Gilles Bisson

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Gilles Bisson
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Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Timmins—James Bay
Cochrane South (1990-1999)
Assumed office
September 6, 1990
Preceded by Alan Pope
Personal details
Born (1957-05-14) May 14, 1957 (age 58)
Timmins, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Murielle
Children 2
Occupation Trade unionist

Gilles Bisson (born May 14, 1957) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 1990. He represents the northern riding of Timmins—James Bay. He serves as the party's House Leader and is a critic for Natural Resources and Forestry issues.


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] He was re-elected in He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.[8][9][10]

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][11]

As of June 2014, he serves as the party's House Leader and is a critic for Natural Resources and Forestry issues.[12]


  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. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 15 (xxiv). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 18. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  10. ^ "General Election by District: Timmins-James Bay". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cowan, James (March 9, 2009). "New NDP leader vows to double membership; Andrea Horwath". National Post. p. A4. 
  12. ^ Reevely, David (June 25, 2014). "Horwath sticks around, names NDP shadow cabinet". 

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