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(Updated 1:30 p.m., Oct. 8)
French language debate fails to separate local candidates

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

All four local candidates in the upcoming federal election got together at MIFO's Centre Culturel Tuesday night for the only French language debate of the campaign.

The debate, which will be broadcast on Rogers Channel 23, was supposed to inform francophone voters on the differences between the candidates' respective platforms, but instead it had the opposite effect.

Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau acknowledges a member of the audience during the all-candidates debate at MIFO on Tuesday as Green Party candidate Raphael Morin and Liberal challenger Andrew Leslie look on. Fred Sherwin/Photo

All four candidates support extending light rail to Trim Road; all four candidates promised to support French language services and institutions in Orléans; and all four candidates promised to bring more jobs and prosperity to the east end. They just differed on how they would go about accomplishing theiir commitments. Unfortunately, none of them offered much in the way of specifics.

Liberal candidate Andrrew Leslie kept referring to his party's campaign promise to spend bilions of dollars on social, public transit and green infrastructure, and that if elected as part of a Liberal government, he would make sure that Orléans got its fair share. He also prromised to bring more federal jobs to the area. A promise which has proved diifficult to deliver in the past, largely because Public Works will not consider locatiing any departments east of Blair Road.

Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau defended his record on economic development by reminding the audience that the Canada Communications Security Establishment was located in the east end under his watch.

Leslie countered by reminding Galipeau that the decision to consolidate the Department of National Defence at the former Nortel Campus in the west end was also made under his watch.

"My fear is that a crtical mass of francophone families will leave Orléans. They won't want to spend an hour and a half on a bus to get to work," Leslie contended, referring to DND employees currenty living in Orléans who might be affected by the decision.

The best line of the night was delivered by NDP candidate Nancy Tremblay who kept referring to the Liberals and the Conservatives as "les mauves".

"What happens when you mix blue and red? It makes purple. The cuts in the employment insurance fund? Purple. The unacceptable cuts to the CBC? Purple. Inaction on climate change? Purple. Cuts in the public service? Purple. They are the same thing. Instead of voting purple, try the Orange Crush, " Tremblay said, lifting a can of Orange Crush in the air to a mix of laughter and applause.

The vast majority of the questions were more suited to a provincial or municipal debate than a federal debate including the question regarding the LRT. The decision on whether or not light rail should be extended to Trim Road, and when, is up to the City of Ottawa. The federal government has already commited its share to help fund Phase 2 of the LRT.

Orléans residents who have already decided who they are going to vote for, can do so in this weekend's advance polls taking place on Oct. 9, 10, 11 and 12 at a select number of locations in the riding.

To find out where the nearest advance poll is go to www.electionscanada.ca and enter your address.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)





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