Denis Lamothe temporarily steps away from Ungava re-election bid

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Denis Lamothe is taking time off from his re-election campaign in Ungava to be with his mother, who is terminally ill.

Lamothe, who has been the Quebec MNA for Ungava since 2018, made the announcement on social media Tuesday morning.

“My mother’s health, who has been ill for the past few weeks, has deteriorated rapidly over the last days,” he wrote in a statement.

“I have therefore decided to put my campaign on hold in order to be with her full time for these very last moments.”

Lamothe’s spokesperson, Catherine Gibeau, said there is no timeline for when he will return to the campaign trail. Quebec’s provincial election day is Oct. 3.

“In the meantime, my team will continue to work on the ground with the people of Ungava,” Lamothe said in his social media statement.

Lamothe, a member of the ruling Coalition Avenir Québec party, was elected in 2018, defeating incumbent Quebec Liberal Party MNA Jean Boucher.

Before entering politics, Lamothe served as a police officer in Nunavik. As an MNA, he took on two parliamentary assistant portfolios under the minister responsible for Indigenous affairs and the minister of forests, wildlife and parks.

Jeff Pelletier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunatsiaq News