Published: February 21, 2018
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
Lac Seul Chief Clifford Bull has been named the Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate looking to represent Red Lake and surrounding communities in the upcoming provincial election.
Chief Bull was confirmed as nominee for the new riding of Kiwetinoong at the party’s nomination meeting in on Feb. 15 in Sioux Lookout. He has been Chief of Lac Seul since 2006.
“Obviously, I’m very elated. I’m very humbled by being asked and jubilant at the same time,” he told KenoraOnline following his nomination.
Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli released a statement last week on the nomination noting the Indigenous leader was a “great addition” to the provincial team.
“Chief Bull has been a champion for not only his community, but all First Nations communities.
Lac Seul is one of the largest reserves in Northwestern Ontario, and as a result, Chief Bull has a wealth of experience fighting and standing up for the far North,” he added.
The former riding of Kenora-Rainy River has been held by the New Democrat Party, represented by Sarah Campbell since 2011. Earlier this winter Campbell announced she would not be running in the upcoming election for the restructured riding. Recently former federal cabinet minister Greg Rickford was confirmed as the nominee for the PC party for Kenora-Rainy River.
The Liberals and NDP have yet to announce a candidate for the new riding that encompasses Red Lake, Ear Falls, Sioux Lookout, Lac Seul, Pickle Lake and stretches across the top half of the province.