We may not have seen the
last of Jean-Marc Lalonde
name in May
“I’m gonna miss
of his ministers visit Glengarry-Prescott-
Russell, they often joke that M.P.P.
Jean-Marc Lalonde is always, inside and
A year after changing its name, the
Integra is a popular name.
that’s for sure.”
outside of the legislature, lobbying for
A local social services agency will no
projects for his riding.
Russell has been forced to adopt a new
longer be able to use that moniker
If they thought he was a regular visitor
because the title has already been
to their offices before, they better expect to
About a year ago, the organization
proposal for Hawkesbury and District
taken by another organization.
see him setting up camp at their doors for
unveiled its Integra pour enfants et adultes de
General Hospital is fixed in the minds of
the next six months as he tries to fulfill his
provincial officials even after he is gone.
wish list of top priorities before retiring
unbeknownst to the agency, the name had
from politics. And even then, they may not
have seen the last of Jean-Marc Lalonde.
A new nursing home development for
“I really don’t intend to stop working
taken, a title search did not reveal the
Rockland is also one of the top items on his
completely with municipalities,” Lalonde
existence of an Integra children’s services
said during a phone interview April 12.
agency, relates Services pour enfants et
“We gotta get our fair share.”
adultes director Raymond Lemay.
“I want it before I leave.”
The MPP was joking a bit, even after
Negotiations to share the title failed.
Looking back over four decades-plus of
returning from a medical appointment
The local agency has set in motion the
dealing with a lower back problem that
process to choose a new name and have it
to single out any one accomplishment that
began just before he went on vacation last
approved by the Ontario government.
gives him the most pride.
month.When he gets back later in theweek
from his latest round of travels on party
“though I would think one of the biggest
business, he will look at getting therapy,
successeswas to get all themunicipalities to
which may include some special exercises
Rummage And Nearly New Sale
to relieve the stressed muscles.
A rummage and nearly new sale will be
That, he thinks, made his lobbying work
held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Holy
as an MPP much easier, when the
later in the evening at the RiverRock Inn in
Trinity Anglican Church hall, 440 Stanley
Rockland that he will retire from politics
each other’s infrastructure, development,
after the October provincial election.
Arthritis Education Class
and service needs.
Including his time first as a councillor for
The Hawkesbury and District General
When he does leave Queen’s Park for the
Rockland and later the town’s mayor prior
Hospital holds a presentation on how to
last time, Lalonde will take a leaf out of his
to the amalgamation, followed by 16 years
recognize and deal with arthritis pain April
federal counterpart, the former long-time
as a Liberal MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-
Liberal MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
will present on general arthritis: How to
Don Boudria, in publishing a combination
and arguing for his constituents.
deal with arthritis, what activities and
“It was not an easy decision,” Lalonde
said, regarding his move towards political
learn much more on the subject. But first,
starting from when I was four,” he said. “It
retirement. “We’d been discussing it, my
you need to register by contacting 613-632-
needs some revising now.”
For Alfred-Plantagenet it’s not even a
wife and my children, for the past few
1111 ext. 447. Hurry up; places are limited!
He has one regret.
months. They really wanted me to think
“I’m gonna miss the people, that’s for
about it twice. I do believe in the policies of
The Grenville Elementary School Home
capital works costs for this year are about
the (Liberal) party. We have a vision for the
and School Committee holds a spaghetti
$100,000 less than what the municipality
province, a vision for the young people.”
supper April 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
spent last year.
Once hewas sure in his ownmind that it
community centre. Old-time music will be
provided by Grampa Lenny and Friends.
Yves Lalonde said about the “needs must”
on the task of representing the provincial
There will also be door prizes and a 50-50
draw. Call for your tickets by April 26 by
session. “I’m very satisfied. I think we’ve
to make some other decisions. Would he
got something that reflects what is needed
for the township for this year.”
place, and what would he do after the
The total budget approved amounts to
Abazaarwill be heldMay 21 and 22 from
$7.7million. That includes $7.38million for
“I don’t want to become a lobbyist,” he
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Larocque Park, Alfred, to
regular operations expenses and about
said, adding that he may rather look at
raise money for the Alfred Canada Day
$831,000 for a limited amount of capital
If he could think of the words that were
putting his political expertise and
Committee. Spaces for the giant garage sale
works this year.
persuasive enough, Don Boudria would try
connections towork as a volunteer for local
can be rented at $15 each. (Bring your tables
The municipal tax levy portion of the
to convince Jean-Marc Lalonde change his
and chairs.) First come, first served. If you
budget will be $3,680,660, an increase of
mind about retiring as MPP, at least for one
As for the “heir-apparent” suggestion,
have items to donate, bring them to the
about $250,000 from last year’s levy. Yet
Lalonde plans to stay neutral when the
Canada Day table. Contact Committee
“We need a Jean-Marc to make things
riding association chooses his successor.
President Geneviève Chatelain at 819-962-
that the average property owner pays as
happen,” Boudria said during a phone
“During the nomination, I will not be
part of the levy.
interview, “and no one can be a better Jean-
supporting any candidate. The people will
This year’s budget means $562 for every
Marc than Jean-Marc.”
Russell Gauley Pancake Day
$100,000 current assessed value on an
But the former LiberalMP forGlengarry-
Lalonde is saving all his political energy
average residential property. Last year it
now for making good on his top priorities
the Canadian Cancer Society will be held
a bit odd, given that he himself also retired
for the riding.
Sunday, May 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
from politics while he was still a sitting
“Youwon’t see anything different in the
Vankleek Hill arena. Adults $6, children $3;
or not there have been improvements since
member of Parliament.
way I am working.”
children 5 and under free.
the last assessment period.
“He’s more than entitled to take his
Spring Tea And Bake Sale
Operation costs for this year’s budget
retirement, if that’s his wish. I have nothing
to the Highway 174/County Road 17
The Anglican Church Women group of
includes a 2.3 per cent increase in policing
but fondmemories of howwe used to work
costs and a 3.5 per cent increase each for
together. We would share information on
“That is number one,” he said.
7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Centre
garbage collection and recycling pickup.
the constituency, everything from riding
About 25 per cent of the capital works
issues to social events that wemight want to
Maxville and Alexandria on how to get
portion of the budget focuses on paving
senior-level government support to solve
The Hawkesbury Meals On Wheels
work for Domain Road, Villeneuve Road,
to elderly, handicapped and convalescing
people between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
and Campbell Road from the County Road
“I retired, and it lasted all of three
support future economic growth. He
Monday to Friday. Call Isabelle Lalonde at
9 intersection to the end.
observed that, given the current provincial
613-632-0939 for more information.
The capital works budget also includes
I got restless after a week.”
budget, there may not be any extra money
Faith Lifts Offered
Besides penning his memoirs, Boudria
he can help Limoges tap for infrastructure
Do you need a Faith Lift? Join the Riceville-
Alfred, culvert work along Mill Street,
has kept busy in his new occupation as a
improvements this year but he can provide
Pendleton United Church for an inspirational
marina parking upgrades in Treadwell,
suggestions on who to contact and what
worship service this Sunday. For more
purchase of six breathing units for the
ministries or departments to approach for
volunteer fire department, and a new
“It’s not as much fun as being anMP, but
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tandem truck for the public works crew.
He also intends to see that the expansion
524-5285 or Ray 613 673-2125.
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