Lauzon’s journey to the Hill
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.