|4th Premier of Nunavut|
November 21, 2017 – June 14, 2018
|Preceded by||Peter Taptuna|
|Succeeded by||Joe Savikataaq|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut|
|Assumed office |
October 28, 2013
|Preceded by||first member|
|Born||1951/1952 (age 66–67)|
Igloolik, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut)
|Occupation||indigenous land claims negotiator, journalist|
Paul Aarulaaq Quassa (born 1951 or 1952) is a Canadian politician who served as the fourth Premier of Nunavut from November 2017 to June 2018. On June 14, 2018, he lost a non-confidence vote (16-3) and was replaced as Premier by former deputy premier Joe Savikataaq.
First elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2013 election, he represents the electoral district of Aggu. He served in the Executive Council of Nunavut as Minister of Education during the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. He was reelected in the 2017 election, and was subsequently selected as premier at the Nunavut Leadership Forum under the territory's consensus government system.
Quassa was born in an igloo at Manitok, a hunting camp near Igloolik. Quads spent his childhood at a residential school in Churchill, Manitoba. He returned to Igloolik in 1972 to work on land claims and served as president of the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut in the early 1990s, and was one of the negotiators of the land claim settlement that led to the establishment of Nunavut. He was dropped from the presidency in 1992 following allegations of sexual assault against a woman, but received a discharge in court and was subsequently reinstated as president of the organization and the successor Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. Quassa spent a decade as a journalist with the CBC North and Isuma Productions.
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- After Paul Quassa ejected, Nunavut chooses deputy as new premier
- Joe Savikataaq is the new premier of Nunavut, after non-confidence vote ousts former leader
- "2 seats tied, Eva Aariak loses in Nunavut election". CBC News, October 28, 2013.
- "'Very representative': Paul Quassa calls selection of 19 Inuit law students 'successful'". CBC North, September 13, 2017.
- "Paul Quassa will be Nunavut's next premier". CBC News, November 17, 2017.
- "Ottawa awards management rights in massive territorial land claim". Montreal Gazette, March 27, 1990.
- "Longtime politician Paul Quassa chosen new premier of Nunavut". CTV News, November 17, 2017.
- "Inuit land negotiator charged in assault". Edmonton Journal, January 31, 1992.
- "Discharge on sex assault sparks outcry by Inuit". Hamilton Spectator, February 27, 1992.
- "Inuit challenge federal gun-control law: Legislation `designed for southern Canada' violates right to hunt without permit, leaders say". Montreal Gazette, June 22, 2000.
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