Provincial candidates in the new Kiiwetinoong riding are set to face-off in a debate tonight in Sioux Lookout.

Liberal candidate and Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance, Progressive Conservative candidate and Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford Bull, Sol Mamakwa with the NDP, Kenneth Jones with the Northern Ontario Party and Christine Penner-Polle of the Green Party of Ontario will all be in attendance.

The new Kiiwetinoong riding, which includes Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Wabaseemoong First Nation, Pikangikum First Nation and Grassy Narrows First Nation, has roughly 30,000 constituents spread out over 300,000 square kilometres. Kiiwetinoong inlcudes 33 First Nation communities and four municipalities. The riding’s population is 68 per cent Indigenous.

The new riding was created by Queen's Park in October. It created a new riding in both northwestern and northeastern Ontario. The legislation will result in a total of four ridings in Northern Ontario, where previously there were two. They include Kiiwetinoong, Mushkegowuk-James Bay, Timmins, and Kenora-Rainy River.

The debate will begin tonight at 6:30 at the Sioux Lookout Legion. The provincial election is set for June 7.

For more information: 
'I understand the challenges,' Mamakwa
Lawrance enters riding race

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