Timmins Mayor George Pirie’s Conservative candidacy for the Timmins riding in next June’s Ontario election was confirmed Monday night at a riding association meeting, attended by Premier Doug Ford and a handful of current cabinet ministers.
My Timmins Now Dot Com asked Pirie about a rumour that Ford wants him to be Minister of Northern Development and Mines.
“He will tell you that he won’t promise you anything and I would certainly be honoured if I was chosen to be honoured with that position,” Pirie replied.
We also asked about the wisdom – or sanity — of taking on the challenge.
“You got me laughing here,” he chuckled, “but you know I guess you might have said the same thing when I ran for the mayor, but I ran because I said ‘look, I’ll run as hard as I possibly can to advocate for the citizens of Timmins.’ So what I’m doing now is just an extension of that same job as the mayor.”
Pirie notes that being MPP would be on a larger scale and have more impact on the files he feels are “tremendously important for the city”.
Here is the full interview with Pirie: