Environment Minister tours Townships
Quebecenvironment Minister David Heurtel ( Developpement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climactiques) was in the Eastern Townships last week where he met more than 200 people from five different ridings as well as the members of six environmental organizations.
“This tour of the Estrie was inspiring. I was impressed by the innovation of its citizens. All these projects and initiatives going on in the region play an important role at a time when we must favour sustainable development in the economy. I salute the involvement of the people who we have visited. The environmental challenges that we must face are big. Every gesture is important. Together we can make a difference and build a healthy and sustainable planet for our children,” commented Minister Heurtel.
At the beginning of the tour, in the office of Orford MNA Pierre Reid, the Minister met with the Association pour la protection de lac Parker, MRC representatives, Borealis directors and the Association pour la preservation du lac Magog.
In the afternoon, it was the students of du Triolet who hosted the Minister along with Sherbrooke MNA Luc Fortin and St. Francois MNA Guy Hardy. The students presented their “Planter de l’air pur en Estrie” project.
In Coaticook, The Minister visited the Ressourcerie des frontieres and spoke with the organisers of that valuable service which was a finalist for the Phenix de l’environnement award in 2014. This social economy business shows how it is possible to reconcile sustainable development and economic stimulation by contributing to the reduction of waste material going to the dump and creating sustainable employment.
The Minister finished his tour in Lac Megantic.