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Guy Bourgouin to seek NDP nomination

Bourgouin said he added his name to the nomination because he wants to fight for change in the province
Supplied photo of Guy Bourgouin and Gilles Bisson

KAPUSKASING – On Thursday, Guy Bourgouin, President of the United Steelworkers Local 1- 2010, announced his intention to seek the nomination as the provincial NDP candidate for the new riding of Mushkegowuk-James Bay in the provincial election this spring.

Bourgouin said he added his name to the nomination because he wants to fight for change in the province.

“I’ve been fighting for workers for many years and when I want to see changes, I do something about it – I go back to the table to fight for what’s right. That’s why I’m putting name forward to run as a New Democrat. The NDP has a plan that offers hope to northern Ontario families. Hope that their hydro bills will finally come down and their loved ones will finally get access to health care that they can count on.”

Bourgouin, who was born in Dubreuilville and is of Métis decent, has lived in Kapuskasing for 22 years with his wife, Manon, and two kids Anabel and Jérémy. He has been fighting for workers with the United Steelworkers for 22 years and has been the president of the Local for 15 years.

Bourgouin has spent most of his career advocating changes to help for working families at all levels of government.

Through his local, Bourgouin represents workers from different sectors across Northern Ontario, from Sudbury to the Manitoba border, such as woodlands, sawmills, plywood plants, health care services, hardware stores, janitorial services and social services.

NDP MPP Gilles Bisson said he is sad to no longer represent the people along the Highway 11 corridor and the James Bay coast but he is confident that Bourgouin will be a great addition to Queen’s Park.

“Guy has been representing workers in Northern Ontario for many years and will be an excellent MPP. He knows the area; he works closely with the community and surrounding First Nations. Guy is fully bilingual, and brings with him an enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers ready for the upcoming election. I look forward to working with him next fall,” Bisson said.

Bisson, who has represented the area since 1999 when the riding of Timmins-James Bay was created, will be running for re-election in the new riding of Timmins.