Jean Rousseau looks back at the par­lia­men­tary ses­sion

Se­cu­rity and cuts in bud­get have kept the MP busy for the last few months

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke

As the par­lia­men­tary ses­sion in Ot­tawa comes to an end, New Demo­crat MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead) said he is con­cerned by the government’s abuses but, de­spite ev­ery­thing, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at his work in the House of Com­mons and in the rid­ing.

“In front of us, we have a tired and old gov­ern-- ment, plagued by scan­dals and its in­abil­ity to man­age com­plex files like Nexen and the F-35s,” said Rousseau.

“For in­stance, they took much too long to ad­mit that there was an or­gan­ised sys­tem to il­le­gally bring peo­ple across our bor­ders. Af­ter ig­nor­ing this re­al­ity, the government has re­cently an­nounced mea­sures that still do not fix the prob­lem.”

Along with his New Demo­crat col­leagues, Jean Rousseau fought against the adop­tion of a sec­ond mon­ster bud­get bill of more than 400 pages. The bill con­tained the pure and sim­ple abo­li­tion of the Nav­i­ga­ble Wa­ters Pro­tec­tion Act’s en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures, leav­ing 99% of the coun­try’s lakes and rivers un­pro­tected. “This is a ma­jor en­vi­ron­men­tal set­back that we fought against, but the Con­ser­va­tives went ahead and adopted this aber­ra­tion,” said Rousseau.

The NDP also for­mally op­posed the Con­ser­va­tives’ puni­tive em­ploy­ment in­surance re­form. Ac­cord­ing to their plan, some un­em­ployed work­ers will have to ac­cept any job lo­cated up to an hour’s drive from their home at the risk of los­ing their ben­e­fits. This will in­evitably lead to an ex­o­dus of work­ers from many re­gions of the coun- try and un­fairly pun­ish sea­sonal work­ers.

Fi­nally, Rousseau re­peat­edly crit­i­cized the ar­ro­gant at­ti­tude of the government, which used clo­sure numer­ous times to limit de­bate. “The lack of trans­parency and re­fusal to pro­vide nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to make in­formed choices demon­strates the Con­ser­va­tives’ con­tempt for Cana­di­ans and their demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions.”

“For­tu­nately, the NDP was able to hold them to ac­count. New Democrats form a team of com­pe­tent pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tors who lis­ten to Cana­di­ans and de­fend their pub­lic in­ter­est,” said Rousseau.

The con­trast be­tween Stephen Harper’s Canada and New Democrats’ Canada has never been clearer.

Last­week­end, there was not a sin­gle ar­rest for drunk driv­ing on the ter­ri­tory of the (RPM); an im­pres­sive statis­tic es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the fact that the hol­i­day sea­son has ar­rived. Two po­lice road­blocks were set up and more than 400 ve­hi­cles were stopped. Of that num­ber, only two drivers had been drink­ing and they did not sur­pass the le­gal limit. Most of the ve­hi­cles were be­ing driven ei­ther by vol­un­teers from or by des­ig­nated drivers!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all!

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