MP Rousseau tours Stanstead’s granite industry
NDP MP Jean Rousseau, who was nominated on Sunday as the Compton/Stanstead NDP candidate for the upcoming federal election, visited Stanstead yester- day to learn more about the granite industry. It was his first tour of the granite shops, here in Stanstead, and he learnt about their challenges. “The industry has problems attracting skilled workers. I was told by one of the companies that they have requested
information about apprentice programs and have been waiting for a response for over a year,” said the MP who also learnt about the fierce competition from China. The shops visited on Tuesday were Granit Design, Rock of Ages, and Rouleau Granit.
Being a border town, The MP is also concerned about the massive cuts to the Canadian Border Patrol Service ($140 million) and the RCMP ($350 million) about two years ago and the implications of those cuts.
“I’ve decided that when I make my first statement in the House of Commons this year, it will be about Stanstead and all the possibilities here,” mentioned Mr. Rousseau. The other issues of major concern to Mr. Rousseau and the NDP include the major cuts to Canada Post, Radio Canada and the CBC. “Employment Insurance is still a big issue. Only 40% of those who apply receive the insurance; they refuse almost every demand and you have to push for it. And government training is well-publicized by the government, but it’s very hard to access.”
“The first topic in the House may be the conflict with ISIL. Canadian forces have become involved in the fighting so we will remind Mr. Harper that that was not the mission that we agreed to. The affair of Raif Badawi also concerns us. His family lives in Sherbrooke and we are very worried about him.”
Mr. Rousseau’s nomination ceremony was held at the Sherbrooke Airport restaurant and featured a special guest: Nancy Layton. “I was very touched. She has always been supportive of my mandate, often attending my events. I was quite honored that she attended,” said Mr. Rousseau.
Asked why the ceremony was held at the airport, Mr. Rousseau responded: “All of the MRC’s around the airport could benefit from industrial investment if it were re-certified. The Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce has told me that the region loses one interesting opportunity per month because there is no airport. Even as far away as here in Stanstead, at Granit Design they told me today that many of their customers would come more often if they could fly into Sherbrooke. If we win the next election, Mr. Mulcair will make sure that the safety certification of the airport would be in place.”
Accompanying NDP MP Jean Rousseau (centre) on his tour of Stanstead yesterday were Stanstead’s Business Development Consultant Joanne Lajeunesse McKay and mayor Philippe Dutil.
gets a heartfelt hug from Nancy Layton during the
nomination ceremony on Sunday.
Seen at last Sunday’s nomination ceremony, held at the Sherbrooke Airport restaurant, were (l. to r.) Pierre-Luc
Dusseault, MP Sherbrooke; Alain Giguère, MP MarcAurèle Fortin; Jean Rousseau, MP Compton-Stanstead; and Robert Aubin, MP Trois-Rivières.
A crowd of about sixty hungry supporters attended the nomination ceremony of the local NDP candidates including
Jean Rousseau, seen here.