Ontario Liberal Party nominates Ottawa city councillor for Orléans byelection

ORLEANS, Ont. – The Ontario Liberals have nominated Stephen Blais as their candidate for an upcoming byelection in the riding of Orléans.

Blais, who previously worked as a Catholic school board trustee and is a municipal councillor, was nominated during a party vote on Saturday.

He’ll replace Marie-France Lalonde, who represented Orléans for four years before making the jump to federal politics and representing that riding in the House of Commons.

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Orléans is one of two byelections that will need to be called in the next few months, as neighbouring Ottawa-Vanier is also vacant.

Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers had represented that riding, but resigned this summer to take a position at Toronto’s Massey College.

Blais said in a press release that he is committed to standing up against cuts by the Progressive Conservative government.

He won out over Rachel Décoste, who is a writer, educator and immigration policy expert.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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