Posted June 8 2018 at 12:25 a.m.
Business as usual for Mayor Pierre Leroux
For Pierre Leroux it will be back to business as usual Friday morning as he resumes his duties as mayor of Russell Township. His venture into provincial politics ended late Thursday night with his defeat as the Liberal candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell against one of his fellow members on township council, Amanda Simard, the Progressive Conservative candidate.
“It’s not the result we’d hoped for,” said a sombre and subdued Leroux to several dozen supporters gathered at the Embrun Community Centre on Election Night Ontario. “But I still get to be mayor and I still get to help people, which is what I wanted to do.”
Leroux also announced he will run for re-election in the fall municipal elections. He said one of his priorities now will be to work with other mayors to make sure the new Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government doesn’t repeat the practice of the past Mike Harris PC government of downloading responsibility for provincial programs and infrastructure onto municipalities.
“That’s where my fight’s going to be now,” Leroux said. “At the local level.”
Francis Drouin, Liberal MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, and Warden François 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 partisanship aside. There are issues we need to work on collaboratively.”
“We all expect our fair share,” said St-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.”