Jean L’ecuyer for the CAQ

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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.

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