8:30 a.m., Dec. 16)
business woman wins Ottawa-Orléans provincial Liberal
By Fred Sherwin
Former Portobello Manor co-owner and operator
Marie-France Lalonde has been selected by
local Liberals to replace outgoing MPP Phil
McNeely in the next provincial election. File
Liberals have chosen a successful business woman with
a background in senior care to replace Liberal incumbent
Phil McNeely in the next provincial election.
Lalonde beat out Orléans native Andre Brisebois
for the nomination during a meeting at Garneau High School
on Saturday night.
42, is the former CO-owner/operator of the Portobello
Manor seniors residence in Fallingbrook and is currently
the regional director for sales and marketing with All
Seniors Care Living Centres in Eastern Ontario.
entered the race just five short weeks ago after being
encouraged to do so by a number of prominent local Liberals
including McNeely himself who is retiring after 10 years
attributes her successful bid for the nomination to a
large team of experienced volunteers who kept her on point
during the short campaign.
42-year old talked to more than 300 voting members either
in person or over the phone during the short campaign,
often visiting up to 20 residences a night.
nomination day, her team of volunteers had grown to more
than 60 people including family and friends.
had people calling members. We had people offering to
drive members to the meeting. It was really amazing. I
can't thank everyone enough. I'm just very, very grateful
for all their help and support," said Lalonde, who
also acknowledged the hard work put in by Brisebois, who
entered the race last spring and was the only candidate
interested in the job until Lalonde threw her hat into
the ring last month.
and I were friends before the nomination and we're still
friends today. He ran an excellent campaign that was focused
on the issues and I am confident I will be able to count
on his support in the election."
nomination meeting was prematurely interrupted by a fire
alarm which forced the organizers to cancel Lalonde's
acceptance speech in which she was going to thank her
team of volunteers, acknowledge Brisebois, and thank McNeely
for his 10 years of service as MPP/
feel very honoured to be nominated and to follow in the
footsteps of Mr. McNeely. He has done so much for this
community during his time in office and I want to continue
his hard work," said Lalonde, who knows winning the
nomination is just the beginning.
is a great deal of speculation, fueled by a Liberal Party
directive to hold local nomination meetings by the end
of January, that the next provincial election will be
held in the spring.
order for Lalonde to hold on to the seat for the Liberals
she will have to beat her Conservative opponent Andrew
Lister who is running a second time after losing to McNeely
in the last election.
that end, Lalonde began going door-to-door to introduce
herself to local residents on Sunday.
is a big riding and I want to meet as many people as I
can. I want to talk to them and get their ideas and understand
what their priorities are," said Lalonde.
for her own attributes, Lalonde possesses an abundance
of energy, she has a history of working collaboratively
with others as she proved while working with the Chamber
of Commerce on economic development, and she is community
love this community and I want to help our community reach
it's full potential. That is why I ran for the nomination
and that is why I want to be the next MPP," said
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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