Three Ungava candidates to take part in debate on environment

The debate will be streamed live on Zoom on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m

From left, Ungava candidates Tunu Napartuk, Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash and Christine Moore have confirmed they will take part in an environmental debate this week. (Photos courtesy of merchant logo Grand Council of the Crees/Facebook and Parti Québécois)


Jeff Pelletier – Reporter for the local journalism initiative

Three candidates from Ungava will discuss the environment in a debate on Wednesday ahead of Quebec’s provincial elections on October 3.

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The debate, organized by environmental group Vire au vert, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET at the Center d’études collégiales in Chibougamau.

The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom, with French and English audio available. A link to the stream is available on a Facebook event page.

“The debate offers voters an opportunity to meet the people vying to represent them, hear their environmental proposals for improving the quality of life in their constituency, and learn how they plan to solve the climate and biodiversity crisis ‘ the organizers of the debate wrote in a press release.

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The organizers invited all five Ungava candidates to the debate, but only three have confirmed their participation, according to the press release: Tunu Napartuk from the Quebec Liberal Party, Christine Moore from the Parti Québécois and Maïtée Labrecque-Saganash from Québec solidaire.

The other two candidates, Denis Lamothe of the Coalition Avenir Québec and Nancy Lalancette of the Quebec Conservative Party, were not on the list of confirmed participants as of Monday afternoon.

Last week Lamothe announced he was temporarily stepping back from his re-election campaign to be with his mother, whose health has been deteriorating in recent weeks.

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Lamothe is yet to announce he has returned to the campaign trail, but on Saturday he released a statement on social media thanking supporters for their well wishes and acknowledging workers caring for his mother during this time To take care of.

Nunatsiaq News emailed Lalancette and a spokesman for the Quebec Conservative Party to ask why she hasn’t confirmed if she will attend the debate, but as of Monday afternoon there was no response.

Primary elections will open in Nunavik next week, September 26-29. During these days, residents of the 14 northern villages can register in person with Elections Quebec staff if they have not already done so.

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