Election 2017: Jean Paquin



Kate Aley

Our next interview is with Jean Paquin, candidate for Ward 6. 

Born, raised

In Gatineau, moved to Breckenridge in 2013.


I own my own business as a notary, legal advisor and title attorney.

What is the greatest challenge facing this municipality and your ward?

Attracting things, that being businesses, people, anything. [My opinion is] people need to see that this region is really wonderful. The problem is making people know that it is wonderful. The only way for people to know what is here is […] for the mayor to be ‘out there’ and shout out loud that this municipality needs to have people come here. We need money to actually build the municipality, the community. The only way grocery stores, gas stations will open up is if they will make money. I know people like the quiet; I’m not talking about destroying the essence of this area, but there is a way to find equilibrium.

In Ward 6, people need to feel they belong here [as] they don’t view themselves as being from here. My perception is they feel they are the ‘milking cow’ of the Pontiac; if you look at how much they provide, money for the municipality, and how much they get back, it is quite substantial. It feels unequal. They feel they are disconnected. They feel like they don’t get their fair share of what they’re putting in. It is the biggest challenge of this area.

If elected, what is the first thing you would like to do?

On the municipal level, we need to get rid of personal agendas on council. They want to get elected because they […] have personal interests; it’s […] not for their ward and that’s not how the municipality moves forward.  No-one will invest money in the municipality if they don’t see that it is properly run. No political party or person will invest money if they lack confidence, they’ll be scared of the backlash. If the Pontiac appears in a newspaper, saying “corruption ”, nobody in their political mind will touch this place, they won’t want the collateral damage. I don’t blame them. We need a vision. We need people who will to work together with a plan, a vision. If we are to attract high tech. or any other industry to this area, [people] will need to live somewhere, to buy houses, to shop. We have to find a way to position Pontiac; it is key. We are so close to Ottawa.

What is going right in this area?

 Andre Fortin, who is from Quyon. Also Will Amos [who is] also very open. I think it’s a very promising future for Pontiac. We have a sympathetic ear. I haven’t been here that long, since 2013, but what I’ve seen, speaking to those people, they’re open to negotiate for doing something. Pontiac right now is like a blank canvas and [...] a blank canvas provides you with a lot of opportunities. In Pontiac, we are in the lower position; the only place we can go is up. I see opportunity here but it will take a few years. Other municipalities have done it and we can do it here too. We need a longer term plan. You can’t run a business day-to-day; you have to know where you are going.

Why will you be a good representative for the ward?

The ideas that I have and my background. My dad was a mechanic, my mom worked part-time at a hospital. We didn’t have a lot of money, I had to pay for my own schooling, I worked part-time at night, I renovated houses and sold them. I know what it takes when you really want to do it yourself. I’m not jumping in there because I just want to get elected; I want to make sure I’m able to help and I have the tools and the background. I have a Masters degree in law and am familiar in [those] legal processes. My problem analysis: I don’t just say what people want to hear; I look at the problem and see what the possible solutions are.

I want to work with people who have a vision. I want to help them put that in place. We need people with a vision, not to separate but to unify. Pontiac has a lot to bring to the table but we need to dust it off and make it shine again.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

AVIS PUBLIC — Municipalité de Pontiac


EST PAR LES PRÉSENTES DONNÉ par le soussigné directeur général de la susdite municipalité

Qu’une assemblée publique de consultation aura lieu le samedi, 14 septembre 2013 entre 13h00 et 17h00 au Centre communautaire de Luskville, situé au 2024 Route 148, Pontiac, Québec, pour présenter les projets de règlement de remplacement suivants :

Plan d’urbanisme 09-13, règlement de Zonage 10-13, règlement de Lotissement 11-13,  règlement de Construction 12-13, règlement de CCU 15-13, règlement de dérogation mineur 16-13, règlement de PIIA 14-13, règlement de Permis et Certificats 13-13.

PUBLIC NOTICE — Municipality of Pontiac


IS HEREBY GIVEN by the undersigned Director General of the Municipality of Pontiac

That a public consultation meeting will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the Luskville Community center, located at 2024 Route 148, Pontiac, Quebec, to present the following draft replacement by-laws:

Urban planning 09-13, Zoning by-law 10-13, Subdivision by-law 11-13, Building by-law 12-13, by-law 13-13 Respecting Permits and Certificates, by-law 14-13 on Site Planning and Architectural Integration,  by-law 15-13 establishing the Advisory Planning Committee, by-law 16-13 concerning Minor Exemptions to Urban Planning by-laws.

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The event will see the Quyon waterfront and Lions Hall transformed into a 17th century marketplace where local business owners, artists, artisans and producers will be dressed in period costumes.

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