In a process that took no more than five minutes, Nunavut MLAs acclaimed Aivilik MLA Patterk Netser to cabinet Oct. 2.

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Nunavut’s 5th legislative assembly acclaimed Aivilik MLA Patterk Nester, second from left, to cabinet. Netser fills the vacancy left after Pat Angnakak’s resignation from cabinet last week.

“I’m excited to help the government move forward on our mandate,” said Netser.

Netser joins cabinet after a year of drama since the territorial election in October 2017, during which time Paul Quassa was removed from his role as premier in June and, most recently, Pat Angnakak was stripped of her portfolios and quit cabinet.

“I hope to help bring unity to the cabinet,” said Netser.

The Aivilik MLA brings previous experience with him to the cabinet table. Netser served in the 1st and 2nd legislative assemblies, and has acted as deputy speaker, Minister of Environment, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation and Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation.

“I’m a bit older now … I have some experience under my belt. I’ve worked for the federal government. I’m think I’m ready to go in,” he said.

About what role he might have in the 5th assembly, Netser said it’s up to Premier Joe Savikataaq.

But he did say a primary concern at the moment, considering the legalization of recreational cannabis, is the lack of a territorial treatment centre.

A formal motion to confirm Netser’s appointment will be made Monday, Nov. 5.

Savikataaq’s press secretary Catriona Macleod stated in an email to Nunavut News that the premier will likely announce portfolio changes towards the end of next week.

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