New Nunavut Speaker

Article 6 / 9 , Vol. 44, No. 3 (Fall)

New Nunavut Speaker

On September 9, Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly elected Allan Rumbolt as its new Speaker. Speaker Rumbolt, who had been previously served as Deputy Speaker, replaced Paul Quassa. Mr. Quassa resigned as Speaker and MLA for Aggu on August 13.

First elected as MLA for Hudson Bay in 2008, Speaker Rumbolt won re-election in 2013 and 2017. In addition to his time as Deputy Speaker, he served as the co-chair of the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Government Estimates and Operations and as a member of the Management and Services Board.

Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, Speaker Rumbolt moved to Nunavut as an employee of the Northwest Company. He lived and worked in several communities before settling in Sanikiluaq, where he was elected to the municipal council and the District Education Authority.

Outside of politics he enjoys hunting, fishing and outdoor pursuits. He has been an active volunteer with Sanikilauq’s search and rescue committee. Speaker Rumbolt lives with his partner Mina in Sanikiluaq. He has two children, Garry and Paula.