OUTAOUAIS – Long-awaited news was made public by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) July 25, when the names of the members of the new board were officially announced. The information was leaked a few days prior on social media, as Pontiac MNA André Fortin, who was
pictured standing with appointee Pierre Fréchette, former Ile-du-Grand-Calumet mayor and MRC Pontiac warden candidate.
“After taking a few months to reflect on the election, I tried to identify an area where my management experiences and previous implications would be useful. The CISSSO caught my attention because of its impact on the population,” explained Fréchette.
Many residents were quick to comment on the social media post, asking Fréchette to defend the Pontiac’s interests and not be influenced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.
“We are there to represent all of the Outaouais, but of course I will make sure to keep local issues and concerns in mind, such as rural representation and the
negative impact the centralization of services can have,” he said.
Fréchette described his how he will assume his role, and his vision for the
position. “I am going with a lot of openness, because I will first have to go through a period of adaptation and learning. I am arriving with a constructive approach and will work to get things done without getting into areas I don’t know about, and if needed, I will surround myself with the necessary expertise. It is exciting to be involved with services that affect us all,” he concluded.