By Rosalind Russell-
Northern Ontario MPPs from different parties are coming together to fight a move to eliminate the Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing riding and reduce northern ridings to nine.
Sault-Ste. Marie’s MPP Terry Sheehan, says the MPPs will be writing a joint letter to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario conveying the challenges and the need for more consultations to address the geographical and diversification of the riding.
The commission is calling for the absorption of the riding by Nickel Belt and Sault Ste. Mare.
Currently represented by Carol Hughes, she says it is important that the riding remains in place, not only to ensure fair representation but also because of the challenges enlarging the other two ridings would cause a potential loss of investments and funding.
The commission re-evaluates the population of ridings across Canada every ten years, and the current figures show that AMK has lost nearly 25 percent of its population over the last decade.
Photo: AMK could be eliminated. The proposed expansion would add Bruce Mines, Thessalon, Wawa, most of Huron Shores, Chapleau, Dubreuilville, Hilton, Jocelyn, Johnson, Laird, Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional, Plummer Additional, Prince, St. Joseph, Tarbutt, and White River, as well as Hilton Beach to the Sault Ste. Marie riding while the expanded Nickel Belt riding would include Iron Bridge, Spragge, Spanish, Blind River, Elliot Lake, east and including Sables-Spanish Rivers, Espanola, Baldwin and Nairn & Hyman Township, as well as the corridor to Manitoulin Island and include the entire Manitoulin District. To review the details and the hearing process, visit Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts – 2022 (redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca)
Map provided by FEBC.