Premier will look into An­glo cul­ture in Quebec

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Sher­brooke

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.

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