Re: New rid­ing pro­posal

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Very in­ter­est­ing the ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing the pro­posal of new rid­ing of Or­ford and of course the una­nim­ity among all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to re­ject that pro­posal. For me it would be a great op­por­tu­nity to re­duce the num­ber of rid­ing in or­der to make it more man­age­able. For ex­am­ple On­tario has 107 rid­ing with a pop­u­la­tion of close to 14 mil­lion. In Que­bec we have 125 rid­ing with a pop­u­la­tion of lit­tle over 8 mil­lion. A sim­ple math rule could re­duce the num­ber of rid­ing in the prov­ince of Que­bec by half. An­other ex­am­ple of all this non sense is Mon­treal with a pop­u­la­tion of 1.7 mil­lion there is 103 mem­bers of coun­cil. Toronto, with a pop­u­la­tion of 4 mil­lion, has 45 mem­bers of coun­cil. Toronto is one of the fastest grow­ing city in North Amer­ica and one of the busiest in sky­scrapers be­ing built right now. Cal­gary with a pop­u­la­tion close to 1 mil­lion have 15 mem­bers of coun­cil. It seems to me that ev­ery­thing re­gard­ing the num­bers of rid­ing or the num­bers of coun­cil­lors in im­por­tant area of our gov­ern­ment in Que­bec was cre­ated to stall progress. It would take po­lit­i­cal courage and will power to cor­rect that sit­u­a­tion if there is such a de­sire. Maybe my friend Robert Benoit the ex-mem­ber of Or­ford rid­ing could in­flu­ence the present gov­ern­ment to make th­ese cor­rec­tions. As far as the name of the rid­ing I would go along with Stanstead. Maxime Doyon, Born in Stanstead, living in Dudswell

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