Northern NDP MPPs were named to new critic roles in the Official Opposition by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
The new roles also include a new portfolio created to focus on northern roads and transportation challenges.
Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha is taking on the role of tourism critic along with Northern Development.
Mantha says tourism is the lifeblood of many communities in the North and the industry has been devastated by the pandemic and its effect on businesses, especially small businesses.
He plans to make sure that the tourism sector is front and centre at Queen’s Park to get the attention it needs.
Sudbury MPP Jamie West is now the critic for Northern Infrastructure, Transportation and Roads and Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson is now the critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services.
MPPs France Gelinas (Nickel Belt) will continue in her vital role as NDP Health critic; John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane) continues as Deputy Leader and critic for Agriculture and Food, Rural Development; Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James Bay) continues his work for Franco-Ontarians as Francophone Affairs critic.