5:30 a.m., June 12)
provincial races too close to call
By Fred Sherwin
area voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in the
provincial election today, the two local races remain too
close to call as the Conservative and Liberal candidates
hope to capture the ridings for their respective parties.
Conservative leader Tim Hudak addresses reporters
about his position on funding Ottawa's future
transportation needs including Phase 2 of
the LRT. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Ottawa-Orléans, Liberal candidate Marie-France
Lalonde is hoping to retain the seat currently held by
Phil McNeely who is retiring after 10 years at Queen's
Park. Her opponent, Andrew Lister, is hoping to win the
riding for the Conservatives.
is a lawyer who ran against McNeely in the last election
and lost. He's hoping for a different result this time
key issues in the riding are Hwy. 174 and the future of
Ottawa's light rail project.
Conservatives have pledged to upload Hwy. 174 to the province
within the first 100 days they're in office. Lalonde says
the highway will eventually be uploaded to the province
when the current Environmental Assessment is complete
on the future widening of the highway from the split to
future of Ottawa's light rail project has been a lightning
road issue in the final days of the campaign. Conservative
leader Tim Hudak original said their was no money for
Phase 2 of the project which would see light rail extended
from Gloucester Centre to Place d'Orléans by 2023.
He has since back-tracked on his original statement, saying
that Ottawa would get it's fair share of transportation
funding once the budget is balanced.
issue that got a great deal of play in the east end is
the future Orleans Health Hub. The Liberals are saying
the project is still on track, but they are warning it
will be in jeopardy should the Conservatives get elected
and abolish the province's local health integration networks,
or LHINs. The Champlain LHIN is leading the way on planning
the proposed Health Hub.
says the health hub will remain a priority should he get
elected, and that the Liberals have been dragging their
feet for years on it.
east in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Liberal incumbent
Grant Crack is being seriously challenged by Conservative
hopeful Roxanne Villeneuve-Robertson, the daughter of
former Conservative MPP Noble Villeneuve.
observers note that Crack won the riding in 2012 with
the help of former MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde. Lalonde has
not gotten involved this time around.
races in Ottawa-Orleans and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
will likely come down to voter turnout and which candidate
is more successful in getting their supporters to the
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