The Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing riding is one of the biggest in the province stretching from as far northwest as Hearst to Manitoulin Island in the south. Moose FM reached out to the candidates in the September 20th federal election on whether riding redistribution needs to happen in the future. Christian Heritage Party candidate Clarence Baarda offered his thoughts of how he would divide the riding into two.

“To include Chapleau, and Wawa north to the other communities to highway 11 and east to Smooth Rock Falls,” he said.

Baarda says the other half would include Elliot Lake, Manitoulin Island and the Huron shores. He adds the vastness of the riding makes it difficult to talk to voters about the party’s platform.

“Human life needs to be defended, and CHP Canada will protect human life from conception to natural death,” Baarda said.

The other five candidates were contacted for reaction regarding this topic but chose not to participate. You can read Clarence Baard’s full response including an interview on the question below:

Clarence Baarda on riding redistribution: 

“The riding is the largest in Ontario and in my opinion should be divided. It’s very difficult for an MP to serve the riding effectively because of it’s size and the distances one must travel. In my opinion, the Northern half should include Chapleau to Wawa, north through the other communities  to highway 11 and east to Smooth Rock Falls. The southern half should include the North shore communities along highway 17, between Echo Bay at the west end up to McKerrow and South on highway 6 to include all of Manitoulin Island.”