Sandrine Gressard Belanger – Conservative is new to region and to politics
The Conservatives have chosen a relative newcomer to this region, businesswoman Sandrine Gressard Belanger, as their candidate for the Compton-Stanstead riding. Mrs. Gressard Belanger moved to Compton, where she owns the Auberge Aux Beaux Cantons, in 2009. This businesswoman, who lived around the world before settling in Quebec, also does conferences and training in social media and on-line marketing and founded a local leadership centre for women.
Mrs. Gressard Belanger is not only new to the region, she’s also new to politics, having joined the Conservatives in February of this year after being approached by them. “I’d never been a member of a political party but every time there was an election I had strong opinions...now I want to make a difference in our society. My focal point is the human being at the heart of it all with the economy and everything else surrounding.”
“People all have a cycle they want to accomplish but if we do that without thinking of the consequences...There is a fundamental difference between men and women: it’s innate in women to think of consequences. With more women in politics we will finally make decisions that make sense. That’s what I want to bring,” she added.
When asked what, in her opinion, were the region’s most pressing issues, Mrs. Gressard Belanger commented: “I’ve been doing a needs assessment, meeting with people in Stanstead, Ayer’s Cliff, East Angus, Cookshire-Eaton and other places. There’s a real problem of jobs, bringing industry to the region. I was flabbergasted that some schools didn’t have day care and of the lack of public transport. How can people recycle themselves to enter society? In Coaticook they had huge job losses but now they have public transport and the CRIFA where people
Humanist perspective can get training to change orientations. We need to be inspired by these success stories and reproduce them in other areas. And I see the Anglos suffering just because they are Anglos, and that’s not right.”
The top priority for this Conservative is making sure people have jobs and a roof over their heads. “When people cannot feed their kids, how can we focus on anything else? People don’t want to be on welfare but how do they get off? I’m creative and I’m sure there are solutions, like why not have an employment counsellor from Magog come to Stanstead once a week?”
Asked for a final comment, Mrs. Gressard Belanger said: “Mrs. Bonsant has been around now for seven years. I respect her as a person but what has she been doing? She says she’s ‘defending’ our interests, well I want to ‘promote’ our interests. The Bloc puts forth the image of a Quebec that wants to get out of Canada, but that’s not what the majority want. We need to give a new image of who we are; we don’t have that now and it’s hurting our economy.”
“I want people to vote, no matter who they vote for. Other places in the world people are being killed to vote, so don’t throw your vote away,” concluded the Conservative.