Over the past seven months, and especially the past five weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people in every corner of the Pontiac riding. Inspiring people who care about the future of their community.
So you won't be surprised if I tell you that I highly appreciated this campaign experience, even if the outcome was disappointing.
I chose to campaign on local issues because I firmly believe that a Member of Parliament must first serve his or her constituents. This is why I have addressed issues that are sometimes delicate but always important, such as the Chalk River nuclear landfill site, the Gatineau tramway project, the future of the Alexandra Bridge, the future of the Maniwaki SOPFEU, the relationship between the National Capital Commission and the municipalities, and the impact of Bill 96 on the English-speaking communities.
I also chose to run a clean campaign. I was not running against other candidates. Rather, I was running for the citizens of Pontiac, with values and commitments to share. They have made their choice and this must be respected.
Thank you to those who supported and encouraged me in this campaign, thank you to the citizens of Pontiac.
A comprehensive guide to help you
make your choice on Sept. 20th
Here are some important issues for the Pontiac riding and the known position of the Conservative and Liberal parties on each of them
Gatineau Tramway Project
For the Conservative candidates, this is the number one priority for transportation in Gatineau
For the Liberals, one candidate prefers a 6th bridge, another prefers the tramway and we don't know the opinion of the third
In panic, Liberals rely on
a campaign of fear and lies
With the election just days away, the Liberals, including those in Pontiac County, are in such a panic that they have opted for a campaign of fear and lies to voters, especially public service employees. This is unfortunate. Because here we are leaving a civilized debate and sinking into lies and manipulation of public opinion.
A wind of change is blowing on
I invite you to to be part of it
There are only a few days left in the campaign leading up to the September 20th election to elect the new Member of Parliament for Pontiac.
It is with great pride that I have been involved in this race since last February. A lot of pride for my part of the country, where I was born, where I grew up and where I have always worked.
I am also proud of and grateful for all the support and words of encouragement that you have sent me.
A wind of change is blowing through Pontiac County and I invite you all to be a part of it.
Your support is important. In fact, it has never been more important because it will make the difference next Monday in the election of the new Member of Parliament for Pontiac.
What I am offering you is my full and total involvement, as of September 21st, in order to change things, to make a difference for the better, for the region and for the entire Pontiac riding.
What I offer you is a strong voice and serious leadership.
A voice that will not be silenced when the issues are important and sensitive.
A voice that all citizens in every corner of the county can always count on.
That is the heart of my commitment.
Commitments to break RCMs
out of historic poverty
GATINEAU (Tuesday, September 7, 2021) - Getting the Pontiac and Gatineau Valley RCMs out of poverty will be the daily challenge to which the Conservative candidate in Pontiac, Michel Gauthier, is committed. He has just completed a series of consultations with the wardens of Pontiac, Vallée-de-la-Gatineau and Collines de l'Outaouais RCMs.
"For more than 50 years, people have been saying that the rural sectors of the Outaouais are poor. Currently, Pontiac and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau MRCs rank 96th and 102nd out of 104 RCMs on the economic vitality index published by the Quebec government. This is unacceptable."
First part of the unveilling
of my commitments and priorities
GATINEAU (Wednesday, August 18, 2021) - The priorities and issues that are attracting attention in the Pontiac riding are numerous and diverse, just like this great riding.
Pontiac is six districts of a large urban city to the south and rural MRCs to the west and north. In between, the MRC des Collines enjoys both urban and rural advantages.
The issues are very different when talking to a stakeholder in the Gatineau Valley or Pontiac than when talking to a citizen in the Plateau sector or the Limbour sector in Gatineau.
For this reason, the unveiling of my commitments and priorities is done in two parts.
Today, I am addressing the issues that affect the City of Gatineau in particular, but also, because of its proximity, the MRC des Collines.
Tramway at the top of the Conservative agenda in Gatineau
GATINEAU (Wednesday, May 12, 2021) - The federal government should open its eyes more, stop dithering and do its part in the West Gatineau tramway project, said Michel Gauthier, Conservative Party regional critic in the Outaouais and candidate in the Pontiac riding.
He was reacting to the announcement today of the choice of the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) regarding the details of this issue.
The Alexandra Bridge,
a rich heritage
Lunch on the Alexandra Bridge in 2017 as part of the confederation 150th anniversary celebrations
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There is a growing chorus of voices calling for the preservation of the Alexandra Bridge, a 120-year-old heritage landmark in the Capital Region that is being considered for demolition by the federal government.
Defending our heritage
Among these voices is Heritage Ottawa, which created the Alexandra Bridge Coalition, which includes the Société d'histoire de l'Outaouais and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
It is hard to imagine this bridge disappearing from the Outaouais landscape.
The National Capital Commission has already held the first in a series of consultations last fall, with more to come in the 2021-2025 planning phase.
Lunch on the bridge
This bridge is not only a historical treasure, it is also a symbol, a link between the two founding communities of the country. In 2017, Ottawa and Gatineau, along with Quebec and Ontario, met on the bridge for Canada's 150th anniversary luncheon.
I hope that we will have the opportunity to have lunch on the bridge again, during our 200th anniversary celebrations.
« Public servants are
part of the solution »
( Gatineau - Monday, May 3rd ) Concerns about job stability in the region's public service remain, two weeks after the tabling of the last federal budget, according to Michel Gauthier, Conservative Party critic for the Outaouais region and candidate in Pontiac.
The main threat to public service jobs, in his opinion, is the current government's tendency to run out of control deficits with no plan to return to a balanced budget.