Cows get fancy visitors
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.
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.