7:30 a.m., Nov. 21)
Liberals to chose provincial nominee on Dec. 14
By Fred Sherwin
Marie-France Lalonde and Andre Brisebois are
both in the running for the local Liberal
nomination in the next provincial election.
Ontario Liberal Party supporters are being called upon
to pick a potential successor to incumbent MPP Phil McNeely
in the next provincial election.
announced he wouldn't be running again last fall after
10 years in office. That touched off a great deal of speculation
as to who would be willing to tale his place as the local
Liberal candidate in the next election.
first person to step forward was Andre Brisebois, 32.
The life-long resident of Orléans and federal Liberal
Party worker expressed his interest in seeking the nomination
last spring. Up until two weeks ago he was the only candidate
until Marie-France Lalonde threw her hat into the ring.
local business woman is the former co-owner/operator of
the Portobello Manor seniors residence in Fallingbrook
and an active member of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce
on economic development issues.
speculation about a possible spring election running rampant,
the Liberal Party has directed all riding associations
to hold their nomination meetings by early January.
Ottawa-Orléans Riding Association has scheduled
its nomination meeting on Dec. 14. That only gives the
candidates less than 10 days to sign up new members before
the Nov. 30 cutoff date and less than four weeks to convince
members to come out to the meeting and support them.
42, was born in Ottawa, but grew up in Gatineau. She moved
to Orleans in her late 20s and has lived in the community
for the past 14 years.
starting out as a social worker with the Children's Aid
Society, Lalonde worked at the Children's Hospital of
Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital before pursuing
a career in senior care.
worked at the Queenswood Villa for several years and in
2008 opened the Portobello Manor with a group of partners.
After selling the business to Regal Lifestyle Communities
in November 2012, Lalonde joined All Seniors Care Living
Centres as the regional director for sales and marketing
in Eastern Ontario.
graduating from ecole secondaire Garneau, Brisebois attended
the University of Ottawa. He helped found the youth group
SKETCH Orleans in 2009 and worked on several Liberal election
campaigns both for Marc Godbout and Phil McNeely.
threw his hat into the ring for the nomination because
of the current state of politics which he feels is lacking.
whole state of politics right now, especially in terms
of the level of cynicism that exists out there right now,
is quite frankly pretty disappointing," says Brisebois.
"I want to change that. I want to work with people
in bringing forward this community's true potential."
for his age, Brisebois believes it's a non-factor.
am the same age as (Cumberand Coun.) Stephen Blais and
four years older than (Rideau-Vanier Coun.) Mathieu Fleury.
I've lived in this community all my life. In fact you
could say we've both grown up and evolved together."
is equally passionate about the community, but she comes
at it from more of a business aspect. If elected her number
one priority would be economic development which she has
focused on as a member of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce
and the Women's Business Network for the past five plus
believe very strongly in taking a collaborative approach
to finding solutions and building communities. You know
the phrase 'together we are stronger', it's very true
and I want to prove that," says Lalonde who at various
times has been a member of the Rotary Club of Orléans,
the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre's board of directors,
the Équipe de santé familiale de l'Est d'Ottawa,
and vice-president of the Ottawa chapter of CARP.
want people to know that I will bring a collaborative
approach to the job. I have a good business approach.
I am very focused on the community and I am not afraid
of working hard."
has been active in the community as well. He is the chair
of the community development committee with the Caisse
Populaire Trillium, he has been a member of the Orléans-Cumberland
Community Resource Centre since 2007, and he has been
actively involved in a francophone provincial organization
that acts as a cooperative business lobby.
been a strong community activist for most of my adult
life," says Brisebois. "I know when to speak
up and when to fight for the community, and at the same
time I know how to bring people together and listen to
their needs and wants and work on their behalf to make
it happen. I want to be an enabler and a facilitator and
show people what you can do when people work together
to build something truly special."
candidates believe Kathleen Wynne gives the Liberal Party
the best chance to win the next election and they both
dearly want to be a part of the Liberal team moving forward.
key to winning any nomination race is convincing party
members to first come to the meeting and then vote for
you. One way to do that is to reach out to existing members.
The other is to sign up new members. Brisebois has had
a six month head start in that department and says he's
managed to sell over 80 new memberships.
Lalonde acknowledges Brisebois had a head start, she's
confident her team, which includes honourary co-chairs
Gerry Poulin and Ed Campbell, will be able to close the
the last two weeks since I've launched my campaign, we've
been very active in organizing meet and greets and trying
to reach out to every single member either in person or
candidates have their own webste and Facebook page. You
can learn more about Andre Brisebois at www.andre-orleans.ca
To learn more about Marie-France Lalonde visit https://www.facebook.com/LalondeMF.
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