3 p.m., April 17)
Doug Ford pays
pre-election visit to Orléans eatery
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
The writ hasn't been issued yet, but PC leader Doug Ford
is already in full campaign mode, visiting the Naltional
Capital on Monday for a pair of pre-election events including
a lunch hour meet-and-greet with local supporters at the
OCCO Kitchen restaurant on Innes Road.
Ford meets with supporters at the OCCO Kitchen
restaurant on Monday as local PC candidate
Cameron Montgomery looks on. Fred Sherwin/Photo
than 200 supporters braved a full blown ice storm to see
and hear the new PC leader who arrived in his newly-launched
campaign bus decked out with the party's campaign slogan,
"For the people", and a large portrait of Ford
giving the thumbs up on the side.
the restaurant, Ford gave a short speech and answered
several questions from reporters before mingling with
the crowd and chatting with supporters with local PC candidate
Cameron Montgomery by his side.
of the supporters Ford chatted with was Barrie Johnson
from Navan who was impressed with the new leader.
thanked me for coming out and said he needed all of us
to help out with the campaign," said Johnson. "I
got a great impression from the guy. He's a business man
which is that we need to turn things around and I think
he can do it."
what he thought of the crowd that came out to see him
in the middle of the ice storm, Ford seemed suitably impressed.
people here have the same concerns of other Ontarians.
They're tired of all the waste. They see right through
the Liberals attempt to buy their votes and they want
a change. And to see them come out in weather like this
shows just how badly they want it," said Ford before
leaving for a rally at the Nepean Sportsplex later Monday
visit was a real coup for Montgomery. What started out
as a quick midday campaign stop before the major rally
in Nepean was turned into a full blown media event at
the 11th hour.
think it was very positive for Orleans. There was so much
energy in the room. So much support. More and more people
are joining the campaign team everyday. He realy has proven
himself to be inclusive and positve."
young supporters high-five Doug Ford during
a stopover at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant
in Orléans on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
his visit to Ottawa, Ford said a PC government would remain
committed to the second phase of the LRT project, including
the extension from Place d'Orléans to Trim Road.
He also told Montgomery that he would bring the proposed
Orléans Health Hub to the caucus after the election.
Health Hub is currently at the Request for Proposal (RFP)
stage. Five companies have been prequalified to submit
an RFP to build and finance the facility. An RFP is expected
to be issued to these prequalified companies in summer
spoke to Doug yesterday and he said that (the Health Hub)
is definitely something he will look at and bring back
to caucus members," said Montgomery, who is committed
to seeing the project through to completion.
totally for it. As someone who, having worked in education
and mental health, I believe it's absolutely essential."
election will officially commence when the writ is issues,
28 days before Ontarians head to the polls on June 7.
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