Driver’s licences and ID cards still take too long to acquire, Rumbolt insists

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Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt says he’s been bringing up – for close to a decade – the issue of driver’s licences and general identification cards taking too long to acquire, and he raised it again in the legislative assembly on Monday.

“I must sound like a broken record, and nobody likes the sound of a broken record,” says Hudson Bay MLA Allan Rumbolt. photo courtesy of Nunavut Legislative Assembly

“I must sound like a broken record, and nobody likes the sound of a broken record,” said Rumbolt. “That being said, I will continue playing the tune until a solution is found.”

David Akeeagok, minister of Economic Development and Transportation, said his department is still trying to sort out electronic applications.

“It is slow and it is tedious, and I do ask that members be patient on this,” said Akeeagok.

Rumbolt replied, “Members have been patient. It has been nearly 10 years that I have been bringing this up and we still have the same issue.”

The Sanikiluaq MLA then asked about the status of a promised 1-800 number that Nunavummiut can call when they encounter difficulties with their applications.

Akeeagok admitted that the 1-800 number is also still a work in progress.

“I hope it doesn’t take 10 years to create a phone number that people can call in,” Rumbolt shot back.