New NDP MP heading for Ottawa
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.