SDSG MPP elect Nolan Quinn is accompanied by wife Kim, son Nolan Jr., daughters Nevyn and Norah on election night at the Wing House Restaurant in Cornwall. Thompson Goddard Photo
CORNWALL – Within an hour of the polls closing at 9 p.m. on June 2, Nolan Quinn, Progressive Conservative Party candidate was declared elected as the new Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry.
Unofficial results from the Elections Ontario website show Nolan received 40,766 or 57.50 per cent of the votes cast, with Kirsten Gardner, Ontario Liberal Party candidate receiving 6,456 votes or 17.88 per cent of the votes cast. Voter turnout in the riding was listed at 41.24 per cent.
With his family accompanying him, the new MPP for SDSG arrived at the Wing House in Cornwall and was met with a round of applause and cheers, as they made their way to the front of the restaurant. During his speech, he thanked his family members, campaign manager Adrian Bugelli, campaign workers, supporters before expressing his thanks to the employees at his business for their work during the campaign. “I’m just excited to be representing our community,” commented Quinn.
In a post election interview, Quinn mentioned he is looking forward to representing the people of SDSG and developing relationships with staff and fellow MPPs in the legislature. He mentioned there were challenges that lay ahead, including issues in healthcare, infrastructure, rural education, and long-term care.
When asked about the expansion of Dundas Manor in Winchester, his response was “plans will continue to be worked on, and the project will move forward in due time.” He mentioned schools are the “heart of the community” in rural Ontario and he realizes the importance these institutions are to the community. As he begins his work as the MPP for the riding, Quinn intends to follow the advice of former SDSG MP Guy Lauzon of always remembering the constituents. He commented how there will be times when the needs of the province need consideration and always remembering that top priority should be what will be most beneficial to the constituents of SDSG.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.