Photo: Francis Vachon, The Duty
Met at his home, Clermont Roy said that “the only sentence that[he] was not beloved” of the mouth of the prime minister François Legault since its decision function is the one where he described the oil to the canadian West as “dirty”. “The “dirty oil”, I have in my pick-up. It takes all the time.”
What assessment of the first months of the government of the CAQ ? Is it the image of what his supporters hoped for ? The Duty went to the meeting of its base yesterday and today. Second in a series of three texts.
The community of St. Jules has given, on the 1st of October last, on a mandate for less plain to the Coalition avenir Québec. Nearly 85 % of its population supported the candidate of the team of François Legault. This is more than anywhere else in Quebec.
None of the persons cross-tabulated by The Duty on the outskirts of the main road that connects Saint-Victor (in the south) and Tring-Junction (to the north) is surprised to learn that his municipality is home to the largest proportion of voters caquistes in Quebec.
“It is that January is Saint-Jules,” says the civic official Katy Vachon in explanation of the success out of the ordinary of the CAQ.
The ex-mayor of Saint-Jules (1993-2003) and ex-member of parliament for Beauce-Nord (2003-2012) has hammered out the creed adéquiste, and then caquiste in the region for years.
Mr. Grondin swear not to have “twisted arms” to ensure a decisive victory to Luc Provençal in the riding of Beauce-Nord, on the 1st of October last. “I think people have really liked the ideas that François Legault brought on the table during the election campaign. Especially ideas on secularism. For us, it has been very winner, in the corner, ” stressed the ex-politician. “No one has anything against immigrants. Myself, I have been a host family for foreign students for several years, I have worked within intercultural organizations, but I tell myself : the people who come here are able to live like the rest of us. When they live like the rest of us, there was no problem, ” he adds.
Photo: Francis Vachon, The Duty
Some 244 voters of Saint-Jules supported the CAQ in the last election, compared to 31 people for the liberal Party of Quebec. Just six voters chose the Parti quebecois and five, Québec solidaire. “Sovereignty, it has never been interested in Beaucerons. About 80 % of what we produce goes to the United States, and therefore sovereignty, this is not an option “, mentions Mr. Grondin to the passage. The conservative Party of Quebec and Citizens to be able to have each obtained a single vote in Saint-Jules on the occasion of the last general elections.
The local elected officials do not adhere to as fully to the programme of the CAQ. In effect, the municipal council of Saint-Jules has recently adopted a resolution against the gun registry, the government Legault is committed to maintaining. “It’s symbolic,” says the mayor, Ghislaine Doyon, after having invited The Duty to sit behind a desk in solid wood. The local is responsible for crucifixes and portraits of former members of the catholic clergy, including some former popes, the most ostentatious of each other. “You’re in my office of secretary of factory “, she says after a few minutes of trading. “My office of mayor is on the other side of the corridor. “The building features a few community halls, but also the offices of the municipality, associations and manufactures.
The mayor, who has been surprised in feet of the bottom by The Duty, requests the government of Quebec to encourage the deployment of high speed Internet in addition to modernizing road infrastructure, and aqueducts in the village. Munro also wants to see a convenience store open its doors in the municipality. Apart from a post office, the only way the maple leaf gave a sign of life at the time of the visit of Duty, Saint-Jules does not have any trade offering goods or services of first necessity : gas station, pharmacy, bank, credit union, or a school or a library. People can find all these services in Tring-Jonction. Seven minutes by car ; 1 h 25 min walk.
Photo: Francis Vachon, The Duty
A poster “We are hiring” is placed in front of the factory Norecob in Saint-Jules. Cars pass by without even slowing down.
This is not of a nature to attract people in search of employment and members of their family to settle in the village. “It is too far back for immigrants,” laments the vice-president of Norecob printer, Céline Vallières, who is desperately in search of daily.
Recruitment efforts that his partner, Peter McCann, and she has made over the last eighteen months have failed. A poster “We are hiring” is placed in front of the factory of Saint-Jules. Cars pass by without even slowing down. “It is catastrophic. We do not have people here, who are available for work, ” says the president of Norecob, Peter McCann. The turnover of his company is leaded by the “shortage” of labor daily.
It is catastrophic. We do not have people here, who are available for work.
— Peter McCann
Even if they want to reconnect with the labour market, older people have declined offers of employment from the part of Norecob, fearing to be overtaken by the inland revenue. “They are too taxed,” says Mrs. Vallières.
In addition to an enhancement of the tax credit for experienced workers, immigration appears as one of the solutions to the shortage of labour to consider ? “It is difficult, in the Beauce region,” respond the two ” Gauls of the printing press “, in turn. Due to the lack of transport services ? “No, because of racism,” dropped Mrs. Vallières. “Beaucerons are super open… Open to develop. But not here to make concessions [to new arrivals] wanting to make their prayers “, she adds.
Not hiring of day laborers, the nearby factory, Multi brushes, does not have problems of manpower. The owner, Marcel Paré, is watching with some trepidation the average age of its employees to climb. It is around 55 years. “There is careful “, he says to the Duty.
Met in front of his home on main street, Clermont Roy said that “the only sentence that[he] was not beloved” of the mouth of the prime minister François Legault since its decision function is the one where he described the oil to the canadian West as ” dirty “. “The “dirty oil”, I have it in my pick-up. It takes all the time, ” says the truck driver to retire, after having returned from the burning logs in his basement. Otherwise, “what Legault preached, it is what suited me the most,” said the 79 year old man, who has spent his entire life in Saint-Jules.
The owner of a business of accounting services, Katy Vachon, says he is satisfied with the change of guard at the top of the quebec State. It does not cover for all the annoyance caused by the government’s decision caquiste not to force Hydro-Quebec to reimburse all of its overpayments. “In addition, they have just announced a price increase,” sighed she as clients succeed at the counter behind her.
On the other hand, Ms. Vachon is fully committed to the objective of the team of François Legault to temporarily decrease the number of immigrants admitted to Quebec, while strengthening the integration programmes. “They are welcome, but according to our customs. “
That said, the success of its community “tight-knit” 538 souls depends on a greater availability of workers, should be the councillor. “Everyone could have more revenues if we had more manpower,” she said.
January Grondin prompt to “give the chance to the riders, even if they make mistakes” since it came to power five months ago. He is convinced that the elected caquistes grow more confident. “When you see a dozen journalists, the “Kodak” and the flashes, the first time, you shakes in your panties, ” according to the guardian figure of the Saint-Jules.
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