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NEWS: Nunavik April 08, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Makivik welcomes new Quebec Liberal government, new MNA

“We welcome the stability that a majority government will bring"

SARAH ROGERS
Quebec premier Pauline Marois, flanked by Makivik president Jobie Tukkiapik, speaks to a crowd in Kangisualujjuaq in September 2013. Makivik thanked the outgoing premier April 8 for her work on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Quebec premier Pauline Marois, flanked by Makivik president Jobie Tukkiapik, speaks to a crowd in Kangisualujjuaq in September 2013. Makivik thanked the outgoing premier April 8 for her work on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Nunavik’s Makivik Corp. extended its congratulations April 8 to Quebec’s new premier, Philippe Couillard, and his new majority Liberal government.

Makivik president Jobie Tukkiapik said Nunavimmiut look forward to working with the new government to address pressing issues in the region, such as the housing shortage and the high cost of living.

“The Nunavik Inuit always managed to work with any government that is elected,” Tukkiapik said.

“We welcome the stability that a majority government will bring in Quebec.  This should help us move forward in a number of priority files for our region.”

For the first time in history, the Ungava riding — which includes Nunavik — not only elected a Liberal candidate but also a resident of Kuujjuaq, Jean Boucher.

Tukkiapik, who worked with Boucher for a time at the Kativik Regional Government, said many hope Boucher’s experience and knowledge of the region will be put to good use in the new government.

“The fact that he’s been in the region for almost 10 years is good,” Tukkiapik said. “He’s seen the living conditions.”

But Nunavimmiut are also better prepared to negotiate with their government than they were two years ago, Tukkiapik said, following its Parnasimautik consultations, which visited Nunavik’s communities last year.

“We have a better idea of what to work on, based on those consultations,” Tukkiapik said.

The Parnasimautik position paper will be released later this year and provided to the Quebec government, he said, to help guide policy related to Nunavik — particularly the Liberals revamped Plan Nord.

Housing will continue to be a file Makivik plans to press with the Quebec government, Tukkiapik added.

Makivik also extended it thanks to outgoing Quebec premier Pauline Marois, who lost her riding of Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré to Liberal candidate Caroline Simard April 7.

Makivik thanked Marois “for her hard work on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik,” adding that Marois was instrumental in Quebec’s increased contribution to the cost of living measures in the region announced last December.

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