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QFPQMFXBOUFEDIBOHFi8JUIUIF-JCFSBMT  we were very well-served,” he commented. So, I hope [Simard] will gain experience fast enough so that it can benefit the taxpayers and that she will focus on issues that will benefit the UCPR and the municipalities.” Russell Township Mayor Pierre Leroux, on his part, noted that the new provincial government can be a big help with getting the 417 Industrial Park expansion project PGGUIFHSPVOEGPSIJTNVOJDJQBMJUZi8FOFFE provincial and federal support for getting things rolling,” he said. 3PCFSU,JSCZ .BZPSPG&BTU)BXLFTCVSZ  hopes for positive results from this election. “I would like to see more flexibility for local HPWFSONFOUEFDJTJPOT uIFTBJEi8FMJWF here and we know what our needs are.” UCPR 8BSEFOBOE.BZPSPG5IF/BUJPO 'SBOÉPJT St-Amour, echoed this position as well. He also highlighted the need for financial sup- port for municipalities from the province. “It is certain that there are grants that we would like to remain in place so as not to do more harm financially,” he said. “A lot of money has been spent in the big cities and I don’t think it’s very fair. They have to do something about it.” Desjardins reiterated the need for many unanswered questions to be addressed, concerning several different issues, primarily the ongoing Highway 174/County Road 17 discussion. After congratulating Simard on her win the morning after the election, Des- jardins has already requested a meeting with the new MPP. He is still awaiting a response.

La Compagnie d’édition André Paquette (EAP) gathered reactions from the mayors of the formerly red riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, after its election of Progressive Conservative MPP Amanda Simard. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell has not elected anyone but a Liberal MPP since the creation of the riding in 1996. The district turned blue after electing PC candidate Amanda Simard in last week’s provincial elections. “It is a good thing that the counties went blue with the province because it will be more favorable for us and we will have better representation in Toronto by having Amanda Simard there,” commented Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins. i#VU JUBMMSFNBJOTUPCFTFFO8FIBWF TFWFSBMRVFTUJPOTXFOFFEBOTXFSTUP8F don’t know who the new ministers will be and we don’t know Mr. Ford’s intentions.” Most local mayors have commented that they are looking forward to meeting with Simard to discuss several issues. Hawkes- bury Mayor Jeanne Charlebois wishes to keep the focus on her town’s economic and social development projects. “It’s always a question of infrastructure,” she commented. “I would appreciate more money for our youth [projects] and for public housing.” The Mayor of Casselman, Conrad Lamad- eleine, noted that he was not surprised the conservatives came into power because

La Compagnie d’édition André Paquette (EAP) a recueilli les réactions des maires de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, à la suite de l’élection de la députée provinciale progressiste-conservatrice Amanda Simard. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell n’a élu personne d’autre qu’un député libéral depuis la création de la circonscription en 1996. Le district est devenu bleu après l’élection de la candidate Amanda Simard aux élections provinciales de la semaine dernière – elle a obtenue plus de 4500 votes de plus que le candidat libéral Pierre Leroux. La plupart des maires locaux ont indiqué qu’ils avaient hâte de rencontrer Mme Simard pour discuter de plusieurs questions… —photo fournie

keep our place,” he commented. Mayor Gary Barton of Champlain Town- ship was out of town on vacation during the week following the provincial election and, therefore, unavailable for comment. In collaboration with Caroline Prévost and Gregg Chamberlain

Mayor Fernand Dicaire, of Alfred-Plan- tagenet, emphasized that his main prior- ity in office is securing the future of the francophone Collège d’Alfred . “I hope that Amanda will represent us well because it is imperative that francophones stand our ground and, as per usual, we must fight to




For Pierre Leroux it was back to busi- ness as usual the Friday morning after Election Night in Ontario. The Liberal candidate for Glengarry- Prescott-Russell was beaten by one of his fellow members on township council, Amanda Simard, who claimed the riding for the new Progressive Conservative majority government. “It’s not the result we’d hoped for,” said a sombre and subdued Leroux to several EP[FOTVQQPSUFSTHBUIFSFEBUUIF&NCSVO Community Centre June 7. “But I still get to be mayor and I still get to help people, which is what I wanted to do.” «I’m really happy with my (voting) results,» said Joel Charbonneau of the Ontario Party, «given that we had three weeks to prepare GPSBDBNQBJHO8F 0OUBSJP1BSUZ BSFHPJOH to be running a candidate in the riding in the next election. Other candidates -JCFSUBSJBO1BSUZDBOEJEBUF%BSDZ/FBM Donnelly expressed disappointment that he gained about 500 votes and not the 1000 or more that was his goal for this election. He noted that the similarity of the party’s name with the Liberal party created some confusing encounters for him during his own door-knocking campaign. «They were angry at the Liberals and they had the idea that we were the Liberals,» Donnelly said, regarding some of the angry reactions he got when talking with some voters. Meanwhile, Donnelly indicated, the new Progressive Conservative government under Doug Ford may lose some of its election popularity when it presents its first budget. /%1DBOEJEBUF#POOJF+FBO-PVJTXBT not available for comment.

Ready to work with PC government Francis Drouin, Liberal MP for Glengarry- 1SFTDPUU3VTTFMM  BOE 8BSEFO 'SBOÉPJT St-Amour of the United Counties of Prescott- Russell both said they are ready to work with a Progressive Conservative government on key issues for the riding. “People elect their representative to do a job,” said Drouin. “You have to leave par- tisanship aside. There are issues we need to work on in a collaborative way.” i8FBMMFYQFDUPVSGBJSTIBSF uTBJE4U Amour. “Our priorities remain the same. It’s just a matter of getting our message across. The situation doesn’t change, no matter who represents us at Queen’s Park.” Pierre Leroux s’entretient avec des sympathisants lors d’un rassemblement de partisans libéraux au Centre communautaire d’Embrun, le 7 juin, subséquemment à la défaite de leur parti lors d’un balayage majoritaire par le Parti progressiste-conservateur aux élections provinciales. La candidate PC Amanda Simard a revendiqué la circonscription. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

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