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Bisson acclaimed as NDP candidate

MPP Gilles Bisson will once again be running as the provincial NDP candidate next spring
Gilles Bisson, left, will once again be running as the provincial NDP candidate. Submitted photo




KAPUSKASING- MPP Gilles Bisson will once again be running as the provincial NDP candidate next Spring.  Members of the Timmins-James Bay Provincial NDP Riding Association gathered at La Forge in Kapuskasing on Saturday, March 4, for their annual general meeting to nominate Bisson as the NDP candidate for the next provincial election, which takes place in June 2018.

“I’m really proud that Gilles Bisson will once again be the candidate for the NDP in the riding of Timmins-James Bay,” said Louis Clausi, who was re-elected as President of the Timmins -James Bay Provincial NDP Riding Association at the annual general meeting.

“Even after 27 years I’ve never lost sight that it is a privilege to able to serve the people of Timmins-James Bay,” Bisson told a room of NDP supporters. Bisson was first elected to the Legislature in September 1990 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the former riding of Cochrane South and has held the seat for the Timmins-James Bay riding since 1999.  He has also served as House Leader for the NDP at Queen’s Park since 2011.

“A large part of my success is due to the great staff who have worked with me over the years and who are equally as committed to serving the people of this riding” Bisson also thanked the many people who have worked on his campaigns and the voters who have sent him Queen’s Park on their behalf. “I’d like to thank you all for your continued support and giving me the opportunity to continue serving you.”

Bisson also updated members on the NDP’s plan to lower hydro bills, which Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced on February 27. The plan, which can be found at, includes stopping the privatization of Hydro One and reversing the privatization that the Liberal government has already done.

The meeting also contained an election of riding association members, which include Louis Clausi as President; Tina Chartrand as Vice President; Jason Boissonneault as Chief Financial Officer; Courtney Laforest as Secretary; Pierre Joly as Member at Large and Ken Steinbrunner as Member at Large.