Inuk MP Yvonne Jones hangs on to Labrador riding in Atlantic Canada

Federal Liberal MP Yvonne Jones, pictured here in an undated file photo, won her third term representing Labrador Monday night. (Katie Breen/CBC)
Yvonne Jones, the Liberal Party MP in the Labrador riding of the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, held on to her riding in the federal election on Monday.

Jones, of Inuit descent, will be starting her third term representing the riding. She was first elected in 2013 in a federal byelection. She was re-elected in 2015.

“I want to thank the people of Labrador tonight,” said Jones from the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, in a victory speech posted on Facebook.

“I want  to thank them for putting their faith in me. For having confidence in me to continue to do the job as their Member of Parliament.” 

Labrador riding results

WINNER: Yvonne Jones, Liberal Party – 42.3% 

Larry Flemming, Conservative Party – 31.2 %

Michelene Gray, New Democratic Party – 24.6 %

Tyler Colbourne, Green Party – 2.0 %

Source: Elections Canada

The riding of Labrador has a population of approximately 27,000 people of which around 43 per cent is Indigenous. In the 2016 federal census, 4,765 respondents identified as Inuit.

The riding also contains Nunatsiavut, the Inuit self-governing region of the province.

Jones ran on a number of issues during this campaign including better housing for Indigenous communities, further improvements to Nutrition North, a government program that seeks to reduce the cost of healthy food to consumers in the North, and the promotion of a fixed transportation link, like an undersea rail tunnel, between the Labrador region, which is on mainland Canada, and Newfoundland, an island to the east which has the majority of province’s infrastructure and economic development. 

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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