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In response to the letter titled “Hausse de 167% des baux de location” in
the January 13 issue, I agree with
Rhéal Bertrand, as a tenant of a
hunting camp on crown land in Chichester
since 1982.
The provincial government is acting
in a discriminatory manner towards

In response to the letter titled “Hausse de 167% des baux de location” in
the January 13 issue, I agree with
Rhéal Bertrand, as a tenant of a
hunting camp on crown land in Chichester
since 1982.
The provincial government is acting
in a discriminatory manner towards
leaseholders on crown land by ludicrously increasing leases (167%), which will only hinder people from hunting and fishing. These sports could become something only wealthy people can afford to do. The
government is about to reclaim the gift René Lévesque gave to the people. If the Pontiac is poor, how can we afford to give back a gift?
The MRC Pontiac receives half the lease income, but must cover 100% of the
expenditures. What does the MRC do to prevent this ridiculous increase? Do they simply think they will receive half of the increase? Will lease payers be forced to pay for bad negotiations made on their behalf?
The MRC is concerned about road maintenance in the TNO. Why isn’t a
certain amount of the lease income
distributed to municipalities with crown land to maintain roads and culverts? If the roads become impassable, leaseholders
will have to abandon their places; the
government and MRC will see their incomes decrease and the affected
municipalities will see municipal tax
revenue go down. Rich or poor, passable roads are needed at all times!
Logging companies have maintained
the roads, but it is also due to the Wrangler Hunting and Fishing Club (nonprofit)
who maintained roads and stocked lakes
in Chichester and Waltham through
membership revenues.
Why is taxpayer’s money used to
maintain these roads and lakes when leases will increase by 167% over the next five years? Such an increase has never been
witnessed before!
Since an agreement was signed, what can the MRC do to defend the interests of its citizens? Do they not have the right to speak up and defend the taxpayers? Be
vigilant leaseholders; defend your rights before it’s too late and before the
government takes full advantage of these increases at your expense!

Roland Normandeau,
ILE-DU-GRAND-CALUMET