Goguen running for Liberals
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.
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.