PC riding on lookout for new candidate
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.
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.”
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...