Jean Rousseau – second run for NDP
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.”