Lau­zon’s jour­ney to the Hill

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Guy Lau­zon was one of 16 MPs who re­cently made their fi­nal speeches in the House of Com­mons af­ter an­nounc­ing that they would not be seek­ing re-elec­tion this fall.

Mr. Lau­zon, who has rep­re­sented the rid­ing since 2004, re­called how he made his first leap into pol­i­tics al­most two decades ago. “I’d never been part of any po­lit­i­cal party, I’d never at­tended a po­lit­i­cal meet­ing, but some­how or an­other I was in­spired to put my name in as a can­di­date for the Cana­dian Al­liance Party, in Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry,” in 2000, he said. “I didn’t know a thing about cam­paign­ing but we came within 2,900 votes of be­ing suc­cess­ful.”

De­spite that de­feat, Mr. Lau­zon said he “got the bug” and de­cided that he wanted to take an­other stab at a Com­mons seat – a dream that came to fruition four years later when he de­feated Lib­eral in­cum­bent Bob Kil­ger, the ad­ver­sary to whom he lost in 2000.

In his seven-and-a-half minute speech, Mr. Lau­zon also told his Par­lia­men­tary col­leagues that he has “been blessed many, many ways” in his life, and that “two of those bless­ings have been my won­der­ful wives.”

Mr. Lau­zon’s first wife, Carol, died of cancer in 1988, while he met his cur­rent wife, Frances, 11 years later.

Af­ter ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude to “the won­der­ful con­stituents of Stor­mont, Dun­das and South Glen­garry” for their sup­port through his five elec­tion vic­to­ries, Mr. Lau­zon also thanked his past and present staff, sin­gling out one mem­ber of that group for par­tic­u­lar praise.

“My ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant for nine years, Eric Dun­can drank the ‘Kool-Aid,’ and is now a can­di­date for Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry in the Oc­to­ber elec­tion,” said Mr. Lau­zon. “Eric was also my cau­cus co­or­di­na­tor dur­ing the eight years I was cau­cus chair. I’m sure that he will serve the con­stituents of Stor­mont, Dun­das and South Glen­garry very, very well.”

Mr. Lau­zon closed out his speech with an ex­pres­sion fre­quently used by his former boss, ex-Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper, to wrap up many of his pub­lic ad­dresses. “Thank you. God bless you, and may God bless Canada,” he said.

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