Jean Rousseau – sec­ond run for NDP

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

At last Thurs­day’s can­di­dates de­bate, in North Hat­ley, many were dis­ap­pointed to learn that the NDP can­di­date, whose leader is presently very pop­u­lar in Que­bec, would not be tak­ing part. He sent a mes­sage to the au­di­ence, which mod­er­a­tor Jaime Dun­ton read out be­fore the de­bate, ex­press­ing his re­gret at not be­ing able to at­tend. “I work in Mon­treal and I have a very tight sched­ule, but I will be at the de­bates in Coat­i­cook and East An­gus,” ex­plained Mr. Rousseau in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal.

Mr. Rousseau, who works in the field of Hu­man Re­sources, has lived in East An­gus, Coat­i­cook and, for the past four years, in St. De­nis de Bromp­ton. He has

Sup­ports arena been a mem­ber of the NDP party since 2004 and ran in the 2008 elec­tion. “I de­cided to run again be­cause I still be­lieve in the NDP Party’s plat­form. And there’s a lot that has to get done in the rid­ing of Comp­ton/Stanstead. There is a very big prob­lem of kids drop­ping out of school. We need eco­nomic growth-a lot of man­u­fac­tur­ers have closed down. Agri­cul­ture is a big is­sue. There is the prob­lem of peo­ple, es­pe­cially the young, leav­ing the re­gion. They go out­side to study, to Mon­treal, Que­bec or Sher­brooke, and then they don’t come back. That’s bad for a beau­ti­ful rid­ing with an ag­glom­er­a­tion of re­al­i­ties: ur­ban and ru­ral,” com­mented Mr. Rousseau.

“The first thing I prom­ise, es­pe­cially for Stanstead, would be to try as hard as I can to make sure the new Stanstead Arena has all the money it needs. I have coached teams in Coat­i­cook and of­ten played against teams from Stanstead. Hockey in Stanstead is a fam­ily tra­di­tion. I’ve been a Habs fan for years and it re­ally moved me when I heard they wanted to build the Pat Burns Arena. The NDP can­di­date men­tioned that he would prob­a­bly be cam­paign­ing in Stanstead, go­ing door to door, this com­ing Fri­day and Satur­day.

The NDP Party has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased their sup­port in Que­bec in the last ten years. “The NDP Party got 50,000 votes in Que­bec in the 2000 elec­tion and 500,000 Que­bec votes in the 2008 elec­tion,” said the NDP can­di­date. The NDP Party’s leader, Jack Lay­ton, is also pretty pop­u­lar right now in Que­bec. “The sur­veys of last week are look­ing bet­ter than ever and I hope that the vot­ers will dare to make a change,” he added.

Mr. Rousseau con­cluded his in­ter­view with some sur­pris­ing words for an elec­tion: “I wish the best of luck to the other can­di­dates. It’s not easy to get in­volved in pol­i­tics and I be­lieve they are all do­ing all they can. And I hope the peo­ple elect the best MP for the rid­ing.”

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