Michael Barrett, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands & Rideau Lakes, introduced himself officially to the North Grenville Municipal Council at their last regular Council meeting, and made an unexpected statement.
“I have some interesting news. This summer I will be opening a constituency office in Kemptville at 29 Clothier Street. Not everyone can get to Brockville, and I would love to have an office staffed in every hamlet in the riding.”
Council welcomed the announcement and it will certainly be welcome to the constituents of North Grenville, who have often felt, in the past, that this rapidly growing municipality was a place which has felt isolated from its political representatives, aside from regular visits to attend various events and fundraisers here. Michael is looking for feedback from the community to decide the best hours and days the office will be open, and what are the main areas of interest that can be addressed by him. He noted that the constituency office will not be replacing or duplicating the work of the provincial Service Ontario office, but will be there to help with passports, and other issues. It is hoped that the office will be open from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, eventually. Summer is usually a quiet time for such offices, and it will take time to find the right schedule to service the requirements of residents of North Grenville.