Rousseau first elec­toral of­fice opens

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

The open­ing of the NDP nom­i­nees’ of­fice in Comp­ton-Stanstead is an im­por­tant step to­wards the change promised by party leader, Tom Mul­cair. It is to be con­sid­ered the lo­cal spring­board for ‘a clear vi­sion and for a pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able energy fu­ture.’ Said lo­cal can­di­date Jean Rousseau who has a real one this year rather than the kitchen ta­ble as he pointed out. It is lo­cated in Len­noxville be­hind the op­tometrist.

Mul­cair’s plan puts for­ward sup­port for fam­i­lies, re­fla­tion and a se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy. To that we can add, the restor­ing of in­vest­ments in our healthcare sys­tem, af­ford­able hous­ing, a noble re­tire­ment for our se­niors and care for our vet­er­ans, as well as a plan to re­build Canada’s rep­u­ta­tion on the in­ter­na­tional front. Said Rousseau re­peat­ing the stan­dard selling point of his party now lead­ing in the polls here in Que­bec.

As if chan­nel­ing Jack Lay­ton’s, he re­peated his last words: ‘We can build a pros­per­ous econ­omy and a so­ci­ety that shares its ben­e­fits more fairly. We can look af­ter our se­niors. We can of­fer bet­ter fu­tures for our chil­dren. We can do our part to save the world’s en­vi­ron­ment. We can re­store our good name in the world. […]. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.’

Ac­cord­ing to Rousseau, there’s a lot to be done on the re­gional front: ‘We have im­por­tant work to do on rail safety and bor­der se­cu­rity. We must sup­port the in­dus­trial and agro­forestry sec­tors. We must also find a way to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of fund­ing for the Mont Megantic ob­ser­va­tory. Fi­nally, we have to lis­ten and di­a­logue with lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­gard­ing their in­fra­struc­tures needs. With the elec­tion of an NDP pro­gres­sive gov­ern­ment, we will bring back hope in a greener, fairer, and eco­nom­i­cally sta­ble coun­try. ‘

Rousseau’s com­mit­ment to the vet­er­ans came to the most mov­ing mo­ment of his press con­fer­ence when he went to re­cite al­most in its en­tity ‘Flan­der’s Fields’, al­most un­able to re­frain from wheep­ing. The MP has been a con­stant pres­ence at all Vet­er­ans event. Along with Sher­brooke in­cum­bent, Pierre-Luc Dussault, he was re­spon­si­ble for the French gov­ern­ment award­ing the Lé­gion d’Hon­neur to lo­cal of sur­vivors of D-Day. Mr. Dussault was present at the con­fer­ence.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

First ever NDP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Jean Rousseau at yesterday press con­fer­ence.

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