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Ottawa-Vanier byelection set for Nov. 17

The seat has been long-time Liberal stronghold.

Progressive Conservative candidate Andre Marin who was the province's ombudsman until his contract was not renewed last year.

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Progressive Conservative candidate Andre Marin who was the province's ombudsman until his contract was not renewed last year.

Residents in Ottawa-Vanier will be going to the polls Nov. 17 and one candidate wasted no time getting the word out.

Andre Marin, the Progressive Conservative contender and former provincial ombudsman, tweeted the news Wednesday before Elections Ontario had released the election date.

“I thought it was public knowledge, so I tweeted it,” said Marin. “We’re raring to go and we’re very excited.”

The riding has been a longtime Liberal stronghold, but Marin said he believes the Liberals have worn out their welcome.

“People are mad as hell. This government is old. It’s tired. It’s been around for 13 years. It’s run out of ideas,” he said.

Marin said his campaign has been preparing to run for since the summer and he is excited things are finally underway.

“Signs are going up this afternoon,” he said. 

The Liberal candidate in the race is Nathalie DesRosiers, dean of common law at the University of Ottawa. Marin also taught at the school and said while he likes DesRosiers personally, she is running on a damaged brand.

“I know Nathalie well and I respect her, but she is going to have to be accountable when she meets people in Ottawa-Vanier for the decision’s of the Wynne government.”

DesRosiers was not immediately available Wednesday.

The NDP candidate in Ottawa-Vanier is Claude Bisson, the brother of Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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