Politico score cards
s kids are getting in the last leg of their school year, it’s time to give some marks to our politicians. ustin’s love-in was able to live more than one hundred days before dissolving, quite literally, before our very eyes. Well, he had to show up on the Hill once in a while and then reality sunk in; Parliament is not a boxing match with Senator Brazeau.
As for Couillard, the less said, the better. But at least our almost decade long fight to keep school boards as they are seems to be on hiatus for a decade.
When we started questioning politicians proposing to abolish school boards, we were looked upon as if we had debarked from Mars, by them and our fellow journalists, who believed that because nobody shows up Election Day, the system is doomed. It is doomed, because nobody admits that politics is party based and is not in silos. There is only one citizen and one tax payer. Already we, and I mean the English community, has lost any meaningful representatives on health care organisations. Should we remind all that the publisher has spent eight years in Saskatchewan trying to correct years of ‘majority rule’. So that should be behind us for a while. Locally at the provincial level, Pierre Reid is all smiles. He should be: the education ministry reminds us of the fun we had as children, getting into the revolving door at Eaton’s, ejecting minister after minister. Reid had one of the best experiences as the Education Minister, maybe too much for the bureaucrats at the ministry.
Luc Fortin, the late minute candidate for Sherbrooke, had one of the shortest stays as a minister ever, before he went missing, under the radar all the time.
Guy Hardy, in Saint-Francois, was not the first choice of the Liberals and it shows. He is the nicest man in person but obviously not a politician.
The presumptive provincial candidate in Saint-François at that election was Marie-Claude Bibeau who passed for ‘personal’ reasons, which we will take at face value as she would have faced Health Minister Réjean Hébert who, if the memory of most of you should recall was a shoo-in for re-election.
Quebec’s loss was Ottawa’s gain. As Minister of International Development and La Francophonie she has undone in a couple of months the utter neglect of the Pearson doctrine by the Conservative government. Canada may not be the biggest and most powerful country there is, but we are always present.
The publisher admits that he was somehow involved in the politics of explaining to Canadians that spending government money abroad was a good idea in the late 60’s. Not a popular notion.
Yet, we can estimate today that a quarter of a million jobs, right here in Quebec, depend on that policy. Most of the big engineering firms would not be what they are today without those international contracts that they got then. Bombardier would never have gotten railroad contracts all over the planet without an early boost from Ottawa in those ‘emerging’ markets. The list goes on and on. Rebuilding the trust that these countries had once in Canada seemed, last year, like a multi-year task. Mrs. Bibeau’s work seems to have shrunk the timeframe by a couple of factors.
She merits the highest marks that this newspaper can bestow on her: A perfect A+. Social entity: Granit Central- Coop de Solidarité is a committee composed of with 7 members: 5 members from the granite industry and 2 members as citizens of the town. Granit Central is at a turning point of its future. Granit Central is an important tourist attraction in the region and creates seasonal jobs each year. We are working very hard in different projects to attract tourists and to participate and the local economy. Project: We presently have a project in progress that is still in the research stage and other studies have to be done, so we can see the possibilities and profitability of this sort of project. We’ve been working on this project for over a year, we are not taking this lightly. A few citizens have fears and questions but have the answers. We are predicting, in this project, to have only one machine, of a small format, that will crush the granite residues and make small stones to put in aquariums or for the landscaping. We have thought and built this project with the goal of being able to recycle the granite waste. A lot of the local granite industries have already signed a letter of agreement with us that if the project comes to life, they will give us all their waste. Location: The most likely place is the company John Emslie & Sons Inc., situated at Pine Street. It has been in operation even before 1969, it is the only building available that would fulfill all our needs for the project and the only possible place. It is indeed a residential zone but has a grandfathered right for commercial operations for the transformation of granite. If we would to have a second machine and get bigger, we would need to move all our installations since this factory would no longer respond to our needs. Environment: Soon the provincial government will pass a law on all the granite wastes and these would have to be recycled. The industries will eventually have no choice but to turn themselves towards a granite-recycling center. This is why we are trying to put together this project to support our local industries. Recycling is the future. Quality of life: It was mentioned that this project would harm the quality of life of the citizens of that sector. Let’s be clear, the crusher would be installed inside of the building therefore: The sound: This small machine will not make more noise than the saw currently working in this facility. With the data we currently have, the sound levels meet regulations. The sound is comparable to a farm tractor or even a garbage truck. We still must validate our data. The dust: This small machine produces very little dust, however, there is already a dust collector installed in this building, which will make ensure that environmental standards are respected. No dust will be expulsed outside of the facility and neighbourhood. Property values: Many citizens are worried about their property values decreasing due to this facility being installed, however these citizens purchased their properties and were informed that there were industries nearby; therefore, it won’t effect in anyway the value of these properties. Transport: Certain citizens are worried about the amount of vehicles travelling in and out to our company by using these streets of this neighbourhood; there won’t be any vehicles going through that neighborhood, as they will be entering by Bellam Street. Work schedule: This facility will have a strict work schedule of 7 am to 4pm, from Monday to Friday. We will not have night shifts nor work on weekends. Economy: This project will contribute to the economy growth of Stanstead. It will also take off a burden on our local companies, while having us recycle their granite. We are thinking for the future. The project will only employ one shop worker and one administrative worker. Conclusion: The board of directors of Granit Central - Coop de Solidarité supports Mr. Dutil, the president, in all his decisions.The project is still in the research and development stage and the business plan still isn’t ready. We are still in the data collection stages so nothing is certain at this point, nothing is confirmed. We would like to mention that the town of Stanstead has no affiliation with Granit Central - Coop de Solidarité and their current projects. In conclusion, once the study is done, the board of directors will hold a press conference for citizens and media to notify the results of the project. No other comment will be made until then.
The board of directors of Granit Central -