4 p.m., Oct. 20)
Commentary: A changing of the guard
By Fred Sherwin
nine-year dalliance with the federal Conservatives came
to an emphatic end on Monday as local voters overwhelmingly
cast their ballots for retired lieutenant-general Andrew
received almost 60 per cent of the vote, while Conservative
incumbent Royal Galipeau could do no better than 31 per
cent and NDP candidate Nancy Tremblay received just over
eight per cent.
victory is the Mount St. Helens of landslides. Not since
Jean Chretien first came to power, reducing the Conservatives
to just two seats, has a local candidate enjoyed the rarified
air of 60 per cent support among the local populace. The
year was 1993 and the candidate was the lacklustre Eugene
Bellemare. Leslie is anything but lacklustre.
with a great victory comes great expectation.
no secret that Leslie has Justin Trudeaus ear. Hes
in with the in crowd. Galipeau never enjoyed that luxury.
The former Liberal had only been a Conservative for six
months when he was elected. He was an outsider and was
treated as such during his first two terms in office.
Expectations were low.
for Leslie couldnt be any higher. As Trudeaus
advisor on foreign affairs and defence issues, its
widely expected that he will be appointed as the next
Minister of National Defence. If the appointment happens
he will be following in the footsteps of his grandfather
Brooke Claxton, who was Minister of National Defence from
1946 to 1954 under Liberal Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent.
he received the appointment or not, Leslie will have big
shoes to fill when it comes to visibility. Galipeau made
a point of being everywhere, all the time. There wasnt
a ribbon cutting, 50th anniversary, or 100th birthday
he didnt miss. He was also an ardent supporter of
the local arts and ate breakfast every Saturday morning
at the Legion.
is not from Orléans. He and his wife Karen currently
reside in Rockliffe, which is why he must make a concerted
effort to be as visible as possible n Orléans.
his victory speech the MP elect said that he and his team
planned to continue their door-to-door campaign in a couple
of weeks to thank residents for their support and learn
what their priorities are. Its a good start.
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