Stanstead to vote in two rid­ings?

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It seems like some­one at the Parti Québé­cois got ei­ther a map from the fu­ture or got this year’s elec­tion wrong one. As of yes­ter­day, the signs for the party’s can­di­date in Stanstead are those of the Saint-François rid­ing can­di­date and po­ten­tial Health Min­is­ter if his party is in power, Dr. Ré­jean Hébert! Ques­tioned last week about this, Or­ford PQ can­di­date, Michel Bre­ton, said that he had told his fel­low can­di­date to re­move them on Fri­day.

Mr. Bre­ton, who is run­ning against in­cum­bent Pierre Reid for the third time, is ob­vi­ously look­ing for all the “pro­gres­sive” votes he can muster, as this was the re­cur­ring theme at a press con­fer­ence last week. “Our in­ter­nal sur­veys showed that 2,000 PQ vot­ers who had told us that they would vote stayed home.” With the new rid­ing re­dis­tri­bu­tion the can­di­date be­lieves that he could have a short win. This was be­fore the Duch­es­neau ef­fect that seems to have re­ar­ranged the po­lit­i­cal scene a lot.

Also run­ning against Mr. Reid for the third time is Quebec Sol­idaire’s Patricia Trem­blay. The nurse, a fa­mil­iar face in envi- ron­ment cir­cles for her in­volve­ment in the Lake Lover­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, is not putting too much hope in un­seat­ing the in­cum­bent. “I would be happy if I could dou­ble our vote from the last time. What I want to do is ex­plain what our pro­gram is, that we de­fend so­cial val­ues.” When asked about pub­lic trans­port in the MRC, she told the Stanstead Jour­nal that she would present a pro­posal on this in the next few weeks.

Up to yes­ter­day, the François Le­gault-led Coali­tion Avenir Quebec lo­cal can­di­date, Jean L’Écuyer, had not held a press con­fer­ence, but he has ob­vi­ously won the sign war ev­ery­where in the rid­ing.

If the pre­tenders to the Or­ford M.N.A. seat want to un­seat Pierre Reid, they will first have to con­vince the elec­torate that they can do bet­ter than he has over the last few years. Speak­ing to the me­dia on Mon­day, with sheets of data, he showed that the tens of mil­lions in grants and sub­si­dies that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment show­ered in the rid­ing over the last few years have brought over $142,000,000 in in­vest­ment. “And I did not in­clude ev­ery­thing,” he added. Mr. Reid, usu­ally a study in com­po­sure, al­most lost it when the sub­ject of cor­rup­tion sur­faced from ques­tions by this news­pa­per. “One thing I’m sure of: I’ve never seen some­one of­fer­ing an en­ve­lope.”

Mr. Reid’s seat must be taken for granted by the Lib­er­als as Premier Charest did not see fit to stop in Or­ford yes­ter­day while spend­ing a full day in the Town­ships.

Later in the af­ter­noon, in Len­noxville in the Saint-François rid­ing, two Lib­eral Min­is­ters, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion and Cul­tural Com­mu­ni­ties, Kath­leen Weil and Min­is­ter of Fam­i­lies, Yolande James, came to show sup­port to the Lib­eral can­di­date, Nathalie Goguen, who must have been the cho­sen Lib­eral can­di­date for a while as the for­mer M.N.A., re­tir­ing Monique Gagnon-Trem­blay, gave a large hint that no me­dia took. When re­tir­ing, she said that a good ex­pe­ri­ence for a can­di­date is mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics: Mrs. Goguen is a Sher­brooke mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

This poster of PQ St. Fran­cois can­di­date, Dr. Re­jean He­bert, In front of Stanstead Jour­nal.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Michel Bre­ton, seen here at a press con­fer­ence last week, is the Or­ford PQ can­di­date.

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Patricia Trem­blay is run­ning again for Quebec Sol­idaire.

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Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid at his in­vesti­ture Mon­day morn­ing.

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