Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux is seeking the Liberal nomination in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell now that Grant Crack has announced he will not seek re-election.
The move had been discussed, and criticized, yesterday before Mr. Leroux had declared his candidacy.
"I'm hearing the mayor of Russell is quitting to run for Liberals. Which would be hilarious as just a few weeks ago he was telling me how important it is that we elect a Conservative in GPR. He was even begging me to help him win a PC nomination," Tory organizer Fred DeLorey tweeted yesterday.
Mr. Leroux replied: "Actually what I said is that we need the best possible person to represent GPR. What is funny is that members of the local conservative riding are the people who wanted me to seek the nomination cause they weren’t happy with the current candidate."
If he wins the nomination, he will face Russell councillor Amanda Simard, who won the Tory nomination last year following the disqualification of opponent Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, by then-leader Patrick Brown. Mr. Duval said he was barred because a party official accused him of filming someone eating a hamster off a hockey stick. The "hamster" was actually poutine.
Mr. Leroux says he will continue to serve as mayor if he loses his nomination bid.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack will not seek re-election in June.
The announcement comes only two months after he was nominated January 28 as the Liberals' standard bearer in the riding he has held since 2011.
In an April 5 statement, the former North Glengarry mayor said, "Earlier this year I advised Premier Wynne that I would not be a candidate in the upcoming election.After careful consideration and heartfelt discussions with my family, I concluded that the time is right to seek out other career opportunities. This was a very difficult decision.I have had the privilege of serving my community and the Province of Ontario as a political leader for over 17 years. During this time I have developed numerous relationships with political colleagues, community stakeholders and established friendships of which I am grateful and will miss on a day to day basis.I want to thank the great people of Glengarry Prescott Russell for giving me the opportunity to represent them in the riding locally and also as their voice at Queen's Park. I look forward to assisting the next Liberal candidate in the upcoming campaign and I am confident that GPR will remain red. I am also confident that my Liberal colleagues under the forward-thinking leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne will form a majority government on June 7."
Maxville Ward Councillor Carma Williams today announced her candidacy for Deputy Mayor of North Glengarry in the October municipal election.
"I want to build on the achievements of North Glengarry Council by continuing to build strong communities, while being fiscally responsible with taxpayers money. On May 1st, I will be filing my nomination papers for the candidacy of Deputy Mayor."
She is trying to succeed Jamie MacDonald who is seeking the mayor's post now held by Chris McDonell, who is not seeking re-election.
Christine Elliott has received the endorsement of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell in her bid for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
"Christine brings great wisdom and a tremendous wealth of experience to the position, including being an MPP for nine years, our Deputy Leader, a professional lawyer and a tireless community advocate," says Mr. McDonell. Meanwhile, his federal counterpart, Guy Lauzon, is backing Caroline Mulroney in the race where Patrick Brown is trying to regain the post he left only about a month ago. Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen are also seeking the job.
While they cannot do anything about the weather, area farmers will be able to better prepare for heavy rain falls thanks to a $1 million contribution from the federal government.
Ottawa is investing $997,654 so the South Nation Conservation Authority can develop “a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.”
The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using HydroGeoSphere, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.
The platform will help predict “water events” and provide an array of potential mitigation practices.
“Our government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing their businesses,” says Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Druouin. “This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector's sustainable growth, good for farmers' bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy,” adds Mr. Drouin who announced the contribution on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay.
Letters have been exchanged between the City of Cornwall and the SD&G Counties regarding shared services. The documents make for an interesting read, and can be seen in their entirety here.
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell will host local pre-budget consultations on January 11 and 12. This is an opportunity to voice concerns outlining how Ontario should reform its regulatory and economic policies. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to register to present their concerns regarding the upcoming 2017 Ontario Budget and highlight local needs that need to be addressed in Toronto. To register, please contact Marilyn McMahon at MPP Jim McDonell’s office 613-933-6513, or register at www.eventbrite.com by January 9.
January 11, 2017
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
12495 Hwy. 2 East
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
North Stormont Meeting Place
16299 Fairview Dr.
January 12th, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Nelson Laprade Centre
9 William Street
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South Stormont Hall
2 Mille Roches
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Branch 544 Lancaster Legion
181 Military Road