New Year, new faces?

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

In­the wake of the cor­rup­tion scan­dal that has en­gulfed the province, now cen­tered on the mu­nic­i­pal world but in the next cou­ple of months touch­ing the pro­vin­cial one also, next Novem­ber’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions will be in­ter­est­ing, to say the least.

In Stanstead, mayor Du­til has stated that he will not run again, a de­ci­sion that we re­gret but re­spect. Else­where, in Hat­ley, as we re­ported this week, a new mayor will have to be elected by the pop­u­la­tion.

There is a slight chance that Mrs. Marois would go for a fall elec­tion if the Lib­er­als are in dis­ar­ray fol­low­ing the lack­lus­tre lead­er­ship race now in progress, if a tur­tle race can ever be in progress. If a ma­jor bomb comes out of the Char­bon­neau Com­mis­sion be­fore its sum­mer re­cess, then she may even go for an early Septem­ber one. That the pro­vin­cial Lib­er­als do not seem to re­al­ize that they have lost the elec­tion and the fran­co­phone vote sup­port doesn’t help the fed­er­al­ist cause. Apart from Mr. Moreau, whose cre­den­tials are slip­pier than a new Cana­dian bill, nei­ther Mr. Bac­hand nor Dr. Couil­lard are known for their ‘Canada First’ view. That the fa­vorite at the start­ing block, Mr. Couil­lard, is in­volved too deeply in the McGill mega hospi­tal mess, is putting him out of con­tention, Mr. Bac­hand re­ceiv­ing the bless­ing of the Que­bec es­tab­lish­ment at a dizzy­ing pace, even if his love of the Cana­dian fed­er­a­tion is so new that no­body truly be­lieves in it.

At the fed­eral level, the main con­tender is box­ing champ and main flip-flop­per Justin, same name as his papa, Trudeau. There again, he is a gift from heaven for both Mr. Harper and Mr. Mul­cair. Ev­ery­where west of Win­nipeg the mere men­tion of the Trudeau mark brings a sud­den el­e­va­tion in blood pres­sure to the calmest peo­ple, and here in Que­bec the pas­sion for the Trudeau name is English only. That they are pass­ing over Bob Rae is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion. Still, the less than charis­matic as­tro­naut, Marc Garneau, would be a bet­ter choice; he is well grounded where it counts: Here on the planet Earth.

All of this doesn’t bode well for the English com­mu­nity of Que­bec. Mrs. Marois has more than a fair chance of win­ning a ma­jor­ity. If it was only for her, we wouldn’t have to worry much, but the hard­lin­ers are at it with the changes to Bill 101, some pure trea­son on the given word of the Landry government. That no­body in his right mind con­tests that the Mon­treal French prob­lem is real and needs correction, one would be hard-pressed to find enough Parti Québe­cois mem­bers to fill a tele­phone booth to ar­gue that the whole of the An­glo­phone pop­u­la­tion in Que­bec is re­spon­si­ble for it.

By the way, there is an on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion on that at­tempt. Peo­ple have un­til Fri­day, Jan­uary the 11th, to fill out a brief. Go to http://tinyurl.com/aguqc5g for more in­for­ma­tion ‘en Anglais’ from the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Sen.Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment af­ter Congress ap­proved leg­is­la­tion that ex­tends green en­ergy in­cen­tives as part of a bill to pre­serve tax cuts for work­ing fam­i­lies:

“The ‘fis­cal cliff’ agree­ment was not a ‘good’ piece of leg­is­la­tion but not pass­ing the bill would have been much worse.

“In ad­di­tion to mak­ing sure most Amer­i­cans do not see an in­crease in their in­come taxes, and that 2 mil­lion work­ers will con­tinue to re­ceive their un­em­ploy­ment com­pen­sa­tion, this leg­is­la­tion de­feats ef­forts to cut ben­e­fits for So­cial Se­cu­rity re­cip­i­ents and for dis­abled veter­ans. De­spite an eleventh-hour bid by Se­nate Repub­li­cans, the fi­nal bill does not in­clude their pro­posed change in how cost-ofliv­ing ad­just­ments are cal­cu­lated. As the founder of the De­fend­ing So­cial Se­cu­rity Cau­cus and the in­com­ing chair­man of the Se­nate Veter­ans’ Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, I am proud that or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing se­niors and veter­ans worked to­gether to block the switch to a so-called chained CPI as a way to cut fu­ture ben-

Thanksto a MAMROT (min­istry of mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs) grant from the Coat­i­cook’s has had an arche­o­log­i­cal in­ven­tory done on the site of the old Queen Ho­tel, sit­u­ated be­hind the mu­seum. Ac­cord­ing to his­tor­i­cal re­search done prior to the in­ven­tory, the ho­tel ex­isted be­tween 1863 and 1897 and was de­stroyed by a fire.

The in­ven­tory, which took place be­tween Novem­ber

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