Quebec money for two Stanstead manufacturers
From Old Age Security to healthcare, conservative cuts will hurt families
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.
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.