Cree candidate wants to turn Nunavik riding orange again
Pauline Lameboy is the New Democrat’s candidate in the riding that encompasses Nunavik
This week, Nunatsiaq News is publishing profiles of candidates running to represent Nunavik in Parliament. In the Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou riding, Bloc Québécois MP Sylvie Bérubé is facing challenges from Conservative Steve Corriveau, Liberal Lise Kistabish, New Democrat Pauline Lameboy and the Green party’s Didier Pilon.
Pauline Lameboy is the New Democrat’s candidate in Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou.
She is a youth leader from the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, and one of two Indigenous candidates running in this Quebec riding.
Lameboy did not return Nunatsiaq News’ request for an interview ahead of the Sept. 20 federal election.
She has served as a municipal councillor in Chisasibi for the last five years, and studied business administration at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, according to her candidate webpage on the NDP site.
Lameboy grew up on Fort George Island but as a child, her family was relocated to Chisasibi as the James Bay hydroelectric project expanded.
Today, Lameboy works with the community’s youth council and helped to found the Chisasibi cancer support group.
Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou went NDP for eight years between 2011 and 2019, when NDP Romeo Saganash was elected to Parliament.
In the party’s costed platform, released Sept. 11, the NDP pledges $30 billion towards reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples.
If elected, the NDP has promised to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in addition to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action.
The party also pledges to work with Indigenous communities to co-develop a fully funded Indigenous national housing strategy within its first 100 days of office.
The party’s biggest investment is a proposed $68 billion in new health-care spending, which would fund dental care and mental health services, provide universal prescription drug coverage and expand long-term care options.
Other candidates running in Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou on Sept. 20 include incumbent Bloc Québécois MP Sylvie Bérubé, Conservative candidate Steve Corriveau, Liberal candidate Lise Kistabish, Green Party candidate Didier Pilon, People’s Party candidate Michaël Cloutier, Free party candidate Cédric Brazeau and Marijuana party candidate Jimmy Levesque.