7 a.m., Aug. 3)
Harper makes election stop at Orléans bakery
By Fred Sherwin
after calling on Gov.-Gen. David Johnston to dissolve Parliament
Sunday morning, Conservative leader Stephen Harper made
a side trip to Orléans while on his way to a rally
leader Stephen Harper introduces himself to
the owners and staff at Bakery Royal Delices
shortly after calling for an Oct. 19 General
Election. Fred Sherwin/Photo
by local incumbent Royal Galipeau, Harper stopped by the
Delice Royal Bakery at Trim and Watters to meet the owners
and take away a few treats for the trip.
detour on the opening day of the election campaign is
a clear indication of how important the Conservative Party
feels the local riding is to their chances of winning
another majority government.
riding is being contested by Liberal nominee and Justin
Trudeau confidante Andrew Leslie.
former Lt. Gen. won the nomination by acclamation after
former MP Gar Knutson dropped out of the race over Trudeau's
pro-life stance on the abortion issue, and David Bertschi
had his nomination papers revoked by the party's leadership
in a highly controversial move that drove a wedge between
local Liberal supporters.
will be Galipeau's fourth campaign since first getting
elected to Parliament in 2006. That year he beat Liberal
incumbent Marc Godbout by 1,200 votes. He would win the
rematch two years later by 4,000 votes, and beat Bertschi
by the same margin in 2011.
68-year-old former Gloucester city councillor underwent
treatment for multiple myeloma, a common form of blood
cancer, over a year ago. His blood levels have been back
to normal for several months now and he is ready to take
on the rigors of another election campaign.
feel in great shape and I look forward to continuing to
meet the people of Orléans and to hear their views,
as I've done since 2006," says Galipeau. "As
always, I will continue my work to bring LRT to Orléans
with Mayor Watson and Transit Commission Chair Stephen
someone who makes an effort to split his time between
his parliamentary duties and attending to matters in his
riding, Galipeau is widely regarded as a populist MP.
He has never missed a vote in the House of Commons and
he can usually be found at three or four functions every
has been visible in the riding as well. He launched his
campaign shortly after opening his campaign office in
January. During the past six months, he and his team of
volunteers have knocked on every door in the riding and
met thousands of area residents.
team as already running hard and the response has been
great," says Leslie, adding that the feedback he
has so far received has been mostly positive with an anti-Harper
government slant. "The
residents of Orléans are speaking clearly and loudly:
They've had enough of this tired, scandal-plagued government."
NDP candidate is Nancy Temblay, an environmental scientist
who owns a farm and large equestrian operation in Carlsbad
Springs with her husband Scott. She is a founding member
of the Orléans NDP Riding Association and she is
the aboriginal representative with the partys Eastern
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