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Splitting Up the Northern Ridings is Being Done with Out the Proper Consultation

First Nations communities were left out of the discussion surrounding a new bill that would split up the Kenora-Rainy River and Timmins-James Bay ridings.  The Liberals are looking to split up these two ridings so First Nations communities along the James Bay coast can represent their own communities. 

Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson supports this move, but says the government is doing so without the proper consultation.  Bisson says he was at the Chiefs of Ontario meeting in Toronto last week and none of the leadership knew what this was about. He says it’s supposed to be part of the government’s reconciliation process, but instead it feels like they are just saying this is how things are going to be.

Bisson says the election boundaries commission will have to report back to the legislature by the next fall of next year so everything can go into place for the election in 2018.

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