LITCHFIELD – The municipality of Litchfield elected a new mayor, Colleen Larivière, in this November’s municipal elections. Larivière, who worked as the Director General for Campbell’s Bay for 20 years, feels confident that her prior experience with municipal affairs has given her the knowledge and experience needed to fulfill the position as mayor in the municipality.
“My ambition to be mayor of Litchfield goes back several years and I look forward to working closely with council to move the municipality forward,” says Larivière, who stated she enjoyed campaigning because it gave her the opportunity to meet the residents of Litchfield and to hear what their concerns are.
In the time she serves as mayor, Larivière states her first priority is, “to ensure that residents of Litchfield are heard and that their questions are responded to.” Another priority is to focus on and promote what she believes to be Litchfield’s strong points: agriculture, local businesses, small industries and recreational properties.
“I have owned and operated businesses in the Pontiac, as have many members of my family, over the past 40 years. It is due to my experience as an entrepreneur, together with that as a municipal representative, that I understand the dynamics and the importance of doing business locally,” she explains. “I will definitely be proactive in promoting and pushing for further economic investment in Litchfield. I will stay in touch with local businesses and other communities, and talk to entrepreneurs and investors with the objective of creating more jobs,” she continues.
Although Larivière wishes to review the files concerning the rail line in Litchfield before stating an opinion on the matter, in terms of amalgamation, Larivière states, “I think in time we will need to look at it again, but until then we need to find ways for municipalities to work together towards common goals.”
“During my time as Director General, I had the opportunity to attend several MRC meetings,” says Larivière, who states the MRC Pontiac and CLD play an important role in the region’s development and its growth. “We need to better inform the population of exactly what that role is,” she concludes.