Orford candidate profiles
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.”
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!”
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.