Ottawans head to the polls

Thousands of Ottawans are casting their ballots Thursday in the provincial election.

Ottawa-Orleans Liberal candidate Marie-France Lalonde walked up to the polling station at École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges in Orleans arm in arm with her husband and daughter.

This is the only Ottawa riding without an incumbent running for re-election and Lalonde said she hopes to further outgoing MPP Phil McNeely's work.

"He had great accomplishments, but I'm willing to tackle the next big step, which is bringing the LRT Phase 2 to Ottawa-Orleans, cleaning the Ottawa River, education, health care and job creation," she said.

Lalonde is running against Progressive Conservative candidate Andrew Lister and NDP candidate Prosper M'Bemba - Meka.

Voting Thursday was even more special for Lalonde and her family - daughter Monica was voting for the first time ever.

"I'm very proud of her, and I'm very happy to vote for her," said Monica of her mother.

Candidates across the city were kept busy throughout the day.

Ottawa South Progressive Conservative candidate Matt Young spent the day meeting with potential voters after casting his ballot in the morning.

He had a message for those residents who were still undecided in their vote.

"You want a strong future for your family - for my family and lower taxes, affordable hydro and good honest government again, you only got one choice and that's the PC Party and Matt Young," he said.

Young lost by just over 1,200 votes to Liberal candidate John Fraser during the by-election to replace Dalton McGuinty in August 2013. Fraser is back on the ballot, along with NDP candidate Bronwyn Funiciello.

Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Jennifer Mackenzie was scheduled to vote at 5:30 p.m.

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