PC rid­ing on look­out for new can­di­date

The Glengarry News - - News - BY ANGELA BROWN News Staff

The lo­cal On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tion will be look­ing for a new can­di­date in the months ahead as it pre­pares for the 2018 provin­cial elec­tion.

About 170 peo­ple from across the Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell rid­ing at­tended an as­so­ci­a­tion bar­be­cue and auc­tion fundraiser in Maxville Au­gust 30,

Rox­ane Vil­leneuve, who was de­feated by in­cum­bent Lib­eral MPP Grant Crack in 2014, doesn’t plan to run in the next elec­tion. She is work­ing as se­nior outreach ad­vi­sor in fran­co­phone af­fairs for the Of­fice of the Leader of the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion at Queen’s Park.

To date, one can­di­date, Derek Du­val, of Van­kleek Hill, has de­clared his in­ten­tion to seek the nod.

Lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mar­ilissa Gos­selin, who re­sides in The Na­tion and was nar­rowly de­feated in 2011, re­lated the nom­i­na­tion process hasn’t of­fi­cially be­gun yet. The party is up­dat­ing its rules and reg­u­la­tions and will pro­vide de­tails in the Fall.

Mr. Du­val, who lives with his wife and daugh­ter in Van­kleek Hill, is a project man­ager at Mon­te­bello Pack­ag­ing in Hawkes­bury. The son of long­time Cham­plain Coun­cil­lor and Tory or­ga­nizer, Paul-Emile Du­val, he at­tended Car­leton Univer­sity where he earned a B.A. in Busi­ness Law. Ac­tive on the sports scene, he had pre­vi­ously owned a con­struc­tion com­pany. Pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Hawkes­bury, he is a direc­tor of a drug aware­ness pro­gram called The Re­al­ity Tour.

Hy­dro, debt

Guest speaker at the Maxville event, Con­ser­va­tive Se­na­tor Bob Runci­man, from Brockville, dis­cussed the prov­ince’s high hy­dro rates im­pact­ing res­i­dents. He is also con­cerned about the prov­ince’s $300 bil­lion debt load, and high user fees. He re­lated the cost of a ve­hi­cle li­cence has al­most dou­bled in the past six years from $72 to $120.

Other speak­ers in­cluded Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP Jim McDonell, Ne­pean-Car­leton MPP Lisa MacLeod, and for­mer Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell Con­ser­va­tive MP Pierre Lemieux.

Mr. Lemieux was seek­ing sup­port for his bid for the lead­er­ship of the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada. He will be trav­el­ling across the coun­try in the months ahead. The Maxville event was the first on his list since it is “in my own back­yard.”

He needs the sig­na­tures of 300 mem­bers from across Canada to en­ter the race that will be de­cided May 27, 2017.

“I think I’m well re­spected for my ex­pe­ri­ence as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, for hav­ing served in the mil­i­tary for 20 years, and as a fa­ther of five chil­dren. I think I can bring a lot of peo­ple into the party. My hope is to win their sup­port,” Mr. Lemieux said.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time in the his- tory of the Con­ser­va­tive Party. New peo­ple can join as mem­bers and they have a voice be­cause ev­ery mem­ber gets to vote.”

-- ANGELA BROWN PHOTO

PLAN­NING AHEAD: Left to right, Se­na­tor Bob Runci­man, lo­cal Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mar­ilissa Gos­selin, rid­ing mem­ber Ge­orge Cur­rier, and for­mer PC can­di­date Rox­ane Vil­leneuve share ideas at the party’s fundraiser bar­be­cue...

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