Decisive 5th win for Reid
Pierre Reid celebrates with (l. to r.) his wife Lynn Blouin, and two of his children, Louis and Marie-Claire, after his win on Monday night.
Pierre Reid didn’t have to wait long to learn that he had won his 5th consecutive campaign for a Liberal seat at the National Assembly on Monday night. Less than an hour after the polls were closed, he knew he had the election in the bag. Although surprised with such a quick outcome, he wasn’t entirely surprised by his win. “After more than a week of polls going in the same direction, all indicating a trend towards a Liberal government, I wasn’t really surprised,” said the re-elected Orford candidate on Tuesday.
Asked which personal qualities helped his leader win this election, Mr. Reid, who supported Mr. Couillard in his bid as leader of the Quebec Liberals, commented: “I just watched his first press conference as premier. He is a man who, when he speaks, you believe him. He generates trust and confidence, and he’s respectful of others. He’s also very intelligent and learns very quickly; he knows his priorities.”
Commenting on why, in his opinion, the Parti Quebecois lost the election, Mr. Reid said: “The population decided they didn’t like the politics of the PQ. During the last year and a half they were insensitive to the economy, jobs and the neces- sity of a balanced budget. They were playing ‘hideand-seek’ with the population when it came to a referendum, but during the election it became clear that they were using two levels of language; people don’t like that. They also tried ‘wedge’ politics, like in the United States. They used an issue like the Charter to divide the population, but we saw yesterday that the Quebec people don’t want to get into that kind of politics.”
“Mr. Couillard will be a good premier because he has strong beliefs, he’s very transparent and has integrity. As a brain surgeon he had to be very task-oriented and target-oriented, and he brings that to politics. He has an important and difficult task in front of him now, to create the Cabinet,” said Mr. Reid.
“I’m very happy. I have a strong belief in democracy. It’s not always a straight line but when people go too far, people will react to that. I think there is one important message in this: Quebec must be inclusive with immigrants and the basic population, the Anglophone community being a part of that. We must encourage harmony between French and English; we are a good example of this here in the Townships and I’m looking forward to the next four years; we should get a lot done here,” concluded Mr. Reid.