Cows get fancy vis­i­tors

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Coat­i­cook

It’s pre-pre-pre-elec­tion time and Saint-Fran­cois M.N.A., also the Estrie Min­is­ter and Health Min­is­ter, was show­ing Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter François Gen­dron Coat­i­cook’s pride, the CRIFA, when the first bad news struck. To the dis­may of both politi­cians, they learned that the Agri­cul­ture func­tionary who is usu­ally posted in Coat­i­cook is no longer there! Sim­ply be­cause of the government cost cut­ting mea­sure that has ba­si­cally cut to nil any ex­penses, in­clud­ing mileage, of course. Since then, the hub of agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties in the Town­ships has been with­out a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, which is lo­cated in the agri­cul­tural zone of Sher­brooke, on King Street! The dis­may on the face of Mr. Gen­dron was vis­i­ble for all to see and he could bare- ly re­strain his anger. The vice-pre­mier in the Marois government, first elected in 1976 so he is wor­thy of the post, told his as­sis­tants to get to the bot­tom of this mess as soon as pos­si­ble.

Mr. Gen­dron talked about a new ini­tia­tive for agri­cul­ture that should be ready in the next few weeks, named Agri­cul­tural Sovereignty. He was asked by this news­pa­per on how this de­ferred from the first Levesque government pol­icy of Agri­cul­tural In­de­pen­dence. His 36 years at the Na­tional As­sem­bly came to the res­cue as he skated grace­fully around the se­man­tic of both con­cepts. He as­sured us that the pol­icy will come with all the reg­u­la­tions nec­es­sary to im­ple­ment it. The min­is­ter also said that he was not in­ter­ested in open­ing the agri­cul­ture mar­ket to a sec­ond union, Que­bec will thus re­main –apart from some com­mu­nist coun­tries and we guess North Korea- the only ju­ris­dic­tion in the world where farm­ers are forced to ad­here to a sin­gle union if they want to re­ceive tax re­lief.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

An­dré Cou­ture, Com­mis­sion sco­laire des Hauts-Can­tons vice-pres­i­dent, CIARC’s Gérard Car­bon­neau, Vice-pre­mier and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter François Gen­dron and Saint-François

M.N.A. and Min­is­ter of Health and So­cial Ser­vices, Dr. Ré­jean Hébert.

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