NO AMALGAMATION PLANS FOR RUSSELL TOWNSHIP
Les candidats à la mairie du canton de Russell n’envisagent pas, à l’heure actuelle ou à l’avenir, de faire de la municipalité une banlieue officielle de la ville d’Ottawa.
Amalgamation with the City of Ottawa came as a surprise question to mayoral candidates ln the last ail-candidates debate for Russell Township.
Harry Baker. a frequent attendee in the visltors gallery during Russell Township council sessions. had one question during the open mike session of the October 10 ail-candidates de-bate at the Embrun Community Centre. He wanted to know incumbent Mayor Pierre Leroux's opinion about rumours that some members of Ottawa city council are propos-ing absorbing Russell Township and making n2rt nf rifinmees eastern rural sector. Image block No." sald Mayor Leroux. 'The answer would be a flat out 'No' from me' Charles Armstrong, one of the two chal-lengers to Leroux's re-election hi& also stated that he opposed any suggestion about the township amalgamating with Ottawa. Shawn McNally, the other mayoral candi-date, was not present when Baker asked his question. McNally had to excuse himself from the all-candidates event Mat evening atter the introductory speeches because of a family matter. But McNally has never indicated at any time during hls own campaign, including past interviews with media. that he has ever even thought about the township giving up its independence and amalgamating with any neighbouring municipality.