Choose your councilor Sunday
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.