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Hughes speaks out about losing seat ramifications

The NDP MP for Algoma-Manitoulin Kapuskasing is filing an objection with the Riding Redistribution Commission on its final report that calls for the elimination of her seat in the north.

Carol Hughes says MPs have until this Sunday to make a submission and expects support from both sides of the House of Commons.

She adds that losing a seat wasn’t on the table.

She says basically what they have been saying for the last two redistributions is that Northern Ontario should actually lose two seats adding they’ve chosen to remove only one at this point. We have to be mindful of what may come in the future.

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Hughes says these changes will impact the voices of Northern Ontario from indigenous to francophone.

She adds this impacts the voices of Northern Ontario. It impacts the voices of indigenous people because there will be less representation and francophones as well.

It’s all about serviceability, stresses Hughes, let’s not forget about that adding it’s about making sure we can have offices throughout the North.

She adds that budget changes could also limit how much service is provided by MPs in their ridings and how many offices they’ll be able to keep.

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