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Canada Nunavut NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq takes two-month health leave

01:15  24 october  2020
01:15  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Mumilaaq Qaqqaq , running for the NDP in Nunavut , has won the territory's only seat, scrutineers confirmed to CBC. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq , 25, was the youngest candidate running for federal MP in any of the three territories. Early Tuesday morning, she became one of the youngest MPs in the country.

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq MP (Inuktitut: ᒧᒥᓛᖅ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ; born 1992 or 1993; formerly known as Trina Qaqqaq ) is a Canadian activist and politician, currently serving as the member of Parliament ( MP ) for Nunavut in the House of Commons of Canada since her election in 2019.

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OTTAWA — Nunavut's lone MP says she's taking eight weeks away from work on advice from her doctor.

Mumilaaq Qaqqaq says she's been dealing with unspecified health problems in the year since she was elected to represent the northern territory.

Qaqqaq has been an outspoken critic of the federal government's treatment of the North in general and Inuit in particular.


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During the COVID-19 pandemic, she's undertaken a tour of northern housing conditions, pointing out overcrowding, substandard materials and the deterioration of many units into "mould boxes."

In September, Qaqqaq told the Nunavut News that she was undecided whether she'd run for re-election.

She says her health condition has nothing to do with COVID-19 and she'll be back at work soon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.

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