MP DROUIN OFFERS HIS NEW YEAR’S WISH LIST
It’s going to be an election year again this year and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin wants to make sure both he and his riding are in the best shape possible when he hits the campaign trail.
“More exercise,” said Drouin, with a smile, when asked what his personal New Year’s resolution was for 2019. “And I am wishing for every citizen to have the best chance to succeed.”
This year will be a federal election year and while the official Election Writ has not dropped yet, Drouin said he is already “in election mode” and preparing his campaign strategy now. First step involves scheduling meetings in January with all the mayors in the GPR to go over local and regional priorities.
The labour needs of the riding is already one of the priority items on Drouin’s 2019 wish list for Glengarry-PrescottRussell.
“We need to find out how to attract newcomers, or Canadians from other parts of the country, here to work,” he said during a recent interview. “It’s not just a ‘onetown’ solution. It requires all of us to work together. Business needs labour.”
Drouin observed that the riding needs both skilled and unskilled workers to meet the needs of a growing economy. The skilled labour, he noted, is necessary for future growth in the region’s industrial and tech sectors. “I’ve heard a lot of people say they need access to (trained) engineers, for example,” Drouin said.
The agricultural sector, he added, has depended on migrant workers from Mexico and Guatemala to fill the unskilled labour needs at local farms, but that is a temporary solution. If there is ever a shortage of migrant workers during harvest time or other seasons, local produce farmers could face problems. Drouin wants to see a reliable local pool of general labour developed in the region.
“We need to find out how to attract newcomers, or Canadians from other parts of the country, here to work,” said Drouin. “It’s not just a ‘one-town’ solution. It requires all of us to work together. Business needs labour.”
Le député de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin, prévoit en faire plus cette année pour sa santé personnelle et celle de sa circonscription. Entre les préoccupations de la circonscription, le député commence sa campagne de réélection plus tôt que prévu.