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