The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut passed this motion yesterday:
Motion 002 – 3(2): Suspension of the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nattilik (Okalik)
Mr. Okalik (interpretation): Thank you, Mr. Speaker and my colleagues.
WHEREAS section 18(1)(b) of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act provides that the Legislative Assembly has the power to ensure the attendance and service of its members;
AND WHEREAS section 18(1)(c) of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act provides that the Legislative Assembly has the power to discipline its members;
AND WHEREAS the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Nattilik has been persistently absent without reasonable explanation from meetings of the Legislative Assembly’s committees and caucuses;
AND WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly wishes to express its displeasure with the member’s conduct;
NOW THEREFORE I MOVE, seconded by the Member for Akulliq, that Mr. Enuk Pauloosie, Member for Nattilik, be suspended without pay from sittings of the Legislative Assembly until the conclusion of the spring 2009 sitting of the House. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Fair enough. An an elected official who doesn’t show up to work is obviously failing to serve his constituents.
But does it serve the interests of this man’s constituents to deny them representation in the legislature for an entire sitting?