The candidate for the centre-left Bloc Québécois (BQ), the Quebec separatist party, won the riding that includes the Arctic region of the province in the federal election on Monday.
Sylvie Bérubé took the riding of Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou with 37.7 per cent of the vote.
“Thank you to the entire population of Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou for electing me as the Member of Parliament for our riding,” said Bérubé in a Facebook post after her win.
“I’m proud to represent you in Ottawa.”
The region had been represented by Romeo Saganash of the New Democratic Party (NDP), since 2011, when the centre-left party swept the province, demolishing the BQ, a party that had come to dominate the federal election map in Quebec. The riding had been held by the BQ’s Yvon Lévesque since 2004.
Saganash was re-elected in 2015 but did not seek reelection this term.
Kiara Cabana-Whiteley, the Green Party candidate and an Inuk originally from Kuujjuaq in Arctic Quebec, came in fifth in the riding with 3.5 per cent of the vote.
The Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou riding is Canada’s third largest riding geographically (854,754 square kilometres) after Canada’s eastern Arctic riding of Nunavut (2.093 million square kilometres)and the riding of the Northwest Territories (1.346 million square kilometres) in the western Arctic.
Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou has a population of approximately 88,000 people and is one of the most diverse ridings in the French-speaking province of the Quebec. It includes Nunavik, the Inuit region in the Far North of the province, Cree villages and francophone towns and villages.
On a national level, at the time of publication, preliminary results put the centrist Liberal Party in minority government territory with 157 seats, with the centre-right Conservative Party positioned as the official opposition with 121 seats.
In Canada, 170 seats are needed to form a majority government.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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