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In Timmins, dippers are thicker than hairs on a dog's back

NEWS RELEASE GILLES BISSON, ONTARIO NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE ************************* New membership numbers put Timmins-James Bay on top and boosts Bisson leadership bid TIMMINS, ON - (February 03) Membership numbers released this week by NDP provi
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NEWS RELEASE

GILLES BISSON, ONTARIO NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE

************************* New membership numbers put Timmins-James Bay on top and boosts Bisson leadership bid

TIMMINS, ON - (February 03) Membership numbers released this week by NDP provincial office show that Timmins-James Bay is now the largest NDP riding association in Ontario - a significant development for leadership candidate Gilles Bisson [shown].

According to the new figures, Timmins-James Bay now has a total of 1,398 party members, an increase of 429 percent since July 31, 2008 when the riding had 265 members.

Comparative numbers for Toronto Danforth show a total of 1,190 members, up 71 percent since July.

In Beaches East York, membership is up 64 percent to 696, while there are 731 members in Hamilton Centre, an increase of 58 percent.

"I am delighted by the fact Timmins-James Bay is now the largest riding association in the province," said Bisson. "A great deal of credit for this goes to my organizing team. It shows many residents of the riding are going from supporters to full-fledged members."

He said the spike in memberships is good for the NDP in general.

"Leadership contests traditionally boost memberships and what I think we're witnessing is growing excitement about the decision our party will make at convention in Hamilton."

Bisson campaign manager Chris Mockler said the boost in memberships in Bisson's home riding of Timmins-James Bay speaks to a broader trend unfolding across the province.

"The more our members learn about Gilles, the more they are moving into our camp," Mockler said. "Clearly the numbers released by provincial office show that there is momentum developing that increasingly shows voters are moving in our direction."

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