Reid will priv­i­lege tourism, Goguen agri­cul­ture, oth­ers qui­etly cam­paign­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Staff Len­noxville Sher­brooke

In an elec­tion when ev­ery vote counts and with the in­cum­bent Lib­er­als in a ma­jor vote deficit in most rid­ings out­side of Montreal and the Gatineau, our own Sher­brooke M.N.A. and Premier, Jean Charest, trail­ing his PQ ri­val by 15 points ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey in last Fri­day’s La

Tri­bune, it’s no sur­prise that can­di­dates are try­ing to meet as many vot­ers as they can. PQ can­di­date Michel Bre­ton was in town last week to re­place the signs put up by mis­take ear­lier in the cam- Saint-François Lib­eral can­di­date Nathalie Goguen lis­ten­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Pierre Ar­cand at the Beaulieu Farm yes­ter­day.

paign, the stan­dard fare, meet­ing unan­nounced with con­stituents for break­fast, etc., not seen in a while in Stanstead, taken for granted as a Lib­eral strong­hold, for a PQ can­di­date. But this year, with the PQ rid­ing alone with the fran­co­phone vote ev­ery­where in Quebec, a foray into towns con­sid­ered hope­less be­fore may bring a cru­cial vote or two on Septem­ber 4th.

In­cum­bent Pierre Reid is hold­ing a weekly press con­fer­ence ev­ery Fri­day. At the last one he told the as­sem­bled re­porters that in his next man­date he would make the Or­ford re­gion a prime tourist des­ti­na­tion for out­side vis­i­tors, all the while try­ing to rein­te­grate the older dis­placed work­ers in the work­force. “Even if peo­ple do not have a high school diploma doesn’t mean that they do not have the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence to be highly pro­duc­tive af­ter hav­ing worked decades.” This rein­ser­tion of older work­ers, lack­ing aca­demic skills, has been a sur­pris­ing bat­tle horse for a man who has an im­pres­sive aca­demic ca­reer, in­clud­ing stud­ies in Paris and a stint as the rec­tor of the Univer­sité de

She­brooke. He took to the cause a cou­ple of years ago and he ad­mits that it was not an easy task con­vinc­ing his col­leagues in cab­i­net to ad­just the rules so that the work­ers can ap­ply for gov­ern­ment jobs. “As for the pri­vate sec­tor, the mo­ment that they have the ex­pe­ri­ence, most em­ploy­ers are happy to re­cruit them if it fits their needs.”

Try­ing to re­place Mrs. Monique Gagnon-Trem­blay and fac­ing the expected min­is­ter of health if the PQ is elected seems to be a harder task for Lib­eral can­di­date Nathalie Goguen. She was present in the leader bus last week and yes­ter­day when En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Pierre Ar­cand came to the Beaulieu Farm, in Len­noxville, to an­nounce a tech­ni­cal mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the In­come Tax Act that will raise the cap­i­tal gains tax on farm trans­fers to a mil­lion dol­lars. It has been at $750,000 for a cou­ple of years, so it will mer­rily cover in­fla­tion. When asked why the mea­sure is not ex­tended for all fam­ily trans­fers and lim­ited to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, the min­is­ter gave the stan­dard “all par­ties” an­swer on the al­most bu­colic as­pect of the agribusi­ness, Mrs. Goguen re­peat­ing it, in­sert­ing the Coat­i­cook word in her an­swer. Mr. Ar­cand had to find an an­swer to the elec­tric car users who will be buy­ing their power at Hy­dro-Québec rates. Gas prices right now in­clude a huge amount of taxes ear­marked for roads con­struc­tion and main­te­nance while elec­tric ones don’t. “We want to wean Que­beck­ers from pe­tro­leum and its green­house gases,” he an­swered, for­get­ting that the Quebec gov­ern­ment is look­ing to the An­ti­costi pe­tro­leum finds to wean us from for­eign

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