Eastern Town­ship New Demo­crat MPS Take Stock of Par­lia­men­tary Ses­sion in Ot­tawa

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Sher­brooke

The par­lia­men­tary ses­sion has just ended in Ot­tawa and Eastern Town­ship New Demo­crat MPS, François Cho­quette (Drum­mond), Pierre-luc Dusseault (Sher­brooke), Pierre Ja­cob (Brome-Mis­sisquoi) and Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead), are fi­nally back to work full-time in their rid­ings, where they ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at their work de­spite a Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment that is ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing its sur­prise agenda.

Sev­eral im­por­tant is­sues were the fo­cus of Eastern Town­ship MPs dur­ing this rocky par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can wind tur­bine pro­ject, lo­cated close to Stanstead res­i­dences. “I be­came the spokesper­son for con­cerned cit­i­zens in Par­lia­ment,” ex­plained Jean Rousseau. “Our ef­forts led to the in­ter­ven­tion of the For­eign Af­fairs min­is­ter and the pres­sure fi­nally forced the Amer­i­can de­vel­oper to re­vise his plans.”

“But we’ll con­tinue to mon­i­tor this is­sue be­cause the pro­ject will be re­mod­elled and re-tabled in 2013,” added Rousseau. “If

the rights of the cit­i­zens of Stanstead are vi­o­lated again, the de­vel­oper will find me in his path,” promised Jean Rousseau.

MP Pierre-Luc Dussault worked hard to pre­vent the ex­pul­sion of Al­berto Cas­tro, a man from Sher­brooke of Colom­bian ori­gin who was forced to re­turn to Colom­bia in April. “Mr. Cas­tro’s story re­ally up­set me be­cause it il­lus­trates, in my opinion, the dis­con­nect­ed­ness of the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment. You must be able to show hu­man­ism with this type of case and the Con­ser­va­tives un­for­tu­nately failed mis­er­ably at this. This is es­pe­cially true given that they re­duced the ser­vices of­fered to im­mi­grants by clos­ing the Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Canada of­fice, an ab­surd de­ci­sion.”

Fortunately, the ex­cel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion that we’re re­ceiv­ing from the Que­bec gov­ern­ment on Mr. Cas­tro’s case gives us hope that this hon­est man may be able to re­turn to Canada within a few months, said Pierre-Luc Dusseault.

Pierre Ja­cob se­verely crit­i­cized the Con­ser­va­tives’ reck­less de­ci­sion to cut Canada Border Ser­vices Agency ser­vices. “The gov­ern­ment is hurt­ing busi­nesses and put­ting the se­cu­rity of Cana­di­ans at risk,” he said. “All that for what? To save a few pen­nies? It’s coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.”

The MP also stood up to the Con­ser­va­tives’ at­tack against sci­en­tists, in­clud­ing their clo­sure of the ex­per­i­men­tal farm in Fre­lighs­burg. “It’s a sense­less cut, es­pe­cially since the re­search done there helped farm­ers to im­prove their prac­tices and their yield,” said the MP for Brome-Mis­sisquoi.

François Cho­quette re­peat­edly called on the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide per­ma­nent as­sis­tance to the Levi­noff-Col­bex slaugh­ter­house, which is now closed. “I pro­posed con­crete so­lu­tions,” ex­plained the MP. “Un­for­tu­nately the Con­ser­va­tives did nothing. I am hope­ful how­ever, that a so­lu­tion will be found and that work­ers will be able to re­turn to work. I’ll con­tinue to closely mon­i­tor this is­sue.” In terms of the econ­omy, the Con­ser­va­tives con­tinue to make ques­tion­able choices. Their strat­egy to lower taxes for big busi­nesses has given no re­sults.

In Ot­tawa, the par­lia­men­tary year ended in con­tro­versy, as the Con­ser­va­tives forced through their colos­sal Bill C-38. South Shore MPs are proud to have stood up to the Con­ser­va­tives along­side their op­po­si­tion col­leagues, es­pe­cially dur­ing the 22 hour marathon vote on amend­ments. “It was an ex­haust­ing marathon, but I think it was nec­es­sary to alert the pop­u­la­tion to what the Con­ser­va­tives were do­ing. Their ar­ro­gance went as far as to refuse all the amend­ments pro­posed by the op­po­si­tion,” said Pier­reLuc Dusseault, who kept his con­stituents in­formed via Twit­ter dur­ing the vote.

The Con­ser­va­tives’ colos­sal bill in­cludes Canada’s with­drawal from the Ky­oto Pro­to­col, abol­ishes sev­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal laws, raises the re­tire­ment age – 63 of Mor­gan, Ver­mont died peace­fully on June 24th, 2012 with her Hus­band and fam­ily close by. Her death was caused by com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to cancer. She was born on May 18th, 1949, in Derby, Ver­mont, daugh­ter of the late Wil­fred and Goldie Wood. She mar­ried Arnold (Pete) Bron­son in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1969. For sev­eral years, she worked for the US Postal Ser­vice in many ar­eas of Ver­mont. She loved many things - bik­ing, snow­shoe­ing, hik­ing, gar­den­ing, all an­i­mals, bird watch­ing, coun­try mu­sic, and her great­est joy was spend­ing time with her grand­chil­dren. She was an ac­tive mem­ber of the North­east King­dom Rug Hook­ers. But above all, she loved her Fam­ily. Charleen was a quiet, car­ing woman, a won­der­ful mother and grand­mother, a sup­port­ive wife, and loyal friend. A gen­tle soul that touched many lives. She is sur­vived by her hus­band Pete; her son Steve and wife Christina(Dean) of Platts­burgh, New York; their chil­dren Dil­lon and Steven; her daugh­ter Jenny and wife Kris­ten(Welch) of Ch­ester, New Hamp­shire; her sis­ters - and brother in­laws: Joan Wood of Goff­s­town, New Hamp­shire; Bob Bron­son of Rodgers, Arkansas; Tim Bron­son and wife Yolande (Morin) of Derby, Ver­mont, Va­lerie Davis and hus­band Randy, of Stanstead,Que­bec; Kim­berly Martin and hus­band Michel, of Stanstead,Que­bec; Paul Bron­son of St. Al­bans, Ver­mont; her spe­cial close friends, Sue Maple and Jan­ice Ni­chols and by nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews. She is pre­de­ceased by two broth­ers Col­bert and Lau­rier Wood; sis­ter- in- law Bev­erly Leitch (Bron­son); and by two brother in-laws; Ross Leitch and Steve Rickard. She will be dearly missed by ev­ery­one. A pri­vate me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at a fu­ture date. Should friends de­sire, con­tri­bu­tions in her mem­ory may be made to Pope Me­mo­rial Fron­tier An­i­mal Shel­ter, 4473 Bar­ton Or­leans Road, Or­leans, Ver­mont 05860 from 65 to 67 and re­stricts em­ploy­ment in­surance, pe­nal­iz­ing sea­sonal work­ers. It also makes ma­jor changes to the Fish­eries Act and greatly re­duces gov­ern­men­tal trans­parency by cut­ting the du­ties of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral.

The end of the par­lia­men­tary ses­sion also means that the MPs will be able to spend more time in their rid­ing. “The work in Ot­tawa is ex­cit­ing, but it’s re­ally in our rid­ings, when we’re close to our con­stituents, that we find the mo­ti­va­tion and en­ergy to do our work in the face of a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment,” con­cluded Pierre Ja­cob.

– est décédé au CHUS Hôpi­tal Fleu­ri­mont le 19 juin, 2012 à l’âge de 64 ans, époux de Marie-Claire Fau­teux, fils de feu M. Ernest Roy et de feue Mme Louisianna Lapierre de­meu­rant à Stanstead. Outre son épouse, Mon­sieur Roy laisse dans le deuil ses en­fants Ray­mond et Mélanie (François God­bout). Ses pe­tit­sen­fants Macha, Zackary, Franch­eska et Niko­las. Ses frères et soeurs Miche­line (feu Valère), Ray­monde (feu Roger), Ed­mond (Jeanne), Si­mone (Benoit), Mar­tial (Lise), Lau­rent (Lu­cille), JeanLouis (Denise), Jean-Marie (Co­lette), Marc (Lise), François (Bar­bara), Gas­ton et Michel. Il était égale­ment le frère de feu Ber­nadin (Jean­nine) et feu Clé­ment (feue Florence). Il était aussi le gen­dre de feu Hec­tor Fau­teux et feue Marie-Anne Bouf­fard. Il laisse égale­ment dans le deuil ses beauxfrères et belles-soeurs Yolande (Don­ald), Gilles (Lil­iane), Denise (Fer­nand), René (Rol­lande), Fer­nand (Monique), Léopold (Lau­ri­ane), Doris (feu Yvon), Dolorès (feu Neil), Yvan (Claudette), Lise (Marc), Gabriel (feu Rachel), Ni­cole (Michel), Michel (Jo­ce­lyne), Rita (Yvan), et Réal (Cé­line). Il était le beau-frère de feu Roger (Ray­monde), feue Jean­nine (Fer­nand), feu An­dré (Danièle) et feu Serge (feue Mar­jo­laine).Il laisse aussi dans le deuil plusieurs cousins, cousines, neveux, nièces, par­ents et amis. Les funérailles ont eu lieu le samedi, 23 juin 2012 en l’église Sacré-Coeur. de Stanstead L’in­hu­ma­tion aura lieu à une date ultérieure. Les funérailles étaient sous la di­rec­tion du Cen­tre Funéraire Coopératif

ré­gion Coat­i­cook, 284 rue Child, Coat­i­cook. 819-849-6688 Télé­copieur 819849-3068 www.cf­coat­i­cook.com Michel Belzil, di­recteur général. La famille tient à re­mercier tout le per­son­nel du CHUS – Fleu­ri­mont pour les bons soins prodigués à Mon­sieur Roy.

1938 – 2012 – Pa­tri­cia (Pat) Yet­ter peace­fully passed away in her home on June 20th, 2012. Sur­vived by her chil­dren Lau­rie (Guy Beau­re­gard), Gayle and Jack Ed­mond, her four grand­chil­dren Tammy Lee (Cur­tis), Michelle (Chris­tian), Kier­sten and Kyle along with her great grand­son Dar­ius and spe­cial friend Lorenzo (Dusty) Dis­te­fano, other fam­ily and many friends. A cel­e­bra­tion of her life was held on Satur­day June 23rd, 2012 fol­lowed by a grave­side ser­vice at the Crys­tal Lake Ceme­tery in Stanstead, QC. In her mem­ory, do­na­tions made to the Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion or the Stanstead Le­gion would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the fam­ily. A grave­side ser­vice for the late Beryl Christie Cuer­rier will be held at Crys­tal Lake Ceme­tery on Satur­day, June 30th 2012, with Rev­erend Bar­bara Win­tle of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Comp­ton/Stanstead MP Jean Rousseau, Sher­brooke MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault, and Brome-Mis­sisquoi MP Pierre Ja­cob (l. to r.) spoke about their first par­lia­men­tary ses­sion dur­ing a press con­fer­ence.

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