On Saturday, May 7, Stéphane Sarrazin officially launched his campaign in the provincial election being held in Ontario on June 2. 

The Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate greeted supporters at his campaign headquarters, located at 750 Principale Street in Casselman. Sarrazin has served as Mayor of Alfred and Plantagenet since 2018 and as Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in 2021.

Sarrazin described himself as someone who achieves results. He said the PC party led by Doug Ford has the best plan to deliver further results for Ontario residents through building the post-pandemic economy with more jobs and better transportation. 

“We have a plan to create new and better jobs, and to support existing ones,” Sarrazin said. 

He went on to say a re-elected PC government will invest an additional $1 billion in road, water, and wastewater infrastructure over the next five years. 

Sarrazin strongly defended the PC record on francophone relations since 2018. 

“I’m proud to be part of a team that has done more for franco-Ontarians than during the previous 15 years,” he said. 

As examples, Sarrazin highlighted the official adoption of the franco-Ontarian flag in 2020, government assistance to the new Université de l’Ontario français in Toronto, and the first revision of the French Language Services Act in 35 years. 

Sarrazin pledged strong representation to residents.  

“My commitment is to be present, available, and result-oriented,” he said. 

Sarrazin had blunt remarks for his Liberal opponent, incumbent MPP Amanda Simard. 

“I don’t intend to become the ghost of Queen’s Park. We already have one and the time has come to replace her,” he stated. 

The PC candidate said he has already been busy meeting voters in the Cumberland, Rockland, and Russell areas of the riding. Sarrazin said he tells people he wants more than their vote. He wants to hear their concerns.