Goguen run­ning for Lib­er­als

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Af­ter run­ning in the fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign, in 2008, as a Lib­eral, and now run­ning as the pro­vin­cial Lib­eral can­di­date in the rid­ing of St. Fran­cois, Nathalie Goguen calls her­self a “real Lib­eral”. She is orig­i­nally from As­bestos, was schooled at the Ur­su­lines Con­vent in Stanstead, and now lives in Sher­brooke where she has been a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor for the past two and a half years.

De­vel­op­ing the econ­omy is one is­sue for Mrs. Goguen. “The econ­omy is at the cen­tre of all my plat­forms whether they are about agri­cul­ture, health, forestry or the pro­tec­tion of our en­vi­ron­ment.” She also spoke about the im­por­tance of keep­ing young An­glo­phones in the area by en­cour­ag­ing their en­trepreneur­ship, work­ing on bet­ter English ser­vices and help­ing them in­te­grate into the French work­place. The iso­la­tion of An­glo­phone se­niors is an­other prob­lem that con­cerns her. “I’ll be meet­ing with the prin­ci­pal of Bishop’s Univer­sity this week to dis­cuss a project on the school’s li­brary. It’s im­por­tant to pre­serve the An­glo­phone her­itage; the two cul­tures must work side by side,” said the can­di­date.

De­vel­op­ing the links be­tween mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments is also im­por­tant to Mrs. Goguen. “We need to lis­ten more to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, to the com­mu­ni­ties. The best way to find so­lu­tions is by work­ing with peo­ple,” said the mother of four teenage chil- dren who in­sists she is well aware of mid­dle class re­al­i­ties.

Speak­ing about the Plan Nord, she com­mented: “We must de­velop Quebec; 80% of Quebec is not de­vel­oped. We must find rev­enues to help ad­dress the prob­lem of an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.” “I think it is very ad­mirable how Mr. Charest has brought us through the eco­nomic cri­sis with the ci­ti­zen’s ser­vices in­tact,” she added.

“I am very mo­ti­vated to find so­lu­tions to our prob­lems. The pas­sion is there!” she con­cluded.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Tak­ing a hint from her Or­ford col­league Pierre Reid, who is well known to take a pic­ture or two, Saint-François can­di­date Nathalie Goguen came to the res­cue at last Wed­nes­day’s visit to Le Cep d’Argent to take the pic­ture of chef Alan Chap­man with Premier Charest and his wife Michelle.

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