8:30 a.m., April 25)
Stage is set for provincial race in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
By Jean-Marc Pacelli
The Orléans Star
All eyes will be on Glengarry-Prescott-Russell this spring
as the Progressive Conservatives try to wrestle the riding
from the ruling Liberals.
PCs’ hopes rest on the shoulders of Amanda Simard, a 28-year-old
Parliament Hill staffer who has served on the Russell
Township council since December 2014.
won the PC nomination by acclamation after her only opponent,
Derek Duval, was disqualified by the party when a controversial
video emerged showing him taking part in a variety of
hijinks at a charity hockey tournament he helped organize.
who was disqualified just days before the nomination meeting,
blamed disgraced former PC leader Patrick Brown for his
last minute demise, claiming Simard was his hand-picked
move has had the effect of alienating a number of PC supporters
in the riding who had supported Duval and were none too
happy when his candidacy was disqualified. One of those
supporters was Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux who immediately
revoked his membership and is now running against Simard
in the hope of succeeding outgoing Liberal incumbent Grant
Crack who is stepping down after serving seven years as
won a special election for mayor of Russell after the
sudden death of his predecessor J.P. St. Pierre in 2014.
A former volunteer firefighter, he opened a video and
variety store in Embrun in 2001.
over the shenanigans that led to Duval’s disqualification
and Simard’s nomination, Leroux turned in his PC membership
what happened with Derek, I wrote to the party and told
them to tear up my membership,” Leroux said.
ahead three months and the Russell mayor now finds himself
as the Liberals best hope to hold on to the riding after
he was asked to put his name forward by Premier Kathleen
of Leroux’s biggest supporters is former Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
MP Don Boudria.
is an excellent choice and I think he will make a great
MPP,” says Boudria.
his part, Leroux describes himself as socially liberal
and fiscally conservative. As for his previous support
of the PC party, he does not believe it will hurt him
when residents go to the polls on June 7.
we are honest, no one thinks that the party is right all
the time. Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas,” says Leroux,
adding that most people he meets hold the same position
on the issues that he does.
the key local issues he plans to campaign on is the future
widening of County Road 7/Hwy. 174 and the City of Ottawa’s
use of the Prescott-Russell ambulance service. The situation
often leaves Prescott-Russell without available ambulances
for emergency calls.
western boundary of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell runs along
Trim Road and includes a large part of the former municipality
of Cumberland including Cumberland Village, Navan and
riding has been held by the Liberals since 1981. The last
Conservative to hold the riding was Joseph Belanger who
was a member of the Bill Davis government from 1967 to
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