As expected, the Tories’ drought in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell ended June 7, following a dry spell that lasted almost 40 years in the largest part of the riding. The last time a Conservative represented PrescottRussell at Queen’s Park was in the early 1980s. Albert Bélanger lost in 1981 to Don Boudria, who later succeeded Denis Ethier as GlengarryPrescott-Russell MP.
Since the current provincial riding was created in 1995, Liberals had represented the constituency at Queen’s Park.
When Prescott-Russell Liberal MPP Jean Poirier stepped down, JeanMarc Lalonde easily won in the newly-created GPR.
In four elections, Mr. Lalonde ran up huge victories, getting anywhere from 55 to 60 per cent of the popular vote.
After Mr. Lalonde stepped down in 2011, Grant Crack, the former North Glengarry mayor, continued the tradition, he was re-elected in 2014.
In 2014, Mr. Crack got 23,565 votes, of 49.74 per cent of the ballots cast, for an improvement of 6.5 per cent over his 2011 total.
Progressive Conservative Roxane Villeneuve got 15,429 votes, or 32.57 per cent, a drop of 7.19 per cent from the Tories’ 2011 total.
New Democrats’ representative Isabelle Sabourin received 5,902 votes, or 12.46 per cent of all ballots cast, for a drop of 1.88 per cent from 2011.