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Northern Ontario Party names its Timmins candidate

Provincial election June 7
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Gary Schaap is the Northern Ontario Party candidate for Timmins in the June 7 election. Submitted photo

The Northern Ontario Party has its Timmins candidate for the upcoming election.

Gary Schaap, who is the party vice president and interim president of the Timmins riding association, will be on the ballot June 7.

“He is determined and focused on ensuring a stronger voice for the people of Northern Ontario, especially Timmins Riding,” reads the announcement from the party.

According to the statement, Schaap has experience and knowledge of the forestry, farming, mining, trucking and natural resources industries.

“Mr. Schaap is determined to not let the Toronto based parties dictate what happens in Northern Ontario and with his vast work experience and personal experiences in Northern Ontario makes this true Northern Ontarian the ideal candidate to represent the Northern Ontario Party and the people of Timmins,” says the statement.

The other candidates running are incumbent NDP Gilles Bisson, PC Yvan Genier, and Liberal Mickey Auger.

When voters head to the polls, it will be the first time an MPP is elected for the new Timmins riding.

Since the last election, the boundaries for the current riding of Timmins-James Bay were redefined and split into two.

With Timmins on its own, the second new riding of Mushkegowuk-James Bay includes communities along Highway 11 from Smooth Rock Falls to Hearst and extends north to Peawanuck.