
Okalik in January 2001
6th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
In office
November 4, 2010 – April 6, 2011
Preceded byJames Arreak
Succeeded byHunter Tootoo
1st Premier of Nunavut
In office
April 1, 1999 – November 19, 2008
CommissionerHelen Mamayaok Maksagak
Peter Irniq
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byEva Aariak
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut for Iqaluit-Sinaa
In office
October 28, 2013 – September 24, 2017
Preceded byRiding established
Succeeded byElisapee Sheutiapik
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut for Iqaluit West
In office
February 15, 1999 – April 6, 2011
Preceded byTerritory established
Succeeded byMonica Ell-Kanayuk
Personal details
Born (1964-05-26) May 26, 1964 (age 58)
Pangnirtung, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut), Canada
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada

Paul Okalik MLA (Inuktitut: ᐹᓪ ᐅᑲᓕᖅ, IPA: [paːl ukaliq]; born May 26, 1964)[1] is a Canadian politician and lawyer. He is the first Inuk lawyer in NWT/Nunavut history. He was also the first premier of Nunavut. OKalik was the premier of Nunavut from 1999 until 2008.[2]

On November 4, 2010, he was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.[3] Okalik represented the district of Iqaluit West until April 6, 2011. He resigned to try to become a MP for Nunavut in the 2011 Canadian federal election.[2] He returned to the Legislative Assembly in 2013. He was defeated in the 2017 general election.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Hon. Paul Okalik, Nunavut". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nunavut ex-premier named Liberal candidate". CBC News. 2011-04-06. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  3. Nunavut Hansard, November 4, 2010, p. 7.[permanent dead link]