PCs fill candidate vacancy in Thunder Bay-Superior North

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Derek Parks has been chosen as the Progressive Conservative Party's candidate in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding.
(Sandi Krasowski)
Derek Parks has been chosen as the Progressive Conservative Party's candidate in the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding. (Sandi Krasowski)

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has nominated a regional candidate for the next provincial election.
It was announced Tuesday that Derek Parks will be carrying the party colours in Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Parks was born in Thunder Bay and currently lives in Cambridge, Ont., where he owns an environmental consulting firm that works with mining companies.
He said the province’s well-being largely depends on how resource-related jobs are developed in Northern Ontario’s mining sector.
“I grew up watching the success of the grain elevators, the forestry industry, and that stuff is all gone now, so the reality is we’re looking at minerals as being our main resource for Northern Ontario,” he said.
“We’re five years in and we’re nowhere near talking about development of the new mineral potential in the Ring of Fire, and there’s also the mineral potential at other locations that need just as much focus and attention,” said Parks.

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