The Glengarry News


Russell mayor seeks Liberal nomination

publisher Apr 6, 2018 - 7:30am

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.

Candidate disqualified over "fun" video

publisher Dec 2, 2016 - 3:26pm

Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, says he has been disqualified from tomorrow's Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Conservative nomination convention because of a video shot "in good fun" years ago.

Mr. Duval says the last-minute decision came after party officials thought a pile of poutine shown being eaten off a hockey stick was a hamster. Plus, the person in the video isn't him.

Mr. Duval, son of long-time Vankleek Hill councillor Paul Emile Duval, charges the real reason was that party leader Patrick Brown wants Amanda Simard, a Russell councillor, to be the Tory standard-bearer in the next Ontario election.

Here is Derek's Duval FB post:

How you voted

richard Oct 20, 2015 - 7:30am

How you voted
Francis Drouin, Liberal 34,205 53.4%
Pierre Lemieux, Conservative (I) 23,284 36.3%
Normand Laurin, NDP 5,039 7.9%
Geneviève Malouin-Diraddo, Green 1,143 1.8%
Jean-Serge Brisson, Libertarian 412 0.6%
(I) = Incumbent
Turnout: 75 per cent of 85,388 eligible voters cast ballots

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry
Guy Lauzon, Conservative (I) 27,041 51%
Bernadette Clément, Liberal 20,450 38.6%
Patrick Burger, NDP 4,333 8.2%
Elaine Kennedy, Green 1,192 2.2%
(I) = Incumbent
Turnout: 67.36 per cent of 78,706 eligible voters cast ballots


Tight race

richard Oct 5, 2015 - 1:58pm

A tight race has developed in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in the run-up to the October 19 federal election.
However, while GPR is considered to be a hotly-contested swing riding, there will be no all-candidates debate in North Glengarry, since only the Liberal candidate was ready to participate in the forum organized by the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce.
Liberal Francis Drouin, who will meet voters October 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tim Hortons in Alexandria, has maintained a slim lead over Conservative incumbent Pierre Lemieux over the last several weeks, according to one polling firm.
More details in our October 7 edition.