Timmins - James Bay (093)
This riding, which covers the northeast corner of the province, is the second largest in Ontario. According to the 1996 census, 46 per cent of residents call French the mother tongue; that's the second highest rate in Ontario.
The riding extends from Hudson Bay in the north to James Bay and the Quebec/Ontario border in the east. The riding's largest population centre is Timmins, in the southeast, but it also includes Kapuskasing, Smooth Rock Falls, Moosonee, Hearst and many native reserves.
The economy is resource-based in such industries as mining and forestry. In the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Timmins-James Bay combined 81 per cent of the former Cochrane North riding with an equal portion of the old Cochrane South.
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In the old riding of Cochrane North, Tory Rene Brunelle served from 1958 to 1981, winning seven elections. Tory René Piché followed up with a victory in 1981, but was defeated by Liberal René Fontaine in 1985. Fontaine resigned from the legislature in 1996, but reclaimed the seat in a subsequent byelection and then won in 1987. New Democrat Len Wood won the riding in 1990 and again in 1995.
New Democrat Bill Ferrier held the former riding of Cochrane South from 1967 to 1977. He was ousted by Progressive Conservative Alan Pope, who went on to victories in 1981, 1985 and 1987. Pope did not stand for re-election in 1990 election, and the riding was won for the NDP by Gilles Bisson, who won again in 1995.
After the 1999 redistribution, Bisson won the new riding of Timmins-James Bay, repeating the feat in 2003.
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