Nunavut MP Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq charged with assault
< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Netsilik MLA Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq takes leave of absence from the Legislature following assault charges.
Faced with assault charges, Nunavut Member of Parliament for Netsilik, Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq, announced in the House on Wednesday that he was withdrawing from the fall session to take a leave of absence. em>
It is a difficult day for my family and me, declared Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq, Wednesday afternoon, in front of the other ministers and territorial deputies.
< p class="e-p">He said the incident took place in Taloyoak, his home community, earlier this month, and the person he shared was also facing assault charges.
The member also claimed that he had informed the Nunavut Integrity Commissioner of the situation. I do not want my personal situation to interfere with the activities of the Chamber, which is why I have decided to return to my constituency, he indicated.
Once his speech finished, the deputy for Netsilik left the Chamber.
The constituency of Netsilik has nearly 1,000 electors divided between the communities of Taloyoak and Kugaaruk, in central Nunavut. Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq entered territorial politics in the October 25, 2021 election.
Since he has not announced his resignation, Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq is still a Member of Parliament and will be able to continue its work in his constituency, according to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, John Quirke.
The latter also specifies that the MP was not in fact required to notify the Nunavut Integrity Commissioner of the charges. That is not the responsibility of the Integrity Commissioner of Nunavut, he said.
He added that members of the Assembly held a meeting on Wednesday, before the start of the fall semester, to discuss upcoming procedures.
According to the clerk, no territorial MP had been the subject of criminal charges in the past six years. If there is a conviction, the whole Assembly will have to make a decision, he says.
There are two types of charges. If it is by indictment, it is very clear in the legislation that the seat will have to be declared vacant, says John Quirke. If it is by summary procedure, it is up to the Assembly to decide whether it is in the public interest to expel the member.
According to the clerk, Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq is scheduled to appear in court in January. The Nunavut Court of Justice has yet to respond to our request for court documents relating to the charges against the MP.
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