NDP leader Tom Mulcair to visit Kuujjuaq June 26
Opposition leader and MP Romeo Saganash on tour
New Democratic Party leader Tom Mulcair and NDP MP Romeo Saganash will visit Kuujjuaq June 26, to meet with local leaders and residents at a public forum.
First on the agenda will be a meeting with mayor Tunu Napartuk and the municipal council, followed by meetings with representatives of the Makivik Corp. and the Ungava Tulattavik Health Centre.
Mulcair and Saganash, who is the opposition critic for intergovernmental aboriginal affairs in House of Commons and MP for Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, will also hear from Nunavik residents Kattitavik town hall at 8:00 p.m., the NDP said in a news release.
The visit is part of a summer-long “listening tour” the NDP leader will make among aboriginal communities across the country, said George Smith, a Mulcair spokesperson.
“We have a huge priority on meeting with aboriginal communities, not telling them how an NDP government would try to fix problems, but listening to their hopes and concerns surrounding issues that face them on a daily basis,” Smith said from Ottawa.
Earlier this year Saganash highlighted housing shortages as a key concern in Nunavik, citing lack of federal government support, and called for an audit of the Nutrition North Canada air freight subsidy program for northern retailers.
Mulcair and Saganash will leave Kuujjuaq for Chibougamau, Quebec, June 27 to meet with municipal, business and Cree leaders of that community.
“It is a great pleasure to be meeting the citizens of Kuujjuaq and Chibougamau with my friend Romeo,” Mulcair said in a June 25 news release.
“This tour will be an opportunity to discuss the many important issues for the riding, such as the sustainable economic development of the region, job creation and access to affordable, quality housing.”