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(Updated 3 p.m., April 17)
Doug Ford pays
pre-election visit to Orléans eatery

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Doug Ford meets with supporters at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant on Monday as local PC candidate Cameron Montgomery looks on. Fred Sherwin/Photo

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.

More 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.

Inside 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.

One of the supporters Ford chatted with was Barrie Johnson from Navan who was impressed with the new leader.

"He 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."

Asked what he thought of the crowd that came out to see him in the middle of the ice storm, Ford seemed suitably impressed.

"The 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 evening.

The 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.

"I 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."

Two young supporters high-five Doug Ford during a stopover at the OCCO Kitchen restaurant in Orléans on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

During 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.

The 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 2018.

"I 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.

"I'm totally for it. As someone who, having worked in education and mental health, I believe it's absolutely essential."

The election will officially commence when the writ is issues, 28 days before Ontarians head to the polls on June 7.

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





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