Mushkegowuk—James Bay

Ontario New Democratic Party 2018 Ontario general election Guy Bourgouin
Mushkegowuk—James Bay
Ontario electoral district
Northern Ontario ridings 2018 - Mushkegowuk—James Bay.png
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Ontario
Guy Bourgouin
New Democratic
District created2017
First contested2018
Last contested2018
Population (2016)30,037
Area (km²)254,894
Pop. density (per km²)0.12
Census divisionsCochrane District, Kenora District

Mushkegowuk—James Bay (French: Mushkegowuk—Baie James) is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. It elects one member to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. This riding was created from the northern portion of Timmins—James Bay by the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission in 2017.[1] The Legislative Assembly of Ontario approved the new riding on October 24, 2017.[2]

Unlike most Ontario provincial districts, Mushkegowuk—James Bay does not have the same boundaries as a federal district. As well, the riding, with a population of 30,037, is significantly smaller than the average Ontario district (with a population of 110,000) or the average Northern Ontario district (with a population of 76,000).[3] National Post columnist Josh Dehaas criticized of the new ridings of Mushkegowuk—James Bay and Kiiwetinoong as violating the principle of representation by population.[4]

Mushkegowuk—James Bay was originally to be named Mushkegowuk, but the name was changed to Mushkegowuk—James Bay by the legislature, which authorized further consultations over the riding's name by the Attorney General.[5] It is 27 per cent indigenous and 60 per cent francophone.[1] Indigenous leaders have criticized the new riding for not having a high enough percentage of indigenous people.[6]

Members of Provincial Parliament

Mushkegowuk—James Bay
Assembly Years Member Party
Riding created from Timmins—James Bay
42nd  2018–Present     Guy Bourgouin New Democratic

Election results

2018 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Guy Bourgouin 4,827 51.77
Progressive Conservative André Robichaud 2,795 29.98
Liberal Gaëtan Baillargeon 1,332 14.29
Green Sarah Hutchinson 164 1.79
Northern Ontario Jacques Joseph Ouellette 152 1.63
Libertarian Vanda Marshall 38 0.41
Confederation of Regions Fauzia Sadiq 13 0.14
Total valid votes 9,324 100.0  
Turnout 56.2
Eligible voters 16,598
New Democratic pickup new district.
Source: Elections Ontario[7]


  1. ^ a b Benzie, Robert (2017-08-08). "Ontario to get 17 new ridings, including a constituency that is largely Indigenous". Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
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  3. ^ "NAN Grand Chief wants electoral map changes revisited". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  4. ^ Dehaas, Josh (2017-08-03). "Josh Dehaas: Ontario Liberals' plan for two new ridings could violate the Charter and cost PCs the election". National Post. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  5. ^ "Northern Ontario to have 2 new ridings in next year's election to boost Indigenous representation". The Toronto Star. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. ^ Nanji, Sabrina (2017-10-07). "'A missed opportunity for our people': Indigenous leaders urge province to revisit electoral map". Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 12. Retrieved 20 January 2019.