SDSG – A day after the 2021 federal election was called, local Liberals may have their candidate for the riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. Retired Cornwall Police Service Sergeant and former Cornwall city councillor Denis Moquin has put his name forward for nomination.
“The timing is right,” Moquin told The Leader of why he wanted to run. “I’ve always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to continue to help people, because that’s what I’ve really done all my life.”
Moquin retired from the CPS in 2001 and served on city council from 2006-10. He later was executive director of the Eastern Ontario Training Board and now works as a security manager based in Ottawa and lives in Cornwall.
He said that one issue he wants to tackle if elected is dealing with the fall out from the pandemic.
“If you look around, everyone is so COVID-poor right now. This pandemic has kicked everybody around,” Moquin said. “That’s the biggest concern of mine right now is how are we going to go forward, but its going to take a lot of work.”
Outside of the pandemic, an issue Moquin feels that needs more focus on in the local election is middle-class families and farms.
“That affordable middle-class and the farming industry, I want to hear from the people who are involved in that and how can we can continue to help,” he explained.
While Moquin’s candidacy is not approved yet by the federal Liberal party office, he expects to hear about his approval this week.
SDSG Liberal Riding Association chair Claude Poirier said that Moquin met with the riding association Monday night (August 16) and is undergoing “his due diligence to obtain the Liberal nomination.”
“The association is pleased that a candidate with a wealth of life experience, such as Denis, is putting his name forward,” Poirier went on to say. Once Moquin has been approved by the national party organization, the riding association will hold a nomination meeting to confirm his candidacy. No other candidates have put their name forward for the Liberal party in SDSG.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader