Jean-Marc for Rockland
ROCKLAND | He was the mayor of Rock- land before he headed to Queen’s Park to become the long-running Liberal MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. Now Jean- Marc Lalonde is thinking about tossing his hat back in the municipal political ring. “I see myself running as a council candi- date in the next municipal election for Clar- ence-Rockland,” Lalonde said. The 78-year-old political veteran noted that right now the city is fractured between “the old guard” and “the new guard”, a situ- ation that has existed almost since the 2010 civic elections. Marcel Guibord took over as mayor against his main competition in the elec- tion, Pierre Charron. Richard Lalonde, the incumbent mayor at the time did not seek re-election. Jean-Marc Lalonde is the broth- er of the former mayor, but he doesn’t want to get involved in the whole “taking sides” situation should he succeed in his return to municipal politics bid. The former MPP wants to focus on youth and senior issues. During his early years in Rockland, Jean-Marc Lalonde became al- most the town’s face for youth sports with his minor hockey coaching duties along with running the local arena at the time. During his days as an MPP the needs of youth, including education, culture, and sports. He also developed a strong inter- est in seniors issues. One of his last projects before retiring from provincial politics was an effort to get a new seniors care facility for Rockland and, as a private citizen, he is still using all of his old government contacts now to continue pursuing that project. Should he still plan to seek a seat on coun- cil, Jean-Marc Lalonde expects to run for the Ward 1 seat now occupied by Coun. Michel Thivièrge, who may choose to step down from municipal politics next year. Lalonde has said he is not interested at this time in mounting a challenge for the mayor’s chair. Next year’s civic elections in Ontario are scheduled for the end of October. True Vote meeting The non-partisan True Vote Clarence- Rockland group will hold an information session at the Jardins Belle-Rive retirement complex, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., to explain the True Vote project to senior residents and any others attending.
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