Pontiac is under assault . . . over to you!

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If any of us felt our beautiful Pontiac has hit the bottom with virtually its entire economy shut down, well, the nightmare is just beginning.  Our defenders, so we foolishly thought, election after election, the Quebec Liberals, have announced they are in effect closing rural areas down. 

If any of us felt our beautiful Pontiac has hit the bottom with virtually its entire economy shut down, well, the nightmare is just beginning.  Our defenders, so we foolishly thought, election after election, the Quebec Liberals, have announced they are in effect closing rural areas down. 
Extreme statement? Hmm?  Take a look at the bills just introduced by Premier Couillard:  first, is there any good news here for the Pontiac and
our future?  None obvious. Second, why is this
government throwing out the last thirty years
of official efforts to
repatriate clientele and
to provide locally-run
services in Quebec’s rural areas?  Decentralization and local control are the watchwords of democracy.
Now, millions of dollars later, all the restructuring of health and local
governments later, this government announces this was a big mistake and Quebec is now going to swim in the opposite direction, clearly in
tandem with Stephen Harper’s slash-and-burn governance. 
The Couillard Liberals were never elected on this platform.
They obviously hid their agenda – or else we the voters were so disgusted with the PQ’s attack on minorities that we didn’t bother to examine Dr Couillard’s plans.  Plans much like Mr Harper’s “hidden     agenda”.
The key is in that last paragraph: we the voters did not do our homework. We stampeded one way,
as we always do, without looking toward the cliff we would soon be approaching. That’s egg on our faces. We dropped our own ball.
Crying over past
mistakes never yields much, maybe further blindness, unless we learn something from those
mistakes.
It’s time we do our own due diligence. It’s time we actually pay attention to what our political leaders say they intend to do.  And time we woke up our MRC, municipalities, and our MNA into action mode.
Two years from now, with our economy and job creation further in the negative, our once-good health system shipped off to the city, our schools administered – maybe from Montreal!—youth centres shut, youth-employment aid closed, and much more – then it’s too late.  Tell our kids we’re the ones who failed them.
The Journal and other media are sifting out the real effects of the Couillard Cuts – it’s time we actually read the fine print. Go to the notice on page 20 of this issue. Our     continued murmuring is just wasting time.
Fred Ryan