Nunavut MP to stay on medical go away till at the very least Jan. 4

Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq is unlikely to attend her equestrian association’s annual general meeting on Tuesday. Her office announced on the same day that she would not return to work until after the New Year, due to an extension of her medical leave, in October.

“I understand that she will not be able to attend the equestrian federation’s general meeting, but will follow up on important updates,” said Mathieu Boisvert, a representative from the MP office, in an email.

Qaqqaq is in Ottawa, Boisvert said, giving the first public update on her whereabouts since October 23.

“Mumilaaq’s medical vacation began while she was in Nunavut and she came to Ottawa during that time and has not returned to Nunavut since,” Boisvert said.

Qaqqaq has taken leave for unspecified health reasons for the past eight weeks. Her office announced on social media Monday morning that she won’t be back to work until January 4th.

“She will then continue to consult with her medical team and party to determine a strategy suitable for her gradual reintegration into full-time work in the New Year,” the announcement said.

“I am unable to say whether or not their vacation will be extended at this point,” added Boisvert.

“Your progressive reintegration will certainly affect that decision, depending on how she feels.”

Qaqqaq announced her medical leave on October 23. At that point, Qaqqaq tweeted that she would be taking “at least” eight weeks off.

December 18 was the eight-week mark.

The NDP didn’t respond to interview requests from Nunatsiaq News last week, asking if Qaqqaq would return to work on Monday.

Very few details have been given since then other than that the MP’s condition is unrelated to COVID-19.

“We look forward to continuing to stand up for Nunavummiut. Rest assured that we will immediately inform all partners of their status and that their office will remain open for inquiries as always, as was the case for the duration of the MP’s vacation, ”said the social media post on Monday.

With many changes in 2020, the Qaqqaq office will be promoting job vacancies in the coming weeks, the social media post said.

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