POLITICS. Caquiste MPs from Centre-du-Québec, André Lamontagne, Sébastien Schneeberger, Éric Lefebvre and Donald Martel, evaluated the last parliamentary session on Friday morning, helping the locals to “improve the quality of life”. .
The Centre-du-Québec group is proud of the results of the government’s first assignment for the region. André Lamontagne, MNA for Johnson and Minister for Centre-du-Québec, states: “We have invested in the last few years to improve the quality of life of our citizens. We can say that we have tangible results to present to the voters!”
Many achievements directly affect the quality of life of citizens and are among the priorities set at the beginning of his term, especially education, health and economy.
Lawmakers note that during the government’s first mandate, it invested heavily in improving the quality of life of citizens, particularly their education. “While the CAQ government has promised to make education a priority, it is clear that Centre-du-Québec lawmakers are delivering the goods from kindergarten to university. During his last tenure, at least three new primary schools were opened. Also, a new secondary school in Drummondville and primary schools in Saint-Lucien and Saint-Sylvère are under construction. Significant sums were invested in renovating existing schools and 176 new locations created in Victoriaville”, they recall after a press conference in Bécancour.
At the post-secondary level, the two CEGEPs in the region have seen their programs improve. The government also announced the expansion of Cégep de Drummondville by adding a new pavilion that will strengthen its attraction and holding role in the region.
And then Centre-du-Québec has become a destination for college students since a UQTR campus was established in Drummondville. Recently, a new pavilion housing the CNIMI was built and opened. With nearly $20 million in government funding, this one-of-a-kind Center will combine education for our youth with the transition to 4.0 for manufacturing companies in the region.
Elected officials also reminded that the presence of the current government is beneficial for the citizens of Centre-du-Québec, who received $500 to help them against rising prices. They also highlighted reductions in school tax, increased family allowances, and tax breaks for childcare services. High speed internet was also discussed.
“We cannot talk about quality of life without access to basic services. Access to high-speed internet, just like electricity, is a necessity in today’s life, and our government has made great efforts to break down all barriers and live up to its commitment. With an investment of $50 million, all of the approximately 7,000 homes in the region that do not yet have access to high-speed internet will be connected in the coming months,” said Éric Lefebvre, MNA of Arthabaska.
Families were also “at the heart of the work and achievements of the Center-du-Québec MPs,” according to the politicians.
Created by the Minister for Families, Mathieu Lacombe, the major project for families will allow every child access to a subsidized place in the network of educational childcare services. “While last November it was confirmed that more than 1,400 new sites will be created in the coming years, as of today more than 1,000 sites are being built across the region, and due to the large construction site conditions, the assurance that they will see the light of day quickly”, Sébastien Schneeberger, MP for Drummond-Bois-Francs’ talked about.
In Health, two senior citizens’ homes are currently under construction in Drummondville and Victoriaville. These new types of residences will put “the quality of life of their inhabitants at the center of their designs”.
In addition, the Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska will be expanded and renovated to better meet the needs of the population. In addition, funding for community organizations in the region has been greatly increased. In a context where these organizations clearly play a significant role in the population, the funding envelope has increased by 36% in recent years.
Over the past few years, Centre-du-Québec MNAs have announced record amounts for the repair, maintenance and improvement of road infrastructures, both at the municipal level and for major roads.
After years of underfunding, there has been a great deal of growth across the region. For example, over the past three years, the region’s municipalities have received more than $36 million in aid for local roads; this is three times more than the previous government’s last year.
We should also note the progress made in doubling Autoroute 55, which will begin in the coming months following the work of the Nicolet-Bécancour Fellow.
Over the past four years, the government has created “an ideal environment to foster economic dynamism” in the Centre-du-Québec region, through both Quebec investment reform and record injections into the region.
“Compared to the last Liberal government, MEI and IQ have invested nearly twice as much in our jobs and the regional economy,” said Donald Martel, MP for Nicolet-Bécancour.
Many companies, such as Entosystem, Annexair and Vibrotech, have taken advantage of government subsidies to build a new factory, increase their productivity or develop markets.
Finally, billions of dollars have been announced by the next few companies to settle in the Bécancour industrial park.
The tourism sector, which has been greatly affected by the pandemic in recent years, recalled that it received the support of the government “which promotes the implementation of innovative and promising projects for the region.”
Recently, Camping du Lac Cristal received more than $8.4 million in financial aid, while Village québécois d’antan was awarded approximately $4.9 million to renew its tourist offer with the integration of Moment Factory technologies.
In light of the work done, the four MNAs are excited to stand before the electorate in their quest for a new mandate to continue advancing the Center-du-Québec region and all its citizens. General elections in the provinces will be held on 3 October. (LT)