Lo­cal MP at­tends Hat­ley Canada Day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

For the first time in many years, our lo­cal Fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive at­tended the Canada Day Cel­e­bra­tion in Hat­ley. When em­cee Royal Orr in­tro­duced NDP MP for Comp­ton/ Stanstead, Jean Rousseau, dur­ing the Open­ing Cer­e­mony of the event, he com­mented en­thu­si­as­ti­cally: “For sev­eral years we have had no fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tion here at the Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion. It’s my great plea­sure to wel­come our fed­eral MP, Mr. Jean Rousseau!”

“I can’t put into words how thrilled I am to be here,” said Mr. Rousseau. “Hat­ley is one of the nicest corners in Que­bec.” Af­ter the Open­ing Cer­e­mony in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal, he added: “This is my first visit to Hat­ley. I’ve heard peo­ple talk about this ‘fete’, but to re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence it is very heart-warm­ing. I met both Mr. De Le­se­leuc, Hat­ley’s mayor, and Graham Fraser, the Lan­guage Com­mis­sioner, for the first time. It’s been mar­vel­lous.”

Speak­ing of firsts, Mr. Rousseau com­mented about his first trip to Par­lia­ment Hill. “It was a lit­tle over­whelm­ing at first; al­most larger than life. We had three weeks of crash cour­ses be­fore the House of Com­mons. We then had to learn on the spot and get or­ga­nized in our rid­ings. And my first step in the House of Com­mons was with crutches and in a cast,” said the MP who broke his leg dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. “The big­gest sur­prise has been how much help we get from the Par­lia­men­tary pages, se­cu­rity and re­search peo­ple. It’s been very thrilling.”

The MP also hinted that a tour of our area by the new head of the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion, Jack Lay­ton, might take place some­time this year. “He has rel­a­tives who live in Og­den,” he said hope­fully.

Mr. Rousseau con­cluded by say­ing that his of­fice would be up and run­ning by around July 11th and that he would be con­tact­ing the me­dia very soon with his new co­or­di­nates.

NDP MP Jean Rousseau, third from left, was pleased to meet with fel­low dig­ni­taries (l. to r.) MNA Pierre Reid, Com­mis­sioner of Of­fi­cial Lan­guages Graham Fraser, and Hat­ley mayor Jac­ques de Le­se­leuc at the Canada Day cel­e­bra­tion in Hat­ley.

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