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Rickford jumps in while Campbell opts to not seek re-election in June

Chris Marchand

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

By Dryden Observer Staff

Former federal politician Greg Rickford has thrown his hat into provincial politics, earning the Kenora Rainy-River Riding’s PC nomination for candidacy in the upcoming June election, Saturday in Dryden.

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says Rickford is valued member of his party’s plan to ‘put Northern Ontario first’.

“Greg brings exceptional experience to our modern, inclusive, and pragmatic PC team,” said Brown. “For seven years he served as the federal representative for Kenora, in addition to responsibilities such as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of State for Federal Economic Development Northern Ontario Region. Greg has spent years being a passionate voice for the North, and I know he would continue his hard work at Queen’s Park. 

“In addition to his years of public service, Greg is a practicing lawyer and advisor specializing in natural resources, indigenous, and health matters, and has lived and worked in Indigenous communities across Northwestern Ontario. Serving on the board of directors of Noront Resources, Greg understands the importance of moving forward with the Ring of Fire, a once in a lifetime economic opportunity for the North,” added Brown.

The news of Rickford’s candidacy came alongside incumbent MPP (NDP) Sarah Campbell’s announcement that she would not seek re-election in 2018, citing the need to focus her time on her young family. 

“I am very excited to announce that my partner and I are expecting a second child in February, and so, after much consideration, I have decided to work closer to home, and will not seek re-election in 2018,” said Campbell in a statement, Nov. 20.

“Two years ago, I was blessed with my first child and my little one has faced some scary health challenges. We’ve frequently had to travel to specialist appointments outside of our community, and often outside the province. Like all parents would, I have been doing everything I can to give my child the best chance possible to live a healthy, happy and full life.”

Of course, while fighting for my daughter’s health and future, I’ve also been privileged to continue working as Kenora Rainy-River’s MPP, fighting for families in our region. I’ve had a busy year, battling to reduce hydro rates and improving access to health care. I’ve been fighting for an expansion in the Northern Health Travel Grant, and working to improve access to seniors housing in our communities.

I want to thank my family, my staff, and all the wonderful people in the communities throughout this region for your support and enthusiasm. From now until the election in June, I intend to continue working hard to deliver for my constituents.”

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