Ever since the Ungava riding was created in 1981, its been held by the Parti Québécois.
In yesterday’s election, Liberal Jean Boucher won the riding, which includes Nunavik and the James Bay Cree communities, beating the PQ incumbent Luc Ferland by more than 1,000 votes.
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“For sure the voice of Ungava will be heard at the government level,” Boucher said. “Ungava is on the side of the power in a majority government so it will mean more stability and the development of Plan Nord with the collaboration of everybody, and making sure everybody's voice will be heard by the government.”
Boucher once worked as a lawyer with the Kativik Regional Government. He now works in client services with the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau.
Boucher said his first priority as a Member of the National Assembly will be to meet with his constituents, including the Cree Grand Chief.
There are about 27,000 voters in the Ungava riding.
The voter turnout in Ungava was 41 per cent — much lower than the provincial average of 71 per cent.
The original version of this story incorrectly stated Jean Boucher's current employer.Apr 09, 2014 11:16 AM CT