Drought ends

The Glengarry News - - News -

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.

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