Unprecedented number of Indigenous candidates in Quebec – Montreal elections

Quebec’s Liberal Party is banking on a new candidate who will turn the Ungava riders red again when voters head to the polls this fall.

Former Kuujjuaq Mayor Tunu Napartuk is the party’s new candidate.

“The CAQ has been grossly inadequate in response to the needs of local people, the questions and the challenges we have, particularly in Nunavik, in my region and in our 14 communities,” he said. “There was no contact, there were no visits, there was no opportunity to show what our reality is and what our needs are.”

Napartuk will be one of nine indigenous candidates in the provincial campaign.

On Monday the CAQ presented Kateri Champagne Jourdain in Duplessis riding. She hopes to be the first indigenous woman to be elected to the National Assembly.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday, she acknowledged racism exists in the province but did not specifically call it systemic, adding that the CAQ has taken steps to combat it.

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Meanwhile, the PQ recently recruited Jacline Rouleau in Abitibi-Est. Quebec Solidaire has already presented five Indigenous candidates and is expected to announce a sixth later this week, according to La Presse.”

Former PQ MNA Alexis Wawanoloath, who was elected to the National Assembly in 2007, says it is exciting and important to see the unprecedented number of Indigenous candidates this year.

“It’s a sign that the parties care about having at least some indigenous candidates,” he said.

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The former MNA, who is currently an Indigenous rights advocate, says the presence of more First Nations people in the National Assembly can help advance specific issues, such as combating systemic racism.

He hopes this will be just the beginning of a movement to inspire younger people to run in the future.

“[It’s important not] to see a boundary and to see that we can step out of the frame that we sometimes find ourselves in,” he added.

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