Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson is expecting passage of a bill presented in the legislature by his New Democratic counterpart from Nickel Belt, France Gélinas, calling for the extension of 911 emergency service to the entire province.

Bisson says there are several cottage and other remote areas in his riding from where you can’t call 911  in case of an emergency.

“It’s real problem,” he comments, “because people in a panic if they have to call somebody, police officer or an ambulance or whatever it might be, you don’t remember the phone number of the police, but you do remember 911.”

Gilles Bisson, Timmins MPP (NDP). Photo credit: Bob McIntyre, Moose FM

Bisson calls the Ford government “everything police”, so he believes it will accept the NDP bill.

“If a citizen can’t call police or an ambulance in pinch, that means to say the system failed.  So I think eventually this is something that we’re going to be able to change, and I think it’s something that’s a betterment for everybody.”

The MPP adds that there shouldn’t be two classes of Ontarians: one who has access to 9-1-1 and one who doesn’t.