Liberals pick date for nomination meeting

The Kenora-Rainy River Liberal Association has chosen Feb. 8 as the date for the meeting to nominate its candidate for the next provincial election.
The nomination meeting will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dryden starting at 1:30 p.m.
Roger Valley, president of the riding association, indicated there has been a lot of interest shown in representing the Liberal party in the next election, expected sometime in 2003.
Valley said Ear Falls Mayor Geoffery McClain has announced he will be a candidate seeking the nomination.
Former Kenora MPP Frank Miclash, who was beaten by NDP leader Howard Hampton in the last election in 1999 when the Kenora and Rainy River ridings were combined into one, already has said he will not seek the nomination.
Miclash said in a press release Tuesday that he has been re-appointed to the Social Benefits Tribunal, to which he had been appointed in October, 1999.
As a member of this tribunal, Miclash is responsible for hearing appeals throughout the province under the Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Programs Acts.
“I’ve certainly enjoyed my work as the representative of the Kenora riding for 12 years, however, the work on the tribunal also has presented a challenge that I enjoy.”
But Miclash did not rule out a return to politics sometime in the future.
Information meetings will be held throughout the riding prior to Christmas as the Liberals continue with election readiness, the party said in a press released issued today.