Jean L’ecuyer for the CAQ
The Coalition Avenir Quebec candidate in the Orford riding is Jean L’Ecuyer, an Eastman resident (now part of the Orford riding) who was an engineer by trade who later moved to Marketing then went back to school at the age of 48 to get an MBA. He was very active with the ADQ, running as a candidate in 2007, becoming the vice-president of the party in 2008 and, finally, the now defunct party’s director general.
He’s running this time
for the same reasons he ran in 2007: “I’m afraid of the heritage we are passing on to the next generation. We’re heading to enormous debt, less free services.” One of his main priorities would be economic development in Orford. “I’m talking about the creation of jobs of quality, those that can pay $20 an hour. Objectives like that would have secondary impacts in the community, like retaining young people in the area. I would also work closely with elected municipal officials who know the concerns of their people. My role would be like a catalyst to find money, grants and loans for good projects.”
Speaking about the abolishment of school boards, Mr. L’Ecuyer explained: “We would create nine regional service centres to replace the nine English School boards. Those centres would not be integrated into the French service centres but run by the English community.”
Asked about the CAQ’s approach to sovereignty, he answered: “The main reason for the creation of the CAQ was to stop wasting time with that battle between the feds and the province. There are more important issues that touch everybody, such as paying down the debt, getting rid of corruption and waste.”
“I’m convinced we can provide significant change in the first year and within our mandate. We are the only alternative to the Liberals for Anglophones,” he concluded.
PatriciaTremblay, who works as a nurse in between election campaigns, is representing the Quebec Solidaire party for a third consecutive election in the riding of Orford. “Running in an election is still challenging me. I also ran in the Magog municipal election for a council seat in 2009 and lost by only 27 votes. I’ve learnt a lot,” commented Ms. Tremblay in an interview with the Stanstead Journal.
“I know it will be hard to advance; I want to make sure I’m growing my percentage. I hope people will choose with their hearts and with their political beliefs.” Asked why she wanted to run again, Ms. Tremblay said “I like to be with people.” She would also like to see more money going to local environmental organizations from the provincial government.
Ms. Tremblay is concerned with several issues. “As a nurse, I am still concerned with hospital services and accessibility. Lots of private medical offices will be opening soon so it looks like we’re going to a twotier system. That’s okay for people with money. We at Quebec Solidaire want the public system to improve.” Local public transportation is another important issue for this candidate. “They moved the Magog bus station to Orford and now people have to pay for a taxi to get there just to go to Sherbrooke.” Better protection of lakes and forest land by the government is another issue that she firmly believes in.
At the national level, this Quebec Solidaire candidate spoke about the need for those who do ‘invisible work’, such as natural caregivers, to have access to the “Of course we are still working on sovereignty,” she added.
Jean L’Ecuyer is running as a CAQ candidate.