Christine Moore, a former federal NDP member of Parliament, is attempting a political comeback this fall as the Parti Québécois candidate for the Ungava riding in the Oct. 3 provincial election, the party announced Friday.
From 2011 to 2019, Moore was the MP for Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a western Quebec riding that borders much of northeastern Ontario. She was elected twice in that period before choosing not to seek re-election.
Ungava was first contested as a provincial riding in 1981. For more than 40 years, the PQ won Ungava in every provincial election before Liberal Jean Boucher broke that streak by winning in 2014.
In 2018, Coalition Avenir Québec’s Denis Lamothe became the first candidate for his party to be elected in Ungava.
Moore, who is 38 and has worked as an oncology nurse since leaving federal politics, said she hopes to be the candidate who can make Ungava a PQ stronghold again.
“I’m pretty sure the Parti Québécois will get it back,” Moore said in an interview. “I think northerners need people who are able to get up for them, and that’s why I’m there.”
During her time as an MP, Moore had three children and had to frequently travel by car between her home riding and Ottawa. The challenge of balancing her duties as a federal politician and having a personal life was one of the reasons she chose to leave politics.
However, Moore said, she decided to return to politics after seeing the extent to which lack of health-care staffing continues to be an issue across northern Quebec.
“I’m just so worried about what’s going on in the health system,” she said. “Everybody is really tired, it’s really difficult.”
Moore is the fifth candidate to enter the race for Ungava.
CAQ incumbent Lamothe, Québec solidaire’s Maïtée Saganash, Quebec Liberal Party’s Tunu Napartuk and Conservative Party of Quebec’s Nancy Lalancette are also in the competitive race for the province’s largest riding.
Jeff Pelletier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunatsiaq News