An NDP MPP is questioning whether Northern Ontario adding two new electoral districts will work for everyone.
As the province prepares to vote on doubling it’s Northern Ontario electoral ridings, Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson feels that Indigenous communities will not be gaining as much from the decision as first hoped.
Bisson says Indigenous communities were the focus for these new boundaries, but it doesn’t show in the final layout.
He says Ontario’s northwest will see a rise in Indigenous voters, but the former Timmins-James Bay area will see a decline.
Currently, the electoral boundary change is awaiting a vote in the fall, meaning if the changes are approved they will take effect prior to the next provincial election.