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FONOM expected to watch if any northern Tory MPPs named to cabinet

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When Premier-elect Doug Ford is sworn in as Premier this Friday, members of a Northern Ontario lobby group will also be watching to see if the former Toronto city councillor names any northern MPPs to his cabinet.

The group is the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.

Some northern Progressive Conservative MPPs could make it to cabinet.

One is Vic Fedeli, the former Mayor of North Bay who served as interim leader of the party and has held the critic’s role for finance for several years.

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The other potential minister is no stranger to cabinet positions.

Greg Rickford, who won the Kenora-Rainy River riding in the June 7th election, was once the Natural Resources minister under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Rickford lost his federal seat in 2015 but made a comeback at the provincial level earlier this month.

The FONOM delegates will have a chance to meet the new Premier and his cabinet in mid-August when Ottawa hosts the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference.

Another northern minister could be Ross Romano, the MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

Romano won the Sault in a by-election last year in May and shortly after that former Tory leader Patrick Brown named him critic of the Ring of Fire.

Romano has spent time among First Nations near the huge chromite discovery as his role of critic.

Another possible minister is Norm Miller who represents Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Miller has spent a considerable amount of time as the critic for Northern Development and Mines.

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