8:30 a.m., May 5)
leader Tim Hudak kicks off election campaign in Navan
By Fred Sherwin
Conservative leader Tim Hudak dropped by Eddie's restaurant
in Navan on Saturday morning to pump up the local troops
and get the Consevative election campaign off to an energetic
leader Tim Hudak stops to chat with some local
residents at the Navan restaurant on Saturday.
Hudak was in town to help kick off the campaign
for local candidate Roxanne Villeneuve-Robertson
Fred Sherwin Photo
event was planned several weeks ago, far in advance of
the Liberal budget and sudsequent election call, but the
timimg couldn't have been any better for local Conservative
candidate Roxanne Villeneuve-Robertson or her supporters.
was in Ottawa yesterday and his schedule just fell at
the right time, at the right place to the kickoff our
campaign," said Villeneuve-Roberson.
Conservative leader was in high spirits as he made his
way through the small restaurant, known as "the igloo"
to local residents, shaking hands and having the odd picture
taken with supporters.
addressed the crowd before leaving. In a rehearsal ot
the speech we would likely give at other stops througtout
the weekend, he first thanked the NDP for forcing the
election and then addressed the importance of reducing
unecessary spending on things like the Green Energy Act
and the need to create new jobs to get Ontaro working
again. He then focused his attendance on the local candidate.
Villeneuve-Robertson is one impressive woman, let me tell
you. I need someone like Roxanne Villeneuve-Robertson,
and to tell you the truth Glengarry-Prescott-Russell needs
someone like Roxanne Villeneuve-Robertson." said
Hudak, before taken his leave and walking across to J.T.
Bradley's Country Convenience Store to meet some of the
the goal of the visit was to fire up the troopes, it had
its desired effect and no one was more fired up than Villeneuve-Robertson.
are going fantastically. My campaign office is open. The
phones are in. The signs are in. We're ready to go,"
she said in rapid succession.
this is Villeneuve-Robertson's first time running for
public office, she's no stranger to politics. Her father
is none other than Noble Villeneuve, the former MPP for
Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry from 1983 to 1999, who held
two Cabinet positions in the Harris government.
what she learned from watching her father for so many
years, Villeneuve-Robertson didn't skip a beat.
work. And he always remained local. He made sure to look
after his constituents first and that's my goal, to look
after the people of G-P-R and to make sure Eastern Ontario
is not forgotten," she said.
is the former manager of the Glengarry Memorial Hospital
Foundation and she recently raised over $2 million to
help buy new equipment for the hospital and to help expand
the emergency room.
grew up on a beef farm and is fluently bilingual. She
currently lives in Maxville with her husband and two kids.
As for her platform, Villeneuve-Robertson plans to focus
on keeping Alfred College open, eliminating programs like
the Green Energy Act and creating local jobs by broadening
skilled trades training.
one is to keep our Kemptville and Alfred colleges open.
That's a promise our party has made and we're going to
keep it," said Villeneuve-Robertson.
two, we have to redice the hydro rates. We're going to
eliminate the Green Energy Act and put an end to the windmills
and the solar panel program. And number three were going
to focus on the skilled trades and the apprenticeship
ratio. Our goal is to create one million jobs over the
next eight years and we're going to really focus on the
campaign will officially kick off on Wendesday, May 7
and voters will be heading to the polls five weeks later
on June 12.
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