It’s 22 months until the next provincial election, and Timmins New Democratic MPP Gilles Bisson has already been nominated by his riding association.

He’s been in office for 30 years and says he’s just as enthusiastic about his ninth election campaign as he was for his first.

“The thing that I’ve always rather enjoyed is that every time I go through this, I find there’s always something new to be learned, something new to be done, something new to be excited about. So I’m looking forward to it,” he tells My Timmins Now Dot Com.

Gilles Bisson, Timmins MPP (NDP)
(Bob McIntyre, staff)

Bisson will turn 65 before the vote, and admits that he thought about the retirement option.

“But I quickly came to the conclusion that I’ve been doing this for a while, it’s getting to be that I know how to do it fairly well,” he says.  “It is a lot easier for me to follow up on things and find the right people to talk to for constituents when it comes to their issues now that it did when I was first elected.”

Bisson has always put strong emphasis on constituency work, and credits a good staff with helping him with it.