Min­is­ter Bibeau ad­dresses Cham­ber of Com­merce

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Sher­brooke

Last Wed­nes­day, Comp­ton Stanstead MP and Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie, Marie Claude Bibeau, ad­dressed the Sher­brooke Cham­ber of Com­merce at Bishop’s Univer­sity.

“We are a gov­ern­ment look­ing to­wards the fu­ture who be­lieves in the need to in­vest now in the coun­try’s econ­omy, act­ing as a part­ner with the prov­inces, the ter­ri­to­ries and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. When we talk about eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment here, we think im­me­di­ately of the Sher­brooke Air­port or, should I say, ‘the air­port for south­ern Que­bec’… since this project is clearly iden­ti­fied as a pri­or­ity for the seven MRC’s that are around it,” said the Min­is­ter. Min­is­ter Bibeau also spoke of trans­port safety, men­tion­ing how $143 mil­lion had been ded­i­cated to rail­way safety in the bud­get.

“Our gov­ern­ment also be­lieves in our youth, and that’s why we have in­vested in their fu­ture by mul­ti­ply­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stages and jobs of your fu­ture em­ploy­ees.” This year, the bud­get for the Canada Sum­mer Job Pro­gram has dou­bled, cre­at­ing two hun­dred stu­dent jobs in the Comp­ton-Stanstead rid­ing. Two bil­lion dol­lars has been al­lo­cated for a new Strate­gic In­vest­ment Fund for post-sec­ondary es­tab­lish­ments, bring­ing with it in­vest­ment in the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke, and $800 mil­lion for in­no­va­tive pro­jects.

Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship and Dairy In­dus­try

“My nu­mer­ous meet­ings with milk pro­duc­ers and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives have al­lowed me to un­der­stand how cru­cial, when it comes to the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, the ques­tion of dia-fil­tered milk is. The is­sue is ex­tremely im­por­tant for the sur­vival of our fam­ily farms and the econ­omy of our re­gion, of Que­bec, and of the coun­try. But the is­sue is also very com­plex on a le­gal and com­mer­cial level. I as­sure you that the ques­tion of dia-fil­tered milk is a pri­or­ity for our gov­ern­ment. The ru­ral cau­cus, of which I be­long to along with about forty other Lib­eral deputies, al­ways re­mind our col­leagues and Min­is­ters, with con­vic­tion, about the ur­gency of the sit­u­a­tion.”

Min­is­ter Bibeau switched from French to English when she spoke about the chal­lenges and needs of the lo­cal An­glo­phone com­mu­nity, “Two am­bi­tious pro­jects con­cern­ing Bishop’s Univer­sity and Cham­plain Col­lege are cur­rently un­der eval­u­a­tion, and I am hope­ful that there will soon be good news to share. And the $675 mil­lion in­vest­ment in CBC/Ra­dio-Canada an­nounced in the bud­get will en­sure we have ac­cess to high-qual­ity pro­grams and ser­vices in both of our of­fi­cial lan­guages.”

The Comp­ton-Stanstead MP fin­ished her speech by ad­dress­ing the is­sue of in­equal­ity and poverty, men­tion­ing the New Hori­zons grants for se­niors which will be an­nounced soon and the low­er­ing of in­come tax for the mid­dle class, among other things.

Comp­ton-Stanstead MP Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke to the Sher­brooke Cham­ber of Com­merce, at Bishop’s Univer­sity, last Wed­nes­day.

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