Can we get a sta­ble rid­ing?

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

things first: A vote is a vote. And a West­mount vote up on the hill is the same vote as one from a vil­lage on the Up­per, Up­per North Shore of Que­bec.

Just down be­low us, there are two types of leg­is­la­tors: rep­re­sen­ta­tives, one per state min­i­mum, and sen­a­tors, two per state. More or less, it takes a mil­lion vot­ers to get a rep­re­sen­ta­tive. So Ver­mont has one rep­re­sen­ta­tive and two sen­a­tors. But Ver­mont is not the bot­tom state, with more than 600,000 cit­i­zens. Wy­oming is a tad un­der that mark.

Here in Canada we are struck with a de­ci­sion from the Supreme Court, based on a Saskatchewan ap­peal that ac­cepts a 25% vari­ance be­tween rid­ings. In Que­bec, the ex­cep­tion is the Magdalen Is­land and a cou­ple of other rid­ings. The process is re­peated at ev­ery sec­ond gen­eral elec­tion. Or­ford is the de­scen­dant of the Stanstead rid­ing from the time of Lower Canada.

That this news­pa­per would love that the rid­ing re­take its for­mer name is ob­vi­ous, but this a dream.

The re­al­ity is that the posal to re­bal­ance Or­ford is a bad one.

In­clud­ing vil­lages along route 243, from Rich­mond to Val­court, is not se­ri­ous.

The Com­mis­sion asked for pro­pos­als. We have one. Bring back Stanstead East, all of Coat­i­cook and Comp­ton back into the rid­ing. As it was for years.

There is a com­mu­nity here. Not in the pro­posed new bound­aries. This is sim­ple. Now for the com­plex. This news­pa­per thinks that there are too many of ev­ery­thing in Que­bec: Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, MRC’s, re­gions, and fi­nally rid­ings, which leads to more min­istries and de­part­ments, all cater­ing to re­gions, with re­gional di­rec­torates and sec­re­tar­iats and what­not. Putting a cost on this would eas­ily lead us into the bil­lions of dol­lars each and ev­ery year.

Less rid­ings would mean less ‘min­is­ters’. It’s a sim­ple re­al­ity, to please enough mem­bers of their cau­cuses, gov­ern­ing premiers must please at least a third of them with a ‘min­is­ter’ ti­tle. Even if it means in­vent­ing one with a non-ex­ist­ing min­istry. Or one that is so spe­cial­ized that noth­ing makes sense. Why this area and not an­other?

A thor­ough dis­cus­sion should be held on the ques­tion. As for­mer Pre­mier, Jean Charest, was able to con­vene a group of MNA’s, from all sides of the Par­lia­ment to dis­cuss the Right to Die is­sue, Pre­mier Couil­lard should do the same for a com­plete re­for­mu­la­tion of how we live and are gov­erned. Not the bull­dozer ap­proach fa­vored up to now on most is­sues, with the re­sult that none are taken se­ri­ously and are re­jected with­out even look­ing to see if they have some good in them, but a Par­lia­men­tary com­mis­sion with a clear man­date over a cou­ple of years, that would be the sub­ject in the next elec­tion sched­uled for 2018. As the Right to Die one was. Mean­while we urge, as all do, that the

élec­torale re­ject the pro­posed bound­ary and con­sider our pro­posal.

Next time we’ll go af­ter the name. 8th Grade Fi­nal Exam: Salina, KS - 1895 Gram­mar (Time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of cap­i­tal let­ters. 2. Name the parts of speech and de­fine those that have no mod­i­fi­ca­tions. 3. De­fine verse, stanza and para­graph 4. What are the prin­ci­pal parts of a verb? Give prin­ci­pal parts of ‘lie, ‘play,’ and ‘run.’ 5. De­fine case; il­lus­trate each case. 6. What is punc­tu­a­tion? Give rules for prin­ci­pal marks of punc­tu­a­tion. 7 - 10. Write a com­po­si­tion of about 150 words and show therein that you un­der­stand the prac­ti­cal use of the rules of gram­mar. Arith­metic (Time,1 hour 15 min­utes) 1. Name and de­fine the Fun­da­men­tal Rules of Arith­metic. 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold? 3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, de­duct­ing 1,050 lbs. For tare? 4. Dis­trict No 33 has a val­u­a­tion of $35,000.. What is the nec­es­sary levy to carry on a school seven months

at $50 per month, and have $104 for in­ci­den­tals? 5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton. 6. Find the in­ter­est of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 per­cent. 7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inch es wide and 16 ft.. Long at $20 per me­tre? 8. Find bank dis­count on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 per­cent 9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the dis­tance of which is 640 rods? 10. Write a Bank Check, a Promis­sory Note, and a Re­ceipt U.S. His­tory (Time, 45 min­utes) 1. Give the epochs into which U.S. His­tory is di­vided 2. Give an ac­count of the dis­cov­ery of Amer­ica by Colum­bus 3. Re­late the causes and re­sults of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. 4. Show the ter­ri­to­rial growth of the United States 5. Tell what you can of the his­tory of Kansas 6. De­scribe three of the most prom­i­nent bat­tles of the Re­bel­lion. 7. Who were the fol­low­ing: Morse, Whit­ney, Ful­ton, Bell, Lin­coln, Penn, and Howe? 8. Name events con­nected with the fol­low­ing dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

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