Canada an­nounces $100 mil­lion in fund­ing to United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

“Canada will con­tinue to stand by the peo­ple of Syria and their neigh­bour­ing coun­tries dur­ing this con­flict. Along with our com­mit­ment to bring 25,000 Syr­ian refugees to Canada, our ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tion to the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees ef­forts will help the poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble, and sup­port those af­fected by times of cri­sis in frag­ile states.”

- The Hon­ourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie

On Oc­to­ber 19th Cana­di­ans from all over the coun­try made a choice. The rid­ing of Comp­tonS­tanstead was not spared by the will of peo­ple for a change of di­rec­tion than the one the con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment had been for the last 9 last years. I would thus like to sin­cerely thank the cit­i­zens of the 35 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, the dis­tricts of Rock-For­est/St-Élie/ Deauville, Len­noxville and of the for­mer Can­ton d’As­cot; it is with pride and honor that I rep­re­sented you at the House of Com­mons dur­ing the 41st Par­lia­ment. Comp­ton-Stanstead is di­ver­si­fied eco­nom­i­cally and its labour force is more than able to ac­com­plish the big chal­lenges which will re­main nu­mer­ous in the next years. My role also gave me the op­por­tu­nity to meet proud and re­source­ful in­di­vid­u­als. I will miss you.

For the last 11 years I have been a mil­i­tant for one cause, that of so­cial democ­racy. I al­ways be­lieved in the virtue of re­spect of hu­man rights, the el­dery, the en­vi­ron­ment, gen­der equal­ity and much more. A very spe­cial thank you goes to my wife Cyn­thia Ro­drigue who held the fort dur­ing my long ab­sences, to the Cana­dian le­gions, to the HUT 318 of Len­noxville, to the Weetchumpees, to Mr. An­dré Nault and to Mrs. Nancy Lay­ton; you were for me an un­bounded in­spi­ra­tion. I un­for­tu­nately leave with un­fin­ished work: the fi­nanc- ing of the Mont-Mé­gan­tic ob­ser­va­tory, the state of rail­ways, em­ploy­ment-in­sur­ance, border se­cu­rity, the safe­guard of fam­ily farms, health pro­grams for our veter­ans and much more.

How­ever, the day has come to pass on the torch and for me to tackle new projects as well as pro­fes­sional ob­jec­tives. I want to salute the nu­mer­ous mil­i­tants, vol­un­teers of var­i­ous small and spe­cial oc­ca­sions, my team (Alain, Lu­cie, Va­lerie, Julie, Mar­i­lyn) as well as the 15,500 peo­ple who be­lieved in me and in my party dur­ing the last elec­toral cam­paign; once again I thank you very much.

Jean Rousseau

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