Former CJAD 800 host running for Tories in St. Laurent

A one-time CJAD 800 host is jumping into the politics.

About two decades ago, Richard Serour became known to radio audiences as evening host Ricky Cyr.

Now Serour, 54, is throwing his hat into the political ring, having recently been confirmed as the Conservative Party of Canada's candidate for the riding of St. Laurent. He'll be looking to unseat Liberal incumbent Emmanuella Lambropoulos in the upcoming October election.

It'll be a tough task, however — the riding has been solidly Liberal since it was created in 1988.

Serour, a married father of three and an immigration consultant, told CJAD 800 he was a longtime Liberal voter, but became profoundly disappointed in the performance of prime minister Justin Trudeau.

"Disappointed with the fact he got a balanced budget and screwed that up completely, disappointed with his immigration policy, disappointed with the entire cannabis thing and the way that was handled, and now we see the SNC-Lavalin scandal," he says. "We're seeing him for who he really is."

He now says the Conservatives have the best plan for helping workers and families — which includes lower taxes and checks on government spending.

Serour, a lifelong St. Laurent resident, is also banking on his personal connections within the borough to unseat Lambropoulos, another lifelong St. Laurent resident who won the riding in a by-election in April 2017 — the by-election called to replace her longtime predecessor Stéphane Dion.