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Hampton earns NDP nomination

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Former Kenora-Rainy River MPP Howard Hampton will run in the fall’s federal election. File photo

Former Ontario NDP leader makes switch to federal politics

By Dryden Observer Staff

Howard Hampton has been chosen by New Democrats in the Kenora riding to be their candidate beating out Kenora resident Pete Edwards for the position.

A former Cabinet Minister, Leader of the Ontario NDP, and Member of Provincial Parliament, Hampton says, as Tom Mulcair’s Special Advisor for the Ring of Fire, he has seen just how badly Northwestern Ontario’s economy has suffered under the Conservatives.

“The Harper Conservatives are incapable of building the respectful and cooperative relationships with First Nations and the communities in the North,” said Hampton. “Stephen Harper’s plan is just not working and I’m proud to add my experience to Tom Mulcair’s principled, and trustworthy leadership.”

“Howie understands the unique challenges facing middle class families in the North and knows how to get things done,” said Mulcair. “For over 20 years, Howie has demonstrated skill, understanding, and respect while passionately fighting for the people, industries, communities of the North.”

Howard was elected after a series of meetings held last week where New Democrats came out to vote across the riding in Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake, and Kenora.

“I am very excited and ready to work hard to bring the change that Canada needs,” said Hampton.

Hampton joins the race alongside Liberal candidate Bob Nault and Green Party candidate Ember McKillop, who will look to unseat the incumbent Conservative Greg Rickford, the current Minister of Natural Resources.

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