11 a.m., Oct. 10)
G-P-R hopefuls deliver sales pitch at Navan
By Fred Sherwin
incumbent Pierre Lemieux addresses the audience at the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
all-candidates debate in Navan last night as Liberal challenger
Dan Boudria looks on. Fred Sherwin/Photo
than 120 people packed the Heritage Public School gymnasium in Navan
on Thursday night to hear from the four candidates running for election
in the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.
MP Pierre Lemieux is the incumbent in the riding, while Dan Boudria,
the son of former Liberal MP Don Boudria, is trying to win the seat
back for the Liberals. The other two candidates are Jean-Sebastien
Caron representing the NDP and Green Party candidate Sylvie Lemieux.
of the people in the audience, the meeting would be their one and
only chance to hear from the candidates before casting their ballot
in next Tuesday's General Election.
was extremely civil for the most part, with all four candidates doing
their best to answer the questions put to them from the floor while
trying to push their respective party's platforms.
did his best to explain that most Canadians would receive an average
10 per cent cut in their income taxes under the Liberal's "Green
Shift" plan which would add a carbon tax to everything from gasoline
meanwhile, kept reinforcing people's fears that the "Green Shift"
is little more than a tax grab that they simply can't afford. He especially
tried to play on the vulnerability of local farmers.
carbon tax is a job killing tax," said Lemieux, "(and it
will) inflict damage on farmers."
MP also brought up the Gun Registry, which is unpopular among the
riding's rural residents. When Boudria tried to defend the program
he was largely booed.
questioning turned to the economy, Lemieux reminded the audience the
Canadian economy is still strong despite what is happening elsewhere
in the world. He also noted that measures brought in by the Conservatives
during the last budget have given the Bank of Canada the tools it
needs to avert a banking crisis in this country.
passed 65 measures in the 2008 budget to help the Bank of Canada stabilize
the markets in situations like this," said Lemieux.
candidates came under fire for the lack of decorum in the House of
Commons and negative campaign ads.
Lemieux tried to separate herself and her party from the Liberals,
saying that their carbon tax is good for the economy and good for
Green carbon tax is the way to go to help forge the new economy and
create new technologies. Over 200 economists have studied our plan
and they agree with us," said Lemieux.
Caron said the NDP would bring in an economic plan and policies that
would focus on helping out middle income earners by using the corporate
income tax to help fund initiatives such as a National Day Care program
and the hiring of more doctors and nurses.
NDP would help propel the market economy by shifting the focus to
small business and medium-sized companies. We have to keep people
working," said Caron.
won the last election by just 203 votes over the Liberal candidate
Réne Berthiaume who was from Vankleek Hill. Both Lemieux and Boudria
are from Sarsfield.
father Don held the riding for 20 years from 1984 to 2004 when Lemieux
won and became the first Conservative Member of Parliament from the
area since 1958.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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