Savikataaq meets with Trudeau but PM makes ‘no firm commitments’

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Premier Joe Savikataaq discussed Nunavut’s urgent needs and priorities with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday morning but there were no guarantees of action from Trudeau.

“No firm commitments, but lots of positive discussion and understanding around housing, healthcare, devolution, climate change and responsible development,” stated Cate MacLeod, Savikataaq’s press secretary, adding that the meeting lasted around 30 minutes.

Premier Joe Sakivataaq discussed housing, healthcare, devolution, climate change and responsible development with Justin Trudeau on Thursday morning but the recently re-elected Prime Minister made no firm commitments to provide additional funding. photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut

In a GN news release, Savikataaq states, “I reiterated our territory’s infrastructure deficits, particularly around housing. We spoke at length about healthcare delivery and opportunities for Nunavummiut. I also took the occasion to speak to Nunavut’s resource development potential, and the need to balance conservation efforts with sustainable, responsible development.”

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