Candidate for Conservative Party leader visits Quyon



Kate Aley


Vying to lead the Conservative Party, Erin O'Toole visited the Canadian Legion in Quyon on April 12. O’Toole has been the MP for the riding of Durham, (Ont.) since 2012 and was re-elected at the 2015 general election. He previously served as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade.​

When asked why he had chosen Quyon as one of his stops on the campaign trail, O'Toole was direct.

"I am here to earn the trust of the Conservative members of the of Pontiac in my bid to lead the party," he said. "I have a few friends here tonight who  I've served with in the military and I know Ben Woodman who ran for us here last time and has worked in Parliament. Since I entered this race in mid-October, I have traveled to more ridings and have spoken to more members of the party that anyone else in this race. This is the time for our members to decide who should lead us going forward and I need to meet them and earn their trust."

O'Toole said he chose Quyon as a campaign stop for its' place in a large riding. "It's a central spot," he explained. "The riding association uses this region for their AGM. I thought, let's have it somewhere central, don't just keep it close to Ottawa."

This is O'Toole's first time in the Pontiac. "As a veteran, I have been to many many Legions and now I can add another one," he said.

Although O'Toole represents communities in Ontario, he sees similarities in the challenges facing the rural areas of both provinces.

"I know the big challenge of this region [is] not being well served by Quebec health system; I've heard that loud and clear," he said. "I am also a supporter of supply management and my agricultural policy is the best developed of any other [candidate]. My policies, in terms of job creation and supporting young people, apply everywhere. In many ways, there's areas of this part of Quebec that are similar to parts of Ontario, [which] have been struggling in the years after mill closures and manufacturing jobs moving out. We have to make sure we empower small businesses; if we can get every small business to hire one more person, that's much bigger across the country then a new plant or a car coming off the line or a new pulp mill opening up."

O'Toole is determined to lower the tax rate and bring in several measures to help facilitate hiring for small businesses, including less tax regulations.

"The biggest thing we have to do is small business creation," he stressed. "A lot of people are leaving [school] with high debt load and little opportunity. We want to free up and make sure they pay no tax in the first few years of their career. They can use that to pay down debt or start a new business."

He also considers support of supply management, and for family farms, as paramount for this region.

"People that promise corporate money for some company to relocate, often those jobs will leave when the payments from government end," he said. "We really need to foster a resurgence in small business hiring. I tell you, that's what helped us coming out of the global recession: small business."

Fourteen candidates are in the running to be the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The election will be held in May 2017.

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Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :

Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel ( Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.