Bre­ton’s third race

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Michel Bre­ton is run­ning as a Parti Que­be­cois can­di­date for a third time in the

Or­ford rid­ing. He has been the pres­i­dent of the PQ Or­ford rid­ing for sev­eral years and acted as the as­sis­tant to the for­mer Bloc MP, Chris­tian Ouellet, from 2006 to 2011. He also serves on seven community com­mit­tees in the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC, such as the school per­se­ver­ance com­mit­tee. “I am so ready,” he ad­mit­ted.

Asked about the main is­sues in the re­gion, Mr. Bre­ton an­swered:

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Michel Bre­ton is run­ning in his third cam­paign for the Parti Que­be­cois.

“We pro­pose to in­vest more money in homecare to re­duce emer­gency room wait­ing times.” He also spoke about an idea to cre­ate “Car­refours de nou­velle economie” in com­mu­ni­ties that need re­vi­tal­iza­tion, such as in Stanstead and Pot­ton. These would be phys­i­cal places where new tech­nolo­gies and the new econ­omy, along with en­tre­pre­neur­ial ideas could come to­gether un­der one roof.

On the cam­paign trail, re­cently Mr. Bre­ton was in Highwater where cit­i­zens are con­cerned about the build­ing of a pump­ing sta­tion and pipe­lines to move tar sands oil to the New Eng­land states. “We are op­posed to this project so we were there to sup­port the peo­ple,” he com­mented.

Mr. Bre­ton seems en­cour­aged that more peo­ple will vote in this elec­tion. “In 2007 we had a 72% vot­ing rate while in the 2008 Quebec elec­tion it went down to 58%. In this elec­tion when I go door-to-door, peo­ple seem very sure that they will be vot­ing. I’m very sur­prised by the in­ter­est peo­ple are show­ing; I thought a sum­mer elec­tion would be qui­eter!”

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