The Northern Ontario Party has decided to run a candidate in the riding of Don Valley West to represent Northerners who are forced to move to the GTA to find employment. That riding also happens to be Premier Kathleen Wynne’s and that was no mistake. Leader Trevor Holliday says Mickey McIntosh will carry the party’s banner in the contest. Holliday, in reference to being shut out of the FONOM conference last week, says if Wynne won’t speak to them directly, they’ll run a candidate in her riding to get her attention. He added that southern political leaders need to realize the NOP will continue to fight for all Northerners no matter where they live in the province.

The NOP has also announced their first ever Annual General Meeting taking place on August 12st until the 14th at the Kettle Lakes Provincial Park in Timmins. A release states it’s a family event and will include team building activities, strategic planning and a chance to get to know other members across the North. Tickets for this event can be purchased on the party’s website at www.northernontarioparty.org. Officials encourage all members and potential members to bring out their families to this event. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet with the party leaders and discuss ideas as they prepare for the 2018 provincial election.