By Rosalind Russell – The members of the Northern Ontario Chamber of Commerce are the latest voices to add their concerns about eliminating a Northern Ontario riding.
The member chambers are asking Elections Canada to reject a proposal that would see the number of MPs in the North go from 10 to nine and maintain the Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing riding.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries of Ontario is recommending the riding be eliminated and be divided between the ridings of Sault Ste. Marie and Nickel Belt due to a loss in population over the last ten years.
The chambers have sent a joint letter to Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault pointing out the North is also under-represented, and that the North cannot lose another voice in Parliament.
Other organizations across Northern Ontario have also spoken out against the proposal including the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.