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Premier of Nunavut

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Premier of Nunavut
Premier ministre du Nunavut
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Joe Savikataaq

since June 14, 2018
Office of the Premier
StatusHead of Government
Member of
Reports to
AppointerCommissioner of Nunavut
with the confidence of the Nunavut Legislature
Term lengthAt the Commissioner's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the legislative assembly
Formation1 April 1999
First holderPaul Okalik
DeputyDeputy premier of Nunavut
WebsiteOffice of the Premier

The premier of Nunavut is the first minister for the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The premier is the territory's head of government and de facto chief executive, although their powers are somewhat more limited than those of a provincial premier.

Unlike most other premiers who are officially appointed by a lieutenant governor or commissioner on account of their leadership of a majority bloc in the legislature, the premier of Nunavut (and the Cabinet) is directly elected by the non-partisan members of the Legislative Assembly, in accordance with the system of consensus government. He or she is then formally appointed by the commissioner of Nunavut, who is bound to act on the Assembly's recommendation by both the Nunavut Act and convention.[1][2]


The territory's first premier, Paul Okalik, was elected after the 1999 general elections. He was re-elected to a second term after the 2004 general elections.[3] Although Okalik was re-elected to a third term after the 2008 general elections in the Iqaluit West riding, he was defeated by newly elected MLA Eva Aariak in the premiership vote on November 14.[4] On 15 November, 2013, Peter Taptuna beat out Okalik and Paul Quassa for the position of premier.[5] Quassa was elected in 2017 but lost a confidence vote in 2018 which lead to the election of Joe Savikataaq.

Premiers of Nunavut

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Electoral mandates (Assembly)

1 Paul Okalik
(b. 1964)
MLA for Iqaluit West
1 April 1999

19 November 2008

2 Eva Aariak
(b. 1955)
MLA for Iqaluit East
19 November 2008

19 November 2013

3 Peter Taptuna
(b. 1956)
MLA for Kugluktuk
19 November 2013

21 November 2017

4 Paul Quassa
(b. 1952)
MLA for Aggu
21 November 2017

June 14 2018

5 Joe Savikataaq
(b. 1960)
MLA for Arviat South
14 June 2018

Living former premiers

As of October 2020, all four former premiers are alive. Since the creation of the office in 1999, no former premier has died.

Name Term Date of birth
Paul Okalik 1999–2008 (1964-05-26) May 26, 1964 (age 56)
Eva Aariak 2008–2013 (1955-01-10) January 10, 1955 (age 65)
Peter Taptuna 2013–2017 1956 (age 63–64)
Paul Quassa 2017–2018 1951 (age 68–69)

See also


  1. ^ Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Frequently Asked Questions
  2. ^ The Role of the Commissioner of Nunavut
  3. ^ "Constituency Profiles". CBC. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Nunavut names new premier" Archived 2008-11-17 at the Wayback Machine, The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2008.
  5. ^ MLAs choose Peter Taptuna to serve as Nunavut premier

External links

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