Staff with Elections Ontario are currently tabulating the region’s votes. Karen Kejick, Greg Rickford, Ember McKillop and Glen Archer will soon find out who will be taking over the role as MPP in Toronto. Results can be expected soon.
In the new Kiiwetinoong riding, results will be delayed as Elections Ontario’s new technology-based polling system is experiencing issues. Sol Mamakwa, Clifford Bull, Doug Lawrance, Kenneth Jones and Christine Penner-Polle will have to wait, as polls are staying open until midnight to accommodate voters in the far north.
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.