A mobilization for the respect of the regions

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On Highway 105 and on the airport road, hundreds of vehicles were waiting for the mobilization to start.

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Numerous volunteers from the organizing committee joined the Sûreté du Québec and
Kitigan Zibi police officers to ensure the smooth running of the citizen mobilization.

I participated in the mobilization of the MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau in support against the project to transfer the decision-making center of SOPFEU from Maniwaki to Val d'Or in Abitibi. It is the role of every person involved in politics to support the citizens he represents... or wishes to represent. It is therefore with pride that I joined this mobilization.

Most of the mayors of the region, as well as elected officials from neighbouring MRCs, were present for the occasion.

It was also an opportunity to meet with Renaud Gagné, Quebec director of the Unifor union, who has a long history of defending the region's workers, and Ghislain Rozon, former general manager of SOPFEU, who contributed many years to the management and development of this organization.

Hundreds of vehicles made the trip from SOPFEU's head office to downtown Maniwaki where the warden of MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, Chantal Lamarche, the director of the Unifor union, Renaud Gagné, the mayor of Maniwaki, Francine Fortin, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Agathe St-Amour, and the MNA for Gatineau, Robert Bussières, gave a press conference.

The elected officials of the MRC asked the president of the SOPFEU board of directors, Pierre Cormier, and the board of directors to reconsider their decision of March 5 and to bring the management back to Maniwaki until a complete analysis with a consultation of the community has been done.  Ms. Lamarche also recalled the request to obtain a seat for a voting member on the Board of Directors to represent the Outaouais and Laurentians.

"I am proud of my community and of today's mobilization. It is important that the direction and decisions of SOPFEU - Maniwaki base remain in our region! The dialogue must begin quickly between our community, SOPFEU and our government," declared Chantal Lamarche.

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In downtown Maniwaki, on the arrival of the vehicles of the participants to the mobilization.

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Storming the Greenhouses

What a great weekend to storm the region's garden centers. Flower baskets and baskets of cherry tomatoes and strawberries, tomato plants, cauliflower, lettuce and cucumber plants. I took another day off from politics and did my spring shopping. Throughout Pontiac County and the Outaouais region, our garden centers people and horticulturists, like Yves, Jocelyne and Chantal, of La Pépinière Haute-Gatineau in Egan-sud, are working hard to get our vegetable gardens or landscaping going again. On my side, I will have to make the difference between a tomato plant and a tomato box. I needed three plants and I left with three boxes... which contained four plants each. So, if you stop by my place this summer, you'll probably leave with a small basket of tomatoes.

Two heroes who saved lives

(April 29) Kevin Simonneau and Isabelle Gilbert, two police officers from the Gatineau Police Department, who were then working for the Service de police de la MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, received the Croix de bravoure from the Quebec government, the highest decoration awarded to a police officer. In January 2018, these two heroes saved a mother and her four-month-old baby trapped in a house fire. For this act of bravery, they deserve our admiration. We have a police officer in our family and I know how difficult it can be for them. So, when their courage allows them to save lives, we can only mention it with admiration.

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(April 16th) Taxpayers and accountants need a delay in filing tax returns again this year. Yet the Canada Revenue Agency is currently ignoring this need. Accountants in the Pontiac and Outaouais are overwhelmed and many will not be able to file personal income tax returns on time. Despite repeated requests, the Canada Revenue Agency has not yet agreed to extend the April 30 deadline for filing returns and making payments for the year 2020. Accounting firms would like to see the deadline extended to May 30, as Revenu Quebec has just done, and even to June 30. Because of COVID-19, client documents are coming in slowly and, in addition, many employees have to perform their duties from home, not to mention those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Difficulties in recruiting new employees are also adding to the picture.

About the photo of Will Amos naked in his office

michel gauthier2(April 14th 2021)  The rather unusual news spread like wildfire in the evening throughout the media and on social networks: a photo of the liberal MP for Pontiac, naked in his office in the House of Commons. Despite the absurdity of the situation, I do not intend to comment on this event. I agreed to run as a Conservative candidate in order to offer the citizens of Pontiac and the Outaouais a new voice and serious leadership in Ottawa. I remain committed to that goal. What we are most concerned about at this time is defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the region's economy back on its feet and offering all our citizens hope that we can put forward viable solutions for our future.

Health before election


PONTIAC ( Tuesday, March 9th 2021) - "I'm ready to start campaigning today across the Pontiac, but the health and safety of the citizens is more important at this time than a hasty election call. Vaccinations before the votes," said Michel Gauthier, the Conservative Party candidate in Pontiac and spokesperson for the Outaouais region.

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Bravo to CISSSO and APTS

The vaccination campaign has started off on the right foot in the Pontiac and Outaouais and the feedback is very positive. Congratulations to CISSSO for its preparation work. The reservation system is giving excellent results. Congratulations also to the Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS-Outaouais) and to the CEO Josée Filion for their joint communiqué in the hope of encouraging more health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That's what we call putting priorities in the right place. And my message remains the same: health and vaccination before the election.

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I was born, raised and lived in Pontiac County and I am a citizen of the Outaouais.

When Gatineau Valley, Pontiac and the Collines de l'Outaouais MRCs are calling for high-speed Internet, it concerns me. I am living this situation myself.

When the residents of the Plateau sector or the Limbour district in Gatineau are wondering about the planning of public transit and the link between Gatineau and Ottawa, or about jobs in the public service, it concerns me. I have experienced the same situation.

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