What is “the Outaouais”?

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I second Mr Ryan’s points in his “Dispatches” column last week. We don’t need to create a “new home” out of the Outaouais. We are happy being in the Pontiac. We have a long history here.

I second Mr Ryan’s points in his “Dispatches” column last week. We don’t need to create a “new home” out of the Outaouais. We are happy being in the Pontiac. We have a long history here.
What would we actually get if we embraced “the Outaouais”? It costs to participate in these bureaucratic schemes! Normal dispersements are then shared with a much larger territory and with the Ville de Gatineau. 
Look what just happened to our health care. As I recall, the province told CISSSO to cut middle management – so Gatineau cut the middle management in the rural areas – and presumably met their target! They got their budget. We got paid-parking and no local administration. So much for one big family, the Outaouais!      We would lose any control over our local economic and cultural policies, as he said.  These decisions will be made in Gatineau (or Quebec City). And will they be sensitive to half our population being English-speaking? Anyone supporting this should be laughed back to Montreal. 
Here is a test: let’s see what “the Outaouais” does about this radioactive dump in Chalk River. That will tell us volumes about our “government”. I don’t see “the Outaouais” or even Quebec doing anything about this threat. Why not?

Ron Boyd
NORWAY BAY