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(Posted 11 a.m., Oct. 20)
Leslie unseats Galipeau in landslide win

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Newly-elected Liberal MP Andrew Leslie gives a thumbs up with his son Erik and his wife Karen after being declared the winner in last night's federal election. Fred Sherwin/Photo

After nine years of Conservative dominance, Orléans has once again returned to the Liberal fold after overwhelmingly electing retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie to the House of Commons.

Leslie received nearly twice as many votes as Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau, while NDP candidate Nancy Tremblay was a distant third

The official results are Leslie 46,542; Galipeau 23,644; Tremblay 6,215; and Green Party candidate Raphael Morin 1,419.

It is the largest margin of victory since 1993 when former Liberal MP Eugene Bellemare beat Reform Party candidate Ken Binda by 32,000 votes.

By voting Liberal, Orléans joined the red tidal wave that swept across the country, giving Justin Trudeau and the Ltberal Party a majority government.

Leslie will be joined in the next parliament by Francis Drouin who unseated Pierre Lemieux in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. In fact, the Liberals swept every riding in the National Capital Region except in Carleton where Pierre Poilievre narrowly held on to his seat.

During his victory speech in front of a packed house at the Orleans Legion, Leslie acknowledged that Canadian voters had sent a clear message to all three parties.

"Tonight, Canadians voted overwhelmingly for a brighter, more inclusive, more harmonious future," said Leslie who was joined on stage by his wife Karen, their son Erik and their two daughters, Erica and Pipa.

Widely touted as a potential choice for Minister of National Defence, Leslie said that winning a majority government will allow the Liberals to "get things done".

"We are going to get it done. We're going to bring fairness to the middle class. We're going to honour our promises to young families to invest in infrastructure; invest in social infrastructure and green technologies; restore respect and trust to the public service. All those things we said we're going to do, with a majority, we're going to do," Leslie vowed.

He also acknowledged that having representatives on the same team at all three levels of government will help get things done locally.

"This is the way government is supposed to be. All levels working in a cooperative and friendly fashion to get things done, said Leslie.

Ottawa-Orléans Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde introduced Leslie to the stage last night and Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais was one of the first people to congratulate him on his victory.

Of the three remaining city councillors, Beacon Hill Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney is a long time Liberal, and Innes Ward Coun. Jody Mitic was on Leslie's nomination committee.

Last but not least, Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette was a Liberal organizer before he was elected to city council in 2005.

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

 

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