BUSINESS AS USUAL NOW FOR LIBERAL CANDIDATE PIERRE LEROUX

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For Pierre Leroux it was back to business as usual the Fri­day mor­ning af­ter Elec­tion Night in On­ta­rio.

The Liberal candidate for Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell was bea­ten by one of his fel­low mem­bers on town­ship coun­cil, Amanda Simard, who clai­med the ri­ding for the new Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive ma­jo­ri­ty go­vern­ment.

“It’s not the re­sult we’d ho­ped for,” said a sombre and sub­dued Leroux to se­ve­ral do­zen sup­por­ters ga­the­red at the Em­brun Com­mu­ni­ty Centre June 7. “But I still get to be mayor and I still get to help people, which is what I wan­ted to do.”

«I’m real­ly hap­py with my (vo­ting) re­sults,» said Joel Char­bon­neau of the On­ta­rio Par­ty, «gi­ven that we had three weeks to pre­pare for a cam­pai­gn. We (On­ta­rio Par­ty) are going to be run­ning a candidate in the ri­ding in the next elec­tion.

Other can­di­dates

Li­ber­ta­rian Par­ty candidate Dar­cy Neal Don­nel­ly ex­pres­sed di­sap­point­ment that he gai­ned about 500 votes and not the 1000 or more that was his goal for this elec­tion. He no­ted that the si­mi­la­ri­ty of the par­ty’s name with the Liberal par­ty crea­ted some confu­sing en­coun­ters for him du­ring his own door-kno­cking cam­pai­gn.

«They were an­gry at the Li­be­rals and they had the idea that we were the Li­be­rals,» Don­nel­ly said, re­gar­ding some of the an­gry reac­tions he got when tal­king with some vo­ters.

Meanw­hile, Don­nel­ly in­di­ca­ted, the new Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive go­vern­ment un­der Doug Ford may lose some of its elec­tion po­pu­la­ri­ty when it pre­sents its first bud­get. NDP candidate Bon­nie Jean-Louis was not avai­lable for comment.

Rea­dy to work with PC go­vern­ment

Fran­cis Drouin, Liberal MP for Glen­gar­ry-Press­cott-Rus­sell, and War­den Fran­cois St-Amour of the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cottRus­sell both said they are rea­dy to work with a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive go­vern­ment on key is­sues for the ri­ding.

“People elect their re­pre­sen­ta­tive to do a job,” said Drouin. “You have to leave par­ti­san­ship aside. There are is­sues we need to work on in a col­la­bo­ra­tive way.” "We all ex­pect our fair share," said St. Amour. “Our prio­ri­ties re­main the same. It’s just a mat­ter of get­ting our mes­sage across. The si­tua­tion doesn’t change, no mat­ter who re­pre­sents us at Queen’s Park.”

—pho­to Gregg Chamberlain

Pierre Leroux s’en­tre­tient avec des sym­pa­thi­sants lors d’un ras­sem­ble­ment de par­ti­sans li­bé­raux au Centre com­mu­nau­taire d’Em­brun, le 7 juin, sub­sé­quem­ment à la dé­faite de leur par­ti lors d’un ba­layage ma­jo­ri­taire par le Par­ti pro­gres­siste-conser­va­teur...

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