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(Posted 4 p.m., Oct. 20)
Commentary: A changing of the guard

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans nine-year dalliance with the federal Conservatives came to an emphatic end on Monday as local voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie.

Leslie received almost 60 per cent of the vote, while Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau could do no better than 31 per cent and NDP candidate Nancy Tremblay received just over eight per cent.

Leslie’s victory is the Mount St. Helens of landslides. Not since Jean Chretien first came to power, reducing the Conservatives to just two seats, has a local candidate enjoyed the rarified air of 60 per cent support among the local populace. The year was 1993 and the candidate was the lacklustre Eugene Bellemare. Leslie is anything but lacklustre.

But with a great victory comes great expectation.

It’s no secret that Leslie has Justin Trudeau’s ear. He’s in with the in crowd. Galipeau never enjoyed that luxury. The former Liberal had only been a Conservative for six months when he was elected. He was an outsider and was treated as such during his first two terms in office. Expectations were low.

Expectations for Leslie couldn’t be any higher. As Trudeau’s advisor on foreign affairs and defence issues, it’s widely expected that he will be appointed as the next Minister of National Defence. If the appointment happens he will be following in the footsteps of his grandfather Brooke Claxton, who was Minister of National Defence from 1946 to 1954 under Liberal Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent.

Whether he received the appointment or not, Leslie will have big shoes to fill when it comes to visibility. Galipeau made a point of being everywhere, all the time. There wasn’t a ribbon cutting, 50th anniversary, or 100th birthday he didn’t miss. He was also an ardent supporter of the local arts and ate breakfast every Saturday morning at the Legion.

Leslie is not from Orléans. He and his wife Karen currently reside in Rockliffe, which is why he must make a concerted effort to be as visible as possible n Orléans.

During his victory speech the MP elect said that he and his team planned to continue their door-to-door campaign in a couple of weeks to thank residents for their support and learn what their priorities are. It’s a good start.

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