POLITICS. Centre-du-Québec’s Caquiste deputies, André Lamontagne, Sébastien Schneeberger, Éric Lefebvre and Donald Martel, took stock of Friday morning’s last parliamentary session, allowing them to improve “the quality of life” of the people of the region.
The Centre-du-Québec caucus is very proud of the achievements of the first government mandate for the region. The MNA for Johnson and Minister responsible for Centre-du-Québec, André Lamontagne, comments: “We have invested in recent years to improve the quality of life of our citizens. We can say that we have concrete results to present to the voters!”
Its many achievements have a direct impact on citizens’ quality of life and fall within the priorities identified at the start of the mandate, in particular education, health and the economy.
During its first mandate, the government made massive investments to improve citizens’ quality of life, especially in education, the deputies noted. “While the CAQ government had promised to make education its priority, it is clear that Centre-du-Québec’s delegates have delivered the goods, from kindergarten to university. During the last mandate, no fewer than three new primary schools were inaugurated. In addition, a new secondary school in Drummondville and primary schools in Saint-Lucien and Saint-Sylvère are under construction. In addition, 176 new places have been created in Victoriaville and significant amounts have been invested in the renovation of existing schools,” they recalled 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 the Cégep de Drummondville with a new pavilion, which will enhance its role of attraction and conservation in the region.
And then the Center-du-Québec has become a destination for university students since the creation of a UQTR campus in Drummondville. During the past period, a new pavilion was built and inaugurated in which the CNIMI is housed. Thanks to nearly $20 million in government funding, this unique center will combine training for our youth with the shift to 4.0 for manufacturing companies in the region.
The elected officials also recalled that the current government’s presence has benefited the citizens of Centre-du-Québec, who received $500 to help them at soaring prices. They also underlined the reduction in school tax, the increase in child benefits and the tax reduction for childcare. Fast internet was also discussed.
“We cannot talk about quality of life without access to basic services. Access to high-speed internet is a necessity in today’s life, as is electricity, and our government has gone to great lengths to overcome all obstacles and deliver on its commitment. With a $50 million investment, the approximately 7,000 homes in the region that did not yet have access to high-speed internet will all be connected in the coming months,” said Éric Lefebvre, MNA for Arthabaska.
According to the politicians, families were also “at the heart of the work and achievements of the deputies of the Centre-du-Québec”.
The major project for families set up by the Minister for Families Mathieu Lacombe will give 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 places would be created in the coming years, as of today, more than 1,000 places are being built across the entire territory. Due to the conditions of the large construction site, we have the assurance that they will soon see the light of day,” said Sébastien Schneeberger, Member of Parliament for Drummond-Bois-Francs.
Old people’s homes
In terms of health, two senior housing units are currently under construction, in Drummondville and Victoriaville. These new types of housing will “put the residents’ quality of life at the center of their design”.
In addition, the Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska will be extended and renovated to better meet the needs of the population. In addition, the financing of civil society organizations in the region has improved considerably. In a context where it is clear that these organizations play a key role in the population, the amount of funding has increased by 36% in recent years.
The Centre-du-Québec MNAs have announced record amounts in recent years for the repair, maintenance and improvement of road infrastructure, both at the municipal level and on the major roads.
After years of underfunding, the entire area has been catching up. For example, in the past three years, the municipalities in the region have benefited from more than $36 million in aid for local roads, a total of three times more than the last year of the previous administration.
We should also note the progress made in the doubling of Autoroute 55, which will start in the coming months following the Member’s work for Nicolet-Bécancour.
Over the past four years, the government has created an “ideal environment to foster economic dynamism” in the Centre-du-Québec region, both by reforming investment in Quebec and pumping record amounts into the region.
“Compared to the last Liberal government, MEI and IQ have invested about twice as much in our businesses and our regional economy,” said Donald Martel, MP for Nicolet-Bécancour.
Several companies, such as Entosystem, Annexair and Vibrotech, have taken advantage of the financial support that the government has made available to them to build a new factory, improve their productivity or develop markets.
Finally, billions of dollars have been announced by several companies that will be located in the industrial park Bécancour.
The tourism industry has been hard hit by the pandemic in recent years and has gained support from the government which has “encouraged the implementation of innovative and promising projects for the region,” the caucus recalled.
Recently, Camping du Lac Cristal received more than $8.4 million in financial support, while nearly $4.9 million was awarded to Village québécois d’antan for the renewal of its tourist offer by integrating Moment Factory technologies.
Given the work done, the four MNAs are delighted to appear before voters to seek a new mandate to further assist the Center-du-Québec region and all its citizens. The general elections will take place on October 3 in the provinces. (LT)