Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe announced today that Kate Mitchell has tendered her resignation as First Minister and Minister of Nunatsiavut Affairs.
“Ms. Mitchell acted inappropriately in discharging her duties as Minister responsible for housing by interfering in matters that are the sole responsibility of Torngat Regional Housing Association,” notes President Lampe. “Given the sensitivities around housing issues, it is important that all steps be taken to ensure the credibility of the Nunatsiavut Government and TRHA is maintained. We accept Ms. Mitchell’s resignation from the Nunatsiavut Executive Council.”
The President also announced that effective immediately, Tony Andersen, Ordinary Member for Nain and Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, will assume the role as Acting First Minister and Minister of Nunatsiavut Affairs on an interim basis. A new First Minister will be nominated and appointed by the Nunatsiavut Assembly when it convenes on January 21.
Ms. Mitchell will continue to serve as the Ordinary Member for Makkovik in the Nunatsiavut Assembly.