Lovefest for Orford
Since this newspaper cannot keep count of the lovefests that Mount Orford has held over the years, the latest had an interesting twist to offer. Except for Potton, all municipalities have gone aboard the sinking ship that the ski resort has become, this time with municipal taxes and MRC development funds to be used as leverage to get more government money.
So as is always the case, a group was called in to muzzle the press, which apart from this newspaper is gaga on the latest scheme as it was for the last couple by the way. Notably absent this time was any reference to Jay Peak, this newspaper wondering why as the Vermont ski resort, now under bankruptcy protection, was always mentioned as one of the main reasons why Orford was to be given money to compete against it.
The private sector was notably absent as it has been for the last couple of years since the Lespérance disaster that led to a revolt in the Charest cabinet and the departure for Ottawa of well-known socialist Liberal environment minister, Thomas ‘Tom’ Mulcair for the NDP.
This time, tagged rapidly at the end of the lovefest was an admission that the mountain wants to light its facility. Mégantic will be happy to hear this as will the International Dark Sky Association. Dark sky having been the subject of numerous television and newspaper articles over the last year.
So once again, a slight increase on our municipal tax bill will go a long way to create seasonal jobs in Magog.
Magog mayor, Vicky-May Hamm, MRC’S prefect Jacques Demers and Orford mayor Jean-Pierre Adam.