A simple majority of the legislature’s 22 members would be enough to bring Quassa down. There are 13 regular members.
Legislature clerk John Quirke said if Quassa is dismissed, a new premier could be in place as early as Friday morning.
New Nunavut premiers traditionally huddle with their colleagues at the start of their first session to determine the government’s priorities for its term in office. It’s not clear if a replacement premier would reset those priorities.
If the motion succeeds, it would be the first time a sitting premier has been removed in Nunavut’s 19-year history.
Quassa was the education minister in the last Nunavut government and oversaw an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to modernize territorial legislation to promote fully bilingual students.