11 a.m., Oct. 20)
Leslie unseats Galipeau in landslide win
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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
received nearly twice as many votes as Conservative incumbent
Royal Galipeau, while NDP candidate Nancy Tremblay was
a distant third
official results are Leslie 46,542; Galipeau 23,644; Tremblay
6,215; and Green Party candidate Raphael Morin 1,419.
is the largest margin of victory since 1993 when former
Liberal MP Eugene Bellemare beat Reform Party candidate
Ken Binda by 32,000 votes.
voting Liberal, Orléans joined the red tidal wave
that swept across the country, giving Justin Trudeau and
the Ltberal Party a majority government.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
also acknowledged that having representatives on the same
team at all three levels of government will help get things
is the way government is supposed to be. All levels working
in a cooperative and friendly fashion to get things done,
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
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.
but not least, Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette was
a Liberal organizer before he was elected to city council
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