Choose your coun­cilor Sun­day

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

It seems ob­vi­ous that there are a lot of Stanstead res­i­dents who care about their town: a to­tal of six are run­ning in this Sun­day’s by­elec­tion to fill seat no. 2, va­cated by for­mer coun­cilor Rol­lande Rouleau.

Michel Cor­riveau has lived all his life in the Beebe sec­tor of town and was fol­low­ing a fam­ily tra­di­tion when he de­cided to run for the coun­cil seat. “My fa­ther, my brother and my wife have all been coun­cilors, and I wanted to run as a per­sonal chal­lenge,” said Mr. Cor­riveau in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. Mr. Cor­riveau would like to see the prop­erty taxes kept down, es­pe­cially be­cause of the town’s ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

De­nis Dubois has al­ways lived in the re­gion and moved to Stanstead seven years ago. He was a coun­cilor in Ste-Cather­ine-de-Hat­ley for five years and has twenty years of ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment. “I’d like to see more lead­er­ship in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. We need to make de­ci­sions with the best in­ter­ests of the peo­ple and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in mind, and re­spect the abil­ity of peo­ple to pay for things. We have a nice mu­nic­i­pal­ity and we need to take care of it,” com­mented Mr. Dubois.

Robert Dubois, who grew up in the Og­den and Stanstead area, has lived in the Rock Is­land sec­tor of Stanstead for eigh­teen years and ran in the 2013 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion. He has worked in the gran­ite in­dus­try, in con­struc­tion and is now work­ing at Stanstead Col­lege. “Stanstead is a beau­ti­ful town with potential. I want to try to get in there and move for­ward with the other coun­cilors – the coun­cil is a team. To­day we see chil­dren leav­ing to find work but I’d like to change that. I have three adult boys who all want to stay in the Stanstead area,” said Mr. Dubois.

Jean-Louis Le Cav­a­lier came to Stanstead in 2005 and has been a vol­un­teer driver for the CAB Rediker since 2006. He was a coun­cilor in Mont St-Hi­laire for six­teen years, work­ing on trans­port, po­lice and fire depart­ment dossiers, and found­ing a busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion. “It would be a re­turn to mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics for me. My wife and I are not spend­ing win­ters in south Texas any­more, and I love pol­i­tics. I also be­lieve there is a lack of lead­er­ship in Stanstead,” com­mented Mr. Le Cav­a­lier.

Georges O’Shaugh­nessy, orig­i­nally from Mon­treal, moved to Stanstead seven years ago. Although he is with­out ex­pe­ri­ence in mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, he has held the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary for the Cor­po­ra­tion des Agronomes de la re­gion de Mon­treal and the Ass. Des com­mu­ni­ca­teurs et redac­teurs agri­cole. He com­mented to the Stanstead Jour­nal: “I’ve been go­ing to coun­cil meet­ings and ask­ing ques­tions, but now I want to have more of an im­pact, and to fight the ‘spirit of dis­cour­age­ment’. We need to roll up our sleeves and get work­ing on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, the rest will come af­ter.”

Ni­cholas Ouellet is a young can­di­date in his twen­ties, born and raised in Stanstead and the son of town coun­cilor Guy Ouellet. Although he doesn’t have ex­pe­ri­ence in mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, he has been in­volved as a vol­un­teer in the lo­cal soc­cer pro­gram. “I got mar­ried a month ago and my wife and I have al­ready bought a piece of land here in Stanstead. We plan on build­ing a home next year. I would like to bring new ideas to the town, es­pe­cially to help keep young fam­i­lies in the area,” said Mr. Ouellet.

The vote will take place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 27th, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, at Jardin-des-Fron­tieres school.

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