New NDP MP head­ing for Ot­tawa

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The new NDP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the Comp­ton – Stanstead rid­ing, Jean Rousseau, wasn’t com­pletely sur­prised by his win on May 2nd. “I was sur­prised by the ma­jor­ity of votes that I won by, about 11,000 votes. I thought it would be a lot closer,” said Mr. Rousseau in his first in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal fol­low­ing the his­toric May 2nd elec­tion.

A for­mer res­i­dent of East An­gus and Coat­i­cook, the new mem­ber now lives in St. De­nis de Bromp­ton with his part­ner, Nathalie Tur­cotte, and their com- bined fam­ily of three teenage daugh­ters who were all very ac­tive in the cam­paign. “The kids re­ally helped a lot and they re­ally en­joyed it. They went door to door, they put up signs and they spoke at their schools with stu­dents and teach­ers. They got ‘politi­cized’!”

Asked what kind of change the NDP can bring to Par­lia­ment, he replied: “We’ll bring a more hu­man ap­proach; my en­tire cam­paign was based on that ap­proach, per­son to per­son. It will be one of our main ways of do­ing things, both in Par­lia­ment, in the rid­ing and in ev­ery mu­nic­i­pal­ity. We will lis­ten.”

Mr. Rousseau, who was work­ing in the field of Hu­man Re­sources be­fore get­ting elected and who has worked as a rock and roll mu­si­cian, is very com­fort­able with that ap­proach. “I’m a peo­ple per­son. I don’t want to change that; I want to bring that to Ot­tawa,” he said.

Up first in the next few weeks for the in­ex­pe­ri­enced MP will be an ini­ti­a­tion session at Par­lia­ment which will prob­a­bly be fol­lowed by a short par­lia­men­tary session. Af­ter that, Mr. Rousseau will come back to the rid­ing to be­gin vis­it­ing mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses. “We’ll have my of­fi­cial co­or­di­nates worked out in the next week or so and send out a press re­lease so peo­ple will know how to con­tact me,” added Mr. Rousseau.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, Mr. Rousseau had the un­for­tu­nate bad luck of break­ing his leg dur­ing the cam­paign while putting up signs. “Just af­ter the elec­tion and all the in­tense me­dia cov­er­age, I had to take a few days off be­cause it hurt a lot. Now I’m hop­ing to get a lit­tle more ac­tive. I’ll have the cast on for an­other month but it should heal per­fectly so I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back onto the golf course and the ten­nis courts.”

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who voted for me and ev­ery­one who voted in this rid­ing. It is so im­por­tant for peo­ple to vote,” he con­cluded.

NDP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the Comp­ton – Stanstead rid­ing, Jean Rousseau, is seen here with Que­bec’s favourite politi­cian, Jack Lay­ton.

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