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BREAKFAST AT THE LEGION from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $2 from every breakfast goes to support the Legion. Table service Provided every Saturday morning by members of the local Cadets.

JR. GRADS MAJOR ATOM B PUB NIGHT featuring The Derringers on the second floor of the Navan Arena from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and drinks are $5 each. This is a CASH ONLY event.

SOUP & GAMES hosted by St. Mary's Anglican Church in St. Mary's Hall 1171 Smith Rd. in Navan. Enjoy delicious Canadian and Iraqi soups and desserts, tea and coffee. Admission $15. Procceds to support local refugee families.

A TASTE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN COOKING COURSE at the Shenkman Arts Centre from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Make delicious mouthwatering Mediterranean dishes such as roast lamb and fresh bread in a fun, relaxed atmosphere then enjoy the meal you've prepared with your classmates. Cost is $52.50 per person. For more information visit and click on "cooking".


Orléans MP Andrew Leslie decides not to run for re-election
By Fred Sherwin
May 1, 2019

Orléans MP Andrew Leslie will not be running for reelection in next fall's federal election, deciding instead to take 'a new path'. File photo
Orléans MP Andrew Leslie has decided not to run for re-election in next fall's federal election. The former Lieutenant-General made the announcement in a Facebook post on Wednesday. It reads.

"It has been my honour and privilege to represent the constituents of Orléans as the federal Member of Parliament. For 40 years I have served Canada both as a soldier and parliamentarian, and after careful consideration - while recovering from shoulder replacement surgery - I believe it is time for me to take a new path."

"Accordingly, I will not be running in the next election and have stepped down from my duties as Parliamentary Secretary to afford the opportunity to another Member. I will continue to serve the constituents of Orléans until my successor is elected in October, and I look forward to helping the Liberal candidate succeed."

The statement is part of a letter Leslie has posted on his website at In it he thanks the residents of Orléans for their support as well as his staff for their "professionalism and dedication". He also lists his many accomplishements while in office for the past three and a half years. Beyond that there is no reference as to a reason for his decision other than his desire to take "a new path".

Leslie has been serving as parliamentary press secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland since January, 2017. Before that he was Chief Government Whip.

A former Lieutenant General, Leslie was elected to parliament in November, 2015 after a controversial nomination process in which his chief rival, David Bertschi, was disqualified by the Liberal Party leadership, paving the way for Leslie to win the nomination by acclamation. He would go on to win his seat by 22,000 votes over Conservative incumbent Royal Galipeau.

Leslie's military career spanned 35 years until his retirement in 2011. He served on numerous international missions, including leading troops in Germany, Cyprus, the former Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. In 2006, he became Chief of the Land Staff Army Commander, a position he held until 2010. He retired the following year and went into consulting until he decided to run for the House of Commons at the behest of Justin Trudeau for whom he was serving as an advisory on international affairs.

Leslie, 61, is married and has three children, a son and two daughters.

The MP's decision not to run should set up an interest contest for the Liberal nomination which will need to be held before July. Leslie's former rival, David Bertschi, has switched party allegiances and is currently running for the Conservative nomination in the riding against two other contenders. The nomination meeting is expected to be held by the end of the month.

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



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