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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 -

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