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(Posted 10:30 a.m., June 13)
Lalonde wins Ottawa-Orléans by record landslide
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A beaming Marie-France Lalonde takes the stage at her victory party on Thursday night after being declared the winner in Ottawa-Orléans. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Over the years Ottawa -Orléans has gained the reputation of being a bell weather riding, -- as it goes, so goes the province. On Thursday it went overwhelmingly to the Liberals and so did the province.

In what was supposed to be a tight race and a potential Conservative gain, Liberal rookie candidate Marie-France Lalonde won the seat by a record margin, beating Tory hopeful Andrew Lister by over 11,000 votes.

Elsewhere in the province Ontario voters gave premier-elect Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Party a majority government with 59 seats having been won compared to 27 for the Conservatives and 21 for the NDP.

It was a crushing defeat for Lister, who was running for the second time. In 2012 he lost to outgoing MPP Phil McNeely by less than 2,000 votes. The difference between the two election results came down to voter turnout. Where in 2012, 52 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballot, the voter turnout on Thursday was over 57 per cent.

Interestingly, the Liberals did not gain any NDP votes. Most of their support in Ottawa-Orléans came from the additional 8,639 voters. Lister received just 570 fewer votes than he did in 2012 and the NDP support only dropped by 70 votes, while the Liberals gained over 8,000 votes. The Green Party's support in the riding also went up with Bob Bell receiving 2, 041 votes compared to the 886 votes they received in 2012.

Outgoing Ottawa-Orléans MPP Phil McNeely congratulates his elected successor Marie-France Lalonde after she was declared the winner in the Ontario provincial election on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

A very appreciative and humble Lalonde first thanked her husband Alvarro Granados and their 20-year-old daughter Monica, her election team, and all of her supporters before letting it be known that she doesn't plan to waste anytime in getting to work for the residents of Ottawa-Orléans.

"I’m here to serve, to listen, to lead and to act in the best interests of the people of Ottawa-Orléans," said Lalonde to loud cheers. "We want to see LRT come to Orléans, to clean up the Ottawa River, protect Petrie Island, to invest in our schools and in the healthcare system."

Lalonde's background is in social work and senior care. She began her career with the Children's Aid Society. She went on to work at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital and was the original co-owner of the Portbello Manor seniors residence in Orléans.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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