NDP's Romeo Saganash re-elected in Northern Quebec
Saganash took 37 per cent of the vote
NDP incumbent Romeo Saganash has been re-elected in Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou, the country's second largest riding, in Northern Quebec.
Saganash took 37 per cent of the vote, beating Liberal candidate Pierre Dufour by more than 1,700 votes.
Dufour came in second with 32.3 per cent. It was Dufour's first run in federal politics. He's known in the region for his work in economic and tourist development.
Luc Ferland of the Bloc Quebecois, a former PQ member at the national assembly, came in third place with 18.6 per cent.
The Conservative Party's Steven Hébert finished fourth with less than 10 per cent of the vote. First-time Green candidate Patrick Benoit, a miner who kept a very low profile on the campaign trail, came in fifth.
Saganash was a star New Democratic candidate in 2011 when he succeeded Yvon Lévesque of the Bloc Québécois as MP.
A Cree from Waswanipi, Saganash became the first aboriginal MP ever elected in Quebec. He served as deputy aboriginal affairs critic for the NDP, and helped draft the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Saganash was removed from his home at the age of six to attend a residential school in Quebec, an experience he's spoken about frequently during his time at the House of Commons.
In this campaign Saganash distanced himself from the NDP's position on women wearing the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. Saganash described the garment as the "oppressor's clothing."
At the same debate, his Liberal opponent Pierre Dufour, also expressed his opposition to the niqab.