Stephen Blais named Ontario Liberal candidate in provincial byelection

Rachel Decoste is seen in this undated handout photo. The Ontario Liberals are set to nominate a candidate today in the riding of Orleans to run in a byelection. The candidates for the Orleans nomination are Stephen Blais and Rachel Decoste. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Moshe Zusman, Ontario Liberal Party *MANDATORY CREDIT*

ORLEANS, Ont. - The Ontario Liberals have nominated Stephen Blais as their candidate for an upcoming byelection in the riding of Orleans.

Blais, who previously worked as a Catholic school board trustee and a municipal councillor, was nominated during a party vote on Saturday.

He'll replace Marie-France Lalonde, who represented Orleans for four years before making the jump to federal politics and representing that riding in the House of Commons.

Orleans is one of two byelections that will need to be called in the next few months, as neighbouring Ottawa-Vanier is also vacant.

Liberal Nathalie Des Rosiers had represented that riding, but resigned this summer to take a position at Toronto's Massey College.

Blais said in a press release that he is committed to standing up against cuts by the Progressive Conservative government.

He won out over Rachel Decoste, who is a writer, educator and immigration policy expert.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 9, 2019.

The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.