Premier Joe Savikataaq has taken away Patterk Netser’s cabinet portfolios due to an “unacceptable social media post,” the premier announced on Thursday morning.
“I have made Minister Patterk Netser a minister without portfolio, effective immediately,” Savikataaq stated in a news release. “The Government of Nunavut values diversity, equality and fairness for all. We will not stop listening or acting to make this a reality for all Nunavummiut. There can be no tolerance for disrespectful, hurtful remarks or actions, and we must uphold our government’s principles and values. We stand united in this work, together.”
Minister David Joanasie will assume Netser’s responsibilities for Nunavut Arctic College and Savikataaq will act as minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation.
The premier said he will consider the cabinet posts further when the Nunavut Legislative Assembly reconvenes for its fall sitting on Oct. 21.
Nunavut News has requested comment from Netser, who is the MLA for Aivilik, the communities of Naujaat and Coral Harbour.