Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Romeo Saganash seeking a second term for northern Quebec riding

Romeo Saganash seeking a second term for northern Quebec riding 

Romeo Saganash is from the Waswanipi Cree community in central Quebec, he is the NDP candidate and incumbent MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou.

Background and Experience: 
-Romeo was elected an MP for the northern Quebec riding during the 2011 federal election taking 45% of the vote. He has served as critic for Energy & Natural Resources and Deputy Critic for Aboriginal Affairs.
-He introduced a private member’s bill in support of the government implement the United Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (C-641), which was support by the Liberal party. It was referred to committee but later failed to read third and died on the order paper.
-Previously, Romeo was the Director of Quebec Relations and International Affairs for the Grand Council of Crees. Before that he served as Deputy Grand Chief of same organization.
-He was Vice-Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority and also chaired the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment.
-In 1985 he founded the Cree National Youth Council and later went on to earn his Bachelor of Law in Quebec.


Riding history:
-The riding has a history of electing MPs from many diverse parties, Romeo was the first NDP to be elected in this riding.
-The riding is the largest in Quebec in size and also has the largest Aboriginal population with 35.9% (2011 Census NHS) of total Canadian population in the riding. It includes several James Bay Cree communities and the Inuit communities of Nunavik.

Candidates for Abitibi – Baie-James – Nunavik – Eeyou

Steven Hebert, Conservative


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