NDP’s Bourgouin becomes first MPP for Mushkegowuk-James Bay
Guy Bourgouin (centre) is the first MPP for Mushkegowuk-James Bay. Here, he is pictured with his family, Gilles Bisson, the MPP for the now defunct Timmins-James Bay riding and NDP provincial leader Andrea Horwath. TIMES FILE PHOTO.
The dust has settled on last week’s provincial election but the work has only just begun for Guy Bourgouin the first MPP for the riding of Mushkegowuk-James Bay.
“It all seemed a little surreal when the results came in. It was quite the rush,” said Bourgouin the morning after the election. “As candidates, we all put our heart and soul in the campaign but at the end of the day it’s up to the electorate to decide.”
The new MPP said he is prepared to transition now to his new job.
“It’s going to be different and interesting, but I’m up for the challenge,” commented Bourgouin.
With regards to his immediate plans in the riding, Bourgouin commented on several issues that he believed to be at the forefront.
“My intention is to do my best to be of service to my constituents. That’s why they elected me,” he commented. “We are going to continue to try and build worker relations and their associations and the employers. I’ve worked with a lot of companies and there is a lot that can be done. I also intend to work with entrepreneurs to try and encourage them to invest in our area. We have an abundance of resources available here and we need to have more people tap into that.”
Asked how much more difficult his job would be with a Conservative majority in power, Bourgouin acknowledged there would be challenges, but remained optimistic.
“It’s going to be different, but in my opinion the Premier has a responsibility to ensure everyone in the province gets their fair share and not to ignore any specific ridings,” he commented. “I’ve got a lot of experience negotiating, so we’re going to have to work with the ministers so we get our fair share in Mushkegowuk-James Bay. It’s going to be interesting and it’s going to be a great new chapter in my life.”