On the campaign trail, Tory Greg Rickford offers his take on how things are looking.

"It's a change election. People are tired of the current government. They want a responsible government that's ready to govern," he said.

"We've got a team assembled. I think folks can take great comfort in the fact we're in that position," Rickford added.

Voting is underway at advance polls for the provincial election. Most Ontarians will cast their ballot June 7th.

"I think in the last few days, we've seen some stories emerge out of the fold of NDP candidates across the country that seriously question their ability to govern," Rickford added yesterday.

Across the province, polls are showing a two-way race between the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP. This has usually been the case in Kenora-Rainy River, with the NDP taking the seat for more than 20 years.

However, the riding has been split into two parts for this election, with the new riding of Kiiwetinoong forming in the northern part of the riding. Howard Hampton held the seat from 1987 to 2011, when his assistant Sarah Campbell took over. She has decided not to run for re-election, and nominee Glen Archer has taken her place on the ballot. Hampton is helping Sol Mamakwa's campaign in the new riding of Kiiwetinoong.

Rickford was the only Tory to win the Kenora riding federally in more than 80 years. He served in the federal cabinet, during his seven years in office from 2008 to 2015. Leo Bernier was the last Conservative to represent the area at Queen's Park. He became known as the King of the North, when he held the seat for 20 years from 1966 to 1987.

For more information:

Hampton, Howard

Library of Parliament - Federal riding history

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