Que­bec money for two Stanstead man­u­fac­tur­ers

From Old Age Se­cu­rity to health­care, con­ser­va­tive cuts will hurt fam­i­lies

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid came to the Pat Burns Arena, last Fri­day, to an­nounce two grants for two lo­cal com­pa­nies. Rock of Ages will re­ceive $50,000 to help pay for the build­ing and pro­duc­tion equip­ment it pur­chased to fab­ri­cate gran­ite curbs. “We are the only manu- fac­turer of gran­ite curbs in the East­ern Town­ships. There was a study re­cently by the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts that showed that gran­ite curbs were less ex­pen­sive than ce­ment. You pay more at the be­gin­ning but the ce­ment curbs must be re­placed in fif­teen years. So we will be pro­mot­ing gran­ite curbs heav­ily,” ex­plained

Fam­i­lies, older peo­ple and work­ers are once again the big­gest losers of the Con­ser­va­tive bud­get, ac­cord­ing to Sher­brooke MPS. “Stephen Harper be­trayed Que­be­cers and Cana­di­ans. Dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, the Con­ser­va­tives promised to pro­tect health­care fund­ing and never men­tioned their plan to cut Old Age Se­cu­rity. But Thurs­day’s bud­get states that peo­ple will have to wait two years longer be­fore re­tir­ing and that health­care fund­ing will be re­duced,” said Pierre-luc Dusseault (Sher­brooke). The NDP also ac­cused Con­ser­va­tives of hav­ing no real job cre­ation plan in this bud­get. Con­ser­va­tives have bil­lions to build pris­ons, buy fighter jets and of­fer gifts to their friends in large cor­po­ra­tions, but noth­ing for the thou­sands of work­ers who lost their jobs over the last few months. “The Con­ser­va­tives call them­selves cham­pi­ons of the econ­omy and jobs, but con­crete ac­tions are lack­ing,” said Pierre-luc Dusseault. “A true job cre­ation strat­egy would re­duce taxes for small and medium busi­nesses. In­stead of act­ing ef­fec­tively, Con­ser­va­tives are at­tack­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble. The bud­get al­ready pre­dicts a rise in un­em­ploy­ment.” The NDP also notes sev­eral gaps in this bud­get. Cities were for­got­ten: there is noth­ing for public tran­sit, hous­ing or in­te­gra­tion ser­vices for im­mi­gra­tions. Ru­ral ar­eas were also left out: “While many agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers are in a pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion, Agri­cul­ture Canada will be cut by $310M – 10% of its bud­get,” said Jean Rousseau (Comp­tonS­tanstead), Deputy Critic for Agri­cul­ture and Agri- Food. “The NDP will fight to pro­tect the vi­tal ser­vices Que­be­cers de­pend on, and work to­gether to en­sure the Con­ser­va­tives’ ir­re­spon­si­ble cuts af­fect them as lit­tle as pos­si­ble,” con­cluded the MPS.

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Seen at last Fri­day’s press con­fer­ence at the Pat Burns Arena were (l. to r.) Mayor Philippe Du­til, HB Heller pres­i­dent Juer­gen Bauer, MNA Pierre Reid, Rock of Ages Di­rec­tor of Fi­nances and Op­er­a­tions Gabriel Ouel­let, and Gen­eral di­rec­tor Yvan Lan­thier of the Mem­phrem­a­gog CLD.

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