Gilles Bisson

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Gilles Bisson
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Ontario MPP
Assumed office
Preceded by First Member
Constituency Timmins—James Bay
In office
Preceded by Alan Pope
Succeeded by Riding Dissolved
Constituency Cochrane South
Personal details
Born (1957-05-14) May 14, 1957 (age 57)
Timmins, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Murielle
Children 2
Occupation Trade unionist

Gilles Bisson (born May 14, 1957) is a Franco-Ontarian Canadian politician who represents the northern riding of Timmins—James Bay in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He is a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party, and currently serves as the party whip and as critic for the Ministries of Natural Resources, Northern Development and Mines, Aboriginal Affairs, Francophone Affairs and Transportation.


Bisson was a labour union organizer, who worked for the Ontario Federation of Labour (of which he was the Northeast Director for a time).[1]

A licensed private pilot, Bisson owns a small aircraft which he uses to fly between communities in his far-flung riding, the legislative seat in Toronto and elsewhere.[2] Bisson was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets with #10 Timmins Kiwanis Squadron. He graduated with the rank of Flight Sergeant.

Bisson is married, is the father of two daughters and is a grandfather of three.[1]


Bisson was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, defeating Liberal Frank Krznaric by about 2,000 votes in the old riding of Cochrane South.[3] He served as parliamentary assistant to the Ministers of Northern Development and Mines and Francophone Affairs in Bob Rae's government, and also served as a member of the cabinet committee on the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993.[4]

Although the NDP were defeated in the provincial election of 1995, Bisson significantly increased the margin of his victory in Cochrane South.[5] He was, in fact, the only NDP candidate elected with more than 50% riding support in that cycle. He was easily re-elected in the 1999 election,[6] and fought off a closer challenge from Liberal Michael Doody, a former mayor of Timmins and broadcaster, in the election of 2003.[7]

Bisson's popularity has helped make Timmins—James Bay one of the top ridings in Ontario for the federal NDP as well, helping Charlie Angus pick up the seat in the 2004 election.

On August 29, 2008, Bisson announced he would run to succeed Howard Hampton in the 2009 Ontario New Democratic Party leadership election. Bisson was defeated, finishing in third place behind first runner-up Peter Tabuns and the victor, Andrea Horwath.[1][8]


  1. ^ a b c Nolan, Daniel (March 6, 2009). "Horwath a community organizer; Hard-working MPP confident". The Spectator (Hamilton, Ont). p. A6. 
  2. ^ Cowan, James (March 7, 2009). "Ontario NDP Faces 'Brutal Realities'; Leadership Race". National Post. p. A4. 
  3. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  4. ^ Gombu, Phinjo (July 15, 1991). "Residents demand deal to save mill Kapuskasing residents camping out at Queen's Park". Toronto Star. p. A8. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ Cowan, James (March 9, 2009). "New NDP leader vows to double membership; Andrea Horwath". National Post. p. A4. 

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