8 a.m., May 9)
Liberal candidate kicks off campaign with the hope of
succeeding exiting MPP
By Fred Sherwin
Ottawa-Orléans provincial Liberal candidate
Marie-France Lalonde addresses her supporters
during her campaign kick-off Thursday night
as the current incumbent Phil McNeely looks
on. Fred Sherwn/Photo
Liberal candidate Marie-France Lalonde has a tough act
to follow. Not only has Phil McNeely served the riding
of Ottawa-Orléans for nearly a decade, he's never
lost an election going back to when he was first elected
to Ottawa city council in 2000.
began her campaign to succees McNeely shortly after she
won the nomination in December. Since then she's attended
dozens of events and met hundreds of people in anticipation
of a possible spring election. Now spring is upon us and
so is an election, and Lalonde can hardly wait to get
former social worker and seniors care provider, officially
kicked off her campaign with nearly 100 enthusiastic supporters
at her campaign office on Jeanne d'Arc Blvd. Thursday
night and her message was clear -- she wants to put her
17 years of experience as both a community leader and
successful business woman to work for the residents of
want to continue to build on the successes we've achieved
over the past 10 years in the areas of health care, education
and economic development," Lalonde told her supporters.
"I want to champion our jobs and our infrastructure.
I want to be your champion, your defender and your representative."
elected, Lalonde says her top priority will be the Orléans
Family Health Hub, which has been stalled for over a year
while waiting for approval from the Ministry of Health.
is the number one priority," she said, "and
I believe it will come to realization."
also wants to ensure the province kicks in its share of
the funding for the Ottawa River Action Plan, about $65
million, and is ready to step to the plate to fund Phase
II of the LRT project. She also strongly believes in creating
more jobs in the east end and she wants to ensure that
the Environmental Assessment currently being done on Hwy.
174 is completed and acted upon.
42-year-old Lalonde is being challenged by Conservative
candidate Andrew Lister who is hoping the second time
is the charm after losing to McNeely in the last provincial
election. The lawyer and father of two opened his campaign
headquarters last Saturday, and like Lalonde he is looking
forward to hitting the hustings and seeing what the next
four weeks has instore.
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