MP Saganash meets with young citizens and visits Radisson and Kuujjuak









VAL-D’OR – November 14, 2014 – New Democratic MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) took advantage of the November break from Parliament to meet with young citizens and to visit Radisson and the northern village of Kuujjuaq this week.


Saganash began the week with an activity organized in partnership with the Abitibi-Est Youth Territorial Council entitled “A Discussion with Romeo Saganash”. During the Monday night event, the MP took the time to explain the role of federal MPs to the young people in attendance. He also discussed the impact that MPs are able to have through their Parliamentary work in Ottawa, regardless of the party for which they work. He discussed his pathway into politics and took questions from the young participants – 11 of whom took part in the discussion. Despite the small turnout, the organizers considered the event a success.


The following day, Saganash flew to Radisson to hand out the grand prize to the winner of his drawing contest for Saganash’s Holiday Greetings cards. Caleb Esquivel-Fortin, a first-grade student at Jacques-Rousseau Elementary in Radisson, won the contest with his drawing that stood out among the other 354 entries that Saganash received.

“I was very happy to meet Caleb and offer him his prize: nine children’s books.  It was wonderful to spend some time with Caleb and his fellow students at Jacques-Rousseau School,” said Saganash.


The MP then visited Le jardin du Nord day-care centre, and met with members of the Radisson town council to discuss a variety of issues.

Following these meetings, Romeo Saganash headed to Kuujjuaq, where he met with Mayor Tuunu Napartuk, and gave an interview to the CBC’s Alec Gordon, at Kuujjuaq’s CBC North studios. He then met with Kativik Regional Gov’t President Maggie Emudluk. The issues of housing and high cost of living and food, were once again at the heart of the discussions as Saganash made his way around Kuujjuaq.

“Last year, with five of my NDP colleagues who are also MPs for northern regions, we asked the Auditor General to look into the growing problem of high costs food in Canada’s northern communities. I’m looking forward to seeing the findings of the report, which will be published on November 25. Inuit leaders are also impatiently awaiting the results. The Conservatives way of treating these Canadians like second-class citizens is unacceptable. It is time the government took action to support Canada’s northern population. I can’t say it enough – the future of Canada is the North,” added Saganash.

Upon returning to Val-d’Or on Thursday, he met with students under the tutelage of Professor Louis McComber at the UQAT’s Val-d’Or campus. Together, they discussed a variety of aboriginal issues, including the implementation of a new regional government in Baie-James – Eeyou-Istchee and the impacts that it could have.

All in all, the MP had a busy week, which allowed him to hear what people in the riding have on their minds and to get in another visit before heading back to Parliament.




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Philippe Doherty
Riding Assistant