Community activist nominated Ontario Liberal candidate for upcoming byelection

OTTAWA— A lawyer and community activist is the new Ontario Liberal candidate for an Ottawa-area byelection that will be called in the next few months.

Lucille Collard is a lawyer in the public sector, a French public school trustee and the chair of the board.

The Ottawa-Vanier seat was vacated this summer when Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers resigned to take a position at Massey College.

The premier has until Feb. 2 to call a byelection in the riding, and has not done so yet.

The Liberals have handily won the riding in every provincial election since 1971, including the 2016 byelection that Des Rosiers won.

Collard beat Lauren Touchant, a PhD student, for the nomination.

“Change starts in our communities, and I can’t wait to get started,” Collard said after she was declared winner on Saturday. “Ottawa — Vanier deserves an advocate who will fight for francophone rights and to keep our public health-care and education systems strong.”

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