NDP launches ''Our Region abandoned’’ Campaign''
After campaigning with the slogan “Our region in power,” the Conservatives completely abandoned the Eastern Townships
New Democrats launched a major campaign today to call the Conservatives to order. The government prided itself on being for the regions in the May 2011 election, but has completely abandoned its promises and is now governing against the interests of the Eastern Townships.
“In the May 2011 elections, the Conservatives’ slogan for their campaign in Quebec was ‘Our region in power,’” said New Democrat MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault. Stephen Harper said: “A stable, majority Conservative government will address the concerns of Quebecers from all regions and protect their interests by focusing on economic recovery, job creation and the security of our borders.” Nearly two years after the elections, it’s clear the government has broken its promise.
“The Conservatives have done exactly the opposite of what they promised. What they’re doing will kill the regional economy. Seasonal work will be hugely affected by their reckless EI reform,” said Jean Rousseau.
While they continue to subsidize oil companies, they’ve completely abandoned Quebec’s forestry industry. The government also gutted environmental protections for our lakes and rivers and abolished fish habitat protections.
Worse: The Conservatives are centralizing the Economic Development Agency’s regional offices, closing regional post offices and cutting funding to CBC,
which provides regional news. They also gutted the Community Access program, responsible for developing Internet access outside of major centres. “How can we ensure the economic development of our regions if we take away these tools?,” said Rousseau.
With the survival of our regions at stake, the NDP launched a campaign today to remind the Conservative government of its promises to the population and our region. Signs saying “Our region abandoned” will mock the Conservatives’ 2011 campaign and call Stephen Harper to order.
“Together, let’s send a clear message to the Conservative government: we will stand up for our region. We will not sit on our hands before Stephen Harper, who decided to abandon our regions,” said Dusseault.
The public is invited to visit the website: notreregionabandonnee. ca to learn more about Conservative attacks on the regions.
The campaign will also extend to social media. People will be able to post photos on Facebook and Twitter of the regions with the message we want to send to Stephen Harper.