7:30 a.m., May 17)
Liberal wins local Conservative nomination
selected Conservative nominee Royal Galipeau is congratulated by former Conservative
candidate Walter Robinson following the Ottawa-Orléans nomination meeting
Monday night. Fred Serwin/Photo|
are pinning their hopes in the next federal election on a man who until a month
ago was a member of the Liberal Party.
Liberal Party supporter and campaign organizer Royal Galipeau easily beat out
Joel Bernard, a former Conservative MLA from New Brunswick, in winning the Tory
nomination in Ottawa-Orléans during a meeting attended by more than 350
his nomination speech, Galipeau addressed his former Liberal allegiance and recent
conversion by quoting Winston Churchill.
was Winston Churchill who once said, Any man who is under 30 and is not
a Liberal has no heart. Any man who is over 30 and is not a Conservative has no
brain. I can assure you I am well over 30, said Galipeau.
working on the campaigns of Liberal MPP Phil McNeely and former Ottawa-Orléans
MP Eugène Bellemare, Galipeau also served as an legislative assistant to
Ottawa-Vanier MP Mauril Belanger prompting Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott to
question his sincerity in seeking the nomination during his introduction speech
can we believe he will not cross the floor back to the Liberals when the opportunity
arises, said Vellacott. That would be my concern. Would he cross back
to the Liberal Party.
also harped on the fact that Galipeau lived outside the riding and therefore could
not vote during the meeting as opposed to Berrnard who could cast a ballot even
though he is only renting.
the card carrying Conservatives in the crowd werent buying any of it. Instead,
they bought into Galipeaus message to trump the Liberal fear tactics employed
in the last election with the power of hope.
former Gloucester city councillor also couldnt resist pointing out that
until several weeks ago, Bernard resided in the Miramichi region of New Brunswick.
track record is here, My family is here. My community is here. That is why I am
running here and not in Miramichi, said Galipeau, who kept referring to
his opponent as a visitor.
his nomination speech Galipeau went to great lengths to explain why he had switched
allegiances to the Conservative Party.
Liberal Party is no longer the main vehicle for national unity. Instead they have
become the main stumbling block to national unity. They have become an object
of ridicule in Quebec. Its time to throw the rascals out, Galipeau
said to loud applause. "Together we can give Godbout the boot."
the issue of strategy in the next election, Galipeau told the audience that they
had to set aside their anger and instead focus on offering voters hope of a better
way of doing things.
must get over our anger because fear will trump anger every time. Lets focus
instead on the hope we can offer people because hope will always trump fear,
Galipeau explained. Hope for better health care. Hope for the reorientation
of the justice system with a greater emphasis on preventing crime and more rights
for victims. Hope for a Canada first defence policy.
the sensitive issues of same sex marriages and abortion, Galipeau didnt
mix any words in letting the audience know exactly where he stood.
support the ideal that marriage is between a man and a woman to the exclusion
of all others and with all my soul, I oppose the wholesale slaughter of the unborn,
winning the nomination Galipeau was joined at the podium by Walter Robinson who
lost the last election to Marc Godbout by 2,728 votes.
to lend his support in anyway he could, Robinson said the riding was winnable
provided that local Conservatives can combine hope with hard work.
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