Fox challenging Nault for Liberal nomination

Regional native leader Charles Fox yesterday announced his intention to run against Robert Nault for the Liberal nomination in the Kenora-Rainy River riding.
“It is my intention to serve the people of Kenora-Rainy River by offering them a united voice, representing the north, as it has never been before,” Fox told those gathered at Eagle Lake First Nation.
“I believe that by bridging the cultural gap between natives and non-natives in this riding, we can build an economy that will benefit all cultures and results in a stronger future for our youth,” he added.
Fox is a member of the Bearskin Lake First Nation, located about 200 km north of Dryden.
He served as political chair of Windigo First Nation Council, which represents six First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario, and also as grand chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, representing 52 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario.
Nault today acknowledged Fox’s entry into the nomination process to choose who will carry the Liberal party’s banner in the next federal election, expected sometime this spring.
Nault announced his intention to seek re-election back on Jan. 15.
“I have always been in favour of an open nomination process—I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Nault. “[My] campaign team is up and running across the region.
We are ready.
“This campaign team represents the makeup of the entire riding and the voters will know why I believe I can best represent the interests of the Kenora-Rainy Riding in Ottawa,” he added.
Nault, who served as minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development for four years under former prime minister Jean Chrétien, was first elected to represent Kenora-Rainy River in 1988.
He was re-elected in 1993, 1997, and 2000.
Rainy River likely will be joined with the current Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding—to form the new one of Thunder Bay-Rainy River—by the next federal election, in which case the nomination battle between Nault and Fox won’t impact voters here.