Romeo Saganash is one of 8 NDP who threw themselves into the leadership race, and party members will vote to decide if he’s the right person for the job on March 24, 2012, he was your pick to be on #FAQMP.
Tonight at 8 pm ET watch online as Saganash answers the questions you sent in. Featuring questions from: Heather, @rigthojibwe @radiogoogoo and more.
You asked Mr. Saganash how his experience as a residential school survivor prepared him for a life in politics, why he thinks he should lead the NDP, and you wanted his take on environmental and aboriginal issues, including taxation and the duty to consult.
Saganash was first elected to represent the riding of Abitibi – Baie James – Nunavik – Eeyou, Quebec last Spring. He was the NDP’s Critic on Natural Resources, prior to throwing his hat into the ring for leadership.
Prior to entering politics Saganash served as vice-‐chair of the Cree Regional Authority and Chair of the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment. A lawyer by training, he was a principal author of the landmark agreement between the James Bay Cree and the Quebec government and also worked on the United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous Peoples.
Saganash was raised in the small northern community of Waswanipi, Quebec. He is an Indian residential school survivor and a graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal law school. Multilingual, he is fluent in Cree, both of Canada’s official languages and Spanish. His parents named him Romeo after a bush pilot that flew into the community the day he was born.