New Northern Ridings Should Elect More Aboriginal Candidates

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 14:07 PM

Ontario is trying to correct a long-standing trend in provincial politics.

Chief Returning Officer Greg Essensa says Ontario is the only province that
has never had an aboriginal MPP.

He is hoping the creation of two new ridings for the far north might change
that statistic.

He says the population of the proposed new Kiiwetinong Riding, which is north of Kenora, is 60 percent aboriginal.

The population of the other proposed riding, Mushkegowuck, is just 15 percent aboriginal, but 61 percent French.  

The Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission will be releasing it's final recommendations
to the Attorney General on August 1st.