Veterinary Medicine: Marie-Eve Proulx calls for an alliance between UQAR and La Pocatière

She points out that from the outset, the government has allowed the Université de Montréal and theUQAR, who are partners in this project. The idea of ​​implanting an antenna of theUQAR in La Pocatière was not one of the options considered, she said.

Pocatière”,”text”:”Ç’a été décidé comme ça parce qu’il y a des infrastructures universitaires qui sont nécessaires pour la formation de médecine vétérinaire. Il faut se dire que la médecine vétérinaire, c’est une formation qui est gérée par une association américaine pour obtenir l’agrément. C’est très complexe. Rimouski n’a d’ailleurs toujours pas l’agrément pour cette formation. Mais il reste que, par exemple, on avait besoin d’une bibliothèque universitaire, donc on n’avait pas les infrastructures à LaPocatière”}}”>That was decided in this way, because there are university infrastructures that are necessary for veterinary medicine training. It must be said that veterinary medicine is an education administered by an American association to get approval. It’s very complex. Rimouski still has no approval for this training. But the fact remains that we needed a university library, for example, so we didn’t have the infrastructure at La Pocatière.explains the MP.

MNA for Côte-du-Sud, Marie-Eve Proulx (archive)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Francois Gagnon

A petition supported by Marie-Eve Proulx?

But these statements are not enough, say several elected officials and socio-economic actors in Kamouraska. They want to understand why this project does not see the light of day in La Pocatière. The Kamouraska-L’Islet Chamber of Commerce plans to launch a petition to get answers from Quebec so that La Pocatière is truly considered the host city of this major project.

Pocatière n’a pas été considérée compte tenu de tous ses attraits en matière d’agriculture, de formation en santé animale, de l’Institut de technologie agroalimentaire qui est ici?”,”text”:”On demande à rencontrer le ministre Lamontagne. […] Pourquoi LaPocatière n’a pas été considérée compte tenu de tous ses attraits en matière d’agriculture, de formation en santé animale, de l’Institut de technologie agroalimentaire qui est ici?”}}”>We ask to meet Minister Lamontagne. […] Given all its attractions in agriculture, animal health training, the Institut de technology agroalimentaire that is here, why was La Pocatière not considered?wonders the general manager, Nancy Dubé.

Ms. Dubé indicates that her organization sent an official request to Marie-Eve Proulx on Thursday to sponsor this petition to the National Assembly.

Ms Proulx, for her part, says that she has not read the petition for the time being and that she cannot say whether she will support it or not. If it fills a need, I’ll gladly do it, but I haven’t seen it yet, I don’t know what it’s about.she said.

There are only two weeks left in the National Assembly, so I ask myself: is this the right thing to do for the community, to develop agricultural education in our region?

A quote from Marie-Eve Proulx, Member of Parliament for Côte-du-Sud

However, the MP believes that Kamouraska should build on what it already has and consolidate it. Instead of reacting to decisions, we can propose solutions, she says. Ms Proulx hopes that the new veterinary medicine pavilion in Rimouski will be the start of new alliances between the Institut de technology agroalimentaire du Québec (ITAQ) in La Pocatière and theUQARUQAR avait une grande ouverture pour échanger pour voir ce qui pouvait être fait en ce sens”,”text”:”Je me suis assurée que l’UQAR avait une grande ouverture pour échanger pour voir ce qui pouvait être fait en ce sens”}}”>I made sure that theUQAR had a great opening to exchange to see what can be done in this directionshe adds.

She also says she is setting up a committee to consider the future of education in Kamouraska. Several elected officials and leaders of educational institutions will be invited, she said.

Nevertheless, the mayor of La Pocatière does not hide his disappointment about his deputy in this file.

We think she could have been thinking of the environment in which she was chosen. I don’t feel like she saw it like the rest of ussays Vincent Berubé.

Pocatière”,”text”:”J’aimerais ça être entendu. J’aimerais ça pouvoir être capable de voir l’étude. J’aimerais ça qu’on me démontre que Rimouski c’est la meilleure place, et non LaPocatière”}}”>I would like to be heard. I’d like to, to see the study. I would like Rimouski to be the best place and not La Pocatière, said the mayor of the city, Vincent Bérubé with virulence. He also regrets having to submit a request for access to information in order to consult the study conducted in 2020 on the subject, which was funded by Quebec at a cost of $630,000.

The ITAQ building in La Pocatière.

La Pocatière has several establishments in the field of animal health and agriculture, including the Institut de technology agroalimentaire du Québec (archives).

Photo: Radio Canada / Simon Turcotte

We really feel like a fait accompli of a decision that has passed us by.believes for her part Nancy Dubé.

We want to know why Rimouski was chosen, and we won’t let go.

A quote from Nancy Dubé, General Manager of the Kamouraska-L’Islet . Chamber of Commerce

As for the meetings requested by elected officials to discuss the dossier with Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne and Prime Minister François Legault, it seems unlikely that they will take place. I have been instructed to hold this meetingspecifies Marie-Eve Proulx, adding that it should happen soon.

With the collaboration of Sophie Martin

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