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Former soldier wins federal Liberal candidacy

Jeff Lehoux won the candidacy in an April 26 vote in Pembroke. Lehoux is a war veteran with humanitarian experience living in Renfrew. He served almost 10 years in the Canadian Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke federal Liberals have selected a candidate to face incumbent Cheryl Gallant in the military, including a stint as medic in Afghanistan. election expected to be called for this October. Returning as an injured (therefore retired) member of the military has given him first-hand knowledge of the emotional, physical, financial and other costs associated with Canada’s veterans, he says. He says he would work to improve the veterans’ affairs department. Lehoux also did humanitarian work in Cameroon to improve infrastructure, even negotiating an agreement between two tribes to share water. 613-264-9600 The Conservatives have made many enemies www.zanderplan.com among the military segment of the electorate. Derek Dunn

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Former Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino apologized but ultimately was forced to resign after the way he addressed concerns expressed by former soldiers. Gallant also came under sharp criticism after suggesting soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should blame themselves. “The stigma that has to be overcome is a stigma within themselves,” Gallant said in the House of Commons on Jan. 30, 2014. Garrison Petawawa is Canada’s largest military base and is in the riding of RenfrewNipissing-Pembroke. Lehoux defeated the only other candidate for the nomination, Renfrew forester Danny Janke, in what party members said was a close vote. Nearly 300 party members attended the nomination selection meeting at the Pembroke Best Western Inn.

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PCs members vote for new provincial leader Progressive Conservative members in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke joined those across the province in voting for a new party leader Sunday. The polls, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., provided the first of two opportunities for party members to vote for either Christine Elliott or Patrick Brown to succeed Tim Hudak. The second voting session is being

held today (Thursday) from 3 to 9 p.m. in polling stations around the province. A total of 76,587 members are eligible to vote. The results will be announced this Saturday, May 9 at the Toronto Congress Centre. “Our party’s rapid growth in membership since the leadership contest was launched in November is a reflection of the hard work of the candidates who have strengthened our

grassroots and attracted tens of thousands of new members,” said party president Richard Ciano in a news release. Ciano said that that unlike the Liberal Party’s policy of selecting a leader by allowing only 2,000 delegates to vote, the Ontario PC Party’s leadership election process “empowers the grassroots members” by giving them all a direct voice.

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