Premier will look into Anglo culture in Quebec
Premier Jean Charest was taken aback by a question from the Stanstead Journal asking when the Ministry of Culture and Communication will have a policy on Anglophone culture. “I will have to look into it,” he said. He went on to repeat that the Anglophone community is a vital part of Quebec, that French must be preserved, the standard answers of any political leader.
The Stanstead Journal had been invited to an interview in the Liberal bus, stationed in Sherbrooke yesterday morning at a windows manufacturer where the Liberal leader announced a Green Home initiative. He was accompanied by
Saint-François candidate Nathalie Goguen when we interviewed him along with our La Tribune colleague.
On other subjects he was top form, showing just a bit of stress but not the anxiety that we could witness on the face of Mrs. Marois during the weekend. Familiar with the border issues, he told us that during the last Governors and Premiers conference held in Burlington a couple of days ago, the issue of a better flow at the frontier is an urgent need. “Both Canadian Ambassador Garry Doer and his American counterpart, David Jacobson, met with us and this was a subject of discussion,” Premier Charest said. One solution for transport would be to have a system similar to pre-boarding at airports for traffic going to the United States from Montreal.
The long debated project of a highway link between Sherbrooke and New-Brunswick, going through Maine, has also been discussed by the Premier and Maine Governor Paul Lepage. It gained momentum lately as it was the subject of a front page article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. “It is not one of our priorities. It’s a project in the hundreds of millions, paid for by private investors. When it is close to the Quebec border, we will see,” said the premier.
Premier Charest visited Richmond later yester-
Premier Jean Charest looked contemplative during yesterday’s bus tour in the region. The reflection of new St. Francois riding candidate Nathalie Goguen
is seen in the background.