Local MP attends Hatley Canada Day
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.