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.

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“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.”

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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.

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