OTTAWA—This afternoon, Marie-France Lalonde was joined by community supporters as she accepted the Ontario Liberal Party nomination for Orléans. Lalonde has been a champion for the community; she looks forward to continuing her work for the people of Orléans, and the Ottawa region.
In accepting the nomination to run for reelection, Lalonde said, "Our plan is creating fairness and opportunity throughout the province. We want each and every family in Ontario to prosper. That's why we delivered free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under the age of 25. We have an energized group of Liberal candidates on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team. Our team will build on our plan and on the progress we have made as a province. Our plan is working."
Lalonde highlighted investments made in the community over the past four years, which include: the expansion of Ottawa LRT to Place d’Orléans, hovels in the ground to build the new Orléans Health Hub, and the repaving and expansion of the RAFO parking lot.
Lalonde concluded by telling supporters, “It is a great honour to serve the people of Orléans. Thank you for your support. I look forward to continuing to be being a strong voice for you at Queen’s Park.”
Marie-France Lalonde is the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Minister of Francophone Affairs. First elected in 2014, she was previously the co-owner and executive director of the Portobello Manor, a seniors’ care facility, in Orléans. Portobello Manor was recognized as the Community Service Business of the Year in 2013 at the Orléans Business Excellence Awards and as the 2010 New Business of the Year Award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. Lalonde—who has lived in Orléans for fifteen years—was also a Regional Director of Marketing and Sales in Eastern Canada for All Seniors’ Care Living Centres. Lalonde also served on the Community Advisory Committee for the Champlain Community Access Centre and was part of the working group on affordable housing for seniors with the United Way. She is a former Vice-President of CARP.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That’s why we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000 students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
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