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Howard Hampton seeking NDP nomination in Kenora

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

Former Ontario NDP Leader and Kenora-Rainy River MPP Howard Hampton has announced he will seek the NDP nomination in the Kenora riding for the upcoming Federal election.

“I’m excited to announce today that I will be seeking the NDP candidacy for the Kenora riding in the upcoming federal election,” said Hampton. “Whether it was as a provincial cabinet minister, MPP, NDP Leader, or Special Advisor to Tom Mulcair, I’ve proudly stood up and fought for the people of Northwestern Ontario for over 20 years. I hope to earn the support of the NDP members in the riding to run as their candidate.”

Hampton’s says his priority is to build good working relations with First Nations across Northwestern Ontario.

“I have been working in elections in Northwestern Ontario since I was 16 years old,” said Hampton. “This goes back to 1970. I have never seen first nation voters so motivated to vote as they are now and part of this is their frustration. When I meet with the Matawa chiefs, every one of the Matawa communities want to see the Ring of Fire proceed, they do! But they say ‘we need someone to work with and this federal government is not interested in working with us. In fact virtually everything they do is aimed at making it more difficult for us to work together. So I think you’re going to see aboriginal people more motivated to work, to vote, to participate than ever before and I think that’s good for all of us.”

Hampton will spend his time before the nomination meeting and talking with people across the Kenora riding in hopes to garner support.

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