Jean Rousseau Forced An­swer from Gov­ern­ment on Wind Tur­bines Is­sue in Ver­mont

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ot­tawa

After­rais­ing the is­sue for the sec­ond time in three days in the House of Com­mons, New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton–stanstead) fi­nally forced an­swers from the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, Thurs­day af­ter­noon. This time, the Con­ser­va­tives could no longer pre­tend they didn’t know what the MP was talk­ing about. The news was men­tioned count­less times in the na­tional me­dia, and the MP asked to

MP for Comp­ton-stanstead got prom­ise that Gov­ern­ment of Canada will fol­low is­sue closely meet with the gov­ern­ment in writ­ing to dis­cuss the is­sue. Rousseau’s ques­tion couldn’t have been clearer. “Last Tues­day, the Trans­port Min­is­ter was ob­vi­ously over­whelmed by a sim­ple ques­tion on the wind tur­bine project at Smug­glers Hill Farm, across the bor­der from the town of Stanstead, Ver­mont. He was so con­fused, or not lis­ten­ing, that he thought I was talk­ing about a project in Que­bec,” said Rousseau in ques­tion pe­riod to­day. “Can the for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter con­firm that he is now in con­tact with the mayor of Stanstead and that he’ll en­sure that cit­i­zens’ con­cerns are heard on the other side of the bor­der?” Min­is­ter John Baird con­firmed that he con­tacted the town of Stanstead, as well as the Gov­ern­ment of Que­bec and the Amer­i­can au­thor­i­ties. The Con­ser­va­tives also promised to fol­low the is­sue closely. “Fi­nally the gov­ern­ment is do­ing some­thing. This is ex­cel­lent news,” said Jean

Rousseau at the end of ques­tion pe­riod. “Our ef­forts on the ground and be­hind the scenes have be­gun to show re­sults.” Jean Rousseau in­tends to re­main alert in the com­ing days. “We’ll en­sure that John Baird’s prom­ises trans­late into con­crete ac­tions un­til the cit­i­zens of Stanstead are heard. We won’t back down. That’s the work of an ef­fec­tive op­po­si­tion in Ot­tawa,” he con­cluded.

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