Or­ford can­di­date pro­files

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Pierre Reid is run­ning in his 4th pro­vin­cial elec­tion, hav­ing been first elected in 2003 to the Na­tional Assem­bly. An ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner, he is hold­ing press con­fer­ences ev­ery Fri­day to dis­cuss the spe­cific is­sues he is most con­cerned about, be­gin­ning last Fri­day with his ideas to im­prove the lo­cal econ­omy and tourism. This Fri­day he will fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs while the fol­low­ing Fri­day it will be

youth and cul­ture.

“Ma­gog is in a pe­riod of tran­si­tion when it comes to em­ploy­ment. We are mov­ing from tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing plants to econ­omy-ori­ented ser­vices such as tourism. We have been suc­cess­ful in sta­bi­liz­ing the num­ber of jobs in the Ma­gog area in the last few years but we must de­velop jobs in ar­eas other than man­u­fac­tur­ing,” com­mented Mr. Reid. An­other con­cern is the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion of the re­gion. “Last year we cre­ated forty new jobs in health ser­vices.” He also spoke about the pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing more of a ser­vice in­dus­try to help se­niors stay in their homes. “Many peo­ple with con­sid­er­able pen­sions are mov­ing to this area so there is a big po­ten­tial there.”

“It’s also most im­por­tant to cre­ate and de­velop tourist prod­ucts that at­tract peo­ple from out­side the re­gion. This is how you de­velop a tourism in­dus­try,” said Mr. Reid. “I’ve made a com­mit­ment to my­self to de­velop these kinds of prod­ucts in the next four years.”

Asked why

he

want- ed to run again, Mr. Reid an­swered: “I like the re­gion. I want to feel like I am use­ful. I’ve had suc­cess with projects in the past and I would like to do that again.” He also added, jok­ingly: “It’s won­der­ful to have an elec­tion in the sum­mer for the can­di­dates. The last three took place in the slush and snow. This one is a lot safer!”

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Pierre Reid at his weekly press con­fer­ence. In the back­ground is a photo that he took of the fi­nal mo­ments of the

Traver­sée du Lac Mem­phrem­a­gog this year.

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