MP Marie-France Lalonde’s Message for the Orléans Star Column – September 15 , 2022 

As Member of Parliament, I want to express my sadness following the announcement on September 8th of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I know I join many of you in Orléans and across our country as we mourn her passing while remembering her for a lifetime of public service to Canada and the Commonwealth which she served with great dedication and distinction. As Her Majesty said on her 21st birthday; “My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family, to which we all belong.” Her strength, resilience, patience & dignity are truly inspirational to all.  

There’s was no better way for MP Stephen Blais and myself to end the summer than by spending time with more than 400 residents of our community at the Annual Community Corn Roast & BBQ that we hosted on August 25th at Petrie Island.  It was simply amazing to see you all joining us to enjoy a nice evening.  

I would like to thank the Orléans Lions Club, Friends of Petrie Island and Orléans Myers  for being leaders and partners in our community! Without your support, we would not have been able to have such a successful event!  Moreover, a special thanks goes out to all the organizations that came out with their booths to talk about what they do for our community!  

On August 31st, I had the privilege to host a Meet & Greet with some of Orléans 2022 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) employers and their employees. It was great to hear how this program played an instrumental role in the delivery of their summer programming, camps and activities as well as some of the employers’ feedback that I will be sharing with the respective department.  The Canada Summer Jobs program helped over 109 organizations in our community of Orléans, provided job opportunities to 673 young individuals aged between 15 and 30 thanks to an investment of over $2.1M by the Federal Government.  

Lastly, we could all see the school buses driving in our neighbourhoods in the last few weeks as we mark the back to school season.  I want to wish all the best to our students in elementary, high school and university who started their school year.  I hope everyone had a great time seeing their friends in the classroom and meeting their new teachers. Best of luck to all and have a wonderful school year!  

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