November 22, 2017
By Dryden Observer/NSN Staff
It appears though a familiar face is returning to regional politics, but this time Greg Rickford will be trying to earn himself a seat in the provincial legislature.
The news came via a Nov. 10 letter from Fort Frances lawyer and PC nomination candidate Douglas Judson who in announcing his withdrawal from the nomination race, announced regional Progressive Conservatives members would acclaim Rickford as the PC candidate in a meeting in Dryden, Saturday, Nov. 18.
“Greg is a true progressive conservative who understands the unique challenges and issues facing Kenora-Rainy River and his career has been dedicated to getting results for Northwestern Ontario,” said Judson in the letter announcing his withdrawal. “Greg was a distinguished member of cabinet in the previous federal government and I have no doubt he will be an effective champion for our region at Queen’s Park.”
Trained professionally as both a nurse and a lawyer, Rickford was first elected as a federal MP in 2008, then re-elected 2011. Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Rickford served as the federal Minister of Natural Resources as well as serving roles in FedNor, Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Science and Technology, and Official Languages.
He was defeated in the 2015 federal election in a close three-way race with Liberal Bob Nault, and NDP candidate Howard Hampton.