George Hickes, speaking in his capacity as MLA for Iqaluit-Tasiluk, used his statement in the legislative assembly on Oct. 22 to applaud outgoing Mayor Madeleine Redfern and Iqaluit city council for their accomplishments during their time in office.
Hickes cited the municipal government’s ability to bring the city out of its historical deficit and debt remaining from the dump fire as a major achievement. He also mentioned that mayor and council managed to attract $60 million in funding from the federal and territorial governments for municipal infrastructure, hired a new chief administrative officer who was promoted from within city staff and supported the Uquutaq Men’s Shelter in obtaining financing and acquiring two buildings for a men’s emergency shelter and transition housing. This latter project will aid up to 60 men with programming, shelter, and transitional housing.
“Mayor Redfern and council have initiated and delivered many solid initiatives for the City of Iqaluit, and it’s important to keep up the good work. That’s why I encourage all Iqalummiut to vote in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 28,” Hickes said, noting that Redfern is not seeking re-election after serving as municipal leader since 2010.