Nunavik riding has full slate of candidates
NDP will run Cree councillor Pauline Lameboy, while the Greens announce college student Didier Pilon
The Greens and New Democrats have announced candidates in Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou, filling out the slate of major parties in Nunavik’s riding ahead of the Sept. 20 federal election.
This week, the NDP named Pauline Lameboy as its local candidate, a councillor for the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, in the James Bay region.
The Green party named Didier Pilon as its riding candidate. Pilon is a college student and grocery store cashier from Chibougamau.
The two new candidates will try and unseat Bloc Québécois MP Sylvie Bérubé, who is seeking re-election and has represented the riding since she was first elected in 2019.
Other confirmed candidates include Steve Corriveau with the Conservatives, Lise Kistabish with the Liberals and Michael Cloutier with the People’s Party of Canada.
Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou is the third largest riding in the country, after Nunavut and Northwest Territories.
It encompasses the small cities of Val d’Or and Senneterre to the south, the James Bay Cree communities of Eeyou Istchee, the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach and the 14 Inuit communities of Nunavik to the north.
Bérubé won the riding in 2019 with 37 per cent of the vote, followed by Liberal Isabelle Bergeron, who finished with 28 per cent.
The riding counted 64,651 electors in 2019. According to Statistics Canada, the riding is made up of about 63 per cent francophones, 17 per cent Cree speakers, 13 per cent Inuktitut speakers, three per cent anglophones and one per cent Algonquin speakers.